Thursday, July 18, 2024



Presented by the International Association of Crime Writers North American Branch


Sterling Watson, Night Letter (Akashic)
Margaret Verble, Stealing (Mariner)
Clémence Michallon, The Quiet Tenant (Alfred A. Knopf)
Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Almost Widow (Harper Avenue)
Colson Whitehead, Crook Manifesto (Doubleday)


Colson Whitehead, Crook Manifesto (Doubleday)

CULINARY CRIME: Mystery Readers Journal

I have a passion for both food and the written word. Mystery Readers Journal has had five issues devoted to Culinary Crime. Each issue of Mystery Readers Journal contains articles, reviews, news, and author essays. 90+ pages. We're now in our 40th year. Last issue: Murder Takes a Holiday. Other back issues are available

In the earlier Murder on the Menu issues, each contributing author who wrote an Author! Author! essay also included a recipe. Check out the Tables of Contents of these issues. Order your copies now.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024


PBS MASTERPIECE Mystery! Fall programming. I'm a huge fan of PBS Passport. Donate a minimum of $60 to your local PBS Station, and you will have all the programs (most with all episodes at time of first episode), plus so much more! There are other ways of seeing these programs, but that's my favorite since the $ goes directly to your local station. 

Moonflower Murders

Premiere Date: September 15, 9/8c PBS

I've seen the first two episodes, and they're great--good story, terrific actors, such a great mix of time periods and storyline. Exactly what we've come to expect of this great show, based on Anthony Horowitz's novel.  FYI: Magpie Murders is still available on PBS

Van der Valk, Season 4

Premiere Date: September 15, 10/9c PBS

The Marlow Murder Club

Premiere Date: October 27, 9/8c on PBS

Monday, July 15, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: To the Editor

SCRIBE AWARD NOMINEES 2024: International Association of Media Tie-In Writers

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers
today announced the nominees for the Scribe Awards for superior works published in 2023.

The IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor excellence in the field of writing tie-in fiction for media franchises. These works include novels, short stories, audio dramas, and graphic novels tied to licenses of movies and TV shows, as well as video games, comics, songs, and even book series.

The winners will be announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 26.


  • Assassin’s Creed: Daughter of No One by Maria Lewis
  • Marvel’s Secret Invasion by Paul Cornell
  • Marvel’s Wastelanders: Star-Lord by Sarah Cawkwell
  • Ultraman by Pat Cadigan


  • Doctor Who All’s Fair by Max Kashevsky
  • Doctor Who Face to Face by John Dorney
  • Doctor Who Pursuit of the Nightjar by Tim Foley
  • Doctor Who Sins of the Flesh by Alfie Shaw
  • Doctor Who Spirit of the Season by Georgia Cook


  • The Expanse Dragontooth by Andy Diggle
  • The Mighty Nine Origins: Critical Role by Jody Houser
  • Red Rising by Rik Hoskin
  • Skull and Bones The Savage Storm by John Jackson Miller and James Mishler
  • Star Wars – The Nameless Terror by George Mann


  • Legend of the Five Rings: Three Oaths by Josh Reynolds
  • Murder, She Wrote: Fit for Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran
  • Watch Dogs Legion: Cold Reboot by Robbie MacNiven


  • Assassin’s Creed: The Resurrection Plot by Kate Heartfield
  • Marvel Zombies: The Hunger by Marsheila Rockwell
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko by Derek Tyler Attico
  • Star Trek: Picard – Firewall by David Mack
  • Star Wars – The Eye of Darkness by George Mann


  • Unioverse “Singing a Deeper Song” by Tim Waggoner
  • Warhammer 40,000 “A Forbidden Meal” by Carrie Harris
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine “Lost and Founder” by David Mack
  • Valdemar “Needs Must When Evil Bides” by Jennifer Brozek
  • Diablo “The Toll of Darkness and Light” by Jonathan Maberry
  • Kolchak the Night Stalker “Touch of Silk” by Deborah Daughetee
  • Star Trek: Discovery “Work Worth Doing” by Keith R.A. DeCandido


  • Disney Chills: Circle of Ter-ROAR by Vera Strange
  • Disney Twisted Tales: Set in Stone by Mari Mancusi
  • Minecraft: Return of the Piglins by Matt Forbeck
  • Shadowrun: Auditions: A Mosaic Run Collection by Jennifer Brozek


The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is also presenting the 2024 Faust Award for Grandmaster to James Reasoner. 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Beach Reads


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

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Cat Book Clubs

 Happy Caturday!


Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement in Crime Writing – Lynda LaPlante and James Lee Burke

Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year – Una Mannion for Tell Me What I am

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger – Jordan Harper for Everybody Knows

ILP John Creasey New Blood Dagger – Jo Callaghan for In the Blink of an Eye

Historical Dagger – Jake Lamar for Viper’s Dream

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction – Nicholas Shakespeare for Ian Fleming: the Complete Man

Dagger for Crime Fiction in Translation – Maud Ventura for My Husband, translated by Emma Ramadan

Short Story Dagger – Sanjida Kay for The Divide

Dagger for the Best Crime & Mystery Publisher – Pushkin/Vertigo

Debut Dagger – Richard Jerram for Makoto Murders

Dagger in the Library – Anthony Horowitz

Friday, July 12, 2024

LADY IN THE LAKE: Apple TV+ Limited Series

I haven't seen it yet, but Lady in the Lake, based on Laura Lippman's 2019 novel will air on Apple TV+, starting Friday, July 19. I really enjoyed the book, and I hope the TV production does it justice. I'l come back to this post after I see it.

