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Reviews of the Week: Laura Esquivel, John Farrow, Rick Yancey, and More

Reviews of the Week: Laura Esquivel, John Farrow, Rick Yancey, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 16–20 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday May 16 Pierced by the Sun, by […]

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His debut thriller, Immoral (2005), won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel, and several of the books in his Jonathan Stride series have received starred […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Luther

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Luther

Title: Luther Starring: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Ruth Wilson First aired: 2010 Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon Prime “Do you ever worry you’re on the devil’s side without even knowing it?” DCI John Luther (Elba) asks colleague Ian Reed (Mackintosh) while standing on the roof of the London police […]

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

In my previous post, “The Names of These Books Are Secret,” I wrote about how I got the kids in my grade-school library excited about reading mystery novels using “mystery mysteries.” Although feeling a bit trepidatious I decided to also try out mystery writing with my middle-grade students. Fifth and sixth graders started by defining a […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Ariel Ries’ Witchy

Webcomics Wednesday: Ariel Ries’ Witchy

This week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday features Ariel Ries’ Witchy, a comic combining so many of the things I adore in webcomics—beautiful art, a carefully chosen color palette, dynamic characters, rich world building, and smart pacing. With a series of cleverly delivered reveals, Reis unspools a story of hidden power, corrupt government, and long-held secrets, […]

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Whether it’s the long shadows cast by Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe or some other factor, most U.S. mystery fans are more familiar with American and European sleuths than they are the gumshoes of other continents. But readers looking to broaden their horizons should consider a journey to Asia—literarily if not literally. These three titles prove we’ve come a long […]