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Archive for May, 2011

Thu, May 5th, 2011
John Shannon: “Read it and see if you can put it down.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

John Shannon‘s Jack Liffey series has maintained a consistently high standard and has been consistently well reviewed by Booklist. The most recent installment, A Little Too Much, received a starred review and an affirmation from Bill Ott that Liffey’s doggedness is one of the series’ best traits: “It is, in fact, the virtue of this […]


Wed, May 4th, 2011
2011 Agatha Award Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Agatha Awards are meant to honor the year’s best “traditional mysteries,” which according to Malice Domestic are “loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence”:   Best Novel Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny Best First Novel The Long Quiche Goodbye, by Avery Aames Best Non-fiction Agatha Christie’s […]


Wed, May 4th, 2011
Mike Lawson Heartily Recommends Something Creepy
Posted by: Keir Graff

Our reviewer called Mike Lawson‘s House Justice “a superb example of the post–cold war espionage novel”—so we thought we’d ask Lawson to recommend a book that he himself finds superb. Lawson picked a book by another writer we’ve reviewed awfully well, one very different in tone from his own work. (Lawson’s newest, House Divided, was just reviewed in […]


Tue, May 3rd, 2011
2011 Children’s Choice Book Awards
Posted by: Courtney Jones

In honor of Children’s Book Week, kids around the country cast about 5,000 votes  for their favorite books. The results are in: They love Rick Riordan. Take a look : Author of the Year Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero            Illustrator of the Year David Wiesner for Art & Max Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the […]


Tue, May 3rd, 2011
2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The LA Times paid homage to the their best books of 2010 picks at a ceremony on April 29th: Biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand  Current Interest The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis Fiction A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan Art Seidenbaum Award […]


Tue, May 3rd, 2011
Sophie Littlefield on a Writer Who Could Make Tax Code Thrilling
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s Day Three of Booklist‘s Mystery Month and the raves just keep on coming. Today we hear from Sophie Littlefield, whose ass-whuppin, fiftyish Stella Hardesty is “a force to be reckoned with,” according to our reviewer. The forthcoming installment in the series that began with A Bad Day for Sorry is next month’s A Bad Day for Scandal, reviewed […]


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered […]


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
C. J. Box Gives a Best-Selling Author His Due
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Month continues here at Booklist. On Likely Stories, we’ll have red-hot reading recommendations from red-hot crime fiction authors every single day of May. Today, our recommendation comes from C. J. Box, whose Joe Pickett novels and stand-alones have received some rave reviews from both Bill Ott and myself. (Bill’s review of Box’s 2001 debut […]


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
Your Mystery Questions: Answered
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last Tuesday, we kicked off Mystery Month a few days early with the webinar, “Beyond Bestsellers: High-Demand Mysteries in Libraries.” If you weren’t able to join us, click on the link and you’ll be able to see the whole thing. Viewers’ questions came fast and furious during the webinar, and our presenters and staff answered […]


Sun, May 1st, 2011
Gregg Hurwitz Recommends a “No-Sh*t One-Sitting Read”
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s May, and that means it’s Mystery Month here at Booklist Publications. The pages of Booklist magazine just can’t contain our enthusiasm for this popular genre, so we’re adding more mysteries–and thrillers, and hard-boiled crime–to the mix everywhere we can. (Feel free to join the #mysterymonth conversation on Twitter!) Here on Likely Stories, we’ll have […]





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