Top Reads of 2014

I read 118 books this year (and I'm fairly certain I'll squeeze one more in before midnight tomorrow), and here's my take on best of the best, the disappointments, and the surprises. First off, the best books I read this year The ones I didn't want to finish. The ones to which I gave five... Continue Reading →

Bringing out your dead: When to drop the first body.

Conventional wisdom dictates that mystery/crime novels offer up a body early on. Think about every episode of every incarnation of Law & Order. There's the discovery of the victim, then the iconic "DONK DONK" (also called the "clang") followed by the theme song/opening credits. Then the detectives are on scene and the process of discovering... Continue Reading →

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