7 Curious Facts About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Sherlock Holmes Day

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born on a day like this in 1859. That’s why many fans refer to May 22 as “Sherlock Holmes Day.” You might know Conan Doyle because of his famous detective stories featuring Sherlock or his historical short stories with Brigadier Gerard as the lead character. But here…

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Top 7 Bestselling Mystery and Thriller Books Featuring Female Protagonists

As we have noted before, mystery and crime fiction is largely a female game and plots surrounding female protagonists are also among some of the most popular characters. What comes below is a compilation of some of the most notable and sought after mystery, crime fiction and thriller books released in the last 3 months…

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Jefferson Flanders Talks “Berlin Spy Stories”

Jefferson Flanders is the author of The First Trumpet trilogy about the early Cold War. His novel An Interlude in Berlin will be published in 2018. In “Berlin Spy Stories”, he reflects on the works of some of the biggest names in spy fiction.  Spy novelists have long been drawn to Berlin’s dark and violent…

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Debut Crime Novel “August Snow” Gets On Hollywood Hot List

The debut crime novel of Stephen Mack Jones titled “August Snow” has grabbed the attention of famous Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as he wants to make a TV show out of the story. Stephen Mack Jones, 62, narrates the story of a black Latino ex-Detroit cop in his novel who testified against a crooked mayor…

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Kunoichi: A Closer Look At The Female Ninja Spies of Old Japan

So what’s the deal with Kunoichi? For the last 40 years, we all know “Ninja” as well known figures from martial arts films or comic books. When someone brings up the word “Ninja”, the first thing that comes to mind are black-masked men with swords who appear out of nowhere and are good with martial…

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Working on Your Next Book or Just Published? You May Win a £20,000 Prize Here

If you are working on your next piece of crime fiction or just published a mystery novel, you may be eligible to win a £20,000 prize. How? The Amazon UK Kindle Storyteller Award is now open for entries. The Kindle Storyteller Award is a new literary prize recognizing newly published work in the English language across…

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The Philippines First Crime Novel and Its Movie Adaption

F.H. Batacan’s crime novel Smaller and Smaller Circles was created into a movie. So what? While this is often the case for spectacular books, this is a very special event, as this novel is considered to be the first modern crime novel of the Philippines. This 2002 novel takes the reader on a journey in Manila…

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20 Must-Read Novels By Female Mystery Authors

The works of female mystery authors is so abundant and high quality that it’s a difficult task to develop a list of must-reads from the classics. This is not surprising as we have previously discussed at great length that crime fiction and mystery is increasingly a woman’s game (see our overview of the 25 Top…

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On Creating “Brigid Quinn” In My Novels

If you’re a reader over fifty I want you to delight in being who we are.  And if you’re of a younger generation I want you to look forward to what you can become.  In my first novel, Rage Against the Dying, I created a crime drama character named Brigid Quinn.  She’s vibrant, sexually enthusiastic,…

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10 Hot New Crime Thrillers Set In Scotland

Crime fictions from Scotland have seen a phenomenal surge in popularity in the last 10 years and and authors like Ian Rankin or Quintin Jardine are household names in many countries. They are certainly not alone: Edinburgh seems to be a favorite backdrop for the activities of countless detectives; Glasgow isn’t forgotten with novels by Denise…

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Jean Rabe: “Why did I Write a Mystery Novel?”

Note: Jean Rabe, the author of The Dead of Winter (A Piper Blackwell Mystery) (Volume 1) shares her thoughts on why she dabbled into mystery writing after years of establishing herself in the fantasy and science fiction space. Why not fantasy or science fiction or true crime…I’ve written in those genres for more than twenty years. Why…

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