Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Louise Penny Book

Bestselling author Louise Penny has announced the title of her 12th Armand Gamache novel. A Great Reckoning will be published on August 20th.

According to Penny, readers will find out what's next for Gamache. Get ready to return to Three Pines for another wonderful tale with all your favorite characters. You can pre-order now at your local bookstore or library.





Monday, February 1, 2016

Love New Mysteries? Try these in February!

Check out these new releases:
  • The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer [WISE Enquiries Agency] by Cathy Ace
  • Cometh the Hour [Clifton Chronicles] by Jeffrey Archer
  • Into Oblivion: an Iclandic Thriller [Inspector Erlendur prequel] by Arnaldur Indridason 
  • Jane and the Waterloo Map [Jane Austen] by Stephanie Barron
  • Death of a Nurse [Hamish Macbeth #32] by M.C. Beaton
  • The Wolves [John Wells] by Alex Berenson
  • I’m Travelling Alone [Holger Munch] by Samuel Bjørk 
  • The Killing Forest [Louise Rick & Camilla Lind] by Sara Blaedel
  • Murder on a Summer’s Day [Kate Shackleton] by Frances Brody 
  • The Art of War by Stephen Coonts
  • The Samaritan [Carter Blake] by Mason Cross 
  • Here Comes the Bribe [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim
  • Blood Will Tell [Dorothy Martin] by Jeanne M. Dams
  • Unreasonable Doubt [Molly Smith] by Vicki Delany
  • The God’s Eye View  by Barry Eisler
  • The House of Eyes [Wesley Peterson & Gerry Heffernan] by Kate Ellis
  • Shoot [Valentino] by Loren D. Estleman
  • She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
  • Wedding Cake Murder [Hannah Swensen] by Joanne Fluke
  • Find Her [D.D. Warren] by Lisa Gardner
  • What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin
  • Back Blast [Gray Man] by Mark Greaney
  • Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
  • The Fourth Horseman [Kirk McGarvey] by David Hagberg
  • The Lavender Lane Lothario [Mitch Berger & Des Mitry] by David Handler
  • One Under [Bill Slider] by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 
  • The Fall of Moscow Station [Red Cell] by Mark Henshaw
  • A Midsummer’s Equation [Detective Galileo] by Keigo Higashino
  • The Primrose Pursuit [Francis Oughterard] by Suzette A. Hill
  • The Lion’s Mouth [Hanne Wilhelmsen] by Anne Holt 
  • Hardcastle’s Collector [Ernest Hardcastle] by Graham Ison
  • No Cats Allowed [Cat in the Stacks] by Miranda James
  • Tundra Kill [Nathan Active] by Stan Jones
  • Breakdown [Alex Delaware] by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Hidden Bodies [Joe Goldberg] by Caroline Kepnes 
  • The Language of Secrets [Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty] by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • South of Nowhere [Julia Kalas] by Minerva Koenig 
  • Pacific Burn [Jim Brodie] by Barry Lancet
  • Honky Tonk Samurai [Hap Collins & Leonard Pine] by Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  • The Mayfly by Phillip Margolin
  • Violent Crimes [Amanda Jaffe] by Phillip Margolin
  • Runaway by Peter May
  • Shutter Man [Balzano & Byrne] by Richard Montanari
  • Cat Shout for Joy [Joe Grey] by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø
  • The Squandered [Bruno Johnson] by David Putnam
  • Ice Chest by J.D. Rhoades
  • Friends of the Dusk [Merrily Watkins] by Phil Rickman
  • Brotherhood in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • The Accidental Agent [Jimmy Nessheim] by Andrew Rosenheim
  • Land of Shadows [Medieval] by Priscilla Royal
  • Saving Jason [Jason Stafford] by Michael Sears
  • Floodgate by Johnny Shaw
  • Rough Justice [Carl Burns] by Brad Smith 
  • Thicker than Water [Monika Paniatowski] by Sally Spencer
  • The Capitalist [Louis Morgon] by Peter Steiner
  • The Passenger by F.R. Tallis
  • No Shred of Evidence [Ian Rutledge] by Charles Todd
  • Death in the Tuscan Hills [Commissario Bordelli] by Marco Vichi
  • The Cellar by Minette Walters 
  • The Silence of Stones [Crispin GuestMedieval Noir] by Jeri Westerson
  • Trade Secrets [Marcus Corvinus] by David Wishart
  • The Silence of the Sea [Thora Gudmundsdottir] by Yrsa Sigurdardotti

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

Yes, Award season is upon us! Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards. If you're looking for something good to read, you can't go wrong checking out one of these.

