The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Crime Fiction

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It is that time again. The latest issue of Booklist is live! Here at Booklist, May is always a time to shine the spotlight on crime and mystery fiction. What better way to spend an indeterminate amount of time as we all shelter in place but with complex plots filled with intrigue, thrills, and exciting twists? Booklist‘s expert on crime fiction and former editor and publisher, Bill Ott, will guide you through this year’s Top 10 Crime Fiction titles and a new Top 10 Crime Fiction Debuts. We also have this year’s Top 10 Mysteries for Youth and Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks. Our popular Writers & Readers column gets a double dose with John Vercher—author of the star reviewed Three-Fifths, as he talks about how his own life inspired his thrilling debut—and Lamar Giles, author of the exciting YA novel Overturned, who discusses his experience researching puzzling subjects that yield satisfying prose. Don Crinklaw, a stalwart reviewer for Booklist, takes on the trend of the aging investigator in a special Trend Alert. Bringing things back to reality is Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith as she uncovers an in-depth Core Collection of true crime titles perfect for younger readers. To wrap up this issue’s treasure trove of features is the most recent Booklist Backlist, in which Julia also maps out a list of middle-grade titles that entice with puzzles and buried rewards.

The May 1 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new feature articles and lists, along with 320 new reviews. You can also find the complete digital edition of the May 1 issue. 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 www.booklistonline.com.

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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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