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Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars collide in Stargazer, the next enthralling entry in Anne Hillerman’s Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito series. Read an excerpt!

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Book Review: Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton

A messenger dressed all in black, his ensemble topped off with a “pillbox-like cap,” delivers a message to Delaney Nichols at the Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she works.  Ms. Delaney Nichols,   Your presence is requested this afternoon at 2:00 at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern to discuss Ms. Shelagh O’Conner’s vast collection of rare and…

Portland Area Crime Writers

Portland–and Oregon in general–has had its share of crime: We’re the home of D. B. Cooper, the I-5 serial killer, Diane Downs, Tonya Harding, and Westley Allen Dodd. The Green River Killer and Ted Bundy committed some of their crimes here, and a cult in eastern Oregon once tried to poison a river that fed…

Book Review: Dance with Death by Will Thomas

Like Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol opening: “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever, about that,” the premise of Will Thomas’s thirteenth Barker and Llewelyn tale is also without doubt. Tsesarevich Nicholas (heir to Czar Alexander III) was a dead ringer for his cousin, Prince George of England.  Their uncanny resemblance,…

Who are the Real Baker Street Irregulars?

Who are the real Baker Street Irregulars?  Are they a gang of street kids who worked for Sherlock Holmes, appearing in only three stories but nevertheless spawning at least three major TV shows in the last 30 years; or are they the US’s first and most famous Sherlockian society? Or are they actually Winston Churchill’s…

Book Review: A Lonely Man by Chris Power

A Lonely Man by Chris Power is an existential mystery that explores the uncertain intersection between fiction and reality and the disastrous consequences of a chance encounter. In a Berlin bookstore, two Englishmen meet while reaching for the same volume of Bolaño. Robert Prowe is an author with an acute case of writer’s block, constantly…

Discussion Questions: The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter

The Photographer Reading Group Discussion Guide In the first chapter, we’re introduced to our narrator and protagonist, Delta Dawn, who says, “It was obvious to me that you need to immerse yourself in the lifestyle if you want to fit in, if you want people to believe that you belong to their world. It’s a…

Beyond the Headlines by R. G. Belsky: New Excerpt

PROLOGUE A black-pajama-clad figure crouched alongside the sandbags piled up to protect the building in Saigon—a building filled with U.S. soldiers. Putting an explosive charge between the sandbags powerful enough to blow up the building and everyone inside. He was a Vietnamese youth, with dark hair and dark eyes, his face covered with sweat. He…

Book Review: People Of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield

This Gothic gaslight thriller presents a genuinely fresh twist on the subgenre of investigating Jack the Ripper. In Victorian England, Susannah Chapman leaves the Reading home where she was raised by her grandparents, in order to become a nurse at the London, a prestigious training hospital located in Whitechapel, one of the poorest slums of…

Cooking the Books: Knitty Gritty Murder by Peggy Ehrhart

The seventh book in the Knit & Nibble Mystery series finds the small town of Arborville, New Jersey, once more rocked by murder. Young, beautiful Jenny Miller is found strangled to death near her plot in the community garden. Most curiously, the murder weapon was a circular knitting needle, which immediately draws the attention of…

Book Review: What the Devil Knows by C. S. Harris

Life is coming up roses for Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin… or does that cliché exaggerate? It does ignore his inability to resist stirring up hornets’ nests. Even if he did exhibit restraint, determined gadfly journalist Hero would undoubtedly shove him aside and do the poking herself. Emerging intact from a chaotic past, Sebastian is…