Mystery Fiction

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 […]

Talking Mormon Murder Mysteries with Mette Ivie Harrison

Talking Mormon Murder Mysteries with Mette Ivie Harrison

Trust me: Linda Wallheim is a sleuth like no other. She’s a devout Mormon, for starters, and the wife of a respected Utah ward bishop. And yet her sense of justice gets her into plenty of trouble, especially in a community so dominated by men-centric rules. She slaps an aging bully who calls his 5-year-old […]

TRULY DEVIOUS is Truly Devious

TRULY DEVIOUS is Truly Devious

Lynn: Maureen Johnson sets her latest mystery, Truly Devious (2018), at Ellingham Academy, a unique private school in Vermont where all the students have a “spark.” “If interested,” reads the school literature, “[just] get in touch.” Ellingham Academy is famous for more than its unique approach to education: It is the site of a famous, unsolved 1936 kidnapping […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: MINDHUNTER

Mysteries on the Small Screen: MINDHUNTER

   Title: Mindhunter Starring: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Cotter Smith; featuring Sonny Valicenti First Aired: 2017 Where you can watch it: Netflix (a second season is currently in production)   By 1977, crucial things had changed about postwar American life: decor had taken a turn towards wood paneling, and a […]

The Quick and the Read: Six Super-Short Crime Novels

The Quick and the Read: Six Super-Short Crime Novels

Sometimes I want to immerse myself in a 400-page thriller; others I pine for a pocket-sized paperback that can be devoured in a single sitting. And while nearly all crime fiction once fit that description—from Georges Simenon and James M. Cain to Mickey Spillane and Jean-Patrick Manchette—these days, short crime novels are the fugitive kind. […]

Mystery Month? Bookends Has You Covered!

Mystery Month? Bookends Has You Covered!

Cindy and Lynn: It’s May, and you know what that means! Booklist is rolling out their May 1 Mystery Showcase and The Booklist Reader will be focused on mysteries, crime, and sleuthing all month long. We have been training our magnifying glasses on recent book covers to fit the theme. It’s no mystery that despite admonishments […]

Peter Temple, R.I.P.: A Bibliography
By March 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Peter Temple, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the great Australian crime fiction writer Peter Temple, even planning to revisit his books for a piece in the 2018 edition of Booklist‘s Mystery Month this May—so it came as a shock to learn last night that he’d died of cancer at age 71. As a fan, that’s hard […]

2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

Women’s crime writing organization Sisters in Crime announced Jessica Ellis Laine as the winner of their Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. This annual prize honors a “writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work” According to the press release: We received numerous exceptional submissions from […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

When the doctors removed a tumor from Flora Banks’ brain at the age of 10, she also lost her ability to form new memories. Now, at 17, one memory sticks out—kissing Drake. The trailer for The One Memory of Flora Banks (Philomel) follows Flora as she traverses a tundra, determined to find Drake in Norway […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE LAST OF AUGUST

This week we’re showcasing The Last of August (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), Brittany Cavallaro’s latest addition to her Charlotte Holmes trilogy. The book trailer is so well-made it could easily be mistaken for a movie trailer, with everything from live action versions of the characters acting out snippets of scenes to a quick, snappy voice over from protagonist Jamie Watson. […]