Librarians Who Write: How Librarian/Authors Will Thomas and Eleanor Kuhns Juggle Two Careers

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“A library is a natural place for an author” says Will Thomas, author of a series of Victorian-era novels featuring a private enquiry agent who is interested in social issues. Eleanor Kuhns believes “most librarians either wanted to write or are closet writers now.” Read more about what these librarian/authors have to say.

Koenig’s Debut of the Month, Hannah’s Hercule Poirot, New Lewis Trilogy, plus Series Lineup, & Much More | Mystery Reviews

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Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut from Koenig who also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist, Hannah has re-created Agatha Christie’s legendary sleuth, a smart and original page-turner from Higashino

Black, Bowen, Bradley, Evanovich/Sutton, Haynes, Perry, Winspear | Seven Essential Mystery Novels, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1

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Black, Cara. Murder on the Champs de Mars. Soho Crime. Mar. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781616952860. $27.95. MYSTERY Sassy, open-hearted, and one of my favorite characters ever, Aimée Leduc is back for a 15th outing that takes readers to Paris’s elegant, old-gold seventh arrondissement—not her usual stomping ground, because Black’s series typically details Paris’s rougher corners […]

Jussi Adler-Olsen, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Thomas Keneally | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Alphabet House. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780525954897. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE The author of the Department Q series (e.g., The Purity of Vengeance), Denmark’s top crime writer offers a surprising departure with this stand-alone. Shot down on a special photo-reconnaissance mission over World War II Germany, British pilots James Teasdale […]

Freeman’s Debut of the Month, Keller’s Rural Noir, Maron’s Latest Judge Knott Outing, plus Series Lineup, & More | Mystery Reviews

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­Cleeland is developing a memorable series that will captivate fans, Freeman’s first novel has a strong atmosphere and absorbing well-drawn characters, Maron’s 19th series outing offers loyal fans a fresh look at her expansive family.

A Mystery Daphne du Maurier Might Have Written | RWA 2014

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I always get such a kick when a little-known author that LJ has covered suddenly gets wider recognition in the literary world. Linda Lappin’s Signatures in Stone, an atmospheric mystery that I reviewed last year, was honored this past weekend with the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

Fiction from Best-Selling Authors Krentz, Itani, Neuhaus, Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

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Banks, Maya. In His Keeping. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780062312488. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062312495. ROMANCE A New York Times and USA Today best-selling author with 1.4 million copies of her “Breathless” trilogy out there in this country alone, Banks seems to be leaving behind mass market for the trade paperback format. Arial, dumped […]

Brown’s Debut of the Month, Historical from Hanley, new Ziskin, Series Lineup, Left Coast Crime, & More | Mystery Reviews

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Bouman offers an assured opener for a sure-to-be-popular projected four-book series, Coldsleep Lullaby caputres South Africa’s racially charged history, professional burglar Junior Bender takes another case

Oldies but Goodies: Genre Backlists for Cool Summer Reads

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Past and present members of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Reading List Council share some of their favorite summer reading choices

Top-Selling Authors Connelly, Cornwell, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 1

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Baldacci, David. The Escape. Grand Central. Nov. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9781455521197. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455521272. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579402. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Following Zero Day and The Forgotten, here’s the third novel featuring Army Special Agent John Puller, who takes on the nation’s most problematic cases. No plot details yet, but lots of promo […]

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