Thieves Steal 160 Rare Books Worth Over £2 Million In Heist

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It’s not every day that you read about this kind of weird heist. Early morning January 30 a gang of thieves stole 160 rare antique books from London’s Heathrow Airport. The total worth of these books was over £2 million. The thieves scaled the building, drilled holes through reinforced glassfibre skylight and entered the place using ropes without alerting any motion sensor alarms. After searching through the stored boxes, they found the books they wanted and left the same way they entered – via the rope. Some of the books taken were over 500 years old, many from the 15th and […] Read more »

Best Mysteries Of 2016 From Amazon And Others

best mysteries thrillers of 2016

With 2016 ending in little over a month, book sellers like Amazon and magazines including Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, The Strand Magazine and others are hurrying to post their top pics in the crime mystery genre for this year. It is exciting both for authors and their readers to see who will make the top 10, 12 or 15 month the hundreds – make that thousands – of books written in 2016. Competition is fierce and great authors abound, which is something that book lovers can only say their thanks to. Luckily we always have something good to read, and […] Read more »

Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

Goodreads Choice Awards-2016

It’s that time of the year again when book related websites and magazines have the best books voted on or listed for the year. As usual Goodreads once again asks for readers to vote for the best book of the year, and for the mystery and thriller category these are the books considered top 15: J.D. Robb – Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) Louise Penny – A Great Reckoning ( Armand Gamache #12) Angela Marsons – Play Dead (DI Kim Stone #4) Noah Hawley – Before The Fall B.A. Paris – Behind Closed Doors Stephen King – End Of […] Read more »

NoirCON 2016 – If You Love All Things Noir

Noir CON 2016

Noir crime fiction has a huge following with authors tending to this dark and gritty genre with best sellers after best sellers, and readers gulping up everything they can get their hands on. Noir is big, and NoirCON is the place to be to meet like minded people and get all the latest scoop on the genre. NoirCON has its origins in 2007, having the first appearance in Philadelphia, PA. It started as a gathering to celebrate the life and work of David Goodis, the city’s best known noir fiction writer. Over the years the event widened its scope to encompass discussions not […] Read more »

The McIlvanney Prize Award Longlist Announced For 2016

Bloody-Scotland

The 2016 McIlvanney Prize Award longlist for Scottish crime mystery books for 2016 has just been released at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing festival. This year’s festival is the first one since the death of the popular Scottish author, also known as the father of Scottish mystery genre called “Tartan Noir”. The author died in 2015 and he is best known for his Jack Laidlaw series. The Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing festival will take place in the town of Stirling between September 9-11, when the  McIlvanney Prize (previously known as the Scottish Crime Book of the Year) will be awarded to one of the 10 […] Read more »

The Strand Originals Program With Mulholland Books

An interesting piece of news caught my attention yesterday, which really made me excited. Mulholland Books and Strand Magazine are joining forces in publishing 20 Strand Magazine original stories both as ebooks and audiobooks in 2016. The stories will be published under the title The Strand Originals Program which initially includes 5 novellas by popular mystery and thriller authors including Ian Rankin (Meet and Greet), Linwood Barclay (Jacket Man), Jeffery Deaver (Where The Evidence Lies), Faye Kellerman (The Voiceless) and Olen Steinhauer (Start-Up). The first publication was published April 19. The next 15 stories will be published over the course of 2016 from Michael Connelly, Tennessee Williams, Ray Bradbury, […] Read more »

Edgar Awards Winners 2016

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

The winners of the popular Edgar Allan Poe Awards are finally out for 2016. The ceremony took place yesterday, April 28 in New York at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Hundreds of people attended as the awards seeked to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and TV, all published in 2015. Here are the winners and nominees  – congrats to all! Best Novel: Winner: Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy Also nominated: The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr Life or Death by Michael Robotham Canary by Duane Swierczynski Night Life by […] Read more »

The 2016 Edgar Awards Nominees Announced

Edgar Allan Poe

With today’s celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s 207th birthday, Mystery Writers of America has announced its 2016’s nominees for the Edgar Awards. The awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction as well as TV that was produced in 2015. The winners of the awards will be revealed April 28 this year, at the  70th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Here are the nominees for fiction and non-fiction writing: BEST NOVEL The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr Life or Death by Michael Robotham Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori […] Read more »

Best Mysteries Of 2015 From Amazon And Others

Amazon best mysteries 2015

Listing the best mysteries of 2015 is part of a long tradition of ‘best books in year x’ started by bloggers, commercial entities like Amazon and various book magazines online. The year 2015 is nearing its end and Amazon has already published its own best books list with so far 21 great mystery/thriller and suspense novels. Others, like Publisher’s Weekly, The Washington Post and The Strand Magazine have shortly followed suit with their own top 5, 10 and 12 lists. Amazon‘s 21 Best Mysteries For 2015 1. All The Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer 2. Finders Keepers by Stephen King 3. The Cartel […] Read more »

The Craft of Good Writing: A Masterclass With SJ Watson and Lisa Jewell

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If I were a book author, I would attend The Craft of Good Writing masterclass held at The Guardian premises in the UK early next year without a second thought. Especially since one of my favorite mystery authors, S.J. Watson is giving the interview, along with Lisa Jewell, a popular chick lit fiction author. S.J. Watson has only published two books so far, but boy his debut novel is one popular book. It is the very same book which sparked the 2015 the same title adaption movie featuring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. A well worth read and a great movie […] Read more »