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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
January 30 2015

Fresh Meat: A Root Awakening by Kate Collins

A Root Awakening by Kate Collins is the 16th cozy in the Flower Shop Mystery Series featuring shop...
Blogs
January 30 2015

Automatic Crime Sonnet Robot, Activate!

If modern robots can write your letters, why not poetry, and what richer fodder for auto-verse...
Blogs
January 26 2015

Grantchester 1.02

In Episode 2, Sidney goes to a dinner party with snobs and we begin to depart rather significantly...
Blogs
January 26 2015

Lowdown Calendar: More of 2015’s Mystery Conventions

We've already highlighted 5 of the biggest mystery fan conventions of 2015, but lucky for us,...
Blogs
January 21 2015

Announcing 2015’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners. ...
Blogs
January 20 2015

Now Win This!: 3x3 Sweepstakes

The best things in life come in threes, and this sweepstakes proves it with a contemporary high-tech...
Blogs
January 19 2015

Grantchester: Series Premiere 1.01

A distraught woman, all red lips and stylish hat, pleads to the clergyman: “I can’t...
Excerpts
January 17 2015

Puzzled Indemnity: New Excerpt

Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall is the 16th cozy mystery in the Puzzle Lady series starring...
Blogs
January 16 2015

Affordable and Thoughtful: The 21st Century Robot Forger

Robot forgery's been around for centuries now, really. Autopen machines to recreate signatures...
Blogs
January 15 2015

Nothing Says I Hate You Like...Glitter?

Some villains spend their entire lives planning out the perfect way to seek revenge. Well, if you...
Blogs
January 12 2015

Pop Music Spells Freedom, Really, In Morse Code!

It's the story of a Columbian colonel, a Miami ad man, long-time hostages and the music of freedom....
Blogs
January 5 2015

Fresh Meat: Snow Way Out by Christine Husom

Snow Way Out by Christine Husom is the debut cozy in the Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series set in a small...
Blogs
January 4 2015

Fresh Meat: For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen

For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen is the second cozy in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery...
Blogs
January 1 2015

The Quietest Crime of the Century: Happy New Year!

Is all really quietest on New Year's Day? Ask one of the perpetrators of the “crime...
Blogs
December 29 2014

Fake Champagne: “Apple cider, Metallic Soda Water, or Worse”

So says Champagne Warrior Brad Baker. When high-end bottles and desirable, limited vintages are in...
Excerpts
December 26 2014

Paw and Order: New Excerpt

Paw and Order by Diane Kelly is the second book in the Paw Enforcement series about police officer...
Blogs
December 25 2014

Joy Through the Underworld and Peace on Earth!

Don't get homicidal for the holidays, at least not without us and 7 Noir Holiday...
Excerpts
December 21 2014

Meet Your Baker: New Excerpt

Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander is the debut  in the new cozy Bakeshop Mystery series where...
Blogs
December 19 2014

Number 1 of the Scams of Christmas: Santa Letter Scams

The Santa Letter scam takes the No. 1 spot on this list for several reasons. First, it victimizes...
Blogs
December 18 2014

Number 2 of the Scams of Christmas: Holiday Heartbreakers

As the holidays roll in, some people get lonely. With our emotions out of control, online dating...
Excerpts
December 16 2014

A Nip of Murder: New Excerpt

A Nip of Murder by Carol Miller is the second installment in the Moonshine Mystery Series where amateur...
Blogs
December 15 2014

Fresh Meat: Kill ’Em with Cayenne by Gail Oust

Kill 'Em with Cayenne by Gail Oust is the second cozy in the Spice Shop Mystery Series featuring...
Blogs
December 9 2014

Number 11 of the Scams of Christmas: Mystery Shopping

Who wouldn’t like to have a little extra cash for the holidays? If you happen to be one...
Blogs
December 8 2014

Number 12 of the Scams of Christmas: Soggy Security

Criminal Element's counting down 12 scams of Christmas, beginning with an issue that can...
Blogs
December 5 2014

Newspaper Turns Frown Upside Down, Circulation Plummets

  Recently, The City Reporter in Russia promised to publish only good news, and circulation...
Blogs
December 2 2014

Fresh Meat: Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle

Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle is the 14th book in the cozy Coffeehouse Mystery Series set in NYC...
Excerpts
December 1 2014

Blood Rubies: New Excerpt

Blood Rubies by Jane K. Cleland is the 9th Josie Prescott Mystery about the antiques expert who is...
Blogs
November 24 2014

Headlining This Year’s Frozen Turkey Drop

It's widely known that newsmen love loathe holidays, and this year, vehicular mayhem set...
Blogs
November 17 2014

Salting the Battlefield: Worricker’s Conclusion

Worricker (Bill Nighy) is on the run, now in Germany with ex-spy, ex-love Margot (Helena Bonham...
Blogs
November 15 2014

Fresh Meat: A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson

A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson is the 8th cozy mystery featuring heroine Dandy...