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.

Fresh Voices in Fiction: Anderson, Carr, Freeman, Jackman, Lester, van den Berg, Yoerg, & Others | Debut Fiction, January 2015

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Freeman’s debut is thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended; Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road; van den Berg presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements; Yoerg’s debut leaves readers wanting more.

Sykes’s Debut of the Month, with Gates, Thomas, Eurocrime, and New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, January 2015

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Sykes adds an intricate and intriguing debut to the ever-widening pool of medieval-era mysteries; an unusual (and real) setting from Gates; Thomas does not disappoint; Neuhaus manages a large cast of characters while skillfully executing plot twists.