I’ve done it again.  I just finished another book that features an animal as one of my main characters. I had no intention of doing it when I was planning CHAOS.  I was going to have a razzle-dazzle plot with lots of dynamite adventures and terrible villains for my characters to triumph over.  […]

The Man behind Merlin

The historical figure who inspired a legend. By Signe Pike Nearly 1,500 years ago, a man stood on top of a hill fort in Scotland knowing he was about to die. He was not alone, though he might as well have been, given the size of the army marching to lay siege upon the fortress. […]

Seven Essential Native American Crime Novels

By David Heska Wanbli Weiden   The genre of Native American crime fiction remains popular among mystery fans, yet few would be able to name writers in this field beyond the wildly successful Tony Hillerman, Thomas Perry, James Doss, and perhaps a few others.  For those who’ve enjoyed the work of these non-Native writers, it […]

Five Novels On Motherhood and Maternal Fear

  Of all human relationships, there is none more mysterious, intense and scrutinized than the one between mother and child. We all know that motherhood brings profound joy and extreme exhaustion. What is discussed far less is the extreme fear that can creep in alongside those other, more palatable emotions. And this base terror – […]

Book Review: The Potato Masher Murder

Book Review: The Potato Masher Murder   Decades after the fact, it’s disturbing to discover that a member of your family was murdered.  It’s even more shocking to discover that another family member was responsible for that violent death.  This scenario actually happened to Gary Sosniecki, a journalist who discovered that in 1906, his great-grandmother Cecilia […]

Small town, small crime?

By Vanessa Savage   I love setting my books in small towns because the smallest crime, which might go unnoticed in a city, is shockingly huge in a village. For a writer, it can be challenging – it is so much harder for the perpetrator to hide his or her crime in such a close-knit […]

BOOK REVIEW: Further MX Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  BOOK REVIEW: Further MX Adventures of Sherlock Holmes   MX Publishing continues to release new Sherlock Holmes stories, bringing new perspectives and approaches to familiar figures and settings. The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes by Kieran Lyne is a new edition to a popular subgenre of Sherlock Holmes literature: Holmes’ investigation of the Jack […]

Seven Mystery Writing Tips

Seven Mystery Writing Tips Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn 1. In plotting a mystery it’s good to know at least the bare bone sequential details of the actual crime. For example, Jenny hires hit man Tommy to kill her cheating husband Robby but unknown to her Tommy subcontracts the hit out to his drunken buddy […]

An Exclusive with Colleen Coble

Strand Magazine Interview – Colleen Coble Best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books […]