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Mystery Novels

Notes from a Magical Mystery Book Tour

Jeff Polman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Jeff Polman

Numbers be damned, though. In one evening I was able to make a dozen new friends and entertain them, and was absolutely glowing inside. Write on, people.

Murder, Gin, and the Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie's Devon & Cornwall

Natalie Compagno | Posted 08.04.2015 | Travel
Natalie Compagno

The light wanes and we watch the green hills and the tide shifting as if it were a film. An hour passes like one minute.

7 Things You Really Need to Know About Dreams

Mary Kennedy | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Kennedy

Seven Things You Really Want To Know About Dreams As a practicing psychologist, I find that my clients are fascinated by dreams. Most of them have ...

What Is the Appeal of Detective Fiction? Dashiell Hammett's "The Continental Op" as Exemplar

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

The first-person narrator is the imposer of order in a world of chaos--or rather, deceit, lies, hypocrisy, where nothing is as it seems. And yet reading a classic of noir fiction like Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op is a revelation.

Crafting Compelling Fiction With Jim Heskett

Kate Fisher | Posted 06.23.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

Imagine yourself deep in a forest. You notice your travel companions rifling through your backpack while muttering to themselves at half-volume. Unsettled, you retire to your tent where you find a mysterious key.

Ripped From the Headlines: My Ferguson Novel

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

I once introduced a best-selling thriller writer at a reading here in Michigan and mentioned -- among other things -- that he was a finalist for some award. When he got to the podium he quipped, "You know what a finalist means, don't you? It means you didn't win."

Another Compelling Novel By The Author Of 'Station Eleven'

Off The Shelf | Posted 02.22.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

The book is a series of little bits of overlapping color that finally create a full picture.

'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

Greg Archer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Greg Archer

It's refreshing to discover a noteworthy female protagonist in Cate Harlow. She's the fiery private investigator in author Kristen Houghton's latest endeavor, For I Have Sinned.

My Top Five Mystery Reads

Alexandra Monir | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Alexandra Monir

After spending this past weekend discussing what makes a truly great mystery novel at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, I found myself analyzing my favorites. Why did these particular books have such a hold on my imagination?

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 ...

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...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Mystery

Lee Goodman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Lee Goodman

I never planned to write legal mystery. I'd had in mind something stodgier -- solid stories that could stand on a shelf with all the great works that...

What Growing Up Near A Prison Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Elle Cosimano | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Elle Cosimano

Orange jumpsuits do not define our whole person any more than a judge's robes or a shiny badge.

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

Eden Baylee Is a Stranger at Sunset

Loren Kleinman | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

When I set out to write full-time, I started with erotica as it was a genre I knew well. I've been reading it since I was 11, but I also knew I would not write it forever. I wanted to challenge myself by writing a novel.

Summer Reads: The Good, the Bad, and the Just So-So

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

To qualify as a "great summer read," I want a book that offers sympathetic characters, depth of emotion, and a forward narrative momentum that keeps me sitting on the porch long after the fireflies have gone to bed.

How Do You Write a Novel? By Listening

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

When people ask how I get ideas for my novels, I tell them that a writer's mind is like that junk drawer in your kitchen. You throw all kinds of things into that drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, business cards. Likewise, writers go around collecting snippets of dialogue overheard.

Giving the Devil His Due: A Review of Alex Grecian's The Devil's Workshop

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

The reader finds herself plunged first into the dim recesses of a disturbed mind, itself imprisoned in the dark belly of London's underground.

Book Review: 'Fever Dream' by Dennis Palumbo

Helen Davey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Helen Davey

The character of Daniel Rinaldi is that of a flawed human being who's learned -- through his own work on himself -- to trust his own impulses and instincts

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

The Resistance Man: A Talk With Martin Walker

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations. He is also editor-in-chief emeritus and international affa...

Silent City Tells All

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Savas Abadsidis

"I wasn't interested in writing about a fedora-wearing, whiskey-drinking, smooth operator who has to find a femme fatale's missing sister. I think that's been done to death and much better than I could ever do."

Magic, Mystery and Suspense -- Highlights of 2014

M.J. Rose | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books
M.J. Rose

I love reading... especially suspenseful fiction that touches on magic, myth and mystery. Here's my list of what I think is going to be stellar this y...

Book Group B.S.

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

It got worse: The day after I was mugged, he emailed me negative comments he claimed the group made about the book after I left. Apparently the people who really disliked the book were too intimidated by my presence to say so -- at least that's what he reported.

Cooking Up a Great Story -- The Necessary Ingredients

James S. Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
James S. Parker

In talking with a friend of mine the other day, it occurred to me that writing novels is somewhat similar to being a standup comedian.