Wednesday, December 31, 2014

See what's new for 2015

Happy New Year! What better way to spend a wintry day than with a new mystery. Here's a nice selection for every taste.
  • White Plague [Joe Rush] by James Abel
  • Nantucket Fivespot [Henry Kennis] by Steven Axelrod
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust [Flavia de Luce] by Alan Bradley
    Dead Man’s Daughter [Britt Montero] by Edna Buchanan
  • Blood of the South [Aelf Fen] by Alys Clare 
  • Knocked [Regan Reilly] by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Dead of Night [Tom Mariner] by Chris Collett 
  • Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant by Hy Conrad
  • Toured to Death [Amy’s Travel] by Hy Conrad
  • Devil’s Dance [David Spandau] by Daniel Depp 
  • Death Comes to the Ballets Russes [Lord Francis Powerscourt] by David Dickinson
  • The Book of Fires [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty
  • Shark Skin Suite [Serge Storms] by Tim Dorsey
  • The Death Season [Wesley Peterson] by Kate Ellis
  • Silence the Dead by Jack Fredrickson 
  • The Ghost Shift by John Gapper
  • Murder by Gravity: The Coffin Quilt [Quilted] by Barbara Graham 
  • Winter at the Door [Lizzie Stone] by Sarah Graves
  • After the Fall [Dr. Laura Nelson] by Patricia Gussin
  • Retribution by David Hagberg
  • Puzzled Indemnity [Puzzle Lady] by Parnell Hall
  • The Carrier [Zailer & Waterhouse] by Sophie Hannah 
  • The Big Seven by Jim Harrison
  • The Abduction of Smith and Smith by Rashad Harrison
  • The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins
  • The Soul of Discretion [Simon Serrailler] by Susan Hill
  • Cold Cold Heart  by Tami Hoag
  • The Reckoning by James Patrick Hunt 
  • Arsenic and Old Books [Cat in the Stacks] by Miranda James
  • Done in One by Grant Jerkins & Jan Thomas
  • The German Agent  by J. Sydney Jones 
  • The Unquiet Dead [Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty] by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • The Sirena Quest by Michael A. Kahn
  • The Curse of the House of Foskett [Gower Street Detective] by M.R.C. Kasasian .
  • Breaking Creed [Ryder Creed] by Alex Kava
  • Saint Odd [Odd Thomas] by Dean Koontz
  • Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz                        
  • Viking Bay [Kay Hamilton] by M.A. Lawson
  • Fear the Darkness [Brigid Quinn] by Becky Masterman
  • Where the Bones Are Buried [Dinah Pelerin] by Jeanne Matthews
  • Show Me the Gold [Phoenix Smith] by Carolyn Mulford 
  • The Body Snatchers Affair [Carpenter & Quincannon] by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
  • Classic Cashes In [Car Detective] by Amy Myers
  • The Ice Queen [Bodenstein & Kirchhoff] by Nele Neuhaus
  • The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Dead Red [Raymond Donne] by Tim O’Mara
  • Private Vegas [Private] by James Patterson & Maxine Pietro
  • A String of Beads [Jane Whitefield] by Thomas Perry
  • Murder [Dr. Bond] by Sarah Pinborough 
  • The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
  • The Fateful Day [Libertus] by Rosemary Rowe 
  • Rising Tide [Emily Harrington] by Patricia Ryan 
  • One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis 
  • The Kings of London [Cathal Breen & Helen Tozer] by William Shaw 
  • Near Enemy [Spadema] by Adam Sternbergh
  • Bred To Kill [Franck Sharko & Lucie Hennebelle] by Franck Thilliez
  • Ostland by David Thomas 
  • The Witch Hunter’s Tale [Bridget Hodgson] by Sam Thomas
  • A Fine Summer’s Day [Ian Rutledge] by Charles Todd
  • A Teeny Taste of Scandal [Teeny Templeton] by Michael Lee West
  • The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe [Anne Marie Laveaud] by Timothy Williams
  • Insatiable Appetites [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods
  • The Swimmer by Joakim Zander 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Agatha Raisin Comes to British TV

M.C. Beaton's quirkiest snoop is coming to Britain's Sky 1 TV for Christmas. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death stars Ashley Jensen, who American audiences might recognize as the unfortunate wife in Masterpiece Theatre's The Escape Artist. Her voice has also been heard in numerous animated films such as Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo & Juliet, and How to Train Your Dragon.

It will no doubt be a year or two before Beaton fans on this side of the Atlantic will be able to sample Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, at least on DVD. Hopefully this adaptation of M.C. Beaton's popular series will fare better on the screen that the last attempt with the Hamish MacBeth series in the late 1990s. Although an excellent actor, Glaswegian Robert Carlyle wasn't exactly how I pictured the lanky Highlands copper. In any event, we'll keep our eyes peeled for the release of the DVD in America.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Unwrap These New Mysteries

