Friday, April 19, 2019


Even if you don't live in Norway where Paskekrim (Easter Crime Fiction) is a crime fiction Easter Holiday tradition, you can enjoy reading some great mysteries that take place at Easter.  

To find out more about Paskekrim that takes place over 5 days from Holy Thursday through Easter Monday, when the country is caught up in watching and reading murder mysteries and detective series and publishers bring out their latest crime fiction, click here.

My Easter Crime Fiction list has been expanded from last year, and, as always, I welcome any additions. I've also added some Good Friday mysteries, rounding out the weekend.


Antiques Bizarre by Barbara Allan
Ship of Danger by Mabel Esther Allan
Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton
Bunny Donuts and a Body by Cindy Bell
Death and the Easter Bunny by Linda Berry
Easter Weekend by David Bottoms
In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen 
The Last Enemy by Grace Brophy
Wycliffe and the Last Rites by W.J. Burley
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha by JoAnna Carl
Papa la-Bas by John Dickson Carr
Eggs in a Casket; Steak and Eggs; Eggs on Ice; Eggs in Purgatory; Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs
Do You Promise Not To Tell? by Mary Jane Clark
Easter Buried Eggs by Lyndsey Cole
Little Easter by Reed Farrel Coleman
A Holiday Sampler by Christine E. Collier
Last Easter by Caroline Conklin
Absolute Certainty by Rose Connors
Murder on Good Friday by Sara Conway
Holy Terrors by Mary R. Daheim
Big Bunny Bump Off, Easter Escapade, Hippity Hoppity Homicide by Kathi Daley
Death of a Harlequin by Mary-Jane Deeb
The House of Death by Paul Doherty
Cue the Easter Bunny by Liz Evans
Death at the Wheel by Kate Flora
Lord James Harrington and the Easter Mystery by Lynn Florkiewicz
Toxic Toffee; Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist by Dorothy Gilman
Deadly Sin by P.J. Grady
Precious Blood by Jane Haddam
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Good Friday Murder by Lee Harris 
Server Down by J.M. Hayes
Semana Santa by David Hewson
Killer Easter Pie by Carolyn Q Hunter
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy
Easter Murders by Bryant Jackson & Edward Meadows
Death of a Dumb Bunny by Melanie Jackson
Murder on the Eightfold Path by Diana Killian
Bunny Drop by Linda Kozar
Chef Maurice and the Bunny-Boiler Bake Off by J.A. Lang
Do Not Exceed the Stated Dose (short stories) by Peter Lovesey
Dyeing Season by Karen Macinerney
Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet
Some Like It Lethal by Nancy Martin
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
Devil's Door by Sharan Newman
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
The Wolf and the Lamb by Frederick Ramsey
Death at the Spring Plant Sale by Ann Ripley
The Baritone Wore Chiffon; The Soprano Wore Falsettos by Mark Schweizer
Easter's Lily by Judy Serrano
Prey on Patmos by Jeffrey Siger
Tourist Trap by Julie Smith
Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming
And Four To Go includes "The Easter Parade" aka The Easter Parade Murder" by Rex Stout
Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death by Denise Swanson
The Quarry by Johan Theorin
Midnight at the Camposanto by Mari Ulmer
The Lord is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguie
The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson
The Easter Egg Murder by Patricia Smith Wood

Short Story: "The Man on the Cross" by Bill Crider from the collection Thou Shalt Not Kill, edited by Anne Perry."The Rabbit Died" by Sue Ann Jaffarian.

Looking for Easter Chocolate to eat while reading? Stop by my other Blog, for some great Chocolate Easter Recipes and the History and Culture of the Chocolate Easter Bunny.

Look Magazine, April 16, 1957

Thursday, April 18, 2019

National Library Week: I want to be a Librarian

So this is National Library Week. I love this Vintage Children's Book.

I'm not sure I wanted to be a Librarian, but I am sure I wanted to go to the Library as much as possible. In order to get a library card, my library insisted that the patron be able to write his/her name. Since I read before I could write, I asked my big sister Judie to teach me to write my name. I practiced until I got it right, and I was finally to get my library card when I was four. I was already reading, but mostly the books my sister chose or books she owned. How exciting to have my own card that opened the world of books to me. My plan was to start at "A" and work my way through the alphabet. I was too young to know that was futile, but for some reason I'm still trying.....

ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS SHORTLISTS for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

2019 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

The annual Arthur Ellis Awards by Crime Writers of Canada recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense fiction and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors. Winners will be announced on May 23rd at the Arthur Ellis Awards Gala in Toronto. 

Ron Corbett,
Cape Diamond, ECW Press
Anne Emery,
Though the Heavens Fall, ECW Press
Lisa Gabriele,
The Winters, Doubleday Canada
Louise Penny,
Kingdom of the Blind, Minotaur Books
Loreth Anne White,
The Girl in the Moss, Montlake Romance

BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL (Sponsored by Rakuten Kobo)
A.J. Devlin,
Cobra Clutch, NeWest Press
Helen C. Escott,
Operation Wormwood, Flanker Press
Beverley McLachlin,
Full Disclosure, Simon & Schuster Canada 

Bill Prentice, Why Was Rachel Murdered?, Echo Road
Nathan Ripley,
Find You in the Dark, Simon & Schuster Canada

BEST CRIME NOVELLA The Lou Allin Memorial Award
Melodie Campbell,
The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife, Orca Book Publishers 

Vicki Delany, Blue Water Hues, Orca Book Publishers
John Lawrence Reynolds,
Murder Among the Pines, Orca Book Publishers

BEST CRIME SHORT STORY (Sponsored by Mystery Weekly Magazine) 
Melodie Campbell, A Ship Called Pandora, Mystery Weekly Magazine  
Therese Greenwood, The Power Man, Baby It's Cold Outside, Coffin Hop Press 
Twist Phelan, Game, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Linda L. Richards, Terminal City, Vancouver Noir, Akashic Books
Sam Wiebe,
Wonderful Life, Vancouver Noir, Akashic Books

Jean-Philippe Bernié,
Un dernier baiser avant de te tuer, Libre Expression 

Hervé Gagnon, Adolphus - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, Libre Expression 
André Jacques, Ces femmes aux yeux cernés, Éditions Druide
Guillaume Morissette,
Deux coups de pied de trop, Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur 

Johanne Seymour, Rinzen la beauté intérieure, Expression noir

Linwood Barclay,
Escape, Puffin Canada
Michelle Barker,
The House of One Thousand Eyes, Annick Press 

Kevin Sands, Call of the Wraith, Aladdin
Tim Wynne-Jones,
The Ruinous Sweep, Candlewick Press
E.R. Yatscoff,
The Rumrunner's Boy, TG & R Books

Patrick Brode,
Dying for a Drink: How a Prohibition Preacher Got Away With Murder, Biblioasis
Thomas Giacomaro and Natasha Stoynoff,
The King of Con: How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and Lived to Tell the Crooked Tale, BenBella Books, Inc
Nate Hendley,
The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto, Five Rivers Publishing
Eve Lazarus,
Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer, Arsenal Pulp Press
Sarah Weinman,
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World, Alfred A. Knopf Canada

BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT aka The Unhanged Arthur (Sponsored by Dundurn Press) 
Jim Bottomley, Hypnotizing Lions
Don Macdonald, Omand’s Creek
Liv McFarlane, The Scarlet Cross

Heather McLeod, One for the Raven Darrow Woods, The Book of Answers

CWC announces the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award recipient Vicki Delany.

The Derrick Murdoch Award is a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre. Vicki Delany is a successful and prolific Canadian writer, author of (so far) 34 published books, both standalones and series. She has been a strong supporter and advocate for Canadian crime writers through her work with the Crime Writers of Canada, including serving two terms as Chair of the organization. She has also been a strong supporter of literacy and libraries across Canada and she is one of the founders of the Women Killing It literary festival, which has become a much sought after and sold-out event in Prince Edward County every year.

About Crime Writers of Canada
Crime Writers of Canada was founded in 1982 as a professional organization designed to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers. Members include authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and literary agents as well as many developing authors. Past winners of the “Arthurs” have included such major names in Canadian crime writing as Mario Bolduc, Gail Bowen, Stevie Cameron, Howard Engel, Barbara Fradkin, Louise Penny, Peter Robinson and Eric Wright.

