Mystery Fiction

Electrifying Reads from the Other Side of the World: Seven Korean Thrillers in Translation

Electrifying Reads from the Other Side of the World: Seven Korean Thrillers in Translation

Despite my Korean heritage, I don’t read the language well enough to enjoy Korea’s latest, greatest titles. Thankfully, notable Korean-to-English translators, especially Sora Kim-Russell, Deborah Smith, and Chi-Young Kim, enable all Anglophone audiences to discover—and for many of us, become ardent fans of—contemporary Korean literature. Since May is Booklist’s annual Mystery Month, these chilling thrillers […]

14 #OwnVoices Mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

14 #OwnVoices Mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Ready for some double duty? As you may know, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (woo-hoo! happy me!). Additionally, May is also #MysteryMonth at Booklist. To celebrate, here’s a list that hasn’t been done before on the Booklist Reader: mysteries and thrillers by #OwnVoices APA writers. I know, such a high body count gathered […]

2018 Agatha Award Winners

2018 Agatha Award Winners

The winners of the Agatha Awards were announced Saturday, May 4th, during the Malice Domestic 31 fan convention in Bethesda, Maryland. Named for Agatha Christie, the grande dame of Golden Age mystery, the awards honor the best books published in the previous calendar year exemplifying the “traditional mystery” genre (e.g. no explicit sex, gore, or […]

2019 Edgar Awards Announced

2019 Edgar Awards Announced

The 2019 Edgar Awards were announced last night during the MWA’s seventy-third gala banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Here at Booklist, we’re gearing up for our tenth annual Mystery Month celebration and Mystery Showcase issue, both of which are mere days away! (Next week, be sure to keep an eye […]

Share Your Book Group or Library Display for Mystery Month!

Share Your Book Group or Library Display for Mystery Month!

Happy anniversary to us! Booklist‘s tenth annual Mystery Month will be here before we know it, starting on May 1. This year, we’d like you to contribute: Are you a member of a mystery-themed book group? Are you a librarian who loves to make creative, mystery-themed book displays? (Are you both?) We want to hear […]

What Are YOUR Favorite Winter Novels?
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What Are YOUR Favorite Winter Novels?

With Chicago experiencing genuinely arctic weather (and the Arctic warmer than usual), most sensible citizens are waiting it out indoors. ALA’s offices are closed through tomorrow, and Booklist employees who have made it home from the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle are hunkered down at home. What to do with an unexpected reading day? Well, personally, […]

2019 Edgar Nominees Announced

2019 Edgar Nominees Announced

This morning, Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Here at Booklist, we take pride in our year-round coverage of the mystery genre, culminating in our Mystery Showcase issue and Mystery Month celebration in May. (That’s also when we announce our own list of the year’s best crime novels.) […]

Authors on Tap: Keir Graff to Interview Bryan Gruley over a Beer in Oak Park, IL

Authors on Tap: Keir Graff to Interview Bryan Gruley over a Beer in Oak Park, IL

As part of Authors on Tap, an interview series sponsored by Oak Park, Illinois, independent bookstore The Book Table, Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff will join author Bryan Gruley on Wednesday, January 16 at the BeerShop (1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL) to discuss Gruley’s latest novel, Bleak Harbor. Gruley, a lifelong journalist who was […]

9 Mystery Novels and Series Featuring Ernest Hemingway

9 Mystery Novels and Series Featuring Ernest Hemingway

What a Character! In a recent post, I touched briefly on Hemingway’s influence on crime fiction and shared three books whose plots are derived from a real-life unsolved Hemingway mystery. But Hemingway, whose life story often reads like fiction, has served another purpose for mystery novelists seeking inspiration: Many of them have decided to use […]

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

The Curious Case of the Hemingway MacGuffin Ernest Hemingway may not have written mystery fiction, but you can blame him for a lot of it. It’s possible that, after Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, no other author has had as much influence on the way would-be tough guys punctuate their crime fiction. (You know. What […]