Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (July/August, 2021)
Benjamin Boulden
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Benjamin Boulden

The latest issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (July/August, 2021) features its usual wonderful array of criminous content. The spotlight story is the winner of AHMM and The Wolfe Pack’s Black

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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (July/August, 2021)
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The 9.50 Up Express and Other Stories
Freeman Wills Croft
Benjamin Boulden
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Benjamin Boulden

The 9.50 Up Express and Other Stories is an exemplary collection of golden age detective stories by the Irish writer Freeman Wills Crofts. Crofts was a working railroad engineer and while convalescing from a seve

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The 9.50 Up Express and Other Stories
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Collectibles
Lawrence Block, editor
Benjamin Boulden
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Benjamin Boulden

Collectibles, edited by Lawrence Block, is a mostly terrific themed anthology with 16 tales about unethical and highly motivated collectors. The table of contents reads like any given week on The New

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Collectibles
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Mystery Writers of America How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook
Christina Lane
Jon L. Breen
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Jon L. Breen

MWA has published three previous manuals for mystery writers: The Mystery Writer’s Handbook (1956), edited by Herbert Brean; its revised edition with much new material (1976), edited by Lawrence Treat; and

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Mystery Writers of America How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook
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Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock
Jon L. Breen
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Jon L. Breen

For the second year in a row, MWA has awarded its biographical/critical Edgar to a Hitchcock-related volume, following John Billheimer’s Hitchcock and the Censors, reviewed here in MS #163.

Joan Harrison (1907-199

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Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock
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A Writer Prepares
Lawrence Block
Jon L. Breen
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Jon L. Breen

Lawrence Block began writing his autobiography in 1994 and abandoned it unfinished. In 2020, he wisely decided to return to it. The first part, exactly as he wrote it a quarter century ago, ends with ch

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A Writer Prepares
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Ellery Queen The American Gun Mystery
Ellery Queen
DIck Lochte
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
DIck Lochte

With a dismaying amount of new mysteries hitting the shelves each week, their publishers and authors vying for attention, it’s something of a relief to step back, take a deep breath, and dip into th

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Ellery Queen The American Gun Mystery
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The Hollywood Spy
Susan Elia MacNeal
Dick Lochte
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Dick Lochte

Maggie Hope’s 10th WWII adventure (after The King’s Justice in 2020), sends the shrewd British secret agent to Los Angeles in 1943 on a personal rather than wartime mission. Her former fiancé, Jo

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The Hollywood Spy
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Elia MacNeal
Suburban Dicks
Fabian Nicieza
Dick Lochte
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Dick Lochte

Set in everybody’s favorite homicide locale, suburban New Jersey, this debut crime caper by a co-creator of the comic book anti-superhero Deadpool pairs former FBI profiler and currently “47 months pr

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Suburban Dicks
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The Turnout
Megan Abbott
Dick Lochte
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Dick Lochte

When we first meet sisters Dara and Marie Durant in Megan Abbott’s new work of deliciously disturbing fiction, they’ve been operating the family’s school of dance with Charlie, their adopted brother an

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The Turnout
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