Tuesday, July 23, 2019


On Friday 19 July 2019, crime and thriller lovers came together at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate to celebrate their favorite books and authors at the fifth annual Dead Good Reader Awards. Congratulations to all!

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2019 – winners

The Nosy Parker Award for Best Amateur Detective:
Winner:  The Suspect by Fiona Barton

A Clean Canvas by Elizabeth Mundy
The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Red Snow by Will Dean
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
The Suspect by Fiona Barton
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor

The Jury’s Out Award for Most Gripping Courtroom Drama:
Winner: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Marked For Death by Tony Kent
No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

The Dish Served Cold Award for Best Revenge Thriller:
Winner: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Do No Harm by L V Hay
Final Betrayal by Patricia Gibney
Marked For Death by Tony Kent
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
The Puppet Show by M W Craven
Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

The Cancel All Plans Award for the Book You Can’t Put Down:
Winner: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina Mcdonald
The Passengers by John Marrs
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Sleep by C L Taylor

The Cat and Mouse Award for Most Elusive Villain:
Winner: Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards

Beautiful Liars by Isabel Ashdown
Do No Harm by L V Hay
The Infirmary by L J Ross
Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards
The Rumour by Lesley Kara
Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book:
Winner: The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
Now You See Her by Heidi Perks
The Passengers by John Marrs
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Sleep by C L Taylor
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Monday, July 22, 2019

FINDING MY WAY TO CRIME FICTION: Guest post by Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron:
Finding My Way to Crime Fiction

When I’m asked what books inspired me to write mystery novels, sometimes I go on about how much I loved the Nancy Drew novels. I talk about graduating to the complete works of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and P.D. James. But those authors’ works inspired me to binge read mysteries, not to write them.

Instead, I found my way by first trying and failing to write true crime.

It was the story of a double murder. Two men who worked at an insurance company were shot dead by a disgruntled client. The killer had come in gunning for another employee, a woman who was the sister of one of the men killed. The sister was (and still is) a dear friend of mine, and I wrote a book based on many hours that she and I spent together, talking about what had happened in the aftermath of the murders.

I called the manuscript Exit Wound because the book was about the aftermath of murder—the devasting aftermath for the victim’s children, spouse, parents, siblings, co-workers, and friends. The killer’s capture, trial, and life sentence brought my friend only a small measure of relief. It turns out that justice served does little to assuage grief and loss.

I finished writing that book but never tried to publish it because I realized that the story wasn’t mine to tell. It most certainly was not my story to profit from. I’d have felt like a carrion crow going on book tour and dishing the gory details of those horrific murders and the devastation that grief left in its wake. There are true crime writers who manage to make this work; I could not.

Since then, my stories are purely made up and inspired by experiences far removed from murder. Going to a yard sale and getting invited in to see the renovations inspired me to write a book (Never Tell a Lie) about a pregnant woman who goes to a yard sale, gets invited into the house, and never comes out. Doll parts (heads, legs, eyeballs) that a friend had to clear out from under the beds in her elderly dollmaker mother’s house inspired You’ll Never Know, Dear.

My new book, Careful What You Wish For, is about a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t pass a yard sale without stopping. Yes, I’m married to collector. And yes, sometimes I’d like to murder him for the stuff he drags home.

Sometimes there’s a murder in my books. Sometimes not. I think of them as whatsgoingonhere stories rather than whodunnits—on a good day, Daphne du Maurier with a twist of Patricia Highsmith. My touchstones are classic movies like Gaslight and Suspicion and Dial M For Murder and Wait Until Dark—stories about ordinary women who become increasingly isolated and besieged by doubts. If she’s an unreliable narrator, she’s not intentionally so.

In those movies as in my books, doubt and betrayal drive the plots. The fundamental question is always: Whom can she trust? I want my readers to feel the situation in the novel is utterly believable, and think, this could happen to me--at the same time knowing that that the story is made up will end with the kind of clarity and satisfying wrap-up that you’d rarely have in true crime.

