Top Ten Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Top Ten Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Top Ten Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald   (The staff of the Strand compiled this list of their top ten short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. We look forward to your comments and your favorites!) “Hot and Cold Blood” (1923) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (1922) “A Short Trip Home” (1927) “Winter Dreams” […]

Interview with Andrea Maria Schenkel

Interview with Andrea Maria Schenkel

(Our editor Andrew Gulli had a chance to speak to bestselling German author Andrea Maria Schenkel who has gained legions of American fans with her offbeat and dark thrillers) TSM: Tell us about your new book, Ice Cold? AMS: It is about a serial killer in Munich in the ’30s. It is no whodunit story—that’s why […]

Interview with Pierre Lemaitre

Interview with Pierre Lemaitre

Interview with Pierre Lemaitre (We had a chance to speak to French novelist Pierre Lemaitre. He was a great interview subject and spoke about his latest novel, his writing style, his admiration for New York and much more.) Q: Can you tell us a little about your novel Camille? A: The Verhoeven trilogy is written […]

Interview with Sara Paretsky

  Interview with Sara Paretsky The Strand Magazine: Sara, what are you working on now? Sara Paretsky: I’m at the very beginning of a new book that will take V.I. into the world of biological warfare. TSM: Who was the inspiration for V.I. Warshawski? SP: I had wanted to create a hard-boiled woman investigator from […]

Character Motivation and Beyond

Character Motivation and Beyond Motivation drives the decisions both of the characters and the writer throughout a plot. Books on literary analysis, such as the Norton Anthologies, often lump motivation with character and identity, whereas mystery readers have long regarded motive as a full and separate category in its own right. Carolyn Wells devoted a […]

Strand Critics Award Nominees 2014

Strand Critics Award Nominees 2014 The Strand has announced its nominees for the 2014 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the CCritics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists from news venues such as LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Time, CNN and The Boston Globe.Laura […]

Interview with Jussi Adler-Olsen

Interview with Jussi Adler-Olsen

Interview with Jussi Adler-Olsen  (One of Denmark’s most successful authors spoke to us about his latest book–recently his popularity has grown in the United States, thanks in part to his well-researched thrillers, with intricate plots, unforgettable characters, and realistic dialogue) TSM: What can you tell us about the literary tradition of Denmark? JAO The truth about the literary […]

M.C. Beaton's Top Ten Writing Rules

M.C. Beaton’s Top Ten Writing Rules

M.C. Beaton’s Top Ten Writing Rules   Do not overwork your manuscript, striving for perfection. Avoid literary snobbery. Don’t try to appear more erudite than you are. Believe passionately that what you have written is good because you may be in for a bumpy ride. It is important that you learn to take rejection and […]

Top Ten Mystery Novels of 2014

Top Ten Mystery Novels of 2014

Top Ten Mystery Novels of 2014 Here are my top ten mysteries written in 2014. 1. The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Hachette) 2. Suspicion by Joseph Finder (Dutton) 3. Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck (Weinstein Books) 4. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (William Morrow) 5. Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child […]

The Verdict Is In

by Strand Staff The Awards Go to… On Wednesday, July 9, at an invitation-only cocktail party in Manhattan, Lauren Beukes won the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for The Shining Girls (Mulholland Books). Roger Hobbs won the Best First Novel award for Ghostman (Knopf). And, R.L. Stine and Peter Lovesey were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards for […]