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The Lineup

Otto Penzler and his wife

Editor and bookshop owner Otto Penzler asked some of mystery’s well-known authors

Hardly Knew Her

laura lippmanI love reading Laura Lippman's books. Her popular Tess Monaghan series is great and her stand alone novels are intriguing. This book, Hardly Knew Her, is a collection of new short stories.  I found her short stories to be just as well written as her novels. The stories are set not just in her home city of Baltimore but also New Orleans, Dublin, and Washington DC.

Frozen Mummies?

mooseAlaskaWith our cold weather, it was time to read another mystery set in Alaska! So I picked up Shaman Pass. In this novel, Nathan Active is called to investigate the murder of an Eskimo leader, stabbed to death with an ivory harpoon. Turns out the harpoon was stolen along with an Eskimo mummy nicknamed “Uncle Frosty.” Nathan explores his people’s past to find clues leading to the murderer. Again, I enjoyed the setting, learning more about modern Eskimo culture, and seeing the hero become more comfortable with his heritage.

More Edgar Nominees!

Last week we looked at the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominees for Best Novel. The category of Best First Novel looks interesting also. When you get a chance check out one of these titles to see which book you think will win!
The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano

The Edgars

The Mystery Writers of America will be announcing the winners of the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards on April 29. Awards are listed for several categories, but I’m always most interested in the best novel.

White Sky, Black Ice

eskimo icefishingeskimo sledIn White Sky, Black Ice, Alaskan state trooper Nathan Active is stationed in his birth village, Chukchi. However, he doesn’t fit in, since he was adopted at birth and raised by a white couple. The locals call him nalauqmiiyaak (almost white) since he knows almost nothing about the Eskimo culture. Still he is toughing it out, hoping to get stationed back in Anchorage where he was raised.

Deadly Housewives

housewifeDeadly Housewives, a collection of short stories, features new works by Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Marcia Muller, Carole Nelson Douglas, Nancy Pickard, S.J. Rozan and others. In each story, a housewife gets rid of a cheating husband, or another troublesome relative, in an imaginative way. I must warn you that the first story by Nevada Barr has a good bit of cursing in it. That’s what the title, GDMFSOB, stands for. But it was entertaining!

A Great Loss

I just heard that J.D. Salinger has died at the age of 91. Reclusive, but influential, he left his mark on American letters. You might want to re-read The Catcher in The Rye in his honor. (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

New York Times obituary

JD Salinger


PBS did an adaption of three of Mr. Mankell's novels, and I became interested in this mystery series as a result. In The Fifth Woman, Kurt Wallander is a troubled, workaholic Swedish police detective.

Sad News - RIP Robert B. Parker

Robert B. ParkerAfter I finished writing about The Professional and the Spencer series, I heard news of Robert B. Parker's death. He passed away at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack while sitting at his desk. He is survived by his wife of 50 years and 2 sons. So I guess I won't be reading any more Spencer novels. Might be nice to go back and re-read some of my favorites.

New York Times Obituary

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