Garrett’s Debut of the Month, Alber, Bowen, Mrazek, Steiner, Penny, plus Newcomers Backlund and Johns | Mystery Reviews

Summer reading season is well underway, and this month’s titles offer opportunities to visit Hollywood, tour our nation’s capital, book some murderous European travel, and literally go to the dogs with a pack of ­canine-themed detective novels that are sure to have fans sitting up and begging for more.

Top Ten Writers of Psychological Suspense

Here are ten examples of the best writers of psychological suspense, arranged alphabetically to avoid any hint of favoritism.

Genre Spotlight: Mystery

As readers continue to clamor for more crime fiction, suspense, and thrillers, publishers are responding with a great lineup of titles for the summer/fall 2017 season.

The Ten Best Magazines Launched in 2016

Print mags hold an important place in the overall media landscape and are not about to lose their value.

Gardening Trends | Collection Development

In a 2009 study, “Belt Tightening in Bad Times,” the Pew Research Center found that gardening had soared during the recession as Americans economized by growing food, firing groundskeepers, and staying home. Now, urgency over climate change, habitat loss, and struggling species (e.g., bees)—along with concerns over food security and obesity—are enticing newbies and prompting […]

Database Updates | Reference 2017

More than a dozen recent and forthcoming reference databases and online products, organized by category.

Listen & Yearn | Audio Spotlight

Audiobooks continue their meteoric rise. The Audio Publishers Association’s (APA) annual survey reports that audiobook sales in 2015 totaled more than $1.77 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent over 2014. It was the second consecutive year that audiobook sales have expanded by 20 percent, growth the APA chalks up to increasing awareness of […]

Cases for Faith, Early Christianity, the Reformation, Self-Discovery | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, October 1, 2016

A balanced and sensitive treatment of suffering; a scholarly look at the birth of Christianity; a source of common ground and common cause; a breath of fresh air on a sorely misappropriated concept; an Emblem of Faith that is first archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Imagined Multiverses | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Rather than base their work on the world as it is, speculative fiction authors are free to imagine any sort of society in our future.

Narrative Arc | Audio Spotlight

Creating an audiobook is an art form that requires more collaboration and work than many people realize, and the professionals who produce audiobooks often hope you won’t notice their best work. Listening to an audiobook is a small-scale, intimate experience. But putting it all together, from text to publication, involves a lot of personnel, many […]