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November 17, 2017
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Wed
Nov 22 2017 4:30pm

Another One Bites the Crust 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.

Torte―the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw―is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would make a surprise appearance? Take a visual tour of Ellie Alexander's seventh Bakeshop Mystery, Another One Bites the Crust!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Nov 20 2017 5:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.05: “The Big Scary U”

It took us almost a month, but we're finally back at the Sanctuary with Negan and Co. Assuming their fearless leader was zombie food, the hierarchy of the Saviors fell into disarray, making it all the more clear that Negan is el jefe grande. When juxtaposed to Rick, whose leadership has been called into question several times (including the little squabble with Daryl in this episode), Negan is slowly being repainted as the better option at the top. He puts it well when he tells Gabriel that he may kill people, but he doesn't get people killed. Can Rick say the same?

Another decent episode this week, but alas, it seems our prediction about the Garbage People was but a week late. Let's hope the writers get enough stuffing this Thursday and avoid the inevitable filler on Monday.

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

Fri
Nov 17 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Bourbon in the Manuscript Room”

What's the only thing that could make New York City's iconic 42nd Street Library better (especially after a murder puts a damper on the fun)? Bourbon!

So mix bourbon and books with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Bourbon in the Manuscript Room” cocktail, inspired by Con Lehane's second 42nd Street Library mystery, Murder in the Manuscript Room!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Nov 17 2017 12:00pm

Man Flees Police, Hides Under the Covers, Claims He’s “Just Sleeping”

When you're a kid, what's the safest place of which you can think? In bed, under the covers—nothing can hurt you there. But does that work when you're an adult? 

According to the Hartford Courant, a 27-year-old Mustapha Mboob fled from police when they attempted to pull him over after he drove away from a CVS in a car with the alarm blaring and ran a stop sign. After pulling into his own yard and running into a wooden fence, Mboob ran past officers and into his own home. When the police followed him inside, they found him under the covers claiming to be “just sleeping.”

Unfortunately, the police didn't buy it, and now Mboob faces a nightmare of charges, including operating under the influence, interfering with police, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to obey an officer’s signal.

Wait a minute, I think I've heard that defense before:

 
Wed
Nov 15 2017 3:30pm

Comic Sans Murder by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide

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

Clare Henry’s snowy Star City, Utah, oasis turns deadly in the third Dangerous Type Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Nov 13 2017 5:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.04: “Some Guy”

What's this? Two entertaining episodes in a row? After last week's morality check in “Monsters,” “Some Guy” ramped up the action and brought tragedy to the people of the Kingdom.

And while there was a bit more context to this week's episode (which was strengthened greatly by the decision to focus on smaller stories within the larger war), it also made the prior episodes feel even more like a huge missed opportunity. The stakes would hold so much more weight if the show had decided to give viewers even a little insight into what the hell was going on.

Still, credit where credit is due: this war seems to be moving in the right direction. Can we keep the momentum going? Or will we inevitably end up with an entire episode stinkin' it up with Discount Milla Jovovich & the Garbage People?

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

Fri
Nov 10 2017 4:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “A Season for Rye”

What do you do when you're investigating a killer in the dead of winter?

Warm up with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “A Season for Rye” cocktail, inspired by Emily Littlejohn's second Detective Gemma Monroe novel, A Season to Lie!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Nov 10 2017 11:00am

Armed Robber Hands Out Stolen Pastries During Heist

You can be a bad guy without being a bad guy. 

Armed robbers in Houston, Texas, walked into a Shipley Do-Nuts and demanded the money from the cash register. Faces covered, one of the robbers brandished a gun and demanded the money while another seemed to assure customers they were in no danger as he collected their phones. To sweeten the deal, after dropping their phones off behind the counter, the personable perp decided to reward the frightened customers with stolen pastries as his friends finished the heist. What a stick stand-up guy!

The three men fled on foot. The Houston Police Department is currently investigating the case. 

Watch the security-cam footage:

Wed
Nov 8 2017 3:00pm

Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust: A Visual Guide

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Murder comes well-seasoned in Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust's fifth novel in the Spice Shop mystery series—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Nov 6 2017 5:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.03: “Monsters”

“Monsters” was by far the best episode of a young Season 8. The apt plurality of the title did a good job of representing the episode's exploration of the characters we view as the “heroes” and “villains.” The discussion between Morales and Rick set it up, and the battle between Morgan and Jesus knock it down.

