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February 19, 2018
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Shotgun Blues: Man Gets Ticketed for Driving in the HOV Lane with Mannequin as Passenger
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Crime Fiction in the Age of Trump
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Ice Cream Man Attacks Rival with a Shovel for Encroaching on His Territory
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Fri
Feb 16 2018 4:30pm

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 12:00pm

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.

Wed
Feb 14 2018 3:30pm

The Purloined Puzzle by Parnell Hall: A Visual Guide

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

Amateur sleuth and crossword impresario Cora Felton is asked to solve a puzzle, only to find that it’s been stolen―and a murder weapon has been left in its place. Take a visual tour of Parnell Hall's The Purloined Puzzle!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Feb 9 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Death in the Bar”

Eclipses often symbolize chaos and disorder—but murder?

Kate Shackleton better get to the bottom of all this death ... and the bottom of a glass of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the "Death in the Bar” cocktail, inspired by Frances Brody's ninth Kate Shackleton historical mystery, Death in the Stars!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Feb 9 2018 12:00pm

Ice Cream Man Attacks Rival with a Shovel for Encroaching on His Territory

Bah Gawd! That’s Mr. Tastee’s music! And he’s got a shovel!!

According to The Independent, a cold-blooded assault took place in Middlesex, UK, when an ice cream man assaulted a rival with a shovel for encroaching on “his” territory. Always “The Entertainer,” Qelik Shiha, 33, knew that if you want to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man. The victim, whose name is—IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HIS NAME IS—parked his truck in Shiha’s usual selling spot. Claiming he didn’t know (though his ass never called somebody), the victim thought—IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HE THINKS—he could set up shop anywhere. But Shiha is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, so he yelled—WOOO!—at the victim—WOOO!—punched his window—WOOO!—and chased him before striking him with a shovel. Rest. In. Peace.

The victim was taken to a hospital and had to undergo surgery. Shiha was arrested for assault and sentenced to 30 months in prison for inflicting grievous bodily harm. And that’s the bottom line because the judge said so!

Wed
Feb 7 2018 3:30pm

The Hush by John Hart: A Visual Guide

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Building on the world first seen in The Last Child, John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen—take a visual tour of The Hush!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Feb 2 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Agnes Boozi”

Agnes Luthi has gotten mixed up with trouble again!

So as the clock ticks the day away and slowly crawls towards happy hour, let's party with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—and mix up a few "Agnes Boozi” cocktails, inspired by Tracee de Hahn's second Agnes Luthi Mystery, A Well-Timed Murder!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Feb 2 2018 11:00am

Condiment Crazy: Man Yells “I’ll Go to (Expletive) Jail Over Some Barbecue Sauce!” and Does

What’s better: Waffle House or prison food?

Depends. Does Waffle House have any BBQ sauce?

This hard-hitting question led Willie Edward Drake, 43, to favor three hots and a cot over the infamous awful waffle.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta, Drake entered a Waffle House off I-75 near Macon, Georgia, early one Tuesday and sat down to order. Understandably, he wanted his food smothered and covered in BBQ sauce. However, an employee peppered in the bad news that Waffle House had diced the savory sauce, which capped a rough time for Drake and topped even his worst fears. He then chunked some obscenities at the employee, saying, “I’ll go to (expletive) jail over some barbecue sauce!” And in this country, you can be sure he got his wish. Police took him all the way to jail and charged him with disorderly conduct. To make matters worse, Sheriff David Davis confirmed that the jail doesn’t have BBQ sauce either.

Wed
Jan 31 2018 3:30pm

A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart: A Visual Guide

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A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart is the 25th book in the Jane Lawless mystery series—take a visual tour!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 26 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Evan Smoke”

Orphan X. The Nowhere Man. Evan Smoak. Whatever name you know him by, you don't want to be on his bad side.

So get on his good side with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the "Evan Smoke” cocktail, inspired by Gregg Hurwitz's third Orphan X thriller, Hellbent!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Jan 26 2018 12:00pm

Woman Sneaks onto International Flight ... Again

Marilyn Hartman used to think that she could not go on. Just idly going about life like it was nothing but an awful song. But some people are just meant for traveling—like it was the meaning of true love. So she reached out to the open sky and its everlasting arms.

The 66-year-old Grayslake woman with a history of trying to sneak onto airline flights once again slipped past security and flew from O’Hare International Airport to London.

You might think: How? But TSA agents are people, and people get distracted. If she could see it, then she could do it. And if you act like you belong, you can do anything. If you believe it, there’s nothing to it...

