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Wed
Oct 11 2017 3:15pm

The Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby: 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 Ellen Crosby's eighth Wine Country Mystery, The Vineyard Victims!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Oct 6 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “What the Hell Did I Just Drink”

What do you do when you're investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator and things get weird? 

Get back on the (soy) sauce with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “What the Hell Did I Just Drink” cocktail, inspired by David Wong's third John Dies at the End novel, What the Hell Did I Just Read!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Oct 4 2017 3:30pm

Ring In the Year with Murder by Auralee Wallace: 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 Auralee Wallace's fourth Otter Lake Mystery, Ring in the Year with Murder!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Sep 29 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Witches’ Tea”

Agatha Raisin is back! Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Witches' Tea” cocktail, inspired by M. C. Beaton's 28th Agatha Raisin Mystery, The Witches' Tree!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Sep 27 2017 3:00pm

Mind Game by Iris Johansen: 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 through Iris Johansen's propulsive thriller Mind Game!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Sep 22 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “var Spirit = null;”

When the future of democracy is about to implode, the freedom of choice becomes even more sacred.

So choose your favorite spirit with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “var Spirit = null;” cocktail, inspired by Malka Older's second Centenal Cycle novel, Null States!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Sep 20 2017 3:30pm

The Witches’ Tree by M. C. Beaton: A Visual Guide

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

This week, head back to the Cotswolds with a visual tour of M. C. Beaton's 28th Agatha Raisin Mystery, The Witches' Tree!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Sep 18 2017 5:30pm

Three Clowns Talk About It

Grab the closest rock. Leave the silver bullets. And cue the New Kids on the Block. It's time to discuss It. Let's start with some background info—how familiar were you with the story coming into the new film?

Adam Wagner: I knew there was a clown. And some kids. And a newspaper boat for some reason. I knew Tim Curry was the original Pennywise. And I knew there was an awkward pre-teen gangbang we were thankfully spared.

Other than that, I hadn't read the book or seen the original until last weekend. I watched the 3-hour miniseries first, then I went and saw the new version a few days later. So I'm coming at this with fresh eyes for both films. No irrational fear of clowns stemming from watching It too early as a kid for me. Just a good ol' rational fear of clowns because they're face-painted murder devils.

[Clowns, kids, and a discussion of It...]

Fri
Sep 15 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Invisible Hand”

What do you do when you're a bartender with dormant magical abilities?

Say the magic words and whip up this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Invisible Hand” cocktail, inspired by Brad Abraham's debut novel, Magicians Impossible!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Sep 13 2017 3:30pm

Gin and Panic by Maia Chance: A Visual Guide

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

This week, head back to Prohibition-era New York with a visual tour of Maia Chance's third Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery, Gin and Panic!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Sep 8 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Drink of Our Lady of Blessed Murder"

What do you do when you're a ruthless assassin on a quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family?

Train hard with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Drink of Our Lady of Blessed Murder” cocktail, inspired by Jay Kristoff's second book in the Nevernight Chronicles, Godsgrave!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Sep 8 2017 11:00am

Brute’s Loot Escapes via Poop Chute

Police in Ocala, Florida, may have found their goose that laid the golden egg. According to the New York Post, after pulling over Pattreon Stokes, 26, for speeding, cops smelled marijuana and found an assortment of drugs and a large amount of money. But when they got to the Marion County Jail, the money appeared to be missing.

That’s when detention deputies noticed $20 bills literally falling out of Stokes’s rectum. All in all, police found a total of $1,090 hidden inside his bum. We've come a long way from ass pennies...

After being charged with smuggling contraband into a detention facility; trafficking methamphetamine; trafficking heroin; possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug equipment, Stokes might want to tighten up that prison wallet...

Wed
Sep 6 2017 3:30pm

Ax to Grind by Tonya Kappes: 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 Tonya Kappes's third Kenni Lowry mystery, Ax to Grind, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Sep 1 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Crash Landing"

What do you do when your hot-air balloon gets shot out of the air by a crazed murderer? 

Brace yourself with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Crash Landing” cocktail, inspired by Sharon Bolton's Dead Woman Walking!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Aug 30 2017 3:30pm

What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong: A Visual Guide

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

This week, things get weird with the third book in David Wong's John Dies at the End series, What the Hell Did I Just Read! Take a visual tour with GIFnotes:

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Aug 25 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Allied Sour”

What do you do when you've foiled a Nazi plan and changed the outcome of the war? 

Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Allied Sour” cocktail, inspired by Andrew Gross's WWII thriller The Saboteur!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Aug 23 2017 3:00pm

Death on Tap 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, Ellie Alexander is brewing up trouble with her first Sloan Krause Mystery, Death on Tap! Take a visual tour with GIFnotes:

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Aug 18 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Rosé & DiNunzio”

What happens when the quest for justice pits you against your own partner? 

Try and make amends with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Rosé & DiNunzio” cocktail, inspired by Lisa Scottoline's fifth Rosato & DiNunzio novel, Exposed!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Aug 16 2017 3:00pm

Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris: 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 Charlaine Harris's 10th Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Sleep Like a Baby!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Aug 11 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Dogfish of Doom”

When you represent celebrity animals, it's usually the owners that drive you to the drink.

And what better way to deal with them than with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Dogfish of Doom” cocktail, inspired by E. J. Copperman's first Agent to the Paws Mystery, Dog Dish of Doom!

[Check out the recipe below!]