HALLIE EPHRON (http://hallieephron.com) is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven suspense novels that reviewers call “deliciously creepy” and “Hitchcockian.” Her books are rooted in reality, and it’s no coincidence that her new novel, Careful What You Wish For, is about a professional organizer married to a man who can’t pass a yard sale without stopping. She is a five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writers Digest Books) was an Edgar Award finalist. For twelve years she wrote an award-winning crime-fiction book review column for the Boston Globe. Her Never Tell a Lie was made into a Lifetime movie. A popular speaker and writing teacher, Hallie lives near Boston with her husband. 

Friday, July 19, 2019


It's with sadness that I post that Orania Papzoglou aka Jane Haddam passed away last night. She had been suffering, and her children were posting on her Facebook page, keeping her friends and family in the loop. My heart goes out to them all.

I knew Orania for many years. She contributed to the Mystery Readers Journal and kept all her fans delighted by her Gregor Demarkian and Patience McKenna series. Her mysteries were always included in my Holiday Lists. She was witty and sharp and opinionated. Good traits for a mystery writer.

She will be missed.

From PW: Fighting the Good Fight: Jane Haddam

From author and friend Susan Oleksiw:

Orania Papazoglou, better known as Jane Haddam, died last night. She is best known for her series featuring Gregor Demarkian, former FBI expert who lives and works in the Philadelphia area. Her first series, under her own name, features Patience McKenna, a romance writer, whose life with her fellow writers is a broad comedy about murder in the book world. She wrote two stand-alone novels and numerous articles as a free-lance writer. She and her late husband, the writer William DeAndrea, had two sons, Matt and Greg. She was a smart, intelligent, no-nonsense observer of the world who laced her mysteries with humor and insight. She will be greatly missed.

Action Adventure
Baron Birtcher Fistful of Rain
Linda Sands Precious Cargo
Robert Slayton Running to Graceland
Mary Ting ISAN
Jill Wallace War Serenade

Traci Andrighetti Campari Crimson
L.A. Chandler The Gold Pawn
Phyllis Gobbell Treachery in Tuscany
Morgan James Quiet Fury
Jill Orr The Bad Break

Allison McMahan Scream & Scream Again
Julianne Lynch Beneath the Lighthouse
Ted Neill Jamhuri, Njambi & Fighting Zombies
Lynn Slaughter It Should Have Been You
Alexandrea Weis Death by the River

Delphine Boswell Unholy Secret
Larry Enmon The Burial Place
Allan Eskens The Shadows We Hide
Mike Faricy Star Struck
Alexia Gordon Killing in C Sharp
Bradley Harper A Knife in the Fog
Roger Johns River of Secrets
Ann Parker A Dying Note
Keenan Powell Deadly Solution
Cindy Sample Dying for a Deal

Leslie Klinger Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s
Ted Neill Two Years of Wonder
Ted NeillFinding St. Lo: A Memoir of War & Family
Adam Plantinga Police Craft
Gretchen Rose Dancing with the Devil

Bruce Robert Coffin Beyond the Truth
James Doherty An Obscure Grave
Amanda Feyerbend Girls of Summer
Margaret Mizushima Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
Saralyn Richard Murder in the One Percent

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror
Dana Chamblee Carpenter Book of the Just
Elizabeth Isaacs The Scythian Trials
Julianne Lynch Beneath the Lighthouse
Morgan Smith The Shades of Winter
Maggie Toussaint Confound It

Short Stories
Carmen Amato The Artist
Marianne Donley Untethered: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of the Paranormal
Rhonda Gilliland Cooked to Death III: Hell for the Holidays
Leslie Klinger For the Sake of the Game
Jane Suen Alterations Trilogy

Mary Coley Chrysalis: A Race to Death
Rea Frey Not Her Daughter
D.E. Funk Silent Rage
Debra K. Gaskill Toxic Fitz
A.H. Gilbert For Sissy
P.D. HaltWhen Death Imitates Art
Tikiri Herath Abducted
Katherine Johnson Grit & Granite
Kelly Oliver Jackal
Lori Roberts Where the Sweetgrass Grows

