Mystery Fiction

Reviews of the Week: David Housewright, Joy Preble, Peter Spiegelman, and More

Reviews of the Week: David Housewright, Joy Preble, Peter Spiegelman, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 23–27 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday May 23 Stealing the Countess, by David […]

Roaring Good Mysteries Set in the 1920s

Roaring Good Mysteries Set in the 1920s

Lynn and Cindy: This is the year for mysteries set in the 1920s! We have so many that we used some of them in earlier posts on historical mysteries and art mysteries, but clearly this is the year for the Roaring Twenties! Lynn: First up for me is Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter (2016) by Beth Fantaskey. […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Midsomer Murders

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Midsomer Murders

Title: Midsomer Murders Starring: Neil Dudgeon, Gwilym Lee, Fiona Dolman First aired: 1997 Where you can watch it: Netflix I have always found the word “bucolic” a little strange. A dictionary.com definition describes it as of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life, but the sound of the word itself always brings to my […]

Brothers and Sisters of Salander

Brothers and Sisters of Salander

In The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe famously said, “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat, and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.” Sleuths live […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Title: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Starring: Essie Davis, Ashleigh Cummings, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt First aired: February 2012–present Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon, PBS, iTunes I grew up in a PBS-only house, which meant I ended up watching a lot of mysteries as a kid, so I have a very fond nostalgia for the […]

Publishing U: How to Balance Your Writing Career with Another Job You Love

Publishing U: How to Balance Your Writing Career with Another Job You Love

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this special Mystery Month installment of our Publishing U series, physician/author Kwei Quartey (Gold of Our Fathers, 2016) explains how he balances medicine with writing and offers advice on keeping your boss, your publisher, and […]

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His debut thriller, Immoral (2005), won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel, and several of the books in his Jonathan Stride series have received starred […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Luther

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Luther

Title: Luther Starring: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Ruth Wilson First aired: 2010 Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon Prime “Do you ever worry you’re on the devil’s side without even knowing it?” DCI John Luther (Elba) asks colleague Ian Reed (Mackintosh) while standing on the roof of the London police […]

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

In my previous post, “The Names of These Books Are Secret,” I wrote about how I got the kids in my grade-school library excited about reading mystery novels using “mystery mysteries.” Although feeling a bit trepidatious I decided to also try out mystery writing with my middle-grade students. Fifth and sixth graders started by defining a […]

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Whether it’s the long shadows cast by Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe or some other factor, most U.S. mystery fans are more familiar with American and European sleuths than they are the gumshoes of other continents. But readers looking to broaden their horizons should consider a journey to Asia—literarily if not literally. These three titles prove we’ve come a long […]