As we announced last week in REaD ALERT, May is Mystery Month at Booklist. In addition to the Mystery Showcase issue of Booklist, our blockbuster issue of REaD ALERT, a mystery webinar, and a special issue of Booklist Online Exclusives (mailing Friday morning), we’ll be blogging and tweeting about mysteries until May gasps its last. As part of all this mayhem, we’ll be asking people who write crime fiction to give us their recommendations for books that deserved more attention than they received. Call it The Case of the Overlooked Books.
Our first guest, John Green, isn’t generally thought of as a mystery writer. But the author of YA titles Looking for Alaska — and, more recently, the coauthor of Will Grayson, Will Grayson — is a bona fide Edgar Award winner for his third book, Paper Towns. So, you might say, he has a clue about mysteries. Here’s what he had to say:
I generally like my crime violent, my heiresses leggy, and my detectives drunk. But I have a tremendous weakness for an underloved non-alcoholic teen girl detective named Lulu Dark. In two novels with unfortunately chick lit-ified covers, Bennett Madison created one of my favorite heroines in mystery novels: Lulu hates Nancy Drew and displays a clever wit that might be mistaken for noir were it not so deliciously girly. Lulu may not drink scotch in the morning, but I love her anyway.