For more information about the awards, please contact:
Ludvica Boota, Arthur Ellis Awards Manager,

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: The Easter Perp


The Jewish holiday of Passover starts Friday night, April 19, and will last for eight days. That should give you plenty of time to read some of these great mysteries. As always, let me know any missing titles.

Passover Crime Fiction

Passover by Aphrodite Anagnost
Conspirators by Michael Andre Bernstein 
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 
The Passover Murder by Lee Harris 
All Other Nights by Dara Horn
Never Nosh a Matzo Ball by Sharon Kahn
Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home by Harry Kemelman 
The Fixer by Bernard Malamed
The Wolf and the Lamb by Frederick Ramsay

The Samaritans' Secret by Matt Beynon Rees
Mrs Kaplan and the Matzo Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger
Unleavened Dead by Ilene Schneider
The Passover Plot by Hugh J. Schonfield 
The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra
The Lord is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguie (on my Easter list, too!)
The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman 
The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia

Passover Short Stories in the following collections:
Criminal Kabbalah, edited by Laurie R. King
Murder is No Mitzvah, edited by Abigail Browning
Mystery Midrash, edited by Rabbi Lawrence Raphael

There are several children's and YA Passover Mysteries including:
Jodie's Passover Adventure by Anna Levine

Celebrating the holiday? Check out for Chocolate Passover Recipes.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

ORCHIDS & MYSTERY: National Orchid Day

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I post a flower photo every day, usually with the title "Behind my Garden Gate." I grow lots of roses (over 125 varieties), but I also grow orchids. My outdoor orchids--cymbidiums, need to be divided in a specific way.

Every time I start the procedure of hacking away at the roots (yes, hacking with a knife cleaned with a blowtorch), I think about rainforests and the quest for rare orchids. I’ve always been fascinated with orchids. When I was growing up, Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter, was my favorite comic strip. I wanted to be just like Brenda – the intrepid reporter traveling the globe in search of the story. Brenda Starr, the liberated, career-action reporter, was definitely my role model. Of course, my fantasy included a romantic Brazilian mystery man like Basil St. John who was always searching for the rare black orchid. Dale Messick’s original Brenda Starr comic strip that I followed in the Philadelphia Bulletin was full of romance, mystery, and exotic black orchids.

So splitting my orchids is actually a sojourn into my past. I’m sure it was because of my very close ‘personal’ ties with Brenda Starr that I represented Brazil in the model U.N. when I was in high school, and much later I chose to travel to Brazil for a Fulbright. During that time I even managed to go up the Amazon into Basil’s rain forest, and although I did see a lot of orchids, none were black—and Basil was nowhere to be found.

What Is a Black Orchid? Does the Black Orchid really exist? Where is the Black Orchid found? These questions and others have fascinated orchid enthusiasts for centuries, and orchid growers have been trying to grow this magical, mysterious black colored orchid for ages, too, but this still seems to be a mythical plant. All the hard work by hybridization specialists has been in vain and the search for the Black Orchid continues. I grow a lot of varieties of orchids, but none are black. I guess I’ll just continue my personal search through mystery fiction, and sometimes while on holiday in tropical rainforests.

So since today is National Orchid Day, I thought I'd post about mystery and orchids and rainforests. I’m a big list-maker, and orchids play an important part in mystery fiction starting with Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe and his love of orchids. Stout's Black Orchids is one of my favorite titles. Other orchid mystery titles (fiction and non-fiction and a few out of the normal mystery realm) include:


