Grand Tour: Agatha Christie’s Letters and Photographs from 1922

Good news for the fans of Agatha Christie: A unique collection of author’s letters and photos from her around the world trip in 1922 is now available as hardcover (The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery) for those who are interested to know about the source of inspiration for this grand…

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A Classic: “Strong Poison” By Dorothy L. Sayers

Time for a great classic: Strong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers. This great author was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel…

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Classic Swedish Crime: Blackwater By Kerstin Ekman

Now it’s time for a classic from an extremely notable author from Sweden: Kerstin Ekman, the Swedish crime novelist and the author of a string of successful novels ranging from detective to psychological thrillers. Blackwater is one of her novels that was originally translated into English in 1996. A Brief Summary: On Midsummer’s Eve, 1974, Annie…

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The Man Who Went Up in Smoke By Maj Sjowall And Per Wahlöö

Swedish Crime Fiction would not have been what it is today without Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. A common-law wife and husband team of detective writers from Sweden, they conceived and wrote a series of ten novels (police procedurals) about the exploits of detectives from the special homicide commission of the national police in which the…

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Podcast: Number 31 by Ellery Queen

There was a time, not long ago, when there was no internet, no DVD or YouTube.  In those days Radio was King and unlimited human imagination the Kingdom. People used to listen to radio shows frequently and the shows dedicated to the genre of mystery and detective fiction had an important audience base among others.…

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Classics Revisited: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (By Billie A Williams)

Every genre can include mystery. Let me show you how Dracula is.  First, what is mystery? To qualify as a mystery there must be certain conventions, they are: A crime, a secret, a detective, suspense and an orderly resolution. The clever use of view point characters writing letters or journal entries in Dracula makes for…

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4 Updated Stories of Sherlock Holmes As Graphic Novels

Sherlock is back in comic book: Sterling Publishing has released 4 graphic novels based on novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes detective books. The books are US reprints of the earlier versions released by indie publishing house in London, SelfMadeHero. The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of The…

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The Adventure of the Empty House

After Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes character in one of his adventures in early 1900’s, public pressure forced him to bring the detective back to life, and explain his apparently miraculous survival of a deadly struggle with Professor Moriarty. The Return of Sherlock Holmes was featured in a short story in Strand Magazine…

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