High Drama at Mystery Gala | Edgar Awards 2017

The Mystery Writers of America’s (MWA) 71st Annual Edgar Awards banquet, held April 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, did not lack for suspense.

Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery | Readers’ Advisory

Mysteries appeal to the intellect. They offer a puzzle, clues to solve it, and red herrings meant to be misleading. Some readers derive satisfaction from solving the mystery before the detective does. Others prefer the surprise of a twist ending.

Celebrating Mystery’s Best | Edgar Award Nominees 2017

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday on January 19 by releasing the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2016.

Bouchercon Winners | Anthony, Barry, Macavity Awards 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

True crime and crime fiction audiobooks releasing in April 2016