May 7th, 2020

Are you struggling to exercise, get work done, do something creative? It’s OK. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and give yourself a break. This is an odd time and a return to normal doesn’t exactly seem right around the corner.

If ripping through a to-do list or keeping up a running streak is what you want to do, and it’s helping keep your sanity, then keep at it. But if you’re not feeling inspired, please don’t feel bad or beat yourself up over it. No one knows how to best handle this situation. Don’t get tied up in what others are doing. All you can do is what you can do—and whatever it is right now, that’s enough.

On to the main event, here’s the most crime fiction news per word on the web.


Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:






In honor of the 2020 Edgar Awards, 2 quotes from the man himself:

  • “I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” —The Tell-Tale Heart


  • “I was never really insane, except on occasions where my heart was touched.” —a letter to Maria Clemm



  • What is your favorite Edgar Allan Poe story or poem?


<strong>Bonus! New Releases</strong>
Recently published new mysteries or thrillers you might want to check out:


Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series


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