Mystery

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Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

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Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

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Another solid offering from best-selling Swedish author Backman; a marvelous debut for all romantics who believe in hope; a new series from the most dependable names in comics Brubaker and Phillips; newcomer Mukherjee delivers a stirring, entertaining mystery that bursts with lively historical details

Kies’s Debut of the Month, Chapman, Cleeves, Koutsakis, Simpson, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, March 1, 2017

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CHANGE IS IN THE WIND for this month’s column, as the new co-columnists Lesa Holstine and Ann Chambers Theis are combing their expertise and passion for the genre. They hope to build on the accomplishments of previous columnists and will continue to emphasize information useful to collection management and readers’ advisory librarians and readers who love a good mystery.

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

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Believable characters and a story that keeps readers’ attention glued until the final page makes this a worthy addition to World War II novels; Makumbi’s Kintu will appeal to lovers of African fiction; Chang’s sparse writing infused with Chinatown culture will attract those who are drawn to noir mysteries with a rich cultural component

Welsh’s Debut of the Month, Cain, Khan, Mackay, Obregón, Hillerman, New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, February 1, 2017

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THE NEW YEAR brings a variety of (fictional) crimes from across the various seas, as well as offering up a bounty of American mysteries.

Celebrating Mystery’s Best | Edgar Award Nominees 2017

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The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday on January 19 by releasing the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2016.

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

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Boyd/Kirk take readers behind today’s headlines; Kline expertly captures the essence of Wyeth’s iconic masterpiece; Santiago’s debut ticks all the boxes for a first-rate thriller; Ollmann is an early contender for the best in 2017; Welsh’s debut is an inspiring feminist tale perfect for the modern age

Ring in the New with a Debut | Wyatt’s World

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Earnest resolutions are not the only way to begin a new year—try a debut novelist. These five recently released and forthcoming titles introduce a plethora of possibilities.

Kay’s Debut of the Month, Blaedel, Florio, Mark, Raybourn, Rowland, plus new Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, January 2017

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For Mystery fans, the new year brings a little something to please a variety of literary tastes. Readers who enjoy disappearing into the past will be transported to Regency and Victorian England in new series installments from C.S. Harris (Where the Dead Lie) and Deanna Raybourn (A Perilous Undertaking), as well as a promising series […]

LJ Fiction, Mystery, SF/Fantasy Reviews: January 2017

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Breathtaking historical espionage from Christie, Herron; a good choice for fans of Irish lore and the feminine mystique; Carey stirs new emotion from an old story; an impressive sophomore effort from Brown; Palmer’s reflections on social issues cannot be denied