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Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark

Book Review: Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark

In Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark, mystery writer Charlee Russo has to juggle a kidnapping, a writer’s conference and a hotel that has gone to the dogs, and she worries that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. When mystery author Charlee Russo helps her friend Viv… Read more

Tribeca: Ten Years of Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Docs

Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has taken a leading role in efforts to revitalize post-9/11 Lower Manhattan. In that time, it has become the quintessential New York film festival. We dig our crime stories here in New York, so it stands to reason Tribeca has showcased many memorable… Read more

Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story

Book Review: Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story by Ron Franscell

Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story is Ron Franscell’s deep exploration of a murderous couple and their shocking, grisly crimes.  Ron Franscell is a veteran author of fiction and non-fiction whose acclaimed works include the 2017 Edgar Award finalist A Life in Death (co-written with medical examiner Dr. Vincent Di… Read more

Book Review: Cat Chase the Moon by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

In Cat Chase the Moon—the 21st book in Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey Mystery series—feline P. I. Joe Grey and his friends pounce on three investigations that may connect to one larger mystery, including one case that is very personal. Joe Grey, one cat in a family of very unusual… Read more

Film Review: The Highwaymen (2019)

There is a playfulness to the classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, which boasts the tagline “They’re young…they’re in love…and they kill people.” The story of two of the most notorious gangsters in history navigates their dual identity as killers and pop culture icons by presenting their undeniable charm alongside… Read more

Game of Thrones 8.02: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

What about afterwards? For its fans and characters alike, thinking about the future in Game of Thrones is a dangerous game to play. As Bran reminds Jaime, “How do you know there is an afterwards?” And yet, with a likely-to-be disastrous battle on the horizon, looking ahead is an understandable… Read more

The Edgar Awards Revisited: A Case of Need by Jeffery Hudson (Best Novel; 1969)

[An abortion] is not a particularly difficult operation—a well-trained nurse can do it with no problem. There’s only one small catch.   It’s illegal. This is the driving thrust of Michael Crichton‘s (writing here as Jeffery Hudson, for reasons we’ll get into later) A Case of Need, a potent literary… Read more

Book Review: Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris

In C.S. Harris’s Who Slays the Wicked, the 14th book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, a fiendish nobleman is murdered, and Sebastian is tasked with finding the killer. The case strikes especially close to home for Sebastian, who must save his cousin from accusations of involvement.

The Disappearance of the Good Baby

The parents of 3-year-old Michael Scimeca were careful. The little boy was allowed to play in the hallway of their apartment building at 2 Prince Street, but he was not permitted outside without his mother. Not even in 1910, when many neighborhood children left their crowded apartments and took the… Read more

Book Review: Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R. Dow

In David R. Dow’s suspenseful debut novel Confessions of an Innocent Man, restaurant owner Rafael Zhettah is wrongfully convicted of the murder of a celebrity philanthropist, but he fights—for his freedom, and to deliver justice to those who stole everything from him.  David R. Dow, author of Confessions of an Innocent… Read more