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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


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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

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