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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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January 28 2015

Agent Carter 1.04: “The Blitzkrieg Button”

Considering Episode 4 of Agent Carter takes its title from a military maneuver notable for its...
Blogs
January 28 2015

Justified 6.02: “Cash Game”

Previously on Justified: Boyd committed murder and bank robbery (so business as usual, basically);...
Blogs
January 27 2015

Gotham 1.13: “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

Welcome back, indeed. This was the most coherent and compelling episode of Gotham to date. Not only...
Blogs
January 27 2015

William Gillette: The Actor Who Saved Sherlock Holmes

Before Benedict and Basil, there was William Gillette, a US-born actor who suited up on stage...
Blogs
January 26 2015

Lowdown Calendar: More of 2015’s Mystery Conventions

We've already highlighted 5 of the biggest mystery fan conventions of 2015, but lucky for us,...
Blogs
January 22 2015

Ngaio Marsh on Race: From Caricatures to Characters

Ngaio Marsh was not, at first blush, a racially insensitive writer. A queen of the golden age of detective...
Blogs
January 21 2015

Announcing 2015’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners. ...
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January 20 2015

Now Win This!: 3x3 Sweepstakes

The best things in life come in threes, and this sweepstakes proves it with a contemporary high-tech...
Blogs
January 20 2015

Gotham 1.12: “What the Little Bird Told Him”

“You think you’ve been careful so far?” Lest we forget, Harvey Bullock...
Excerpts
January 19 2015

Fear the Darkness: New Excerpt

Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman is the second thriller in the Brigid Quinn series about an ex-FBI...
Blogs
January 16 2015

Affordable and Thoughtful: The 21st Century Robot Forger

Robot forgery's been around for centuries now, really. Autopen machines to recreate signatures...
Excerpts
January 14 2015

Dead Red: New Excerpt

Dead Red by Tim O'Mara is the third Raymond Donne mystery set in NYC about the ex-cop turned school...
Excerpts
January 13 2015

Elementary: The Ghost Line: New Excerpt

Elementary: The Ghost Line by Adam Christopher finds Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson deep underground...
Excerpts
January 12 2015

Done in One: New Excerpt

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Done in One by Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas is a psychological thriller that takes a look into the...
Blogs
January 12 2015

Pop Music Spells Freedom, Really, In Morse Code!

It's the story of a Columbian colonel, a Miami ad man, long-time hostages and the music of freedom....
Excerpts
January 11 2015

The Ice Queen: New Excerpt

The Ice Queen by Nele Neuhaus is the 3rd international thriller in the Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von...
Blogs
January 8 2015

Southern African Crime Fiction on the World Stage

Over the last ten years there has been an explosion of authors writing contemporary crime fiction...
Excerpts
January 8 2015

The Unquiet Dead: New Excerpt

The Unquiet Dead is the debut novel from Ausma Zehanat Khan and the start of the Detective Rachel...
Excerpts
January 6 2015

The Body Snatchers Affair: New Excerpt

The Body Snatchers Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is the third historical mystery in the...
Blogs
January 6 2015

Gotham 1.11: “Rogues’ Gallery”

Somehow, I expected Gotham’s biggest flaws to have vanished in its return. But the quick...
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January 1 2015

The Quietest Crime of the Century: Happy New Year!

Is all really quietest on New Year's Day? Ask one of the perpetrators of the “crime...
Blogs
December 30 2014

Mark Twain’s Sherlock Holmes Satire: A Double Barrelled Detective Story

As the Baker Street Irregulars prepare for Sherlock Holmes’ birthday,  celebrated this...
Blogs
December 29 2014

Fake Champagne: “Apple cider, Metallic Soda Water, or Worse”

So says Champagne Warrior Brad Baker. When high-end bottles and desirable, limited vintages are in...
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December 25 2014

Joy Through the Underworld and Peace on Earth!

Don't get homicidal for the holidays, at least not without us and 7 Noir Holiday...
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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...
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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...
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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...