Saturday, June 15, 2024


The 2024 Shortlists for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the new McDermid Debut Award for new writers have been announced. Winners will be announced on July 19 at the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England.

2024 Theakston Prize Shortlist

The Last Dance, by Mark Billingham (Sphere)
In the Blink of an Eye, by Jo Callaghan (Simon & Schuster UK)
The Secret Hours, by Mick Herron (Baskerville)
Killing Jericho, by William Hussey (Zaffre)
None of This Is True, by Lisa Jewell (Century)
Strange Sally Diamond, by Liz Nugent (Sandycove)

2024 McDermid Debut Award for new authors

Crow Moon, by Suzy Aspley (Orenda)
Dark Island, by Daniel Aubrey (HarperCollins)
Knife Skills for Beginners, by Orlando Murrin (Bantam)
Mrs. Sidhu’s Dead and Scone, by Suk Pannu (HarperCollins)
The Library Thief, by Kuchenga Shenjé (Sphere)
Deadly Animals, by Marie Tierney (Bonnier)


Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Father's Day: A day to celebrate Dad. 
My father was the ultimate reader. His idea of a great vacation was sitting in a chair reading a good mystery. It didn't mattered that he was home, the book took him miles away -- and he was comfortable!

Even now after he's been gone these many years, I find myself finishing a book and saying to myself, "I have to send this to Dad. He'll love it." It always makes me sad to remember I can't. My father engendered my love of mysteries through his collection of mystery novels and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines. I like to think he's up there somewhere in a comfortable chair surrounded by books, reading a good mystery.

This year I've included True Crime, as well as fiction, on my Father's Day list. I've also included more Short Stories and a Graphic Novel. And, of course, I've updated the fiction list. Let me know any titles that you think I might have missed that should be included.


Father’s Day by John Calvin Batchelor
Father’s Day by Rudolph Engelman
Father's Day: A Detective Joe Guerry Story by Tippie Rosemarie Fulton
Father’s Day Keith Gilman 
Dear Old Dead by Jane Haddam
The Father’s Day Murder by Lee Harris
Day of Reckoning by Kathy Herman
Dead Water by Victoria Houston
Father’s Day Murder by Leslie Meier
On Father's Day by Megan Norris
Father’s Day by Alan Trustman

Murder for Father, edited by Martin Greenberg (short stories)
"Father's Day" by Patti Abbott --short story at Spinetingler
Collateral Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection  e-book of Father's Day themed short stories.
"Where's Your Daddy?" by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Let me know if I missed any titles.

And a list of Crime Fiction that focuses on Fathers and Sons and Fathers and Daughters. Have a favorite Father / Son Father/Daughter Mystery? Post below in comments or send me a note.


Carriage Trade by Stephen Birmingham
His Father's Son by Tony Black
Her Father's Secret by Sara Blaedel
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
The Lonely Witness by William Boyle
The Controller by Matt Brolly
All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Secret Father by James Carroll
The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
The Hasidic Rebbe's Son by Joan Lipinsky Cochran
Hot Plastic by Peter Craig
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne 
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron
Killings by Andre Dubus
The Perfect Father by Charlotte Duckworth
Lars and Little Olduvai by Keith Spencer Felton
The Dead Daughter by Thomas Fincham
Unsub by Meg Gardner   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Gnosis by Rick Hall
Atticus by Ron Hansen
King of Lies by John Hart
Damage by Josephine Hart
The Good Father by Noah Hawley
1922; The Shining by Stephen King
Revival Season by Bharti Kirchner    
Cold in July by Joe R. Lansdale
A Perfect Spy by John LeCarre 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Darksight by D.C. Mallery
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Blood Grove by Walter Mosley 
The Son by Jo Nesbo
Beijing Payback by Daniel Nieh
Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson
The President's Daughter by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
Sherlock Holmes Dark Son, Dark Father by John Pirillo
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Roman Hat Mystery; other novels by Ellery Queen (Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay)
My Son, the Murderer by Patrick Quentin
Paperback Original by Will Rhode
The Senior Sleuths: Dead in Bed by Marcia Rosen
Baby's First Felony by John Straley
The Father by Anton Swenson
City on the Edge by David Swinson
To Die in California by Newton Thornburg
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
Father's Day by Simon Van Booy
The Second Son by Jordan Wells
The Ones Who Do by Daniel Woodrell 

True Crime: So very, very dark! Disturbing...but a new category on the list!

