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Archive for the 'Crime Fiction' Category

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Bone Season
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s MM BTT combines two of this month’s overarching themes: mysteries, (in case you’ve been hiding under a mossy rock), and our May 15th Spotlight on Sf/Fantasy. What doesn’t Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season contain, according to Donna Seaman’s review and Story behind the Story feature? The Booklist high-demand, starred review predicts many exciting things […]

Tue, May 21st, 2013
The Mystery of the Missing Editor – Case Closed!
Posted by: Keir Graff

My absence last week was no mystery: I was moving, into an apartment that reminds me of Nick and Nora Charles’ in The Thin Man. I say this because it’s a spacious pre-war place, not (as a wisecracking reader suggested) because its bar is so fully stocked. (Mrs. Graff and I do enjoy a cocktail, but we have […]

Thu, May 16th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Lost
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s Mystery Month book trailer might be better titled “(Everything but) Lost,” but I find it effective nonetheless. For the final book in Bolton’s Lacey Flint trilogy, St. Martin’s has squished together trailers for the first two books in the series (Now You See Me, Dead Scared) and popped in a frame at the end […]

Wed, May 15th, 2013
Mystery Month: Science Fiction Mysteries
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s a brain teaser for you: in the far-flung future, a human detective teams up withan android to solve a homicide. Is this a mystery novel, or is it science fiction? The great thing about Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel (1954) is, no matter how many times you read it, and no matter how […]

Thu, May 9th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Six Years
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Mystery month continues at BTT with one of crime fiction’s reigning kings. Could Harlan Coben add an award for book trailers to his already sagging mantel? Here’s the trailer for his latest, Six Years. Once you figure this whole thing out, let’s do something for that ring around the collar.

Tue, May 7th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Len Deighton’s Bernard Samson
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s a spot of good news for Len Deighton fans: Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay, is working on an 18-part television series based on Deighton’s Bernard Samson novels. I found out about it at The Hollywood Reporter. Samson is, of course, the British SIS operative who starred in three […]

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Mystery Month: Spoofs
Posted by: David Pitt

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Burt Bacharach.” When Austin Powers (Mike Myers) looks directly at the audience and introduces the famed composer in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, you know this isn’t your typical mystery spoof. As silly as it is, it’s also sly and daring: as much as it’s done on television these days, you […]

Thu, May 2nd, 2013
Would You Like a Cupcake with That Red Herring?
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

In honor of Mystery Month, which we’ll be celebrating throughout May here at Booklist Online, I’ve put together a list of middle-grade mysteries with food themes. In the introduction, I mention Harriet the Spy’s tomato sandwiches, and apparently, I’m not the only one who’s tried to recreate Harriet’s iconic snack. Have your own favorite food moment […]

Thu, May 2nd, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: A Delicate Truth
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s Mystery Month at Booklist, and Book Trailer Thursday is cashing in on the action. Setting the bar high for production value AND bleakness, here’s the short-film trailer for John le Carré’s A Delicate Truth. Check back all month for more!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Let Mystery Month Begin!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Let’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 […]

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