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Wed
Jun 21 2017 3:30pm

Cat About Town by Cate Conte: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, take a visual tour of Cate Conte's first Cat Cafe Mystery, Cat About Town—a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jun 16 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “GINdigo”

Not all great things mix well. But sometimes you get the ingredients just right, and it becomes a recipe for success!

That's what you've got with Indigo, where 10 critically acclaimed authors combine to create a crime novel like you've never read. That's also what you get with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “GINdigo” cocktail, where three ingredients combine to create a delicious drink!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Jun 14 2017 3:30pm

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, take a visual tour of the one of most anticipated thrillers of 2017, The Breakdown by B. A. Paris!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jun 9 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Total Eclipse”

Once upon a time, I was falling in love. But now I'm only falling apart.

No need to chase eclipses to get a thrill. Instead, try a few of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Total Eclipse” cocktail, inspired by Erin Kelly's thrilling psychological suspense novel He Said/She Said!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Jun 7 2017 3:45pm

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again. Take a visual tour of Linda Castillo's 9th Kate Burkholder mystery, Down a Dark Road, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jun 2 2017 4:30pm

“And Into the Fireball” Cocktail

Nuclear fireball = scary. Hard cider + Fireball = delicious.

So drink to inevitable doom with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “And Into the Fireball” cocktail, inspired by Robert Gleason's frightening nuclear war thriller, And Into the Fire!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Jun 2 2017 12:00pm

Alarm Clock Bomb Scare

A Virginia woman created a cause for alarm in a Whole Foods parking lot the other day.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daphne Page purchased an alarm clock resembling a stick of dynamite from a garage sale for her daughter's birthday. After stopping at a local Whole Foods, another shopper noticed the alarm clock in the backseat of her car and quickly called the police.

Henrico Police Lieutenant B.T. Wilson said,  “We got there. We found the device, and it appeared to be real, which resulted in a decision to set up a perimeter.” After a 5-hour ordeal, the bomb squad used a robot to remove the alarm clock from the vehicle. 

Unfortunately for Page, Virgina law clearly states: 

Any person who constructs, uses, places, sends, or causes to be sent any hoax explosive device so as to intentionally cause another person to believe that such device is a bomb or explosive shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

Page faces up to 5 years in prison for her gag gift gone wrong. Talk about a wake-up call!

Wed
May 31 2017 3:00pm

Grace to the Finish by Julie Hyzy: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mysteries returns with a mix of murder and mayhem for curator Grace Wheaton. Take a visual tour of Julie Hyzy's 8th Manor House Mystery, Grace to the Finish, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
May 26 2017 4:30pm

“Doc’s American Dream” Cocktail

America is heading for the Great Depression, but a true love is forming down south ... one that will rival the crash of the century.

So speak easy with Bonnie & Clyde and this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“Doc's American Dream” cocktail, inspired by Jenni L. Walsh's debut historical mystery, Becoming Bonnie!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
May 24 2017 3:00pm

Shark Island by Chris Jameson: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, a shark attack survivor believes she has already lived through her worst nightmare—she's dead wrong. Take a visual tour of Chris Jameson's debut novel, Shark Island, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
May 19 2017 4:30pm

“Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” Cocktail

Vampires may need blood to survive, but what about when they vant to have a bit of fun?

They get down with a few of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” cocktail, inspired by Chris Vola's horror thriller, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
May 17 2017 3:00pm

A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, Torte—everybody’s favorite small-town family bakeshop—is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. Take a visual tour of Ellie Alexander's 6th Bakeshop Mystery, A Crime of Passion Fruit, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
May 12 2017 4:30pm

“The Last Paloma” Cocktail

What happens when currency is an illusion and the world seems on the verge of another Collapse? The drinks keep flowing!

So uncover the conspiracy with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Last Paloma” cocktail, inspired by Robert Kroese's 2nd Erasmus Keane and Blake Fowler mystery, The Last Iota!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
May 10 2017 3:30pm

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, a girl with a unique power, a shadowy organization out to get her, and a love forgotten but not lost. Take a visual tour of Rio Youers's The Forgotten Girl with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Thu
May 4 2017 4:30pm

Munchausen by Proxy: Exploring HBO’s Upcoming True Crime Documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest

The latest HBO true crime documentary deals with a very strange and often baffling disorder: Munchausen syndrome by proxy. An offshoot of Munchausen syndrome, Munchausen by proxy sees a caregiver—often a mother or spouse—create symptoms in those they care for (whether by fabricating symptoms or physically causing harm/illness) in order to gain sympathy and attention. While extremely rare, it’s also extremely dangerous. Some of the more high-profile cases led to years of physical and psychological torture and even death.

[Find out about HBO's latest true crime documentary...]

Wed
May 3 2017 3:30pm

The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, a love of words can lead to a deadly obsession. Take a visual tour of Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Mentor with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Wed
May 3 2017 11:30am

A Closer Look at The Dark Tower Trailer (2017)

“They were close to the end of the beginning...”

After months of waiting, several premiere date pushbacks, and cries from fans for a trailer—it’s finally here! The film adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, has an official trailer:

Check out our Dark Tower reread!

[Watch the trailer and join the discussion!]

Fri
Apr 28 2017 4:30pm

“Honeychurch Highball” Cocktail

What do you do when the only copy of your manuscript is lost in transit? Get Ravished with a few cocktails and start investigating! 

And I think this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—is the perfect cocktail for the job: the “Honeychurch Highball" cocktail, inspired by Hannah Dennison's 4th Honeychurch Hall mystery, Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Apr 26 2017 4:00pm

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format.

This week, the daughter of the great detective teams up with the son of the good doctor to solve a murder in the highest levels of British society. Take a visual tour of Leonard Goldberg's The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Apr 21 2017 4:30pm

“Earth Day Cooler” Cocktail

This cocktail may not actually cool the Earth, but it's a great way to celebrate Earth Day and Ann Cleeves's 7th Shetland Island Mystery, Cold Earth!

So go green with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Earth Day Cooler" cocktail!

[Check out the recipe below!]