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Archive for the 'Mystery Month' Category

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Edgar Award Winners Announced
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

I like to think that the Mystery Writers of America planned to announce the winners of this year’s Edgar Awards to coincide to Booklist‘s Mystery Month celebration (surely it’s not the other way around).  Here are the winners in each category with links to Booklist reviews where available. BEST NOVEL Live by Night, by Dennis Lehane BEST FIRST […]


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 […]


Thu, May 31st, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The 500
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book Trailer Thursday’s Month of Mystery comes to a close with Matthew Quirk’s debut thriller The 500–read the Booklist high-demand, starred review here. 20th Century Fox bought the book’s screen rights over a year ago, which presumably upped the ante for this trailer replete with cash, cocaine, disembodied bare legs, and foreboding flames. Since I […]


Tue, May 29th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ally Carter
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Beware Ally Carter. She’s got sticky fingers, if you know what I mean. You might be, say, conducting a perfectly innocent interview in which you are throwing extremely aggressive questions in her general direction and suddenly–hey, didn’t I have a priceless Rembrandt on my office wall? Well, what did I expect from the bestselling author […]


Fri, May 25th, 2012
Is James Patterson Killing Book Reviews?
Posted by: Keir Graff

At Booklist, we take our work seriously . . . but not too seriously. In the tradition of “Reading Is My Business,” “The Read,” and “A Novel Idea,” I would like to present a groundbreaking thriller: “James Patterson’s Books: A Novel Not by James Patterson.” An author who writes books faster than readers can read them—it must […]


Thu, May 24th, 2012
Crime Factory: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Crime Factory started production in the year 2000, in Melbourne, Australia, as a print-only magazine focused on hardboiled and noir fiction. In 2003, after nine issues, the Factory went dark until 2010, when original contributor Cameron Ashley and several henchmen restarted the ‘zine as a PDF publication. Offering fiction, features, interviews, and reviews in a variety of formats—including e-reader and […]


Thu, May 24th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: A NYC Daily Double
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s MM BTT celebrates the city so nice they named it twice by featuring TWO New York City mystery book trailers, one taking place in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn. That’s right–two out of five boroughs represented! While a 40% might not be a passing grade anywhere else, when you consider that this […]


Wed, May 23rd, 2012
Thrilling Detective: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve never met Kevin Burton Smith but, after exchanging a few emails with the editor of Thrilling Detective, I really hope I get to have a beer with him someday. It wasn’t just his assurance that his web magazine is “100% gluten-free”—nor was it his savvy remark that “librarians are extremely good-looking.” (When I explained that the […]





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