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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
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...
Blogs
August 1 2014

Nature’s Trimmest Figures Depend On Raw Food Juicing

Pouncing and ambushing only use so many calories when you're devouring food up to 3 times your...
Blogs
July 28 2014

Poirot: “The Big Four”

The “Big Four” has a particular meaning in this episode of Poirot, but to those of us...
Blogs
July 28 2014

Tourist Trap: Mexico’s Super-Creepy Island of the Dolls

The island perches among canals south of Mexico City, and didn't start out moth-eaten, mold-covered,...
Excerpts
July 25 2014

Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs: A New Excerpt

Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs by Diane Kelly is the 7th romantic mystery in the Tara Holloway series...
Blogs
July 24 2014

Fresh Meat: Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran

Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran is the first book in the Read ’Em and Eat cozy mystery...
Blogs
July 22 2014

Longmire 3.08: “Harvest” of Resentments

“Harvest” picks up where we left off with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) receiving...
Blogs
July 18 2014

The Eye: Nabokov on Spies, Suicide, and Sunset Boulevard

“The theme of The Eye is the pursuit of an investigation which leads the protagonist through...
Blogs
July 17 2014

Fresh Meat: The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey

The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey is an emotional story set in 1969 Mississippi that follows four...
Excerpts
July 16 2014

Hounded: A New Excerpt

Hounded by David Rosenfelt is the 12th mystery in the Andy Carpenter series about a lawyer with a...
Blogs
July 14 2014

Death Becomes Her, Or is it That Fabulous Veil?

“Death Becomes Her,” the fall exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna...
Blogs
July 13 2014

From Page to Screen with 4:50 From Paddington: Is the Book Always Better?

I read the Agatha Christie's book version of 4:50 From Paddington way before I saw the TV-movie,...
Blogs
July 8 2014

Touch Not the Guinea Pig

What criminal plot requires an 8-inch long baby hippo? Reading the police blotter can be edifying....
Blogs
June 24 2014

Prized, But Not Necessarily Prizes: The Strange Plight of the Hot and Busted

A tumblr specializing only in mugshots of hotties? Why yes, of course there is: Hot & Busted...