Tag: Mystery Month

My Favorite Murder Books: Auxiliary Reading for Fans of the World’s Greatest Podcast

My Favorite Murder Books: Auxiliary Reading for Fans of the World’s Greatest Podcast

In January, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark brought a glorious true-crime podcast into the universe. They called it “My Favorite Murder.” Each episode finds its hosts discussing gruesome, titillating, real-life murders in a style reminiscent of breathless slumber-party ghost stories, but much, much funnier. Recently, the show became one of the most popular comedy podcasts on iTunes, and its Facebook […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Ruth Rendell: A Booklist Reader Guide

Ruth Rendell: A Booklist Reader Guide

Fans love prolific authors—more books means more to love, right? But it can be difficult for newcomers to decide where to start, especially with an author who alternates a long-running series with decidedly different stand-alones. But we’re here to help! Find the way to reading happiness with our Booklist Reader Guides.   The Queen of Psychological Suspense […]

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A Palette of Middle-Grade Art Mysteries

A Palette of Middle-Grade Art Mysteries

Lynn and Cindy:  What is it about art and mystery? We don’t know, but we love it when books have some of both! For those of you who agree, here are some terrific new or upcoming middle-grade books that do just that. The Gallery (June 2016) by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. It’s the Roaring Twenties. Some people […]

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 […]

Ten True Crime Tales for Mystery Fans

Ten True Crime Tales for Mystery Fans

Before this summer’s hottest true crime—Nick Foster’s The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise (a Booklist starred review)—hits the new release shelf this July, send mystery-loving patrons home with these chilling tales of murder, malfeasance, and mayhem that are all too real.   Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and […]

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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 […]