Beginning last November, you saw dozens of lists claiming to identify the best books of 2014. But when you think about it, that’s a big claim. Had the writer of the article read a sizable fraction of the books published in that year? Not likely. And even if the list is compiled by multiple reviewers, should we consider theirs to be the final word? Probably not. A few websites even attempted a compilation of “best books” mentions, but most stopped far short of considering enough sources to be considered truly authoritative.
Cindy: Things are certainly ramping up for Booklist’s May Mystery Month, but hold on, it’s still April and it’s still National Poetry Month! Tomorrow is the national Poem in Your Pocket Day and that is always worth celebrating.
The Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners of 2015 were announced last evening. The award honors the best titles in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television, published or produced in 2014. Visit the Mystery Writers of America‘s website to learn more about the Edgars, and see the press release here.
You’ve nearly made it. You followed the clues, outwitted a criminal mastermind, and made the intimate acquaintance of a good-looking redhead, meanwhile surviving a car trash, a train wreck, and a night in the slammer. The treasure you seek is so close you can almost taste it—although, really, who wants to taste a million bucks in small, unmarked bills?
If you subscribe to Booklist, you’ll be receiving your copy of the May 1 issue, our Mystery Showcase, any day now—if you haven’t already. Or just log on to Booklist Online, where you’ll find nearly 200 new reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels, plus many more that we couldn’t fit into the magazine.
Congratulations to the Pulitzer Prize winners in the category of books, which were announced early this afternoon! Notably, two of the winning titles are also Carnegie shortlisters: All the Light We Cannot See and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.
Drum roll, please! And a slow clap! And for good measure, somebody cue the theme music from Jeopardy! Booklist‘s Mystery Month is just 10 days away. Can’t wait? Neither can we. To tide you over, here’s a little something we found in the filing cabinet, just behind the bottle of cheap bourbon and under the well-oiled .38.