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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 2:32 pm
Let Mystery Month Begin!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery MonthLet’s say you’re on the lam and hiding in a root cellar in rural Mississippi, hardly daring to breathe, afraid to so much as peep outside during the daylight hours lest the law-abiding homeowner spot your unshaven mug and drop a dime to the local sheriff—that’s a perfectly good excuse for not knowing about Booklist‘s Mystery Month. But, really, only if you’ve been hiding in that root cellar for the last five years.

As everyone in the law-abiding world knows, May is the time when we celebrate the publication of Booklist‘s annual Mystery Showcase issue with a little celebration we like to call Mystery Month. We kicked things off yesterday with a webinar, “Thrilling Mysteries: Can’t Miss Crime Fiction for Spring,” and, as of this morning, our May 1 print issue is now live on Booklist Online.

Crime-fiction fans are in for a feast. We’re sharing some highlights in today’s issue of REaD ALERT, and magazine subscribers who have set up an online profile will enjoy free and unfettered access to nearly 150 reviews and a dozen awesome features, including “The Year’s Best Crime Novels,” “A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to the Best Mystery Settings in the World,” an interview with Lawrence Block, and much, much more.

On Booklist Online, we’ll be complementing all this seriously good stuff with irreverent and entertaining lists every day of the month. To give you a taste, today’s list is “Hard-Boiled Eggheads: 16 Novels by Literary Authors Who Really Want to Play Detective.” We’ll also be publishing extra mystery reviews online and rounding them up in issues of Booklist Online Exclusives mailing May 9 and May 30. And we’ll share the best of the best on May 31 in a special “Best of Mystery Month” issue of REaD ALERT.

Our blogs will be chock-full of crime-fiction posts, too, and we’ll be sharing gems from our mystery vault on Twitter and Facebook. Speaking of Twitter, we’ll be tweeting each and every one of our 38 starred reviews before the end of the month. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing, follow me at @Booklist_Keir, and Booklist at @ALA_Booklist, and keep an eye on the hashtag #mysterymonth. I hope you’ll spread the word—and join the conversation.

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