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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.

Blogs
October 27 2014

Bollywood Heist Film is Many More Movies in One

At almost three hours, Happy New Year is a film with the run time to contain its comedic diamond...
Blogs
October 25 2014

Fatal Footlights: The Theater Mystery

The theater world has long been a prime setting for mystery and mayhem. Shakespeare, that homicidal...
Blogs
October 14 2014

Cremains of the Day: .....In....Spaaaaace!

If not space, the stratosphere at least. A company founded by people with a “background in aerospace...
Blogs
October 13 2014

Fresh Meat: The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander

The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander is the ninth Victorian mystery featuring amateur sleuth...
Blogs
October 11 2014

Fresh Meat: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver is a debut traditional murder mystery set in a 1932...
Blogs
October 9 2014

Quincy and M.E.

Way before there were shows like CSI or Diagnosis Murder, there was the man, the one man who refused...
Blogs
October 6 2014

Fresh Meat: The Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart

The Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart is the 22nd mystery featuring P.I. Jane Lawless as she investigates...
Blogs
October 1 2014

Hello, October: Crime Writers in the Cemetery

If you know me—or if you’ve read one of my books—you know I have a thing for...
Blogs
September 29 2014

Miss Marple: “Endless Night”

Miss Marple raises lots of questions. The most pertinent right now is: What is she doing in this story? Endless...
Blogs
September 29 2014

K.I.T.T. Has Not Become the Knight Industries Tween TruLuv

Please, stop breathing exhaust fumes, it's going to be okay. Justin Bieber isn't really...
Blogs
September 23 2014

Miss Marple: “Greenshaw’s Folly”

It was a dark and stormy night when Louisa Oxley (Kimberley Nixon) arrived at the door of her...
Blogs
September 23 2014

Miss Marple: “A Caribbean Mystery”

When can murder be an almost pleasant event? When Miss Marple is on the case. This time she’s...
Blogs
September 23 2014

Knitting for Psychos

This is our idea of a holiday bizarre: gruesome violence depicted in cuddly yarn crafting! We're,...
Blogs
September 23 2014

Fresh Meat: Silent Murders by Mary Miley

Silent Murders by Mary Miley is the second Roaring Twenties mystery, featuring a former Vaudeville...
Blogs
September 22 2014

Boston Delivers Twice the Poe

Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, all lay claim to Edgar Allan Poe, but Boston...
Blogs
September 16 2014

Fresh Meat: The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton

The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton is the 25th cozy mystery featuring Agatha Raisin, a P.I....
Blogs
September 9 2014

Now Win This!: Can’t Beat the Classics Sweepstakes

The classics are the classics! This bundle of seven criminal works, including an audiobook and...
Blogs
September 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Nine Days by Minerva Koenig

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig is a debut mystery featuring Julia Kalas, a forty-something former mob...
Blogs
September 8 2014

Breathless: Part 3

This week’s final episode of Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery is also the final episode...
Blogs
September 2 2014

Breathless: Part 2

In Episode 2 of Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery: Richard Truscott (Oliver Chris) has gone...
Blogs
August 31 2014

Fresh Meat: Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

Death Is Like A Box of Chocolates is the first cozy in the new Chocolate Covered Mystery series written...
Excerpts
August 21 2014

To Die Fur: New Excerpt

To Die Fur by Dixie Lyle is the 2nd cozy in the Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot Mystery Series that mixes...
Blogs
August 21 2014

What Am I Bid for Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai?

Much has been written, and will be written about Johnny Depp starring as Whitey Bulger in the upcoming...
Excerpts
August 18 2014

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box: Exclusive Excerpt

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann, a historical thriller...
Blogs
August 15 2014

Not Dead Yet: Melbourne Edition

A Melbourne hospital recently mass-mailed 200 death certificates for live, recently discharged...
Excerpts
August 12 2014

A Distance to Death: New Excerpt

A Distance to Death by Holly Menino is the second mystery in the Tink Elledge series about an elite...
Blogs
August 11 2014

Almost 80 Years of Infamy: We Blame You, Oklahoma City!

On a hot August day in 1935, Reverend Charles H. North of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma's Third...
Blogs
August 5 2014

Longmire: 3.10 Season Finale “Ashes to Ashes”

“Ashes to Ashes” wrapped up a couple more of the main arcs and ended with a riveting season...
Blogs
August 5 2014

Poirot: “Dead Man’s Folly”

“Come at once,” the telegram reads. “Need help. Urgent.” Poirot obeys...
Blogs
August 4 2014

A New Masterpiece Thanks to An Artist’s Bloody Chainsaw...and a Death Star

We've posted on thrift-store paintings enhanced by monsters, but Canadian artist David Irvine...