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Books: The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken Delicious Fun

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.09.2012 | Books
Michael Giltz

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken includes the poisoning of the father of a top cricketeer, organized crime and a journey into Pakistan where many of Puri's family were massacred during the partition of 1947.

How to Write a Best-selling Novel

John Blumenthal | Posted 08.20.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Make sure the book is thick by using a reasonably large typeface, ending chapters at the top of the page and including lots of unnecessary punctuation. Is Animal Farm a best-seller? No. Why? Not enough pages.

Writing a Muscular Mystery

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've always been making up stories about people I see, whether in restaurants, malls, parks, theaters, wherever. hat's just how I see the world, or the many worlds within this world. One of those is the enormous health club that I've belonged to for 20 years.

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 2

James Elkins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

What Heaven Looks Like

James Elkins | Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

2011-11-23-Screenshot20111123at8.42.29AM.pngI discovered an amazing, mysterious manuscript in Scotland. It's a little book with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

Michael McLaughlin

Robert Wagner 'Not A Suspect' In New Natalie Wood Investigation | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.18.2011 | Celebrity

Los Angeles County detectives made the surprise announcement on Thursday that they've reopened their investigation into Natalie Wood's drowning 30 yea...

Mystery, Clues, Suspense -- Just Another Day on the Job

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

As a mystery writer, I believe that crime stems from strong emotions, and strong emotions stem from conflict.

Writing Academic Satire... For Fun and Profit

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Outsiders slam academia for not being "the real world," but I disagree. At times it's far too real. It can exhibit the oversize egos of professional sports; the hypocrisy of politics; the cruelty of big business; and the ruthlessness of organized crime.

Don't Be a Book Snob!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.07.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Over the thirty years of my publishing career, I've learned that book snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And their snobbery often seems more about them than the genre they've picked for their disdain.

New Tudor Hero, John Dee: Scientist, Conjurer, Sleuth

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The Bones of Avalon chills, thrills and satisfies, providing good history, great plot, and fascinating characters. Pull up a chair, turn off the phone, and settle in for a most delectable read.

What Kind of Name Is Boreanaz?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

What of Boreanaz? Well, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone of Italian heritage who tracks to more extreme edges of the country.

The Agents Who Let Me Down

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started my career at a time when the conventional wisdom was that you couldn't even have a career without an agent. But experience has proven something different.

What Makes Best Friends So Powerful?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

What is it about certain best friendships that connects us with the essential, enabling communication to traverse time and space?

Welcome Back, Lord Peter Wimsey

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Looking for a resolution? How about reading all eleven of the Dorothy L. Sayers mysteries starring Lord Peter Wimsey, plus the three marvelous post-S...

"How are you going to make money writing fiction on a blog?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

"How are you going to make money writing fiction on a blog?" That's the question my guitar teacher asked me last night, when I told her how thrilled ...

6 Best Spell-Binding Novels of the Decade: A Magical Literary Tour

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Books don't have to have wizards to make magic or cast a spell. Over the last decade, these books have haunted and inspired me, made me proud to be a writer, glad to be a reviewer.

Coincidences and Clairvoyance: The Mysteries of This Book Continue Unexplained

Claudia Ricci | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Claudia Ricci

By Claudia Ricci It is very possible that after you read this chapter, you might decide that Sister Mysteries has gone on too long. Or maybe you wil...

Two Amazing Thrillers for Your Holiday Gift List

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

If you're looking to surprise book lovers on your gift list, you can't do better than giving them two paperback thrillers by Jacques Chessex. Never h...

The Magic of Fiction Writing; The Mysteries of Consciousness

Claudia Ricci | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Claudia Ricci

By Claudia Ricci My friend Dan Beauchamp emailed me the other day, offering his thoughts on the weird but amazing book that I am writing, on a blog c...

PHOTOGRAPHY: Legendary 'Mexican Suitcase' Disappeared In 1939, Now Lands In New York

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The mystery of the "Mexican Suitcase" is a Hemingway-esque story of vigorous expat men and women leading spare and luckless lives in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. The difference between Hemingway's yarns and this, is that this one is true.

Filling the Burn Notice Void: What to Read Now That Season 4 Is on Hiatus

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Burn Notice has ended its fourth hit season, so you might need a Michael Weston or Fiona fix. Why not try the three books inspired by the show?

The State of the Crime Novel

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

I've asked six of the most renowned crime fiction critics in the country to weigh in with their thoughts on the state of the crime novel. I hope you find their responses as interesting as I did.

Agatha Christie's House of Lies

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Klima

All this Stieg Larsson bashing around here these days has been cause celebre for me to grab my own torch and pitchfork. Now I, like some of y...

The Guy Who Was Glad to Hear Somebody Read Enough of Stieg Larsson

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've tried to read Stieg Larsson and never gotten very far, just like I've tried to read dozens of Scandinavian Noir mysteries and thrillers recommended to me by friends. They just haven't been my beer, as the Germans say.

Stalking Charlie Chan

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

As a teenager, I went through a serious Sherlock Holmes phase. So, until I read Yunte Huang's Charlie Chan, I thought I'd seen it all in terms of works about sleuths that blurred lines and crossed boundaries.