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Game of Thrones, Episode 2 Recap: Home

Game of Thrones, Episode 2 Recap: Home

Well, our biggest question from last week has been answered—Jon Snow has indeed been resurrected! Melisandre, despairing over having lost her way with the Lord of Light, struggled to bring him back but was ultimately successful. Our Lord Commander is back on the big screen and the mutineers who stabbed him have been captured thanks […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Bored to Death

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Bored to Death

Title: Bored to Death Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson First aired: September 2009–November 2011 (HBO) Where you can watch it: Netflix DVD, HBO GO, Amazon Prime I’ll admit that I’m too prone to exclaiming, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I prefer to view this less as an indictment of my own creative powers and more […]

Publishing U: Writing Killer Dialogue

Publishing U: Writing Killer Dialogue

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, library favorite and multiple award winner Catriona McPherson (Quiet Neighbors, 2016) shares her secrets for writing dialogue that keeps readers turning pages.    The […]

This Week on Well Read: Geraldine Brooks Talks about The Secret Chord

This Week on Well Read: Geraldine Brooks Talks about The Secret Chord

This week on Well Read, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Secret Chord (2015). Published in October, The Secret Chord “imagines the life and character of King David in all his complexity.” Through a series of interviews conducted by Hebrew […]

The Peter Temple Project: Truth

The Peter Temple Project: Truth

I’m sounding off Booklist‘s Mystery Month on a note that is, personally, both triumphant and mournful—imagine a military bugler playing a duet with a clown who only knows how to make the sad-trombone sound. Triumphant because, after a mere 20 months, I’ve completed my project of reading and rereading all 9 of Peter Temple’s novels. (I know that doesn’t sound […]

The Year’s Best Crime Novels, 2016

The Year’s Best Crime Novels, 2016

For the past 20 years Booklist has published a Mystery Showcase issue in spring. For the past seven years, we’ve enhanced that coverage online during May—which we’ve dubbed Mystery Month. As we launch the 2016 edition, we’re reprinting this list from the May 1 issue of Booklist.    Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, and history-mystery blends dominate the best […]