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Whether the world is at stake or it’s just another day in Chinatown, Jake, these stories are about dark deeds, suspense, and the adrenaline rush.

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 25 2015

Literary Mysteries: Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, Ada, or Ardor) is not what one would call a traditional mystery...
Blogs
January 21 2015

Announcing 2015’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners. ...
Blogs
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

Six Reasons to Watch The Americans

The premise of The Americans, which is set in the early 1980s, is that Philip and Elizabeth Jennings,...
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 14 2015

Agent Carter: 1.03: “Time and Tide”

By this point, we know that Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is on the trail of something big. Howard...
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...
Blogs
January 14 2015

“Everyone Creates the Thing They Dread”: New Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel has released a new trailer for this summer's inevitable blockbuster Avengers: Age...
Blogs
January 12 2015

Run Down to the Ground: Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

One of the few bits of learning I retained from my years as a sleepwalking college student, was a...
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...
Excerpts
January 10 2015

Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea: New Excerpt

In Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea, Adam Roberts revisits Jules Verne's classic story, adding...
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...
Blogs
January 7 2015

Agent Carter: 1.02 “Bridge and Tunnel”

One of the charms of Captain America: The First Avenger was the way Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell)...
Blogs
January 7 2015

Agent Carter 1.01: Series Premiere “Now Is Not The End”

First, a confession: I am Agent Carter’s ideal audience. One, I like women who kick ass....
Excerpts
January 5 2015

A Pleasure and a Calling: New Excerpt

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan is stand-alone psychological thriller about a real estate agent...
Blogs
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 28 2014

George Smiley Minor: The Looking Glass War

In John Le Carré’s fourth novel, The Looking Glass War, events are definitely skewed....
Blogs
December 27 2014

Another Kind of Thrilla in Manila: Wonder Women (1973)

This post can be seen as the third in a trilogy of appreciations I’ve written of B-movies that...
Blogs
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...
Blogs
December 23 2014

Let’s Not Forget Film Noir’s John Dall

John Dall (1918-1971) starred in top Hollywood productions Spartacus, Rope, and The Corn is Green,...
Excerpts
December 15 2014

Thief: New Audio Excerpt

Thief by Mark Sullivan is the 3rd book in the Robin Monarch series about a world-class thief who may...
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...
Blogs
December 5 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.08: “Blood Bath”

Welcome back to the Freak Show! I hope you dames and gents had a lovely break to spend time with your...
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 2 2014

House of Cards Season 3 Premiere Date Announced

Did you catch the the important message delivered by Frank and Claire Underwood? If not, we have...