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June 3 2016


Power corrupts, but surely alcohol has never caused any problems!?   This week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller,...
May 4 2016

Investigation of a Citizen

An attractive young woman smiles at a man through her apartment window. Once he’s in her apartment, she embraces him. “How are you going to kill me this time?” she asks. “I’m...
March 22 2016

Frank Underwood 2016: Anything for America

As we move deeper and deeper into the presidential campaign, what better way is there to show your support for America's most tenacious candidate than with this Frank Underwood t-shirt? Some campaign...
August 31 2015

Show Me a Hero: Parts 5 and 6

The last two episodes of Show Me a Hero were both invigorating and depressing, as the housing actually gets built and the lives of the families in the projects rise, and Nick’s (Oscar Issac)...
August 24 2015

Show Me a Hero: Parts 3 and 4

The meaty middle of Show Me a Hero begins and ends in the thick of battle, as Nick learns the hard way that everyone loves a winner and nobody wants to hitch their wagon to a loser. The embattled...
August 17 2015

Show Me a Hero: Parts 1 and 2

“Show me a hero, and I’ll give you a tragedy.” The Wire changed television and remains one of the greatest stories about life in an American city ever created. So, no pressure,...
July 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Cold Frame by P.T. Deutermann

Cold Frame by P.T. Deutermann is a political thriller set in Washington D.C. where a secret NSA-sanctioned assassination squad goes rogue (available July 14, 2015). A cold frame protects plants...
July 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis

Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis is the 3rd historical mystery in the Flavia Alba series set in Ancient Rome (available July 14, 2015). Deadly Election, Lindsey Davis’s latest novel of ancient...
June 27 2015

Fresh Meat: Elimination by Ed Gorman

Elimination by Ed Gorman is the final political thriller in the Dev Conrad series where the investigator must figure out who tried to kill a Congress member running for re-election (available July 1,...
May 24 2015

Fresh Meat: One Murder More by Kris Calvin

One Murder More by Kris Calvin is the debut mystery in the Maren Kane series about a good-hearted lobbyist from Sacremento caught up in a murder investigation (available June 1, 2015). When you...
February 16 2015

Perverse Presidential Honors

President Dwight D. Eisenhower must've been a heckuva good sport, because he played lowdown prairie rat to a cowboy on a white horse at his own danged inauguration. This AP photo shows Ike being...
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 have existed since Thomas Jefferson began using one in 1804. This graceful robotic mannequin used to...
December 2 2014

House of Cards Season 3 Premiere Date Announced

Did you catch the the important message delivered by Frank and Claire Underwood? If not, we have it below. The newest inhabitants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wanted to let you know they'll...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
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 Carter) by his side. They’re stirring the embers of their faded romance and recalling all the...
November 8 2014

Fresh Meat: The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch

The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch is the 8th book in the historical mystery series featuring gentleman detective Charles Lenox, who’ll return to professional crime-solving with an awful case...
November 7 2014

Duper’s Delight: Unrestrained Glee at Getting Away With It

Remember this disturbing grin? Professional liespotter Pamela Meyer calls it “Duper's Delight,” the thrill a liar may not be able to contain at getting away with it. From her TED talk,...
October 4 2014

Fresh Meat: The Delta by Tony Park

The Delta is a thriller by Tony Park set in Africa about Sonja Kurtz, an ex-assassin turned mercenary who's hired to blow up a dam in Botswana (available October 7, 2014). Modern Africa is a...
September 5 2014

Fresh Meat: Night of the Jaguar by Joe Gannon

Night of the Jaguar is the debut thriller from Joe Gannon about a a former Sandinista guerrilla comandante turned cop who investigates a string of political executions (available September 9, 2014). Jaguars...
April 14 2014

Avoid Redcoats, But Take The Turn Trail

If you’ve been watching Turn, AMC’s new Revolutionary War spy drama, you might be wondering where the creators found such authentic filming locations. Although the series, which...
February 8 2014

Fresh Meat: Pillar to the Sky by William R. Forstchen

Pillar to the Sky by William R. Forstchen is a futuristic thriller about a space elevator facing financial, engineering, and political challenges to save a world and humanity in decline (available February...
December 12 2013

When the Men Were Slick and the Women Were Out of Control: American Hustle Trailer

Bradley Cooper's ridiculous perm and other bad hair decisions aside, American Hustle promises to be a knock-out of '70s proportions, and reunites some great talent in Hollywood. Jeremy...
December 2 2013

Warren G. Harding: Heart Attack, Stroke, or Murder?

What do President Zachary Taylor and Warren G. (Gamaliel) Harding have in common, other than being president? Yes, both were somewhat heavyset. But more importantly, both of their deaths have stirred...
November 19 2013

The Death of JFK, Part 3: Where We Stand 50 Years Later

Read here for Part 1: Five Things We Now Know and Part 2: Trigger, Trigger! Who Pulled the Trigger?   Continuing... At 50 years, I’m not sure where we stand. Yes, we have...
November 18 2013

The Death of JFK, Part 2: Trigger, Trigger! Who Pulled the Trigger?

Read here for Part 1: Five Things We Now Know Continuing with... Oswald’s Weapons Training Inevitably, in any discussion of the Kennedy assassination, the question of Oswald’s...
November 15 2013

The Death of JFK, Part 1: Five Things We Now Know

The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is quickly approaching on November 22nd.  And we’ve already been subjected to panel discussions, new books, letters...
October 17 2013

Fresh Meat: Ask Not by Max Allan Collins

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins is historical fiction, the third novel in the Nathan Heller JFK Trilogy preceded by Bye Bye, Baby, and Target Lancer (available October 22, 2013).   It’s...
October 15 2013

Fresh Meat: Double Vision: Code Name 711 by F.T. Bradley

Double Vision: Code Name 711 by F.T. Bradley is the second book in the Double Vision kid espionage mystery series (available October 15, 2013). Lincoln Baker is just trying to live life. He’s...
September 29 2013

Fresh Meat: Blackstone and the Endgame by Sally Spencer

Blackstone and the Endgame by Sally Spencer is tenth in a historical police procedural series featuring Inspector Sam Blackstone (available October 1, 2013).  Spencer is a pseudonym for Alan...
September 28 2013

Fresh Meat: Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor

Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor is the 24th procedural mystery featuring Joe Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, in which the team is spread thin, along with the rest of law enforcement,...
September 26 2013

The Five Best (and Worst) Things About Scandal

Scandal, Shonda Rhimes' hit political thriller, is terrific trash. I don’t say that as a backhanded compliment, either. I have every reason to believe that it’s designed to be instantly...