Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: 10 Dark Nautical Novels

Column by Leah Dearborn
Some darker materials for your beach reading pleasure.

Why Writers Should Read Across the Genres

Column by Sara Tantlinger July 27, 2022
Reading outside of one's favorite genre is vastly beneficial to a writer. Each genre brings unique elements that can help you strengthen your craft.
A Conversation with Alex Segura, author of "Secret Identity"

A Conversation with Alex Segura, author of "Secret Identity"

Interview by Steph Post
Alex Segura talks the collision of mystery and 70s comics in "Secret Identity."

Pass the Stuffing and the True Crime: 8 Titles to Get You Through the Holidays

Column by Leah Dearborn
It’s the holiday season again, so we're here to do the perennial good work of keeping readers from murdering their families by providing an ulterior outlet.
Tex Gresham

Tex Gresham: "This Is My Submission To The Post-Modern Library"

Interview by Gabriel Hart
Gabriel Hart interviews Tex Grisham about his new 800-page epic, "Sunflower" — a hyper-textual meta-modern post-New-Sincerity paranoid satire of Hollywood.

Other Words for Dark: 10 Horror, Crime, and Thriller Novels in Translation for 2021

Column by Leah Dearborn
There’s a Czech proverb that says, “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Don’t Miss Out: A Tana French Primer

Column by Annie Neugebauer
Everything you need to know to get started reading the best author you need to know.

The Strange Case of Hazel Drew

Column by Leza Cantoral
Few are familiar with the mysterious murder that would go on to inspire the television show, "Twin Peaks."

Craft A Cozy Mystery In Three Killer Steps

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
An Interview with 'The Blue Kingfisher' author Erica Wright

Birds and Snakes and Bugs, Oh My! An Interview with 'The Blue Kingfisher' author Erica Wright

Interview by Steph Post
An Interview with Erica Wright, crime fiction writer and poet, on the debut of her latest Kat Stone private investigator novel: 'The Blue Kingfisher'.

Book vs. Television: What TV's Sheriff Longmire Is Doing Wrong

Column by David Cranmer August 10, 2017
In an age of emphasis on law enforcement tactics, we take a look at the page to screen evolution of Walt Longmire, with expressed concern for the marshal's cavalier approach to policing.
Bookshots: 'Since We Fell' by Dennis Lehane

Bookshots: 'Since We Fell' by Dennis Lehane

Review by Max Booth III May 9, 2017
A look at Dennis Lehane's latest offering.
Bookshots: 'The Night Ocean' by Paul La Farge

Bookshots: 'The Night Ocean' by Paul La Farge

Review by Bart Bishop
A review of Paul La Farge's Lovecraft-inspired 'The Night Ocean.'

Writing the Crime Scene: Poison

Column by Repo Kempt
A guide to research and writing when killing your characters with poison.

LURID: Last Seen Wearing - Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Databases

Column by Karina Wilson August 11, 2016
LURID takes a look at the complex subculture surrounding the Missing and the Found, especially the online databases making armchair detecting easier than ever before. Is this a new form of narrative?
Bookshots: ‘The Blood Strand’ by Chris Ould

Bookshots: ‘The Blood Strand’ by Chris Ould

Review by Dean Fetzer
A detective from England returns to the Faroe Islands after his father is found unconscious in his car. Looking for answers about his past, he gets involved in solving that riddle and a murder.

Ring in the Noir Year: 2016 Edition — 8 More Promising Crime Titles

Column by Leah Dearborn
Break out the smokes and champagne, it's that time of the year again.
The Visitors by Simon Sylvester

Bookshots: 'The Visitors' by Simon Sylvester

Review by Christopher Shultz
A fantasy, a mystery, and a coming-of-age tale, all in one outstanding debut novel.

Tis the Season...For Murder: 6 Holiday Murder Mysteries

Column by Riki Cleveland
While most people are baking the Christmas ham and trimming the tree, you could be settling in with murder and mayhem with these six holiday murder mysteries.
Bookshots: 'Wolf Winter' by Cecilia Ekbäck

Bookshots: 'Wolf Winter' by Cecilia Ekbäck

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Swedish Lapland, 1717. A Finnish family leaves the shores of their country for a remote Swedish farm. When a body is discovered, paranoia and strange, inexplicable events soon follow.
News, Prize, Announces $25,000 Prize For Best eBook Mystery Novel

News by Rob Hart October 1, 2015
The Mysterious Press Award will include a $25,000 advance against royalties and guaranteed worldwide publication.

The Butler Did It: Why We Always Blame the Servants

Column by Leah Dearborn August 19, 2015
The guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.

Product Review: Her Story

Column by Christopher Shultz August 13, 2015
This smart and engrossing FMV further blurs the line between video game, film, and prose fiction.
Academics Create ‘Whodunnit’ Formula for Agatha Christie Books

Academics Create ‘Whodunnit’ Formula for Agatha Christie Books

News by Raine Winters August 3, 2015
Math can solve every problem.