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The Girlfriend's Guide to Book Giving This Season

Suzanne Kingsbury | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

The Bad Review (Of My Own Book) That Made Me Laugh

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

This nimrod didn't compare my adult thriller to any other book in my Nick Hoffman mystery series, but wholly inappropriately compared it to a children's self-help book. And reached a conclusion 100% at odds with what actually happens in the novel and what it means.

Soulful Deed

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

For six years we had a wonderful marriage. However, before he died, not only did he leave me traces along the way for his departure, he left me with a deed on how I was to live through the years without him.

Mapping New Ground: the Artist-Run London Biennale Pollination Event

JK Russ | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts
JK Russ

The street frontages do not automatically suggest art venues within. But each of these four locations is host to the '2014 London Biennale Pollination in Las Vegas.'

4 Bad Side Effects of Reading Fiction According to the 19th Century

Beth Bartlett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Beth Bartlett

These days we're desperately trying to get more people to read ("Please, read anything, here's a YA novel by the Kardashians") but in the 1800s, it was a different story.

Caught Up in a Dark and Twisted Tide -- Sharon Bolton's Latest

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.02.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

This time the mystery is manifold: Who is drowning these young women, where did the women come from, who (or what?) is leaving threats (or promises?) on the deck of Lacey's houseboat, what is Mark Joesbury up to -- and does a mermaid really exist in the waters of the Thames?

The Most Dangerous Game: Christopher Yates' Black Chalk

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"Never trust the artist, trust the tale." Christopher Yates invokes the famous D.H. Lawrence quote that functions as an epigraph to Black Chalk, Yates' darkly psychological debut thriller.

Publishing Can Be Hell--But it Can Be Heaven, Too

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

In its wisdom, Amazon is currently my novel The Germany Money for a special promotion on Kindle. I'm glad they chose it because the book is one of ...

15 Mysteries/Thrillers That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted 04.22.2014 | Books

Originally published on Amazon: Gone Girl mania might have taken readers by storm, but there's a world of thriller and mystery books to explore whi...

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

Internet Solves Decades-Old Mystery In Minutes

www.slate.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weird News

Yesterday afternoon, a woman seeking help with a decades-old family mystery posted a thread on Ask Metafilter titled ...

WATCH: The 5 Most Mysterious Sounds Ever Recorded

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

Do you hear that? Earlier this month, YouTuber Dark5 uploaded a video listing the five most mysterious sounds ever recorded. It covers everything ...

The 15 Greatest Kid Detectives

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

Are you raising an aspiring super-sleuth? Is the young reader in your life a code-cracking, baddy-busting, fiend-foiling, eagle-eyed P.I.? Then look no further because this round up includes some of the most quick-witted kid detectives of children's literature.

Recapping Summer Campiness: When the 'Rock of Love' Dude Met the CSI Guy

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

In case you missed it, ABC's Whodunnit was an exciting and fun (albeit campy) crime solving reality drama that debuted this summer. Each week, contestants scrambled to solve a fictional "murder," the demise of the latest eliminated contestant.

6 Coldest Cases That Remain Unsolved (PHOTOS)

Posted 09.03.2013 | Crime

There exist over 200,000 cold cases in America. In TNT’s new reality series, “Cold Justice,” two women are setting out to put a dent in that ...

Louise Penny, The Magic of Light, and How it Gets In

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.02.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Louise Penny has done it again. Magic. Wonderful, captivating, heart-pumping, edge-of-the-seat magic. In her ninth Chief Inspector Gamache novel, H...

The Cuckoo's Calling -- Great Debut... By a Best-Selling Author

David Kudler | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
David Kudler

Knowing the book was written by the author of the mega-successful Harry Potter books did change my perspective -- but just a bit. There are certainly some notes that will be familiar to anyone who read the adventures of Harry & Co.

Sharing Your Life (and Your Dreams) in Fiction

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.02.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I can do personal sharing well, which isn't surprising since I've published three memoirs. But I don't like sharing my stuff. Any of it. Especia...