Are you ready for the holidays? In between cyber-shopping and present wrapping, here's a selection
of new mysteries to distract you from the hustle and bustle of December. There are great choices for a variety of tastes and preferences. I am currently reading the pre-pub of Anthony Horowitz's Moriarty. This is the second novel set in the world of Sherlock Holmes following The House of Silk (2011). More on Moriarty in an upcoming post. Meanwhile, let the reading begin!
  • Paying the Ferryman [Naomi Blake] by Jane Adams
  • Perfect Sins [Gabriel Ash & Hazel Best] by Jo Bannister
  • The Doll’s House [Philip Brennan] by Tania Carver 
  • Scorched Eggs [Cackleberry Club] by Laura Childs
  • Blood Rubies [Josie Prescott Antiques] by Jane K. Cleland
  • Enter Pale Death [Joe Sandilands] by Barbara Cleverly
  • Once upon a Grind [Coffeehouse] by Cleo Coyle
  • The Firebird’s Feather by Marjorie Eccles
  • You Know Who Killed Me [Amos Walker] by Loren D. Estleman
  • Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart [Peculiar Crimes Unit] by Christopher Fowler
  • Die Again [Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles] by Tess Gerritsen
  • Deadly Assets [Badge of Honor] by W.E.B. Griffin &
    William E. Butterworth IV
  • The Big Finish [Thorn] by James W. Hall
  • Crimson Angel [Benjamin January] by Barbara Hambly
  • Rain on the Dead [Sean Dillon] by Jack Higgins
  • The Soul of Discretion [Simon Serrailler] by Susan Hill
  • Moriarty [Sherlock Holmes] by Anthony Horowitz
  • Disclosures [Colin Harpur & Desmond Iles] by Bill James
  • Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
  • Swimming in the Shadows by Diane Janes
  • Saint Odd [Odd Thomas] by Dean Koontz 
  • Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin
  • Deeds of Darkness [Home Front Detective] by Edward Marston
  • The Skeleton Road [Karen Pirie] by Val McDermid
  • High Stakes [Jack Doyle] by John McEvoy
  • A Nip of Murder [Moonshine] by Carol Miller
  • Gods of Gold [Tom Harper] by Chris Nickson
  • Kill ’em with Cayenne [Spice Shop] by Gail Oust
  • The Cruiser [Dan Lenson] by David Poyer
  • Suspicion at Seven [Lois Meade] by Ann Purser
  • Fifty Mice  by Daniel Pyne
  • The Wolf and the Lamb [Jerusalem] by Frederick Ramsay
  • Hush  by Karen Robards
  • The Iris Fan [Sano Ichiro by Laura Joh Rowland
  • Asylum City by Liad Shoham
  • The Money Tree Murders [Michael Angel] by Roger Silverwood
  • Family Plot [John Pickett] by Sheri Cobb South
  • Nothing but Lies [Daniel Whelan] by Lyndon Stacey
  • Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey
  • Thief [Robin Monarch] by Mark T. Sullivan
  • The Voices  by Frank Tallis
  • No Fortunate Son [Pike Logan] by Brad Taylor
  • Blue Avenue [Daniel Turner] by Michael Wiley 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What a Mystery Binge!

I just spent several fabulous days in Long Beach attending the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these functions, I highly recommend it! The only downside is trying to choose which panels you want to attend. I had the chance to hear many favorite authors talk about their books -- and met some new authors to add to my list of favorites.

Several awards were presented during the convention, including the Anthony Awards. Here are the nominees and the winners of that award.

Best Mystery Novel
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger  [WINNER]
  • Suspect by Robert Crais
  • A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry
  • The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan 
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Best First Mystery
  • Yesterday's Echo by Matt Coyle  [WINNER]
  • Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  • The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson
Best Paperback Original
  • As She Left It by Catriona McPherson  [WINNER]
  • The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm
  • Purgatory Key by Darrell James
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
Best Short Story
  • "The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository" by John Connolly, Bibliomysteries, The Mysterious Bookshop  [WINNER]
  • "Dead End" by Craig Faustus Buck, Untreed Reads
  •  "Annie and the Grateful Dead" by Denise Dietz, The Sound and the Furry
  •  "Incident on the 405" by Travis Richardson, Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble
  •  "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants" by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March-April 2013
Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower [WINNER] 
  • Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry
  • All the Wild Children by Josh Stallings
  • Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weinman
Best Children's or Young Adult Novel
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau [WINNER]
  • Escape Theory by Margaux Froley 
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
  • The Code Busters Club: The Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner
Best Television Episode Teleplay First Aired in 2013
  • The Blacklist, Pilot, by Jon Bokenkamp [WINNER]
  • Breaking Bad, "Felina," by Vince Gilligan
  • The Fall, "Dark Descent," by Allan Cubitt
  • The Following, Pilot, by Kevin Williamson
  • Justified, "Hole in the Wall," by Graham Yost
Best Audio Book
  • The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister [WINNER]
  • Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford, read by Christina Cox
  • Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet, read by Davina Porte
  • Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann, read by Tracy Sallows
  • Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell, read by Mauro Hantman

Monday, November 3, 2014

Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery

Are you a fan of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries? I discovered her a few years ago and subsequently devoured all ten novels. Called the Canadian Agatha Christie, her award-winning books are multi-layered with fascinating characters that grow on you as the series develops.

So I was quite interested to learn that Penny's first book, Still Life, was being filmed for Canadian TV in 2012. I watched the blog posts reporting on the TV ;movie's progress during production, the casting, and the locations being considered for the fictional village of Three Pines. Finally, it was announced las month that the film was arriving on DVD.

I bought it, watched it, and must say that I liked it very much indeed. It's always difficult for some fans to separate the written word from the screen image, and appreciate each medium on its own terms. But I thought Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery was a very entertaining adaptation of the novel. Louise Penny was Executive Producer on the project, and it appears that she had quite a bit of input.

Nathaniel Parker (of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries series) portrays the perceptive and gentle Gamache. Anthony Lemke (White House Down) is Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir, Gamache's right-hand man. Fans of Penny's series know that the idyllic village of Three Pines is as much a character as any of the human inhabitants, and the producers of the film have cast a lovely Canadian village dressed in its colorful autumn best.

For those unfamiliar with Louise Penny's series opener, Still Life, Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to determine whether the death of a beloved school teacher in the quaint little village is a tragic accident or a homicide.