The Edgar Award honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at the 70th Gala Banquet, April 28, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
BEST NOVEL

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Penguin Random House – A Marian Wood Book)
Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House – Dutton)
Canary by Duane Swierczynski (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Night Life by David C. Taylor (Forge Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster)
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Penguin Random House – Viking)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL


The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
The Daughter by Jane Shemilt (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

BEST FACT CRIME

Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide by Eric Bogosian (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
Where The Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him by T.J. English (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
American Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic byJohn Temple (Rowman & Littlefield – Lyons Press)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL


The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins)
The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan (Arcade Publishing)
Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker (Pegasus Books)
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury Publishing – Bloomsbury USA)

BEST SHORT STORY


“The Little Men” – Mysterious Bookshop by Megan Abbott (Mysterious Bookshop)
“On Borrowed Time” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Mat Coward (Dell Magazines)
“The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday” – Providence Noir by Peter Farrelly (Akashic Books)
“Family Treasures” – Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson (Random House)
“Obits” – Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
“Every Seven Years” – Mysterious Bookshop by Denise Mina (Mysterious Bookshop)

BEST JUVENILE

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi (Algonquin Young Readers – Workman)
If You Find This by Matthew Baker (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C.Chester (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)
Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

Endangered by Lamar Giles (HarperCollins Children’s Books – HarperTeen)
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins Publishers – Katherine Tegen Books)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Young Readers – Workman)
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Clarion Books)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

“Episode 7,” – Broadchurch, Teleplay by Chris Chibnall (BBC America)
“Gently with the Women” – George Gently, Teleplay by Peter Flannery (Acorn TV)
“Elise – The Final Mystery” – Foyle’s War, Teleplay by Anthony Horowitz (Acorn TV)
“Terra Incognita” – Person of Interest, Teleplay by Erik Mountain & Melissa Scrivner Love (CBS/Warner Brothers)
“The Beating of her Wings” – Ripper Street, Teleplay by Richard Warlow (BBC America)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD


“Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Russell W. Johnson (Dell Magazines)

GRAND MASTER

Walter Mosley

RAVEN AWARDS

Margaret Kinsman
Sisters in Crime

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD
Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD


A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody (Minotaur Books – A Thomas Dunne Book)
The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)
Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink)
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Left Coast Crime is Coming!

A new year and a new opportunity to meet some of your favorite mystery writers at local conventions. I've already got my tickets to Left Coast Crime, February 25-28. The Great Cactus Caper (Left Coast Crime 2016) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona and will welcome Gregg Hurwitz and Ann Cleeves as guests of honor.

The list of nominees for the convention's Lefty Awards was just released. How many have you read?

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (given since 1996). This year’s nominees are:
• Donna Andrews, Lord of the Wings (Minotaur Books)
• Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books)
• Jess Lourey, February Fever (Midnight Ink)
• Cindy Sample, Dying for a Donut (Cindy Sample Books)
• Diane Vallere, Crushed Velvet (Berkley Prime Crime)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial, first given in 2004) for books covering events before 1960. This year’s nominees are:
• Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace (Berkley Prime Crime)
• Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer (Minotaur Books)
• Heather Haven, The Chocolate Kiss-Off (Wives of Bath Press)
• Jennifer Kincheloe, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (Seventh Street Books)
• Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies (Bantam Books)
• Susan Elia MacNeal, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Bantam Books)

Lefty for Best LCC Regional Mystery Novel, set in the LCC Geographic Region (Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii). The nominees are:
• Michael Connelly, The Crossing (Little, Brown and Company)
• Matt Coyle, Night Tremors (Oceanview Publishing)
• Robert Crais, The Promise (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
• Gigi Pandian, The Accidental Alchemist (Midnight Ink)
• Josh Stallings, Young Americans (Heist Publishing)