I believe she can fly. Woooo!
I believe she can touch the sky.
She thinks about it every night and day.
Sneak on a plane and fly away.

Sorry. According to CBS Chicago, Marilyn Hartman slipped past a distracted TSA agent at O’Hare International Airport, made her way to the international terminal, slipped her way past a busy gate agent, and boarded a British Airways flight to London. Once on the flight, she hid in the bathroom and then found an empty seat after takeoff.

However, unable to produce a passport at Heathrow Airport, Hartman was sent back to O’Hare where she was charged with “one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass and one felony count of theft greater than $500.”

Exclusive interview with Marilyn Hartman!

Wed
Jan 24 2018 3:30pm

The Château by Paul Goldberg: A Visual Guide

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The Château by Paul Goldberg (acclaimed author of The Yid) takes us behind the scenes of a Florida condo board election, delivering a wild spin on Miami Beach, petty crime, Jewish identity, and life in Trump's America—take a visual tour!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 19 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Mitford Martini”

It's 1920, you're working at the Mitford household, and a murderer is in your midst.

Sounds like the perfect time for this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—"The Mitford Martini” cocktail, inspired by Jessica Fellowes's Golden Age-style mystery, The Mitford Murders!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Jan 19 2018 1:00pm

Man Attempts to Pay for Drink at Domino’s Pizza with Marijuana

What is money, exactly? Back in the day, before coins and cash and credit cards, we used to exchange goods and services based on perceived value. A bucket of corn for a day’s work. Two potatoes for a head of lettuce. A dime-bag of marijuana for a drink?

According to Omaha World-Herald, a 24-year-old man in Lincoln, NE, attempted to use marijuana to pay for a drink at a Domino’s Pizza. After paying for his pizza with tattered and taped-up money, the man decided to quench his thirst with a cold beverage. Except for this time, he slid the cashier some weed as payment. The cashier reported this strange exchange to the manager, who called the police.

When police arrived, they found a joint, a scale, and individually packed marijuana, as well as $87. Looks like he got his greenbacks confused! The penalty: a possession charge and $5,000 bail.

Wed
Jan 17 2018 3:00pm

This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong: A Visual Guide

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In this page-turning entry in Kelley Armstrong’s gripping series, life in Rockton is about to get even more dangerous—take a visual tour of This Fallen Prey!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 12 2018 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Gamblin’ Jack”

Revenge is a drink best served cold.

So is this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Gamblin' Jack” cocktail, inspired by Scott Adlerberg's historical revenge thriller, Jack Waters! I bet you can't have just one...

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Jan 12 2018 11:00am

Military Joyride: Man Steals Tank, Crashes through Store Window, Steals Bottle of Wine

Let’s play a game: Russia or Florida?

Recently, a drunk man stole a tank from a military base, drove it through the streets, crashed it through a grocery store, got out of the tank, walked around in the aisles, and tried to steal a bottle of wine before the police finally arrested him.

If it weren’t for the snow in the picture above, the Sunshine State would have been a perfectly reasonable answer (and I wouldn’t be surprised if you could do a quick Google search and find a similar story). But alas, Russia is in the news again—this time, at least, for hilarious reasons.

According to The Guardian, the man stole the armored vehicle from a military driving school in Apatity, Russia, on Wednesday. Sounds like a dream joyride to me—but then again, I am from Florida…

Wed
Jan 10 2018 3:00pm

Dark in Death by J. D. Robb: A Visual Guide

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in Dark in Death and takes on a case of death imitating art—take a visual tour of J. D. Robb's 46th In Death novel, Dark in Death!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 5 2018 5:00pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Wine Between Us”

What do you do when you find yourself in a scary love triangle where you don't know who to trust?

Read between the lies with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Wine Between Us” cocktail, inspired by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's psychological thriller, The Wife Between Us!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Jan 5 2018 12:00pm

How Stella Got His Friend’s Back: Man Drinks 20 Pints of Stella, Sticks Up for Friend, Bites Man on Leg

I often get hungry when I drink, but I’m happy to report that I’ve never tried to bite another man’s leg.

In Hull—a port city in East Yorkshire, England—a man was “heavy in the drink” when he got into an altercation with a bus driver that led to him fighting with security and biting a man’s leg. According to Metro UK, Anthony Anderson, 43, admitted to drinking 20 pints of Stella Artois before getting into an altercation that he claims was started because he was sticking up for his friend who was getting picked on. After security guards escorted him off the bus, Anderson and one guard wrestled to the ground, where Anderson bit the man on the leg and punched him in the face.

Anderson admitted to assault and received an eight-week prison sentence as well as various fines.