Let’s just pretend three ne’er-do-well buddies from high school—you, the brains of the outfit; Deke, the brawn; and Moe, the mouth-breather—somehow managed to pull off, if not the crime of the century, then, at least, the crime of the last six years, robbing the cardboard-box factory at gunpoint, in broad daylight, on payroll-and-annual-bonus day. For the sake of argument, you’ve been hiding out ever since, in the swamp, in a house on stilts, playing card game after card game until all three of you know the creases and smudges on your single deck of cards better than you know each other’s ugly, unshaven faces. Your plan to hide out until the heat cooled down has hit a little snag, however, because Moe can’t remember where he buried the money.
Now, a situation like that is a perfectly good excuse for not knowing about Booklist‘s Mystery Month—but that’s the only excuse I’ll accept. As everyone in the law-abiding world knows, May is the time when we celebrate the publication of Booklist‘s annual Mystery Showcase issue with a happening we like to call Mystery Month. We kicked things off on Tuesday with a webinar, “Mysteries and Thrillers: Pulse-Pounding Picks for Your Patrons,” and, as of yesterday morning, our May 1 print issue is now live on Booklist Online.
Crime-fiction fans, get ready to dive into the loot. Today’s issue of REaD ALERT offers generous highlights from the May 1 issue, and magazine subscribers who have set up an online profile will enjoy free and unfettered access to over 200 reviews and a dozen awesome features, including “The Year’s Best Crime Novels,” “A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Border Noir,” “Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth,” and much, much more. Register now for our second webinar, “The Future of Mystery Fiction,” on May 20.
There’s even more loot to be found on Booklist Online, where we’ll be sharing a dozen irreverent and entertaining lists, such as “They Wrote the Crime, They Did the Time: Five Mystery Authors Who’ve Seen the Inside of a Cell,” throughout the month. We’ve also been publishing extra mystery reviews online, which we’ll round up in an issue of Booklist Online Exclusives mailing May 9 . And we’ll share the best of everything on May 30 in a special “Best of Mystery Month” issue of REaD ALERT.
Our blogs will be chock-full of crime-fiction posts, too, and we’ll be sharing gems from our mystery vault on Twitter and Facebook. Speaking of Twitter, we’ll be tweeting each and every one of our 41 starred mystery reviews before the end of the month. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing, follow me at @Booklist_Keir, and Booklist at @ALA_Booklist, and keep an eye on the hashtag #mysterymonth. I hope you’ll spread the word—and join the conversation.