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14 Japanese Thrillers in Translation

14 Japanese Thrillers in Translation

Mysteries and thrillers make up a sizable portion of the Japanese literary market. Thanks to the international success of Keigo Higashino, Natsuo Kirino, and Miyuki Miyabe—and, just as importantly, their translators—contemporary Japanese crime fiction proliferates on Western shelves. To follow is a list of both novels and manga (because no one does graphic titles like […]

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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 […]

Sniffing Out Mysteries: KING & KAYLA

Sniffing Out Mysteries: KING & KAYLA

Cindy: Bookends begins Mystery Month 2017 with a new beginning mystery reading series for young readers about a girl and her dog. Kayla and King are both formidable investigators in their own right, but together, they are invincible. King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats (2017) serves up a simple mystery […]

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.
By March 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.

After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 after an intense legal battle with activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode […]

More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die
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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!” Well, fear not, voracious […]

49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else
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49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else

A few months ago, I reviewed The California Wife and, immediately after that, Absalom’s Daughters. Reading these two in a row—and seeing others like them appear on my desk day after day—made me wonder why this type of title was so popular. Curious, I scoured our archives for books with “wife” or “daughter” in the title. When […]

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 […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Luther

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Luther

Title: Luther Starring: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Ruth Wilson First aired: 2010 Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon Prime “Do you ever worry you’re on the devil’s side without even knowing it?” DCI John Luther (Elba) asks colleague Ian Reed (Mackintosh) while standing on the roof of the London police […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Broadchurch

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Broadchurch

Title: Broadchurch Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Arthur Darville, Matthew Gravelle, David Bradley. First Aired: ITV, March 2013 – present Where you can watch it: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, YouTube (dependent on region) Small town, big crimes. That’s the premise of Broadchurch, a mystery set in small-town England where the young Danny Latimer is found murdered […]