Incident at Big Sky by Johnny France and Malcolm Mcconnell
Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss
Murder in Little Egypt by Darcy O'Brien
If I Can't Have Them by Gregg Olsen
The Poison Tree by Alan Prendergast
Above Suspicion; Death Sentence by Joe Sharkey
Fred & Rose by Howard Sounes

Short Stories: 

"Father's Day" by Michael Connelly in Blue Murder
A Holiday Sampler by Christine Collier
Where's Your Daddy? (Holidays from Hell Short Story Series) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Murder for Father, Edited by Martin Greenberg, stories by Ruth Rendell, Ed Gorman, Max Allan Collins, Bill Crider and more

Graphic Novels:

Father's Day by Mike Richardson, Illustrated by Gabriel Guzman

Monday, June 10, 2024


Frank Price
will moderate a conversation between Gregg Hurwitz and Kevin Compton, both experts in "Thrillers, Tech, and Ethics in a Rapidly Changing World." Join the San Francisco Commonwealth Club/World Affairs Council for a fast-paced discussion with plenty of twists to keep you on your toes.
Thursday, JULy 18 / 5:30 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San FranciscoCA 94105

Gregg Hurwitz is a New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 24 thrillers, including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Hurwitz currently serves as the co-president of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA (including the critically acclaimed anthology NewThink), DC, and Marvel, and poetry. Currently, Hurwitz is actively working against polarization in politics and culture. To that end, he's penned op eds for The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, The Bulwark and others, and has produced several hundred commercials, which have received more than 100 million views on digital TV platforms. He also helped write the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.

Kevin Compton is a co‐founder of Radar Partners in Palo Alto, CA, a private investment partnership focused on venture capital and multi-asset investing. Previously, Compton was a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful high technology venture capital firms for almost 20 years. Compton and his partners invested in many of the most powerful and high profile start‐ups over the past 30 years, including Google, Sun Microsystems, Intuit, Netscape and Amazon. The Forbes “Midas Touch” ranking of top investors has named Kevin as one of the top private investors in the world on numerous occasions, ranking him in the top 10 three times.

Frank Price

This program is in-person only.

Friday, June 7, 2024


Another Agatha Christie production is in the works! Angela Huston
will star in a new 3-part adaption of Agatha Christie's Towards Zero. 

BAFTA-nominated Rachel Bennette (NW) and directed by the Olivier Award-winning Sam Yates (Magpie), Towards Zero is produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited for BBC iPlayer and BBC One, in a co-commission with BritBox International.  The series will also star Jackie Clune (Motherland), Grace Doherty (Call the Midwife), Jack Farthing(Rain Dogs), Khalil Gharbia (Mary & George), Adam Hugill (Sherwood), Academy Award-winnerAnjelica Huston (The Grifters), Ella Lily Hyland (Black Doves), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House), Mimi Keene (Sex Education), Clarke Peters (The Wire), Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Oliver Award-winner Anjana Vasan.

Filming on Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero has begun in and around Bristol and on the Devon coast. The series will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, and BritBox in the US and Canada.

An explosive love triangle, a formidable matriarch and a house party of enemies. All compelled… Towards Zero. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Guide Dog


FINGERPRINT AWARD WINNERS 2024: Capital Crime Festival

Capital Crime Festival,
London, UK, announced the 2024 Fingerprint Award Winners last weekend. Congratulations to all!

Overall Best Crime Book of the Year:
None of This Is True, by Lisa Jewell (Century)

Thriller Book of the Year:
The Only Suspect, by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster UK)

Historical Crime Book of the Year:
The House of Whispers, by Anna Mazzola (Orion)

Genre-Busting Book of the Year:
Killing Jericho, by William Hussey (Zaffre)

Debut Crime Book of the Year:
Death of a Bookseller, by Alice Slater (Hodder & Stoughton)

True Crime Book of the Year: No Ordinary Day: Espionage, Betrayal, Terrorism and Corruption—the Truth Behind the Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, by Matt Johnson (Ad Lib)

Audiobook of the Year: Over My Dead Body, by Maz Evans, narrated by Maz Evans (Headline)

Thalia Procter Lifetime Achievement Award: Lynda La Plante 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Twenty-Four and There’s So Much More* - Guest Post by Margot Kinberg

Do you remember your twenties? Early adulthood is exciting. There’s newfound independence and so many possibilities. At the same time, those years can be anxious. Young adults aren’t teens anymore; they have to figure out things like paying rent, buying food, and making career and partner choices. They have to start using important life skills. It’s not an easy time, but it can be exhilarating. There’s so much ahead for a young adult, and so much to look forward to in life. It’s no wonder young adults have travel adventures or spend time trying out different jobs while they decide what they want. 