While we're still missing Negan, Carl, Father Gabriel, Eugene, Dwight, and other major players in this war, this episode seemed to move the plotline forward rather than simply spray bullets for 40 minutes. Also, we were happy to have some zombies again in a, ya know, zombie show.

And while “Monsters” definitely had some questionable scenes (see: several minutes of Gregory's petulant groveling and generally bad acting) and odd artistic direction (why did all of Ezekiel's scenes seem to have a weird tint and strangely timed fade cuts?), the episode felt like a success, all things considered.

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

Fri
Nov 3 2017 3:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Campaign Cocktail”

Running for president is super stressful—but so is trying to prove a secret murder made to look like a suicide!

So take a break from all the politics with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Campaign Cocktail,” inspired by Ellen Crosby's eighth Wine Country Mystery, The Vineyard Victims!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Nov 1 2017 2:30pm

Bel, Book, and Scandal by Maggie McConnon: A Visual Guide

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Maggie McConnon rings in Christmas in Bel, Book, and Scandal, the third Bel McGrath Mystery—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Oct 30 2017 3:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.02: “The Damned”

LLLLLLLLET'S GET READY TO RUUUUMBLEEEEE!

After what felt like an eternity of setup, The Walking Dead finally treated its viewers to the beginning of the big battle against the baddie with back problems. The only problem is they took so long to get there, the general consensus was, “Who cares?” Add to that the disjointed feel of all the individual battles, the “well-0rchestrated” plan we're not privy to, and the lack of some of the more important characters (Negan, Maggie, Carl, Dwight), and this episode just felt like 40 minutes of bullets.

At least we got some action, which at this point is exponentially better than meeting up with Garbage People or spending an hour watching Dwight make a sandwich. I guess beggars can't be choosers in the apocalypse...

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

Fri
Oct 27 2017 3:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Pimm’s Reaper”

Being the Grim Reaper can be hard!

So kick back and relax with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Pimm's Reaper” cocktail, inspired by Darynda Jones's 12th Charley Davidson novel, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Oct 25 2017 2:30pm

The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen: A Visual Guide

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Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, take a visual tour through Joanna Schaffhausen’s accomplished debut, The Vanishing Season!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Oct 23 2017 3:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 8.01: “Mercy”

The last season of The Walking Dead gave us one of the better opening episodes of any season of the show. Granted, the rest of the season was garbage, and we don't just mean the people. But if we were to have any expectations after a lackluster season and an anticlimactic finale, it was for this premiere of Season 8.

And hot diggity dog were we let down again. After more unnecessary attempts at artistic symbolism with the flashforwards, a package of rousing speeches that would give William Wallace himself a war-boner, and effectively nothing happening again, this show continues to schlep along at a zombie's pace. For an episode titled “Mercy,” the viewers ended up being the ones pleading for it to stop.

Alas, here are our power rankings for Episode 8.01: “Mercy”:

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

Fri
Oct 20 2017 3:30pm

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Purrfect Pumpkin Cider”

It's almost Halloween, and even cats get thirsty when they're out solving murders all month!

So knead your favorite pillow (for what seems like hours), stretch out your claws, and lap up this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Purrfect Pumpkin Cider” cocktail, inspired by Mandy Morton's second Hattie Bagshot Mystery, Cat Among the Pumpkins!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Fri
Oct 20 2017 11:00am

Florida Man Googled “How to Rob a Bank” Before Robbing a Bank

These days, you can Google just about anything, but there are some things you probably shouldn’t. Like “How to rob a bank.” Especially if you’re actually going to rob a bank. 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, William Joe Johnson, 26, stole an undisclosed amount of money from an Achieva Credit Union in Pinellas County, Florida. Johnson entered the bank just before 11 a.m., implied he had a gun, and told the teller to give him the cash.

After an investigation, the police discovered Johnson had Google searched “how to rob a bank” just before his harrowing holdup—I guess he was “feeling lucky.” They found him at a nearby hotel where they promptly arrested him and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. 

Do you know how to rob a bank? 

Wed
Oct 18 2017 2:45pm

Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane: 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 Con Lehane's second 42nd Street Library Mystery, Murder in the Manuscript Room!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Wed
Oct 11 2017 2:15pm

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...]