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Pistols and Petticoats: Eight Crime-Fighting Female Protagonists of the Old WestPistols and Petticoats: Eight Crime-Fighting Female Protagonists of the Old West

Pistols and Petticoats: Eight Crime-Fighting Female Protagonists of the Old West   When it comes to crime fighters in the Wild West of yore, I’ll bet you a dollar to a dime the image that most commonly springs to mind is some version of a steely-eyed gent with a Stetson on his head, boots on […]


James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?) The recent rumors that Mel Gibson is looking to adapt James Crumley’s 1983 novel Dancing Bear for television is exciting news. Gibson, the force behind 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, is in talks with Chinatown (1974) screenwriter Robert Towne and Black Swan (2010) producer Mike Medavoy to bring one […]


DVD Review– Murder on the Orient ExpressDVD Review– Murder on the Orient Express

DVD Review– Murder on the Orient Express   (NOTE: This review will contain major spoilers for the 2017 movie Murder on the Orient Express.)  “I have lived long enough to know what I like. What I dislike, I cannot abide.”  The above quote is from Michael Green’s screenplay for the 2017 film adaptation of Murder […]


Unraveling the Mystery of Crime ReadersUnraveling the Mystery of Crime Readers… Crime readers don’t like crime at all. What they like is justice.

Unraveling the Mystery of Crime Readers: Crime readers don’t like crime at all. What they like is justice… Item: A well-dressed woman sips tea—one fashionable leg crossed over the other, a heeled shoe bouncing on her toe—as she casually reads about the coroner extracting seaweed from the rotting flesh of a bloated corpse too long submerged […]


DVD Review– Going in Style and Golden Years

DVD Review– Going in Style and Golden Years   The movies Going in Style and Golden Years both center on a nearly identical premise. What happens when a group of cash-strapped senior citizens, reeling from the unexpected and unjust loss of their pension income, decide to rob a bank? Both films appear to have gone […]


My Obsession With Missing PersonsMy Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons My mother read me Miss Nelson is Missing! before I achieved literacy. The story is about a good, sweet, conventionally pretty teacher whom the children she teaches all take for granted. Then she goes missing and a cruel, ugly substitute teacher named Viola Swamp shows the children how easy they […]


Surprise Endings in Great Crime Novels....Why Didn't I Think of these?Surprise Endings in Great Crime Novels….Why Didn’t I Think of these?

Surprise Endings in Great Crime Novels….Why Didn’t I Think of these?   I doubt I’m the only writer who opens a new book with trepidation and winces as I see a plot that I wish I’d thought of! Just reading the blurb on the back of a novel can be enough to start me off. […]


Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, and Attica Locke headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards, and J.A. Jance and Lovejoy author Jonathan Gash receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and Tom Doherty receives the Publisher of the Year Award…

Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, and Attica Locke headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards, and J.A. Jance and Lovejoy author Jonathan Gash receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and Tom Doherty receives the Publisher of the Year Award… Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the annual Strand Critics Awards are judged by […]


ten thrilling reads from historyJohn Hart’s Top Ten Reads

John Hart’s Top Ten Reads As a novelist, one of the great ironies and frustrations of life is that I am rarely able to read as much as I’d like. Strange, I know, but there’s a reason for that, and the cause is unavoidable.   Many qualities contribute to the creation of fine writing, and […]


Top 10 Most Mysterious Settings in Britain

Top 10 Most Mysterious Settings in Britain The island of Britain is bursting with beautiful, enigmatic, and sometimes downright mystical sites. This not only makes the country an excellent tourist destination but also the perfect setting for many atmospheric mystery novels. There were so many places to choose from, I could have easily compiled a […]


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