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Sherlock’s Real World: An Interview with Holmesian Scholar B. J. Rahn

Sherlock’s Real World: An Interview with Holmesian Scholar B. J. Rahn

B. J. Rahn spends a good deal of her life reading detective fiction. And writing about it. And talking about it. The professor of English Literature at New York’s Hunter College has authored Ngaio Marsh: The Woman and Her Work (2007) and has led walking tours of turf once trod by the likes of Arthur Conan […]

Small-Press Lineup: Severn House

Small-Press Lineup: Severn House

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!     Legal Name and Alias: Edwin Buckhalter, a.k.a. The Chairman Accomplices: Kate Lyall Grant, Publisher, a.k.a. The Fixer Michelle […]

Take a Bite Out of Crime with Spencer Quinn’s Woof

Take a Bite Out of Crime with Spencer Quinn’s Woof

Lynn:  You’ve heard of hard-bitten detectives, but how about a detective that bites? Meet Bowser, one member of a detective partnership featured in Spencer Quinn’s new series opener Woof (2015). Bowser is the canine birthday gift that 11-year-old Birdie picks out from the pound and takes home. A bit dim and distractible, but lovable, loyal, and […]

2015 Orion Book Award Finalists Announced

2015 Orion Book Award Finalists Announced

The Orion Book Award honors books that “deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing.” Inaugurated in 2007, the Orion Book Award award is part of Orion Magazine, a bimonthly publication of environmental and cultural writing. For more information about Orion, visit their website. The finalists are below, […]

Hard-Boiled Crime, Picture Book Style

Hard-Boiled Crime, Picture Book Style

Lynn: What REALLY happened to Humpty Dumpty? His brother, Joe Dumpty, thinks he was pushed off that wall! I am sad to say that we missed What Really Happened to Humpty? (2009) by Jeanie Franz Ransom when it first came out. But after reading a new case report this spring, we scrambled to read the original. […]

Small-Press Lineup: Prospect Park Books

Small-Press Lineup: Prospect Park Books

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!     Legal Name and Alias:  Colleen Dunn Bates, aka Colleen Bates, aka CDB Accomplices: Patty O’Sullivan, […]