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Book Review: The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

This almost Dickensian thriller starts with a young woman who’s just been kidnapped by persons unknown and is being kept in the dark, both figuratively and literally.  After losing her parents at a young age, Amelie Lamont lived on the streets until she was more or less rescued by Carolyn Blakely, the woman who would…

Cooking the Books: Murder in a Cape Cottage by Maddie Day

Our heroine, Mac Almeida, and her fiancé, Tim, are getting married! In the lead-up to their New Year’s nuptials, they’re renovating the house that they’ll be living in as a married couple. The old Cape Cod cottage is comfortable but could use a little extra modernization. Mac is most excited at the prospect of installing…

Book Review: Murder at the Serpentine Bridge by Andrea Penrose

The Earl and Countess of Wrexford are newlyweds but are currently in London instead of honeymooning at the earl’s country seat. It’s a matter of duty calls because of his elevated rank, as Wrexford and his bride are expected to be present during high-profile events. The visit of the Russian tsar certainly applies, “especially with…

Book Review: Dashing Through the Snowbirds by Donna Andrews

Meg Langslow has a merry mess on her hands, although it wouldn’t be Christmas in the fictional town of Caerphilly, Virginia if all was well. Meg’s brother Rob, the creator/owner of the software company Mutant Wizards, is “doing a rush project” for AcerGen, a Canadian firm that specializes in “forensic genealogy and DNA analysis.” There…

The Widowmaker by Hannah Morrissey: Featured Excerpt

1: Morgan The key was a blackened talisman, tucked into her leather cuff. She’d gotten in the habit of keeping it there since it had become the only tangible thing she owned when, three months ago, her entire life was reduced to ash and ruin. The fire department had already come and gone by the…

Q&A with Louise Doughty, Writer of the Crossfire Mini-Series on Britbox

Thanks so much for joining us! First, can you tell us a little about your new series, Crossfire, on Britbox?  Crossfire is a series about three families who are staying in a holiday resort on a Spanish island when gunmen come into the premises and begin to shoot. All the families are separated in different…

Book Review: Double Exposure by Ava Barry

With one seemingly simple comment from one character to another, Ava Barry perfectly captures the heart of her newest thriller, Double Exposure:  “Double exposure. A broken piece of film. Damaged imagery, you know?”  Double Exposure is a cat and mouse mystery where the role of the cat and the mouse are constantly interchanging. Set in…

Q&A with R. G. Belsky, Author of It’s News to Me

Award-winning author R. G. Belsky knows more than a thing or two about the worlds his fictional characters inhabit. A veteran journalist, he was a top editor at the New York Post, New York Daily News, Star Magazine, and NBC News before making the decision to write fiction full-time. Unsurprisingly, his vast experiences in the…

How the Tragic Death of Violet Sharpe Inspired a Classic Mystery

Most mystery fans are aware that Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express was inspired by the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping. In the classic mystery, Poirot investigates the murder of Samuel Ratchett. Years ago, Ratchett was behind the kidnapping of “Little Daisy Armstrong,” but he escaped punishment. As Poirot discovers, everyone on the train has a…

Cooking the Books: Peanut Butter Panic by Amanda Flower

Bailey King has been roped into helping with Harvest, Ohio’s first annual village-wide Thanksgiving celebration, with dinner seating both in the town square and in the church just beyond it. The formidable organizer, Margot Rawlings, has put Bailey in charge of desserts, a natural fit given the fact that she runs the now-famous Swissmen Sweets…