by Steven James

Twelve years ago, I had an idea for a series of mysteries featuring a one-armed detective. At that time, I attended a seminar by a well-known novelist who taught us to outline our fiction carefully and meticulously and then stick to the outline as we crafted our stories. In some cases, he ... More>

10/10/2014
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by Cecilia Ekbäck

A True Sense of Place by Cecilia Ekbäck My grandmother used to say, “I don’t think I’m living in Lapland as much as Lapland is living in me.” Growing up in northern Sweden has made its mark on me. The long winters, the six months of darkness, and the seemingly endless forest landscape are in ... More>

10/08/2014
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by Amnon Kabatchnik

The Old Testament tells us that Cain was the first murderer on earth when he slew his brother Abel on account of sibling rivalry, and that Daniel was the original detective when he deduced, by the imprint of footsteps in the dust, that the Babylonian priests habitually purloined Ba'al's ... More>

09/05/2014
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by Lynn Cahoon

The most common question I get when talking to readers is “Do authors really try out all those sex scenes in their books?” Then the person will lean close and whisper, “I’ve read that shades book.” I always laughed and left the reader with this thought: “No one ever asks me if I’ve tried ... More>

09/03/2014
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by Jordan Foster

Now that summer’s over and the cool weather starts (hopefully) rolling in, it’s a good time to get a stack of new books and read. Here are six suggestions for your September list that should keep any fan of crime fiction—from the hard-boiled to the milder fare—happy as the days get shorter and the ... More>

08/27/2014
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