So whether you're a fan or a newbie, do check out Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery on DVD.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Witches, and Vampires, and Ghosts, Oh My!

Here are some of my favorite Halloween mysteries, some old, some new. How many have you enjoyed?

  • Witches Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (Cozy)
  • Antiques Maul by Barbara Allan (Cozy)
  • Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton (Supernatural Cozy)
  • A Cast-off Coven by Juliet Blackwell (Cozy)
  • The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian J. Braun (Cozy)
  • The Hunt Ball by Rita Mae Brown (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs (Cozy)
  • Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie (Detective Mystery)
  • A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford (Culinary Cozy)
  • Crimes by Moonlight (Anthology edited by Charlaine Harris)
  • Ghostly Murders by P.C. Doherty (Historical Mystery)
  • Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (Humorous Mystery
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Culinary Cozy)
  • Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (Culinary Cozy)
  • Skeleton Key by Jane Haddam (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Final Sookie Stackhouse mystery)
  • Southern Ghost by Carolyn Hart (Cozy/Amateur Sleuth)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by SHirley Jackson (Suspense)
  • Murder in Vein: a Fang-In-Cheek Mystery by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine (Humorous Mystery)
  • Poisoned Tarts by G.A. McKevett (Cozy)
  • Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier (Cozy)
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense
  • The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan (Horror/Mystery)
  • The Body in the Moonlight by Kathereine Hall Page (Cozy)
  • The Dracula Dossier by James Reese (Suspense)
  • Night Hunter by Michael Reeves (Horror/Mystery)
  • A Hole in Juan by Gillian Roberts (Cozy)
  • Dracula: the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker (Horror)
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub (Horror)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bouchercon is Coming!

Are you attending Bouchercon 2014? It's a fantastic conference for mystery writers and readers held annually. This year Bouchercon is  in Long Beach, California, so I'll most certainly be there. It's not too late to register. Check out their website and see if your favorite mystery author is attending. It's a great chance to meet and greet authors, especially those international ones. When I was at Bouchercon 2012 in San Francisco, I was able to chat with so many of my favs, including a few from the other side of the pond!

Calling all librarians attending Bouchercon. Be sure to sign up for the FREE Librarian Tea hosted by the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Cozy Halloween Tale

Just in time for my favorite holiday -- Halloween! Daryl Wood Gerber recently released the Stirring the Plot, third in her Cookbook Nook series, and I'm really enjoying it as I get in the spooky holiday spirit.

Halloween in Crystal Cove, a charming California coastal community, is always spook-tacular. All the local businesses have haunting window displays, including Jenna Hart's Cookbook Nook. But the big celebration in town is the annual soiree put on by the Winsome Witches who raise funds for literacy.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead, and Jenna's Aunt Vera has lost her ability to foresee the future, Jenna begins to feel like her arrival in Crystal Cove has jinxed the place.

This is a really fun series (and I am a sucker for the lovely alliteration!). Daryl Wood Gerber also writes The Cheese Shop mysteries under her nom de plume, Avery Aames. Visit her websites at and Her books always include yummy recipes in the back and you can find more on her websites. If you like foody mysteries and enjoy cooking yourself, be sure to check out; Daryl is one of mystery writer/bloggers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Changes in the Air and Something New

Aunt Agatha has been somewhat remiss in posting in recent weeks, and for that I do apologize. It's hard to believe a whole month has passed since the last post! But my alter ego is preparing to retire from the Burbank Public Library after a lifetime (it seems!) of happy service. Consequently, there's been a lot of tying up of loose ends in preparation of the transition (as well as hiding "evidence" and disposing of "bodies"). 

The good news is that after December, Aunt Agatha will have more time to dig up clues to good books.

In the meantime, take a look at the new releases for October:

Last Writes [SS] by Catherine Aird

The Counterfeit Heiress [Lady Emily Ashton] by Tasha Alexander

The Nightingale Before Christmas [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews

Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow by Tilly Bagshawe

Death of a Blue Blood [Murder She Wrote] by Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas [Jane Austen] byStephanie Barron

Close to the Bone [Theresa MacLean] by Lisa Black

The Empire of Night [Christopher Marlowe Cobb] by Robert Olen Butler

Gossamer Ghost [Scrapbooking] by Laura Childs

The Wolf in Winter [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly

Havana Storm [Dirk Pitt] by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler

Death in Elysium [Jodie Welsh] by Judith Cutler

Dark Spies [Will Cochrane] by Matthew Dunn

Dick Francis’s Damage by Felix Francis

Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook) by Daryl Wood Gerber

The Peripheral by William Gibson

Riders on the Storm [Sam McCain] by Ed Gorman

Run by Andrew Grant

Gray Mountain  by John Grisham

Ghost Wanted [Bailey Ruth Raeburn] by Carolyn Hart

The Old Deep and Dark [Jane Lawless] by Ellen Hart

Older than Goodbye [Judd Wheeler] by Richard Helms

Malice [Kyochiro Kaga] by Keigo Higashino

Bless Her Dead Little Heart (Southern Ladies) by Miranda James

The White Sea [Alex Mavros] by Paul Johnston

Seventh Grave and No Body [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones

The Legend of Sleepy Harlow (League of Literary Ladies) by Kylie Logan

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett

The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café [No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency] by Alexander McCall Smith

