April 25, 2017


by Eva Waiblinger

Infernal spring trio: Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), wild garlic (Allium ursinum) and autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)

As kids, we were warned not to mistake wild garlic for lily of the valley, which is actually rather difficult to accomplish since both plants have their own peculiar odour. Early spring forests reek of garlic long before any lily sprouts! What might prove more fatal is confusing wild garlic with meadow saffron, also called autumn crocus. This bulb flowers only in autumn, so only its leaves are visible in spring and these also look rather similar to wild garlic ones, if not for the latter’s distinct odour. The nose is the best organ to prevent accidental poisoning in real life. In a crime novel, the trio of spring plants might give rise to an infernally devious murder plot.

April 15, 2017


by Eva Waiblinger

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Spring and Easter come clothed in the bright yellow of fluffy chicks and daffodils. While chicks are harmless, daffodils aren’t. You shouldn’t place daffodils into the same vase as other flowers, my grandmother always told me. It’s because they kill other plants. So if daffodils kill other plants with their toxic sap, couldn’t they be used as a means of murder in a crime novel?

February 10, 2017


by Eva Waiblinger

Revenge of the Nymph

February Daphne or Spurge Olive (Daphne mezereum). The spurge olive gets ist scientific name from the Greek nymph Daphne who tried to flee the philandering advances of an aroused god Apollon.

February 10, 2017


by Eva Waiblinger

Hellish Hellebore

Snow Rose or Black Hellebore (Helleborus niger). The Black Hellebore is named after the colour of its thick roots – also its most poisonous part. It is better known by its other name, “Snow or Christmas Rose”, because of the white flowers that bloom in the middle of winter (November to February).

December 14, 2016

AIEP/IACW Unna 2016

by Bob Cornwell

Picture this: we are in Schwerte in Germany’s Ruhr valley, it’s Saturday night and 300 boisterous crime fiction fans are packed into one half of a refurbished industrial building (the other half is a restaurant). It’s AIEP's International Kriminacht, a big-ticket event (€25 a head) put together by Jutta Motz, Swiss crime writer and AIEP member.

October 17, 2014

From papyrus to pixels (The Economist)

by José Latour

To all Members: Some of you may not know that the October 11th-17th issue of The Economist has an interesting essay titled From papyrus to pixels that I found extremely informative for authors.

September 20, 2014

About Jerry

by Chris Rippen

Being out of reach and off line for some time, I was taken and moved by the sentence in Charles’ AIEP Bucharest minutes regarding the death of our former president Jeremiah Healy.

September 17, 2014

Minutes of AIEP/IACW 2014 Meeting Romania

by Jim Madison Davis

Minutes of the AIEP/IACW 2014 annual meeting Bucharest / Rasnov (Romania) August 19-20-21

September 17, 2014

25 Books That Inspired the World

by Jim Madison Davis

In conjunction with the November 2014 cover feature of World Literature Today - which will focus on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall - the editors of WLT invited 25 writers to nominate one book that most influenced their own writing or ways of seeing the world - from anywhere in the world - and to add a brief statement explaining their choice. Now, it’s your turn to help choose the best of the best. Read through the longlist, then during the readers’ poll.

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  • Charles den Tex (Australië, 1952) studeerde fotografie en film in Londen, doceerde Engels in Parijs,…
  • In 1988 publiceerde Chris Rippen (Haarlem, 1940) zijn eersteling Sporen en maakte als auteur van…
  • Eva Waiblinger, MSc, PhD (Dr. sc. nat.), is a Swiss zoologist and science journalist as…
  • Prof. Jim Madison Davis is the author of several crime novels and several nonfiction books,…
  • José Latour was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 24, 1940. He started reading at…
  • Jutta Motz wurde in Halle an der Saale geboren und ging in Frankfurt am Main…
  • Kriminalromansekundärliteraturexperte mit einer Vorliebe für lange Wörter, die es nur im Deutschen gibt. Hat Österreichs…
  • Sabina Naber arbeitete nach ihrem Studium in Wien u.a. als Regisseurin, Journalistin und Drehbuchautorin. 2002…
  • Sandra Balzo turned to mystery writing after twenty years in corporate public relations, event management…



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