Bouchercon Winners | Anthony, Barry, Macavity Awards 2016

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Edgar Award winner Lou Berney hit the awards trifecta at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans when his third novel, The Long and Faraway Gone, garnered the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best Paperback Original and earned the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel.

Elif Batuman, Mohsin Hamid, Chris Hayes, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2017, Pt. 1

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Batuman, Elif. The Idiot. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781594205613. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101622513. lrg. prnt. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY FICTION As evidenced by her National Book Critics Circle finalist, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Batuman is a refreshingly different breed of critic, offering intriguingly personal and […]

Margaret Atwood, Tana French, & Maria Semple | Audio in Advance October 2016 | Fiction

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Audiobooks from Ali Smith, Connie Willis, and Jonathan Lethem releasing in October 2016

Partners in Crime: How Indie Authors and Libraries Gain New Readers

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When I decided to participate in the SELF-e program, I did so because I saw it as a boon for indie writers, librarians, and readers. As a relatively unknown author writing in the very popular crime fiction genre, I often find it difficult to make my work stand out and to establish a loyal audience. I’ve also found this to be true with the first YA novel that I’ve written. Today, there are so many great books available by both traditionally published and self-published authors that it is more challenging than ever to catch the attention of new readers.

Reading The Wire | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016

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Two noir thrillers for fans of The Wire: the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin; an excellent addition to the noir genre about a retired Washington, D.C. detective who rescues an abducted girl, only to be hired by a family in Virginia to investigate the disappearance of another girl—who has connections to the first girl.

Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

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Psychological suspense, unreliable female narrators, and gritty antiheroes dominate the spring/summer lineup

Notable True Crime and Crime Fiction | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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True crime and crime fiction audiobooks releasing in April 2016

Mizushima’s Debut of the Month, Hartwell, Schofield, Yarbro, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, December 1, 2015

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Debuter Mizushima’s classic police procedural adds a fresh angle involving the work of K–9s, Schofield makes a big splash with his original debut mystery, Yarbro launches paranormal series, Hartwell’s well-drawn characters and tightly knitted plot will bring a smile to readers

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

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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.