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DVD Review—Top of the Lake: China Girl

DVD Review—Top of the Lake: China Girl   Coming about half a decade after the release of the original series Top of the Lake, the second season, subtitled China Girl, is striking by both how similar the sequel is to its predecessor, and how simultaneously shockingly different it is as well.   The original series […]

Top 7 Mystery Authors Who Really Steal the Scene

Top 7 Mystery Authors Who Really Steal the Scene

  To celebrate the upcoming release of his newest ghost story mystery Blood on the Chesapeake, Randy Overbeck shares his top 7 mystery authors who capture setting and create vivid narratives. Discover, or rediscover, some of these authors with Randy Overbeck’s Top 7 Mystery Authors Who Really Steal the Scene.   The world of mystery fiction […]

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Timeless Stories: 9 Favorite Books Inspired by Mythology

Celebrate the release of The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr by (re)discovering some of these timeless stories in Waldherr’s collection of her 9 Favorite Books Inspired by Mythology. Summon your inner god or goddess, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Kris Waldherr’s debut novel, The Lost History of Dreams.   […]

Optimize Us by Maria Kelson

Story of the Month: Optimize Us by Maria Kelson

  The Strand’s Story of the Month for April is Optimize Us by Maria Kelson, featured in Down to the River, a new anthology of crime fiction from Down and Out Books. With classic elements of suspense and a twist of android fiction, Kelson will have you guessing until the end.   Optimize Us by Maria Kelson I […]

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Crafting Parallel Narratives: An Interview With Harlan Coben

  For the past 28 years, Harlan Coben has been providing readers with a welcome mix of suspense, humor, and razor-sharp storytelling. His newest novel, Run Away, revolves around Simon Greene, a Wall Street financial advisor who hasn’t seen his drug-addicted daughter, Paige, in six months. When he finally finds her again, she’s nearly unrecognizable, […]

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Joseph Finder on the Element of Surprise

Suspense writer Joseph Finder examines the art of twists and shocking endings as he discusses the element of surprise in five novels with endings he never saw coming.   There’s a paradox to being a suspense writer. We writers get into this business because we love reading—but the more we read, the more we write, […]

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A Bible of Bad Men and Other Mob Tales

After growing up hearing mob tales and names from the Five Families, William Boyle reflects on what drew him to the mob genre and inspired some of his projects, such as his newest novel A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself. I grew up on the border of Bensonhurst and Gravesend in Brooklyn, and the […]