Easy Errors: A Posadas County Mystery #22

Easy Errors: A Posadas County Mystery #22

When the first Posadas County Mystery, Heartshot, published in 1991, Bill Gastner was the county Undersheriff. Over time Bill became Sheriff, then retired, and Robert Torrez took over the top ...

Nantucket Red Tickets: A Henry Kennis Mystery #4

Nantucket Red Tickets: A Henry Kennis Mystery #4

It's Christmas Eve on Nantucket and prominent businessman Jackson Blum is about to live out his own version of A Christmas Carol. No visions, no ghosts, just the past, represented ...

Lost Luggage: A Cyd Redondo Mystery #1

Lost Luggage: A Cyd Redondo Mystery #1

Cyd Redondo, a young, third-generation Brooklyn travel agent who specializes in senior citizens, has never ventured farther than New Jersey. Yet even Jersey proves risky when her Travel Agents' Convention ...

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than ...

The Last Best Friend: A British Library Classic Thriller

The Last Best Friend: A British Library Classic Thriller

"The small man standing on the narrow ledge stared fixedly forward with eyes made wide and blank by terror." At 2pm on a Monday in 1966, Ned Balfour wakes in ...

Queen of the Flowers: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #14

Queen of the Flowers: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #14

The circus is in town for St Kilda's first Flower Festival, which includes a parade. And who should be Queen of said Flowers but the Honourable Phryne Fisher? She has ...

The End of the Web: A British Library Classic Thriller

The End of the Web: A British Library Classic Thriller

Leo Selver, a middle-aged antiques dealer, is stunned when the beautiful and desirable Judy Latimer shows an interest in him. Soon they are lying in each other's arms, unaware that ...

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I love Romancing the Stone. I love Charade. I don’t care that loving movies from the 80s, the 60s, or even the 40s (Bringing up Baby or The Lady Eve) dates me, because strong, screwball heroines, thrown out of their element, compel me as much now as they ever did. Maybe more. And even though my UCLA screenwriting students aren’t always familiar with these movies until I show them in class, they watch in wonder too. These women were sexy but ... Read More

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How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel By Steven Axelrod

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The hardest part of writing a mystery novel is starting. I have a friend who dreads launching into the actual text of his book so much that he’s been writing ever more complete outlines for more than five years. The outlines might turn into some sort of complete narrative eventually, but I suspect it will be dragged down by the bullet-point boredom of a boardroom sales pitch. Knowing everything in advance is comforting but comfort is not what you should ... Read More