The Edgar Awards Revisited: 2007

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The Edgar Awards Revisited: Down River by John Hart (Best Novel, 2008)

The 2008 Edgar Awards were not exactly a banner year for diversity, with no nominees being women or writers of color, but it was a year of heavy-hitters nevertheless, with John Hart, Benjamin Black (Christine Falls), Ken Bruen (Priest), Reed Farrel Coleman (Soul Patch), and Michael Chabon (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union) vying for the honor.…

Critical Point by S. L. Huang: A Visual Guide

Critical Point by S. L. Huang is the third book in the Cas Russell series, where math-genius mercenary Cas Russell must confront her troubled past to save herself and her dearest friends—take a visual tour with GIFnotes! Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has stopped a shadow organization from brainwashing the world. Discovered her past was deliberately…

Book Review: An Incantation of Cats by Clea Simon

An Incantation of Cats is the second novel in the Witch Cats Of Cambridge Series by Clea Simon, in which Harriet, Laurel, and Clara, three magical cats, must learn to work together to save the person they all love. Becca Colwin has hung out her shingle as a witch detective, to the mixed feelings of…

Introducing AI: Master Criminal, Super Sleuth

The detective will see you now. He can read minds, see through walls, and guess your desires from a facial scan. He knows when you’re lying before you do. He never sleeps and his brain’s in the cloud. You have nothing to worry about. In the world of crime and punishment, never has the double-edged…

Book Review: The Companion by Kim Taylor Blakemore

In her debut historical mystery, The Companion, Kim Taylor Blakemore takes readers to New Hampshire in 1855, where Lucy Blunt revisits the events that landed her on death row.  I first came across Kim Taylor Blakemore on Instagram. The photos she posts of her research drew me in. Many were in relation to her writing…

Dark Crime Fiction Novels for the Dark Nights of Winter

Ever since I discarded the Hardy Boys in favor of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds as a grade-schooler, I have embraced the dark. From Ahab in Moby Dick to Alex in A Clockwork Orange to Sophie and Nathan in Sophie’s Choice, I gravitate toward stories that show humans at their most depraved and immoral.…

The God Game by Danny Tobey: New Excerpt

1 THE GAME The blue light of the computer screen was flickering on Charlie’s and Peter’s faces, making them look like astronauts lit by the cosmos. “Say something.” “No.” “Seriously. Go for it.” “This is stupid.” “Don’t you want to meet God?” There was a knock on the door. Charlie’s father. Peter rushed to snub…

Cooking the Books: Sealed Off by Barbara Ross

I can’t believe this is already the eighth book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series! It feels like only yesterday that I started to have adventures with Julia Snowden and her friends and family, enjoying each book as thoroughly as the last. In this installment, Julia is overseeing the imminent reconstruction of her family’s inherited…

Book Review: The Hollows by Jess Montgomery

The Hollows by Jess Montgomery is the second book in the Kinship series, a powerful, big-hearted, and exquisitely written follow-up to her highly acclaimed debut, The Widows. The Hollows is Jess Montgomery’s second book in the Kinship historical mystery series set in Southern Ohio. The first book in the series, The Widows, introduced readers to…

Book Review: Purgatory Bay by Bryan Gruley

Purgatory Bay by Bryan Gruley is the sequel to the Amazon Charts-bestselling Bleak Harbor, where misdeeds of the past must be faced in order to find kidnapping victims before it’s too late. Bryan Gruley is a veteran journalist who has shared in the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Wall Street Journal for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist…