CATEGORIES

WHEN BLOOD RUNS COLD

Why is spying often referred to as a game? There is nothing remotely diverting about it.

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Fall #165, 2020

Sounds of Suspense

Audiobooks Reviewed

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Fall #165, 2020

Very Original Paperback Originals

While Bailey Cates’s Witches and Wedding Cake(Berkley, $7.99) is the ninth in her Magical Bakery series, it was the first for me, and I appreciated that I could slide into the narrative effortlessly.

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Fall #165, 2020

What About Murder?

Reference Books Reviewed

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Fall #165, 2020

RAYMOND CHANDLER & THE BRASHER DOUBLOON

Sometime in 1960, a friend’s enthusiasm for coin collecting proved contagious, and I began sorting through pocket change and noting dates and mint marks.

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Fall #165, 2020

Small Press

Reviewing the Independents

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Fall #165, 2020

LOVE ON THE RUN

LOVE, BULLETS, AND THE OPEN ROAD. CRIMINAL COUPLES ON THE RUN ARE A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAPLE—AND IT’S ALL DUE TO A PAIR OF DEPRESSION-ERA HELLRAISERS.

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Fall #165, 2020

JENNY MILCHMAN

It’s that enticing-yet-elusive hook that often draws readers back to a writer’s work. Sometimes it’s characters that compel.

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Fall #165, 2020

CAMILLA LÄCKBERG

Before Camilla Läckberg’s debut novel was published, the Swedish author devised an ambitious, yet workable marketing plan. Among other things, she would visit, if possible, every bookstore in the country to do book events, sign stock and meet and greet as many booksellers and readers as she could.

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Fall #165, 2020

A MARY HIGGINS CLARK ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

It’s easiest to say she had magic. Anyone who has ever been in the room with Mary Higgins Clark understood there was some sort of aura around her, a force field of joy and delight, an authentic pleasure in being wherever she was. (If that wasn’t true, all the more brilliant. You would never have known it.)

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Fall #165, 2020

R.G. BELSKY

Social distancing may have been common among working writers before it was a necessity, but not all members of that tribe adhered to the stereotype.

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Summer #164, 2020

What About Murder?

Reference Books Reviewed

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Summer #164, 2020

VAL,QUEEN OF SCOTS

ONE OF THE LIVING LEGENDS OF MYSTERY WRITING, VAL McDERMID HAS ENTERTAINED READERS AND DRIVEN THE GENRE FORWARD FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, BUT SHE WAS NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

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Summer #164, 2020

THE BEAUTIFUL DARK

Barry Gifford and the Noir Revival

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Summer #164, 2020

the Hook

Intriguing First Lines

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Summer #164, 2020

IVY POCHODA

It may seem odd to equate Greek drama and athletics with contemporary mysteries. But author Ivy Pochoda sees a logical intersection with the violence, structure, and drive inherent in these subjects.

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Summer #164, 2020

PUSHING WATER

Write what you know” is the hoariest piece of writing advice, as well as the one most often misapplied. As Stephen King said in his outstanding book On Writing, what if you want to write about serial killers or intergalactic space flight?

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Summer #164, 2020

Grand Dame Guignol

Sometimes over the top, other times way over the top, Grand Dame Guignol was grisly, memorable entertainment buoyed by the sort of movie stars they no longer make: actresses whose talent, intensity, and willingness to take risks with their images made the wildly melodramatic seem frighteningly real.

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Summer #164, 2020

EDITH MAXWELL aka MADDIE DAY

Cozies certainly provide solace from many of the dark edges of the actual world,” says Edith Maxwell.

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Summer #164, 2020

AN OATH AND A TERRORIST

It was the late 2000s and the United States government was engaged in a global hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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Summer #164, 2020

PHILLIP MARGOLIN

If asked to account for his career(s) in crime, Phillip Margolin would probably offer evidence that it was inevitable. “I have been a voracious reader starting in elementary school and I tore through Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason novels and the Ellery Queen mysteries,” he says. “By the seventh grade, I had decided that the only thing I wanted to do was try murder cases.”

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Spring #163, 2020

ERICA SPINDLER

Inspiration comes in mysterious ways. New Orleans novelist Erica Spindler—the New York Times bestselling author of 30 titles, including January’s The Look-Alike—can pinpoint the exact moment a lifechanging creative epiphany literally fell into her hands.

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Spring #163, 2020

Small Press

Reviewing the Independents

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Spring #163, 2020

DEX PARIOS

Will She or Won’t She? Only Her Stumptown Producers Know for Sure

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Spring #163, 2020

NICK PETRIE THE WILD ONE

The idea that led Nick Petrie to create his character Peter Ash, a decorated Marine combat veteran whose PTSD makes him so claustrophobic that he is most comfortable outdoors, came in a basement.

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Spring #163, 2020

CRIME AUTHORS CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Ready for a Close-Up

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Spring #163, 2020

MIDSOMER MURDERS

Cozy English villages rife with deceit and death

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Spring #163, 2020

COURT BRIEFS

RECENT LEGAL THRILLERS

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Spring #163, 2020

William Kent Krueger

This year marks the arrival of Kent Krueger’s highly-anticipated standalone novel, This Tender Land, a coming-of-age tale about a band of four children and a horrific crime that sets them on a journey down the Mississippi à la Huckleberry Finn.

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Holiday #162, 2019

When The Nights Were Deadly Wide World Of Mystery

Today “late-night television” means only one thing: hour-long comedy/ talk shows that are virtually identical in format.

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Holiday #162, 2019

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