Top Ten Mystery Sleuths

 Top Ten Mystery Sleuths

 Top Ten Mystery Sleuths   I’ve been reading mysteries nonstop since I was a teenager and have, of course, accumulated my own favorite top ten mystery sleuths. Here they are, in no particular order except for my number one.   Didius Falco: Lindsey Davis’s smart-mouthed sleuth from Ancient Rome always makes for a fun read. […]

Top Ten Gifts to Give a Suspense Writer…

Top Ten Gifts to Give a Suspense Writer…

Top Ten Gifts to Give a Suspense Writer…   With Christmas approaching, let the angst begin. What should you get the mystery or suspense writer on your list? You know, the one who’s perpetually late because the voices in her head speak over the buzzing of the alarm. Or the one who has ink stains […]

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Vig by R.G. Oram

Vig by R.G. Oram   He just sat there, waiting. Sitting with his back gently resting on the chair. Hands on the table pressed together in the shape of a pyramid. His eyes looked straight at the two-way mirror. He was smiling at whoever observed from the other side, wanting them to witness his confidence, to […]

10 Iconic Brooklyn Buildings and Boulevards

10 Iconic Brooklyn Buildings and Boulevards

10 Iconic Brooklyn Buildings and Boulevards by Judge Frederic Block I am amazed at how many of the buildings and boulevards of Brooklyn —designed by some of the world’s greatest architects of the time— either pre-dated the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, when Brooklyn was the third largest city in the country, or came into […]

Unpublished Raymond Chandler Story Debuts in the Strand

Unpublished Raymond Chandler Story Debuts in the Strand (This weekend, an unpublished Raymond Chandler story debuts in the Strand. The short story is a searing indictment of the healthcare industry by one of the masters of the modern detective story. Here are some more details from Andrew Gulli, the managing editor of the Strand.) ODDLY, […]

The Allure of the Serial Killer Hero

The Allure of the Serial Killer Hero Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels never fail to lure me into rooting for the murderous hero. It seems that I am far from alone. There is a proliferation of articles with titles such as The New American Hero: Dexter, Serial Killer for the Masses. Nonetheless, I can’t help but […]

SIX GREAT SOUTHERN CRIME NOVELS

SIX GREAT SOUTHERN CRIME NOVELS     The American South.   It is All The Things. It was once the Crown Jewel. It wore the black hat during the War Between the States. It was”Occupied Territory.”   It’s hot. It’s vilified. It’s dangerous.   It’s earned its tarnished legacy.   However, the true #NewSouth only […]

The Top 10 Tales of Political Intrigue

The Top 10 Tales of Political Intrigue

The Top 10 Tales of Political Intrigue   Readers who enjoy espionage and high-stakes action are likely to be addicts of political intrigue. The machinations of those who desire power are captivating, partly because we all wonder how far we would go if the throne were our only, life-defining goal. The tales of these devious […]

TOP TEN MOST TERRIFYING GHOSTLY TALES TO READ THIS AUTUMN

The Top Ten Tales You Need to Read this Halloween

The Top Ten Tales You Need to Read this Halloween   I live in Salem, Massachusetts, so I’m pretty hard to frighten. As Salemites, we live within our dark history, developing a kind of generational guilt that reminds us daily of what fear can do. But there is also a theme park element to this […]