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A Pair of Historical Mysteries Evokes the Jim Crow South

A Pair of Historical Mysteries Evokes the Jim Crow South

Cindy: A pair of recent Southern historical mysteries raises the issue of racism. I read the first, Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element (2018) by Jeannie Mobley, on a recent destination wedding trip to New Orleans. I like coordinating book settings with my travel, and I was on deadline for Booklist’s #MysteryMonth, so this novel […]

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 […]

ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE: A Mashup of Mystery and Fantasy

ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE: A Mashup of Mystery and Fantasy

Lynn: Many mystery fans will happily follow the trail of a good mystery into a wide variety of other genres. Mystery and fantasy fans take note: Makiia Lucier’s Isle of Blood and Stone (2018) is right up your dark alley! In the prologue, we learn of the tragedy that has befallen the island nation St. […]

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It’s Mystery Month 2018!

It’s Mystery Month 2018!

A week from now, Booklist will embark on our most exciting ritual: Mystery Month! This year marks the ninth annual, month-long celebration of all things mysterious. This Thursday, April 26, we’ll host the first of two Mystery Month webinars at 1pm CST. Annie Bostrom, Booklist’s associate editor of adult books, will preview forthcoming mysteries, thrillers, and espionage […]

Murder and Mayhem in the Midwest, State by State

Murder and Mayhem in the Midwest, State by State

  On Saturday, March 17, more than 30 crime writers will highlight the second-annual Murder and Mayhem in Chicago conference, showing off the varied landscape of the Midwestern murder mystery. The Midwest is a hotbed of crime. It’s not necessarily that our region is more criminal than others, or that more terrible things happen here, […]

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BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

Lynn: Well, Brian Selznick has done it again: reinvented a format, that is. This time, it’s a whole new incarnation of an early chapter book, and what a delight it is! Selznick and David Serlin’s enchanting Baby Monkey, Private Eye (2018) has 192 pages—long for the format, but in these innovative hands, it works so […]

Book Trailer Thursday: TRULY DEVIOUS

This weeks BTT features Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious (HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen), a novel for teens described by one Booklist reviewer as a “suspenseful, attention-grabbing mystery.” True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell begins her first year at the prestigious Ellington Academy intending to solve the 1930s kidnapping (and presumed murder) of the proprietor’s wife and daughter. Unhindered […]

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Sisters in Crime Turns 30

Sisters in Crime Turns 30

Sisters in Crime—an organization whose stated mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers”—turns 30 this year. In honor of the milestone, the Sisters released a fascinating report on their expansive history. “Raising Women’s Voices for 30 Years” delves into how the group set about helping women crime […]

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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 […]