R.G. Belsky Yesterday's News
Timothy S. JohnstonThe War Beneath
Thomas Kelso Fractured
Michael Niemann Illegal Holdings
T.J. O'Conner The Consultant
Rick Outzen City of Grudges
Eliot Parker A Knife's Edge
Charley Pearson Scourge
Rick Pullen Naked Truth
Dana J. Summers The Dark and the Dead


The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award began as a way to recognize Killer Nashville attendees and has since grown worldwide into an industry-coveted prize. The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award continues to have NO ENTRY FEE for conference attendees. Since 2008, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards have recognized the best stories from the previous year told through various media utilizing the elements of mystery, thriller, and/or suspense. Judges are professional writers, book reviewers, librarians, academics, and—in specialized cases—specific industry peers. Focus is on quality, not popularity.

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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.

Congratulations to Steve Cavanagh who won for his awesome crime fiction novel Thirteen!!

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

Call for Articles: PRIVATE EYES


The next issue of Mystery Readers Journal (Volume 35:3) will focus on mysteries featuring Private Eyes.

We're looking for Reviews, Articles, and Author! Author! essays.

Reviews: 50-250 words; Articles: 250-1000 words; Author! Author! essays: 500-1500 words.

Author essays are first person, about yourself, your books, and your unique 'Private Eye' connection. Think of it as chatting with friends and other writers in the bar or cafe about your work and your P.I. connection. Add title and 2-3 sentence bio/tagline.

Deadline: September 1
Send to: Janet Rudolph, Editor. janet @ mysteryreaders.org

Please forward this request to anyone you think should be included.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


More sad news today: Howard Engel: R.I.P.

From Quill & Quire:

Howard Engel, the author of the beloved Benny Cooperman series of mysteries, has died at the age of 88. Engel’s death, from pneumonia, was confirmed by his longtime agent, Beverly Slopen.

Born in 1931 in the Ontario city of St. Catharines, Engel worked as a producer at the CBC before publishing the first of the Cooperman mysteries, The Suicide Murders, in 1980. “No crime fiction novel had ever been set in Canada with a Canadian hero before Howard did it,” wrote Cynthia Good in 2010 on the occasion of his being presented the Jewish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. East of Suez, the 14th Cooperman mystery, was published in 2008. Engel’s final novel, the historical fiction City of Fallen Angels, appeared in 2014.

In addition to his Cooperman mysteries, Engel also wrote fiction and non-fiction, including a memoir, The Man Who Forgot How to Read, detailing his experience suffering alexia sine agraphia, a neurological condition that robbed him of the ability to read while retaining the ability to write.

Engel was the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award and the Derrick Murdoch Award, and was the first crime writer to receive the Writers’ Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award. In 2007, he was invested into the Order of Canada. He was also the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, an organization he founded.

Andrea Camilleri: R.I.P.

Italian author Andrea Camilleri, author of the Inspector Montalbano novels, died on Wednesday at the age of 93.

Camilleri spent much of his life working as a theater director, screenwriter and teacher, only becoming a successful and highly prolific writer from his late 60s.

He wrote more than 100 novels. His Montalbano novels have regularly topped Italian best-seller lists, been translated into 32 languages, and are the basis for a popular TV series aired by Rai and sold worldwide.

He published his first book when he was 53, but it made little impact and he subsequently gave up writing for many years, only producing the first Montalbano novel, The Shape of Water, in 1994, when he was almost 70.

The 26th novel in the series, The Cook of Alcyon, hit bookstores at the end of May. Camilleri said in 2006 he had prepared a final installment chronicling the death of his detective hero which was locked in his publisher’s safe.

The popularity of both the chain-smoking Camilleri and his food-loving alter ego Montalbano soared after Rai started adapting the adventures of the Sicilian detective in 1999, subsequently selling the series worldwide.