In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Mayhem on the Orchid Isle; Something's Rotten in Paradise by Aysia Amery
The Black Orchid by Annis Bell
No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase
The Cloud Garden by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder
Moonraker by Ian Fleming 
Orchids to Murder by Hulbert Fottner
The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
Black Orchid by Vaughn C. Hardacker
Black Orchid by Steve Hawk
Beware the Orchids by Cynthia Hickey
Hidden: A Bloom in Waiting by Pyper James
The Emerald Cathedral R.H. Jones
The Orchid Thief by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew)
Killer-Orchid by K.T. McCall
Black Orchid by Dave McKean
Blood Orchids by Toby Neal 
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid by Craig Pittman
Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
The Cranefly Orchid Murders by Cynthia Riggs
Death in the Orchid GardenDeath at the Spring Plant Sale by Ann Ripley
The Case of the Black Orchids (and other titles) by Rex Stout
The Ghost Orchid Murder by Nancy Jill Thames
Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker
Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud, Death in the Dordogne by Michelle Wan 
Death of an Orchid Lover by Nathan Walpow
Dream of Orchids by Phyllis A. Whitney

Spirit in the Rainforest by Eric Wilson

So there you have it: Mysteries and Orchids. As always, let me know if I've missed a title.

Orchids: Behind my Garden Gate

Cartoon of the Day: Taxes

Monday, April 15, 2019

TAX DAY: Death and Taxes

The Tax Man Cometh! I've done several posts over the years about Tax Day Mysteries. Surprisingly there are many that deal with Finance, and high finance at that, but not all that many that deal with about the average Joe filing his taxes on April 15. Surely it's enough to commit murder. So here are a few mysteries that deal specifically with Tax Day.. and at the end of this post, an updated list of several accounting/accountant mysteries. And a reminder--if you haven't filed your taxes yet, be sure and send in for an extension!

Perhaps the most well known Tax Day Mystery is David Dodge's Death and Taxes--an oldie but goodie (1941). It's been reissued. Read Librarian and Editor Randal Brandt's posts on David Dodge HERE and HERE.

San Francisco tax accountant James “Whit” Whitney is summoned home from a vacation in Santa Cruz to help his partner, George MacLeod, recover a hefty tax refund for a beautiful blonde client named Marian Wolff. When he returns to his office, Whit finds MacLeod dead in the firm’s vault, “with a small hole in the bridge of his nose.” In order to complete the tax return and uncover the murderer, Whit becomes a reluctant detective and nearly gets himself killed in the process. To prevent Whit’s murder, if possible, the SFPD assigns him a bodyguard named Swede Larson. Whit and Swede tangle with ex-bootleggers and Telegraph Hill gangsters in their efforts to unravel the mystery, which climaxes with a shootout in the Mission District and a dramatic car chase across the Bay Bridge. Along the way, Whit resists the advances of Marian Wolff and begins a romance with Kitty MacLeod, George’s widow.

Before becoming a novelist, David Dodge worked as a Certified Public Accountant. No wonder his first fictional hero was also a tax man. A notable aspect of the Whitney novels is the volume of information about taxes and finances that Dodge effortlessly weaves into his plots. To read more about David Dodge, go HERE.

Sue Dunlap's 7th Jill Smith mystery is also entitled Death and Taxes

Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California.

But when Detective Jill Smith began searching Berkeley's backwaters for the tax man's killer, she found a different picture of Drem: a caring Drem, whose once-beautiful wife was "allergic to the world" and whose friends and enemies, old hippies and would-be entrepreneurs, enjoyed a ghoulish pastime called The Death Game. Did the Death Game KO Drem? Was someone's schedule a motive for murder? And what about a CPA who drove a red Lotus ruthlessly and guaranteed his clients they'd never be audited?

Only one thing is for sure, —somewhere in Berkeley's backwaters, a killer is still on the loose. And for a detective who loves her city, doubts her lover, and has a knack for solving the toughest of crimes, finding the truth is about as inevitable as...Death And Taxes.

A continued search revealed another title: A Little Rebellion: April 15 Surprise by Rodney Sexton published by Writers Club Press (2000) an iUniverse book. Not having read it, I thought I'd post the Editorial Review:

After a client’s suicide and an unprecedented IRS attack on his tax practice, Certified Public Accountant Karl Mendel plans what he hopes will be the final solution to an income tax system out of control.

