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You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Love Jewish Mysteries

You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Love Jewish Mysteries

We are trying to persuade a large local bookstore to let us put together a selection of Jewish-themed mysteries that they could feature in time for the Jewish holidays in the fall. My people, we buy a lot of books, and come the holiday-season, with all that family togetherness, we tend to get a little desperate for distraction. A novel with Jewish themes, I figured, would go some way toward lessening the guilt we’ll feel for burying our heads in books, rather than in the bosoms of our families. And it’s not like it’s hard to come up with a...

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Finally, a New Website!

Finally, a New Website!

Years ago, when F&M was but an infant Felony, we signed up for a small-press fair, and were given a booth next to a publisher that specialized in “transgressive” fiction. Their booth was staffed with many lavishly tattooed 20-somethings, who snarled winningly at the passers-by about how gritty and edgy their books were, unafraid to walk the mean streets, treading the fine line between sci-fi and the reality that dares to speak its name. Our booth was staffed by me, sitting in front of a pile of Margery Allingham paperbacks. At the time I was fat, and definitely over 40…

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“My stories always surprise me”: An Interview with Annamaria Alfieri

“My stories always surprise me”: An Interview with Annamaria Alfieri

Publisher’s Note: We have just published The Blasphemers, the third in the “Vera and Tolliver” series, and thought it might be interesting to revisit the interview we did with the author, Annamaria Alfieri, more than two years ago. The text of that interview follows, lightly edited to bring it up to date. (Originally published on October 12, 2016)…

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The Blasphemers Launch Party at The Mysterious Bookshop in NYC

<em>The Blasphemers</em> Launch Party at The Mysterious Bookshop in NYC

In early January New York’s own Mysterious Bookshop played host to the most glittering event: A combined launch party for The Blasphemers (No. 3 in Annamaria Alfieri’s series set in British East Africa just before the First World War) and The Widows of Malabar Hill, by SoHo Crime author Sujata Massey, set in 1920s India…

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An Appreciation of Patricia Moyes

An Appreciation of Patricia Moyes

By Les Blatt (Classic Mysteries) | There really wasn't any reason why Chief Inspector Henry Tibbett and his wife, Emmy, shouldn't go off with friends for a vacation that would be spent learning how to sail. The harbor at Berrybridge Haven was admirably suited for such an expedition. And the holiday certainly started off well. It wasn't until Henry began hearing stories about a most unfortunate accident that resulted in the drowning death of an old sailor named Pete Rawnsley that Henry's professional instincts kicked in…

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