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.

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.

Jami Attenberg, S.J. Watson, & Previously Unpublished Elmore Leonard Shorts | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction


Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]

David Baldacci, Larry Kramer, Steven Millhauser, Mary Morris, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3


Baldacci, David. Memory Man. Grand Central. Apr. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455559824. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586387. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455559794. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Important bulletin to all your thriller fans: mega-best-selling author Baldacci hits a milestone with his 30th adult novel and he launches a new series. His hero is Amos Decker, who has hyperthymesia—no, […]

Edgar Awards 2014 | Popular Series Author Wins for Stand-Alone


A coming-of-age stand-alone with a hint of mystery, a debut espionage thriller about Russian spies trained in the art of sexual seduction, and a twisty tale of psychological suspense in the tradition of Gone Girl garnered the top prizes at the Mystery Writers of America’s 68th annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner, held May 1, 2014, at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Pushing Boundaries | Mystery Preview 2014


Year after year, mystery remains the number one circulating genre in libraries, as LJ’s annual materials buying survey reveals. While fans have their favorite cozy, police procedural, or historical thriller, the increasing number of releases that allow readers to cross the boundaries from one genre to another in the same book proves that today there is no one true way of presenting this beloved genre.

When Fiction Meets Fact: Stieg Larsson & Olof Palme

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Swedish Prime Ministor Olof Palme was assassinated in 1986. Best-selling author and investigative reporter Stieg Larsson examined the crime and left 15 boxes of documents for police. But did he identify the right suspect in the killing?

Crime, Italian-Style


Some new titles on crime in Italy, some written by Italians, all by authors who love the country’s contrary and colorful ways.

International Crime Month Winds Down at ALA 2013


For lovers of international crime fiction, June has been busting out all over with a series of readings, panels, and discussions sponsored by  four indie publishers  and featuring such rising stars as Britain’s Mark Billingham, Austria’s Wolf Haas, Australia’s Zane Lovitt, and Nigeria’s .Bayo Ojikutu. Kicked off at the end of May with events at […]

Dennis Lehane, Chris Pavone Take Mystery’s Top Prizes

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At the Mystery Writers of America’s  67th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner, held Thursday evening at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dennis Lehane’s historical crime novel Live By Night won the Edgar for Best Novel. Surprisingly it was a first win for the veteran author of ten books. In his acceptance speech, Lehane  acknowledged the […]