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Mystery fiction is a loosely-defined term that is often used as a synonym of detective fiction – in other words a novel or short story in which a detective (either professional or amateur) solves a crime. The term "mystery fiction" may sometimes be limited to the subset of detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle element and its logical solution (cf. whodunit), as a contrast to hardboiled detective stories which focus on action and gritty realism. However, in more general usage "mystery" may be used to describe any form of crime fiction, even if there is no mystery to be solved.

Play review: Dial L for Latch-Key by Scott Fivelson


the cover of the book

You'll wish you could see Dial L for Latch-Key in a theatre near you immediately after reading this little gem, because then you'd be sitting in a theatre laughing with other people, as opposed to snickering quietly to yourself alone.

Book review: The Shanghai Murders by David Rotenberg



If The Shanghai Murders taught me one thing, it was this: David Rotenberg makes me rethink how I felt about author John Burdett. For those of you who didn't read my review of Bangkok Tattoo, I was faintly worried about the authenticity of Burdett's writing as an Asian character. Forget it.

Book review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk



I admit I started reading Diary based exclusively on the fact that it was written by Chuck Palahniuk, having previously read and enjoyed Fight Club some years ago. I had no idea of the story. But I’ll tell you something... I was hooked from the first page.

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