New Mysteries Starring Familiar Faces | Wyatt’s World


Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.

Byron’s Debut of the Month, Coleman, McPherson, Nickson, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, July 2015


Byron’s entertaining cozy debuts recipes and fascinating tidbits about plantation history; lovers of solid mysteries will adore Coleman’s engaging new sleuth; a haunting stand-alone from McPherson; Nickson’s second historical is thoroughly enjoyable

Book Shelving: Check It Out | Behind the Book, July 2015

From bookshelves to book carts: (l.) volunteer Viets returns items to their proper place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (r.) the author (in red) joins Windsor Branch P.L. staff in Barnhart, MO, with the library cart pimped out like the cover of Checked Out

“Volunteering at a library is rewarding. It was a thrill to see my mysteries on the library shelves…. It was fun to recommend my favorite writers, if a patron asked for help. If they liked my suggestions, I felt like a successful matchmaker.”

Top Suspense Novels Defy Boundaries | Day of Dialog 2015

THE THRILL IS ON caption text here describing this block. At top, the whole group: Jennifer McMahon, moderator Jeff Ayers, , Name Here, Charles Todd, Kathy Reichs, Lori Roy, and Kate White. two more panel shos, and shots of four of the authors when they were signing their thriller titles. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

“Exciting,” “addictive, and “believable” are but a few of the adjectives presenters at the “Top Thrills” panel at LJ’s 18th annual Day of Dialog used to describe their latest books, among the season’s best suspense and mystery novels.

Janey Mack’s Debut of the Month, Cathy Ace, Ray Daniel, Glenis Wilson, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, June 1, 2015


Mystery buffs will be swept up in Mack’s ingenious and well-crafted plot; Ace launches a gratifying contemporary series in the traditional British manner; Daniel’s crisp writing and engaging plot make for a corker of a mystery

Hot Summertime Reads


Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Stephen King and his new best friend. Photo credit Steven Speliotis

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s foray into hard-boiled crime fiction, was named the Best Novel at the Mystery Writers of America’s 69th Annual Edgar Awards banquet.

Levy’s Debut of the Month, Crime Fiction from Sf’s Green, MacBride’s New Logan McRae, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, May 1, 2015


Levy offers a thought-­provoking look at life for women in the late 19th century, Green’s first foray into more traditional crime fiction will delight mystery readers, aficionados of gritty British procedurals will enjoy MacBride’s recommended series.

Backlist Is King: Brash Books | Publisher Profile


“The Field of Dreams model doesn’t necessarily work,” says Brash Books cofounder Joel Goldman (below, left). “If you write it, they won’t necessarily buy it.” That’s where Brash Books, a crime fiction publishing company that Goldman and cofounder Lee Goldberg (below, right) launched in September 2014, comes in. Currently heavily weighted toward backlist titles, Brash Books offers a unique take on the traditional publishing model.

Q&A: Charlaine Harris


Born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area, best-selling author Charlaine Harris has been writing for more than 30 years. She published her first book, Sweet and Deadly, in 1981. After releasing traditional mysteries featuring Aurora Teagarden (a Georgia librarian) and Lily Bard (karate student and house cleaner), Harris crossed over into the paranormal genre with Sookie Stackhouse (telepathic barmaid) and Harper Connelly (death seer). Last year saw the arrival of Midnight Crossroad, the first volume in a new trilogy about an isolated Texas town whose odd and secretive residents include a vampire, a witch, and newly arrived psychic Manfred Bernardo; Harris fans will recognize Manfred as a character from her Harper Connelly series. In the second title, Day Shift (Ace: Berkley, May), a working weekend in Dallas spells big trouble for our protagonist when his client dies during a reading.