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

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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.

E-Original Romance from Trentham | Xpress Reviews

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The excitement of high school football and the allure of a budding romance are rolled into a pleasing and thoughtful story that features reliable characters coupled with passionate and genuine love scenes

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-Original from Cole, Book 2 in the “Off the Grid” Series | Xpress Reviews

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Cole brings a darker plotline to book two in her “Off the Grid” series. Our reviewer “can’t wait to see where she goes with Book 3″

Tanzer’s Debut of the Month, Peter Clines, Neal Stephenson, RIP Terry Pratchett, Plus Series Lineup | Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews, April 15, 2015

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When people think of sf, they usually picture far-flung futures and alien encounters. But just as many novels in the genre hew much closer to our own time and place. Some riveting examples included here deal with the present and the near future.

E-Originals from Boyett-Compo, Burke, and Debut Author Calvin | Xpress Reviews

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Boyett-Compo’s story deals with abuse, rape, and physical violence—not a light undertaking; Burke’s latest is another solid entry in a heartfelt, family-driven series; Calvin’s debut novel is the first in a planned series about the Coast Guard

Historicals from Beverley, Long; Modern-Day Brockmann & Co., RIP Cathie Linz and Bertrice Small, Plus RWA Update | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Although lately the romantic buzz has been about new adult (which is great fun) and erotic romance (which can be fun, too), historicals are still a serious draw.