El Gavilan Gets Starred Review in PW

Publishers Weekly recently gave EL GAVILAN by Craig McDonald (Edgar Award finalist) a starred review in their October 3rd issue. “As sobering and as urgent as tomorrow’s headlines, this searing novel by Edgar-finalist McDonald traces the struggle of the residents … Read more »

Elyse Dinh

The Four That Got Me Here

The Four That Got Me Here – Elyse Dinh-McCrillis

Elyse Dinh-McCrillis is a freelance writer/editor at Pop Culture Nerd and The Edit Ninja. She also co-authored Mystery Times Ten 2011. She recently used her amateur sleuthing skills to recover a friend’s lost set of keys (which had been stolen … Read more »

Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None taught me to always suspect the least suspicious character…


The Complete Sherlock Holmes

These titles form the foundation of my love for crime fiction and noir in particular. I found Sherlock Holmes in the summer between seventh and eighth grade and spent many hot days indoors with my nose crammed in the omnibus when I should have been outside jumping over sprinklers or doing the Slip ‘n’ Slide. I aspired to be smart like Holmes (I played the violin but never took up cocaine) and those tales helped sharpen my skills of observation.


Phantom Lady and The Bride Wore Black

The Woolrich novels showed me that women can be just as dangerous as men and that endings can always twist one more time after you think you’ve got it figured out.


The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity

The Cain titles made it clear that bleak can be brilliant. In some stories you want your characters to end up completely screwed and nowhere near a happily ever after.


Peff talks Solomon Islands

Screams & Whispers (July 2011) author Randy Peffer talks about going to the Solomon Islands with his WWII vet father.

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