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Karin Slaughter: Southern Discomfort

This daughter of the New South doesn't pull any punches in her hard-hitting, socially conscious thrillers.
by Cheryl Solimini

Bar Nothing

One of today's leading noir writers look at Gilda from a woman's perspective. 
by Megan Abbott

Jeff Abbott: A Jolt of Adrenaline

This new series focuses on 21st century international crime rings and features a young family man and parkour enthusiast.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Juliet Blackwell Casts a Spell

The Lily Ivory novels make use of some of the real and traditional history of witchcraft.
by Mario Acevedo

Sequels, Prequels & Pastiches

These writers have picked up the story where a predecessor let off.
by Tom Nolan

Mary Stewart: Teller of Tales

Highly intelligent, deeply romantic, and broadly cultured, these novels of suspense are classics.
by Katherine Hall Page

Building Your Book Collection: First Editions

Every publisher has its own way of designating a first edition.
by Nate Pedersen

James Anderson: The Case of the Golden Age Gems

Anderson's lighthearted puzzles both parodied and paid homage to the English Country House Mystery.
by Jon L. Breen

The Murders in Memory Lane: Mickey Spillane

Not only the creator of Mike Hammer, also one hell of a nice guy.
by Lawrence Block

Writers on Reading

Three Treasured Reads: Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Eyre, and The Three Musketeers
by Charlaine Harris

Cozy Crime Crossword

by Verna Suit


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Edgar Awards, Ellis Awards, MS Online, Agatha Awards, The American Writers Museum

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention


Jack Vance's Bad Ronald, Books We Should be Reading
by Ed Gorman


William Ard: He Coulda Been a Contender
by Kevin Burton Smith

Author Anagrams Quiz

New Books

Reimagining History
by Stefanie Pintoff

Laurel Hells, Grassy Balds, and Wild Boars
by Ed Lynskey


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell

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