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The Dark Imagination of Lisa Unger

A local tragedy sparked this writer’s fascination with crime and its effects.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Sherlock II

The BBC’s contemporary take on Holmes is a deserved smash hit.
by Bill Hirschman

Back to Beer: Ace Atkins Does Spenser Proud

Atkins steps into some very big shoes and takes off running.
by Kevin Burton Smith

A Free Man of Color: The Benjamin January Mysteries

Barbara Hambly brings 1830s New Orleans to life in all its dizzying complexity.
by Jon L. Breen

Gormania! My 10 Favorite Noir Films...of the Moment

An annotated list for your viewing pleasure this summer.
by Ed Gorman

Tom Piccirilli

His new series debut takes a bleak look at a family of criminals on the eve of one son’s execution.
by Hank Wagner


Out-of-print crime novels are reappearing in ebook editions.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Toby Peters Over Hollywood

Stuart Kaminsky’s battered ’tec is the go-to gumshoe for a cavalcade of stars.
by Michael Mallory

What’s Happening With Sue Henry

An adventurous writer returns.
by Brian Skupin


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

MS Online

Get the latest mystery reviews, articles and news via the MS website, Twitter, Facebook.

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Dilys Award, Thriller Award nominations, Left Coast Crime Awards, Endeavour Morse on TV

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

New Books

Fishing for a Mystery
by Beth Groundwater


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Mystery Scene Reviews


The Docket


Our Readers Recommend

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Naomi Hirahara on "Clark and Division"
Jane Stanton Hitchcock on Giving Voice to Great Reads
Thursday, 18 October 2018

"For me, the books I read were the call—the call to adventure, to thinking, to acknowledging other points of view. But to complete the ritual, I needed to respond."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Reading: A Call and Response
Saturday, 16 June 2018

Cynthia RiggsI am surrounded by books. Every room, every space in my large, sprawling 1750s house is full of books...

Cynthia Riggs on Living in a House of Books
Monday, 30 April 2018

Our history and experiences can define us, inspire our actions, and as writers impact our words and stories. Mine most definitely has: my father was a small-time gangster. Really.

My Book: The Gangster’s Daughter
Thursday, 12 April 2018

"My ah-ha moment came when I read The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.... That was it for me – I was off to the races."

Jacqueline Winspear on The Great Gatsby
Sunday, 01 April 2018

Nietzsche once wrote, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

My Book: Head Wounds
Thursday, 15 February 2018

"Mystery books were daring and exciting, firing up my imagination and making me yearn to become a girl detective or even a secret agent. They also empowered me to make up impromptu ghost stories around the campfire for my Girl Scout troop and sneak into the cemetery at night on a dare."

Laura Childs on Growing Up Reading
Thursday, 27 July 2017

vietselaineCR CristianaPecheanuFire and Ashes, the latest Angela Richman Death Investigator mystery, is an exploration of a fatal fire. To research this novel, Viets delved into the devastating consequences of junk science and arson investigations.

Fire and Ashes and Arson
Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Anthony Franze, author and lawyer who’s represented clients in nearly 40 cases before the Supreme Court, shares his five favorite Supreme Court mysteries.

Lawyer-Novelist Anthony Franze Picks the Top Five Supreme Court Mysteries