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Archive for the 'Mystery Month' Category

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 […]


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 […]





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