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Nick Petrie

His Peter Ash thrillers about a war veteran with PTSD offer full-throttled, kinetic action, irresistible plots, and a hero that is damaged yet decent, and, as the occasion demands, dangerous.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Ready for a Close-Up: Crime Writers Caught on Camera

These authors moved from behind a desk to in front of a camera.
by Michael Mallory

Fave Raves

Our contributors choose their favorite entertainments of 2019.

Dex Parios

The Portland ’tec in ABC’s new Stumptown could be the best PI to grace the small screen in years.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Erica Spindler

The author traded paintbrush for pen and found her true calling.
by John B. Valeri

Legal Briefs

Current courtroom thrillers.
by Jon L. Breen

Phillip Margolin

Mystery fiction turned him into a lawyer, then into a writer himself.
by John B. Valeri

My Book: False Light

An art history mystery, with an emphasis on history.
by Claudia Riess

My Book: Dreamland

Coney Island intrigue at the turn of the last century.
by Nancy Bilyeau

My Book: The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74

Stories of the complex, conflict-ridden social and cultural history of the South.
by Art Taylor

Midsomer Murders

A survey of two decades of British cozy TV entertainment.
by Pat H. Broeske

The Hook

First lines that caught our attention.

“The Chicago Way” Crossword

by Verna Suit


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

The 2020 Edgar Award nominations from Mystery Writers of America; 2020 Grand Master Barbara Neely


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


The Docket


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