A Slice of Murder ($22 Kensington) is the first in a new series from author Tim Myers as Chris Cavender, aka Elizabeth Bright of the Card-Making Mysteries and Melissa Glazer of the Clay and Crime mysteries. If you haven’t discovered these then you are in for a treat!
Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina - which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart… Continue
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Author Dolores-Gordon Smith talks about her new book, As If By Magic; the third Jack Haldean mystery
As If By Magic; the third Jack Haldean mystery by Dolores Gordon Smith
“Where do you get your ideas from?” is a question that’s often asked at book festivals and – be warned! – infuriates some writers. I don’t know why; I think it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to ask.
I know exactly where the ideas for As If By Magic came from. Every Christmas the… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on July 7, 2009 at 7:15am —
Hey all you mystery writers, have you heard of the Malice Domestic contest
from from St. Martin's Press?
This contest provides a previously unpublished writer an opportunity to launch his or her career with a major mystery imprint, St. Martin's Minotaur. The winner will receive a one-book, $10,000 contract.
Here is a list of previous… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on February 28, 2009 at 1:30am —
HarperCollins has opened a slushpile at Boing Boing (read story here)
Getting your book to a Harper Collins editor is nigh on impossible even with an agent...So in an attempt to uncover writing talents and editorial/critical talent HC has set up a site that gives unpublished authors a place to share their work and allows readers to promote their favorite writers, perhaps all the way to a book… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on February 17, 2009 at 1:30am —
Graphic Novel Mysteries
It’s been great to see that graphic novels (i.e. comic books) have become much more respected over the past few years. Gone are the days when comic writers treated the reader like an eight year old with classic lines such as, “Thank gosh for utility belts!” or “My spider-senses are tingling, that must mean Dr. Octopus is near!”; instead, the writers have realized that their audience has grown up and so has the dialogue and the art work. I have recently… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on February 4, 2009 at 2:00am —
For hundreds of years people have documented their existence, passing on messages, history, and ideas through print form. Now the crumbling economy is threatening to make printed news a thing of the past...
Just recently the New York Times announced that they are facing dire circumstances and "that it is possible that The Times and other newspapers will have to move to digital-only distribution."(read… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 31, 2009 at 5:13am —
I found this article on The New York Times Fiction Reading Increases for Adults
After years of bemoaning the decline of a literary culture in the United States, the National Endowment for the Arts says in a report that it now believes a quarter-century of precipitous decline in fiction reading has reversed.
The report, “Reading on the Rise: A New Chapter in American Literacy,” being released… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 14, 2009 at 4:25am —
Well, Barbara has once again picked a winner in Beat the Reaper:
a debut by Josh Bazell
Not only is this First Mystery Club Pick
getting rave reviews:
"I didn't want to like it. I mean, a doctor writing a novel is kind of obnoxious. What, you don't have enough to do already? But maybe that's me. Anyway, I didn't want to like BEAT THE REAPER, but I did; I loved it. It is completely original, an utter page-turner, bold,… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 10, 2009 at 5:21am —
I found this call for entries on the USA Book News
The National “Best Books 2009” Awards are specifically designed to garner SIZZLING MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists throughout the 2009 holiday retail season and 2010! Winners & finalists will be announced October 2009.
They are celebrating their 6th Year of Honoring Outstanding Mainstream & Independent Books!
Last years… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 10, 2009 at 5:07am —
When Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co announced a freeze on the purchase of most new manuscripts (story here)
and Harper Collins and Pearson, parent company of Penguin Group (USA), announced they were freezing wages and considering layoffs (story here)
, we knew times were tough.
The bad economy… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 9, 2009 at 2:00am —
The Dilys Award has been given annually since 1993 by the IMBA to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling. The Dilys Award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States.
Last years winner was William Kent Kruger with Thunder Bay. The nominees were: Rhys Bowen, HER ROYAL SPYNESS (Berkley), Lisa Lutz, THE SPELLMAN FILES (Simon & Schuster), Deanna Raybourn, SILENT IN… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 8, 2009 at 4:05am —
There has been some interesting buzz on the net about Herman Rosenblat's memoir, Angel at the Fence,
being canceled(Click here to read story)
after receiving information that the story was made up. Oprah had Rosenblat and his wife, Roma Radzicki Rosenblat on her show.… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 8, 2009 at 2:43am —
1. Adiga, Aravind. White Tiger
2. Wrobleweski, David. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3. Greer, Andrew Sean. The Story of a Marriage
4. Bommersbach, Jana. Bones in the Desert
5. Lamb, Wally. The Hour I First Believed
6. Harrison, Jim. The English Major
7. O'Flynn, Catherine. What Was Lost
8. Estleman, Loren. Frames
9. McMahon, Jennifer. Promise Not to Tell
10. Burke, James… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 1, 2009 at 5:18am —
I was Reading Rachel's Blog at Changing Hands and saw that she had posted a list of the Top 5 Books to Reread and Rediscover and while I agreed with some of her selection (see below) I just had to add a few.
1. The Stand,
, Diana Gabaldon
3. Swan Song
, Robert McCammon
4. The Mists of Avalon
, Marion Zimmer Bradley
, Robin McKinley
While this is a good list I… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on December 25, 2008 at 2:46am —
Good morning. Happy Holidays to all!
We hope your season is filled with health and happiness!
The store is decorated, holiday and gift book ideas are everywhere, our Best Books of 2008 Lists are posted, gift wrap is at the ready. We hope to see you!
Don't Miss These Fun Holiday Mysteries
Ballard, Mignon F. Hark The Herald Angel Screamed
It’s Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone’s Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the… Continue
Added by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on December 25, 2008 at 2:40am —