Independent Bookstore Day: Best Local Favorites

Independent Bookstore Day is April 29th, 2024 As a longtime collector of books, I find the addiction of prowling through a bookstore like a garage sale to memorabilia collectors. I can’t resist the lure. Despite the convenience of ordering a…

Women at War—Espionage, The Spies

Women At War: A Three-Part Series: Spies, Pilots, and Snipers. For most, what we know about World War II is derived from history books or what has been immortalized in books, movies, and television series. It is images and stories…

How Valentine’s Day Became Valentines Day

The modern view of Valentine’s Day in the United States is a far cry from its murky origins in the Middle Ages, one of debauchery, animal sacrifices, and martyred priests. How did we get from a Catholic relic of a mysterious saint to valentine’s…

Our Word of the Year (WOTY) for 2023 is Bookish

It’s a new year. A time for Fresh Starts. The out with the old, in with the new. It is a time for those New Year resolutions often made, never kept. We, The Crew, created our 2023 list of resolutions for Mystery Review Crew. During the process, we…

Fresh Starts

For thousands of years, the beginning of a new year has been cause for celebration, though it was not always on the first of January. In ancient Babylon, some 4000 years ago, people celebrated during mid-March, the start of the…

Free Christmas Gift Left Right Printable Game

Have you ever played the left right Christmas game at Christmas Parties? It’s always a fun way to get large groups involved in a wonderful Christmas gift exchange (even a white elephant gift exchange or Secret Santa gift exchange is fun to do with the left-right game). We’ve found it a great…

The Origin Story Behind Beloved Christmas Traditions

When we think of Christmas traditions, often fond memories of decorating a Christmas tree, the hanging mistletoe, or the scent of gingerbread houses come to mind. Follow along as Anita Dickason goes On The Hunt for the origin story behind…

Best Free Christmas Screensavers for Windows and Mac

Since everyone seemed to enjoy our Halloween screensavers we thought we’d do some fun Christmas screensavers too! A Christmas screen saver may just be the thing to help you get into the festive spirit of the season when you open…

A Day Never Forgotten: The Killing of an American President

This month for True Crime November we’re talking about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. November 22, 1963—the day the killing of a President shocked a nation. A horrific event that is forever woven…

Author Interview with Maren Cooper by Shelley Blanton Stroud

In conversation with author Shelley Blanton-Stroud author Marin Cooper discusses her writing journey and her latest thriller novel, Behind the Lies. She talks about her transition from a career in healthcare to becoming a writer, and how she discovered her…