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S.A. Cosby

In Razorblade Tears, two aging men—one Black, one white, both with criminal pasts—join forces to seek revenge for the murders of their gay sons. The themes of fathers and sons and toxic masculinity will be familiar to fans of Cosby’s 2020 breakout Blacktop Wasteland.
by Craig Sisterson

Thomas Walsh: The Unusual Suspect

Unjustly neglected today, Thomas Walsh has as solid a claim as anyone to the title of Father of the Police Procedural Novel.
by Michael Mallory

My Book: Panic Attack

A city is terrorized by a rooftop sniper seemingly choosing victims at random. His haunting presence throws citizens into a kind of collective panic.
by Dennis Palumbo

Carlene O’Connor

Ireland is the setting for O’Connor’s series: one featuring an Irish Garda, the other an inquisitive interior designer.
by John B. Valeri

6 New Writers to Watch

Our hotly anticipated yearly roundup of new crime talent.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Laidlaw’s Legacy: Ian Rankin and William McIlvanney

During the pandemic, Rankin stepped away from Rebus and into the shoes of friend and literary hero, the “Godfather of Tartan Noir” William McIlvanney.
by Craig Sisterson

Ann Cleeves

The author’s celebrated ’tecs include DI Vera Stanhope who patrols the wilds of Northumberland, Inspector Matthew Venn from North Devon, and Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez of Scotland’s Shetland Islands.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Senior Sleuths

These detectives don’t let age take them off the case.
by Oline H. Cogdill

My Book: Viper’s Nest of Lies

A bloody stiletto found in her luggage pulls journalist Emmeline Kirby and jewel thief Gregory Longdon into intrigue in Malta.
by Daniella Bernett

Hilary Davidson

Two sisters are caught up in generational cycles of abuse in Davidson’s taut new thriller.
by John B. Valeri

A Writer Prepares: The End of the Beginning

An excerpt from the author’s new memoir describes a defining moment in his writing career.
by Lawrence Block

Raising Cain Crossword

by Verna Suit



At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

The 2021 Agatha Awards, 2021 International Thriller Awards, 2021 CWA Daggers


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Katrina Niidas Holm

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Hank Wagner and Robin Agnew

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Short and Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Ben Boulden

Mystery Scene Reviews



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