Mystery Fiction

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

We’re in the midst of our Spotlight on Middle Grade fiction, and I can’t think of a better time to showcase a webcomic about a tween detective embarking on a spooky adventure. This week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Oddity Woods, opens on chase though an eerie forest, which, for all its pink and purple shadowing, still exudes a […]

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

Darkness in the Sunshine State: 9 Essential Crime Novels Set in Florida

With ALA’s annual convention kicking off just a couple of weeks from now in Orlando, Florida, my mind turns not to eager anticipation of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but to the Florida I know and love from the pages of crime fiction. Yes, I’ve visited the state […]

Sherlock Holmes: A Booklist Reader Guide

Sherlock Holmes: A Booklist Reader Guide

Sherlock Holmes is the best-known literary creation ever, perching on a pinnacle that allows him to look down on Hamlet, Oedipus, Quixote, and even James Bond. Everyone, in short. Since the Great Detective’s first appearance in 1887, he’s inspired a tidal wave of imitations. Writers have attempted to psychoanalyze him: what was it with Holmes […]

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 […]

Roaring Good Mysteries Set in the 1920s

Roaring Good Mysteries Set in the 1920s

Lynn and Cindy: This is the year for mysteries set in the 1920s! We have so many that we used some of them in earlier posts on historical mysteries and art mysteries, but clearly this is the year for the Roaring Twenties! Lynn: First up for me is Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter (2016) by Beth Fantaskey. […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Midsomer Murders

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Midsomer Murders

Title: Midsomer Murders Starring: Neil Dudgeon, Gwilym Lee, Fiona Dolman First aired: 1997 Where you can watch it: Netflix I have always found the word “bucolic” a little strange. A dictionary.com definition describes it as of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life, but the sound of the word itself always brings to my […]

Brothers and Sisters of Salander

Brothers and Sisters of Salander

In The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe famously said, “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat, and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.” Sleuths live […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Title: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Starring: Essie Davis, Ashleigh Cummings, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt First aired: February 2012–present Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon, PBS, iTunes I grew up in a PBS-only house, which meant I ended up watching a lot of mysteries as a kid, so I have a very fond nostalgia for the […]

Publishing U: How to Balance Your Writing Career with Another Job You Love

Publishing U: How to Balance Your Writing Career with Another Job You Love

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this special Mystery Month installment of our Publishing U series, physician/author Kwei Quartey (Gold of Our Fathers, 2016) explains how he balances medicine with writing and offers advice on keeping your boss, your publisher, and […]

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His debut thriller, Immoral (2005), won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel, and several of the books in his Jonathan Stride series have received starred […]