Book Lists

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Those who aren’t ready to move on after saying goodbye to their friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may want to escape into other richly detailed tales of life in the swinging sixties and the confounding, wide-lapelled seventies. Series fans who were always looking for clues into the real Don Draper will enjoy putting the pieces together in these postmodern […]

Revisiting the Post-Reconstruction South with Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Revisiting the Post-Reconstruction South with Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Last week I was fortunate to see The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman, at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Regarded as one of the best melodramas of the twentieth century (the film, starring Bette Davis won no less than 8 Academy Awards in 1941!), the play was wonderfully cathartic and entertaining, and especially relevant, though written in 1939. […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 18–22 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, May 18th Blackbird, by Tom Wright Psychologist Wright’s stunning debut, What Dies […]

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The 100 Best Children’s and YA Mysteries of the Past 10 Years

The 100 Best Children’s and YA Mysteries of the Past 10 Years

As we did with the 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade list for adults, we have collected Booklist‘s top 100 mysteries for youth reviewed over the past decade, from 2006–2015. Given the variety across genres and age groups, there’s sure to be something for every sleuth-in-training, from junior private eyes to the most hard-boiled teen detectives. Older […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 11–15 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, May 11th What Doesn’t Kill Her, by Carla Norton Former kidnap […]

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Girl Scientists in Middle-Grade Fiction

Girl Scientists in Middle-Grade Fiction

Middle-grade literature is full of great girl scientists with inquisitive minds. Their relentless curiosity about the world around them makes for some unforgettable stories about discovery and science, while providing important role models for women in STEM. The Case of the Missing Moonstone, by Jordan Stratford In this parallel-universe 1826, girl scientists who will grow up to be Ada Lovelace […]

2015 Locus Award Finalists

2015 Locus Award Finalists

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Mystery Month programming with some sci-fi and fantasy news! Earlier this month, the Locus Science Fiction Foundation released the finalists for the 2015 Locus Awards. First presented in 1971, the awards honor the individuals and titles that excel in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Below you’ll find the finalists […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror

The May 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 337 new reviews and 9 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]

Game Wardens and Rugged Outdoorsy Sleuths: 7 Titles about Crime in the Natural World

Game Wardens and Rugged Outdoorsy Sleuths: 7 Titles about Crime in the Natural World

Outdoorsy types are the new tough guys (and gals) in crime fiction. C. J. Box’s Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett may be the best known of the current crop, but Joe better not look back (as Satchel Paige warned), because, if he does, he’ll likely hear Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch, from Maine, gaining on him. And, […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part Two

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part Two

Having previously counted down the 10th through 4th spots on the list of 2014 crime novels and thrillers most often mentioned as “best of the year,” I’ll move without further ado to the top four books from the 2014 ABBC (All the Best Books Compilation):   Download the full ABBC2014.   In fourth place with 11 best-of-the-year mentions is […]