Tag: mystery

A Halloween Treat for High-Schoolers and Middle-Schoolers, Too: Cherie Priest’s THE AGONY HOUSE

A Halloween Treat for High-Schoolers and Middle-Schoolers, Too: Cherie Priest’s THE AGONY HOUSE

Lynn: Looking for a great spooky book to hand teens as Halloween approaches? Cherie Priest’s The Agony House (2018) is a perfect choice! High-school senior Denise, her mom, and new stepdad are the newest residents of Argonne House in New Orleans. Over 100 years old and standing alone on a hurricane-ravaged block, the house is literally falling down […]

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Rick Ollerman and the Second Coming of Hard-Boiled Fiction

Rick Ollerman and the Second Coming of Hard-Boiled Fiction

Rick Ollerman remembers the spinning racks of paperback novels and their vivid painted covers. Men with chins like fists and fists like bludgeons, and always a gun in somebody’s hand. And the titles! Time Enough to Die​; Devil on Two Sticks​; One for Hell​. “I was drawn to them because they were colorful,” Ollerman says […]

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CHARLIE & FROG: A Mystery that Teaches Sign Language

CHARLIE & FROG: A Mystery that Teaches Sign Language

Lynn: Charlie Tickler’s awful parents dump him wherever and whenever they can to go off and save an animal. This time around, it’s the Golden Mole, and Charlie is stuck with his TV-obsessed grandparents in the village of Castle-on-the-Hudson, the home of a famous school for the deaf. “Why have a nanny when there are grandparents […]

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 […]