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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 1 2015

Now Win This!: Murder in the First Sweepstakes

The jury has spoken, and these nine tales are guilty of murder! Enjoy life behind bars! Click...
Excerpts
August 29 2015

Basket Case: New Excerpt

Basket Case by Nancy Haddock is the debut cozy in the Silver Six Series about a group of crafty retirees...
Blogs
August 28 2015

The ZINNG: Stephen King, OITNB, and Ulysses

Stephen King reflects on the perceived successes of a busy writer in an op-ed to The New York...
All Fiction
August 28 2015

Black Cat Crossing: Exclusive Excerpt

Black Cat Crossing by Kay Finch is the debut cozy in the Bad Luck Cat Mystery Series (available September...
Blogs
August 27 2015

Hurry! “Lesson Learned” Submissions Mailbox Closes Friday at Noon

At 11:59 a.m. tomorrow, The M.O. submissions close, so get to writing and tell us your “Lesson...
Blogs
August 21 2015

The ZINNG: Cocoa and Improbable Weapons

At Mystery Fanfare, the Macavity nominees for Best Short Story discuss the importance of first...
Excerpts
August 19 2015

Last Ragged Breath: New Excerpt

Last Ragged Breath by Julia Keller is the 4th mystery in the West Virginia Prosecutor Bell Elkins...
Blogs
August 18 2015

Now Win This!: Dark Nights, Dark Dreams Sweepstakes

Caution all ye who enter here, for these nine titles should be warning enough: nightmares await! Click...
Blogs
August 17 2015

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Blogs
August 17 2015

Sorry, Yogi, That Door’s for Cat Burglars

An Idaho man's home has been repeatedly raided by thieving bears, and a cub even tried to sneak...
Blogs
August 15 2015

Fresh Meat: A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd is the 7th historical mystery in the Bess Crawford series where...
Blogs
August 10 2015

It’s Not Counterfeit, It’s “Artisanal” Currency

This paper sports David Bowie's lightning-shocked face, and it's spendable! Well, in its local...
Blogs
August 4 2015

Now Win This!: Deadly Little Secrets Sweepstakes

You might think you want the truth, but these nine books prove you can’t handle it! Click...
Excerpts
August 4 2015

Laying Down the Paw: New Excerpt

Laying Down the Paw by Diane Kelly is the 3rd cozy in the Paw Enforcement series starring Fort Worth...
Excerpts
August 2 2015

Better Homes and Corpses: New Excerpt

Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge is the debut cozy in the Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery...
Excerpts
August 1 2015

Berried Secrets: New Excerpt

Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran is the debut cozy in the Cranberry Cove Mystery Series featuring Monica...
All Fiction
July 31 2015

The Secrets of Lake Road: New Excerpt

The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a chilling debut about a seven-year-old girl who goes...
Blogs
July 31 2015

No Sweat, The M.O. Returns with a New Theme!

Summer's flying by and The M.O. is sweating with panic over the theme “Lesson Learned.”...
Excerpts
July 28 2015

Brush Back: New Excerpt

Brush Back by Sara Paretsky is the 18th novel featuring Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski, who'll...
All Fiction
July 24 2015

Murder at Barclay Meadow: New Excerpt

Murder at Barclay Meadow is the debut mystery by Wendy Sand Eckel where Rosalie Hart returns home...
Blogs
July 21 2015

Now Win This!: Shadow Lurker Sweepstakes

You can't run from what you don't see coming, so I'd avoid that dark alley if I were...
Blogs
July 17 2015

Spaghetti Western! (with Dogs and Vacuum, of Course)

Now, that's what we call a good ole' spaghetti western. Why yes, of course there are costumed...
Blogs
July 14 2015

Sherlock: A First Look at the Christmas Special

For its upcoming Christmas special, Sherlock will be traveling back to the time period in which it...
Blogs
July 13 2015

ThrillerFest Day Two: Debut Authors and Awards

The International Thriller Writers organization is well known for their debut authors program,...
Blogs
July 11 2015

ThrillerFest: Day One

The mood of ThrillerFest is palpably different from CraftFest. There’s more excitement...
Blogs
July 10 2015

CraftFest: Day Two

The second day of CraftFest is technically CareerFest, with two tracks: one for independent (self)...
Blogs
July 7 2015

Now Win This!: Read All About It Sweepstakes

If these titles sound familiar, it's because each one has been recently featured on Criminal...
Blogs
July 4 2015

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with...
Blogs
June 29 2015

Fresh Meat: A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander is the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series featuring...
Excerpts
June 26 2015

Lawyer for the Dog: New Excerpt

Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson tells the tale of Sally Baynard, a divorced public defender who's...