Backlist Is King: Brash Books | Publisher Profile

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“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

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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.

Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

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As LJ’s 2015 materials survey of U.S. public libraries (LJ 2/15/15) confirms, crime fiction remains one of the biggest draws for readers, with the genre continuing to dominate fiction circulation in print and ebook formats. Besides the armchair pleasures of following favorite sleuths as they solve a complex puzzle, mystery readers also enjoy exploring new territories and perspectives outside the borders of their own lives.

E-Originals from Burke & Jensen, Devon, Madsen, Paul, and a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Burke & Jensen’s crew members battle aliens, Devon’s sweet tale of taming inner demons, a fun and flirty novel from Madsen, Paul’s suspicious death points to Queen Victoria, Zackman’s debut mixes romance, pop culture, and espionage

Haldane’s Award-Winning Debut of the Month, Crime Author Mackay, First Novelist Manzini, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Historical whodunit fans will relish Haldane’s writing and an exciting trip to 19th-century frontier Canada, Mackay’s unrelenting look at the grimy underbelly of Glasgow’s criminal underworld, readers will be fascinated by Manzini’s vividly drawn characters.

E-Original Romance from Burke, Fleet, Highland, and Sax, Plus a Debut Mystery | Xpress Reviews

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Explicit sensuality adds to the excitement to Burke’s latest, an emotional journey in an alternative tale from Fleet, Highland seamlessly connects characters and story lines, elephant expert O’Connell has written a fresh mystery thriller

Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers

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LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

Debuts from Brady, Miller, plus Courtroom Drama from Smith and New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, March 1, 2015

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Brady presents a fascinating and in-depth historical peek at crime solving in a bygone era; readers will welcome Miller’s quirky narrator, Slim; Smith elegantly blends courtroom suspense and family misfortune without ever slipping into melodrama.

E-Originals from Anderson, Arden, and Usen, with a Debut plus One | Xpress Reviews

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A double mystery in the Florida sun, a female football player tackles her love life, a self-published debut and its sequel feature well-crafted characters, and witty banter and tons of sexual chemistry make for a lighthearted treat

Conrad’s Debut of the Month, Colette London, Adrian McKinty, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews February 1, 2015

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February may bring romance and chocolates to mind for many, but here we have a lineup of mysteries that prove love can take a backseat to murder.