Mystery Fiction

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 […]

By June 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

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. […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: SMALL CRIMES

Title: Small Crimes Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker, Macon Blair, Pat Healy First Aired: April 28, 2017 (Netflix) Where you can watch it: Netflix Cat ladies suffer from a distinct dearth of positive representation in film and on television. Almost always, we are portrayed as one-dimensional punchlines, our precious, precious cats […]

Small-Press Lineup: Down & Out Books

Small-Press Lineup: Down & Out Books

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again! Legal Name and Alias: Eric Campbell, Founder and CEO/Publisher Accomplices: Rick Ollerman, Editor, Down & Out: The […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Happy Valley

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Happy Valley

Title: Happy Valley Starring: Sarah Lancashire and Siobhan Finneran First aired: April 2014–March 2016 (BBC) Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon One of the most absorbing and wrenching cop shows I’ve seen in years, the ironically named Happy Valley is set in a West Yorkshire town where it sometimes seems as though half the population is trying […]

Shelf Evaluation: Mystery Series Comfort Reading

Shelf Evaluation: Mystery Series Comfort Reading

Lynn: What does a youth book blogger read when she needs a break from beginner readers and teen angst? For me, it is often mysteries and, as you can tell by the battered copies in my Shelf Evaluation photo, old mysteries! Yes, I admit it, this picture reveals some of my most closely held secret […]

That Girl Is Poison: Books about Chemicals and Foul Play

That Girl Is Poison: Books about Chemicals and Foul Play

Growing up, I leapt from children’s books directly to adult novels, and found Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters to be marvelous company. I must admit that I was, and remain, more of a Poirot girl than Miss Marple devotee, but I’d happily lose myself in Christie’s novels whoever the detective happened to be. It is […]