Summer Escapes: Roll Out the Beach Towel with Some Genre Fiction

Vacation season is approaching, and readers will be contemplating their book lists as carefully as they plan their holidays. To help them find that perfect literary escape, LJ turned to genre fiction columnists and genre experts. Here are their picks for what they anticipate to be hot summer reads.

High Drama at Mystery Gala | Edgar Awards 2017

The Mystery Writers of America’s (MWA) 71st Annual Edgar Awards banquet, held April 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, did not lack for suspense.

RA Ready: A Beginner’s Guide to Genre Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

There are few things more satisfying for a librarian than uniting a reader with a great book (or two or ten). But many library staffers experience anxiety when asked to recommend titles in genres they don’t read themselves and with which they are unfamiliar.

Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery | Readers’ Advisory

Mysteries appeal to the intellect. They offer a puzzle, clues to solve it, and red herrings meant to be misleading. Some readers derive satisfaction from solving the mystery before the detective does. Others prefer the surprise of a twist ending.

From Debuters (Mukherjee, Hogsett) to Award Winners (Bouman, Peden, Kutscher) | Mystery Reviews

A number of the authors reviewed this month have been nominees or award winners. Of special note are several debuts with prize-winning potential, such as Abir Mukherjee’s historical A Rising Man, and Annie Hogsett’s Too Lucky To Live

LJ Fiction Reviews: May 1, 2017

Creech’s vividly descriptive and candid narrative gifts readers a timeless tale; gentle humor and evocative prose illuminate these characters’ need for a Refuge; Elsberg sucks readers into a mind-boggling, all too scary world; Goldberg’s Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect; a suspenseful, original, and confident debut to please fans of the hard-boiled PI genre

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.

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

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

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