Five Reinventions of the Boston Crime Novel

Five Reinventions of the Boston Crime Novel

Five Reinventions of the Boston Crime Novel How to account for the popularity of Boston as a setting for crime fiction? There’s the city’s checkered history of real-life crime, from the Brinks truck job to the Gardner Museum heist to the tragic Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. Then there’s the Hub’s rogues gallery of larger-than-life […]

Eight Outer Banks Locations Guaranteed to Add Chills to Your Vacation

Eight Outer Banks Locations Guaranteed to Add Chills to Your Vacation

Eight Outer Banks Locations Guaranteed to Add Chills to Your Vacation   For many American families, the words Outer Banks are synonymous with nostalgia and summer family fun. From historic lighthouses and mountainous sand dunes to wild horses and enchanting maritime forests, these narrow barrier islands along the east coast of North Carolina have something […]

"You mean I'm not Perfect?" Celebrate those idiosyncrasies in your favorite sleuths...

“You mean I’m not Perfect?” Celebrate those idiosyncrasies in your favorite sleuths…

“You mean I’m not perfect?” Celebrate those idiosyncrasies in your favorite sleuths… The “Defective Detective” trope in fiction and media is often viewed negatively. Some readers believe it does a disservice to normalizing mental illness, and many feel it might add to the stigma surrounding sufferers.  Below are five detectives whose mental illness acts not […]

DVD Review– The Palermo Connection

DVD Review– The Palermo Connection

DVD Review– The Palermo Connection   The Italian-language miniseries The Palermo Connection centers around twin themes: first, that it is impossible to escape your past, and second, that it is impossible to escape your conscience.   When Angelo Caronia (Riccardo Scamarcio), a talented but arrogant investigator for the Italian police, alienates his superiors and is […]

The Ties that Bind: Ten of the Best Family Mystery Novels

The Ties that Bind: Ten of the Best Family Mystery Novels The first and most vital relationships we have are with our families. Our roles within our home life shape who we become as an adult, and it’s no secret that “sister,” “mother,” “wife,” or “daughter” carry certain expectations of behavior. Sacrifice. Nurture. Don’t ruffle feathers.  […]

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up What happens when you take the pen out of a writer’s hand and replace it with a pistol (or a Taser or a police baton)?  At a public safety school in Wisconsin where real training happens for police trainees, I found out. The 10th annual Writers’ Police Academy brought writers from […]

Top Ten Songs for Heist

Songs to Steal By

Songs to Steal By There is no shortage of songs about New York, from the classic to the cheesy to the tourist board approved, but this is a different New York, half myth and half grit, of crowded streets, deserted alleys, strip clubs, underground gambling joints, after hours bars and restaurants where English is spoken […]

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side”

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side” Fans of Ernest Hemingway well know the importance of Paris to his work. Arriving in the “City of Light” in late 1921 along with his new bride, Hadley Richardson, the aspiring writer immersed himself in the Left Bank’s expatriate community of artists […]

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night by Amy Stuart

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night Ten Novels to Keep you Up at Night Picture it:  I’m in my room at night, my pillows propped, my bedside lamp oriented so its light hits the book in my hands. I’m so immersed in the story that nothing beyond it moves or exists. My eyes […]