No frills, no baggage, Joe Pickett is a contemporay Western hero whose everyday life could not be more average. He’s a decent man, happily married, and the proud father of three girls. Like many people, he lives paycheck to paycheck. The only thing remarkable about him, says author C.J. Box, is that he is honest. But isn’t that enough?
by Oline H. Cogdill
Murder by the Stars: Celebrity Mystery Authors
Accomplished in their own fields, these celebrities also wanted to excel in the literary world.
by Michael Mallory
Fave Raves of the Year
Our critics have gathered together for your entertainment their very favorite books, audios, films, and TV shows. It’s a dazzling selection and a useful guide to the best of the best of 2021.
Anthony Award winner Garrett is bringing a fresh new perspective to the genre she loves and garnering lots of attention herself.
by Craig Sisterson
Escaping reality in Tinker’s Cove where bad things happen, “but goodness and justice and love always triumph.”
by John B. Valeri
My Book: Pivoting to the Dark Side
After much research, a cozy culinary mystery writer turns her talents to the grittier side of the genre.
by Lucy Burdette
Capitol Crimes: Intrigue in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches
Even the slings and arrows of an election year can’t compare to the nefarious schemes and incendiary plots of these political thrillers.
by Pat H. Broeske
This prolific Australian crime writer has galvanized readers worlwide. Now her tales of unsettling heroes are coming to the screen.
by Craig Sisterson
My Book: Legacy in the Blood
Changing gears and allowing a protagonist to step back and give pride of place to her partner.
by Catherine Maiorisi
A Love of Mystery Crossword
by Verna Suit
by Kate Stine
by Louis Phillips
Hints & Allegations
Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents
by Katrina Niidas Holm
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
Mystery Scene Reviews