iOS app Android app

Mystery Novels

'Nantucket Grand,' A Conversation with Steven Axelrod

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Steven Axelrod Steven Axelrod lives on the island of Nantucket where he writes mystery novels and paints houses. He holds an MFA in writing fr...

Five Murder-less Mysteries to Read Now

Linda Johns | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
Linda Johns

I love all sorts of mysteries, and most of the ones I read have a murder case central to the plot. I also love a good heist, a smart con, and, sometimes, I crave intrigue in a library or on a college campus. If you're ready for a mystery sans corpse, take a look at these five crime novels.

Man of Mystery: The Dark Truth of John le Carré

The Lineup | Posted 04.08.2016 | Home
The Lineup

Credit: Wikipedia All fiction writers lead double lives. There's the life they lead among friends, and the life led on the page. English writer John ...

Alex Segura Talks 'Down the Darkest Street'

Bryan Young | Posted 03.15.2016 | Home
Bryan Young

Alex Segura is a writer at Archie Comics, best known for the epic crossover between the Riverdale Gang and KISS. He's not a name you'd associate with hardboiled mystery thrillers, but it's going to happen.

The Immense Popularity of the Cozy Mysteries

Kristen Houghton | Posted 02.04.2017 | Home
Kristen Houghton

Call them thrillers, crime or detective fiction; all of these and the slang term, whodunits, have been used to describe the mystery or crime story. Readers, it seems, love a good mystery.

7 White-Hot Suspense Novels To Heat Up Your Holidays

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.24.2015 | Home

You’re sharing a bedroom with your kid sister. Your uncle won’t stop turning the volume up on his favorite holiday CD (“Christmas With the Chipm...

Elementary, My Dear APA

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Paul Bishop

Back in the prehistoric times before the Internet - when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the West was wild and the East was still the mysterious Orient - mystery fandom wasn't a simple matter of keeping abreast of daily blog updates and Yahoo group had to be earned.

The Hard Case Crime/Lawrence Block Connection

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Paul Bishop

Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai has professed both his admiration for Mystery Grandmaster Lawrence Block as a writer and as a friend. With the publication of The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes, Ardai has agreed to face the bright lights and rubber hoses of the interrogation room.

Book Review: 'The Killing Kind' by Chris Holm

Rob Taub | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home
Rob Taub

Hendricks and Engelmann are perfectly juxtaposed and the secondary characters are all equally well written. This is Holm's first novel, and I hope there are many more to come. If a movie deal hasn't been made, I'm sure there's one in the works.

Book Review: Make Me by Lee Child

Rob Taub | Posted 09.05.2016 | Home
Rob Taub

Child has a successful formula, which usually introduces the reader to the villain from the start. Make Me is a total mystery, and by page 200 I had no idea what was happening, but I was unable to put the book down or shake a terrible sense of foreboding.

Notes from a Magical Mystery Book Tour

Jeff Polman | Posted 08.13.2016 | Home
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 08.04.2016 | Home
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 08.03.2016 | Home
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 06.26.2016 | Home
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 06.23.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.