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For Openers: Great First Lines of Legendary Novels

For Openers: Great First Lines of Legendary Novels   “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” “I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.” “It was a dark and stormy night.” Well, hello! And count me in. With these concisely atmospheric opening […]


Exclusive with Alexandrea Weis

Exclusive with Alexandrea Weis (We at the Strand are huge fans of Alexandrea Weis. Her novels are riveting thrill-rides, the action never stops, and they can best be described as those books which makes you miss your train stop or forget that you’ve been immersed in her novel  for hours. We caught up with Alexandrea […]


Excerpt From “LOST OASIS” by R Lawson Gamble

Excerpt From “LOST OASIS” by R Lawson Gamble After digging into steaming heaped plates of tangy soul-satisfying Mexican food, the friends leaned back in their chairs to contemplate the possibility of dessert. Zack sipped the dregs of his margarita and eyed his friend. “What else did you learn today? I’ve heard nothing to suggest a reason for […]


Punching Up Your Action Thriller By Glen Erik Hamilton, June 2021

Punching Up Your Action Thriller By Glen Erik Hamilton, June 2021 Labeling your novel an “action thriller” may seem limiting, or even redundant. Doesn’t every thriller novel have at least one fight or chase scene these days? And isn’t the action genre more suited to movies, where character development often takes a back seat to spectacle? While […]


Interview with Kim Harrison

Interview with Kim Harrison New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison – the pseudonym of Dawn Cook – thought she was done with her Hollows series of urban fantasy novels in 2014. Then she wrote another. And another. Her latest novel, the recently-released Million Dollar Demon (Ace $28), is the 16th installment in the Hollows […]


Top 10 Reasons to Make a Fairy Garden

Top 10 Reasons to Make a Fairy Garden Do you know what a fairy garden is? They’re gardens where fairies exist or may come to visit. They can be on a grand scale or a very small scale, even nestled in a teacup. No matter where you find them, they are filled with good vibes. […]


Deadpool co-creator publishes 1st novel, 25 years in the making

Fabian Nicieza, a writer in the comic book medium best known for co-creating Deadpool, made two projects a reality this year – after a quarter-century. The first is his debut novel called Suburban Dicks (G.P. Putnam’s Sons $27), a mystery that occurs in suburban New Jersey where ex-FBI profiler Andrea Stern (who’s seven months pregnant […]


DVD Review: Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season

DVD Review: Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season   (Warning: Significant spoilers for the first and second seasons will be featured here, though I will try to do so as obliquely as possible.)   The second season of Big Little Lies isn’t a murder mystery like the first season was, but instead is an […]


Book Review: Hellfire, by John Gilstrap

Book Review: Hellfire, by John Gilstrap   This is one page-turner of a thriller.  There’s so much testosterone in it that holding the book while I read it caused hair to grow on the palms of my hands.  I would have finished the novel a lot earlier, but I had to stop reading every three […]


Authors Stephen King, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alyssa Cole, Lisa Unger, and Ian Rankin headline this year’s Critics Award nominees and honorees

Authors Stephen King, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alyssa Cole, Lisa Unger, and Ian Rankin headline this year’s Critics Award nominees and honorees… Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the 2021 Strand Critics Awards are judged by a select group of book critics and journalists. This year’s judges include talent from […]


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