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Top Six Victorian Novels After Watching SherlockThe 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 NovelistThe 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 NovelsSeven 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 FictionSeven 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 […]


The Price of BeliefThe Price of Belief

The Price of Belief                                         Nothing like a guy threatening to jump off a roof to get the public’s attention. “‘Bout time you showed up, Rinaldi.” Shielding his eyes, Sergeant Harry Polk offered me his trademark […]


Review of the Week: The Whole Art of DetectionReview of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes By Lyndsay Faye Mysterious Press 2017 $25.00   Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson have inspired generations of writers to continue adding to their adventures long after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set down his pen.  Lyndsay Faye […]


FAVORITE TEXAS CRIME NOVELS TEXAS: FAR MORE THAN A LONE STAR BACKDROP FOR GRITTY CRIME NOVELS Part IFAVORITE TEXAS CRIME NOVELS TEXAS: FAR MORE THAN A LONE STAR BACKDROP FOR GRITTY CRIME NOVELS

FAVORITE TEXAS CRIME NOVELS TEXAS: FAR MORE THAN A LONE STAR BACKDROP FOR GRITTY CRIME NOVELS When I was a journalist, I roved the border between Texas and Mexico in search of stories about a rugged region that is really a land and culture unto itself, not truly a part of the countries on either […]


Top Ten Thrillers which were adapted into FilmsTop 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 InvestigationsThe 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 […]


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