Lady in the Lake stars Natalie Portman, Moses Ingram and Y'lan Noel. It is a 7-part series. 

Maddie Schwartz, a Jewish housewife, seeking to shed a secret past and reinvent herself as an investigative journalist. Cleo Johnson is a mother navigating the political underbelly of Black Baltimore while struggling to provide for her family. Their disparate lives seem parallel at first, but when Maddie becomes fixated on Cleo’s mystifying death, a chasm opens that puts everyone around them in danger.

Cartoon of the Day: English class


Thursday, July 11, 2024


A neurodivergent expert on toxic botanicals, a harrowing exploration of jury deliberations, a high-tech thriller from an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, a desperate mother searching for her son as lockdown kicks in, a gay sleuth in Renaissance Florence, and the return of a beloved fictional detective are among the diverse books named today on the longlist for the 2024 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.

“Fifteen years ago we launched the Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with our friends at what’s now WORD Christchurch, to celebrate Kiwi excellence in one of the world’s most popular storytelling forms,” says Ngaio Marsh Awards founder Craig Sisterson. “Over the years we’ve celebrated some world-class storytelling, and seen our local take on crime writing, aka #yeahnoir, really flourish. There were many books our judges really loved this year, beyond those that have made the longlist, and the strength and variety of this year’s longlist is going to make it another tough decision for our international panel.”

The Ngaios are named for Dame Ngaio Marsh, a contemporary of Agatha Christie and one of the Queens of Crime of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, who penned bestselling mysteries that entertained millions of global readers from her home in the Cashmere Hills. The 2024 longlist includes a mix of past winners and finalists, some first-time entrants and new voices, and several authors who’ve won a variety of other major awards including CWA Daggers, the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, NZ Booklovers Award for Adult Fiction, Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, and the Booker Prize.

The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel prize:

•     DICE by Claire Baylis (Allen & Unwin)
•     THE CARETAKER by Gabriel Bergmoser (HarperCollins)
•     RITUAL OF FIRE by DV Bishop (Macmillan)
•     BIRNAM WOOD by Eleanor Catton (Te Herenga Waka University Press)
•     PET by Catherine Chidgey (Te Herenga Waka University Press)
•     EL FLAMINGO by Nick Davies (YBK Publishers)
•     DOUBLE JEOPARDY by Stef Harris (Quentin Wilson Publishing)
•     THE QUARRY by Kim Hunt (Spiral Collectives)
•     DEVIL’S BREATH by Jill Johnson (Black & White/Bonnier)
•     GOING ZERO by Anthony McCarten (Macmillan)
•     HOME BEFORE NIGHT by JP Pomare (Hachette)
•     EXPECTANT by Vanda Symon (Orenda Books)

The longlist is currently being considered by an international panel of crime and thriller writing experts from the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. Finalists for Best Novel, Best First Novel, and Best Kids/YA will be announced in early August, with the finalists celebrated and winners announced as part of a special event held in association with WORD Christchurch in late August.

For more information on this year’s Best Novel longlist, or the Ngaio Marsh Awards in general, please contact, or founder and judging convenor Craig Sisterson,     

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

CALL FOR ARTICLES: Partners in Crime: Mystery Readers Journal (40:3)

Call for Articles: 
Mystery Readers Journal (40:3) 
Partners in Crime

We're looking for articles, reviews, and Author essays about Mysteries that focus on Partners in Crime. 

Partners in Crime: A Surfeit of Sleuths
Partners in Crime: Writing Teams

Author Essays are first person, about yourself, your books, and the "Partners in Crime" connection.  500-1000 words. Treat this as if you're chatting with friends and other writers in the bar or cafe (or on zoom) about your work and the "Partners in Crime" theme: either (1) how and why you write with a partner (s) or (2) the Partner Sleuths in your mysteries. Be sure and cite specific titles, as well as how you use Partners in Crime in your books. Add title and 2-3 sentence bio.  

Reviews: 50-250 words. Articles: 500-1000 words. 

Deadline for Partners in Crime (40:3) articles, reviews, author essays: August 1, 2024: 

Send to: Janet Rudolph, Editor. janet @ 

Please let us know if you're planning to send an article, review, or author essay! 

We had two other issues focusing on Partners in Crime in 2001. They are both still available as PDFs. Check out the ToC or order a copy. 

Themes for 2024: Mysteries set in Southern California; Murder Takes a Holiday (Mysteries that take place while on vacation); Partners in Crime; Mysteries set in London

Not sure if you need to renew? email: janet @  

Many back issues of Mystery Readers Journal are available as single copies in hardcopy or PDF.  


