Features

Revealing author interview and gripping essays from the greatest voices in the mystery genre.

Who Is Carolyn Keene? Meet Mildred Wirt Benson, the Original Author Behind Nancy Drew

Multiple ghostwriters penned cases about the iconic sleuth, but one author stands out from the crowd.

Ellis Peters: Beloved Creator of “Brother Cadfael”

Edith Pargeter (a.k.a. Ellis Peters) once said, "It is probably true that I am not very good at villains. The good interest me so much more."

William Gillette and the Holmes Holy Grail

This silent film star delivered the ultimate Sherlock Holmes performance. Sadly, all footage of his work was lost–until now.

Strange FBI Cases: Fact or Fiction?

Three cases are ripped from the headlines and two are torn from the pages of little-known thrillers. Which ones are real? You be the judge.

The Legend of Burro Joe

Was Burro Joe a brilliant scientist or a man on the run after murdering his wife? J. Michael Orenduff recalls his encounter with the mysterious recluse.

James “Whitey” Bulger’s 20-Year Reign of Terror

T. J. English, author of Whitey's Payback, reveals details about the mobster's victims, crimes, and corrupt relationship with the FBI.

“Some Mysteries are Best Left Alone”

As a small child living in Montana, author Peter Bowen witnessed a murder-suicide he still can't explain.

What It’s Like to Be Followed

While living in Cold War-era Vienna as a student, writer J. Sydney Jones sensed a presence he couldn't explain.

Mystery on the Rocks: 8 Delicious Cocktail Recipes Inspired by Our Favorite Fictional Detectives

From Marlowe's Gimlet to Sherlock's black tea toddy, these mystery-inspired cocktails are sure to put you in the sleuthing mood.

Crime and No Punishment in Prohibition-Era New York

Author and Prohibition-era expert Michael Mayo finds the ghosts of mob bosses past in modern-day New York City.

6 Meccas for Mystery Lovers

These indie mystery bookstores across the country invite you to snoop through their shelves and unleash your inner sleuth.

From Convicts and Drug Busts to Law & Order: SVU

Peter Blauner never guessed his volunteer gig with probation officers would land him a job writing for one of TV's longest running police dramas.

Keep Him Alive for One More Night: The Chilling Story of Q

Former FBI agent and author Gene Riehl recalls the most terrifying night he spent on the job.

Man of Mystery: The Dark Truth of John le Carré

The famous Cold War spy and novelist was introduced to the dark side of humanity at an early age.

What Is Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction?

Mystery expert Otto Penzler breaks down how to know it when you read it.

The Crime Fiction Kings Behind Ellery Queen

Two boys from Brooklyn create one of the toughest sleuths of crime fiction's Golden Age.

The Return of Moriarty

Sherlock's biggest nemesis is always lurking around a corner...