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 »

The McIlvanney Prize Award Longlist Announced For 2016


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 »