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

Lori Andrews: How Medical Mystery Books Help Crack the Case of Modern-Day Genetics

The policy advisor and celebrated author of Immunity shares what mysteries and thrillers can teach us about real-life genetic dilemmas.

100 Years of Agatha Christie: Celebrating the Larger-Than-Life Mystery Author

The Queen of Crime’s first novel was published a century ago this year.

Rex Stout: Meet the Legendary Mystery Author Who Created Nero Wolfe

His larger-than-life sleuth left an indelible legacy on crime fiction.

In Memory of Mystery Author Peter Bowen, 1945-2020

His popular mystery books transported readers to the timeless western frontier.

Remembering Groundbreaking Mystery Writer Barbara Neely, 1941-2020

Her character Blanche White, an African American maid-turned-sleuth, was a favorite among mystery readers.

In Memory of Prolific Mystery Author M.C. Beaton, 1936—2019

The creator of beloved detectives Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin has passed away at the age of 83.

Dorothy L. Sayers: Meet the Doyen of Crime Fiction Who Created Lord Peter Wimsey

Sayers' gentleman sleuth sampled fine wines and caught criminals in his spare time.

In Memory of Mystery Author Howard Engel, 1931-2019

The celebrated Canadian writer behind the Benny Cooperman mystery series has passed away at the age of 88.

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.