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Mysteries

How Do You Write a Novel? Learn the Rules. Then Break Them.

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

It's tempting to believe that novelists who have already published books know "the secret." But every novel, whether it's your first or fifteenth, pos...

Genre Snobs Are Everywhere

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

The contempt these mystery readers sometimes feel directed at them gets recycled as they express disdain for books they don't like which have been written and enjoyed by people they have to denigrate. That's not an argument or even a defense: it's blatant insecurity.

Why Do We Love Mysteries?

John David Mann | Posted 06.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John David Mann

It's a strange thing: most everything I write is nonfiction, but most everything I read is fiction. I suppose that's because reading isn't something I...

Book Review: "The Ice Child"

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.23.2016 | Books
Thelma Adams

The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. This is a gripping Nordic noir in Camilla Lackberg's series that, in part, charts the ...

'Goodbye to the Dead,' A Conversation with Brian Freeman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.20.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Martin Hofsten Brian Freeman is an internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countri...

Why Do Smart People Turn Stupid in Thrillers?

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.13.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I've seen this scene play out over and over in movie thrillers, and read it too: People hear noises in houses where they should be alone and they ask, "Hello? Is anybody there?" What the hell could they be expecting? FedEx?

Author Yona Zeldis McDonough on Lucky Breaks and Following Your Writing Instincts

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of seven novels for adults. She is also an award-winning children's book author with 26 children's books to her credit, a journalist, an essayist, and a fiction editor who helps aspiring writers polish their manuscripts.

'Where It Hurts,' A Conversation With Reed Farrel Coleman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Reed Farrel Coleman, known to thriller lovers everywhere, is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins, in addition to having written twenty-two other novels.

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

The Accidental Interrogation: Pinning Down Nikki Nelson-Hicks Part 3

Paul Bishop | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

This is Part 3 of 3 featuring my extended interrogation of Nikki Nelson-Hicks. This time we pull out the brass knuckles, turn on the bright lights, an...

Art in the Blood - A Rousing Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Bonnie MacBird 'found' Art in the Blood - A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, as a manuscript hidden in a forgotten tome of Victorian medical lore, and has brought us another adventure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, as narrated by his companion, Dr. John Watson.

'The Gates of Evangeline': A Conversation With Hester Young

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"I've had some odd dreams of my own, but nothing of that caliber. But yes, as family stories go, it's a pretty dark one, and it stayed with me. I was close to my grandmother, and the story of the dream had been bubbling in my head for a while before it came out in the form of this novel."

'X,' A Conversation With Sue Grafton

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Sue Grafton is best known for her alphabet mystery series (A is for Alibi, etc.), with her feisty protagonist Kinsey Millhone. NPR's Maureen Corrigan said the forthcoming conclusion of the alphabet series "makes me wish there were more than twenty-six letters at her disposal."

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Quebec Provence, Canada

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
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Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Moving among wildlife and experiencing the outdoors are favorite vacation motivators for me, and knowing this adventure would be special, I invited my 12-year old granddaughter to accompany me to make for a cross-generational experience.

8 Times 'Game Of Thrones' Hinted At What's Coming In The Books

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment

Is winter ever actually coming? According to the show, it sure looks like it. Image via HBO/HuffPost Fans of the hit HBO series "Game of Throne...

The Mystique Of My Mom

Allie Smith | Posted 05.05.2016 | Women
Allie Smith

You sure didn't cry very much, which still baffles me. Maybe you saved it for when we were asleep? Mom, I cry all the time, from happiness, frustration, exhaustion, grief and TV.

10 Must-read Books for Spring

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking for a great book for a weekend escape -- or just an escape from everyday life -- here are my recommendations.

Tempted to Read Your Own Book Reviews? Resist!

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At the end of the day, writers can't worry about what readers think, want or buy. We have one job, and one job only: to follow our passions and put words on the page, creating books that we, ourselves, feel proud to have written.

The Girlfriend's Guide to Book Giving This Season

Suzanne Kingsbury | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Suzanne Kingsbury

Better than turtle doves or maids-a-milking, these 12 books will satisfy everyone on your list from the reader who digs a great beach read to the one who is (lovably) meticulous.

10 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Indie Bookstores This Holiday Season

Wendy Webb | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Wendy Webb

People who own indie bookstores and the people who work there are your neighbors trying their best to make a small business succeed. By spending your money there, you're keeping it in the community, and vibrant small businesses make vibrant towns.

The Most Mind-Bending Mystery Novels Ever

Otto Penzler | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Otto Penzler

I don't care how old we get -- as long as we retain a sense of wonder, we'll stay young and live a happier life than those too-cool-for-school cynics ...

Don't Knock Thrillers

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

A thriller is not a cozy mystery or a whodunit. It's a novel or play in which a threat to the life or well-being of the protagonist and/or other significant characters is paramount. Catastrophe will occur if the hero doesn't act decisively, and if necessary, with violence.

The 6 British Murder Mysteries Everyone Should Read

Lucy Worsley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Lucy Worsley

From around the year 1800 to the present day, the British have taken an unhealthy interest in murder. Over two centuries, this fascination has appe...

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Lev Raphael Rap About Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.13.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

We all know that writing is a solitary affair -- even when you talk to yourself and your spouse or your dog comes in and stares at you. That's why it's so much fun for us authors to go to conferences.

Strong Darkness: A Talk With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is the prolific author of 30 novels. He is well-known for his Blaine McCracken series among others, as well as nine standalone novels. His latest series involves Texas Ranger, Caitlin Strong. Her courage and tenacity repeatedly land her, along with her paramour Cort Wesley Masters, on perilous terrain.