August 1, 2015

Top Suspense Novels Defy Boundaries | Day of Dialog 2015

“Exciting,” “addictive, and “believable” are but a few of the adjectives presenters at the “Top Thrills” panel at LJ’s 18th annual Day of Dialog used to describe their latest books, among the season’s best suspense and mystery novels.

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

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.

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Pushing Boundaries | Mystery Preview 2014

Pushing Boundaries | Mystery Preview 2014

Year after year, mystery remains the number one circulating genre in libraries, as LJ’s annual materials buying survey reveals. While fans have their favorite cozy, police procedural, or historical thriller, the increasing number of releases that allow readers to cross the boundaries from one genre to another in the same book proves that today there is no one true way of presenting this beloved genre.

Fall Mystery Announcements

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET In a brief survey of 232 public libraries conducted by Library Journal, 55% of respondents reported that Mystery continues to be the most popular genre in terms of circulation. The survey also found that in print fiction collections, 24.1% of materials are mysteries.

Join LJ Mystery columnist Teresa Jacobsen for this free webcast and get a preview of the latest titles from Severn House, Midnight Ink, and Five Star, all sure to quicken your patrons’ pulses! You’ll find yourself taking notes on which audiobooks and books to match up with the mystery lovers who lurk in both your physical and virtual stacks. This archive is no longer available.

International Crime Month Winds Down at ALA 2013

International Crime Month Winds Down at ALA 2013

For lovers of international crime fiction, June has been busting out all over with a series of readings, panels, and discussions sponsored by  four indie publishers  and featuring such rising stars as Britain’s Mark Billingham, Austria’s Wolf Haas, Australia’s Zane Lovitt, and Nigeria’s .Bayo Ojikutu. Kicked off at the end of May with events at […]

Mystery Reviews | May 1, 2013

Mystery Reviews | May 1, 2013

Reviews of A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery, The Fame Thief: A Junior Bender Mystery, and False as the Day Is Long: A Keegan Shaw Mystery, plus a fill list of mystery titles from the May 1 issue.

Following the Digital Clues: Mystery Genre Spotlight

Following the Digital Clues: Mystery Genre Spotlight

The world of mystery is ever-popular and ever-evolving. Whether a classic “whodunit,” a cozy, a police procedural, or something in between, crime fiction still draws readers nationwide. In a brief survey of 232 public libraries conducted by LJ, 55% of respondents reported that mystery continues to be the most popular genre in terms of circulation. The survey also found that in print fiction collections, 24.1% of materials are mysteries.

What is new this year is that mystery titles make up over 20% of library ebook collections. And like their print counterparts, the highest circulating subgenres in mystery ebooks are police procedurals and cozies. However, 57% of the survey respondents do not purchase e-original mysteries (perhaps owing to a lack of review coverage and issues of discovery?); chief e-mystery purchase influencers are high-demand titles, user requests, and cost.

The Game is Afoot: Spring Mystery Announcements

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Learn about spring’s forthcoming mystery titles during this Library Journal webcast. Mystery columnist and moderator Terry Jacobsen and representatives from Oceanview Publishing, Soho Press, Severn House, and Titan books will discuss market trends, exciting authors, and help you discover new books for your crime readers. Need help finding fresh titles for your collection? This archive is no longer available.

Librarian Brings Bouchercon to Cleveland—and $1M+ to Its Economy

Librarians attend book related conferences whenever they can, and Bouchercon, the oldest and largest mystery convention, always has a few librarian attendees. But Marjory Mogg, readers’ advisory librarian at Euclid Public Library in an inner ring suburb of Cleveland, OH, decided to take things a step further by bringing the conference to Cleveland.