Assisted by close friends and professional associates, Mendel uses a personal tragedy and his belief in American freedom to fuel his war on what he refers to as the American KGB. With flying skills honed as a Marine pilot in the Vietnam War Mendel takes to the air in his planned assault on the U.S. income tax system. Help from Beatrice Gimble, a former IRS programmer and current CPA partner of his best friend, Terry Garcia, leads Karl inside the main computer facility run by the IRS. Unaware that he is being watched by powers beyond the IRS, his “forced” dealings with a Russian “mole” leads Karl and his partners into dangers they had not considered and threatens the woman he loves more than life itself.

About the Author: Rod Sexton is a practicing Certified Public Accountant living near Houston, Texas with his wife. While in Vietnam, Sexton was attached to the First Marine Air Wing. After active duty, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Taxation degrees. A Little Rebellion is his first work of fiction.

Sure sounds like this fits the bill! Anyone read it? Any comments?

And then there's the cozy tax series that includes Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli by Diane Kelly. This mystery fits with both this blog and my blog. Diane Kelly's series --Death, Taxes, and ... are about IRS special Agent Tara Holloway. Can't get more tax-related than least in the U.S. There are 13 books to keep you reading.

A further search for other mysteries uncovered a few other titles maybe a bit further afield but with an accounting theme, so in honor of Tax Day, I thought I'd post a few Accounting-Accountant crime fiction titles.


Paul Anthony: Old Accountants Never Die
Cindy Bell: Birthdays Can Be Deadly
Paul Bennett: Due Diligence, Collateral Damage, False Profits, The Money Race
Leeann Betts: Petty Cash
Ann Bridge: The Numbered Account 
David Dodge: In addition to Death and Taxes, he wrote three more novels about San Francisco tax accountant James "Whit" Whitney: Shear the Black Sheep, Bullets for the Bridegroom and It Ain't Hay.
Marjorie Eccles: Account Rendered and other Stories
Gail Farrelly: Beaned in Boston
Dick Francis: Risk
Kate Gallison: Unbalanced Accounts
John Grisham: Skipping Christmas
Ian Hamilton: The Water Rat of Wanchai 
Carolyn Hart: A Settling of Accounts
Mary Ellen Hughes: Scene of the Brine
James Montgomery Jackson: Bad Policy
J.A. Jance: Duel to the Death
Marshall Jevons: Murder at the Margin, The Fatal Equilibrium, A Deadly Indifference
Emma Lathen: Accounting for Murder
Linda Lovely: Final Accounting
Sharon Potts: In Their Blood
Chrisopher Reich: Devil's Banker
Peter Robinson: Final Account
Maris Soule: Eat Crow and Die; As the Crow Flies
Karen Hanson Stuyck: Held Accountable
Maggie Toussaint: In for a Penny
William C. Whitbeck: To Account for Murder
M.K. Wren: Nothing's Certain but Death 
Short Story: "The Ides of Mike Magoon" in Ellery Queen's The Calendar of Crime (written when tax day was March 15, not April 15)  

And one of my favorite films on the subject: The Accountant

Anyone have a favorite mystery with a Tax Day theme? Any titles I've missed?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Longlist

2019 marks the 15th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. The award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Mail on Sunday. The longlist of 18 titles were selected by an Academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers and members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee.

The shortlist of six titles will be announced on 19 May.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 18 July on the opening night of the 17th Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.


Snap by Belinda Bauer – Transworld
Our House by Louise Candlish – Simon & Schuster UK
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – Hachette
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves – Pan Macmillan
This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan – Bloomsbury Publishing
Take Me In by Sabine Durrant – Hodder & Stoughton
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths – Quercus
London Rules by Mick Herron – John Murray Press
Broken Ground by Val McDermid – Little, Brown Book Group
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney – HarperCollins
The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry – Canongate Books
East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman – HarperCollins
Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes – Simon & Schuster UK
Salt Lane by William Shaw – Quercus
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor – Penguin Random House
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Bloomsbury Publishing
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan – Simon & Schuster UK
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski – Orenda Books

Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “So many authors on our longlist have been nominees for major mainstream awards. The literary world is perhaps catching up to the fact that crime fiction is leading the publishing world and shaping our cultural landscape. In 2018, sales of crime novels outstripped general fiction for the first time. It’s a genre that dominates the small and big screen, and attracts critical acclaim, as well as being incredibly popular. There is however, only one Crime Novel of the Year, and the reputation of our Award, built over 15 years, makes this accolade hotly contended.”

