Janet Rudolph compiled a listing of Halloween-themed mysteries on her Mystery Fanfare blog. You'd be surprised at how many there are, from Green Water Ghost by Glynn Marsh Alam all the way to All Hallow's Evil by Valerie Wolzien.
For some murderously good Halloween treats, Criminal Element offers up a Rest in Piece of Cake recipe, and Mystery Lovers Kitchen has several options for you to try, including Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake and Halloween Pudding Parfaits.
Criminal Element is sponsoring a Trick-or-Treat Food Mystery Book Sweepstakes, and you can enter now through November 12.
Mystery Playground has some Halloween cocktails, based on television crime dramas.
Evan Lewis, via his blog Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and the Wild West, noted some overlooked films for Halloween starring Abbott & Costello.
Kings River Life is featuring Halloween short stories this month. The 'zine also has a dedicated "Mystery Rats Maze" section for all things crime fiction.
RT Book Reviews had a little bit of fun with "Publishing Houses as Halloween Costumes."
The Killer Nashville conference announced that it is opening up its Silver Falchion Awards to everyone, not just conference attendees. Nominees will be accepted in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback, Best e-Book Original, Best Nonfiction, Best Juvenile, Best Young Adult, and Best Anthology. Winners, however, will still be chosen by 2014 Killer Nashville Writers' Conference attendees (similar to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon).
The Crime Writers' Association in the UK announced more Dagger winners last week, incuding the Goldsboro Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year to Dead Lions by Mick Herron; the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller to Ghostman by Roger Hobbs; and the John Creasey New Blood, for best new crime writer to Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. (Hat tip to It's a crime!)
Over at the SleuthSayers blog, Terence Faherty has a nice wrap-up of the recent Magna Cum Murder conference in Muncie, Indiana.
Soho Press has a new website, with Direct to Consumer Digital Sales and two book-of-the-month style subscriptions from their Soho Crime and Soho Teen imprints. The site also includes a fun Crime Map with a worldwide view of all the murders, heists, and shakedowns Soho authors have cooked up over the years.
"The All Consuming" by Tim McLafferty is this week's featured crime poem at the 5-2. Editor Gerald So has also collected previous featured poems into the second 5-2 poetry anthology, The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly, Vol. 2.
The latest Beat to a Pulp offering is "The Speed Date," from Kieran Shea.
The Q&A this week includes an interview with author Paul D. Brazill; the Old Stone Wall blog chats with author Cynthia Hickey; and Leslie Budewitz joins Writers Who Kill discussing her Food Lovers' Village Mysteries.