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Archive for May, 2012

Tue, May 8th, 2012
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Everything I wrote about Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine yesterday goes for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, too—we know you know them, but it would be a crime to leave them out of our Mystery Month coverage. Of course, even though you do know this venerable name, it might be a good time to refamiliarize yourself with the magazine’s contents. […]


Tue, May 8th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Richard Stark’s Parker
Posted by: David Pitt

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Parker, the forthcoming film starring Jason Statham, will be the first time Richard Stark’s professional criminal will appear on the big screen under his own name. (He’s been called Porter, Walker, Macklin, and Stone, but never, I think, Parker.) Richard Stark was, of course, one of Donald E. Westlake’s many pseudonyms. […]


Mon, May 7th, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

I confess that it seems a bit odd to include Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine in our series “If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime”; at more than a half-century old, this venerable publication has been around longer than many of today’s top crime-fiction authors, some of whom got their first taste of publication within its […]


Mon, May 7th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Chelsea Cain
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Booklist wrote of Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick, Sweetheart, and more: “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.” Aw, wuddn’t that nice of us? We’re not always in such a giving mood. Take, hmm, let’s see, today for example: I’m dying to lock horns with Cain–her oeuvre of bestselling, critically acclaimed serial killer […]


Fri, May 4th, 2012
Spinetingler Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Stop me if you’ve read this before, but May is Mystery Month at Booklist. This year we’re spreading the love by inviting reputable mystery magazines, websites, and blogs to make a case as to why you should read them. Today’s profile is provided by Brian Lindenmuth of Spinetingler Magazine. Spinetingler Magazine was founded in 2005 and […]


Fri, May 4th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Donnie Brasco
Posted by: David Pitt

Donnie Brasco, the 1997 gangster flick starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp,was based on the 1987 memoir of former FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, who spent more than half a decade inside one of the most notorious of New York’s famous Five Families, the Bonanno family. As “Donnie Brasco” he rose through the ranks, ultimately […]


Fri, May 4th, 2012
Ask a Book: The Big Sleep at a Family Reunion
Posted by: Keir Graff

Have a burning question about etiquette or literature? Ask a book! Dear The Big Sleep, I’m planning a family reunion. I anticipate nearly 100 guests spanning 4 generations and have booked a large block of rooms at a small, mountain resort. Given everyone’s unique and special needs, however, this task has become a logistical nightmare. […]


Thu, May 3rd, 2012
Jen’s Book Thoughts: If You Don’t Know Her, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Month continues at Booklist and we’re spreading the love, inviting respected magazines, blogs, and websites to make a case as to why you should read them. Today we’re heading from Jen Forbus, whose sole-proprietor blog, Jen’s Book Thoughts, won Best Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Mystery Book Blog during Book Blogger Appreciation Week in 2010. A […]


Thu, May 3rd, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Family Corleone
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

BTT is kicking off Booklist‘s Mystery Month with a tale as old as time; watch as one of crime fiction’s most notorious families harasses a lowly publisher in the trailer for Ed Falco’s prequel to the Godfather trilogy, The Family Corleone. I don’t know about you, but I’m with snivelly, bespectacled book guy on this […]


Wed, May 2nd, 2012
Psst–free comics!
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Because comics love you and want to be friends, every year they give themselves out for free on the first Saturday of May. Now I’m no forecaster, but I’m guessing that the first Saturday of May is happening on this very Saturday, May 5, so you owe it to yourself and especially your kids to […]





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