The Latest Booklist: Mystery Showcase

For the past 10 years, the first day of May has marked the beginning of our month-long celebration of mystery. It also coincides with Booklist‘s May 1 Mystery Showcase issue, which is live now!

We are so excited about this major anniversary of our focus on mystery fiction. To prove it, we’ve rounded up the year’s best crime fiction, top ten lists in both books for youth and audiobooks, and so much more. Bill Ott, for example, homes in on resistance movements in fiction for his annual Hard-Boiled Gazetteer and finds time to talk to Cara Black about 20 years of writing her beloved Aimée Leduc series.

In the Books for Youth section, reviewer Reinhardt Suarez interviews Randy Ribay about his latest novel, Patron Saints of Nothing, which is set in the country of his birth, the Philippines. Julia Smith takes a charming and nostalgic look back at the middle-grade mystery classic Bunnicula on its fortieth anniversary. And Maggie Reagan concocts a spell-binding core collection of witch detectives in YA fiction.

And that’s not all! Audio editor Heather Booth shines the spotlight on six favorite long-running narrators of crime fiction. Last, but nowhere near least, Bill Ott pens his final Back Page entry, offering a fitting tribute to some of his favorite reviewed mystery titles in his nearly 40-year career at Booklist. Log in to gain access to these great features.

The May 1 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new feature articles, interviews, and lists, along with 356 new reviews. Most articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the May 1 issue is also live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit



About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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