Top Six Victorian Novels After Watching Sherlock

The Top Six Victorian Novels to Read After Watching Sherlock

The Top Six Victorian Novels to Read After Watching Sherlock You’ve had your fix of Mr. Cumberbatch on screen and Conan Doyle on the page.  Now you want more.  Why not take a look at these novels, which exemplify the richness of detective/ crime/suspense fiction in Victorian England—sensational novels that, as contemporaries said, “preached to […]

The Perverse Life of a Novelist

The Perverse Life of a Novelist

The Perverse Life of a Novelist The first time you get to experience something is so sweet. You feel exalted the first time you see a movie you love, like Groundhog Day, you see a play you love, like Hamilton, you see a show you love, like Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas, you read […]

Seven of the Best Romantic Suspense Novels

Seven of the Best Romantic Suspense Novels

Seven of the Best Romantic Suspense Novels I’ve always been a huge fan of romantic suspense, especially when there’s a mystery involved. I love a good whodunit that has you flying through the pages, eyes wide and second-guessing every character that has been introduced to you. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with just romance or just suspense, but romance and suspense combined is pretty […]

Seven Rules for Writing Science-Based Fiction

Seven Rules for Writing Science-Based Fiction

Seven Rules for Writing Science-Based Fiction Fiction with a scientific angle has seen a major renaissance in recent years, from The Martian to The Circle to apocalyptic novels like Wool. Movies such as Interstellar, Life, Avatar, and Arrival have captured the public’s imagination with their science-heavy themes. What’s going on here? Isn’t this the age […]

Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into Films

Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into Films

Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into Films There are famous examples of thrillers that improve on the source novel, but more often even a good film version falls short. This top ten is ordered chronologically. The Riddle of the Sands (1903) is famous mainly because it is seen as the first proper espionage novel. […]

Interview with Lori Rader-Day

Interview with Lori Rader-Day (Megan Abbott interviewed the highly talented Lori Rader-Day who spoke about the inspiration for her novel The Day I Died )   What inspired you to write The Day I Died? The Day I Died started as a short story in 2007, after I checked out a book about handwriting analysis […]

The Anatomy of Art Crime Investigations

The Anatomy of Art Crime Investigations

  The Anatomy of Art Crime Investigations In my line of work—art crime investigations—it’s usually pretty easy to figure out the motive: money. In 2005, when a Russian dealer with a sketchy backstory walked into Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia hoping to sell a 1543 first edition of Copernicus’ On the Revolutions, I had a […]

A STUDY IN NOIR

A STUDY IN NOIR

A STUDY IN NOIR I have been invited to read at a phenomenon that is swirling through at least the darker, dirtier urban landscapes of the world: the much celebrated Noir at the Bar. New Orleans has them, and LA, of course. Ireland, Glasgow. You’ll find them in England, Philadelphia, Seattle, New York, Toronto, Calgary, […]

Lyndsay Faye on Sherlock Holmes: "He's an outsider, a Bohemian, someone who doesn't fit into a neat and clean box for people to categorize."

Lyndsay Faye on Sherlock Holmes: “He’s an outsider, a Bohemian, someone who doesn’t fit into a neat and clean box for people to categorize.”

Lyndsay Faye on Sherlock Holmes: “He’s an outsider, a Bohemian, someone who doesn’t fit into a neat and clean box for people to categorize.”   TSM: What’s your all-time favorite Sherlock Holmes story? LF: This is always the hardest question, but I inflict it on other people, so I have to also be willing to […]

Book Review of the Week: Walk Away by Sam Hawken

Book Review of the Week: Walk Away by Sam Hawken

Book Review of the Week: Walk Away by Sam Hawken WALK AWAY By Sam Hawken New York: Mulholland, 2017. $26.00 Walk Away opens on New Year’s Eve in Miami. Camaro Espinoza (who made her debut in 2015’s The Night Charter), a former combat medic moonlighting as captain and sole crew member of a deep-sea charter […]

Top Ten Horror Stories of all Time

Top Ten Horror Stories of all Time

Top Ten Horror Stories of all Time  Growing up in the 1980s in a remote sixteenth-century farmhouse in deepest, darkest Somerset, England, did wonders for my imagination and interest in the macabre.   There were always these rumors that someone had been murdered by musket shot in one of the lower rooms of the house, […]