The Montalbano novels are set in the fictional town of Vigata, which closely resembles Camilleri’s hometown of Porto Empedocle — a port in southern Sicily. Sicilian life and cooking infuses the mysteries, as does local dialect.

The television series has fuelled a tourism renaissance on the island, with Italians and foreigners alike regularly flocking to the small and picturesque towns of Ragusa, Scicli and Modica where the fictional Montalbano conducted his investigations.

A one-time member of the Communist Party, Camilleri was an outspoken critic of both former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the current deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, who heads the anti-immigrant League party.

In one of the last Montalbano television adaptations, broadcast in Italy in February, the detective delivers a pro-migrant message, jumping into the sea to recover the body of a drowned asylum seeker.

Read Mark Lawson's tribute here.


The World Mystery Convention, Bouchercon, today announced that Jenn and Don Longmuir are the recipients of the 2019 David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award.  Congrats, Jenn & Don! Well deserved!

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that holds an annual convention attended by readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction. The 50th Anniversary event will take place October 31-November 3, 2019 in Dallas.

The David Thompson Award will be presented during the opening ceremonies on October 31. The David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award is given by the Bouchercon Board to honor the memory and contributions to the crime fiction community of David Thompson, a beloved Houston bookseller who passed away in 2010. Recipients are recognized for their "extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the crime fiction field."

The Longmuirs have been fixtures in the crime fiction community for more than a quarter-century. The couple owns and runs Scene of the Crime Books in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and they have been book room organizers, book sellers and attendees at mystery conventions across North America. Don also served on the Bouchercon Board for five years.

Jenn and Don are beloved by readers and acclaimed authors alike. Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, said: "I've known Don and Jenn from when they had their store in Oakville, Ontario, a hundred years ago. Visiting them at the store, and certainly at their stand at conventions, is a highlight. Their mammoth hugs, and those smiles? Resistance is futile! Two more supportive, passionate champions of crime writing would be hard to find. And two nicer people, the real measure, impossible to find."

Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of Trust Me, the forthcoming The Murder List, and Bouchercon 2018 Guest of Honor, said: "They are always ready with a smile, a brilliant book suggestion, and a word of encouragement. The authentic and genuine passion Don and Jenn share for books, and the book business, and for the entire writing community is an absolute Inspiration. In moments of celebration and adversity alike, Don and Jenn—with their obvious delight in each other and pride for their beloved family—exemplify what we all wish to be: devoted, determined, unendingly good-natured, and committed to good writing and good books."

Jenn Longmuir commented: "The book community has been such a supportive group. The fans, the authors, the show organizers and the booksellers are all committed to helping each other and take a vested interest in one another's success."

For additional information, please visit Bouchercon2019.com or Bouchercon.com.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: DVR

CHESTER HIMES CONFERENCE: 2020: Paris: Call for Abstracts

The Absurdity of Racism: an International Chester Himes Conference
Deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
William Dow The American University of Paris
contact email: 

The Absurdity of Racism: an International Chester Himes Conference
4-6 June, 2020
Co-Directors Alice Mikal Craven and William E. Dow
American University of Paris

Chester Himes quotes Albert Camus in the opening to the second volume of his autobiography:  "Racism is absurd. Racism introduces absurdity into the human condition…If one lives in a country where racism is held valid and practiced in all ways of life, eventually, no matter whether one is a racist or a victim one comes to feel the absurdity of life".

Always controversial, combative and daring, Himes carved a niche for himself in the worlds of crime fiction and protest literature while negotiating the "quality of hurt" of his black American and European expatriate worlds. Himes, author of the sometimes proto-surreal Harlem domestic series, was able to gain prominence as a writer in large part through his close ties to founders of the Série noire in Paris in the mid 1940’s and 1950's. His life as a convict in America led to some hard hitting though largely neglected protest and prison literature, which is receiving its due today. Thanks to the recuperation of heavily censored editions of his work, Himes' prophetic visions of and complex relations to America's racism has enjoyed new scrutiny in the age of a burgeoning white nationalism in the United States.