Have titles, articles, or suggestions for these upcoming issues? 

Want to write an Author! Author! essay? 

email Janet Rudolph   janet @


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: The Witness



Check your inbox for your Macavity Ballot. Send a note if you didn't receive one. Members of Mystery Readers Journal, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal, and friends of MRI are eligible to vote. Ballots are due back on July 15. 

The following is not a ballot, but it's always good to know who's been nominated. Congratulations to all.

Thanks to Gabriel Valjan for the great graphic.

Monday, July 8, 2024

GREGG HURWITZ & KEVIN COMPTON: Thrillers, Tech, and Ethics in a Rapidly Changing World


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.  Please sign up by July 10 to ensure the program takes place.

Sunday, July 7, 2024


At last! Candice Renoir, Season 9: July 22 to AcornTV. 10 Episodes. (In French with subtitles) I love this show. 

Candice has been hiding Antoine's amnesia, but she's been caught out. She's no longer allowed to take part in any investigations and is told to either end her relationship with Antoine or be transferred to another part of France. 

Seasons 1-8 are still available on AcornTV.

Saturday, July 6, 2024


In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Nominees for the 2023 Shirley Jackson Awards (announced June 2024). The 2023 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented in-person on Saturday, July 13 at 8pm at Readercon 33, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Brainwyrms by Alison Rumfitt (Nightfire)
The Daughters of Block Island by Christa Carmen (Thomas & Mercer)
Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press/Simon and Schuster-US/Titan Books-UK)
Every Version Ends in Death by Aliya Chaudhry (Haunt Publishing)
The Militia House by John Milas (Henry Holt & Company)
The Reformatory by Tananarive Due (Saga Press/Simon and Schuster-US/Titan Books-UK)
Broken Paradise by Eugen Bacon (Luna Press Publishing)
Getting by in Tligolian by Roppotucha Greenberg (Arachne Press)
Green Fuse Burning by Tiffany Morris (Stelliform Press)
The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw (Nightfire-US/Titan Books-UK)
Sleep Alone by J.A.W. McCarthy (Off Limits Press LLC)
To the Woman in the Pink Hat by LaToya Jordan (Aqueduct Press)
The Lover by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Amazon Original Stories)
People Like Them by Minka Kent (Amazon Original Stories)
The Pram by Joe Hill (Amazon Original Stories)
“Six Versions of My Brother Found Under the Bridge” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (Uncanny Magazine)
“The Swan” by Lynn C. Pitts (Infinite Constellations)
“Vampire Fiction” by Michael Wehunt (The Inconsolables)
“What’s He Building in There” by Cat Powell (Fairy Tale Review:  The Rainbow Issue)
“The Dizzy Room” by Kristina Ten (Adamant Press / Nightmare Magazine)
“The First Mrs. Edward Rochester Would Like a Word” by Laura Blackwell (Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic)
“Invasion of the Baby Snatchers” by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror)
Kazti Girls by Sciascia DeKay (The Fabulist)
“Something is Rotten” by Jo Kaplan (Shakespeare Unleashed)
Drinking from Graveyard Wells: Stories by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu (University Press of Kentucky)
Her Body Among Animals by Paola Ferrante (Book*hug Press)
Jackal, Jackal: Tales of the Dark and Fantastic by Tobi Ogundiran (Undertow Publications)
They Will Dream in the Garden by Gabriela Damián Miravete, translated by Adrian Demopulos (Rosarium Publishing)
White Trash & Recycled Nightmares by Rebecca Rowland (Dead Sky Publishing)

Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic, edited by Jolie Toomajan (Cosmic Horror Monthly)
Mooncalves, edited by John WM Thompson (NO Press)
Never Whistle at Night:  An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology, edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. (Vintage Books)
Out There Screaming:  An Anthology of New Black Horror, edited by Jordan Peele & John Joseph Adams (Random House)
Shakespeare Unleashed, edited by James Aquilone (Monstrous Books)


Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work.

Cartoon of the Day: Cats

 Happy Caturday!

Friday, July 5, 2024


The Crime Writers' Association Daggers 2024 Dagger Winners
The ILP Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Winner:

Jo Callaghan for In the Blink of An Eye (Simon & Schuster UK)

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Winner:
Jordan Harper for Everybody Knows (Faber & Faber)

The CWA Gold Dagger Winner:
Una Mannion for And Tell Me What I Am

The CWA Historical Dagger Winner: 
Jake Lamar for Viper's Dream

The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Winner:
Maud Ventura, Emma Ramadan for My Husband

The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Winner:
Nicholas Shakespeare's Ian Fleming: The Complete Man

The CWA Dagger in the Library Winner:
Anthony Horowitz for Close to Death

Cartoon of the Day: Writer's Block


Wednesday, July 3, 2024


Fireworks have been a part of Independence Day celebrations for more than 200 years. Fireworks, though, can be dangerous, especially for children. That's why I find these Vintage Postcards so odd. Today this would be considered "child endangerment." Have a safe Fourth of July!