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Megan Abbott

Abbott’s highly praised brand of emotionally rich suspense uses universal themes of ambition, guilt, betrayal, love, and hate as seen through the lens of her fascinating female characters.
by Teri Duerr

Obsession Street USA: The Novels of Vin Packer

Not only was “Vin Packer” a woman, she was also one of the bestselling Gold Medal authors of the 1950s and ’60s.
by Michael Mallory

Andrew Gross

Early collaborations with James Patterson provided a kick start to this author’s career.
by John B. Valeri

At Home With Fear: Top Authors Discuss Suspense

A conversation with Lisa Gardner, Mary Kubica, Shari Lapena, and B.A. Paris.
by Hank Phillippi Ryan

My Book: The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday

The conflicts triggering the gunfight at the OK Corral linger today.
by David Corbett

My Book: A Checkered Past

Injustice and betrayal may lie hidden for years, but the truth will inevitably come out.
by Daniella Bernett

Fresh Blood: Six Great New Books and Writers to Watch

by Oline H. Cogdill

Sophie Hannah

A mutual affinity for puzzles links Agatha Christie and this author of new Hercule Poirot mysteries.
by John B. Valeri

Vertigo: The 60-year Journey of Hitchcock’s Masterpiece

Strange, beautiful and disturbing, this film is a dark whirlpool of obsession.
by Jake Hinkson

David Handler

Stewart Hoag, the dapper celebrity ghostwriter and sleuth, returns.
by Craig Sisterson

Double Takes

The tyranny of a series character; ethics of unsigned reviews.
by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

Stuart Turton

This author’s genre-bending debut has the mystery world abuzz.
by Craig Sisterson

The Hook

First lines that caught our attention.

“Spade Speaks” Crossword

by Verna Suit


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Hank Wagner & Robin Agnew

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Short and Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Ben Boulden

Mystery Scene Reviews


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