A Decline in Prophets: Rowland Sinclair Mysteries #2

A Decline in Prophets: Rowland Sinclair Mysteries #2

Travel back in time to 1932 and book a first-class suite on the passenger liner RMS Aquitania, but take care, for among your fellow passengers is a ruthless killer…. Direct ...

The Lake District Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

The Lake District Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

Luke flung the light of his torch full onto the face of the immobile figure. Then he had the shock of his life. The man had no face! Where his ...

The Santa Klaus Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

The Santa Klaus Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered – ...

Mystery in White — A Christmas Crime Story: A British Library Crime Classic

Mystery in White — A Christmas Crime Story: A British Library Crime Classic

‘The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.’ On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall ...

The Guardian Stones

The Guardian Stones

1941 Britain: Children are vanishing from the village. Is it the powers of an ancient stone circle at work, or a modern predator? In mid-1941, children evacuated to the remote ...

Silent Nights — Christmas Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic

Silent Nights — Christmas Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic

Christmas is a mysterious, as well as magical, time of year. Strange things can happen, and this helps to explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside ...

A Few Right Thinking Men: Rowland Sinclair Mysteries #1

A Few Right Thinking Men: Rowland Sinclair Mysteries #1

Not Miss Fisher, but Mr. Sinclair… Meet Rowland Sinclair, gentleman and artist living in 1931 Sydney. Friend of the Left, son of the Right, he paints in a superbly tailored, ...

Featured Series

Alafair Tucker Mysteries

Mystery Delivered Monthly

The Poisoned Pen Press Newsletter

Recent Articles

Feature

Where Do Characters Come From?

Where Do Characters Come From? By Tina Whittle

|

When I first met Tai Randolph, the protagonist of my series, I didn’t know her name. I knew only that the person I was meeting was quick and smart and had a head full of riotous dirty blonde curls. I also knew that she spoke with the cadences of Lowcountry Savannah, that she smoked Winston Lights, that she wore broken-in jeans and low-heeled boots with good tread, boots for working. But how did these traits coalesce into one person, an ... Read More

Feature

When Writing is Like Landing a Plane

When Writing is Like Landing a Plane By Steven Axelrod

|

Writing a transition for my book as I flew into Kennedy airport, I realized that my job and the pilot’s job weren’t all that different. Of course his takes years of training, the mastery of a highly complex machine, and the responsibility for numerous lives (and schedules). Mine just takes sitting at the computer in my pajamas. However, as a metaphor, and I hunt for metaphors like a pig rooting for truffles, it’s not bad. A more accurate one might be ... Read More