Head Wounds: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery #5

Head Wounds: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery #5

Psychologist Dr. Daniel Rinaldi consults with the Pittsburgh Police. His specialty is treating victims of violent crime—those who've survived an armed robbery, kidnapping, or sexual assault, but whose traumatic experience ...

Wild Justice: A Medieval Mystery #14

Wild Justice: A Medieval Mystery #14

It is Spring 1282. England is at war again with Wales. As Baron Hugh of Wynethorpe, a veteran of fighting in Outremer, prepares to join his King's army, he begs ...

Forty Dead Men: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #10

Forty Dead Men: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #10

Some people who have experienced a shocking, dangerous, or terrifying event develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is recognized today as a debilitating but potentially treatable mental health condition. Military ...

The Long Arm of the Law: A British Library Crime Classic

The Long Arm of the Law: A British Library Crime Classic

In classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur—whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike ...

An Aegean April: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery #9

An Aegean April: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery #9

The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos ...

Murder on a Midsummer Night: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #17

Murder on a Midsummer Night: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #17

The Hon. Phryne Fisher, languid and slightly bored at the start of 1929, has been engaged to find out if the antique-shop-owning son of a Pre-Raphaelite model has died by ...

Seven Dead: A British Library Crime Classic

Seven Dead: A British Library Crime Classic

With an Introduction by Martin Edwards Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. ...

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The Smart Detective Conundrum By Steven Axelrod

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Fresh from binge-watching Jenji Kohan’s Netflix series, Orange is the New Black and looking for more of the same, I started on her earlier Showtime effort, Weeds. This show is every bit as wild and crazy and compulsively watchable as I hoped it would be. But what exactly makes it so much fun? Thinking about that question reminded me of my MFA workshops. So many of the stories we had to critique shared a flaw I came to think of as ... Read More

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When Smuggling Meets Screwball Comedy

When Smuggling Meets Screwball Comedy By Wendall Thomas

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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