Lost Luggage: A Cyd Redondo Mystery #1

Lost Luggage: A Cyd Redondo Mystery #1

Cyd Redondo, a young, third-generation Brooklyn travel agent who specializes in senior citizens, has never ventured farther than New Jersey. Yet even Jersey proves risky when her Travel Agents' Convention ...

Hidden Scars: A Sam Blackman Mystery #6

Hidden Scars: A Sam Blackman Mystery #6

When Asheville, NC, private eyes Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson are asked by an eighty-year-old client to investigate the suspicious death of her brother, they warn her there is little ...

Verdict of Twelve: A British Library Crime Classic

Verdict of Twelve: A British Library Crime Classic

A woman is on trial for her life, accused of murder. The twelve members of the jury each carry their own secret burden of guilt and prejudice which could affect ...

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 ...

The Countess of Prague

The Countess of Prague

The Countess of Prague is the wonderfully exciting introduction to Beatrice von Falklenburg, known to her intimates as Trixie, who will lead us from Prague through Europe and occasionally beyond ...

Murder in Montparnasse: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #12

Murder in Montparnasse: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #12

Seven Australian soldiers, carousing in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder, with devastating consequences. Ten years later, two are dead...under very suspicious circumstances. Phryne (pronounced Fry-Knee) Fisher’s friends, Bert ...

The Dead Shall be Raised & The Murder of a Quack: A British Library Crime Classic

The Dead Shall be Raised & The Murder of a Quack: A British Library Crime Classic

With an Introduction by Martin Edwards   Two classic cases featuring Detective Inspector Littlejohn. In the winter of 1940, the Home Guard unearth a skeleton on the moor above the ...

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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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How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel By Steven Axelrod

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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