On the Cover: Caz Frear

Writing A Convincing Police Procedural By Dawn Ius Caz Frear has been obsessed with police procedurals, both on screen and off, for most of her life, but she never set out to…

On the Cover: Josie Brown

Not Your Typical Housewife By Angela Channell On a typical evening in San Francisco, you might find author Josie Brown at the movies, theater, happy hour, or out on one of her…

Up Close: Harriet Tyce

Getting Past “Stage Fright” After Debut Success By E.M. Powell In the acknowledgements of her new release, THE LIES YOU TOLD, Harriet Tyce says that “second novels are difficult.” It’s a sentiment…

Up Close: Sam J. Miller

Constant Obsessions By April Snellings The best horror is always timely, but this year’s standout offerings, from Paul Tremblay’s virus epic Survivor Song to Jeremy Robert Johnson’s class-warfare battle cry The Loop,…

Up Close: Andrew Shaffer

Balancing Horror and Comedy By April Snellings Any horror fan worth her salt can recommend a dozen Christmas-themed fright flicks that aren’t Silent Night, Deadly Night—but filling your TBR pile with (good)…

Up Close: A.R. Torre

Obsession and Jealousy Are a Dangerous Duet By K.L. Romo If you’ve ever been cheated on, EVERY LAST SECRET is dedicated to you. How far would you go to steal a life?…

Up Close: Matt Coyle

Writing Into the Blind By R.G. Belsky Matt Coyle pulls off an amazing feat in his new thriller BLIND VIGIL—hard-boiled detective hero Rick Cahill somehow solves a baffling murder case without being…

AudioFile’s 2020 Best Audiobooks

Audiobooks have taken on new significance for listeners over the last few months. Many of us are isolated from family, friends, or colleagues—or all of the above. The challenges of the COVID-19…

The Venturi Effect by Sage Webb

By Austin S. Camacho You might not expect boats, beaches, and bars to be the ingredients for a gripping legal thriller, but THE VENTURI EFFECT by Sage Webb will surely change your…

Africa Scene: Maaza Mengiste

Diverse, Surprising, and Superb Writing Mark New Story Collection By Michael Sears Addis Ababa Noir is another African collection from Akashic Books. And once again, it’s surprising, diverse, and contains some superb…

The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert

By Millie Naylor Hast How far would you go to unravel the mysteries of your past? In Tessa Wegert’s THE DEAD SEASON, New York State Police senior investigator Shana Merchant’s journey into…

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