Chained: A Kate Turner DVM Mystery #3

Chained: A Kate Turner DVM Mystery #3

Everyone in the charming Hudson Valley town of Oak Falls expected Flynn Keegan, their handsome blond "Golden Boy" to make it big in Hollywood. So when veterinarian Kate Turner identifies ...

Dead Man’s Chest: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #18

Dead Man’s Chest: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #18

Traveling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza with her maid and trusted companion Dot, her two adoptive daughters Jane and Ruth, and their dog Molly, Phryne Fisher is off ...

Somebody at the Door: A British Library Crime Classic

Somebody at the Door: A British Library Crime Classic

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN EDWARDS 'The death was an odd one, it was true; but there was after all no very clear reason to assume it was anything but ...

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 ...

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 ...

Quick Curtain: A British Library Crime Classic

Quick Curtain: A British Library Crime Classic

'Don't talk bunk!' said Mr Douglas. 'You can't carry on with the show with a man dying on stage. Drop the curtain!' When Douglas B. Douglas—leading light of the London ...

Death of Anton: A British Library Crime Classic

Death of Anton: A British Library Crime Classic

Seven Bengal tigers are the star attraction of Carey's Circus. Their trainer is the fearless Anton, whose work demands absolute fitness and the steadiest of nerves. When Anton is found ...

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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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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