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My Favorite Murder Books: Auxiliary Reading for Fans of the World’s Greatest Podcast

My Favorite Murder Books: Auxiliary Reading for Fans of the World’s Greatest Podcast

In January, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark brought a glorious true-crime podcast into the universe. They called it “My Favorite Murder.” Each episode finds its hosts discussing gruesome, titillating, real-life murders in a style reminiscent of breathless slumber-party ghost stories, but much, much funnier. Recently, the show became one of the most popular comedy podcasts on iTunes, and its Facebook […]

Reviews of the Week: David Housewright, Joy Preble, Peter Spiegelman, and More

Reviews of the Week: David Housewright, Joy Preble, Peter Spiegelman, and More

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 23–27 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday May 23 Stealing the Countess, by David […]

Ten True Crime Tales for Mystery Fans

Ten True Crime Tales for Mystery Fans

Before this summer’s hottest true crime—Nick Foster’s The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise (a Booklist starred review)—hits the new release shelf this July, send mystery-loving patrons home with these chilling tales of murder, malfeasance, and mayhem that are all too real.   Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and […]

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Reviews of the Week: Laura Esquivel, John Farrow, Rick Yancey, and More

Reviews of the Week: Laura Esquivel, John Farrow, Rick Yancey, and More

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 16–20 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday May 16 Pierced by the Sun, by […]

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Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Whether it’s the long shadows cast by Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe or some other factor, most U.S. mystery fans are more familiar with American and European sleuths than they are the gumshoes of other continents. But readers looking to broaden their horizons should consider a journey to Asia—literarily if not literally. These three titles prove we’ve come a long […]

June LibraryReads on Audio!

June LibraryReads on Audio!

Listen up—the June LibraryReads list has the soon-to-be-published top ten books that librarians across the country love. I’ve searched out the audio editions for you to add to your personal listening list or library order, with details below. We’ve not yet reviewed these audio titles, but you can click here to see the June 2016 […]

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Kate DiCamillo’s Recommended Reads for Summer 2016

Kate DiCamillo’s Recommended Reads for Summer 2016

Two-time Newbery award winning author Kate DiCamillo is reprising her role as Summer Reading Champion for the Collaborative Summer Library Program. “The library was such a magical place for me as a kid—a place of possibility, safety, and promise,” says the author of Raymie Nightingale (2016). “And my being a Summer Reading Champion is all […]

2015 Nebula Award Winners

2015 Nebula Award Winners

Over the past weekend, the recipients of the 2015 Nebula Awards were announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Nebula Awards are held annually by SFWA in order to celebrate significant additions to the science fiction and fantasy genres. Provided below are the winning titles and their authors with links to relevant Booklist posts. Novel Uprooted, […]

June 2016 LibraryReads

June 2016 LibraryReads

June 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten June titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads? Learn more about how to do that here.     Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler (Favorite of Favorites)   Grunt: The Curious Science of […]

Nine Standout Mystery Series for National Police Week

Nine Standout Mystery Series for National Police Week

Yesterday marked the official beginning of National Police Week. As explained on the official website: “In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world […]