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July 4th Mysteries – 2017

 

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Looking for a book to read with a July 4th Mystery theme?

 

This updated list of twenty-six ‘July 4th Mysteries’ titles contains entertaining books by bestselling and/or new authors where the 4th of July theme is important to the novel. Some are oldies, but goodies, some are relatively recent. If you know of others, please tell us in the comment section.   :-)

 

“Murder on Parade” by Donald Bain  

 

“Murder by Fireworks” by Susan Bernhardt


“The Cat Who Went Underground” by Lilian Jackson Braun


“Dead on the 4th of July” by Meg Chittenden

 

“A Catered Fourth of July” by I. Crawford


“Red, White, and Blue Murder” by Bill Crider

 

“Dead on the Fourth of July” by R.E. Derouin

 

“One Fete in the Grave” by Vickie Fee


“Lemon Meringue Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke


"Mistaken Identity" by Patricia Gligor


“Tool & Die” by Sarah Graves

 

“Act of Darkness” by Jane Haddam


“Dead, White and Blue” by Carolyn Hart

 

“Yankee Doodle Dead” by Carolyn Hart


“Exit Wounds” by J. A. Jance


“A Timely Vision” by Joyce and Jim Lavene

 

“Silence of the Jams” by Gayle Leeson


“Knee High by the Fourth of July” by Jess Lourey

 

“A Sparrow Falls Fourth of July” by Donna McLean


“Star Spangled Murder” by Leslie Meier

 

“Foal Play” by Kathryn O’Sullivan

 

“4th of July” by James Patterson/Maxine Paetro

 

“Can't Never Tell” by Cathy Pickens


“Death by Deep Dish Pie” by Sharon Short

 

“Independence Day Plague” by Carla Lee Suson

 

“The 4th of July Can Be Murder” by Dianne Vereen

Happy 4th to the USA readers and stay safe during the festivities.  Have fun choosing from the July 4th Mysteries.   :-)

 

 

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Irish Mysteries – 2017

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon! For those of you that focus your reading on holiday/cultural themed books, the list below features Irish writers and/or mysteries set in Ireland. Some are modern classics, some are newbies, but all are entertaining reads. You’re sure to find a title in the list of 30 Irish Mysteries that you will want to read again and again.

 

Lisa Alber: “Whispers in the Mist”

S. Furlong-Bollinger: “Paddy Whacked”

Sheila Connolly: "Cruel Winter"

Kathi Daley: “Shamrock Shenanigans”

Frank Delaney: "Shannon"

Nelson Demille: “Cathedral”

Tana French: “Faithful Place”

Alexia Gordon: “Murder in G Major”

Andrew Greeley: “Irish Tweed”

Jane Haddam: “A Great Day for the Deadly”

Lyn Hamilton: “The Celtic Riddle”

Lee Harris: “The St. Patrick's Day Murder”

Erin Hart: “Haunted Ground” review here

Jonathan Harrington: “A Great Day for Dying”

Mary Anne Kelly: “Twillyweed”

Amanda Lee: “The Long Stitch Good Night”

Wendi Lee: “The Good Daughter”

Dan Mahoney: “Once in, Never Out”

Brian McGilloway: “Little Girl Lost”

Ralph M. McInerny: “Lack of the Irish”

Leslie Meier: “St. Patrick's Day Murder”

Stuart Neville: "Ghosts of Belfast”

Carlene O'Connor: "Murder at an Irish Wedding"

Sister Carol Anne O’Marie: “Death Takes Up A Collection”

Helen Page: "Equal of God"

Louise Phillips: “The Doll’s House”

Janet Elaine Smith: “In St. Patrick's Custody”

JJ Toner: “St. Patrick's Day Special”

Peter Tremayne: “The Devil’s Seal”

Kathy Hogan Trochek: “Irish Eyes”

 

If your favorite Irish Mysteries are not on the list, let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them!  :-)

Happy choosing and reading!

 

 

 

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Literary Cookbooks

 

 

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What cook can resist a great new cookbook?

Even better, what foodie/avid reader can resist a cookbook created by his/her favorite author?

