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Mayhem of the Month, July 2020

Mayhem of the Month, July 2020

Calgon, take me away! I’m just barely old enough to remember the TV ads, but I never really bought them. Among other things, who wears full makeup to take a bath? So I am not banking on the bubbles to get me out of here. However, to quote Miss Emily Dickinson, there is no frigate like a book. And with our Great Escapes sample chapters, you can test out each port of call before completely disembarking. So climb aboard, me hearties, and let’s set a course for… India, to start? Why not? We've loved Elizabeth Ironside for years, and her Death in...

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Finally, Print Books Are Back

Finally, Print Books Are Back

Print is back, we can hear the pages turning! Hey-la, hey-la, print is back! Ok, ok, it’s back, but everyone's still being careful. The distribution warehouse is up and running, alive and kicking, oh, joy!—but they are still operating at a lower capacity than usual, and we know shipping may move a little slowly. So, just as NYC has approved cocktails to go, softening the sting of lockdown and the longer delivery times as we wait for our dinners, we have come up with some goodies, a spoonful of sugar that, we hope, will make waiting for the post more...

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Mayhem of the Month, April 2020

Mayhem of the Month, April 2020

The Internet these days is full of ideas for how to turn the lemons of our Current Situation into lemonade. Homeschool the children! Clean out your kitchen cabinets! Learn German! I respond to most of these suggestions with a ladylike Bronx cheer…and yet I offer one of my own: Consider using the enforced down-time, combined with our ebook sale, to explore some writers with whom you might not be familiar. So many mystery authors write in series, and what could be more wonderful than finding a new voice that really speaks to you? Our plan is to use this space...

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30% discount on ebooks!

30% discount on ebooks!

I am smart about a lot of things, but about lots of other things? Not so much. Here are some statements I clearly remember making: “Nobody wants to see movies about comic book characters.” (c. 1988) “Nobody is going to buy books on a computer.” (c. 1994) “People like paper. Nobody wants to read on a plastic gizmo.” (c. 2003) In other words, I stand by my book recommendations, but you really don’t want me picking stocks. The one upside here is that I am willing to admit when I’m wrong. True, I have yet to see a superhero movie,...

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Print book sales on hold!

Print book sales on hold!

We know: For many of our readers, only print books are the Real McCoy, and it feels rotten to say that for the moment, sales of all our print books are suspended. As with so many “nonessential” businesses, the Felony & Mayhem warehouse is temporarily shuttered, and as much as we might moan that for us, books are essential!!!...the truth is, we don’t want anybody getting sick. Just before the doors slammed shut, we made a last-minute arrangement that may allow us to send out a limited number of titles in paper; please watch this space for details. But in...

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