Category Archives: American Writers

Excerpt from Company Files 2: The Naming Game

The Writers’ Pool was the pinnacle, the latest in office design. The desks were arranged according to status. Junior writers worked on black Remington’s Noiseless Model Sevens in the back of the room. Proofreaders used large desks for the continuous … Continue reading

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Squeak speaks about The Murder List

This is a complex book, with many moving parts so this is a No Spoilers review. Hank Phillippi Ryan is known for her twisted twisty stories, where assumptions and interpretations can (and will) lead her characters and readers astray. In … Continue reading

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Agatha Award Eligible Titles for Malice Domestic 31

Agatha Award Eligible* for Malice Domestic 31, 3-5 May 2019 in Bethesda, MD. Eligible means published in 2018. Best Contemporary Novel Best Historical Best First Novel Best Nonfiction Best Short Story Best Children/ Young Adult *Check this site periodically, since … Continue reading

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A Different Bronx Tale

A conspiracy that involves Fascists, Nazis, the Vatican, and the mystery starts in the Bronx. Conspiracy theories coupled with international intrigue make for a compelling premise. Frank Carbone, a weekend drinker, is helpless as he watches his nephew Willie fall … Continue reading

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2018 Anthony Award Eligible Titles

This list is not exhaustive. I’d suggest readers reference Steph Post’s Anthony 2018 page or Do Some Damage (A) indicates a title also nominated for an Agatha Award. For anthologies, I name the editors. If I’ve understood the rules right, … Continue reading

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Killing Malmon is Kenny from South Park meets Groundhog Day

Poor Malmon! Dan Malmon is a cross between Kenny from South Park and Phil in Groundhog Day. He dies somehow every time. 30 creative crime fiction writers had a lot of fun chalking the outline around Mr. Malmon. You know … Continue reading

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Every story is worth reading to #EndDomesticViolence

This is a hard review to write, and not because the stories are a mixed bag, and not because the writing is bad. No; in fact, the writing is that good, the stories are that compelling, and— wow, this collection … Continue reading

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