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Classic Spy Thrillers

Begin a new year by reading some of the best crime novels from years past. I invite readers of The Poisoned Martini to join me—online that is—in reading classic spy thrillers. These four titles appear on both the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time and the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time lists… Read More ›

Baker Street Irregulars

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … A master of detection and deduction, Sherlock Holmes has inspired countless books and movies since his first appearance over a century ago. Join me in reading the novels selected for the series, “Baker Street Irregulars.” As before with previous discussion series, “A Taste of Murder” in 2011; “Unusual… Read More ›

Armchair Sleuths

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … Armchair Sleuths tend to solve their cases with acuity and without venturing far from home. From some of the earliest examples of the genre to the most recent crime thrillers delving into dark corners of the mind, this selection of titles will you a cursory look at the… Read More ›

Murder in the British Isles

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … The British Isles have long been a source of intriguing mysteries.  In fact, Judith Flanders’ 2013 book, The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime, touches on this very topic.  True crimes perpetrated by Jack the Ripper, infamous body snatchers… Read More ›

Grande Dames of Mystery

Some of the best, most enduring mysteries have been written by women.  Such authors as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and Margery Allingham have been dubbed as “Queens of Crime,” rising to prominence during the period known as the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (in the 1920s and 1930s).  Sample some of these… Read More ›

Murder by Decade

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … Mysteries are timeless, but these tales of murder are a reflection of their times.  From the 1920s to the 1950s, the mystery novel experienced what could be called its “Golden Age.” As before with previous discussion series, “A Taste of Murder” in 2011, “Unusual Sleuths” and “Unearthing Murder”… Read More ›

An Unrealistic Genre

Unearthed from my archives of things kept, I present a college midterm paper of interest to kick of Blog Week V.  For those who wonder what shapes a writer’s ideas and craft, the answers lie in our experiences past and present.  Those books, movies, and plays we’ve seen or read and the environment in which we… Read More ›

Purr-fect Murders

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … Mysteries and cats are a purr-fect pairing.  In these tales, cats are watching.  Are they witnesses to murder, sleuths on the case, or clues to the crime?  Find out in these feline felonies. As before with previous discussion series, “A Taste of Murder” in 2011, “Unusual Sleuths” and “Unearthing Murder”… Read More ›

A Little French Murder

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … C’est un bon temps pour un petit mord français, n’est pas? You don’t have to know French to enjoy these mysteries.  One of the pleasures of reading is being able to visit places we’ve been or long to travel to.  So spend an evening, sit back and relax—perhaps… Read More ›

Unearthing Murder

Read along with The Poisoned Martini this Spring… Mysteries are all about uncovering hidden truths.  Archaeology is all about unearthing secrets of the past.  Together they are a natural fit for an exciting story that presents a murder to solve and details about another time and place.  Such stories have long been part of the… Read More ›

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