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Every law firm has its backroom bench of brilliant workaholic nerds ferocious in their commitment to the law and to their clients. Such a player is Milton Bernstein of Abbott ...

Ruined Stones: By the author of The Guardian Stones

Ruined Stones: By the author of The Guardian Stones

Surviving the 1941 Blitz and the predator in her small Shropshire village, policeman's daughter Grace Baxter moves to Newcastle-on-Tyne. Situated on the northern bank of the River Tyne, the ancient ...

Child of My Winter: A Rick Van Lam Mystery #4

Child of My Winter: A Rick Van Lam Mystery #4

Rick van Lam is bui doi, "a child of dust," as the Vietnamese scornfully called a mixed-blood kid whose father was an unknown American GI. But Rick was lucky-in time ...

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 ...

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, ...

The Incredible Crime: A British Library Crime Classic

The Incredible Crime: A British Library Crime Classic

Prince’s College, Cambridge, is a peaceful and scholarly community, enlivened by Prudence Pinsent, the Master’s daughter. Spirited, beautiful, and thoroughly unconventional, Prudence is a remarkable young woman. One fine morning ...

Unnatural Habits: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #19

Unnatural Habits: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #19

1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty, golden haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene ...

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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