Book About a Book

This is not a typical book review and you don’t have to read the book I’m reviewing in order to enjoy Book about a Book. The subject matter of etiquette of the Victorian era can be quite easily imagined. Book about a Book provides a comparison between modern days and the days of the Victorian era. Give this book a chance, you might just love it! This is a fun review of the publication, Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness, written around a hundred years ago by F... [Read More...]

Free Cozy Mystery Books on Kindle

Cozy mysteries feature enough suspense and action to satisfy any amateur detective, but their cute settings, relatable heroines, and cheerful undertones make these books more fun to read than gritty crime thrillers or police procedurals. If you’re cooped up in your home, browse through these free cozy mystery stories to find the perfect novel to help you pass the time! 50 Free Cozy Mysteries on Kindle Most cozy mysteries share some basic similarities in the way they’re structured. In these ... [Read More...]

10 Must-Read Cozy Mystery Authors

Have you been searching for a feel-good novel to cozy up with? A cozy mystery—typically full of lovable characters, fascinating crimes, and happy endings—is always a great option for anyone who needs a literary pick-me-up. If you need a few suggestions, check out the best selling mysteries by these much-loved writers: Cynthia Ellison Author Cynthia Ellingsen is the creator of the beloved, best selling Starlight Cove series, as well as numerous contemporary novels. Her books have been transl... [Read More...]

Top 10 Crime Fiction Authors

When you’re in the mood for a thrilling crime novel, any basic story about a jaded cop or a self-righteous vigilante type simply won’t do. If you need a book that’s sure to shock you and keep you entertained with endless twists and turns, clear a space on your bookshelf for these one-of-a-kind storytellers. 10. Jim Thompson Author Jim Thompson has shown a keen interest and talent in writing since he was a young boy, selling his very first story to True Detective when he was just 14 years ... [Read More...]

Free: Illyria: Chronicles of the Second Empire Books: 1 & 2

The First Interstellar Empire of Mankind has been gone for 2000 years, but its legacy remains, scattered across the stars. On some worlds, civilization has collapsed. On others, mankind has thrived. On still others, humanity has died out, or mutated into forms that their ancestors would never recognize as human. Illyria was intended by the Empire to be an incubator for the best soldiers in the galaxy, genetically engineered to be strong, fast, smart and aggressive. Thousands of years later, the ... [Read More...]

Top 20 Mystery Book Blogs

If you’re a mystery, thriller, spy or crime fiction author you’ve probably looked for blogs, at some point, that are willing to review your book. Mystery blogs not only offer editorial reviews, but they can also publish your guest posts, or even interview you. Getting your book reviewed by a good blog is just one piece in the larger  book promotion process. But it’s an important piece because avid readers in the mystery genre converge on blogs to find and discover new books. After sle... [Read More...]

The Cozy Mystery Genre

As the days become shorter and colder this winter, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a great book. With familiar characters, quaint settings, and a happy ending every time, you can escape from the busy holiday season with the perfect cozy mystery novel. Common Elements of Cozy Mysteries Cozy mysteries, a sub-genre of the mystery genre, are well-named due to their common tropes and themes. In a cozy mystery, the protagonist is usually an am... [Read More...]

Techno-Thriller vs Sci-Fi: What’s the Difference?

New York Times bestselling author Blake Crouch excitedly told one writer that, “The techno-thriller will become the genre of the 21st Century.” He might not be wrong; techno-thrillers are thriving and selling well around the world, but they’re often mistakenly categorized as different genres. It’s not uncommon for readers, or even literary agents, to classify techno-thriller novels as other genres.
Distinctions Between Science Fiction and Techno-thrillers
Both of these genres have severa... [Read More...]

Amateur Sleuth Mystery Novels

Although legal thrillers and police procedurals are exciting sub genres in mystery fiction, sometimes readers want a protagonist that isn’t a detective or a member of law enforcement. Amateur sleuth mysteries feature an ordinary protagonist with a relatively normal life who tries to solve a crime that’s typically far out of their realm of knowledge. There’s something endearing about a main character, who has no expertise or experience, investigating and solving crimes before those trained ... [Read More...]