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From the Golden Era’s sleuths to today’s idiosyncratic amateurs, these stories favor challenging puzzles, plenty of neighborly suspects, and blatant laughs over graphic sex and violence.

February 5 2016

Prime Time: New Excerpt

Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan is the first book in the Charlotte McNally series following reporter...
February 4 2016

Announcing 2016’s Agatha Awards Nominees

Malice Domestic, an annual convention held in Washington DC honoring the best of the traditional/cozy...
February 4 2016

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman: New Excerpt

In honor of Tessa Arlen's Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel, here is an excerpt of...
January 27 2016

Signs and Symbols but in Vane: The Hidden Mysteries of Two Vladimir Nabokov Short Stories

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), world renowned for two twentieth-century literary showpieces—Lolita...
January 24 2016

A Prisoner in Malta: New Excerpt

A Prisoner in Malta by Phillip DePoy follows Christopher Marlowe, an Elizabethan playwright, poet,...
January 23 2016

The Plague of Thieves Affair: New Excerpt

The Plague of Thieves by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is the 4th installment of the Carpenter and...
January 20 2016

The ZINNG: Christie’s Mysteries

Christie's Mysteries Agatha Christie, beloved author of 66 detective novels and creator...
January 15 2016

Mr. Holmes: The Complete Solution of Sherlock Holmes

From the moment advertising of Mr. Holmes began, I was certain that I would see the film. My...
January 12 2016

Presumed Puzzled: New Excerpt

Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall is the 17th installment of the Puzzle Lady Mystery series including...
January 11 2016

Downward Facing Death: New Excerpt

Downward Facing Death by Michelle Kelly follows Keeley Carpenter as she returns to her traditional...
January 8 2016

A Taste for Nightshade: New Excerpt

A Taste for Nightshade by Martine Bailey is a thrilling historical novel that involves recipes, revenge,...
January 6 2016

Thrillers, Mysteries, and Crime Fiction: 5 Masters of Opening Lines

After you’ve read Barry Lancet and Anthony Franze’s piece about some of the masters...
January 5 2016

Now Win This!: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me Sweepstakes

It doesn't matter which shoulder is telling you to register, you can be sure there is nothing...
January 4 2016

The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn

In the late 1960s, Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, the most popular science fiction writers in Russia,...
December 29 2015

Headed for Trouble: New Excerpt

Headed for Trouble by Shiloh Walker follows Neve McKay, a girl from a small Southern town trying to...
December 28 2015

On Thin Icing: New Excerpt

On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander is the 3rd in the A Bakeshop Mystery series where Jules Capshaw finds...
December 27 2015

A Spider on the Stairs: Holiday Excerpt

A Spider on the Stairs by Cassandra Chan is a contemporary reimagining of the classic English mystery...
December 26 2015

Death, Taxes, and Mistletoe Mayhem: Holiday Excerpt

Death, Taxes, and Mistletoe Mayhem by Diane Kelly is a special holiday novella in the Tara Holloway...
December 25 2015

Christmas Mystery Solved!

Merry Christmas readers! I want to thank you all for a great year, and I wish you all a happy holidays...
December 25 2015

Visions of Sugar Plums: Holiday Excerpt

Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel featuring Fugitive Apprehension...
December 24 2015

The Nightingale Before Christmas: Holiday Excerpt

The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews is the 18th Meg Langslow Mystery and a Christmas...
December 23 2015

Hide and Seek: Holiday Excerpt

Hide and Seek by Jane Casey is a Jess Tennant Mystery following the Christmastime disappearance of...
December 22 2015

Christmas Crumble: Holiday Excerpt

Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin short story centered around a holiday dinner...
December 21 2015

Murder in Ordinary Time: Holiday Excerpt

Murder in Ordinary Time by Sister Carol Ann O'Marie is a Christmas mystery and the 4th installment...
December 20 2015

Six Geese A-Slaying: Holiday Excerpt

Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews is another Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery and the 10th in the...
December 19 2015

Mistletoe and Murder: Holiday Excerpt

Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn is the 11th installment of the Daisy Dalrymple Mystery series...
December 18 2015

Kissing Christmas Goodbye: Holiday Excerpt

Kissing Christmas Goodbye by M.C. Beaton is a Christmas mystery and number 18 in the Agatha Raisin...
December 17 2015

A Killer’s Christmas in Wales: Holiday Excerpt

A Killer's Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan is a holiday edition of the A Penny Brannigan...
December 16 2015

That Silent Night: Holiday Excerpt

That Silent Night by Tasha Alexander is a Christmas novella in the Lady Emily Mysteries series (Available...
December 15 2015

Jingle Bones: Holiday Excerpt

Jingle Bones by Carolyn Haines is an e-original Christmas novella featuring PI Sarah Booth Delaney...