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The investigation itself takes center stage, whether driven by cops working the beat, agents within a task force, or licensed P.I.s.

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December 19 2014

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Broadly speaking, there are two types of mystery stories: whodunnits and whydunnits. We read a mystery...
Blogs
December 19 2014

Number 1 of the Scams of Christmas: Santa Letter Scams

The Santa Letter scam takes the No. 1 spot on this list for several reasons. First, it victimizes...
Blogs
December 18 2014

Number 2 of the Scams of Christmas: Holiday Heartbreakers

As the holidays roll in, some people get lonely. With our emotions out of control, online dating...
Blogs
December 14 2014

Number 6 of the Scams of Christmas: Coal-Deserving Charities

The holidays are the season of giving. Unfortunately, there are those who think charity begins...
Excerpts
December 9 2014

Perfect Sins: New Excerpt

Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister is the 2nd book to feature Gabriel Ash, a British government investigator...
Blogs
December 9 2014

Number 11 of the Scams of Christmas: Mystery Shopping

Who wouldn’t like to have a little extra cash for the holidays? If you happen to be one...
Excerpts
December 8 2014

Five by Ursula Archer: New Excerpt

Five by Ursula Archer introduces Austrian Detective Inspector Beatrice Kaspary who, with her colleague...
Blogs
December 8 2014

Number 12 of the Scams of Christmas: Soggy Security

Criminal Element's counting down 12 scams of Christmas, beginning with an issue that can...
Excerpts
December 7 2014

You Know Who Killed Me: New Excerpt

You Know Who Killed Me by Lored D. Estleman marks the 24th mystery featuring Amos Walker, a Detroit...
Excerpts
December 5 2014

The Iris Fan: New Excerpt

The Iris Fan by Laura Joh Rowland is the 18th mystery and finale of this acclaimed series set in feudal...
Blogs
December 5 2014

Newspaper Turns Frown Upside Down, Circulation Plummets

  Recently, The City Reporter in Russia promised to publish only good news, and circulation...
Blogs
December 3 2014

Fresh Meat: Bad Machinery Vol. III: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison

Bad Machinery Vol. III: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison sees the return of the teenage...
Blogs
November 25 2014

Gotham 1.10: Mid-Season Finale “Lovecraft”

I expected a great deal from Gotham. I expected it would be mostly a police procedural. I expected...
Excerpts
November 25 2014

Soul of the Fire: New Excerpt

Soul of the Fire by Eliot Pattison is the 8th mystery featuring Inspector Shan Tau Yun where the former...
Blogs
November 24 2014

Major Crimes is Back: Executive Producer James Duff Gives us the Rundown

Major Crimes returns to TNT Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST for its winter season of nine episodes....
Blogs
November 24 2014

Headlining This Year’s Frozen Turkey Drop

It's widely known that newsmen love loathe holidays, and this year, vehicular mayhem set...
Blogs
November 18 2014

Fresh Meat: Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis

Wink of an Eye is the debut mystery by Lynn Chandler Willis about a Los Angeles private eye who returns...
Blogs
November 18 2014

Gotham 1.09: “Harvey Dent”

This episode was called “Harvey Dent” but it should have been dubbed “Two-Face,”...
Blogs
November 17 2014

Fresh Meat: Want You Dead by Peter James

Want You Dead by Peter James is the 10th police procedural featuring UK Detective Superintendent Roy...
Blogs
November 13 2014

When TV Romance Turns to Murder, You Can Win!

For me, it all started with Ned and Nancy. Nancy Drew was an independent woman (girl) but she...
Blogs
November 12 2014

John LeCarré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Smiley as Puppeteer

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a fitting time to recall...
Blogs
November 11 2014

Gotham 1.08: “The Mask”

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m a little dizzy this morning from all those quick jump...
Excerpts
November 11 2014

“The Crooked Man” by Michael Connelly: Exclusive Excerpt

Read “The Crooked Man” by Michael Connelly in its entirety, a short story featuring detective...
Blogs
November 10 2014

Turks & Caicos: The Return of Worricker

“I used to be able to open the bonnet, take out a wrench and fix my car. Now I need a degree...
Blogs
November 10 2014

Coast Guard Responds As Lake Michigan Zombies Surface

Winds above 70 mph ripped through the city [Chicago] on Halloween, causing 21-foot waves in some...
Blogs
November 8 2014

Fresh Meat: The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch

The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch is the 8th book in the historical mystery series featuring gentleman...
Blogs
November 7 2014

Duper’s Delight: Unrestrained Glee at Getting Away With It

Remember this disturbing grin? Professional liespotter Pamela Meyer calls it “Duper's Delight,”...
Blogs
November 5 2014

Adventures, Spies, Gangsters, and Thrillers: A Look Back at Four Richard Burton Films

The public image of Richard Burton (1925-1984), for better or for worse, will forever be intertwined...
Blogs
November 4 2014

Gotham 1.07: “Penguin’s Umbrella”

It’s time to give up on my hope that Gotham will become a dark, twisted and deep story...
Blogs
November 3 2014

Mike Tyson, Super Sleuth

We’re a couple of days late on this, but that doesn’t make it any less “Wha?”. Adult...