One of the rare if not the first* International Chester Himes conference will be held at the American University of Paris from 4-6 June 2020. Scholars and writers are encouraged to submit abstracts for papers of an international and interdisciplinary nature from scholars and artists.

Topics may include:

Chester Himes and the black American expatriate community
Chester Himes in America: the role of censorship in determining his legacy
Protest Literature and Prison Literature in the Context of Chester Himes
Cinematic Adaptations of Himes: Successes and Failures
John A. Williams and Chester Himes
James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Chester Himes: Literary Styles and Personal Interactions
FBI surveillance of the black American community and Chester Himes
Chester Himes: The Autobiographies and the perils of writing his biographies
The Harlem Domestic Series and the Série noire
Chester Himes’ Influence and his Relevance to the Contemporary Scene

Plenary speakers will be confirmed shortly. A special reading by Jake Lamar will be held and a Chester Himes walking tour led by Julia Browne will be led by Julia Browne of Walking Tour Sprits on 7 June. Registration fees for the tour will be communicated in the next mailing.

Conference Fee: (includes, coffee breaks and opening and closing receptions)  75 Euros

Dinner Fee: 60 Euros

Registration Fee for Spouses or Guests 35 Euros (We hope not, but due to security issues, this category my need to be limited registration)

Abstracts of 250 words, accompanied by a very brief bio, including name and professional affiliation or credentials both submitted on a single page should be sent by 15 October to:
acraven@aup.edu AND   wdow@aup.edu

* Friends of Chester Himes held a conference for three years in a row in Oakland, CA, 1995-1998 at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, CA. Conference director: Jan Faulkner.
HT: Ayo Onatade

Monday, July 15, 2019


I was so sad to hear of Andi Shechter's passing this morning, less than a month after her diagnosis. Andi was a powerful force in both the mystery and science fiction communities. I've known Andi for over 40 years, and our worlds collided even before that. Andi was the Chair of both a Bouchercon and 2 Left Coast Crime Conventions. She was on the LCC Board where we worked together for the good of mysteries. A former member of DAPA-EM, I followed her exploits and reviews over the years. Later I followed her on Facebook. Andi was a determined woman with strong opinions. Sometimes this was good; sometimes difficult, but always thoughtful.

The last time I saw Andi was at the Reno LCC. We were able to chat and fall back into that shared experience that is the mystery community. She was a huge fan, reader, and supporter of conventions and friends.

Sorry, hard to write this now.. So sad.

Andi, may your memory be a blessing. You're with Stu, the love of your life, now.

Cartoon of the Day: Health Hazards of Becoming an Author

Sunday, July 14, 2019


Celebrate Bastille Day with a copy of  Mystery Readers Journal: Mysteries Set in France (Volume 28:1)! Buy this back issue! Available in hardcopy or as a downloadable PDF.