I See You by Patricia MacDonald

Demon Summer [Max Tudor] by G.M. Malliet

Every Breath [Rachel Watts / YA] by Ellie Marney

Cobra [Benny Griessel] by Deon Meyer

Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura

The Madness of July  by James Naughtie

The Final Silence [Jack Lennon] by Stuart Neville

Fear and Loathing [Sam Becket] by Hilary Norman

Leaving Time  by Jodi Picoult

Burned [Vanessa Pierson] by Valerie Plame & Sarah Lovett

Sour Grapes [Shakespeare in the Vineyard] by Carole Price

Assault with a Deadly Lie [Nick Hoffman] by Lev Raphael

Truth Be Told [Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan] by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Swann’s Lake of Despair [Henry Swann] by Charles Salzberg

Deadline [Virgil Flowers] by John Sandford

Louise’s Blunder [Louise Pearlie] by Sarah R. Shaber

The Pierced Heart [Charles Maddox] by Lynn Shepherd

Sons of Sparta [Andreas Kaldis] by Jeffrey Siger

Stages of Grey [Dulcie Schwartz] by Clea Simon

Supping with the Devil [Monika Paniatowski] by Sally Spencer

Thief [Robin Monarch] by Mark T. Sullivan

The Scent of Death [Edward Savill] by Andrew Taylor

Spark  by John Twelve Hawks

Sometimes the Wolf  by Urban Waite

Desert Rage [Lena Jones] by Betty Webb

Paris Match [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century [SS] edited by Otto Penzler

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September's Crop of Releases

What amazes me about mystery fiction is that death can't keep a good man down. Case in point, the demise of Robert B. Parker and Agatha Christie didn't slow down the exploits of their iconic characters. This month, Jesse Stone returns in Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman and the ever-popular Hercule Poirot has an another adventure in Sophie Hannah's The Monogram Murders. Read on...we have a nice selection of murder and mystery to keep us all busy this month.

The Marco Effect [Department Q] by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush [Darling Dahlias] by Susan Wittig Albert

Hit and Run [Main Street] by Sandra Balzo

The Blood of an Englishman [Agatha Raisin] by M.C. Beaton

The Rest Is Silence [Billy Boyle] by James R. Benn

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf [SS] by Lawrence Block

The Cinderella Killer [Charles Paris] by Simon Brett

Beware Beware [Juniper Song] by Steph Cha

Personal [Jack Reacher] by Lee Child

Night of the White Buffalo [Wind River] by Margaret Coel

Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot [Jesse Stone continuation] by Reed Farrel Coleman

A Dancer in the Dust  by Thomas H. Cook

Countdown [Milt Kovak] by Susan Rogers Cooper

Day of Vengeance [Dorothy Martin] by Jeanne M. Dams

The Beast in the Red Forest [Inspector Pekkala] by Sam Eastland

The Lost Key [Brit in the FBI] by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison

Perfidia [2nd L.A. Quartet] by James Ellroy

To Dwell in Darkness [Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James] by Deborah Crombie

The Eye of Heaven [Sam and Remi Fargo #6] by Clive Cussler & Russell Blake

Roseblood  by Paul Doherty

The Secret Place [Dublin Murder Squad] by TanaDog Beach  by John Fusco

The Corners of the Globe [James Maxted] by Robert Goddard

Those Who Feel Nothing [Brighton] by Peter Guttridge

Fighting Chance [Gregor Demarkian] by Jane Haddam

The Monogram Murders [The New Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Mystery] by Sophie Hannah

Darkness, Darkness [Resnick] by John Harvey

Murder in Time [Ellie Quicke] by Veronica Heley

Skink: No Surrender  [YA] by Carl Hiaasen

Death Is a Word [Mrs. Malory] by Hazel Holt

Haunted [Bishop Special Crimes Unit] by Kay Hooper

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen

Murder 101 [Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus] by Faye Kellerman

The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman

Strong Darkness [Caitlin Strong #6] by Jon Land

Life Deluxe [Stockholm Noir by Jens Lapidus

The Drop by Dennis LehDay of Atonemen by David Liss

The Stone Wife [Peter Diamond] by Peter Lovesey

Bright Hopes [St. Rose Quilting Bee] by Annette Mahon

The Lewis Man [Lewis] by Peter May

Proof Positive [Joe Gunther] by Archer Mayor

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Silent Murders [Roaring Twenties] by Mary Miley

Rose Gold [Easy Rawlins] by Walter Mosley

Burn [Michael Bennett] by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Phantom Limb [Daniel Rinaldi] by Dennis Palumbo

Blood on the Water [William Monk] by Anne Perry

Bones Never Lie [Temperance Brennan] by Kathy Reichs

Festive in Death
[Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb

Tomorrow’s Vengeance [Hannah Ives] by Marcia Talley

The Coniston Case [Simmy Brown] by Rebecca Tope

No Broken Hearts [Lauren Atwill] by Sheila York

Friday, August 22, 2014

Terminated -- What a Thrill Ride!

I got my copy of Ray Daniel's Terminated late in the day and thought that I'd read a couple of chapters before going to sleep. Big mistake! I was still reading at 2 AM and if it hadn't been a work night, I probably would have kept reading til dawn. The story hooks you at the first line and keeps reeling you in!

Terminated is Ray Daniel's debut novel and the start of a very promising new series. The protagonist, Tucker, is a brilliant computer programmer who lost both his great loves on the same day. Six months before the story opens, Tucker is fired for no obvious reason from his dream job, then he returns home to find his wife, Carol, murdered. Now, unemployed and unfocused, he's at a loss about what to do with his life.

Then Tucker's old college roommate, now in the FBI's cybercrimes division, claims to have a new lead in Carol's murder. That's when Tucker's life really goes to hell. In the course of five days, murder and mayhem dog his footsteps and we find that, for a really smart guy, he can certainly be obtuse at times. But if anything, Tucker is determined to find out why his wife was killed and who is trying to take him out as well.

