Mystery Month Starts Today!

Mystery Month 2015If you subscribe to Booklist, you’ll be receiving your copy of the May 1 issue, our Mystery Showcase, any day now—if you haven’t already. Or just log on to Booklist Online, where you’ll find nearly 200 new reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels, plus many more that we couldn’t fit into the magazine. You’ll also find free links to all the feature articles, including our ever-popular “Year’s Best Crime Novels,” “Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth,” and much more. This year, Bill Ott’s “Hard-Boiled Gazetteer” covers bold, new territory, mapping the porous borders between crime, sf, and fantasy. And don’t miss “The Dollus Syndrome,” Sara Paretsky’s Booklist-exclusive essay on diversity in crime fiction.

Our Mystery Month lists offer ready-made
blueprints for library displays.

Booklist May 1, 2015 cover - Mystery ShowcaseAnd that’s just for starters. For Booklist‘s sixth annual Mystery Month, we’ll be publishing another amazing array of online exclusives right here on The Booklist Reader. Highlights will include Edgar Award winners Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman’s argument about truth in fiction; a discussion of craft between best-selling thriller authors Gregg Hurwitz and Lisa Unger; and a takeover of our popular Publishing U series by popular mystery authors William Kent Krueger, Simon Brett, and Brad Parks. We’ll also be profiling nearly two dozen independent crime-fiction publishers in our “Small-Press Lineup,” introducing Booklist Reader Guides with inaugural subject C. J. Box, and, of course, offering our trademark lists, from “Classic Cozies” to “Gone Girls.” Blog departments Book Group Buzz, Bookends, Audiobooker, and Shelf Renewal, will all put their unique spin on the genre.

Follow @BooklistReader and #mysterymonth on Twitter, and like The Booklist Reader Facebook page, and you won’t miss a thing.

We hope you’ll take part, too. Our Mystery Month lists offer ready-made blueprints for library displays. Below you’ll find links to PDFs of all the Mystery Showcase features, which you can download, share, print, and post. Our friends at the Brantford Public Library love Mystery Month, and this year, they’re once again going all-out with an amazing lineup of programming. If you’re hosting any mystery events, from author visits to book-group discussions, let us know! We’ll be happy to retweet and share them on the Booklist Facebook page. 2015_mystery-hashtagYou’re also welcome to incorporate our Mystery Month button and hashtag badges, and other artwork into your own materials.

Not a librarian? “Just” a reader? You may be the most important piece of the puzzle. Please join the online discussion by sharing or commenting on the great stuff we’ve been working hard to bring you. We’d love to hear from you!

Download and Share These Free PDFs!

Year’s Best Crime Fiction Novels (PDF)

Core Collection: Essential Cozies on Audio and in Print (PDF)

A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Other Worlds (PDF)

The Back Page: How Metzger’s Dog Stole My Vacation (PDF)

Strengthening Your Core (Collection): Middle-Grade Mysteries (PDF)

The DOLLUS Syndrome: Diversity in Crime Fiction (PDF)

He Reads/She Reads (PDF)

Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth (PDF)

Top 10 Crime Fiction on Audio (PDF)




About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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