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Alexander McCall Smith

A childhood in Africa left the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels with an abiding love of its people and culture.
by Oline H. Cogdill


Judgement Rendered: Recent Legal Mysteries

A roundup of new books sure to delight trial junkies.
by Jon L. Breen


Breaking Bad: 21st Century Scarface

When showrunner Vince Gilligan wrapped up Breaking Bad in September, he ended one of the most impressive runs in TV history.
by Jake Hinkson

 

Aimée & David Thurlo

Partners in work and life, this writing duo has an abiding love for America’s West.
by Lynn Kaczmarek

 

Peter Quinn: Man About Town

The glittering hustle of 1950s New York comes to life in Quinn’s latest historical mystery.
by Joseph Goodrich

 

Gifts for Mystery Lovers

Delightful solutions to all your holiday quandaries.
by Kevin Burton Smith

 

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention
 

“Fiber Evidence” Crossword

by Verna Suit

 

Departments


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

CWA Dagger Awards, Ernest J. Gaines Award, Anthony Awards, Shamus Awards

New Books

Three Can Keep A Secret
by Archer Mayor


Reviews


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb & Sharon Magee

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Mystery Scene Reviews

 

 

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

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Hope & Glory

Susan Elia MacNeal’s quick-witted WWII spy Maggie Hope returns to the fray with enthralling results in His Majesty’s Hope.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Edgar Wallace: The Man Who Wrote Too Much?

Almost forgotten today, at his peak one-quarter of all books read in England were penned by Wallace.
by Michael Mallory

Nicholas Meyer: An Appreciation

Using popular art to entertain, illuminate, and—on occasion—affect the course of history.
by Joseph Goodrich

Qiu Xiaolong

Reading banned Sherlock Holmes stories during the Cultural Revolution put this author on the long march to success.
by Tom Nolan

Private Eye Parodies

You only mock the ones you love. The best detective spoofs, satires, and lampoons.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Elaine Viets

Her Dead End Job series takes a satiric look at a serious subject—the world of low-wage jobs.
by Lynn Kaczmarek

Peter Lovesey

A wide-ranging talk with the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner on the occasion of his latest mystery.
by Martin Edwards

Gormania

The Return of Matt Helm, Albert Einstein’s Secret Stash, Hammer Sees Reds, Why Writers Write
by Ed Gorman

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

“M is for Mystery” Crossword

by Verna Suit

Departments


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

2013 Edgar Awards, 2013 Agatha Awards, 2013 Ellis Awards

New Books

Secret Codes of the American Revolution
by Kate Carlisle

Why Can’t They Get Irene Adler Right?
by Carole Nelson Douglas


Reviews


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb & Sharon Magee

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

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The Dark Imagination of Lisa Unger

A local tragedy sparked this writer’s fascination with crime and its effects.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Sherlock II

The BBC’s contemporary take on Holmes is a deserved smash hit.
by Bill Hirschman

Back to Beer: Ace Atkins Does Spenser Proud

Atkins steps into some very big shoes and takes off running.
by Kevin Burton Smith

A Free Man of Color: The Benjamin January Mysteries

Barbara Hambly brings 1830s New Orleans to life in all its dizzying complexity.
by Jon L. Breen

Gormania! My 10 Favorite Noir Films...of the Moment

An annotated list for your viewing pleasure this summer.
by Ed Gorman

Tom Piccirilli

His new series debut takes a bleak look at a family of criminals on the eve of one son’s execution.
by Hank Wagner

Eyewitness

Out-of-print crime novels are reappearing in ebook editions.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Toby Peters Over Hollywood

Stuart Kaminsky’s battered ’tec is the go-to gumshoe for a cavalcade of stars.
by Michael Mallory

What’s Happening With Sue Henry

An adventurous writer returns.
by Brian Skupin

Departments


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

MS Online

Get the latest mystery reviews, articles and news via the MS website, Twitter, Facebook.