Boston-based Daniel has created a savvy, smart character who, even when he's spouting geek-speak, doesn't let the technology interfere with the action. And there certainly is plenty of action!

Terminated is a great read and I look forward to discovering what trouble Tucker will get into next.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gothic Mysteries from Sharon Bolton

It's always a pleasure to introduce a new author to an avid reader. While I started out with Sharon (S.J.) Bolton's most recent Lacey Flint series, Melissa chose to start at the beginning. If you're looking for a riveting read during the waning days of summer, you can't go wrong with Bolton's novels. They're real grabbers!

Louise (Aunt Agatha, from the Death in the Stacks blog) recently turned me on to the books of mystery writer S. J. Bolton. But Louise started with the latest two of her books, whereas I decided (being a little OCD about my reading) to go back to the beginning and read Bolton's books from her debut, which is called Sacrifice. Now I have read three, and definitely plan to keep going.

Her protagonists in the first two are women in unusual professions and offbeat settings, and the books cross that line from mystery to thriller, almost to full-on gothic. They reminded me a bit of Elly Griffiths' books, with her strong, independent, loner (Ruth Galloway) taking things into her own hands because she's never become used to doing anything else.

Sacrifice is set on the Shetland islands. Its protagonist, Tora Hamilton, is an ob/gyn doctor, and the surrounding tale arises from the very nature of the islands, with their in-turned culture that excludes the outsider and keeps its secrets. There's one secret that's about to be found's murder. But not your garden variety murder (although the body is found in the garden)--it's weird, ritualistic, and the tip of a very big iceberg.

The second book, Awakening, stars a wildlife veterinarian with major personal issues who lives in a small town in Dorset, and who gets the chance to act as resident herpetologist when a plague of snakes starts taking down the villagers. There is a perverse tale from the past that eventually explains everything, and the twists and turns taken to get to that explanation are as mesmerizing as the snakes.
Number three is Blood Harvest, and wow! Very Children of the Corn. Super creepy, great characters, and I especially loved the children's participation in the story. This one has a couple of protagonists/points of view, one being the new (young, handsome) vicar in an old parish, the other a psychologist treating one of his parishioners. I did speculate about who the "bad guy" had to be rather early in the story, simply because of a suspicious lack of explanation about certain people, but Bolton did enough with red herrings to make me doubt myself later on, so it was still thoroughly enjoyable.

This one has a nice start on a romance as part of the plot, but the end of it is a little odd--I'm waiting to see if she takes up these characters again in a future book in another town.

And...all of the rest of her books were tragically checked out at Central when I went looking on Friday for another, so I'm interrupting this reading streak to go explore teen fiction for a while. But I'll be back to Bolton!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What's new on the Mystery Shelves?

There's a great selection of new books to choose from this month, whether you're in the mood for a nail-biting thriller, a cozy mystery, or a historical whodunit. Enjoy!
  • Visions [Cainsville] by Kelley Armstrong
  • Strange Shores [Erlendur Sveinsson] by Arnaldur Indridason
  • The Reckoning [John Madden] by Rennie Airth
  • No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
  • Death of a Dog Whisperer [Melanie Travis] by Laurien Berenson
  • Queen of Hearts [Royal Spyness] by Rhys Bowen
  • Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
  • Crime Always Pays [Karen & Ray] by Declan Burke
  • One Kick [Kick Lannigan] by Chelsea Cain
  • The Black Road [Brennan & Esposito] by Tania Carver
  • Payoff [Simon Fisk] by Douglas Corleone
  • Half in Love with Artful Death [Dan Rhodes] by Bill Crider
  • A Colder War [Thomas Kell] by Charles Cumming
  • Clam Wake [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim
  • Tabula Rasa [Roman Empire] by Ruth Downie
  • Dead Line by Chris Ewan
  • Unmanned  by Dan Fesperman
  • I Can See in the Dark by Karin Fossum
  • Top Secret [Clandestine Operations] by W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV
  • The Spirit in the Skull  by J.M. Hayes
  • Gun Metal Heart [Daria Gibron] by Dana Haynes
  • Don’t Look Back  by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Evil in Return  by Weyman Jones
  • Avoidable Contact [Kate Reilly] by Tammy Kaehler
  • Summer of the Dead [Bell Elkins] by Julia Keller
  • Really the Blues  by Joseph Koenig
  • The Minotaur’s Head [Eberhard Mock] by Marek Krajewski
  • Windigo Island [Cork O’Connor] by William Kent Krueger
  • The Good Know Nothing [California Century] by Ken Kuhlken
  • The Iron Sickle [Sueño & Bascom] by Martin Limón
  • Assassin’s Game [David Slaton] by Ward Larsen
  • The Second Deadly Sin [Rebecka Martinsson] by Åsa Larsson
  • The Drop by Dennis Lehane
  • Designated Daughters [Deborah Knott] by Margaret Maron
  • Inspector Colbeck’s Casebook: Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective [Robert Colbeck] by Edward Marston
  • A Little Night Murder [Blackbird Sisters] by Nancy Martin
  • The Devil’s Chair [Martha Gunn] by Priscilla Masters
  • Mothers of the Disappeared [J. McNee] by Russel D. McLean
  • The Last Witness by Glenn Meade
  • A Distance to Death [Tink Elledge] by Holly Menino
  • High Stakes [Jack Doyle] by John McEvoy
  • Deadout [Doyle Carrick & Nola Watkins] by Jon McGoran
  • Hollow Mountain [Spike Sanguinetti] by Thomas Mogford
  • Getting Mama Out of Hell by Laurie Moore
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  • Low Profile [Henry Christie] by Nick Oldham
  • Eden in Winter [Martha’s Vineyard] by Richard North Patterson
  • The Long Way Home [Armand Gamache] by Louise Penny
  • The Lost Island [Gideon Crew] by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  • Paw and Order [Chet & Bernie] by Spencer Quinn
  • Bones Never Lie [Temperance Brennan] by Kathy Reichs
  • Close Call [Liz Carlyle] by Stella Rimington
  • Her Last Whisper [Charlotte Stone] by Karen Robards
  • The Scent of Death [Sukey Reynolds] by Betty Rowlands
  • Shroud of Evil [Andy Horton] by Pauline Rowson
  • City of Ghosts [Miranda Corbie] by Kelli Stanley
  • An Unwilling Accomplice [Bess Crawford] by Charles Todd
  • Traitor’s Storm [Kit Marlowe] by M.J. Trow
  • Peter Pan Must Die [Dave Gurney] by John Verdon
  • Haunted [Hannah Smith] by Randy Wayne White
  • Guilty Parties [SS] edited by Martin Edwards

