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May 26 2016

Mood, Music, & Mysteries

Every mystery lover knows that the theme music for a TV series helps to sets the mood for the viewer. A solid theme song certainly plays an important role in the success of any series. The musical...
April 11 2016

Murder Ballads: Alex Segura and Lisa Levy Talk Music and His Pete Fernandez Series

Alex Segura might be the nicest guy in crime fiction. He cheers on his fellow writers and enthusiastically recommends books, comics, and music. In his entertaining newsletter, Stuff & Nonsense,...
March 24 2016

Murder Ballads: Adrian McKinty and Lisa Levy Talk Music and Detective Sean Duffy

Confession time: I had Adrian McKinty in mind when I conceived of doing this column. I basically harassed his publishers about it, when I found out he would be spending some time in New York City,...
February 9 2016

Murder Ballads: William Shaw and Lisa Levy Talk Music, Crime Fiction, and the 60s

The glory of the historical mystery is in recreating a time and place both familiar and new. Too often (for me, at least), I find the details in historical fiction maddening and anachronistic,...
July 3 2015

Hannibal 3.05: “Contorno” Means Accompaniment

Casually, contorno is a “side dish,” but that phrase isn't reverent enough for Hannibal 3.05's ode to accompanying women. I've pointed out other instances in which the women...
May 18 2015

Fresh Meat: Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines

Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines is the 15th cozy mystery in the Sarah Booth Delaney series where the Mississippi private detective must investigate threats made against a famous blues band (available...
April 3 2015

Fresh Meat: Falling in Love by Donna Leon

Falling in Love by Donna Leon is the 24th mystery in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice (available April 7, 2015). The mystery in Falling in Love, the 24th in Donna Leon’s...
Laura Lebow
March 19 2015

Throwing Antonio Salieri to the Wolves: Mozart’s Alleged Murder

Every fan of Wolfgang Mozart has heard the story—how in the fall of 1791, the 35-year old composer, depressed, and overworked, confessed to his wife Constanze that he believed that he was...
February 17 2015

Carnage Count: Ranking 2015’s Best Picture Nominees

If there’s one thing we can probably agree on, it’s the more murder, mystery, and mayhem in a film, the more we’ll like it. This year, eight films were nominated for the Academy...
January 12 2015

Pop Music Spells Freedom, Really, In Morse Code!

It's the story of a Columbian colonel, a Miami ad man, long-time hostages and the music of freedom. Colonel Espejo was running out of opportunities to rescue hostages held by the rural FARC, sometimes...
January 1 2015

The Quietest Crime of the Century: Happy New Year!

Is all really quietest on New Year's Day? Ask one of the perpetrators of the “crime of the century,” a self-confessed roaming vagrant. Oh, um, vagrant, Supertramp, whatever....
October 27 2014

Bollywood Heist Film is Many More Movies in One

At almost three hours, Happy New Year is a film with the run time to contain its comedic diamond heist, Bollywood dance competition spectacular, high-budget action flick, and then revenge film...
September 20 2014

Fresh Meat: The Haunting Ballad by Michael Nethercott

The Haunting Ballad by Michael Nethercott is the second supernatural mystery featuring the mismatched crime-solving duo of O'Nelligan and Plunkett (available September 30, 2014). The second...
July 31 2014

Somewhere Between French and American: Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

We know about the appreciation of, and contributions to, noir film and fiction by the French. We know that they celebrated the likes of Jim Thompson when the now-revered American noir author was...
July 29 2014

Longmire Days in Pictures: Boy Howdy, Do They Love Walt in Wyoming!

For the third straight summer, Buffalo, Wyoming magically transformed (with the help of one hard-working Chamber of Commerce and an incredible team of volunteers) into Durant, the Absaroka County...
July 24 2014

Call the Grammar Police: Committing Word Crimes with Weird Al

“Weird Al” Yankovic is known for his puns and parody. For his latest album release, Weird Al released a music video a day including the above song—“Word Crimes.” It's...
May 14 2014

It’s Only Reich and Roll: A Degree of Murder (1967)

When I read Scott Adlerberg’s excellent appreciation of the gangster film Performance on Criminal Element last summer, I thought, “At some point I should do a piece about that other Rolling...
March 3 2014

True Detective: 1.07 “After You’ve Gone” Heads For a Hard Landing

Last episode, we saw the true detectives' fiery breakup. Maggie dealt Martin a dose of his own unfaithful medicine, we met founder of the Wellspring schools Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle, and modern-day...
February 19 2014

A Big Mouth Billy Bass-Kicking

A would-be burglar in Minnesota fled after initially breaking into Hooked on Fishing, a bait and tackle shop, after unknowingly setting off the wall-mounted, motion-activated Big Mouth Billy Bass...
January 10 2014

Cremains of the Day: The Soundtrack of Your Life on Vinyl

It seems a bit bizarre that there’s a cottage industry based on creative things to do with a someone’s cremains. You can display them artistically, pack them into ammunition, fuse them...
December 13 2013

Trial Against Rick Springfield’s Buttocks Over... For Now

From the magnificent site Lowering the Bar: After a series of “twists and turns” that began Tuesday afternoon, the judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in Calcagno v. Springfield,...
November 25 2013

Fresh Meat: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

The City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte is the second adventurous mystery set in  a Europe where magic, science, and alchemy are all valid. In it, musicologist Sarah Weston and her friends—drunken...
October 4 2013

Fresh Meat: Love is the Law by Nick Mamatas

Love is the Law by Nick Mamatas is a punk noir mystery featuring 18-year-old “Golden” Dawn, who is out for revenge (available October 8, 2013). Remember punk rock in the 1970s and 1980s?...
August 23 2013

ZINNG: You on TV? Us on TV! Batman and a Friday Dance Party

•   Are you in the UK? Are you a fanatic for TV's Sherlock, Midsomer Murder, Miss Marple, Poirot, Inspector Morse, and Inspector Lewis? Then would you like to appear on a trivia...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 15 2013

Endeavour: “Fugue”

Is your knowledge of opera as limited as mine? Well, lucky for us, Endeavour Morse’s knowledge of opera is vast and comprehensive. And that turns out to be lucky for him, too, because his...
July 4 2013

Earworm: Ooh, There’s Gonna Be Fireworks!

And if there's one thing that makes us happy it's you know that—ooh!—there's gonna be fi-iiiire-works! Enjoy the holiday!
June 30 2013

The Big Score: Soundtracks for Crime Novels

Movies and television shows are interesting forms of entertainment because so many different elements are blended together into one narrative. The scene that a writer constructs is just as important...
June 1 2013

Zinng: Ebay’s Morgue, Awards & Autoharp, Renewals & Remembrance

  •  The state of New York is selling a 4-compartment morgue cooler from a mental hospital by listing it on Ebay. Check out the item: used, but in good condition! • ...
May 10 2013

Musical Confession?: A Hot Fuss and a Cold Case

When I was in high school, the British hard rock band Deep Purple scored a huge comeback hit with the song “Knocking at Your Back Door,” the lead single from their album Perfect Strangers....
April 10 2013

The Crimes of Bruce Springsteen

I saw her standing on her front porch just twirlin’ her baton. Me and her went for a ride, sir, and ten innocent people died. This could be the world’s shortest crime novel. It’s...