Mystery Fiction

Mysteries on the Small Screen: SMALL CRIMES

Title: Small Crimes Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker, Macon Blair, Pat Healy First Aired: April 28, 2017 (Netflix) Where you can watch it: Netflix Cat ladies suffer from a distinct dearth of positive representation in film and on television. Almost always, we are portrayed as one-dimensional punchlines, our precious, precious cats […]

Small-Press Lineup: Down & Out Books

Small-Press Lineup: Down & Out Books

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again! Legal Name and Alias: Eric Campbell, Founder and CEO/Publisher Accomplices: Rick Ollerman, Editor, Down & Out: The […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Happy Valley

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Happy Valley

Title: Happy Valley Starring: Sarah Lancashire and Siobhan Finneran First aired: April 2014–March 2016 (BBC) Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon One of the most absorbing and wrenching cop shows I’ve seen in years, the ironically named Happy Valley is set in a West Yorkshire town where it sometimes seems as though half the population is trying […]

Shelf Evaluation: Mystery Series Comfort Reading

Shelf Evaluation: Mystery Series Comfort Reading

Lynn: What does a youth book blogger read when she needs a break from beginner readers and teen angst? For me, it is often mysteries and, as you can tell by the battered copies in my Shelf Evaluation photo, old mysteries! Yes, I admit it, this picture reveals some of my most closely held secret […]

That Girl Is Poison: Books about Chemicals and Foul Play

That Girl Is Poison: Books about Chemicals and Foul Play

Growing up, I leapt from children’s books directly to adult novels, and found Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters to be marvelous company. I must admit that I was, and remain, more of a Poirot girl than Miss Marple devotee, but I’d happily lose myself in Christie’s novels whoever the detective happened to be. It is […]

Webcomics Wednesday: The Pale

Webcomics Wednesday: The Pale

Mystery Month wriggles its tentacles into just about every corner of Booklist, including Webcomics Wednesday, so naturally I’m showcasing a crime-fiction comic this week. The Pale, by husband-and-wife team Sanders and Jay Fabares, has some classic genre markers: gruff, small-town sheriff; brainy, loner FBI agent; and a seemingly random, run-of-the-mill death that’s part of a much larger pattern. But […]

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 […]