The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee The Color Purple, by Alice Walker Ulysses, by James Joyce Beloved, by Toni Morrison The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 1984, by George Orwell Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck Catch-22, by Joseph Heller Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Animal Farm, by George Orwell The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway The Call of the Wild, by Jack London The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess The Awakening, by Kate Chopin In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
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Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it's up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him.
When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course.
With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own elixir of life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she's had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life.
A Downward Dog Mystery!
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson’s life takes a chaotic turn once she agrees to not only be the doula for her pregnant best friend, but also play foster mother to two puppies. The chaos only gets worse when Kate finds the dead body of a philandering fertility doctor and Rachel, one of her yoga students, fleeing the scene.
Kate is convinced her student is innocent, and she sets out to find the real killer before her testimony condemns Rachel to a life behind bars. But her hands are full with caring for three dogs, teaching yoga classes, and gaining an unexpected crime-solving partner. If she’s not careful, Kate’s next yoga pose may be a fatal one.
Shamus Awards - given out during Boucher Con by the Private Eye Writers of America. A group whose goal is to raise private eye stories from a sub-genera within mysteries to a full fledged genera of its' own. The rules of this award are, "A Private Eye is defined as a private citizen (not a member of the military, federal agency, or civic or state police force) who is paid to investigate crimes. A Private Investigator can be a traditional private eye, a TV or newspaper reporter, an insurance investigator, an employee of an investigative service or agency (think Pinkertons), or similar character.". Founded in 1981 the group and the awards are still going strong!
And to our great pleasure one of the 2016 Winners is a friend of the shop! Ingrid Thoft won Best Hardcover P.I. novel for her book Brutality! Grats!
Other 2016 Shamus Winners:
Best Private Eye Short Story “The Dead Client” by Parnell Hall in Dark City Lights: New York Stories (edited by Lawrence Block)
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado swept me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die. That's right, everyone's favorite Wicked-Witch-slayer had let the magic of Oz corrupt her. She turned evil. So I killed her.
But just when we thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, we were betrayed. Now I m following the Road of Yellow Brick as it helps me escape toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world...
Just when she and the rest of the surviving members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, they realized they’ve been betrayed—by one of their own. And Dorothy might not have been so easily defeated after all.
The Wells & Wong Detective Society is ready to crack the case—but this time, they’ve got competition.
A murdered heiress, a missing necklace, and a train full of shifty, unusual, and suspicious characters leaves Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in this third novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.
Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are taking a vacation across Europe on world-famous passenger train, the Orient Express—and it’s clear that each of their fellow first-class travelers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: There’s rumor of a spy in their midst.
Then, during dinner, a bloodcurdling scream comes from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered—her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished, as if into thin air.
The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.
The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.
But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?
Given out by the Mystery Writers of America the Edgar Award is named after Edgar Allen Poe (obviously). They felt it a fitting name since Poe is considered the father of detective fiction, having written three stories in the 1840's featuring a detective named C. Auguste Dupin.
The first Edgar was awarded in 1946 - the initial categories were Best 1st Novel, Best Radio Drama, Best Motion Picture and Outstanding Mystery Criticism. The award was handed out at the Edgar Awards banquet in New York and has floated around different venues ever since.
Fun Fact: The Iconic Edgar statuette wasn't handed out until the 3rd awards dinner! The 1st year they hand out a specially bound & printed collection of Poe's works. The 2nd year they had a limited edition run of 12 of Howard Haycraft’s Art of the Mystery Story (which incidentally won the Outstanding Mystery Criticism category the same year, 1948)!
The Best Novel category (which is now one of the Edgar's most coveted award) was created eight years later in 1954 - the 1st winner was Charlotte Jay's mysteryBeat Not The Bones. The very same year Roald Dahl, best know for his kids books, won the best short story category for Someone Like You. The next year Raymond Chandler won Best Novel for the Long Goodbye!
The entire list is a who's who of mystery writers!
The same can be said for the Grand Master Award which was first given out in 1955 to Agatha Christie - with the strict understanding that she wouldn't have to give a speech! The Grand Master's speech is considered one of the highlights of the awards Banquet, but Christie hated public speaking....But she'd already created Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Colonial Race, Tommy & Tuppence, Superintendent Battle, Mr. Harley Quinn and written And Then There Were None - so I suppose they were willing to accommodate her!
The 2016 Grand Master is no less distinguished! Walter Mosley the creator of Easy Rawlins, Paris Minton, Leonid Mcgill, and tons of other non-series works recieved the Edgar. I cannot wait see who this year's Grand Master is!
Fun Fact: There are a 4 defunct Edgar categories: Best radio drama (1946–1960), Outstanding Mystery Criticism (1946–1967), Best foreign film (1949–1966) & Best book jacket (1955–1975).
And there is one irregular category called the Special Edgar - 1st awarded in 1949 to Peter W. Williams for creating the Edgar statuette now handed out to the Edgar winners. 2005 was the last time it was given out, to David Chase & Tom Fontana for their writing and production of new and breakthrough TV shows.
Fifth in The Others Series and rumored to be the last in this series!
Out in March - Not Soon Enough!
After the Elders cleansed and reclaimed many human towns, Lakeside Courtyard emerged relatively unscathed. Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must still work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave…
Sam Sykes returns with the exhilarating conclusion to his Bring Down Heaven series.
The great demon Khoth-Kapira has broken free of his prison and taken his first steps upon the mortal world. And he owes it all to Lenk. Believing that the demon will mend a broken world that the gods have ignored, Lenk serves as a reluctant champion to Khoth-Kapira's cause. But as the desperate and fearful flock to Khoth-Kapira's banner, begging for salvation, Lenk begins to doubt his patron's good intentions.
The city of Cier'Djaal, meanwhile, has become the battlefield for the last great war. And as the mortal races prepare to tear each other apart, none are aware of the march of the great demon who comes to tame them.
I swear I have read about this library! It looks just l how I imagined the library in Garth Nix's Lirael looked! Only with bookcases in the place of windows, since it was located in the heart of a glacier!
When Rex Stout penned Fer-de-Lance in 1934, his first Nero Wolfe mystery, little did he know the phenomenon he was creating! In his subsequent 73 novels, novellas and short stories Stout arguably created the second most famous home in all of detective fiction (only after 221B Baker Street). The detail given to Wolfe's brownstone on West 35th Street allowed his fans to immerse themselves in Nero's world. Thus they slowly became enthralled with him, his home, New York, orchids, food, Archie Goodwin and most of all his cases.
These books became so beloved that in 1978 forty-four(ish) years later after Fer-de-Lance (and three(ish) years after Stout's death) The Wolfe Pack was created - an organization dedicated to the appreciation of Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin.
Just a short year later in 1979 the first Nero Award was given to Lawrence Block for his mystery The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling. The Nero Award is given out by The Wolfe Pack to - a mystery first published in the U.S. and in the tradition of the Nero Wolfe mysteries. The Nero is given out at the Black Orchid Banquet traditionally held on the first Saturday in December.
Fun Fact: The founder of SMB, Bill Farley, was a lifelong fan of Rex Stout and was a member of The Wolfe Pack! There wasn't much he didn't know about Stout or Nero & Archie!
Lawrence Block the very first winner of the Nero went on to have a rather lengthy career himself! Writing hundreds of novels, novellas, short stories, screen plays, introductions and blurbs under various pseudonyms over the years. At age 78 he's still going strong writing new stuff and reissuing older stuff! While his Nero winning mystery is out of print - check out these new releases and some coming soon titles!