How to throw a detective party for Halloween

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  It’s that time of year again when cool October temperatures aren’t the only reason for the chill in the air! That’s right –Halloween is next weekend, and crime fiction fans who love thriller and suspense novels are planning parties to celebrate this day dedicated to getting scared silly. If you’re tired of planning the… Continue Reading How to throw a detective party for Halloween »

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Medical thrillers about epidemics

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  With stories about Ebola taking center stage in the news, it’s easy to let your imagination get carried away by fears of a national epidemic. After all, thriller writers have been doing just that for years, penning suspenseful novels about deadly pandemics. These medical thrillers each paints a different portrait of what might happen… Continue Reading Medical thrillers about epidemics »

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The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

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  Today is the grand opening of The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the St. Louis Science Center and for lucky visitors, the game is afoot is a whole new way! This interactive exhibition takes museum guests right into the world of Sherlock Holmes and Victorian-era London to help the infamous detective solve a brand… Continue Reading The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes »

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Become a better crime fiction writer

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  Writing a crime fiction novel – or any novel – is no easy feat, and even successful published authors work to hone their craft and improve their skills. Luckily, there are lots of resources to help, from free seminars to workshops to full-fledge classes that will help you improve everything from grammar to plot… Continue Reading Become a better crime fiction writer »

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Celebrating Ruth Rendell’s contributions to crime fiction

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  It was 50 years ago that Ruth Rendell introduced Inspector Wexford to the world, and she’s been making waves in the world of crime fiction ever since. Both a prolific author and sitting member in Britain’s House of Lords for the Labour Party, Rendell mixes compelling crime storylines with social and political commentary and… Continue Reading Celebrating Ruth Rendell’s contributions to crime fiction »

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How to help your kids develop a love for reading

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  It’s September, the kids are back to school – and chances are the complaints about homework are already rolling in. While you’re dealing with the whining and whimpering, you may also be worrying that your kids will never develop the same love for reading you enjoy. Never fear! Whether your child is six or… Continue Reading How to help your kids develop a love for reading »

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Last Ditch Summer Crime Fiction Escapes

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  Summer is almost over – and if you missed out on a great summer vacation, there’s still time for one last hurrah over Labor Day week. These crime fiction titles will take you away from it all and transport you around the world! If you’re all caught up on the Alex Stone series and… Continue Reading Last Ditch Summer Crime Fiction Escapes »

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Medical Conditions and Crime Fiction Heroes

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  Creating a believable crime fiction hero can be a unique challenge. In any mystery, the main character should be smart but not a know-it-all, successful but not invincible, vulnerable but not weak. Good crime writers often make that happen by challenging their heroes with real life problems and then turning those obstacles into opportunities. … Continue Reading Medical Conditions and Crime Fiction Heroes »

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