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2017 Edgar Award Winners
Blogs
April 28 2017

2017 Edgar Award Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 71st annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards at...
<i>The Haunting of Falcon House</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
June 3 2016

The Haunting of Falcon House: New Excerpt

The Haunting of Falcon House by Eugene Yelchin is a translated children's story about the story...
5 Things I’ve Learned Writing Mysteries and Thrillers
Blogs
May 9 2016

5 Things I’ve Learned Writing Mysteries and Thrillers

A lot of research goes into my novels in order to make them believable. Beyond making sure the...
The Best Female Sleuths in Pop Culture, Part II
Blogs
April 1 2016

The Best Female Sleuths in Pop Culture, Part II

Sleuth fans, we’re back again, and this time with an even longer list of the best women...
Customizable, Vintage Bookmark with “Stay Put” Design
Blogs
March 9 2016

Customizable, Vintage Bookmark with “Stay Put” Design

I read dead people. Whether you read the newest bestseller, the timeless classic, or the densest...
<i>Friday Barnes, Girl Detective</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 17 2016

Friday Barnes, Girl Detective: New Excerpt

Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt is a kid-friendly mystery, illustrated by Phil Gosier,...
Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!
Blogs
October 1 2015

Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!

Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers...
After “Lessons Learned,” We Announce <i>The M.O.</i>’s Next Story!
Blogs
September 25 2015

After “Lessons Learned,” We Announce The M.O.’s Next Story!

We're excited to announce the story we'll be publishing on the theme of “Lessons...
The ZINNG: Real-life Lies, Pirates, and Betram’s Hotel
Blogs
September 18 2015

The ZINNG: Real-life Lies, Pirates, and Betram’s Hotel

A tip of the stetson to Bill Crider for this list of 10 famous works of fiction based on real crimes....
The ZINNG: Women Crime Writers, Poisoned Poe, and a Killer Whale
Blogs
September 3 2015

The ZINNG: Women Crime Writers, Poisoned Poe, and a Killer Whale

Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s is a box set of work by Dorothy...
Sorry, Yogi, That Door’s for Cat Burglars
Blogs
August 17 2015

Sorry, Yogi, That Door’s for Cat Burglars

An Idaho man's home has been repeatedly raided by thieving bears, and a cub even tried to sneak...
It’s Not Counterfeit, It’s “Artisanal” Currency
Blogs
August 10 2015

It’s Not Counterfeit, It’s “Artisanal” Currency

This paper sports David Bowie's lightning-shocked face, and it's spendable! Well, in its local...
No Sweat, <i>The M.O.</i> Returns with a New Theme!
Blogs
July 31 2015

No Sweat, The M.O. Returns with a New Theme!

Summer's flying by and The M.O. is sweating with panic over the theme “Lesson Learned.”...
Spaghetti Western! (with Dogs and Vacuum, of Course)
Blogs
July 17 2015

Spaghetti Western! (with Dogs and Vacuum, of Course)

Now, that's what we call a good ole' spaghetti western. Why yes, of course there are costumed...
Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!
Blogs
July 4 2015

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with...
Hurry! Voting for <i>The M.O.</i>’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!
Blogs
June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight...
Never 8-Legged Chickens, No Matter How Delicious
Blogs
June 9 2015

Never 8-Legged Chickens, No Matter How Delicious

KFC is a powerful brand in China, and that's why they're suing over the mutant-freak-bird...
Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!
Blogs
May 29 2015

Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!

This Sunday, May 31st at noon, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland,...
“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!
Blogs
May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in...
Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!
Blogs
May 8 2015

Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!

On May 31st at noon, during BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time...
<i>Gotham</i> Season Finale: 1.22: “All Happy Families Are Alike”
Blogs
May 5 2015

Gotham Season Finale: 1.22: “All Happy Families Are Alike”

It started, as the Batman legend does, with the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of...
Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!
Blogs
May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha...
2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather
Blogs
April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest...
Submissions for <i>The M.O.</i> Close at Midnight!
Blogs
March 6 2015

Submissions for The M.O. Close at Midnight!

Okay, it'll technically be 11:59p.m. when The M.O. submissions close. But don't be caught...
But These Tarantulas  are Farm-Raised, with BBQ Seasoning!
Blogs
March 5 2015

But These Tarantulas are Farm-Raised, with BBQ Seasoning!

Eating wild bugs can be a risky affair, but in the global bazaar, insect specialties are now available,...
This Head in a Jar Can Be Yours!
Blogs
February 23 2015

This Head in a Jar Can Be Yours!

Whether to reinforce dieting aims or for sheer delight, who doesn't want their stainless...
<i>The M.O.</i>: Submissions are Open for the Next Two Weeks!
Blogs
February 20 2015

The M.O.: Submissions are Open for the Next Two Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is open! That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com)....
The Riddler: Man Solves Puzzle with Only One Letter
Blogs
February 19 2015

The Riddler: Man Solves Puzzle with Only One Letter

Should you ever run up against The Riddler, a sphynx, or any other puzzle-obsessed villains,...
Coffee: Fuel of Scientists, Scholars, and Writers
Blogs
February 12 2015

Coffee: Fuel of Scientists, Scholars, and Writers

Writers and editors are among the Top 5 coffee-drinking professions. Yay! The study proving this intuitive...
<i>Spongebob</i> Goes on an Adventure?
Blogs
February 9 2015

Spongebob Goes on an Adventure?

In a weekend that may be surprising to some, but maybe not to people with children, Jupiter Ascending...