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The intricacies of a troubled wedding lie at the heart of Ellison’s new thriller, Her Dark Lies. “I love the will-they-or-won’t-they nature of a wedding facing issues,” says Ellison. “What impediments can I throw in their path?” Quite a few, as it turns out.
by John B. Valeri

Miklós Rózsa: The Maestro of Film Noir

This composer’s uniquely characteristic sound pervades many classic film noirs.
by Michael Mallory

Disorder in the Court

An overview of current legal thrillers.
by John B. Valeri

Charles Finch

Although he has written 14 novels set in Victorian England, Finch is very much a 21st-century man.
by Oline H. Cogdill

My Book: A Message in Blood

NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli shows the way.
by Catherine Maiorisi

Tales of Mystery & Imagination

A history of the Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Award.
by Art Taylor

C.J. Tudor

A pastor who is no paragon but still very much believes in God is the complicated heroine of Tudor’s twisty new novel.
by John B. Valeri

Our Fave Raves

Mystery Scene critics share their selection of the outstanding mystery and crime fiction of 2020.

Edwin Hill

A childhood devotion to Agatha Christie and a beloved librarian grandmother resulted in an award-winning sleuth.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Striking the Right Note: Celebrating the Centenary of Edmund Crispin

by Martin Edwards

Kevin O’Brien

Two bickering half-sisters join forces to sleuth in O’Brien’s latest thriller.
by John B. Valeri

Out of the Box Crossword

by Verna Suit


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

The 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations


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


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Jane Stanton Hitchcock on Giving Voice to Great Reads
Thursday, 18 October 2018

"For me, the books I read were the call—the call to adventure, to thinking, to acknowledging other points of view. But to complete the ritual, I needed to respond."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Reading: A Call and Response
Saturday, 16 June 2018

Cynthia RiggsI am surrounded by books. Every room, every space in my large, sprawling 1750s house is full of books...

Cynthia Riggs on Living in a House of Books
Monday, 30 April 2018

Our history and experiences can define us, inspire our actions, and as writers impact our words and stories. Mine most definitely has: my father was a small-time gangster. Really.

My Book: The Gangster’s Daughter
Thursday, 12 April 2018

"My ah-ha moment came when I read The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.... That was it for me – I was off to the races."

Jacqueline Winspear on The Great Gatsby
Sunday, 01 April 2018

Nietzsche once wrote, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

My Book: Head Wounds
Thursday, 15 February 2018

"Mystery books were daring and exciting, firing up my imagination and making me yearn to become a girl detective or even a secret agent. They also empowered me to make up impromptu ghost stories around the campfire for my Girl Scout troop and sneak into the cemetery at night on a dare."

Laura Childs on Growing Up Reading
Thursday, 27 July 2017

vietselaineCR CristianaPecheanuFire and Ashes, the latest Angela Richman Death Investigator mystery, is an exploration of a fatal fire. To research this novel, Viets delved into the devastating consequences of junk science and arson investigations.

Fire and Ashes and Arson
Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Anthony Franze, author and lawyer who’s represented clients in nearly 40 cases before the Supreme Court, shares his five favorite Supreme Court mysteries.

Lawyer-Novelist Anthony Franze Picks the Top Five Supreme Court Mysteries
Monday, 06 March 2017

iles greg"Writers read differently than most people....learning our trade and modifying our techniques by intuitively studying the work of others. In this sense, reading is not a luxury but a critical tool of our profession."

Greg Iles On the Refined Art of Reading