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March 27, 2018
Dark Streets, Green River: The Murder and Mayhem Conference in Chicago
Susanna Calkins
March 23, 2018
Driver in the UK Tries to Pass as Homer Simpson After Getting Pulled Over
Adam Wagner
March 19, 2018
Q&A with Christi Daugherty, Author of The Echo Killing
Christi Daugherty and Crime HQ
March 16, 2018
Like Stealing Candy from... "Gumball Bandit" Steals Large Gumball Machine from Sacramento Animal Shelter
Adam Wagner
March 13, 2018
Q&A with Sebastian Rotella, Author of Rip Crew
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Wed
Mar 28 2018 3:30pm

What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka: A Visual Guide

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What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka is the thrilling follow up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator Roxane Weary—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Mar 26 2018 4:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.13: “Do Not Send Us Astray”

Hey! What do ya know!? When the show about zombies actually reintroduces them as a threat, we get an entertaining episode.

“Do Not Send Us Astray” is the first episode in a long time where the zombies weren't just accessories to the human drama unfolding (slowly). Instead of keeping them in the background, barely given a second thought unless the week's budget allows for a few easy kills to up the gore factor, the show actually reminded us why this world was so scary in the first place. And even though they only killed people whom we've never met, their presence was felt and the episode watchable. We're in the home stretch for this season—let's hope the trend continues.

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Mar 23 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Cotton Paloma”

What do you do when you come across top-secret documents that could change the course of history?

Settle your nerves with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Cotton Paloma” cocktail, inspired by Steve Berry's prequel Cotton Malone thriller, The Bishop's Pawn!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Mar 23 2018 12:00pm

Driver in the UK Tries to Pass as Homer Simpson After Getting Pulled Over

“You can't depend on me all your life. You have to learn that there's a little Homer Simpson in all of us.”

A woman in the UK recently attempted to pass as the yellow, four-fingered buffoon by handing an officer a fake driver’s license claiming she was none other than Homer Simpson. While they clearly share no physical resemblance, she resembles Homer in spirit, as the offense does seem like something he would do.

The woman’s car was seized and she was reported for driving with no insurance and driving without a proper license.

She and Matthew McConaughey would be the perfect couple!

Wed
Mar 21 2018 3:30pm

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves: A Visual Guide

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From Crime Writers Association's Diamond Dagger Award winner Ann Cleeves comes The Glass Room, published for the first time in the US—take a visual tour of the fifth Vera Stanhope mystery with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Mar 19 2018 5:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.12: “The Key”

If you would have told us five years ago that The Walking Dead would feature a showdown with Rick and Negan involving a flaming Lucille and zombies ablaze, we would have thought there was no way this show wasn't still the best show on television. Unfortunately, this show has gone so far off the rails that not even that badass scenario (which, as a fight scene, was just as underwhelming as the show has been) could make up for its storytelling shortcomings. 

Here's hoping Georgie introduces a new storyline to finally take us away from this neverending stalemate between Rick and Negan.

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Mar 16 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Purloined Swizzle”

A stolen puzzle. A bloody knife. A dead body.

I think the Puzzle Lady could use a drink! And what better drink than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—"The Purloined Swizzle” cocktail, inspired by Parnell Hall's 19th Puzzle Lady Mystery, The Purloined Puzzle!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Mar 16 2018 12:00pm

Like Stealing Candy from... “Gumball Bandit” Steals Large Gumball Machine from Sacramento Animal Shelter

Apparently, it’s easier to steal candy from a baby than it is from puppies and kittens. A man in Sacramento, CA, broke into a local animal shelter by busting a small window near the door and attempting to steal a large gumball machine, ostensibly for the collection of quarters contained inside. Unfortunately for him, the small hole he made in the window to get in wasn’t large enough for the large gumball machine. But the determined “Gumball Bandit” was not deterred.

That is until the glass in the machine broke, spilling gumballs all over the floor like a Home Alone movie. When he finally realized he wasn’t getting out the way he came in, he managed to remember that most buildings have more than one door. He took his bubblegum booty through a door in the back, tossed it over a barbed-wire fence, and escaped.

In response, the City of Sacramento's Front Street Animal Shelter shared the security footage on their Facebook, kindly pointing out the donation box full of cash the perp derp managed to overlook. Seriously, of all the things to steal from all the places in the world…

Watch footage of the “Gumball Bandit”!

