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Jane Harper

She became a publishing phenomenon with her first novel, The Dry, and now the Australian author returns with another fast-paced thriller set Down Under.
by Craig Sisterson

Anthony Boucher

A successful author, his true influence came as a critic.
by Michael Mallory

Spillane at 100

On the centenary of his birth, the tough-guy writer is still a cultural icon.
by Max Allan Collins & James L. Traylor

Sue Grafton, 1940 to 2017

The author of the popular and groundbreaking “Alphabet” novels has died, but she leaves behind a vibrant legacy.
by Elaine Viets

Double Takes

by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

Writers Turned Sleuths

Both Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, became real-life crimesolvers.
by Cathy Pickens

The Hook

First lines that caught our attention.

Fave Raves of 2017

Our critics select the best of the year.

John Hart

The bestselling author enters new territory in his latest novel.
by Craig Sisterson

Karen E. Olson

The author makes use of her own newspaper background to color in the cases of her journalist-sleuth.
by John B. Valeri

“Southern Comfort” Crossword

by Verna Suit


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

My Books Essays


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Hank Wagner & Lynne F. Maxwell

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


The Docket


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