Erle Stanley Gardner... For the Prosecution?

Best known for his Perry Mason novels, Gardner also had an excellent series featuring district attorney Doug Selby.
by Michael Mallory

Sharon Bolton

Unreliable narrators, social issues, and isolated locations wrapped up in heart-pounding suspense.
by Oline H. Cogdill

The Authorship Whodunit

Sometimes determing a work’s true creator is not as straightforward as one might think.
by Jon L. Breen

Alex Marwood

Both her grandmothers were writers and Marwood seems to have inherited the creativity gene.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Hardboiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald

An illuminating new book looks at the psyches of three of the genre’s greats.
by Tom Nolan

Laura McHugh: Tied by Blood

Family relationships are at the heart of McHugh’s novels.
by Oline H. Cogdill

The Hook

First lines that caught our attention.

Gormania: S.J. Rozan

A chat with the author of the Bill Smith and Lydia Chin novels.
by Ed Gorman


“Death by Hollywood” Crossword

by Verna Suit



At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

2016 Awards for the Thriller, Ellis, Lambda and Audie, plus the Harper Lee Prize

My Book Essays

Elaine Viets, Neely Tucker, Daniella Bernett, Carole Nelson Douglas



Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Mystery Scene Reviews



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