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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.

Excerpts
March 30 2015

Marked Fur Murder: New Excerpt

Marked Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle is the 3rd paranormal cozy in the Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot mystery...
Blogs
March 30 2015

Arsenic in Your Wine Glass? Naturally!

A recent California lawsuit claims a score of brands of wines produced there, contain high levels...
Excerpts
March 29 2015

A Ghostly Grave: New Excerpt

A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes is the second in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series about a young...
Excerpts
March 23 2015

Poison Ivy: New Excerpt

Poison Ivy by Cynthia Riggs is the 11th cozy in the Martha's Vineyard Mystery Series starring...
Blogs
March 17 2015

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: April, 2015

We want to help you discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with this brand-new, delightfully...
Excerpts
March 17 2015

Echoes: New Excerpt

Echoes by Laura K. Curtis is the first romantic suspense in the Harp Security series, in which a travel...
Excerpts
March 14 2015

The Dragon of Handale: New Excerpt

The Dragon of Handale by Cassandra Clark is the 5th historical mystery starring Hildegard set in 14th...
Excerpts
March 13 2015

Swan Dive: Exclusive Excerpt

Swan Dive by Kendel Lynn is the 3rd cozy in the Elliott Libson series, and this time a poisoned cupcake...
Excerpts
March 10 2015

The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers: New Excerpt

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The Cat Sitter's Whiskers is the 10th cozy in Blaize Clement's series, now written by her...
Blogs
March 6 2015

Literary Mysteries: The Enduring Riddle of Edwin Drood

On June 8, 1870, in the middle of composing the twelve part serial The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the...
Blogs
March 6 2015

Submissions for The M.O. Close at Midnight!

Okay, it'll technically be 11:59p.m. when The M.O. submissions close. But don't be caught...
Blogs
March 5 2015

But These Tarantulas are Farm-Raised, with BBQ Seasoning!

Eating wild bugs can be a risky affair, but in the global bazaar, insect specialties are now available,...
Blogs
March 3 2015

Fresh Meat: The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen

The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen is the 14th historical mystery in the Molly Murphy series, and this...
Blogs
March 3 2015

Now Win This!: Shooters and Computers Sweepstakes

Sometimes CTRL + ALT + DELETE just won't do, and you'll wish you had backup. These eight...
Blogs
March 2 2015

Lizzie Borden’s Not Nearly Done!

Christina Ricci will reprise the role of Lizzie Borden in a 6-episode miniseries, plus two more...
Excerpts
March 1 2015

Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses: New Excerpt

Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses by Diane Kelly is the 8th cozy mystery in the IRS Special Agent...
Blogs
February 27 2015

One Week Until The M.O. Submissions are Long Gone!

The M.O.'s submissions mailbox closes next Friday, so sneak a peek at sample shortlisters in our...
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February 26 2015

The M.O.’s Rogues’ Gallery of 2015

In 2015, these mugs committed malfeasance occasional against very short crime fiction—look upon...
Blogs
February 23 2015

Grantchester: Season Finale 1.06

An invitation to Amanda’s wedding has arrived, triggering a fresh chorus of the blues for...
Blogs
February 23 2015

This Head in a Jar Can Be Yours!

Whether to reinforce dieting aims or for sheer delight, who doesn't want their stainless...
Blogs
February 22 2015

Fresh Meat: A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders marks the debut of Samantha Clair, a London book editor caught...
Blogs
February 20 2015

The M.O.: Submissions are Open for the Next Two Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is open! That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com)....
Blogs
February 17 2015

Under the Radar: Alien Trespass (2009)

When you’re an alien on a mission, you can’t go wrong with a plucky waitress at your side....
Blogs
February 17 2015

Now Win This!: Touch of Madness Sweepstakes

There is no genius without a touch of madness, as these seven books can attest! Click here...
Blogs
February 16 2015

Grantchester 1.05

Sidney and Geordie are off to the big city for a harmless night out, or at least as harmless...
Blogs
February 16 2015

Perverse Presidential Honors

President Dwight D. Eisenhower must've been a heckuva good sport, because he played lowdown prairie...
Blogs
February 12 2015

Coffee: Fuel of Scientists, Scholars, and Writers

Writers and editors are among the Top 5 coffee-drinking professions. Yay! The study proving this intuitive...
Blogs
February 7 2015

Fresh Meat: Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne

Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne is the first Sketch in Crime mystery featuring CeCe Prentice,...
Blogs
February 7 2015

Fresh Meat: A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody

A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody is the 4th book in the Post-WWI British mystery series featuring...
Blogs
February 6 2015

Kids Reenacting 2015 Oscar Nominees

Have you seen the Oscar nominees for Best Picture? Maybe not like this. Kids play selected bits from...