June 18, 2018

Giving You Chills | Day of Dialog 2018

Moderated by Kristi C. Chadwick (Massachusetts Library System), LJ SF/Fantasy columnist and a longtime reviewer of mysteries and thrillers, the lively “Giving You Chills” opened with M.C. Beaton, whose cranky, clever small-town amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin returns in her 29th adventure, The Dead Ringer (Minotaur: St. Martin’s, Oct.). Beaton credited her series’s success to her […]

Read To Lead | Leadership

Seventeen titles to give new library leaders context and help experienced ones keep things fresh

Editors’ Mystery Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

From big publishers to new upstarts, the inaugural Mystery Editors’ Picks panel, moderated by LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams, opened with industry veteran Tom Colgan, VP and editorial director of Berkley’s lauded Prime Crime imprint, presenting the irresistible combination of cute, crime-solving cats and clever librarian sleuths, as featured in Jenn McKinlay’s Hitting the Books and Sofie Kelly’s The Cats Came Back.

Editors’ Mystery Picks List: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

Tom Colgan, Vice President and Editorial Director, Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Random House Bowen, Rhys. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding: A Royal Spyness Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780425283523. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410268. MYS Kelly, Sofie. The Cats Came Back: A Magical Cats Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN […]

Remembering Sue Grafton, Honoring Mystery’s Best | In the Bookroom

The Mystery Writers of America’s annual “Edgar Week” in New York City began with a memorial service honoring the late mystery author Sue Grafton at the New York Public Library and ended with the 72nd Annual Edgar Allen Poe Awards Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Women dominate psychological suspense, the Roaring ’20s hit historicals, and diverse representation improves but has a way to go; meanwhile, a debut thriller from Zoje Stage demonstrates a truly murderous mother-daughter connection

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Women dominate psychological suspense, the Roaring ’20s hit historicals, and diverse representation improves but has a way to go; meanwhile, a debut thriller from Zoje Stage demonstrates a truly murderous mother-daughter connection

From A to Y | Sue Grafton Remembered

Best-selling author Sue Grafton, who died on December 28, 2017, is now considered a game changer in the mystery genre. In Grafton’s memory, here are LJ’s first and final reviews of her wonderful alphabetically titled mysteries.

Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

“Bridging Worlds” with Librarians Pun, Collard, and Parrott

Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, editors of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe discuss the inspiration for their new book, the role of academic libraries in global initiatives, and getting started in an international career.