 

The following twelve cookbooks have been recommended by the readers of Nightstand Book Reviews as part of their literary and/or cookbook collections. The cookbooks would definitely make a fun gift to a fan of any of the authors. There are some pretty famous writers in the mix and many of the cookbooks have been nominated for awards.  :-)  If you have tried any of the recipes, please let us know in the comments.

 

Click on the book title to learn more about the featured recipes.

 

"Cooking with Jane Austen" – Kirstin Olsen

 

"Food to Die For" – Patricia Cornwell, Marlene Brown

 

"Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook" – Diane Mott Davidson


"Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader" – Jan Karon

 

"KP Authors Cook Their Books" – 11 Kindle Press authors

 

"Mystery Writers of America Cookbook" – Kate White, editor; famous mystery writer contributors

 

"The Cat Who Cookbook" – Lilian Jackson Braun

 

"The Cozy Cookbook" – Laura Childs & other bestselling cozy writers

 

"The Hemingway Cookbook" – Craig Boreth

 

"The Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook" – Theresa Carle-Sanders

 

"Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen" – Jason Goodwin

 

"Winnie the Pooh’s Teatime Cookbook" – A.A. Milne
 

 

Happy cooking!  :-)

 


 

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Halloween Mystery List – 2016

 

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Halloween will be here before you know it and if you’d like to pick up a fun read with a seasonal theme, here are forty-two titles in our updated 2016 Halloween Mystery List.

 

Some have been around for ages, but others have recently been published or re-published. There are dozens more books with a Halloween theme, so if your favorite is not on the list, please let us know the title and author in the comments.

Click on the bold titles to read more about the individual books.

 

Stacey Alabaster – The Pumpkin Killer

Susan Wittig Albert – Witches' Bane

Ritter Ames and 8 others – Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales

Susan Bernhardt – The Ginseng Conspiracy

Susan Boles – Death of a Wolfman

Lilian Jackson Braun – Cat Who Talked to Ghosts

Rita Mae Brown – The Litter of the Law

Anna Celeste Burke – All Hallows’ Eve Heist

Jessica Burton – Death Goes Shopping

Nora Charles – Death with an Ocean View

Laura Childs – Frill Kill

Agatha Christie – The Hallowe'en Party

Susan Rogers Cooper – Not in My Backyard

E.J. Copperman – Night of the Living Deed

Kathi Daley – Haunted Hamlet; Murder at the Witching Hour

Carole Nelson Douglas – Cat with an Emerald Eye

Janet Evanovich – Plum Spooky

Connie Feddersen – Dead in the Pumpkin Patch

Vickie Fee – It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To

Honora Finkelstein – The Lawyer Who Died Trying

‘Jessica Fletcher’ & Donald Bain – Trick or Treachery

Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) – Stirring the Plot

Sarah Graves – Nail Biter

Carolyn Haines – Hallowed Bones

Ellen Hart – Sweet Poison

Lee Hollis – Death of a Pumpkin Carver

Carolyn Q. Hunter – Pumpkin Pie Waffle

Ellen Elizabeth Hunter – Murder on the Ghost Walk

Daniel Judson – The Violet Hour

Heather Justesen – Muffins & Murder

Andrew Klavan – The Animal Hour

Joyce & Jim Lavene – Ghastly Glass

James Lilley – Death Knocks Twice

Ed McBain – Tricks: an 87th Precinct Mystery

G.A. McKevett – Poisoned Tarts

Leslie Meier – Wicked Witch Murder

Liz Mugavero – A Biscuit, a Casket

Julie Mulhern – Send in the Clowns

Leigh Perry – The Skeleton Haunts a House

Rebecca Tope – Death in the Cotswolds

Diane Vallere – Masking for Trouble

 

If you've read any books in the Halloween Mystery List for 2016, please let us know what you thought.

 

Happy Spooky Reading!  :-)

 

 

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Anthony Awards 2016 – Bouchercon

 

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The World Mystery Convention, usually referred to as Bouchercon, is an annual conference named after Anthony Boucher, a mystery author and critic. This event honors various segments of the mystery and crime fiction community. The nominees for the 2016 Anthony Award were chosen by attendees at the 2015 convention, as well as early registrants for the 2016 event. The recognized works were published during 2015 and the winners were  announced in mid-September at the convention. You’ll notice some returning authors on the list of nominees as well as great new entries.

