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C.J. Box

No frills, no baggage, Joe Pickett is a contemporay Western hero whose everyday life could not be more average. He’s a decent man, happily married, and the proud father of three girls. Like many people, he lives paycheck to paycheck. The only thing remarkable about him, says author C.J. Box, is that he is honest. But isn’t that enough?
by Oline H. Cogdill

Murder by the Stars: Celebrity Mystery Authors

Accomplished in their own fields, these celebrities also wanted to excel in the literary world.
by Michael Mallory

Fave Raves of the Year

Our critics have gathered together for your entertainment their very favorite books, audios, films, and TV shows. It’s a dazzling selection and a useful guide to the best of the best of 2021.

Kellye Garrett

Anthony Award winner Garrett is bringing a fresh new perspective to the genre she loves and garnering lots of attention herself.
by Craig Sisterson

Leslie Meier

Escaping reality in Tinker’s Cove where bad things happen, “but goodness and justice and love always triumph.”
by John B. Valeri

My Book: Pivoting to the Dark Side

After much research, a cozy culinary mystery writer turns her talents to the grittier side of the genre.
by Lucy Burdette

Capitol Crimes: Intrigue in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches

Even the slings and arrows of an election year can’t compare to the nefarious schemes and incendiary plots of these political thrillers.
by Pat H. Broeske

Candice Fox

This prolific Australian crime writer has galvanized readers worlwide. Now her tales of unsettling heroes are coming to the screen.
by Craig Sisterson

My Book: Legacy in the Blood

Changing gears and allowing a protagonist to step back and give pride of place to her partner.
by Catherine Maiorisi

A Love of Mystery Crossword

by Verna Suit



At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

The 2022 Edgar Award Nominees, 2022 MWA Grandmaster, Raven Award, Ellery Queen Award


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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