Writers on Reading

fairstein lindaThe earliest images I recall are of me, leaning against the pillow in my narrow bed, while my mother sat beside me and read to me. It was the singsong rhythm of poetry that she used to try to lull me to sleep.

Author Essay
Chris Grabenstein

grabenstein chrisTo be able to write in explicit detail about a men’s room, I knew I would need reference material. Armed with my trusty Sony Sure Shot, I boldly ventured into the swarming throngs of males doing what men do best.

Gary Lovisi


The Dell Map Backs of the 1940s and 1950s were, quite simply, beautiful books.


Jane Langton, William Link, and Peter Lovesey have been chosen as the 2018 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery


One of my favorite moments in the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express comes near the end—and I am not giving away any spoilers here—when the array of passengers are by themselves in the train car


For those of us who have read mysteries all our lives—I started as a child—those early queens of mysteries probably were our first introduction to the genre.

I cut my reading teeth on Hammett, Chand