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Mysteries

Detecting Humanists: New Mysteries by Anne Perry and Walter Mosley

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.29.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Do I look for humanist detectives to buttress my own belief in the inherent goodness of human beings -- that by using our hearts and our minds, we can save the world?

Can You Solve These Mysteries Of Travel?

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Heading somewhere far off means running smack into a spectrum of new sights, new sounds, new tastes. But along with these comes the inevitable oven-fresh batch of eye-rolling, mind-blowing, completely incomprehensible Mysteries of Travel.

Historical Fiction, Then and Now

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I love historical fiction. A writer takes what is known about a place in time or a character from the past, and then transports the reader further and deeper into what are the blood and guts of the past.

PHOTOS: The World's Strangest Natural Wonders

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.06.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Seeing is believing, so take our tour of the strangest natural wonders, and keep an eye out for what the powerful planetary forces may do next.

Is Most Contemporary Literary Fiction Really Terrible?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I hear this complaint a lot, and it's just been repeated on Salon.com. Is it true?

DVDs: Ripper Street, Borgen, Foyle's War and More Great TV

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Great TV keeps flooding the DVD shelves because great TV is all over the airwaves. Here's a rundown of some recent releases.

The Best Ghost Stories I've Heard on my Book Tour

Wendy Webb | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Wendy Webb

No, I believe in ghosts now because, at every reading I've done, no matter where in the country I am, people tell me about the otherworldly experiences they've had.

The Good, Hard Spanking of 2012

Mark Morford | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Is it not refreshing? Is it not all kinds of wonderful to be reminded that all the spittle-flecked hate and hissing resentment in the world still can't defeat intelligence, wisdom, flawed but honest integrity?

10 Baffling Unsolved Mysteries

Maria Konnikova | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
Maria Konnikova

Sherlock Holmes may be the world's greatest fictional detection, but the principles behind his approach to solving crime are very real, indeed. Listen to him explain his method of thought to Watson, and chances are, you'll come away with much the same impression as the good doctor: of course!

Does Being Famous Mean You Don't Have to Write Well?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.24.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

The Intercept reads like a first draft, or as if nobody bothered to edit it carefully, because, well, he's Dick Wolf.

Is Jealousy Good For You?

Anne Zouroudi | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Anne Zouroudi

It's a familiar, if uncomfortable, feeling. Your best friend announces she's engaged to the handsome doctor she's been dating, and the congratulatory hug you offer lacks genuine warmth.

Why Do I Write Mysteries?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.14.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Reading offered relief and distance, especially the alternate worlds of science fiction and history. Mysteries promised something better once I discovered them: the assurance that things made sense, that evildoers were punished, and order could be restored.

Leaving New York and Finding Myself

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.25.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

But it's not just the scenery that changed my life, because in Michigan I acquired the perspective to come into my own as a writer.

Why We Love Mystery Novels: Murder, Mayhem, and Cultural Mirrors

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Most of us who are avid readers as adults probably cut our teeth on mysteries. This summer, I have devoured so many amazing mystery novels that I started analyzing why this genre appeals to me so much.

A Trio of Intriguing New Film Factoids!

Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2012 | Weird News
Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.

Why was Bela Lugosi so inept in his single rendition of the Frankenstein monster? Did glamorous Honor Blackman once portray a blind woman? What is the secret behind actress Vera Miles' name?

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.