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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.

July 28 2014

Poirot: “The Big Four”

The “Big Four” has a particular meaning in this episode of Poirot, but to those of us...
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,...
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...
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...
July 22 2014

Longmire 3.08: “Harvest” of Resentments

“Harvest” picks up where we left off with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) receiving...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
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...
June 23 2014

Masterpiece Mystery: The Escape Artist: Episode 2

Remember that fabulous life Will Burton was living in Episode 1 of The Escape Artist? Right....
June 21 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.05: “Low Self Esteem City”

As a writer, Jenji Kohan has a fascination with public and private faces. Again and again, we...
June 17 2014

Scooby Doo Onesie Saved Me from a Beating

Why can't we all just have snacks and get along? A man in a Scooby Doo onesie for a fancy dress...
June 15 2014

That Night: A New Excerpt

That Night by Chevy Stevens is a mystery about Toni, a 34-year-old out on parole after being wrongly...
June 14 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.03: “Hugs Can Be Deceiving”

After kicking off Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black with a pair of atypical episodes—one...
June 13 2014

Happy Friday 13th: Get Girl Trouble At a New Low Price!

Good, cheap, or fast? Don't choose, because this lucky day, you can have it all! Our very...
June 10 2014

Too Much Tennant? Never!

  Is it possible to see too much of David Tennant? No matter your answer (even if it’s...
June 9 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.01: Season Premiere “Thirsty Bird”

The last time we saw Piper Chapman—in the closing moments of Season 1 of Orange Is The...
June 9 2014

After Stealing Millions in Jewelry Over Decades, She Still Isn’t Sorry

Described as“ lovely and mischievous,” this one-woman crime wave has stolen millions...
June 3 2014

Now win This!: Seven Deadly Reads Sweepstakes

These seven books are out to get you! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This is...
Original Stories
May 31 2014

Exclusive: “The Bear Trap,” A Mike Bowditch Short Story

Legendary Maine woodsman and bush pilot Charley Stevens tries to convince young Mike Bowditch of the...
May 30 2014

Paw Enforcement: A New Excerpt

Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly introduces Police Officer Megan Luz who's forced to work with a...
May 27 2014

Have My Drone Walk the Dog

Obviously, it's a wonderfully-tempered dog, obviously, not everyone has a drone... but enough...
May 19 2014

17 Year-Old Runaway Doesn’t Get Far, Even at Top Speed

After making it through his home's back gate, 17 year-old Spike sped as fast as he could...
May 15 2014

Booty Bones: A New Excerpt

Booty Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 14th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series where...
May 13 2014

“Shining” Work: Alcoholic Court Reporter Jeopardizes Verdicts

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining”...
Original Stories
May 12 2014

Exclusive: “Don Hajji Mustafa” by A.X. Ahmad

In “Don Hajji Mustafa” by A.X. Ahmad, a humble and desperate accountant meets an international...
May 6 2014

2014’s Edgar Awards: A Grand Night for Books

I considered titling this post “The Night I Hugged John Connolly,” but that might...