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Easter Bunny Analysis


The awards for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced last night. See all the awards here. The following is of note to mystery/thriller readers. Winners were announced at a ceremony at USC. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books starts today. Enjoy. Congrats to all.

Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Also Nominated:
Megan Abbott: Give Me Your Hand
Kent Anderson: Green Sun
Lou Berney: November Road
Leila Slimani: The Perfect Nanny

Judges: Steph Cah, Miles Corwin, and Paula L. Woods

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Book Club

Lit Salon in Berkeley 4/17: Ona Russell, Craig Faustus Buck, Tom Rosenstiel

Upcoming Literary Salon in Berkeley, CA

When: Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.

Who: Ona Russell, Craig Faustus Buck, 
Tom Rosenstiel 
Where: RSVP for venue address (Berkeley, CA)
This is a free event, but YOU MUST RSVP to attend.
Space is Limited. Address of venue sent with acceptance.
Please make a comment below with your email address

Ona Russell

Ona Russell is the author of three 1920s historical mysteries, including The Natural Selection, a 2009 CA Commonwealth Club book award finalist. She also has been published in literary and law magazines, and her essay “The (O)ther Kahn,” about her grandfather and brother of architect Louis Kahn, was included in The Best of Philadelphia Stories anthology. She holds a PhD in literature from UCSD, where she also taught for many years. She just finished her fourth novel and is working on a fifth.

Craig Faustus Buck has earned numerous awards and nominations for his neo-noir romp of a novel, Go Down Hard and for his short stories, many of which are available free at He is also a screenwriter, having written and/or produced network series, pilots, movies, and miniseries for more years than he cares to admit. Some highlights include the seminal miniseries V: The Final Battle, the Oscar-nominated short film, Overnight Sensation (starring Louise Fletcher and Robert Loggia), and the famous episode where The Incredible Hulk dropped acid. He began his writing career as a journalist and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications from The New York Times to Sports Illustrated to Le Monde.  He has co-authored six non-fiction books, including two New York Times number one bestsellers. 
He is a former president
 of the Mystery Writers of America's Southern California chapter and he makes a killer chocolate-rosemary brisket.

Tom Rosenstiel, the author of the political thrillers The Good Lie (2019 Ecco) and Shining City (2017 Ecco), is a journalist, media critic and non-fiction author who has recently become a novelist. He is executive director of the American Press Institute in Washington, a think tank on media, and a senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was a co-founder of the Pew Research Center and for 16 years directed its media research. He was press critic at the Los Angeles Times for a decade, chief congressional correspondent at Newsweek and a press critic for MSNBC. He is the author of seven books of nonfiction, including the Elements of Journalism, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and was winner of the Goldsmith Book Award from Harvard University.
RSVP, please


Today is National Bookmobile Day! What a great source of library outreach. I've posted several photos of Bookmobiles before, but thought in honor of the day, I'd post a few more!

National Bookmobile Day celebrates our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. We honor the access to information and resources our nation’s bookmobiles make available to our communities and the professionals who work diligently to provide these services. For over 100 years bookmobiles have brought a library to those who otherwise may not have access to one.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Acknowledging excellence in the field of tie-in writing, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers announced the nominees for the 2019 Scribe Awards. The winner in each category will be announced this July at the San Diego ComicCon. 

Halloween by John Passarella
The Predator by Christopher Golden and Mark Morris
The Shape of Water: by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty

Blake's 7 The Way Ahead by Mark Wright
Dark Shadows The Girl Beneath the Water by Lila Whelan
Doctor Who: The Calendar Man by A. K. Benedict
Doctor Who: The Invention of Death by John Dorney
Doctor Who: The War Master: The Master of Callous by James Goss and Guy Adams

Alien The Cold Forge by Alex White
HALO Silent Storm by Troy Denning
Star Trek Discovery Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself by James Swallow
Warcraft Before the Storm by Christie Golden

Colt the Outlander: Shadow of Ruin by Quincy J. Allen
The Executioner: Dying Art by Michael A. Black
Mike Hammer: Killing Town by Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins
Narcos: The Jaguar’s Claw by Jeff Mariotte
Tom Clancy Line of Sight by Mike Madden