  • A Brief Panorama of Early French Crime Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier
  • Sex and the Country: Some Thoughts on Pierre Magnan by Peter Rozovsky
  • An Interview with Sîan Reynolds by Peter Rozovsky
  • My Affair With the Birthplace of Crime Fiction by Bernadette Bean
  • Tale of Two Dominiques by Cary Watson
  • The Father of the Detective Story: Emile Gaboriau by Nina Cooper
  • Passion, Bloodshed, Desire, and Death by Susanne Alleyn
  • How I Got Into My Life of Crime French Style by Cara Black
  • Honest! I Was in Paris Working Very Hard! by Rick Blechta
  • Having a Nice Time? by Rhys Bowen
  • Inspector Aliette Nouvelle by John Brooke
  • The French Adventure of a Full-time Lawyer and Part-time Fool by Alan Gordon
  • Escape From Paris by Carolyn Hart
  • Maggie MacGowen Goes to France by Wendy Hornsby
  • France on Berlin Time by J. Robert Janes
  • Experiencing Provence by M.L. Longworth
  • Writing a French Police Series by Adrian Magson
  • France, the Write Country by Peter May
  • Travel + Fiction: You Want to Go There by Lise McClendon
  • Hemingway's Paris Remains 'A Moveable Feast' by Craig McDonald
  • Inspired by the "Where" by Tom Mitcheltree
  • It's All About Me? by Sharan Newman
  • Drinking Tea From a Bowl: Getting France Right by D-L Nelson
  • Mysteries Set in France: Vive la Différence! by Katherine Hall Page
  • Provence—To Die For by Renée Paley-Bain
  • Mick Jagger, Kirs Royales, and Paris by P.J. Parrish
  • Paris Shadows by M.J. Rose
  • Diplomatic Mystery by William S. Shepard
  • Alpine Beach: My French Connection by Susan Steggall
  • She Lost Her Head in La Belle France by Nancy Means Wright
  • Crossword: The French Connection by Verna Suit
  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Lesa Holstine, L.J. Roberts, Alana White, Marlyn Beebe
  • Children's Hour: Where's Madeleine? by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • In Short: Glimpses of France by Marvin Lachman
  • The Art of French Crime by Cathy Pickens
  • Crime Seen: Le Crime Vu by Kate Derie
  • Mysteries Set in France by British Authors by Philip Scowcroft
  • From the Editor's Desk by Janet A. Rudolph

Cartoon of the Day: Bastille Day

Saturday, July 13, 2019


2019 ITW Thriller Awards 

Jennifer Hillier — JAR OF HEARTS (Minotaur Books)


C. J. Tudor — THE CHALK MAN (Crown)


Jane Harper — THE LOST MAN (Pan Macmillan Australia)     


Helen Smith — “Nana” in KILLER WOMEN: CRIME CLUB ANTHOLOGY #2 (Killer Women Ltd.)

Teri Bailey Black — GIRL AT THE GRAVE (Tor Teen)


Alan Orloff — PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT (Kindle Press)    

ThrillerMaster Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
John Sandford

Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Harlan Coben

Thriller Legend Award Recipient: Margaret Marbury

ThrillerFan Award Recipient: Bookseller “Mystery Mike” Bursaw     

The Winners were announced at ThrillerFest XIV at the Grand Hyatt, New York City (during the Blackout). Congratulations to all!

A Walk Through Literary South Berkeley, Featuring Anthony Boucher: Led by Randal Brandt

Sponsored by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association:

A Walk Through Literary South Berkeley, Featuring Anthony Boucher
Sunday, 21 July 2019
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Led by Randal Brandt

Berkeley has an astonishing number of literary associations, and this walk will explore some of the most intriguing. We’ll wend our way through the pleasant south-of-campus Le Conte neighborhood and nearby, seeing interesting buildings and sites connected to important writers and their works, hearing the stories behind them, and sharing literary excerpts and anecdotes.

The walk will feature places associated with William Anthony Parker White (aka Anthony Boucher), the highly influential mid-century mystery and science fiction writer and editor, who was a Cal alumnus. He made his home in this neighborhood from 1942 onward, and set several of his stories in Berkeley. We’ll also see places associated with Boucher’s fellow mystery writer Mary Collins, the California Writer’s Club, pioneering film critic Pauline Kael, and others.

Guide is Randal Brandt, Head of Catloguing at the Bancroft Library, UC. Berkeley, who curates the Bancroft Library’s California Detective Fiction Collection, which includes over 2,000 mystery, crime, and detective novels with Bay Area connections.

To sign up: go here.

Cartoon of the Day: Cats

Happy Caturday!

Friday, July 12, 2019


Deadly Ink Mystery Conference announced the David Award Nominees for the best mystery published in 2018. Winners will be announced next month at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference.