Those years between adolescence and what people used to call ‘settling down’ can be a special time, and it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s explored a lot in books, including crime fiction. It’s part of the reason I concentrate on characters in that age group in my forthcoming Joel Williams novel, Scene of the Crime. In the novel, ex-cop turned professor Joel Williams and his wife plan a relaxing Sunday brunch at a local diner. Instead, they discover that there’s been a murder at the restaurant, and a student Williams knows is one of the suspects. 

Many of the other characters in the novel are in those young adult years. A few are involved in political activism, another wants to start her own business, and one’s taking community college courses. All of them have dreams, fears, and plans. And that’s part of why Williams feels a special sense of urgency about this murder. The young people involved have everything ahead of them, and he feels both their hope and their vulnerability. 

Of course, Scene of the Crime isn’t the only crime novel that features young people at that crossroads in life. Owen Laukkanen’s The Professionals, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s Last Rituals, and (as Barbara Vine) Ruth Rendell’s A Fatal Inversion all focus on young adults who are taking their first steps towards independent lives. Fans of Tana French will know that The Likeness features a similarly aged group of characters. I’m sure you can come up with many other examples. 

Why do so many crime novels feature young adults? One reason might be that young adults sometimes make hasty, even impetuous decisions; they don’t always have the maturity to hold back and think wisely. That lack of patience can lead to the sorts of things (like murder and other crimes) that we see in the genre. Another reason could be that young people don’t always think of the long-term consequences of what they do. They may make plans, but imagining how, say, a particular spending choice will impact them years from now can be difficult for them. What’s more, many young adults still have that sense of invulnerability that we often see in teens, so they don’t always see dangers for themselves. And their youth can be poignant. All of this can add up to a very effective context for a crime story. Which ones have stayed with you?

*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from Neil Young’s Old Man.


Margot Kinberg is a novelist and Associate Professor with many years of experience in K-12 and higher education. She is the author of the Joel Williams mystery series (Scene of the Crime comes out 1 July), and the Patricia Stanley series (the next in that series is planned for 2025). Her other fiction includes Streets of Gold; the charity anthology In a Word: Murder, which she edited; and Shots All Around, a collection of her own flash fiction stories. Since 2016, she has served on the judging panel for the Ngaio Marsh Awards for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. Originally from the East Coast, she currently lives in California.


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Passwords

Laura Lippman's The Lady in the Lake: Apple TV+ series

Natalie Portman will star in the adaption of Laura Lippman's The Lady in the Lake.  The seven-part series will premiere July 19 on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes, followed by episodes every Friday through August 23. In addition to Portman and Ingram, Y’lan Noel, Brett Gelman, Byron Bowers, Noah Jupe, Josiah Cross, Mikey Madison and Pruitt Taylor Vince will also star. I'm looking forward to it.

The Lady in the Lake takes place in ’60s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood (Moses Ingram), a hardworking woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda.

You have time to read The Lady in the Lake before the broadcast. 

Monday, June 3, 2024

International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards 2024

The International Thriller Writers announced the Winners of the ITW Thriller Awards. Congratulations to all. 

S.A. Cosby – ALL THE SINNERS BLEED (Flatiron Books) 


Gregg Hurwitz – THE LAST ORPHAN (Macmillan) Narrated by Scott Brick 




Luke Dumas – THE PALEONTOLOGIST (Atria) 


Lisa Unger – UNKNOWN CALLER (Amazon Original Stories) 


Elizabeth Wein – STATELESS (Little, Brown & Co.) 


Robert Swartwood – THE KILLING ROOM (Blackstone Publishing) 


ThrillerMaster Award Recipients: Tess Gerritsen and Dennis Lehane

Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Louise Penny

Thriller Legend Award Recipient: Audible

ThrillerFan Award Recipient: Ayo Onatade