Battletech “End of the Road” by Craig A. Reed, Jr.
Battletech “Swords of Light and Darkness” by Travis Heermann
Warhammer “The Darkling Hours,” by Rachel Harrison
Warhammer “No Hero” by Peter McLean
Warhammer “The Passing of Angels” by John French

Broken Lands by Jonathan Maberry
Harmswood Academy #3: Besphinxed by Alethea Kontis
The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch
Smallfoot by Tracey West
Star Wars The Last Jedi Junior Novel by Michael Kogge
Star Wars The Last Jedi Movie Storybook by Elizabeth Schaefer

HT: Lee Goldberg

The Bony Blithe Award Shortlist 2019

More news from our neighbors to the North. Congrats to all!

The Bony Blithe Short List: 2019: 
The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award

Thanks, Caro, for the great video!

Cartoon of the Day: Cold Case

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


CrimeFest announced their Awards Nominations tonight! Congrats to all!

The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2018 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Audible Sounds of Crime Award nominees:
– Ben Aaronovitch for Lies Sleeping, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Publishing Group)
– Louise Candlish for Our House, read by Deni Francis & Paul Panting (Whole Story Audiobooks)
– Bill Clinton & James Patterson for The President Is Missing, read by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, Jeremy Davidson, Mozhan Marnò and Bill Clinton (Random House Audiobooks)
– Robert Galbraith for Lethal White, read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)
– Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen for The Wife Between Us, read by Julia Whelan (Pan Macmillan Publishers)
– Stephen King for The Outsider, read by Will Patton (Hodder & Stoughton)
– Clare Mackintosh for Let Me Lie, read by Gemma Whelan & Clare Mackintosh (Little, Brown Book Group)
– Peter May for I’ll Keep You Safe, read by Anna Murray & Peter Forbes (riverrun)
– Ian Rankin for In a House of Lies, read by James MacPherson (Orion Publishing Group)
– Sarah Vaughan for Anatomy of a Scandal, read by Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane and Sarah Feathers (Simon & Schuster Audio UK)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.

The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the British Isles in 2018. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

eDunnit Award nominees:
– Leye Adenle for When Trouble Sleeps (Cassava Republic Press)
– Steve Cavanagh for Thirteen (Orion Fiction)
– Martin Edwards for Gallows Court (Head of Zeus)
– Laura Lippman for Sunburn (Faber and Faber)
– Khurrum Rahman for Homegrown Hero (HQ – HarperCollins)
– Andrew Taylor for The Fire Court (HarperCollins)

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2018. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Last Laugh Award nominees:
– Simon Brett for A Deadly Habit (Crème de la Crime – Severn House)
– Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May – Hall of Mirrors (Transworld)
– Mario Giordano for Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord (John Murray)
– Mick Herron for London Rules (John Murray)
– Khurrum Rahman for Homegrown Hero (HQ – HarperCollins)
– Lynne Truss for A Shot in the Dark (Bloomsbury)
– Antti Tuomainen for Palm Beach Finland (Orenda Books)
– Olga Wojtas for Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar (Contraband – Saraband)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2018. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

H.R.F. Keating Award nominees:
– Nils Clausson for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
– Brian Cliff for Irish Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Glen S. Close for Female Corpses in Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Laura Joyce & Henry Sutton for Domestic Noir (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Barry Forshaw for Historical Noir (No Exit Press)
– Steven Powell for The Big Somewhere: Essays on James Ellroy’s Noir World (Bloomsbury)
– James Sallis for Difficult Lives – Hitching Rides (No Exit Press)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

This award is for the best crime novel for children (aged 8-12) first published in the British Isles in 2018. The winner receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Best Crime Novel for Children nominees:
– P.G. Bell for The Train to Impossible Places (Usborne Publishing)
– Fleur Hitchcock for Murder At Twilight (Nosy Crow)
– S.A. Patrick for A Darkness of Dragons (Usborne Publishing)
– Dave Shelton for The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery (David Fickling Books)
– Lauren St. John for Kat Wolfe Investigates (Macmillan Children’s Books)
– Nicki Thornton for The Last Chance Hotel (Chicken House)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.


