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The Top Twenty Novels of 2018

The Top Twenty Novels of 2018   The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly (Atria) The Girl Who Ran by Nikki Owen (Blackstone) The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths (HMHCO) Wicked River by Jenny Milchman (Sourcebooks) Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan (Dutton) The Black Painting by Neil Olson (Hanover Square) […]


HAVE YOU EATEN?

HAVE YOU EATEN?   Frederick placed the three plastic trays balanced on his arms atop the green cafeteria-style table. He sat, and after three hours of wandering through Chinatown, and another half hour queuing up at three different food stalls, it felt good to sit. It was just after the dinner rush and most of […]


The Verdict on American Mystery Classics: A Treat for Mystery fans…The Verdict on American Mystery Classics: A Treat for Mystery fans…

The Verdict on American Mystery Classics: A Treat for Mystery fans… W.H. Auden once wrote: “Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.” Otto Penzler, the prolific editor of crime fiction and the proprietor of New York City’s “The Mysterious Bookshop,” is bringing back classic mystery novels from the past that have been long […]


DVD Review– Fargo: Season 3DVD Review– Fargo: Season 3

DVD Review– Fargo: Season 3   The TV series Fargo has always argued that to be a hero, one does not need to be superhuman, just humane. That sentiment is at the heart of the series, which shows that though a significant portion of the evil in the world is caused by deliberate malice, a […]


Review: The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery By Sophie Hannah HarperCollins 2018 $27.99   “One of these things is not like the others… one of these things just doesn’t belong…”   This classic Sesame Street song reflects the puzzle at the center of Sophie Hannah’s new book, the third in her series […]


Top Five Creepiest Serial KillersDeadly Motives: The Hedonistic Drive of Serial Murder

Deadly Motives: The Hedonistic Drive of Serial Murder There are several motives that drive serial killing as far as experts are concerned. Some are driven by missions such as ridding the world of what they perceive as a sin, or because they think they’re a higher being. Others are motivated by power or control over […]


The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes short stories

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes short stories   When I first sat down to make this list, I thought I’d be deliberating for weeks; sifting through Conan Doyle classics, weighing up excitement, humour, thrills and the exquisite pleasures of deduction.  But then I realised I’d already done a lot of this work, for in my […]


Dark Obsessions: Finding Inspiration in My Favorite (Unwatched) Horror FilmsDark Obsessions: Finding Inspiration in My Favorite (Unwatched) Horror Films

Dark Obsessions: Finding Inspiration in My Favorite (Unwatched) Horror Films   Sometimes the idea for book is born out of a newspaper article I skim in an airport. Sometimes it comes from witnessing a friend’s nasty divorce. And sometimes it lurches to life when I ask a friend too many questions about an article in […]


The Anatomy of an Architectural l MysteryThe Anatomy of an Architectural Mystery

The Anatomy of an Architectural l Mystery   A few weeks ago, I was going through this abandoned 1880s rowhouse in north central Baltimore and came across a mummified cat on the third floor. (See attached) It reminded me of those cats the ancient Egyptians put in their tombs because they worshiped cats. I would […]


Ten Great Things about Emperor Nero Ten Great Things about Emperor Nero

Ten Great Things about Emperor Nero  The emperor Nero, who reigned from A.D. 54—68, has been called “the first mass market pop star” and “the Elvis of the ancient world.”  Who could not want to know such a character better?  Although he was emperor, he saw himself primarily as an artist, especially as a performer […]


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