Archive for May, 2012

Cold-blooded awards

Cold-blooded awards

If you’re wondering where all the publishers of Scandinavian mysteries are getting their scoop on the best novels to translate and ship across the pond, perhaps they’re looking here. Here’s a listing of five of the top awards given to Scandinavian writers of mysteries. Quite a few haven’t been translated, but as long as the […]

Posted in: Book Awards, Book Groups
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

Lynn: Wonderfully timed for the celebration of Charles Dickens’ birth 200 year ago, is this gorgeous new picture book, A Boy Called Dickens (Random/Schwartz & Wade 2012) by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by John Hendrix.  This is the team that created one of my favorite books, Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek (Random Schwartz & Wade […]

Thinking inside the Box

Thinking inside the Box

Now in its second decade and with 12 books, C. J. Box’s Joe Pickett series has proven to be one of the mystery genre’s most dependable. Joe is a game warden (when he’s not on the outs with other government officials) working from little Saddlestring, Wyoming, where he has access to some of the wildest […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Sirens of Suspense: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

Sirens of Suspense: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

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 […]

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Who Fills out the Paperwork When Superman Drops a Train?

Who Fills out the Paperwork When Superman Drops a Train?

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 […]

Posted in: Graphic Novels
From Mary Rogers to Marie Roget

From Mary Rogers to Marie Roget

Edgar Allan Poe, the creator of the modern detective novel, has always been worthy of book discussions and it might be interesting for book groups to pair Poe’s “The Mystery of Marie Roget” with a nonfiction account of the actual crime, The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder […]

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Partners in Crime pt 2

Partners in Crime pt 2

Author Lee Child & narrator Dick Hill talk about the Jack Reacher series – such a perfect partnership that their audiobook producer calls them “Team Reacher.” I spoke with the two for my “Voices in My Head” Mystery Month column in Booklist, but couldn’t fit their entire conversation into the  page space. The conversation was […]

Euro Crime: If You Don't Know Them It's . . . Well, It's a Crime

Euro Crime: If You Don't Know Them It's . . . Well, It's a Crime

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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Book Trailer Thursday: The Year of the Gadfly

Book Trailer Thursday: The Year of the Gadfly

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 […]

Alison Bechdel’s “Are You My Mother?”

Alison Bechdel’s “Are You My Mother?”

I just finished Alison Bechdel’s new comic memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, and can’t stop thinking about it. My book group discussed her previous comic (graphic novel) memoir, Fun Home, several years ago now and we found it rich for discussion, full of lush, complex themes and images. Nick DiMartino, a former […]

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