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October 25 2014

Fatal Footlights: The Theater Mystery

The theater world has long been a prime setting for mystery and mayhem. Shakespeare, that homicidal scribe, virtually carpeted the stage with slain corpses. The murderers he created are numerous:...
September 12 2014

Mayhem by the Numbers: A Mystery Count-Off

Having recently finished The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers’ golden age whodunit, I had a small epiphany during the re-shelving process. I realized that I have quite a lot of numerically...
October 22 2013

All Hallow’s Read: 13 Haunting Mysteries (and More!)

With All Hallow's Eve soon approaching, here for your consideration are an unlucky number of books that, each in its way, fit the mood of this spectral season. As the above heading implies, many...
November 19 2012

Murder in the Locked Room

The locked room mystery has always held a special fascination for suspense fans. Perhaps the most popular—and earliest—of them is Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue...
February 15 2012

Dead on the Water: Shipboard Murder Mysteries

It’s probably not surprising that so much mystery fiction is set on cruise ships and similar vessels. This form of travel used to be the only game in town for going great distances across large...
October 31 2011

Pulp in the Wild: Halloween Edition

In this special Halloween edition of Pulp in the Wild, we feature John Dickson Carr, aka John Dickson, Carter Dickson, and J.D. Carr. The Corpse in the Waxworks is one of his less-celebrated novels...
April 25 2011

Exploring Japanese Detective Stories: A Primer

Why should you care about the Japanese detective story? Well, Japan has a long and rich tradition in the genre, and even today, the detective novel holds a vital place in Japanese fiction.  From...