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.

Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery


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


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


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


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