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April 13 2017

A Pioneering Profiler and His Fictional Forerunners

Read this exclusive guest post from Michael Cannell, author of Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling, and make sure to sign in and comment below...
January 26 2017

Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors

Crime and mystery fiction’s diversity attracts a broad readership. For instance, I prefer the soft stuff and am attracted to the puzzle rather than grizzly details, while many of my friends...
December 19 2016

Holidays and Murder: The Best Mysteries for Christmastime

A U.S. survey has come out with an interesting statistic: more murders take place during the holidays than at any other time of the year. It seems the season of “good will to all” has...
April 8 2016

Detection, Mid-Century Style: The Rise of the Cozy Mystery Genre

“My first case,” says Father Brown in The Mask of Midas, “was just a small private affair about a man’s head being cut off.” It’s not surprising that G.K....
April 1 2016

The Best Female Sleuths in Pop Culture, Part II

Sleuth fans, we’re back again, and this time with an even longer list of the best women detectives, crime fighters, and amateur mystery solvers pop culture has to offer.  When we published...
December 11 2015

The Golden Age of Mystery: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Have His Carcase

In the second Lord Peter/Harriet Vane case, a walking tour of the English coast hardly goes according to plan when Miss Vane, mystery writer and once accused murderess, stumbles across a body on...
December 4 2015

The Golden Age of Mystery: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Strong Poison

London, 1929 Miss Harriet Vane is on trial for murder. It's a most scandalous case. The victim, Philip Boyes, was not only an author who advocated free love and anarchy—he was...
September 18 2015

The Golden Age of Mystery: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night

When Harriet Vane receives an invitation to attend her Oxford Gaudy — a class reunion — she's also given a most unusual request from her old professors. A poison pen is running amok...
January 6 2015

Now Win This!: New Year New Fear Sweepstakes

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October 29 2014

A Murder of Quality by John LeCarre: An Old-Fashioned Detective Mystery

The second George Smiley novel is an offbeat curio in the series and a damn good one at that. A unique entry because it isn’t a spy novel at all but rather an old-fashioned detective mystery along...
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...
April 4 2014

Ngaio Marsh: The Kiwi Killer

In 1888, Henry Marsh, the oldest son of a large English family, immigrated to New Zealand, where he met New Zealand-born Rose Elizabeth Seager. Her father was a prominent public official. After they...
June 21 2013

Maids, Valets, and the Joys of Well-Manored Murders

If you’re a fan of the Classic or Golden Age of Detection (Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie) and filmed dramas set in the early days of the twentieth century (Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs),...
May 8 2013

Who Reads What: Thrillers, Mysteries, and Gender Lines

Thrillers and mysteries have long been seen as split along gender lines, and for the first seventy years or so of the twentieth century, they actually were.  But things have been changing. Thrillers...
January 25 2013

Top Five Literary Mystery Novels

All too often, people assert that so-called “genre” fiction (a class that includes mystery fiction) is separate from “literary” fiction.  I think not. Why should...
January 9 2013

Crime-Solving Couples—How Novel!

The fun of reading mysteries laced with romance is the double plot: 1) solve the crime; and 2) watch the characters banter while solving the crime. Romance is often about how they compromise and learn...
May 3 2012

History’s Mysteries: Mysteries in the Aftermath of World War I

The period immediately following World War I was a time of particular social turmoil, involving issues such as labor, class, and colonialism. People were changed as individuals, too. Former soldiers...
April 28 2012

The Poisoner’s Bookshelf

If you’re going to get bumped off outside the pages of a mystery novel, chances are pretty good that you won’t be the victim of poison. It’s more likely that you’ll be shot, stabbed, or clubbed....
February 22 2012

Old Mysteries Kindle eReader Love

I’m not particularly fond of books. Well, maybe I should elaborate on that statement a bit. I like to read books. Always have. I can appreciate the aesthetic value of certain types of books, which...
December 17 2011

Golden Age Sidekicks: The Heirs of John Watson

I don’t think it would surprise many people to know that I consider John Watson, M.D., to be the prototype for most of the sidekicks in Golden Age detective novels. He’s possibly unique, though,...
November 4 2011

On P.G. Wodehouse and Crime Fiction: Or, Wodehouse Writes a Thriller?

P.G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse (1881-1975) was one of the great writers of comic literature of the twentieth century. I never travel far from home without one of his volumes tucked in a pocket...
May 16 2011

Dynamic Duos: Dorothy Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane

This post includes spoilers, but if you haven’t read this classic series yet, what are you waiting for?  I read my first Dorothy Sayers mystery– most of them, in fact–when I was...
Myretta Robens
April 25 2011

Reading Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Mysteries for the Romance

I like to think that I read eclectically, and that might be true.  When I looked at that BBC list of 100 books worth reading making the rounds on Facebook, I had read 62 of them.  And,...