Miles Off Course: A Rowland Sinclair Mystery #3

Miles Off Course: A Rowland Sinclair Mystery #3

"Norman Lindsay is a complete and utter bastard!" With this curse heaped upon the renowned real-life Australian artist and cartoonist, Miles Off Course gets underway. It is early in 1933, ...

Blood for Wine: A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery #5

Blood for Wine: A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery #5

Cal Claxton's old farmhouse sits high in Oregon's Red Hills, home of scores of wineries and some of the most coveted acreage for growing the pinot noir grape in the ...

The RagTime Traveler: A Ragtime Mystery #4

The RagTime Traveler: A Ragtime Mystery #4

It takes one moment in 2016 for ragtime music expert Alan Chandler to go from sitting in his hotel room in Sedalia, Missouri, to standing beside the King of Ragtime-Scott ...

Raisins and Almonds: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #9

Raisins and Almonds: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #9

Phryne Fisher loves dancing, especially with gorgeous young Simon Abrahams. But Phryne’s contentment at the Jewish Young People’s Society Dance is cut short when Simon’s father asks her to investigate ...

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

Impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle-lovers ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that ...

Too Lucky to Live: A Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery

Too Lucky to Live: A Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery

Lonely and broke, Cleveland divorce-survivor Allie Harper believes all her problems would be solved if she could find a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car ...

Random Road: Introducing Geneva Chase

Random Road: Introducing Geneva Chase

It's a crime scene worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, so shocking and so senseless it challenges the local law and intrigues veteran reporter Geneva Chase whose career may be dying alongside ...

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Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead

Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead By Steven Axelrod

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People at book signings often wonder if there’s some trick or secret technique for writing a mystery. They ask about plot, as if that were the key. The plot is an engine, but engineering the spark plugs is the more significant task. Spark plugs ignite the mixture of fuel and air causing a small explosion which creates hot gas. The gas pushes the piston down.  And what is this small critical component of the plot that powers the novel’s crankshaft, ... Read More

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A Thief in Cleveland: Writing My Debut Novel

A Thief in Cleveland: Writing My Debut Novel By Annie Hogsett

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Where do I get my ideas? I steal them. One of the metric ton of things I’m fussing about with the release of my first novel, Too Lucky to Live, is: What sort of questions am I likely to get asked when I give talks at libraries and bookstores? Let’s assume there will be at least a few people in attendance, but that’s not important now. I am, of course, freaked out about the talks themselves, but what preys on ... Read More