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Dilys Award, Thriller Award nominations, Left Coast Crime Awards, Endeavour Morse on TV

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

New Books

Fishing for a Mystery
by Beth Groundwater


Reviews


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell

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

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


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Letters

Our Readers Recommend

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Catch Her: Lisa Gardner

Intensive research underpins each of Gardner’s first-rate thrillers, including her latest, Catch Me.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Nicola Upson & The Mysteries of Josephine Tey

Stymied in her research for a biography, Upson instead deployed enigmatic Golden Age writer Tey as the detective in a mystery series.
by Lynn Kaczmarek

Simon Brett and The Modern Whodunit

Brett’s career is a showcase of the classic, pure whodunit.
by Jon L. Breen

The Closer

This criminally underappreciated police procedural is questioning the moral assumptions of an entire TV genre.
by June Thomas

The Celebrated Hercule Poirot

Agatha Christie’s world-famous sleuth shows no signs of age.
by Art Taylor

Building Your Book Collection: Association Copies

Value can skyrocket when a book has a story above and beyond what’s contained in its pages.
by Nate Pedersen

My Evening with Sherlock

A clever researcher has revealed the author of the oldest known Sherlock Holmes pastiche as none other than Peter Pan’s creator.
by J.M. Barrie

The Murders in Memory Lane: Those Scott Meredith Days, Part III

How critiquing bad books made for a good education. Plus, the true story of the worst story ever.
by Lawrence Block

Author Anagrams, Part II

by Teri Duerr

Kiss Me, Kill Me Mystery Crossword

by Verna Suit

Departments

At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Nominations for Edgar Awards and Dilys Award, Martha Grimes named MWA Grand Master

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

New Books

The Expats
by Chris Pavone

John Wayne Rides Again
by Betty Webb

A Toast to Robert Mitchum
by Dick Lochte

Gormania

Richard Neely, dissing Billy Wilder, Graham Greene and the nuns, Robert Bloch.
by Ed Gorman

 

Reviews

Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

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Val McDermid

This critically acclaimed and reader beloved writer makes a specialty of considering the human condition in all its complexity and variety.
Oline H. Cogdill

Brighton Rock

The new Brighton Rock takes place in the early 1960s when mods and rockers battled in the streets.
by Teri Duerr

Arthur B. Reeve: Pioneer Feminist

Forget Anna Katharine Green, Reeve has the real feminist cred.
by Jon L. Breen

Building Your Book Collection: Following the Flag

An author’s nationality can be a critical element in deciding which first editions to collect.
by Nate Pedersen

James Sallis: In the Driver’s Seat

A hot new novel, critical respect, and a star-studded feature film.
by Craig McDonald

Spider-Man and the American Dream

A comic book character who offers a window into the heart of a nation.
by Nick Harkaway

Sarah R. Shaber: This Woman’s War

A new series that sends a young North Carolina widow off to WWII-era Washington.
by Art Taylor

Supernatural Mysteries

Psychics, ghosts, witches and vampires—it’s the subgenre that won’t die.
by Steve Hockensmith

Nate Heller’s 20th Century

Max Allan Collins’ iconic sleuth has hit both the high- and low-points of the last century.
by Jon L. Breen

The Murders in Memory Lane: Scott Meredith, Pt. 1

A young man’s first foray into the publishing business.
by Lawrence Block

The Return of Inspector Lewis

Season Four is off to a great start.
by Matt Schlecht

Departments

At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Thriller Awards, MS Online, Alexander McCall Smith

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

Martin H. Greenberg, 1941-2011

by Ed Gorman

Gormania

Steven Hockensmith, Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Frasier
by Ed Gorman

New Books

Getting Medieval
by Jeri Westerson

Life in the Fast Lane
by Simon Wood

Joy of Genre
by Michael Lister

A Character Charges into the Future
by L.J. Sellers

Mystery Crossword

"Deep into that Darkness Peering"
by Verna Suit


Reviews

Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Readers Recommend

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