Tag: mystery fiction

Clues to My Crime: David Swinson’s CRIME SONG

Clues to My Crime: David Swinson’s CRIME SONG

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, David Swinson (The Second Girl) tells us about what inspired Crime Song, his second book about troubled private investigator Frank Marr.  Books and music. The two mainstays of my life. My father was a Foreign Service Officer for […]

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The Year’s Best Crime Novels, 2017

The Year’s Best Crime Novels, 2017

For the past 21 years, Booklist has published a Mystery Showcase issue in spring. For the past eight, The Booklist Reader has augmented that showcase with Mystery Month, which lasts throughout May. As we embark on our 2017 celebration, we bring you this list of the year’s best crime fiction from the May 1 issue of […]

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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 […]

2017 Edgar Awards Winners

2017 Edgar Awards Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 2017 Edgar Awards in New York City. To follow is a list of winners, linked to their Booklist reviews. For more information, visit the Edgar Awards homepage—and don’t forget that Booklist and The Booklist Reader will start our annual Mystery Month celebration on Monday.   Best Novel The […]

Supreme Thrills: Brad Meltzer Talks Writing with Anthony Franze

Supreme Thrills: Brad Meltzer Talks Writing with Anthony Franze

In a few short weeks, Booklist will commence our eighth annual celebration of Mystery Month, a bonanza of crime fiction throughout the merry month of May. As a teaser, we present this discussion between Brad Meltzer and Anthony Franze. Meltzer’s first published book, The Tenth Justice, about a Supreme Court law clerk, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. (His most recent, The […]

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A New Award for Midwestern Crime Fiction

A New Award for Midwestern Crime Fiction

On Saturday, during the first annual Murder and Mayhem crime fiction conference in Chicago, organizers presented Sara Paretsky with the very first Sara Paretsky Award, designed to honor great crime fiction from the Midwest. Paretsky, the author of more than 20 books, created the beloved crime protagonist V. I. Warshawski, a Chicago private investigator. The one-day conference—a […]

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Every Suspense Novel is Blue

Every Suspense Novel is Blue

It seems like only yesterday that intrepid trend-spotters realized the majority of films in the past 20 years have used orange and teal as the dominant colors in their palette. The same thing seems to have happened in the world of suspense novel cover design, where blue has become the go-to hue. Exhibit A, The Woman in Cabin 10, is one of the summer’s hottest titles. Exhibits […]

Who Am I? What Happened? Teen Memory Loss Novels

Who Am I? What Happened? Teen Memory Loss Novels

Cindy: I looked at a friend across a table yesterday and could not remember her name. Rather than worry about aging, though, I’m going to chalk it up to the epidemic of amnesia cases in YA lit. I think it’s rubbing off on me. Earlier this year I read With Malice (2016) by Eileen Cook […]

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Reviews of the Week: Carl Hiaasen, Jon Klassen, Juliet Nicolson, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Carl Hiaasen, Jon Klassen, Juliet Nicolson, and More!

Monday, June 27 House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West, a British literary figure and a renowned gardener remembered best for her affair with Virginia Woolf. But Vita is simply one of the several remarkable women among Nicolson’s forebears whom she portrays with her sensitive writerly skills and fortunate […]

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Monday June 6 If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas In a goofy bobblehead of Nathan Hale, created by waggish Yale alums, Metaxas discerns a disturbing symptom of a cultural disease afflicting America. Evident in the myriad ways that many Americans now ignore or deprecate all that is noble and inspiring in their country’s history, […]

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