Purloined Prose or Synchronicity?

Purloined PlotsHow many times have you read a book, seen a movie, or watched a TV show that bore an uncanny resemblance to others you’ve encountered? I’m not talking about those endless remakes. Nor am I talking about déjà vu.

When a story line follows another so closely that you recognize the plot, does that mean that the author has stolen the plot from someone else? Probably not. Could it be synchronicity? Google defines synchronicity as the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible… Continue reading

Cozy Noir? A Guest Post by Vinnie Hansen

MD-BookCoverI credit author Andrew MacRae for birthing the term Cozy-Noir. He coined the phrase to describe his first mystery, Murder Misdirected. At Left Coast Crime 2014, he moderated a panel on Cozy-Noir, which in turn engendered a hashtag. Now there is to be an anthology devoted to this newly invented mystery sub-genre.

So, what happens when we throw the disparate cozy and noir together in a blender? First let’s look at the two ingredients:

The on-line Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines noir as “crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy… Continue reading