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Laura Benedict

Leaving behind the supernatural elements of recent books, Benedict centers her latest novel on the universal fear of someone invading your home.
by Oline Cogdill

Daphne du Maurier’s Short Stories

She was best known for her evocative novels—Rebecca and Jamaica Inn— but du Maurier also wrote remarkable short fiction.
by Nancy Bilyeau

David Swinson

This author went from carrying a badge to writing novels.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Fave Raves of 2018

Our critics discuss the best of the best in the year’s crime fiction. Will you agree with them?
by Mystery Scene Contributors

Liz Mugavero

Animal rescue, healthy living, clean food, and challenging the status quo on veterinary care are the passions animating Mugavero’s books.
by John B. Valeri

Horace McCoy: Noir’s Forgotten Founding Father

His classic They Shoot Horses Don’t They? is just one reason McCoy should be celebrated.
by Michael Mallory

Thomas Christopher Greene

Art’s inherent potential for manipulation is one theme in this author’s latest thriller.
by John B. Valeri

The Hook

First lines that caught our attention.

The Making of Miss Oyster Brown

The tall stories behind some short fiction.
by Peter Lovesey

My Book: All the Way Down

by Eric Beetner

My Book: West of Famous

by Joni M. Fisher

My Book: The Wrong Boy

by Cathy Ace

“Flight Risk” 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 and 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

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