Wed
Mar 14 2018 4:00pm

Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope: A Visual Guide

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A series of bizarre murders―the victims nearly unidentifiable―forces FBI tracker “Steps” Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he’s ever encountered—take a visual tour of Spencer Kope's second Special Tracking Unit novel, Whispers of the Dead!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Mar 9 2018 5:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Fade to Stout”

A lot of times, people drink to forget—but when you're an amnesiac, you don't need booze for that.

So drink to remember with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the "Fade to Stout” cocktail, inspired by David Rosenfelt's second Doug Brock novel, Fade to Black!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Mar 9 2018 1:00pm

Robbery with a Chance of Meatballs: Man Steals Meatballs & Gets Caught Red-Handed

According to localnews21.com, police were called to a residence in the Hazle Township of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, on a suspected robbery—the contraband: a pot of meatballs. The victim claims the missing meatballs were stolen from inside his garage. When police arrived, the pot was found on the street outside the residence.

Leahman Potter, 48, was caught red-handed (and red-shirted) when police noticed the man had red sauce on his face and clothing. Police noticed Potter had an active warrant and took him into custody, charging the peckish perp with burglary, criminal trespass, and theft by unlawful taking. That’s a spicy meatball!

Wed
Mar 7 2018 5:00pm

Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide

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Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton is the third book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series featuring bookseller and amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Wed
Feb 28 2018 4:00pm

Date with Malice by Julia Chapman: A Visual Guide

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Date with Malice by Julia Chapman is the second book in a delightful new English village mystery series set in the Yorkshire Dales—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Feb 26 2018 6:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.09: “Honor”

Last night’s episode of Lifetime Presents: The Walking Dead was an emotional journey through Carl’s last day on this zombie-riddled planet. After taking a bite to the belly, Carl spends the day getting his affairs in order for a tearful goodbye and a last-ditch effort at a humanitarian plea for peace. Interspersed with overexposed, utopian dream sequences, “Honor” felt more like an episode of This Is Us than The Walking Dead (save for Morgan’s intestinal fortitude).

The fact that the show took an entire episode to tell the story of Carl’s death is indicative of the poor writing this entire storyline has exhibited. The last two seasons have seen us back and forth in an unending stalemate that looks less like a war and more like a bore. The midseason-finale shock moment was knowing Carl was bitten and destined to die. The midseason premiere was an hour of saying goodbye to Carl. Lately, we don’t even get any exciting moments in the bookmark episodes…

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Feb 23 2018 5:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Lush”

When you live alone on six thousand acres of land, a drink or two (or 10) can help pass the time.

And what better drink to imbibe than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—"The Lush” cocktail, inspired by John Hart's The Hush!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Feb 23 2018 1:00pm

How to Lose the Cops in 10 Days: Suspected Car Thief Tries to Convince Police He’s Matthew McConaughey

When police officers in Georges Township, PA, got a call about a suspicious man prowling around outside, they knew this was their chance to be true detectives. When they arrived on the scene, however, they found Troy Miller, 46, sitting in another person’s car.

Dazed and confused, Miller tried to make everything alright, alright, alright by telling the officers he was none other than Matthew McConaughey. But since the car he was in wasn’t a Lincoln, the officers didn’t fall for his fool’s gold.

Miller was arrested and charged with attempted theft of a motor vehicle, false identification to law enforcement authorities, and loitering and prowling at night.

Wed
Feb 21 2018 4:30pm

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien: A Visual Guide

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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for—take a visual tour of Vivien Chien's first Noodle House Mystery, Death by Dumpling!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Feb 16 2018 5:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Whiskey in the Water”

Every good detective has an origin story. A first case. A place where it all began.

So as we return to Charles Lenox's roots, let's also return to the roots of the “water of life” with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the "Whiskey in the Water” cocktail, inspired by Charles Finch's prequel Charles Lenox mystery, The Woman in the Water!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Feb 16 2018 1:00pm

Shotgun Blues: Man Gets Ticketed for Driving in the HOV Lane with Mannequin as Passenger

Traffic sucks. We all wish we could just scoot over that solid white line into the HOV lane and cruise all the way home. Well, someone in Canada must have been watching Lars and the Real Girl and had a great idea. 

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a vehicle caught a patrolling officer's eye when it sped into the HOV lane without signaling. After pulling the vehicle over, the officer noticed a strange companion riding shotgun. A mannequin dressed in a hoodie and sunglasses was propped up to look like a passenger in an attempt to meet the minimum two-person law for riding in the HOV lane.

The officer issued the driver several citations for the offenses and seized the mannequin for questioning.