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Mon, May 5th, 2014
2013 Agatha Awards
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

At their annual Washington, D. C. convention this past weekend, Malice Domestic announced the Agatha Award winners for books published in 2013. The Agatha Awards celebrate “traditional mysteries” written in the style of Agatha Christie, meaning they contain no explicit gore, sex, or violence. The winning titles are linked to Booklist reviews when available. BEST CONTEMPORARY […]


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
2014 Edgar Award Winners
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

Yesterday, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of their 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best mystery fiction and non-fiction produced in 2013. Booklist reviews of the winning titles are included where available. BEST NOVEL Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger BEST FIRST NOVEL BY  AN AMERICAN AUTHOR Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews BEST […]


Thu, May 1st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Abomination
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Mystery Month at Booklist has officially begun, and BTT is never one to sit out a dance. Jonathan Holt’s The Abomination, one of the Best Debut titles from Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott’s list of the Year’s Best Crime Novels, is but the first BTT of a five-Thursday Mystery Month. Prepare to be creeped […]


Thu, May 1st, 2014
Mystery Month: Don’t Miss It
Posted by: Keir Graff

Let’s just pretend three ne’er-do-well buddies from high school—you, the brains of the outfit; Deke, the brawn; and Moe, the mouth-breather—somehow managed to pull off, if not the crime of the century, then, at least, the crime of the last six years, robbing the cardboard-box factory at gunpoint, in broad daylight, on payroll-and-annual-bonus day. For […]


Thu, March 20th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Hugo Marston series
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Here’s something a little different: one trailer for a whole series. Watch Mark Pryor very very seriously discuss, in finely accented English, his very very serious methods for trailering his Hugo Marston series (The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, and this year’s The Blood Promise, from Prometheus/Seventh Street). “I even went to the trouble of sacrificing […]


Thu, January 16th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: This Dark Road to Mercy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Apparently, when you’re a writer who has a funny brother, you should let him be funny in your book trailer–no matter what the book is about. Michael Cart wrote a great review of Wiley Cash’s serious second novel This Dark Road to Mercy, calling the thriller, “a fine example of reader-pleasing southern storytelling,” with interest […]


Fri, November 22nd, 2013
The Secret History of My Magnificent Obsession with Novels about the Assassination of JFK
Posted by: Ben Segedin

One of the perks of working at Booklist is the abundance of publishers reviewer’s galleys that litter our hallways, making our workplace more than just a fire hazard, but instead, a book-lover’s paradise. And while many of the galleys ultimately end up in the recycling bin, a number of them find their way onto precarious […]


Fri, September 27th, 2013
2013 Bouchercon Awards Roundup
Posted by: Briana Shemroske

Over the past weekend, Albany, New York was home to the 44th annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Bringing together all members of the mystery and crime fiction community, this year’s attendees decided upon winners of the prestigious Anthony Awards. In addition, members of Mystery Readers International and subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal nominated and voted for […]


Fri, July 19th, 2013
Pseudonymous
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

When I reviewed J. K Rowling’s book, The Casual Vacancy, in September, 2012 for Booklist Online, I noted Rowling said she’d considered publishing the book under a pseudonym. Had she done so, I wrote,  ”Rowling probably would have learned what it’s like to be a midlist author—unpublicized, unnoticed, and unhappy.” As everyone knows by now, Rowling did publish a detective […]


Mon, July 15th, 2013
2013 Thriller Awards
Posted by: Amye Day Ong

The suspense is finally over! The International Thriller Writers (ITW) gathered in Gotham last week for ThrillerFest VIII and capped off four days of pulse-pounding panel discussions with the announcement of their 2013 award winners. Thrillmaster Award Anne Rice, author 31 novels, including The Vampire Chronicles, Songs of the Seaphim, and the new Wolf Gift Chronicles. Silver Bullet […]





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