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September 24 2015

The ZINNG: Staub’s Movie, Barker’s TV, Things to Do in Denver (and London)

Set your DVRs for Wendy Corsi Staub's novel Hello, It's Me (written as Wendy Markham) airing Sunday at 9p Eastern on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Many Congratulations to...
September 18 2015

The ZINNG: Real-life Lies, Pirates, and Betram’s Hotel

A tip of the stetson to Bill Crider for this list of 10 famous works of fiction based on real crimes. Check his blog for fun ads, pulp covers, music, and if you're dying to understand arcane crime...
March 30 2015

Arsenic in Your Wine Glass? Naturally!

A recent California lawsuit claims a score of brands of wines produced there, contain high levels of arsenic. According to San Francisco's CBS affilate:  So far there is no theory on...
February 12 2015

Coffee: Fuel of Scientists, Scholars, and Writers

Writers and editors are among the Top 5 coffee-drinking professions. Yay! The study proving this intuitive truth was somewhat small and on behalf of a coffee and donut purveyor, but we're going...
December 29 2014

Fake Champagne: “Apple cider, Metallic Soda Water, or Worse”

So says Champagne Warrior Brad Baker. When high-end bottles and desirable, limited vintages are in demand, yes, fake champagne can be a thing. Here's more on “Bogus Bubbles” from the...
November 20 2014

Wicked Good Brew: Jailhouse Brewery

Wintertime fills the shelves and supermarkets with one of our favorite things since the repeal of the Volstead Ace—seasonal beer. Recently in a list of the 8 Breweries in Awesome Weird Places,...
June 17 2014

Scooby Doo Onesie Saved Me from a Beating

Why can't we all just have snacks and get along? A man in a Scooby Doo onesie for a fancy dress (read: costume) party was attacked at a pub by a woman (probably Old Man Quigley in disguise). According...
May 13 2014

“Shining” Work: Alcoholic Court Reporter Jeopardizes Verdicts

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my...
May 8 2014

Police Ask for a Driver’s License, Gets Beer Instead

Pro-tip: When a cop pulls you over and asks to see your drivers license, do not, I repeat, do not hand over a beer instead. This act of kindness will not help your situation. Sadly, that is...
March 26 2014

College Students Busted Over Dog Doing Keg Stand

Two men have been arrested after a photo from a College at Brockport off-campus party went viral. The picture in question showed a dog doing a keg stand, being held by an unidentified male with...
January 8 2014

The Criminal Scourge of Beerlessness: Dial 911

Beerlessness may be a shame, but it's not a crime. (Maybe we're just noticing more odd, beer-related items since the ceramic squirrel affair?) Anyway, a 68 year-old Memphis grandma has been...
January 3 2014

Fresh Meat: River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz is a novel of romantic suspense about a forensic genealogist and investigator who teams up with a security expert, also her childhood crush, to uncover the secrets of...
January 2 2014

Ceramic Squirrel Wonders What He Ever Did To Deserve This

Artist's fascimile of the weapon in question—doesn't the expression scream, “Why the hell did you have to drag me into it?” A South Carolina woman has been charged...
December 31 2013

Selfie Incrimination for Dummies

When “selfie” was named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013, did the committee consider the selfie’s ramifications for the world’s dumbest criminals? ’Cause...
December 3 2013

The Modern Speakeasy in Ten Thirsty Stops

During the Prohibition years from 1920 to 1933, alcoholic beverages were illegal in the United States. But it was still fairly easy to get a drink. One of the easiest ways was to find a speakeasy—a...
July 25 2013

That’s a Friggin’ Lot of Java, That Is.

In honor of our 500th Morning Coffee post—we can hardly believe we've done that many weird and wonderful quickies either—we're toasting you, our fellow crime fans, with the world's...
July 17 2013

Summer Reads with Drinks, Part Two

There were just too many great summer reads and matching drink selections for one post, so here is Part Two. Book and drink selections were matched and tested by the same dedicated team that recently...
July 13 2013

Summer Reads with Drinks, Part One

It’s summertime and what could be better than getting a great summer read? A festive drink to go with it! We've reassembled the team that brought you Halloween crime cocktails to bring...
May 14 2013

Zinng: Snapchats Last While Adele Adventures and World Ends

 Be warned! If you're using social media platform Snapchat, because the photos you send with it are promised to “self-destruct” after a time limit you specify, know that...
January 15 2013

Lucky Gunshot Victim Falls into a Bar Full of Nurses

If you’re unlucky enough to get shot six times at work, do the smart thing and head to the bar! Here’s the rationale, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune: The man stumbled into Maxwell’s...
December 31 2012

Shipwrecked Champagne and High-Class Hooch Thieves

In 1998, the discovery of the sunken Swedish freighter Jönköping off Finland surfaced about 2,000 very old bottles of bubbly. During World War I, the ship was chartered to deliver its fizz...
October 30 2012

Drink Deeply of Halloween Crime Cocktails!

Halloween is almost here. Some friends and I decided we needed to create, borrow, and adapt beverages for our favorite Halloween crime classics—both books and TV shows. We got together to mix...
October 26 2012

Robert Johnson: Murder or Bad Whiskey?

They say that on a dark, moonless night, he went down to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil, just to play the guitar. He used four or five different names, traveling through the Delta, playing...
July 24 2012

Gentleman Jack Shows How Cease and Desist is Done!

Jack Daniels has sent the finest cease and desist letter we can remember seeing, along with an offer to help a (presumably starving) author remedy the problem that attracted its legal attention in the...
March 23 2012

You Gonna Drink That? The Class System Colors of Booze

So there I sat, at the stick in my latest hangout, The End of Times, having another Scotch on the rocks. The guy on the stool next to mine reminded me of Orson Wells during his “We will sell no wine...
March 17 2012

Crime Takes a Holiday: Erin Go Gag.

You think holidays are about vacations or sales binges? Oh, but they’re so much more. Each offers its own opportunity to commit what on any other day would be a crime.  Consider St. Patrick’s...
December 28 2011

Time for the Replay: Holiday Horrors

Perhaps you had a wonderful holiday, or perhaps you have a story to beat these, but notable tales of woe emerged when Gawker asked commenters to share their holiday horror stories. In the comments,...
December 20 2011

Tequila Shooters?

In our never-ending quest to help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list (including those with sociopathic tendencies), we bring you this last minute gift idea, available from your local...
October 2 2011

Prohibition Comes in Three Shots, erm, Installments

We thought it looked great when we saw the trailer for Prohibition, and Ken Burns’ newest documentary airs tonight, Monday, and Tuesday. According to the Times-Picayune’s interview with...
July 9 2011

Held for Murder in Kuwait- Part 1

It wasn’t a dark and stormy night. We didn’t get many of those in Kuwait. Maybe two or three a year. Most of the time it was clear and hot. And while it wasn’t the hottest night in my 3+ year...