DIED IN THE WOOL by Peggy Ehrhart
MISTY TREASURE by Linda Rawlins
SECOND STORY MAN by Charles Salzberg
FERAL ATTRACTION by Eileen Watkins

Cartoon of the Day: The Writer and the Incomplete Novel

From the amazing Tom Gauld:

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Kafka


The Strand Magazine announced the winners of the  2019 Strand Critics Awards last night at a cocktail party in New York City.

Best Mystery Novel: Tie
Transcription, by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown)
Sunburn, by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins)

Best Debut Mystery Novel:
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor  (Crown)
The Strand also announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards: Heather Graham and Donna Leon.  

Also named was Dominique Raccah, the publisher/CEO of Sourcebooks, as its Publisher of the Year Award.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Cats


BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), now in its twenty-third year, is seeking to screen stories for the annual collection. Note: All stories must be published during the period January 1 - December 31, 2019.

Looking for fiction that offers elements of crime or criminal intent, violence, suspense, etc. Over its two-plus decades, BAMS selections have covered a very wide span of themes and subject matter.

Only U.S. or Canadian writers are eligible.

Aside from the numerous genre sources, over the years material has come from The Kenyon Review, Tin House, One Story, The New England Review, Zoetrope, The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Harper's Magazine, StoryQuarterly, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, The Sewanee Review, among many others --- in short, an eclectic range.

Two Options

1) either you choose and send stories you think might fall inside the catchment


2) Put BAMS on your comp list, allowing them to screen each issue.

Right now the Editors are reading for BAMS 2020 (stories published between January 1 and December 31, 2019). Editors welcome seeing any stories/issues published during this year, as well as being put on a list to receive future issues. Stories from digital journals and online sources are welcome, but must be printed out and sent to BAMS. Self-submissions are fine, begin sure to include information on publication, date, editor, etc. Material is not accepted electronically. All such submissions must be printed out or publication sent via hardcopy.

Mailing address: 
Otto Penzler
58 Warren Street,
New York, NY 10007

Deadline for receiving submissions is December 31. However, since that falls within the holiday period, we request that eligible stories arrive by December 1st, if possible.

Send inquiries to: Michele Slung 

Monday, July 8, 2019


Thanks to the Gumshoe Site for sharing the news about Japan's Falcon Society Falcon Award.

Don Winslow has won the 2019 Falcon Award for THE FORCE (Morrow, 2017) from the Maltese Falcon Society Japan. It is his fifth Falcon Award following MISSING: NEW YORK (no English version), THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE, THE POWER OF THE DOG, and A COOL BREEZE ON THE UNDERGROUND.

The previous Falcon Award winners include Roger Hobbs, S.J. Rozan, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton, Michael Z. Lewin, Joe Gores, James Crumley, and Robert B. Parker.

HT: The Rap Sheet

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is one of my favorite holidays, maybe because I was born in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation. If you've been to my house you know I collect patriotic embroideries and pottery. I'm big on Red, White, & Blue!

Fourth of July is the focus of this updated list of Fourth of July Crime Fiction. Even if you're not celebrating Independence Day, you can celebrate this (updated) great group of mysteries! Something for everyone's taste!

And don't miss my Summertime Mysteries List, Summer Sleuthing: Lazy, Hazy, Murderous Days of Summer! Have a great Independence Day!

Fourth of July Mysteries

The Fourth of July Wake by Harold Adams
Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon
Murder on Parade by Donald Bain (as Jessica Fletcher) 
Home of the Brave by Donna Ball

