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Mystery Writers

Lesbian Truthtellers Write Books to Take Home With You: Essayist Judith Witherow and Novelist Renee Bess

Janet Mason | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I was reminded of the quote from the late poet Muriel Rukeyser -- ''What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open'' -- when I read Judith K. Witherow's collection of essays, Strong Enough To Bend.

Experimental Poetry and a Good Old-fashioned Mystery: Lesbian Staples to Live By

Janet Mason | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Like most mystery writers, if not all, Timberlake, uses her plotlines to explore a backdrop of interest to her.

Annapolis Noir, Baby

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Rob Hiaasen

Elmore Leonard died this week. He was 87 and was at work on his 46th novel. That's a book every other year if he had started writing fresh from the womb, which don't put past him.

Big Names Win Edgars

Posted 05.03.2013 | Books

The Edgar Awards 2013 celebrated some familiar and not-so-familiar names, including Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter and Steven Moffat, screenwriter of ...

Family Secrets: The Mystery My Mother Left Behind

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.27.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Going through her things after the funeral, I found something shocking: My mother had kept the concentration camp uniform she was wearing when she was liberated by the Americans in 1945.

9 Unexpected Books Shaping New Mystery Writers

Reed Farrel Coleman | Posted 02.18.2012 | Books
Reed Farrel Coleman

I have excluded novels by Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, Charlaine Harris et al. because these authors have already spawned armies of imitators. My focus is on narrative style, not on the story itself, but in how it is told.

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.

Murder and Mayhem in a Parked Car

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is it about mystery novels? I've never hit, kicked, stabbed, or shot anyone. I want to weep when I hear news stories of real beatings or murders. Yet I can't fit enough killings into my waking hours.

Mystery Writers Awarded Tonight At Edgar Awards

The Wall Street Journal | ALEXANDRA ALTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Winners at tonight's annual Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America, should relish the victory -- the first Edgar is often the last....

Inside The Inner Circle Of Mystery Writers

wowOwow | Lesley Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Linda Fairstein grew up reading mysteries and loving them -- Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett -- but she became a prosecutor in New...

Stuart Kaminsky, Mystery Writer, Dead

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ST. LOUIS — Prolific mystery writer Stuart Kaminsky, whose 70 books included one that the Mystery Writers of America deemed the best mystery novel of 1989, has died at a hospital here. He was 75.

Kaminsky had suffered from hepatitis C and moved to St. Louis earlier this year awaiting a liver transplant. But a stroke shortly after the move made him ineligible for the transplant, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Both the Mystery Writers of America and Barnes-Jewish Hospital confirmed his death Friday.

The native Chicagoan also had taught film and film history at Northwestern University and Florida State University. He lived in Sarasota, Fla., from 1988 to 2009.

But he was perhaps best known for his books. His son, Peter Kaminsky, told the newspaper that the author grew up reading Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and began writing himself as a boy.

Stuart Kaminsky, Mystery Writer, Dead

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

ST. LOUIS -- Prolific mystery writer Stuart Kaminsky, whose 70 books included one that the Mystery Writers of America deemed the best mystery novel of...