J.J. Hensley: Want to Do Something Different? Play God for a While

Note: J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.  He is the author of the novels Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline.  J.J. graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.…

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Life Without Pain: Stephanie Gayle Reflects On Her New Novel

Note: In the following piece by Stephanie Gayle, the author reflects on her inspirations for Idyll Fears, the newest book in the Thomas Lynch mystery series (out September 5th).  What inspired the latest book, Idyll Fears? A boy who can’t feel pain. That’s what I took away from a newspaper article I read over twenty…

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4 Iconic Movie Villains Mystery Fans Love

Some of cinema’s most iconic films have been murder mysteries and these movie can never completely capture the minds of audience without credible movie villains. Which movie villain is our favorite in the classic films out there? Well, we have 4! – Caution: his article contains movie spoilers. Cage Death – Silence of Lambs (1991) While…

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Jack Getze: My Reflections On The Protagonist

Note: Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze has published news stories in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. On the fiction front, his screwball mysteries, Big Numbers and Big Money, were first published by Hilliard Harris in 2007 and 2008. Those, along with Big Mojo, have also been published by Down & Out Books in…

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Shawn Corridan: “The Irony of GITMO”

Shawn Corridan grew up in the shadow of Florida’s Cape Kennedy, his father a NASA engineer. A high school football star as well as a surfer, he attended the University of Hawaii where he could be both. After graduation, he traveled the globe, sailed the Caribbean, was rescued by the Coast Guard twice, wrote market…

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Jeffrey B. Burton: “Third Time’s a Charm”

Jeffrey B. Burton received his BA in Journalism at the University of Minnesota and is the author of Agent Drew Cady mystery series including The Chessman and The Lynchpin. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the International Association of Crime Writers. His latest novel The…

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Classic Mystery Writers Continue To Push the Envelope Through New and Unpublished Works

For as many great authors continue to put out sterling new mystery novels each year, there’s nothing quite like going back to the classics. Revisiting the writers that helped to lay the foundation for modern mystery can often provide new insight and appreciation for contemporary books. It’s even better when there’s something to read beyond…

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Nancy G. West: Literary Fiction Or Mystery Fiction?

Nancy G. West is the author of the Aggie Mundeen Mysteries series. Her latest novel and the fourth installment in the series is titled River City Dead and features a determined columnist transplanted from Chicago and a relationship-averse detective who combine sleuthing efforts to solve crime on the San Antonio River Walk (see our review…

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Tom Pitts: On “American Static” And Tumbleweaves

Tom Pitts received his education firsthand on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, writing, working, and trying to survive. He is the author of two novellas, Piggyback and Knuckleball. American Static (June 26, 2017 – Down & Out Books), his latest novel, is the story of young man who finds himself stranded in…

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A.H. Richardson: My Thoughts on “Murder in Little Shendon”

A. H. Richardson, author of “Murder in Little Shendon“, was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in 2014. In the following piece, she reflects on her recent crime novel and inspirations behind her story.  Murder in…

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New And Noteworthy Mystery Novels In May and June 2017

From the new and noteworthy mystery novels released in May and June 2017, two debut titles caught our attention: The first book is a suspenseful story by Los Angeles-based author Gian Sardar titled You Were Here. The book weaves together two sub-plots separated by decades surrounding the life of female protagonist Abby Walters and her…

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