Tag: mystery

The Year’s Midnight, and the Day’s: Winter Solstice Books

The Year’s Midnight, and the Day’s: Winter Solstice Books

The Winter Solstice. In the northern hemisphere it marks the shortest day, and thus the longest night, of the year. The solstice has long been seen as a time of change and uncertainty—the perfect atmosphere for modern writers to set stories that reflect the chill of the haunting dark with murder and mayhem as well […]

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13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

In Lee Child’s latest bestseller, Night School, we see where ex-MP Jack Reacher cut his cloak-and-dagger teeth alongside FBI and CIA agents. Readers interested in intelligence agency thrillers will snap up these other intriguing tales. The Berlin Game, by Len Deighton The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer The Company, by […]

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This Week on Well-Read TV: Alexander McCall-Smith Talks about PRECIOUS AND GRACE

This week on Well Read, bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series Alexander McCall-Smith will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, Precious and Grace (2016), released October […]

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Gone Girl: Catherine Egan’s “Julia Vanishes”

Gone Girl: Catherine Egan’s “Julia Vanishes”

Lynn: It’s not so much that 16-year-old Julia vanishes, but that she can somehow make herself “be unseen”—an uncommon and dangerous trait in a world that drowns suspected witches, but one that’s extremely useful for a spy. As Catherine Egan’s Julia Vanishes opens,  Julia is posing as a maid while trying to figure out who or what is […]

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Reviews of the Week: Erika Johansen, B. T. Gottfred, Dava Sobel, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Erika Johansen, B. T. Gottfred, Dava Sobel, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from September 12 through September 16 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, September 12  Order to Kill, by Kyle Mills Mills has firmly established himself as […]

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Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Reviews of the Week: With Lisa Scottoline, Kenneth Oppel, Emma Donoghue and More!

Monday, July 25 Every Hidden Thing, by Kenneth Oppel In the late nineteenth century, Rachel Cartland and Samuel Bolt meet right before their paleontologist fathers get into a fistfight over a newly discovered dinosaur fossil. Locked in a vicious battle of one-upmanship, the professors, along with Rachel and Samuel, separately follow the same lead to […]

Reviews of the Week: Margaret Haddix Brown, Aaron Becker, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Margaret Haddix Brown, Aaron Becker, and more!

Children of Exile by Margaret Haddix Brown Rosi, 12, has lived all her life in sheltered Fredtown, a community of adults who took in refugee children to raise them in a safe environment. Her adoptive parents have lovingly raised Rosi and her little brother, Bobo, but always made it clear that one day they—and all the […]

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. […]

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 […]

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Whether it’s the long shadows cast by Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe or some other factor, most U.S. mystery fans are more familiar with American and European sleuths than they are the gumshoes of other continents. But readers looking to broaden their horizons should consider a journey to Asia—literarily if not literally. These three titles prove we’ve come a long […]