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Archive for the 'Mystery Month' Category

Thu, June 26th, 2014
Macavity Award Nominees 2014
Posted by: Chris Francis

Mystery readers may like to stay in the dark, guessing until the gripping climax, but now it’s time to reveal the Macavity Award nominees! The nominees are determined by Mystery Readers Journal subscribers and members of Mystery Readers International, who vote for their favorite mysteries of the year. The winners will be announced at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Long […]


Thu, May 29th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Good Girl
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

We’ve reached the end of our #MysteryMonth of Book Trailer Thursdays, but not before we go out on a creepy note. Rebecca Vnuk says that Mary Kubica’s debut thriller, The Good Girl (Harlequin MIRA), “will have readers guessing what’s really going on until the final pages.” In the case of this trailer, it’s the final […]


Thu, May 22nd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Three
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Booklist reviewer David Pitt calls horror thriller The Three (Little, Brown) a “very creepy, very effective novel,” displaying the author’s stroke-of-genius use of an oral-history format to tell the story of The Three: the mysterious, only survivors of four simultaneous worldwide plane crashes. Tune in next week for the last remaining #mysterymonth BTT!


Tue, May 20th, 2014
Share Your #MysteryMonth Reading, Win a Year of Booklist!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Month is rolling right along, and now it’s time for you to get into the act! From now until midnight on Thursday, May 22, share a picture of the mystery you’re currently reading (or listening to), and you will have a chance to win a free year of Booklist, Booklist Online, and Book Links. Just tweet a […]


Fri, May 16th, 2014
Mystery Mom: Growing up with a Crime Novelist
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

Editor’s note: Biz Hyzy recently completed an internship for Booklist. Do mystery writers become hyper-aware of danger because they constantly write about it, or do people with danger-prone imaginations become mystery writers? I’m not sure one precedes another. Instead, I believe both are manifestations of a person’s personality. And, as the daughter of mystery author Julie […]


Thu, May 15th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Midnight Crossroad
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The May 15th Spotlight on SF/Fantasy issue of Booklist went live on Booklist Online yesterday, and there are still 15 days of #MysteryMonth to go. Thankfully Charlaine Harris delivers all of the above, with a side of paranormal romance, in the first book of a planned trilogy. Rebecca Vnuk says Midnight Crossroad (Ace) is sure […]


Tue, May 13th, 2014
Twitching Teens and Status Symptoms: Megan Abbott and Katherine Howe Explore the Mysteries of Girls
Posted by: Keir Graff

Are Cheerleaders More Susceptible to Mass Psychogenic Illness? Imagine my surprise when my colleague Sarah Hunter, after reading my review of Megan Abbott’s magnificent The Fever, told me that its story was almost identical to a YA book she reviewed, Katherine Howe’s Conversion. Consider these two passages from our reviews, both published in the May 1 […]


Fri, May 9th, 2014
The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond
Posted by: Ben Segedin

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]


Thu, May 8th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Bellweather Rhapsody
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Michael Cart calls “Encore, encore” for today’s MM BTT, an adult mystery with YA-crossover appeal. In Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), twelve-year-old Minnie Graves witnesses a murder-suicide and, fifteen years later, returns to the scene of the crime–the Bellweather Hotel–for a music conference. From there, I’m told that “the book is in the […]


Tue, May 6th, 2014
From the Archive: Charles Willeford
Posted by: Keir Graff

Walking down a sunny Chicago sidewalk moments ago, I found myself confronted yet again by smiling chuggers. If you don’t know what a chugger is, you probably don’t live in either a big city or a college town—the term is a shortening of “charity mugger.” These seemingly ubiquitous, clipboard-toting young people smile at you, compliment […]





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