Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense Blog
Saturday, 29 June 2013 22:21
Ian Fleming, left, would have turned 105 years old on May 28. His birthday was discussed all over the web and on social media.
But the creator of James Bond, and the children’s book Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang deserves some recognition.
Do we consider James Bond part of the mystery/crime fiction genre? I think so. He is part of the whole espionage/spy/international thriller category.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:26
The Private Eye Writers of America has announced the finalists for the Shamus Awards for works published in 2012.
The winners will be announced during the PWA banquet, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, during Bouchercon in Albany, New York. Details are pending.
Mystery Scene congratulates all the finalists.
BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL
Saturday, 22 June 2013 21:53
Abbott is known for her beautifully written noir novels that often rework the hard-boiled theme. Her novels, such as Queenpin, Bury Me Deep and The Song Is You, take place in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and re-imagine the classic femme fatale character.
Should be a darn good movie.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 05:42
But now that we both know, let’s celebrate it.
According to the International Crime Month website, it is “a month-long initiative featuring internationally acclaimed crime fiction authors, editors, critics, and publishers appearing together in a series of readings, panels and discussions. Four of America’s most influential independent publishers—Grove Atlantic, Akashic Books, Melville House, and Europa Editions—have joined forces to promote one of the most vital and socially significant fiction genres of our time.”
Since I enjoy mysteries of all kinds, I am especially fond of the work being published by Akashic.
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (Germany)
Murder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black (Paris)
Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr (Germany, historical)
Original Skin David Mark (England)
A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Denmark)
Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel (Denmark)
Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair (Cuba)
Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackman (China)
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre (Paris)
Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand (England, Iceland)
Phantom by Jo Nesbo (Norway)
Broken Harbor by Tana French (Ireland)
Safe House by Chris Ewan (Isle of Man)
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (England)
Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft (Sweden)
Stonemouth by Iain Banks (Scotland)
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves (England)
Dead Water by Anne Cleeves (Shetland Islands)
Lost by S.J. Bolton (England)
Proof of Guilt and A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (both England, WWI era)
And anything by Val McDermid, Mark Billingham or Peter Robinson (England)
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