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Archive for the 'Mystery Month' Category

Mon, May 14th, 2012
The Bunburyist: If You Don’t Know Her, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Hearing the name of The Bunburyist, the fine blog run by Elizabeth Foxwell, people do one of two things: they either wrinkle their brows in puzzlement or smile in knowing pleasure. It’s a reference that tells you whether you’re in the club or not yet a member. Fortunately, though few can match Foxwell’s crime-fiction erudition—she’s the managing editor of […]


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Steve Ulfelder
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Steve Ulfelder builds, rents, sells, and services race cars. Even we here at Hostile Questions can respect that. But then he has the audacity to write books, too? And then has the cheekiness for his first novel, Purgatory Chasm, to be nominated for an Edgar Award? Oh, it’s on. I’ve got my tire iron, Steve’s […]


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Hannibal
Posted by: David Pitt

In case you haven’t heard, NBC has ordered thirteen episodes of Hannibal, a new crime drama from Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller — which means, at the very least, we can probably expect something offbeat and weird. The pilot will be directed by David Slade, who gave us the wonderfully dark […]


Fri, May 11th, 2012
The Strand Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

The world of mystery media is full of websites and blogs, many of which arrive on our screens with grand statements of purpose fueled by the energy and ambition of youth . . . only to cease publishing once the creators realize how much work is actually involved. But there are some stalwarts, such as […]


Fri, May 11th, 2012
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Posted by: Katharine

My first encounter with Mr. Edward Gorey’s work was the opening to PBS’s Mystery! At the tender young age of seven I was afraid of everything from blood to flies,  so why I sat down to watch the TV show with my parents  eludes me.  I’m guessing, however, that the stentorian opening voice and lively […]


Thu, May 10th, 2012
Mystery Readers Journal: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

As we continue our series of shout-outs to the diverse array of publications covering the mystery beat, today we catch up with Mystery Readers Journal. As editor Janet Rudolph explains, this stalwart of the scene covers a lot of ground—and, from her resume, so does Rudolph! Keep reading, mystery reader…. Please describe your publication. Mystery Readers Journal is a […]


Thu, May 10th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Revived
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

A Mystery Month-full of BTTs continues with the trailer for Revived, by Cat Patrick. Booklist calls the YA mystery “a fast-paced page-turner that explores the familiar moral ground often found at the heart of speculative fiction.” Indeed, we know we’re not dealing with any regular old mystery when the trailer’s narrator, Daisey Appleby, opens with […]


Wed, May 9th, 2012
Mystery Scene: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Scene‘s glossy format definitely lends a bit of glamor to their newsstand presence, helping them stand out in a field that includes publications printed on everything from newsprint to pixels. But it’s not just the format that makes this magazine appealing—it’s also the content. Mystery Scene covers a wide-ranging beat and often gains access […]


Tue, May 8th, 2012
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Everything I wrote about Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine yesterday goes for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, too—we know you know them, but it would be a crime to leave them out of our Mystery Month coverage. Of course, even though you do know this venerable name, it might be a good time to refamiliarize yourself with the magazine’s contents. […]


Tue, May 8th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Richard Stark’s Parker
Posted by: David Pitt

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Parker, the forthcoming film starring Jason Statham, will be the first time Richard Stark’s professional criminal will appear on the big screen under his own name. (He’s been called Porter, Walker, Macklin, and Stone, but never, I think, Parker.) Richard Stark was, of course, one of Donald E. Westlake’s many pseudonyms. […]





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