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Now You See Me

While I am a fan of Amazon and online buying for ease and accessibility, there is still nothing quite like the joy of browsing the brick and mortar book store. Not knowing what I wanted to read next, I set off for the bookstore last weekend. Checking out the mystery aisle in my local Barnes & Noble, I happened upon Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton, a British crime writer. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Ms. Bolton before, but the cover of the book was quite intriguing (yes, I do sometimes judge a book by its cover!).

Lacey Flint, a young police officer, is returning from a call on a witness in a London apartment complex. When she reaches her car, she stumbles upon a woman brutally stabbed only moments before. The victim dies in Lacey's arms. Within twenty-four hours, a young reporter receives an anonymous letter pointing out similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper's first kill. Most alarming of all, the letter calls out Lacey by name.

Ah-ha, you think. A modern retelling of the Ripper cases. That seems to be the direction the author is heading towards, but then the plot twists away unexpectedly. This multi-layered psychological thriller will keep you glued to the page.

Now You See Me is author Sharon Bolton's fourth book. Also known as S.J. Bolton, she writes gothic mysteries such as the stand-alones Sacrifice and Awakening. Now You See Me is the first in the Lacey Flint series, followed by Dead Scared and Lost. A Dark and Twisted Tide, the latest in the series was just released last month.

In A Dark and Twisted Tide, Lacey Flint, Sharon Bolton’s enigmatic protagonist, has been living in a houseboat on the River Thames, and she’s becoming a part of London’s weird and wonderful riverboat community. Against her friends’ better judgment, she’s taken up swimming in the Thames, and she feels closer than ever to Detective Mark Joesbury, despite his involvement in a complicated undercover case. For the first time in her life, as she recovers from the trauma of the last few months, Lacey begins to feel almost happy.

Then, at dawn one hot summer morning while swimming down the river, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the water. She assumes it was chance—after all, she's recently joined the marine policing unit, and she knows how many dead bodies are pulled out of the river every year, most the result of tragic accidents. But further investigation leads her policing team to suspect the woman’s body was deliberately left for Lacey to find. Lacey’s no longer a homicide detective, but as she begins to notice someone keeping a strangely close eye on her, she’s inexorably drawn into the investigation.

If you enjoy the books of Tana French, Ellie Griffiths and Mo Hayder, be sure to check out award-winning author Sharon Bolton. Her tightly plotted and completely unpredictable thrillers revolve around one of the most interesting and compelling characters in crime fiction. I highly recommend the Lacey Flint series.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sherlock Returns for a 4th Season

BBC One reported last week that the dynamic duo will be returning in 2015 for a special, followed later inSherlock special will begin in January. Considering the big screen duties of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it has be tricky coordinating schedules.
the year with three new episodes. Shooting on the

While it may seem like a long wait for your next Sherlock fix, fans can be a patient lot. When January's Season 3 kicked off on BBC One and PBS after a two year hiatus, it was the series’ most-watched episode on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read more on Deadline Hollywood.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Releases for Summer Reading

There's a little something for everyone on this list of new mysteries. I don't know about you, but I seem to read in spurts. Sometimes I go on a cozy binge, then when that gets to be too much, I look for a real thriller to get the pulse pounding again. So what's your fancy?