This award is for the best crime novel for young adults (aged 12-16) first published in the British Isles in 2018. The winner receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults nominees:
– David Almond for The Colour of the Sun (Hodder Children’s Books)
– Mel Darbon for Rosie Loves Jack (Usborne Publishing)
– Julia Gray for Little Liar (Andersen Press)
– Tom Pollock for White Rabbit, Red Wolf (Walker Books)
– Nikesh Shukla for Run, Riot (Hodder Children’s Books)
– Neal & Jarrod Shusterman for Dry (Walker Books)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

CRIMEFEST annually presents its awards at a dinner which in 2019 will be held on Saturday, 11 May.
– Sarah Ward for The Shrouded Path (Faber and Faber)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

2019 ITW Thriller Awards Nominees

2019 ITW Thriller Awards Nominees
2019 ITW Thriller Awards:

Lou Berney — NOVEMBER ROAD (William Morrow)
Julia Heaberlin — PAPER GHOSTS (Ballantine Books)
Jennifer Hillier — JAR OF HEARTS (Minotaur Books)
Karin Slaughter — PIECES OF HER (William Morrow)
Paul Tremblay — THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD (William Morrow)


Jack Carr — THE TERMINAL LIST (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
Karen Cleveland — NEED TO KNOW (Ballantine Books)
Ellison Cooper — CAGED (Minotaur Books)
Catherine Steadman — SOMETHING IN THE WATER (Ballantine Books)
C. J. Tudor — THE CHALK MAN (Crown)


Jane Harper — THE LOST MAN (Pan Macmillan Australia)         
John Marrs — THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Thomas & Mercer)    
Andrew Mayne — THE NATURALIST (Thomas & Mercer)
Kirk Russell — GONE DARK (Thomas & Mercer)
Carter Wilson — MISTER TENDER'S GIRL (Sourcebooks Landmark)


Jeffery Deaver — “The Victims’ Club” (Amazon Original Stories)
Emily Devenport — “10,432 Serial Killers (In Hell)” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
Scott Loring Sanders — “Window to the Soul” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Helen Smith — “Nana” in KILLER WOMEN: CRIME CLUB ANTHOLOGY #2 (Killer Women Ltd.)
Duane Swierczynski — “Tough Guy Ballet” in FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE SHERLOCK HOLMES CANON (Pegasus Books)   

Teri Bailey Black — GIRL AT THE GRAVE (Tor Teen)
Gillian French — THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen)
Marie Lu — WARCROSS (Penguin Young Readers/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
Dana Mele — PEOPLE LIKE US (Penguin Young Readers/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)         
Peter Stone — THE PERFECT CANDIDATE (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)


Clare Chase — MURDER ON THE MARSHES (Bookouture)
Gary Grossman — EXECUTIVE FORCE (Diversion Books)
Samantha Hayes — THE REUNION (Bookouture)
T.S. Nichols — THE MEMORY DETECTIVE (Alibi)       
Alan Orloff — PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT (Kindle Press)          

ITW will announce the winners at ThrillerFest XIV on July 13, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt, New York City



Today is National Winston Churchill Day, and here's a story about Churchill you may have missed. My worlds of chocolate and mystery collide again...or did many years ago.

From the Telegraph:

A Nazi plot to kill Sir Winston Churchill with a bar of exploding chocolate during the Second World War has been revealed in historic papers. 

Giving a new meaning to the dessert name “death by chocolate”, Adolf Hitler’s bomb makers coated explosive devices with a thin layer of rich dark chocolate, then packaged it in expensive-looking black and gold paper.

The Germans apparently planned to use secret agents working in Britain to discreetly place the bars - branded as Peters Chocolate - among other luxury items taken into the dining room used by the War Cabinet during the conflict.

The lethal slabs of confection were packed with enough explosives to kill anyone within several metres.

The plot was foiled by British spies who discovered the chocolate was being made and tipped off one of MI5’s most senior intelligence chiefs, Lord Victor Rothschild, before the wartime prime minister’s life could be endangered.