Lefty for Best World Mystery Novel (set outside LCC Geographic Region). The nominees are:
• Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone (William Morrow)
• Lisa Brackmann, Dragon Day (Soho Crime)
• Chris Holm, The Killing Kind (Mulholland Books)
• Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books)
• James W. Ziskin, Stone Cold Dead (Seventh Street Books)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Books for the New Year

I don't know about you, but I can't believe that it's already 2016! Here's an easy resolution to make -- read more mysteries! Or maybe read an author you've never picked up before. I had a friend who read EVERY mystery published. But when you have limited reading time available, sometimes we tend to stick to favorite authors. So try this in 2016: pick out an author or genre outside your comfort zone and expand your horizons.

Read on!

  • The First Order [Sam Capra] by Jeff Abbott
  • The Case of The Missing Madonna [Patrick de Courvoisier] by Lin Anderson 
  • Jane and the Waterloo Map [Jane Austen] by Stephanie Barron
  • Even the Dead [Quirke] by Benjamin Black 
  • The Case of the Fickle Mermaid [Brothers Grimm] by P.J. Brackston
  • The Good Good-Bye by Carla Buckley
  • The Ex by Alafair Burke
  • No Gun Intended [Annabelle Starkey] by Zoe Burke
  • After the Crash  by Michel Bussi 
  • Kick Back [Kick Lannigan] by Chelsea Cain
  • Lights, Camera, Murder! [Pet Chef] by Marie Celine
  • Knocked [Regan Reilly] by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Where It Hurts [Gus Murphy] by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • The Root of All Evil [Michele Balistreri] by Roberto Costantini 
  • A Prisoner in Malta [Christopher Marlowe] by Phillip DePoy
  • The Herald of Hell [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty
  • Coconut Cowboy [Serge Storms] by Tim Dorsey
  • A Tangled Thread by Anthea Fraser
  • River Road by Carol Goodman
  • False Positive by Andrew Grant
  • The Girls She Left Behind [Lizzie Snow] by Sarah Graves
  • Presumed Puzzled [Puzzle Lady] by Parnell Hall
  • Real Tigers [Slough House] by Mick Herron
  • The Bitter Season [Sam Kovac & Nikki Liska] by Tami Hoag
  • Orphan X [Nowhere Man] by Gregg Hurwitz
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones
  • The Crooked House by Christobel Kent 
  • South of Nowhere [Julia Kalas] by Minerva Koenig 
  • Passenger 19 [Jammer Davis  by Ward Larsen
  • The Plague of Thieves Affair [Sabina Carpenter & John Quincannon] by Marcia Muller& Bill Pronzini
  • The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
  • I Am Your Judge [Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff] by Nele Neuhaus
  • Angels Burning by Tawni O’Dell
  • NYPD Red 4 [NYPD Red] by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
  • Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
  • Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
  • Even Dogs in the Wild [John Rebus] by Ian Rankin 
  • The Guardian Stones by Eric Reed
  • Blackout by David Rosenfelt
  • Fatal Catch [Andy Horton] by Pauline Rowson
  • Vagabond by Gerald Seymour 
  • Louise’s Chance [Louise Pearlie] by Sarah R. Shaber 
  • A Song for the Brokenhearted [Breen & Tozer] by William Shaw 
  • Scandalous Behavior [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods
  • Orchard Grove by Vincent Zandri



Monday, December 7, 2015

Have Yourself a Merry Little Murder!


Season’s greetings from 

Aunt Agatha! 


Snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and enjoy some holiday homicide.   



  • Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton
  • Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
  • Ben Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder by Robert Lee Hall
  • A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  • The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page
  • Busy Body by M.C. Beaton
  • Candy Cane Murder, novellas by Joanna Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier
  • Cat Crimes for the Holidays, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Ed Gorman, and Larry Segriff
  • Cat Deck the Halls: a Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock by Lydia Adamson
  • A Catered Christmas: a Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford
  • Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop: 'tis the Season to be Deadly:  Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense
  • A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
  • Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier
  • The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor by Simon Brett
  • The Christmas Garden Affair by Ann Ripley
  • Christmas Mourning by Margart Maron
  • Christmas Stalkings: More Tales of Yuletide Murder
  • The Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett
  • Classic Christmas Crime edited by Tim Heald
  • A Cold Christmas by Charlene Weir
  • Cold Snap by Allison Brennan
  • The Con Artist of Catalina Island by Jennifer Colt
  • Corpus Christmas by Margaret Maron
  • A Crossworder's Gift by Nero Blanc
  • Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Dons and Mr. Dickens: the Strange Case of the Oxford Christmas Plot by William J. Palmer
  • Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer
  • The Fat Man: a Tale of North Pole Noir by Ken Harmon
  • Frost at Christmas by R.D, Wingfield
  • The Gingerbread Bump-off: a Fresh-baked Mystery by L. J. Washburn
  • Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Hard Christmas: a Cat Marsala Mystery by Barbara D"Amato
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • Herald of Death by Kate Kingsbury
  • A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
  • Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
  • Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
  • I Am Half-sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
  • Inspector Proby's Christmas by John Gano
  • Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
  • A Killer’s Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • Kissing Christmas Goodbye: an Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
  • A Kudzu Christmas: Twelve Mysterious Tales edited by Jim Gilbert & Gail Waller
  • The Last Noel by Heather Graham
  • Mad as the Dickens by Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart
  • The Midnight Before Christmas by William Bernhardt
  • A Midnight Clear by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn
  • More Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
  • Murder for Christmas edited by Thomas Godfrey
  • Murder for Christmas and Three Other Great Mysteries by Agatha Christie
  • A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
  • The Nightingale Before Christmas: a Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
  • Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • The Queene's Christmas by Karen Harper
  • A Rumpole Chrismas by John Mortimer
  • Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown
  • Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  • Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews
  • The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler
  • Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
  • The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Marian Babson
  • Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
  • A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December's Mystery Offerings

It's that time of year! Unwrap some good reading, curl up by a blazing fire, and enjoy!

  • Desperate Measures [Gabriel Ash] by Jo Bannister
  • Fatal Complications by John Benedict
  • House of the Rising Sun [Hackberry Holland] by James Lee Burke
  • Harbour Street [Vera Stanhope #6] by Ann Cleeves
  • Ornaments of Death [Antiques] by Jane K. Cleland
  • Dead to the Last Drop [Coffeehouse] by Cleo Coyle
  • Guilty as Sin [Lina Townend] by Judith Cutler
  • Red Icon [Inspector Pekkala] by Sam Eastland
  • Murder in the Merchant’s Hall [Elizabethan] by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  • Dark Tides by Chris Ewan 
  • Bryant & May and the Burning Man [Bryant & May] by Christopher Fowler
  • Riot Most Uncouth [Lord Byron] by Daniel Friedman
  • Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief [Jack Ryan, Jr.] by Mark Greaney
  • His Right Hand [Linda Wallheim] by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • The Night Charter [Camaro Esponoza] by Sam Hawken
  • The Absolution [Carnivia] by Jonathan Holt
  • Web of Deceit [Ella Marconi] by Katherine Howell
  • Tracking the Beast [Steve Martinez] by Henry Kisor
  • Splinter the Silence [Tony Hill & Carol Jordan] by Val McDermid
  • Blood, Salt, Water [Alex Morrow] by Denise Mina
  • The St. Simons Island Club  [John Le Brun] by Brent Monahan
  • Show Me the Ashes [Phoenix Smith] by Carolyn Mulford
  • Cinnamon Toasted [Spice Shop] by Gail Oust
  • Tipping Point [Dan Lenson] by David Poyer
  • The Vulture [Ike Schwartz] by Frederick Ramsay
  • Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
  • The Bone Labyrinth [Sigma Force] by James Rollins
  • Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield
  • Brooklyn Secrets [Erica Donato] by Triss Stein
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone
  • Death by Dumpster by Karen Hanson Stuyck
  • The Forgotten Soldier [Pike Logan] by Brad Taylor
  • The Treacherous Net [Irene Huss] by Helene Tursten