Category Archives: Mystery

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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2019 Anthony Awards Eligible Titles

Anthony Awards Eligible* for Bouchercon 31 October – 3 November 2019 in Dallas, TX. Ballots due Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Select 1-5 titles per category on your Ballot Best Novel Best First Novel Best Paperback Original Best Short Story Best … 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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Excerpt from The Company Files 2: The Naming Game

At seven minutes past the hour while reviewing the classified documents at his desk, one of the two colored phones, the beige one, rang. He placed the receiver next to his ear, closed the folder, and waited for the caller’s … 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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