Michael Connelly: wears his Raymond Chandler influences lightly. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

The shot was fired a decade ago, but Orlando Merced, a mariachi band member, has only now succumbed, which means Harry Bosch has a very unusual open-u(...)

The mystery form understands that plot comes out of character, and not just that: it believes that the great mystery is character

Why does the mystery novel enjoy such enduring appeal? There is no simple answer. It has a distinctive capacity for subtle social commentary; a con(...)

Cousins Emma (13) and Jordan (12) Pim at the Quaker memorial in Wyse Park, Waterford city, a former Quaker burial ground. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The contribution of the Quakers to life in Waterford is to be remembered this weekend with the unveiling of a memorial at the site of the first Quaker(...)

Lauren Bacall, who has died aged 89, was one of the great screen icons of the 20th century but was so nervous aged 19 in To Have and Have Not, her fir(...)

Actress Lauren Bacall has died oaged 89 years old. Photograph: by Baron/Getty Images 1:27

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau(...)

John Banville: ‘For my Banville novels, the question of voice and point of view hardly arises, since they’re all in the first person. The Benjamin Black books are entirely in the third person, which allows for multiple points of view.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

If character and plot have their own solid, architectural structures, one of the most intangible elements of a story, for many writers, is tone. Th(...)

Jojo Moyes, Sam Lipstye, Lia Mills, and John Connolly

For writers, plot is one of the most divisive components of a novel or short story. Some hew to the idea of a tightly plotted story, others believe t(...)

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, one of a series of fictional murderers imitated by a serial killer in Pierre Lemaitre’s Irène

Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex earned rave reviews last year, not least for the way Lemaitre rework(...)

John Banville: ‘I hate the summer.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘It was one of those Tuesday afternoons in summer when you wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the air of s(...)

Police search a black youth in Notting Hill during race riots in 1958, subject of Laura Wilson’s The Riot. Photograph: Knoote/Getty Images

T he Double (Orion, €19.99) is the second novel from George Pelecanos to(...)