April 15, 2017

April

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…
February 10, 2017

March

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

February

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…
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…
Jeremiah Healy died on August 14, 2014, at the age of 66. Jerry and I are both mystery writers, and our fellow authors, Brendan DuBois, Andi Shechter, SJ Rozan and her sister Deborah have found a way of commemorating Jerry's…
March 3, 2014

AIEP on the Isis: Our Meeting in Oxford

by Jim Madison Davis
AIEP enjoys one of its best conferences ever, meeting at St. Hilda's College in Oxford.
June 13, 2010

Getting to Know Oklahoma

by Jim Madison Davis
June 4 was one of the hottest days on record in Oklahoma City and Norman. Despite that, for most of AIEP's meetings in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, the delegates were crossing…
May 31, 2010

The Mensch Who Liked Egg Creams

by Jim Madison Davis
The first time I met Stuart Kaminsky was in Spain, about twenty years ago. I was new to the mystery game and basking in the warm greetings to my first novel when I was invited to attend the Semana Negra,…
May 31, 2010

Crime Writing Among the Flemings

by Jim Madison Davis
Search the phrase Belgian crime writing on the Internet and thousands of references to Georges Simenon pop up, even though Simenon spent most of his life in France and a lengthy period in the United States. As with Agatha Christie's…
May 31, 2010

Top of the World, Ma!

by Jim Madison Davis
Although Iceland seems like it should be far, far away, it actually took me more time to get from Oklahoma City to Boston (my jumping off point), than from Boston to Reykjavik. A nation slightly smaller than Kentucky, but with…
May 30, 2010

Where East Met West: AIEP in Berlin

by Jim Madison Davis
For anyone raised during the Cold War, the city of Berlin is a legendary place made even more legendary by the novels it inspired. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Funeral in Berlin, The Good German, and so…
Sellers go to marketplaces to make money by offering goods and services, and the same rules apply to marketplaces the world over. Make, harvest or extract something, price it accordingly and offer it for sale. It seems, though, as in…
This is a written version of a presentation I made initially to the Scandinavian Crime Writers Association in Iceland during its annual conference in May, 2004. I would like here to thank once again Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson of the Icelandic…
May 30, 2010

Kurze Geschichte des österreichischen Krimis

by Richard Donnenberg
Die Geschichte des österreichischen Krimis ist nicht die Geschichte des alpenländischen Regionalkrimis, sondern erzählt die Entwicklung des Kriminalromans in Österreich. Nicht der Gendarmerieinspektor Simon Polt, Privatdetektiv Simon Brenner, Polizeimajor Adolf Kottan oder gar Kommissar Rex geben hier den Ton an,…
January 7, 2010

Food for Thought

by José Latour
From Network Effects, an article in The Economist, December 19 issue, pages 142 to 144, I condense below a few paragraphs. “Some technologies produce dramatic upheavals. “When in May 1844 Samuel Morse connected Washington, DC, and Baltimore with the electric telegraph,…

Authors

  • 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…
  • Sandra Balzo turned to mystery writing after twenty years in corporate public relations, event management…

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