Friday, 19 August 2016 16:57

bogart maltesefalcon“I started The Maltese Falcon on its way to you by express last Friday, the fourteenth. I’m fairly confident that it is the best thing I’ve done so far.”
—Dashiell Hammett’s June 16, 1929, letter to his editor at Alfred Knopf, Harry Block.

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Beyond the Book: Sam Spade
Monday, 20 June 2016 19:32

"Agatha Christie was an early presence in my life, thanks to my grandmother... a fanatical reader."

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Parker Bilal on Agatha Christie
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:10

murdoch season3Maureen Jennings 19th-century science-minded 'tec on the big and small screen

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Beyond the Book: Murdoch Mysteries
Thursday, 05 May 2016 18:46

"The first book I remember choosing for myself was the first book in the Vicki Barr mystery series by Helen Wells, Silver Wings for Vicki."

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Victoria Thompson on Mystery Writer Helen Wells
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:21

Dilys Winn, the pioneering mystery bookseller, editor died on February 5, 2016, in Asheville, North Carolina. Winn opened Murder Ink, the very first bookstore devoted solely to mystery fiction, in New York City in 1972.

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Dilys Winn’s Magical Mystery Tour
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 16:55

the saint w haloLeslie Charteris and The Saint the first in an ongoing series about classic sleuths reappearing in new media formats

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Beyond the Book: The Saint
Friday, 25 March 2016 21:27

“One particular book in my library has special pride of place, because it is the first one that I ever earned."

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Michael Robotham on “The Lord of the Rings”
Friday, 04 March 2016 16:11

lutz lisa"I like to be surprised. I like to feel off-balance. I like to see humor used to undercut—but never eradicate—darkness."

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Lisa Lutz on a Love of J.D. Salinger and the Unexpected
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 03:13

rose karenReading was an adventure then: pirate ships, mad scientists, shipwreck survivors, andmy very favoritea family of four sisters becoming women in the 1860s, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

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Karen Rose on "Little Women"
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:56

mary 26 6x4Whether you are a devoted reader or a world-class novelist, you probably enjoy a good “cuppa” from time to time. And if you enjoy British cozies, the odds are spot on that you’ll recognize your favorite brew (everything from Ceylon to Darjeeling) in your reading.

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A Cup of Tea, A Slice of Murder