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Archive for the 'Mystery Month' Category

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, May 30th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Light in the Ruins
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Our five-thursday month of mystery book trailers comes to a close with a little deskchair travel to 1950s Florence. Donna Seaman calls Chris Bohjalian’s The Light in the Ruins “an exceptional work of suspense rooted in the tragic aberrations of war.”


Wed, May 29th, 2013
Anthony Award Nominees 2013
Posted by: Liz Teahan

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, and Booklist are proving the old saying “great minds think alike” to be true: not only has Bouchercon’s announcement of  their 2013 Anthony Award Nominees lined up with Booklist’s Mystery Month, the two also have mysteriously similar taste in literature: many of the Anthony Award nominated titles have earned starred reviews from Booklist.  Read on […]


Fri, May 24th, 2013
Agatha Awards
Posted by: Liz Teahan

We’re a little late in recognizing these Agatha Award winners, but, considering it is Mystery Month here at Booklist, we thought it would be a crime—a crime!—to not pay them some attention. Following is a list of the winners published in the calendar year of 2012, awarded by Malice Domestic, Ltd. to books best typifying the works of […]


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 […]





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