crime fiction

Tricks of the Thrillers

Shylashri Shankar

Masters strike the right balance between action and emotion

The Diminutive Detective

How beloved series characters spring into being

Revenge and Redemption

Black River | Exiles | Thirty Days of Darkness | Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper | The Running Grave | The Year of the Locust | The Proof of the Pudding | All the Sinners Bleed | The Mistress of Bhatia House | The Deep

Ladies’ Detective Agencies

Thrillers that pack emotional drama with larger political and social issues

Leave Agatha Christie Alone

To censor books is to overlook the social contexts they were set in

Agatha Christie: Murder She Wrote

Women writers reign over the golden age of crime fiction

Murders and Motives

The Maid | The Island | Murder before Evensong | The Ink Black Heart | Never Saw Me Coming | Murder Most Royal | No Plan B | The Twist of a Knife | Five Decembers | The Paris Apartment

Trolls and Terrors

Thrillers for the season—those who live by the mob may die by it; a village where everyone knows everyone’s secrets; a tribute to Miss Marple; and a whodunit where the author is a character

Spot the Killer

An eclectic crop of detectives in our midst—a constable in a backwater town; an inspector examining deleted audio files; a woman detective in 1920s Bangalore; and a middle-aged bachelor-priest

Death is a Labyrinth

The logical reasoning of Japanese locked-room mysteries


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