John Ostrander: Nasty Surprises

I’ve heard it said that old friends are the best friends. That makes sense to me. Over time, you’ve shared experiences together, both good and bad. You’ve grown to know each other, to know the little ...

John Ostrander: Origins

As I mentioned in a previous column, I’ve been on a Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe reading/re-reading jag as of late and have been enjoying it greatly. As other commentators have noted, the pleasure in the Nero ...

John Ostrander: Nero Wolfe Revisited

My mother once told me that an odd pleasure she had in growing older was that she could go back to favorite books, particularly mysteries, and enjoy them all over again because she didn’t remember the ...

Author Max Allan Collins Discusses Seduction of the Innocent, Horror-themed Comics and Much More!

Seduction of the Innocent will release on February 19, 2013. New York Times bestselling author Max Allan Collins, known for his book Road to Perdition, once again has outdone himself with Seduction of ...

The Shipping News Valentine's Special

Ah, Valentine’s Day. We’ve officially entered the season of love, romance, and overpriced chocolate. Here to help you get in the mood, your five rotating Siipping News columnists Hannah, Yvonne, ...

Max Allan Collins (‘Road to Perdition’) on carrying on Mickey Spillane’s legacy

A week before he died in 2006, author Mickey Spillane turned to his wife and said, “When I’m gone, there’s going to be a treasure hunt around here. Take everything you find and give it to Max – he’ll ...

Notes and queries: Who is the greatest fictional detective?

Plus: Is the air fresher in a forest? Why do men bother shaving? Who is the greatest fictional detective? Holmes? Marlowe? Marple? Philip Marlowe didn't solve all his crimes; his main business was ...

Notebook 4th Writers Poll: The Ferroni Brigade's Double Trouble Madness '11

Many—maybe too many, looking at this bunch of bone-tired warriors of Av-virtue—were the travels the Ferroni Brigade embarked on all through 2011: oftentimes for festivals all over Europe, sometimes ...

Warner Bros. Bringing Lew Archer To Screen With The Galton Case

You gotta love a good detective story. Hollywood certainly does, and over the years some of the best fictional detectives have made their way onto TV and movie screens, played by actors ranging from ...

'Sherlock Holmes 2' Casts Stephen Fry as Sherlock's Brother

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical The wonderfully named Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother, is somewhat of an obscure Arthur Conan Doyle creation, appearing in four Sherlock Holmes stories, ...

'Sherlock Holmes 2' Casts Stephen Fry as Sherlock's Brother

'Sherlock Holmes 2' Casts Stephen Fry as Sherlock's Brother Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical The wonderfully named Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother, is somewhat of an obscure Arthur Conan Doyle creation, appearing in four Sherlock Holmes stories, ...

Character Actor Maury Chaykin Dead at 61

Another fine character actor is gone. He appeared in over 100 movies in his career and had one of those familiar, recognizable faces. It’s hard to believe that Maury Chaykin was only 61 when he died ...

Starblog: Liner Notes: A Bloody Pulp Odyssey

On Saturday, I took the train to Trenton. Now, this is remarkable because first, I so seldom go into New York City on a weekend (isn’t Five Days a week enough?), maybe five or six Saturdays a year. ...