Enrolling in Louis Bayard’s School of Night

Enrolling in Louis Bayard’s School of Night

Publishers Weekly stamped a big ol' star next to their review of Louis Bayard's thriller, THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT, a story that oscillates between a modern whodunit and Elizabethan intrigue marked, the review said, by "intelligence and depth."

Earlier this week, they caught up with Bayard for a short Q&A about the book. In the interview, Bayard discusses his research on the secret society known as the School of Night, how his political involvement comes into his writing, what makes this book different from his previous historicals, and the literary roots for plots driven by modern characters solving ancient mysteries. [...]

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2010 Nebula Award Nominees!

2010 Nebula Award Nominees!

And while I have the attention of all the Tor readers out there (a.k.a. my kindred spirits), let's whoop and holler for all the fan-freaking-tastic nominees for the 2010 Nebula Award!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the following nominees for exceptional Science Fiction and Fantasy writing:

Short Story:
"Ponies", Kij Johnson (Tor.com 1/17/10)

Novel:
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy:
THE BOY FROM ILYSIES, Pearl North (Tor Teen) [...]

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Agatha Award Nominees!

Agatha Award Nominees!

The qualifications for the annual Agatha Awards are fairly simple: nothing too naughty, nothing too blood-spattered, just traditional sleuthing at its best.

In 2010, three(!) of our amazing novelists kept it classy and earned their mysteries nominations for Best Novel in this year's ceremony! 

Nominated for 2010 Best Novel:

STORK RAVING MAD by Donna Andrews

BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny

TRULY, MADLY by Heather Webber

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She Prefers Knives and Razor Blades

She Prefers Knives and Razor Blades

With the fourth installment of the detective Archie Sheridan mysteries coming out next month, Publishers Weekly headed out to a shooting range in Portland, Oregon for a chat with New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain. 

Between rounds, Cain talks about the series' "twisted love story," her weapons of choice, and the event that she based THE NIGHT SEASON on, the Vanport flood of 1948.

Read the interview here!

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Starred Reviews for The Beloved Dead

Starred Reviews for The Beloved Dead

King Arthur's most trusted advisor is called upon to fetch the king's would-be bride, but somewhere along the way this escort-turned-detective will have to reveal whether a series of destabalizing virgin-murders are divine or mortal doing. THE BELOVED DEAD is the third title in Tony Hays' Authurian mystery series, all three of which have earned starred reviews from both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly

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Barry Picking!

Barry Picking!

Every year the crime fiction connoisseurs over at Deadly Pleasures offer awards of excellence to exceptional novels and short stories in several categories. The 2011 Barry Award nominees have been posted

THE LOCK ARTIST by Steve Hamilton and BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny have been nominated for the Barry Award for Best Novel of 2011!

THE POACHER’S SON by Paul Doiron and THE HOLY THIEF by William Ryan have been nominated for Best First Novel!

BLOOD HARVEST by S. J. Bolton has been nominated for Best British Novel!

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Brad Parks on Lesa’s Book Critiques

Brad Parks on Lesa’s Book Critiques

Earlier this week, award-winning book reviewer for Library Journal and Mystery Readers JournalLesa Holstine of Lesa's Book Critiques, hosted Brad Parks as a guest blogger. 

His post begins, "Exactly twenty-six years and five months ago, at the end of a hot and dusty Connecticut summer, in a time of desperation the likes of which I can now barely describe, I committed a heinous crime. I stole from a public library..." keep reading!

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Two Starred Reviews for Big Girl Small

Two Starred Reviews for Big Girl Small

Rachel DeWoskin's BIG GIRL SMALL, available April 2011, has earned starred reviews from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly for its accurate (at times painfully accurate) recreation of the high school experience. The boys are crushable, the girls are complicated, and Judy Lohden is a sarcastic, talented scandal-magnet that will draw you in, as well.

"DeWoskin deftly captures the often vicious dynamics of adolescents, which mask their fragility, and creates in Judy an unforgettable character, one who is, by turns, sardonic and heartbreakingly vulnerable." — Booklist (starred review)

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Happy Belated Birthday, Lewis Carroll!

Happy Belated Birthday, Lewis Carroll!

I'm embarrassed to say that we owe Lewis Carroll one of those apologetic puppy or frazzled cat "Happy Belated Birthday" cards since yesterday we straight up missed his 178th. Sorry, Lew, we still love you!

For those of you Carroll fans who were looking for a little Lewis love yesterday we offer recompense: on February 15th we'll be releasing THE MYSTERY OF LEWIS CARROLL by Jenny Woolf. In this biography, Woolf gets her hands dirty exploring some of the yet unanswered questions about that mysterious and brilliant Victorian Age author. 

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LUCKY STIFF Will Have you Seeing Stars

LUCKY STIFF Will Have you Seeing Stars

Booklist and Library Journal both gave Deborah Coonts' latest Vegas glitz mystery starred reviews! Lucky Stiff brings back Lucky O'Toole, Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon, friend and lover to the people that keep Las Vegas up and running, and detective savant in her spare time.

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