  • The Inside Man [Sam Capra] by Jeff Abbott 
  • Last To Know by Elizabeth Adler 
  • The Case of the Black Pearl [Patrick de Courvoisier] by Lin Anderson 
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Emus [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews 
  • The Forsaken [Quinn Colson] by Ace Atkins 
  • Book Clubbed [Booktown] by Lorna Barrett 
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country [SS] by C.J. Box 
  • Wayfaring Stranger [Holland Family — Weldon] by James Lee Burke 
  • The Wolf by Lorenzo Carcaterra 
  • The Dead Will Tell [Kate Burkholder] by Linda Castillo 
  • The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives [Dixie Hemingway] by John Clement 
  • Power Play [FBI thriller] by Catherine Coulter 
  • Clam Wake [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim 
  • Enemies at Home [Flavia Albia] by Lindsey Davis 
  • Candle Flame [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty 
  • The Bone Orchard [Mike Bowditch] by Paul Doiron 
  • Fast Track by Julie Garwood 
  • After the Exhibition [Jack Haldean] by Dolores Gordon-Smith 
  • Rest Assured [John Lambert & Bert Hook] by J.M. Gregson 
  • Herbie’s Game [Junior Bender] by Timothy Hallinan 
  • Verdict of the Court [Burren] by Cora Harrison 
  • Snatched by Bill James 
  • Remains of Innocence [Joanna Brady] by J.A. Jance 
  • A Matter of Breeding [Karl Werthen] by J. Sydney Jones 
  • The City by Dean Koontz 
  • Fatal Fortune [Psychic Eye] by Victoria Laurie 
  • Ghost Month by Ed Lin 
  • Sorrow Bound [Aector McAvoy] by David Mark 
  • A Ticket to Oblivion [Robert Colbeck] by Edward Marston 
  • The Bone Seeker [Edie Kiglatuk] by M.J. McGrath 
  • The Deadliest Sin by The Medieval Murderers 
  • A Possibility of Violence [Avraham Avraham] by D.A. Mishani
  • The Night Searchers [Sharon McCone] by Marcia Muller 
  • The Death of Pie [Pennsylvania Dutch] by Tamar Myers 
  • Strangers [Nameless] by Bill Pronzini 
  • Hounded [Andy Carpenter] by David Rosenfelt 
  • Uncaged [YA] [Singular Menace] by John Sandford & Michele Cook 
  • The Heist [Gabriel Allon] by Daniel Silva 
  • Rollover [Dan Mahoney] by Susan Slater 
  • The Catch [Vanessa Michael Munroe] by Taylor Stevens 
  • The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup 
  • Helsinki Dead [Inspector Vaara] by James Thompson 
  • Atonement of Blood [Sister Fidelma] by Peter Tremayne 
  • Never Coming Back [David Raker] by Tim Weaver  
  • Don’t Talk to Strangers [Keye Street] by Amanda Kyle Williams 
  • Cut and Thrust [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods 
  • Vengeance Is Mine [Red River] by Reavis Z. Wortham

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Looking for Some Heart-pounding Suspense?

If you've been wondering whatever happened to Aunt Agatha...well, I've been catching up on my reading.
When my co-worker told me that thriller writer Linwood Barclay was her new "favorite" author, I had to give him a try -- and I've been devouring his books ever since!

What if you woke up one morning and your entire family had vanished -- no bodies, no suspects, and no clues? That’s the chilling premise of Linwood Barclay’s 2007 stand-alone thriller No Time for Goodbye.

When Cynthia Archer was fourteen, her parents and brother disappeared, leaving her alone in her house. Now twenty-five years later, married with a child of her own, Cynthia’s personal mystery begins to unravel with frightening results.

No Safe House, Barclay’s long-awaited follow-up to No Time for Goodbye, will be released on August 5th. The Canadian-based author delivers an electrifying novel of suspense in which a family’s troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.…

Linwood Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, has produced a number of critically acclaimed thrillers and is a #1 international bestselling author. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and published in 30 countries. Several of his books have been optioned for television and film.

Words like “gripping” and “compelling” have been used to describe his novels. Idyllic small town life is the setting for his books and his characters are ordinary people who are suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Barclay’s signature style of humor and mounting suspense will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

If you are a fan of Linwood Barclay, watch for the release of No Safe House. But if you are like Aunt Agatha and this thrilling author somehow flew under your radar, start reading his books today! Mr. Barclay will be on a book tour in August and one place where you can meet him is at the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, August 9th. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coming to Masterpiece Mystery on PBS

Tune into some lovely mysteries on PBS in the next few months. Check your local listings for times.

Sundays, June 15 & 22
This gripping legal thriller stars David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) as a brilliant defense lawyer who has uncanny ability to  spring the obviously guilty.

Sundays, June 29-July 20
Shaun Evans returns for a second season as the young Constable Endeavour Morse. Before he was
Inspector Morse and acquired his signature red Jaguar, Endeavour's deductive powers were already running in high gear.

Sundays, July 27 to August 3
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries based on  Agatha Christie's novels, The Big Four and Dead Man's Folly.

Sundays, September 21 and 28
Julia McKenzie (Cranford) returns as spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series – A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw’s Folly and Endless Night.

Sundays, October 5-19
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for an all-new season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Sundays, October 26-November 2
P.D. James' witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice stars Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin.  The discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the preparations  for a ball at Elizabeth and Darcy's Pemberley home  — and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What's New for June?

Lazy afternoons in the shady garden or sitting under an umbrella at the beach... summertime is here and what better time to catch up on your mystery reading! There are mysteries to suit every whim or interest, so give these a try:

Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell
Downton Abbey meets Rebecca in this Agatha Christie-like whodunnit. The housekeeper of the
revered Mullings, ancestral home to the Stodmarsh family, suspects foul play in the deaths of Lord
and Lady Stodmarsh.

The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
You never know what treasures can be found in attics or at garage sales. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some are worth killing for. Brooklyn’s appearance in the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show This Old Attic turns out to be fraught with danger!

Terminal City (an Alex Cooper novel) by Linda Fairstein  
Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace hunt for an elusive killer who carves a symbol resembling train tracks on the victims’ bodies. Their search takes them to Grand Central Terminal with its labyrinth of underground tunnels and centuries-old secrets.

Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst
Paris 1938: the shadow of war deepens over Europe, but the war has already begun in Spain. Furst, who is the most stylish espionage writer of our time, delivers another taut, romantic spy thriller. As secret operatives descend on Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, ordinary men and women answer the call to fight the darkness of fascism.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowlings)
This compulsively readable crime novel is the second in the acclaimed series featuring London PI Cormoran Strike and his determined assistant Robin Ellacott. Strike investigates a missing novelist whose poison-pen manuscript could ruin a good many lives and careers. It’s no surprise when he turns up dead!

Any Other Name: a Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
Walt’s former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to look into the apparent suicide of his old friend, Detective Gerald Holman, in the next county.


