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Blogs
April 17 2015

Letter from Lyon: At 2015’s Quais du Polar

The Quais Du Polar is the largest crime fiction festival in France, and that’s saying a lot,...
Blogs
April 17 2015

The M.O.’s Long Gone Selection: “Fix Me”

We're proud to present “Fix Me” by S.W. Lauden, the first crime fiction selection...
Blogs
April 9 2015

True Crime Thursday: Revisiting the Disappearance of Susan Powell in If I Can’t Have You

Normally, a dad taking his two sons camping is not strange, but when it occurs in the middle...
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 27 2015

The Stranger She Loved: New Excerpt

The Stranger She Loved by Shanna Hogan is a true crime account of a Mormon doctor's murder of...
Blogs
March 27 2015

Like Jurassic Park, with Foreskins

Last year, we covered the strange and controversial artistic history of the Holy Foreskin, supposedly...
Blogs
March 24 2015

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson: Looking at the Cast

If American Horror Story and Fargo werent' enough proof already, with the announcement of...
Blogs
March 17 2015

Now Win This!: Caught Red Handed Sweepstakes

Here's the smell of the blood: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand,...
Excerpts
March 16 2015

The Presidents and UFOs: New Excerpt

The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama by Larry Holcombe is an extensive look...
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 4 2015

Cops Discover Pot in Container Labeled NOT WEED

File this one under another harebrained idea. A Nebraska man has been cited for possessing marijuana...
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 3 2015

Gangland Undercover: Inside the Vagos Motorcycle Gang

As Charles Falco was about to learn after being caught for dealing drugs, the only way out of jail...
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...
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 25 2015

Man Wreaks Havoc at Salon After Bad Haircut

A Connecticut man who just didn’t appreciate the look of the haircut he received was arrested...
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 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 19 2015

The Riddler: Man Solves Puzzle with Only One Letter

Should you ever run up against The Riddler, a sphynx, or any other puzzle-obsessed villains,...
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 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...
Blogs
February 5 2015

Pulling Teeth Causes Massive Traffic Jam

A distracted driver was responsible for a huge traffic jam in Alabama over the weekend. The driver...
Blogs
February 2 2015

Announcing 2015’s Agatha Award Nominees

The groundhog and awards season are upon us! The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.”...
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 29 2015

Ketchup Me If You Can

If you're looking for the perfect gift to add to the cupboards of the whacky foodie in your life...
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,...
Excerpts
January 24 2015

Crazy for You: New Excerpt

Crazy for You by Michael Fleeman is the true story of the murder of a husband and father from Atlanta...