The Virtues of Girl Detectives

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Happy Publication Day to librarian Max Wirestone, whose debut mystery, The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, hits library and bookstore shelves today. To celebrate this important occasion, Wirestone shares some of the attributes of his favorite fictional girl detectives that influenced his own creation.

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone | LJ Review

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Librarian Wirestone’s debut is a gem of “geek chic,” chronicling the adventures of Dahlia Moss as she tries to solve a mystery in a virtual online game, which turns into a real-life murder.

What’s in Santa’s Book Bag? Twenty-six Christmas Titles To Get Readers in a Festive Mood

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This Yuletide season brings a sleigh full of Christmas cozies, from Elizabethan England to present-day Nantucket, MA, tempered by a few darker mysteries courtesy of Ann Cleeves and L.J. Oliver.

Baugh’s Pick of the Month, Hallinan, Weaver, Lester, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, October 1, 2015

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This month’s selections take readers from the mean streets of Philly to exotic Thailand, Greece and the financial meltdown, and the lava fields of Iceland. Who says genre fiction isn’t educational?

LJ Fiction Reviews: October 1, 2015

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Stars for Graves’s erotic romance, Tainted Heart, King’s stellar collection of short fiction, Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Baugh’s Mystery Pick of the Month, Quicksand, and more.

What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan | LJ Review

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Ryan, Hank Phillippi. What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel. Forge. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780765374950. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374981. F Unemployed reporter Jane Ryland finds herself in the right place at the right time when, while on a job interview at Channel 2, she is offered an impromptu opportunity to freelance and cover breaking […]

E-Originals from Anderson, Bailey, Blue, & Flade | Xpress Reviews

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Bighearted, rugged cowboys from Anderson, Bailey’s protagonists are both clueless and very naughty, romance and mystery from Blue, a quick, fun read from Flade

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz | LJ Review

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Stieg Larsson fans can breathe easy. The new Lisbeth Salander thriller by David Lagercrantz is compulsively readable to the electrifying end.

Crime Fiction Leads the Circulation Pack | Mystery Reviews, September 1, 2015

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Goodman’s second legal mystery is memorable and intriguing, if flawed; Harrison re-creates 20th-century Ireland; Qiu’s incisive portrait of communist China is brilliant; a new translation of a classic locked-room mystery from Shimada

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2015

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New fiction titles to be reviewed in the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal. The list includes pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.