Fractured Families: A Lottie Albright Mystery #4

Fractured Families: A Lottie Albright Mystery #4

It’s the Garden of Eden. And the weather is absolutely freezing! The discovery of the body of a young man inside the mausoleum of the Civil War veteran who commissioned ...

Bound by Mystery

Bound by Mystery

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Poisoned Pen Press has commissioned original short stories from thirty-five of its authors, past and present. Some names will be immediately recognizable to mystery ...

Burials: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #10

Burials: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #10

A woman waits under five feet of dirt-a woman who is by now nothing but bones stained the deep red of Oklahoma clay. A delicate silver necklace, a handful of ...

Old News: An Edna Ferber Mystery #8

Old News: An Edna Ferber Mystery #8

A sweltering July in Chicago, 1923. Edna Ferber, now a famous short-story writer, is supposed to be researching the novel that will become So Big, her Pulitzer-Prize winner. With her ...

Blood and Circuses: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #6

Blood and Circuses: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #6

Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from ...

The Cheltenham Square Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

The Cheltenham Square Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

In the seeming tranquility of Regency Square in Cheltenham live the diverse inhabitants of its ten houses. One summer’s evening, the square’s rivalries and allegiances are disrupted by a sudden ...

Desert Vengeance: A Lena Jones Mystery #9

Desert Vengeance: A Lena Jones Mystery #9

When the man who raped Scottsdale PI Lena Jones when she was a nine-year-old foster child is released from prison, Lena is waiting for him in the parking lot—with a ...

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Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels: Part II

Cultural Diversity in Mystery Novels: Part II By Triss Stein

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In December, I wrote about including real life diversity in mystery fiction. Depictions and plots that reflect that are an important part of the issue, but it does not end there. Deeper and more complicated is the question of how to write important characters from backgrounds not our own. If you want to see a bunch of writers with smoke coming out of their heads, suggest that it is not possible, or even merely that it is hard to write ... Read More

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Staying Human: Orwell’s “1984” Revisited

Staying Human: Orwell’s “1984” Revisited By Steven Axelrod

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George Orwell’s 1984 is riding the bestseller lists again, spurred by Kellyann Conway’s ominous reference to “alternative facts” when discussing the crowds at President Trump’s inauguration. This passage from 1984 leapt to many people’s minds: In the end, the party would announce that two and two made five and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they would make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the ... Read More