Amazon’s Best Mystery and Thrillers of 2017

best mysteries 2017

Here we are, once again, at the end of a year that brought us many joyful moments of reading. Amazon is the first to come out with their best mystery and thriller books for 2017. Some of my favorite authors are included in this list, such as Greg Illes, Daniel Suarez, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, John Le Carre and Nelson De Mille. So this is what Amazon’s editors have to say about who and what is the best this year. 1.  The Dry by Jane Harper (January 2017) 2. Mississippi Blood by Greg Illes (Pen Cage series #6) (March 2017) 3. […] Read more »

Winners of the 2017 Davitt Awards

Davitt Awards 2017

The Davitt Awards are presented each year to women crime writers in Australia. This year the judges had their hands full reading nearly 100 novels, some of which have been written by debut authors. That’s quite a huge number for a monumental task! The 2017 awards have been presented by Hilary Bonney, a  true crime writer, barrister, and television producer, at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 26 August, 7 pm during a gala’s dinner. While there are no monetary prizes offered for this award, what the winners get are some beautifully carved polished wooded trophies. The Davitts Award has been named after Ellen Davitt, […] Read more »

Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 Winners

Dead Good Awards Winners 2017

Here are the winners of the Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 announced this July. The event took place at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. The ceremony was presented by Mark Lawson and Kathy Reichs, who put in a guest appearance. Six lucky authors were named best in class based on votes given by mystery book readers. The winners in their respective categories are listed below, with the shortlist mentioned just under each category winner. The Kathy Reichs Award for Fearless Female Character: Category Winner: Helen Grace, M J Arlidge Shortlist: Lori Anderson, Steph Broadribb Erika Foster, Robert Bryndza […] Read more »

Happy Birthday Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett author

The father of hard-boiled detective stories in America, Dashiell Hammett is celebrating today his 123rd birthday. The author was born on May 27, 1894 in Maryland. Dashiell Hammett is best known for his Sam Spade series, which includes the immensely popular book The Maltese Falcon, in 1930. The book was so popular that it was made into three movies thereafter, in 1931, 1936 and the best-known movie with Humphrey Bogart in 1941. I have watched the third movie many years ago and I liked it so much that once I’ve learned it was made based on a book, I hunted it […] Read more »

MWA Edgar Award Winners 2017

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

This year the  Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at the 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Here are the winners in each category: Best Novel Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing) Best First Novel by an American Author Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books) Best Paperback Original Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books) Best Fact Crime The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House […] Read more »

Collin Dexter Passed Away March 21, 2017

Colin Dexter

It is with great sadness that I’ve learned of Colin Dexter’s passing today. He died at the age of 86 in his home in Oxford, southern England. He was known for his Oxford-based Inspector Morse crime mystery novels (13 books written between 1975-1999). He also wrote several short stories, which were the starting point for the popular British ITV series Inspector Morse starring John Thaw, which ran between 1987-2000. The author’s publisher just announced today: “With immense sadness, Macmillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning.” Macmillan publisher Jeremy Trevathan said Dexter “represented the […] Read more »

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

De revolutionibus orbium coelestium

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 »