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Top 7 Books with Family Secrets Jason AllenTop 7 Books with Family Secrets

    Secrets and dysfunctional families are the perfect ingredients for some of Jason Allen’s favorite novels. Read on to discover Allen’s favorite tension and conflicts that fuels the narratives in these Top 7 Books with Family Secrets.   Secrecy makes for a riveting story, and family secrets often inform the tension and energy of […]

Karin Slaughter Recommends

Karin Slaughter Recommends   THE FIVE: THE UNTOLD LIVES OF THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER by Hallie Rubenhold A fascinating focus on the women who were victimized first by society, then by a fiendish serial killer, then by a blood-thirsty media that glorified how they died instead of the way they were forced […]

dvd review Gosnell: the trial of America's biggest serial killerDVD Review—Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

If you’re addicted to crime dramas, then you’ll want to check out Chris Chan’s DVD Review of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.   “Message drama” is the bane of many television crime dramas.  Not to name names, but many TV shows routinely produce subpar episodes when they decide to address a hot-button issue.  […]

Writing Suspense like Alfred HitchcockWriting Suspense Like Alfred Hitchcock

  Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, Tony Lee Moral, offers some advice for aspiring suspense writers as he breaks down a few key techniques for writing suspense like Alfred Hitchcock.        What suspense techniques did Hitchcock use that are applicable for fiction writers? Hitchcock gave the audience more information than the character to […]

damn the old tinderbox! by Matthew j. prigge book review Chris Chan true crimeThe Story of True Crime and Arson: Damn the Old Tinderbox! Book Review

Check out Chris Chan’s book review of a true crime category that is often overlooked by writers and historians: arson. Damn the Old Tinderbox!: Milwaukee’s Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era by Matthew J. Prigge is the missing piece that fans of true crime will need to check out this summer.    […]

Chris Pavone Thriller The Paris Diversion InterviewChris Pavone discusses upcoming thriller: The Paris Diversion

The Strand had a chance to sit down with Chris Pavone to find out the thought process behind his new thriller novel, The Paris Diversion, released on May 7.   When it comes to accolades, Chris Pavone has experienced a variety of riches. From ranking on the New York Times Bestseller list to being honored with an Edgar […]

Rob Paulsen interview voice lessons cartoonsRob Paulsen and Voice Lessons: Iconic Characters

Over the course of his career, voice actor Rob Paulsen has helped give life to some of television’s most iconic characters. Whether it’s Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or over 250 other characters, odds are you’ve most likely heard his voice at some point. His […]

DVD Review Father Brown Season 6DVD Review—Father Brown Season Six

Father Brown has been on the rise over the last few seasons, and Chris Chan has his DVD review to let you know if Father Brown Season Six should be added to your queue.   The sixth season of Father Brown shows a notable improvement over the early seasons, as well as the continuation of […]

And the Nominees Are… The Nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards

And the Nominees Are… The Nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards Michael Connelly, Tana French, and Laura Lippman headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards while Heather Graham and Donna Leon receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks receives the Publisher of the Year Award. Recognizing excellence in the field of […]

Abiding Memories of the Long, Dark Road: Top 10 Domestic ThrillersAbiding Memories of the Long, Dark Road: Top 10 Domestic Thrillers

Celebrate the release of Guilty by Laura Elliot with her some of her favorite psychological thrillers. Get a peek inside Elliot’s memories as she reminisces about a childhood filled with reading and the terror and thrill of the long, dark road.      Childhood memories, by their nature, are fragmented. Flashes of excitement, interludes of boredom, […]

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