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Archive for the 'Mystery Month' Category

Tue, May 22nd, 2012
Bill Crider and His Popular Culture Magazine: If You Don’t Know Him, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Bill Crider is one of those guys who glues the mystery world together. He’s an author (see The Wild Hog Murders, 2011) and he’s also a fan who helps get the word out about other writers’ books. (Actually, although Bill is one of the best-known examples, you’d be surprised at how many generous authors there […]


Tue, May 22nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Todd Strasser
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We knew Todd Strasser was going to be a tough nut to crack. I mean, the guy has written over 120 books for teens and middle graders, including such gritty, hard-hitting award-winners as The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, and If I Grow Up. But this nut came even tougher than expected, proving that […]


Mon, May 21st, 2012
CADS: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

If hearing about a magazine called CADS doesn’t make your ears prick up, there’s no hope for you. Several oblique references to such a periodical made me do a little sleuthing. First of all, I learned that it stands for Crime And Detective Stories—I was somewhat disappointed to learn that the stories in question need not feature […]


Fri, May 18th, 2012
Sirens of Suspense: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

With so many mystery-themed publications to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones deserve your reading attention. (Let’s face it, much as you may want to, you can’t read everything.) During this year’s Mystery Month, we’re profiling 23 different magazines, websites, and blogs in an effort to help you choose. Hopefully you’ll find something new or at least feel the […]


Fri, May 18th, 2012
Who Fills out the Paperwork When Superman Drops a Train?
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

There are plenty of mysteries in superhero comics; DC, after all stands for “Detective Comics,” which is the name of the series featuring possibly the greatest superhero detective ever, Batman. Superheroes are constantly solving mysteries: figuring out who stole which nuclear launch code, which villain infected the town reservoir with mutagens this time, or which […]


Thu, May 17th, 2012
Euro Crime: If You Don’t Know Them It’s . . . Well, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

There are many art forms that we Americans like to think of as exclusively ours: jazz, basketball, crime fiction, and deep-fried food-on-a-stick. But whether or not we claim to have originated these things—and we will, reader, we will—there comes a time in every patriot’s life when he or she must recognize that others abroad are doing […]


Thu, May 17th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Year of the Gadfly
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s MM BTT features more cameos than 2010′s Super Sad True Love Story, (fittingly, including Gary Shteyngart!). Booklist calls The Year of the Gadfly “a bildungsroman with a compelling mystery” that YAs would enjoy, too. Here’s another mystery: who isn’t in this trailer? And, if Christiane Amanpour suggested she re-write your book, what would […]


Wed, May 16th, 2012
Detectives beyond Borders: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

The name Detectives beyond Borders suggests a relief organization that dispatches trenchcoat-and-fedora wearing PIs to disaster-stricken countries that have dire need of crime-solving. As it turns out, DBB is not an international NGO but a one-man blog published in Philly—but that doesn’t mean proprietor Peter Rozovsky’s not an altruist. After all, he publishes almost every day of the week and you don’t have […]


Tue, May 15th, 2012
Clues: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Yesterday, Elizabeth Foxwell gave us the lowdown on her blog, The Bunburyist; today, she tells us about her work with Clues: A Journal of Detection. I was going to write an introduction drawing some distinction between the two, noting that the former was more personal and the latter was more professional—but, looking at this indefatigable woman’s […]


Tue, May 15th, 2012
A Charming Clutch of Cozies
Posted by: Keir Graff

Cozy fans sometimes accuse us of not paying quite enough attention to their favorite mystery subgenre. I plead guilty but with extenuating circumstances. It’s true that Bill Ott and I prefer our crime fiction straight, no chaser—I guess the cozy equivalent would be saying “no thank you” to a spot of cream—but we do our best to cover charming tales […]





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