  • The Fever by Megan Abbott
  • Gregory’s Game [Naomi Blake] by Jane Adams
  • The Last Taxi Ride [Ranjit Singh] by A.X. Ahmad
  • Dead Heading [C.D. Sloan] by Catherine Aird
  • Strange Gods by Annamaria Alfieri
  • The Art of the Devil: A Plot To Assassinate President Eisenhower by John Altman
  • Lights Out! by Donald Bain
  • Bliss House by Laura Benedict
  • Murder in Pigalle [Aimée Leduc] by Cara Black
  • Chimes at Midnight by Michael A. Black
  • A Dark and Twisted Tide [Lacey Flint] by Sharon Bolton
  • Coldsleep Lullaby [Eberard Februarie] by Andrew Brown 
  • Nine Lives To Die [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • All Day and a Night [Ellie Hatcher] by Alafair Burke
  • Murder on the Mediterranean [Capucine Culinary] by Alexander Campion
  • Hell with the Lid Blown Off [Alafair Tucker] by Donis Casey
  • Graduation Day [Testing] [YA] by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Independence Day [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coe
  • Razing the Dead [Museum series] by Sheila Connolly
  • Mr. Monk Is Open for Business [Monk] by Hy Conrad
  • Tempest in a Teapot [Teapot Collector] by Amanda Cooper
  • Enemies at Home [Flavia Albia] by Lindsey Davis
  • Hell To Pay by Garry Disher
  • Saints of New York by R.J. Ellory
  • Top Secret Twenty-One [Stephanie Plum] by Janet Evanovich
  • The Quiet Woman by Terence Faherty
  • Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
  • The Baklava Club [Investigator Yashim] by Jason Goodwin
  • The Last Heir [Jack MacTaggart] by Chuck Greaves
  • Vertigo 42 [Richard Jury] by Martha Grimes
  • Red Man Down [Sarah Burke] by Elizabeth Gunn
  • Blood Brothers [Kate O’Donnell] by Patricia Hall
  • Land of Shadows [Lou Norton] by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Shadow Maker [Nick Baron] by James R. Hannibal
  • The Good Suicides [Héctor Salgado] by Antonio Hill 
  • The Abduction [Kat Tapo] by Jonathan Holt
  • The Devil May Care [Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie] by David Housewright
  • Death in an Ivory Tower [Dotsy Lamb] by Maria Hudgins
  • All the Things You Are by Declan Hughes
  • Final Curtain [Edna Ferber] by Ed Ifkovic
  • The Director by David Ignatius
  • Face Value [Rachel Gold] by Michael A. Kahn
  • Black Current [Jaymie Zarlin] by Karen Keskinen
  • Mr. Mercedes  by Stephen King
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead  by Michael Koryta
  • Cradle to Grave [Will Rees] by Eleanor Kuhns
  • The Big Hello [Jimmy Riley] by Michael Lister
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy by Eric Van Lustbader
  • A Song for the Dying [Ash Henderson] by Stuart MacBride
  • No Job for a Lady [Nellie Bly] by Carol McCleary
  • The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent [Maggie Hope] by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Circles in the Snow [Bo Tully] by Patrick F. McManus
  • Parker Field [Willie Black] by Howard Owen
  • Invisible by James Patterson & David Ellis
  • Marbeck and the Privateers [Marbeck] by John Pilkington
  • The Red Room [Risk Agent] by Ridley Pearson
  • Two Soldiers [Ewert Grens] by Roslund and Hellström 
  • Beneath the Soil [Suzie Fewings] by Fay Sampson
  • Yarn Over Murder [Knitting] by Maggie Sefton
  • Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  • The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
  • That Night by Chevy Stevens
  • Identity [Fina Ludlow] by Ingrid Thoft
  • The Splintered Paddle [Ave Rome] by Mark Troy
  • Denial of Murder [Harry Vicary] by Peter Turnbull
  • Shockwave [Aftershock] by Andrew Vachss
  • The Late Scholar [Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane] by Jill Paton Walsh
  • A Deadly Business [Mia Quinn] by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
  • Eyes on You  by Kate White
  • FaceOff [SS] edited by David Baldacci

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anthony Nominees Announced

The Anthony Awards are given each year at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees. The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. The 2014 Bouchercon will be held in Long Beach, California.

Best Mystery Novel
  • Suspect by Robert Crais
  • A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 
  • The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan 
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Best First Mystery
  • Yesterday’s Echo by Matt Coyle 
  • Ghostman by Roger Hobbs 
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 
  • The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson
Best Paperback Original
  • The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm
  • Purgatory Key by Darrell James
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  •  The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood 
  • As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
Best Short Story
  •  “Dead Ends” by Craig Faustus Buck, Untreed Reads
  • “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository” by John Connolly, Bibliomysteries, The Mysterious Bookshop
  • “Annie and the Grateful Dead” by Denise Dietz, The Sound and the Furry
  • “Incident on the 405” by Travis Richardson, Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble
  •  “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March-April 2013
Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work
  • Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry
  • All the Wild Children by Josh Stallings
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
  •  Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weinman
Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau 
  • Escape Theory by Margaux Froley 
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
  • The Code Busters Club: The Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure by Penny Warner
Best Television Episode Teleplay First Aired in 2013
  • The Blacklist, Pilot, by Jon Bokenkamp
  • Breaking Bad, “Felina,” by Vince Gilligan
  • The Fall, “Dark Descent,” by Allan Cubitt
  • The Following, Pilot, by Kevin Williamson
  • Justified, “Hole in the Wall,” by Graham Yost
Best Audio Book
  • Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford, read by Christina Cox
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
  • Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet, read by Davina Porte
  • Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann, read by Tracy Sallows
  • Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell, read by Mauro Hantman