Hair of the Dog by Laurien Berenson 
Murder by Fireworks by Susan Bernhardt
Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton
Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon 
The Cat Who Went Underground by Lilian Jackson Braun
Rockets' Red Glare by Lynn Cahoon
The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up by JoAnna Carl
Dead on the 4th of July by Meg Chittenden
Someone to Watch Over Me by Jill Churchill
Independence Day by Anne-Marie Clark
Twanged by Carol Higgins Clark
Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco
BlackBuried Pie by Lyndsey Cole
Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
The Carousel of Death by Elisabeth Crabtree
A Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford
Red, White, and Blue Murder
by Bill Crider
Firework Fiasco; Fireworks in Paradise by Kathi Daley
Guilty as Charred by Devon Delaney
Blood Red, White and Blue by Kathleen Delaney
Dead on the Fourth of July by R. E. Derouin
Four Dog's Sake by Lia Farrell
Blackberry Burial by Sharon Farrow
One Fete in the Grave by Vickie Fee
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Independence Slay by Shelley Freydont
Booneville Retribution by S. Furlong-Bollinger
Mistaken Identity by Patricia Gligor
Katelyn's Killer by John Gordon
Tool & Die, Triple Witch; Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves
Act Of Darkness by Jane Haddam
Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton
Yankee Doodle Dead; Dead, White and Blue by Carolyn Hart
Past Imperfect by Kathleen Hills
Death of a Cookbook Author by Lee Hollis
The Falls: Fourth of July by George Jackson
Exit Wounds by J. A. Jance
The Fourth of July by J.D. Kincaid
A Timely Vision; A Watery Death by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson
Die Like a Hero by Clyde Linsley
Knee High by the Fourth of July by Jess Lourey
Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews
Left Hanging by Patricia McLinn
Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier
Cold Hard News by Maureen Milliken
Manic in Christmas River; Mayhem in Christmas River; Mutts & Murder by Meg Muldoon
Bats and Bones Karen Musser Nortman
A Fifth for the 4th of July by Doug Olsen and Julie Gollan
Foal Play by Kathryn O'Sullivan 
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
4th of July by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
King Suckerman by George P. Pelecanos
Can't Never Tell by Cathy Pickens
Firecrackered by Patricia Rockwell
Death by Deep Dish Pie by Sharon Short
The Dam Committee by Earl H. Smith
Killing Grounds by Dana Stabenow
And Four to Go ("Fourth of July Picnic") by Rex Stout
Independence Day Plague by Carla Lee Suson
Doggone Dead by Teresa Trent
Prepped for the Kill by A.E. H. Veenman
The 4th of July Can Be MURDER! by Dianne Warth Vereen
Thread and Gone by Lea Wait
Some Welcome Home by Sharon Wildwind
Star Spangled Murder by Valerie Wolzien
Embarking on Murder by Sue Owens Wright

Short Stories:
Rex Stout's "Fourth of July Picnic" in Century of Great Suspense Stories, Edited by Jeff Deaver
S. Furlong-Bolliger's "Booneville Retribution: 4th of July Mystery Short Story" in Kings River Life.
A Sparrow Falls Fourth of July in A Sparrow Falls Holiday by Donna McLean

Children’s Mysteries
Fireworks at the FBI (Capital Mysteries Series #6) by Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator)
Murder On The Fourth of July by Carolyn Keene
The Philly Fake by David E. Kelly
Calendar Mysteries: July Jitters by Ron Roy and John Steven Gurney
The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery and Amy Wummer

True Crime:  
Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Betrayal, and Hate Crime in America by David A. Neiwert

As always, I welcome additions and comments.

Have a great holiday!!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: Dogs

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Registration Open for Left Coast Crime 2021: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Registration is now open for LCC 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 8-11, 2021. Registration includes a Welcome Reception, two special Breakfasts, the Awards Banquet, and admission to all panels and interviews. The early registration fee of $195 extends through March 15, 2020, the close of LCC San Diego.

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Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Located in downtown Albuquerque, the hotel’s rooms provide beautiful views of the mountains and the city. At 20 stories, the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque is the 2nd tallest building in the state of New Mexico! Albuquerque has a high desert climate — in April, the average temperature is 68°/42° with very low humidity. Albuquerque’s elevation is 5,312 feet. Our convention rate of $134 is also available three days before and after the convention if registrants choose to extend their stay and explore Albuquerque. Registrants will receive the hotel code when reservations open in early April 2020.
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