 

The winners are indicated in red.  

BEST NOVEL

“Night Tremors” – Matt Coyle 

“The Killing Kind” – Chris Holm 

“The Child Garden” – Catriona McPherson 

“The Nature of the Beast” – Louise Penny 

“What You See” – Hank Phillippi Ryan 

 

BEST FIRST NOVEL

“Concrete Angel” – Patricia Abbott 

“Past Crimes” – Glen Erik Hamilton 

“New Yorked” – Rob Hart

“Bull Mountain” – Brian Panowich 

“On the Road with Del & Louise” – Art Taylor 

 

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 

“The Long and Faraway Gone” – Lou Berney 

“Gun Street Girl” – Adrian McKinty 

“Little Pretty Things” – Lori Rader-Day 

“Young Americans” – Josh Stallings 

“Stone Cold Dead” – James W. Ziskin 

 

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION BOOK 

“The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story” – Martin Edwards 

“Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald” – Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan, editors 

“Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime” – Val McDermid 

“The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett” – Nathan Ward 

“The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For” – Kate White, editor

 

BEST SHORT STORY

"The Little Men: A Bibliomystery" – Megan Abbott 

"The Siege" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dec 2015 – Hilary Davidson 

"Feliz Navidead" Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule – Brace Godfrey/Johnny Shaw 

"Old Hands" Dark City Lights – Erin Mitchell 

"Quack and Dwight" Jewish Noir – Travis Richardson

"Don’t Fear the Ripper" Protectors 2: Heroes – Holly West 

 

BEST ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION

“Safe Inside the Violence” – Christopher Irvin 

“Protectors 2: Heroes-Stories to Benefit PROTECT” – Thomas Pluck, editor

“Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule: Holiday Tales of Crime for People on the Naughty List” – Todd Robinson, editor 

“Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015” – Art Taylor, editor 

“Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds” – Kenneth Wishnia, editor 

 

Additional categories and nominations can be seen at www.bouchercon.com  Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

 

The 2015 winners were as follows:

Best Novel – “After I'm Gone” – Laura Lippman

Best First Novel – “The Black Hour” – Lori Rader-Day

Best Paperback Original – “The Day She Died” – Catriona McPherson

Best Short Story – "The Odds Are Against Us" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2014 – Art Taylor

 

The 2014 winners were as follows:

BEST TV EPISODE – “The Blacklist” – Pilot

BEST CRITICAL / NON-FICTION – Daniel Stashower’s “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War”

BEST FIRST NOVEL – Matt Coyle’s “Yesterday's Echo”

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL – Catriona McPherson’s “As She Left It”

BEST NOVEL – William Kent Krueger’s “Ordinary Grace”

 


Happy Reading everyone!!  :-)

 

 

 

 

 

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July 4th Mysteries – 2016

 

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Looking for a book to read with a July 4th Mystery theme?

 

Book lists exist for every holiday during the year, with some titles on some lists that could be used with several different holidays. Switch Christmas for the USA 4th of July in the text and the story might work just as well – the mystery being the essential part of the piece.

 

This updated list of twenty 'July 4th Mysteries' titles contains entertaining books by bestselling and/or new authors where the 4th of July theme is important to the novel. Some are oldies but goodies, some are relatively recent. If you know of others, please tell us in the comment section.  :-)

 

“Murder on Parade” by Donald Bain  

 

“Murder by Fireworks” by Susan Bernhardt


“The Cat Who Went Underground” by Lilian Jackson Braun


“Dead on the 4th of July” by Meg Chittenden

 

“A Catered Fourth of July” by I. Crawford


“Red, White, and Blue Murder” by Bill Crider


“Lemon Meringue Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke


“Tool & Die” by Sarah Graves

 

“Act Of Darkness” by Jane Haddam


“Dead, White and Blue” by Carolyn Hart

 

“Yankee Doodle Dead” by Carolyn Hart


“Exit Wounds” by J. A. Jance


“A Timely Vision” by Joyce and Jim Lavene


“Knee High by the Fourth of July” by Jess Lourey


“Star Spangled Murder” by Leslie Meier

 

“Foal Play” by Kathryn O’Sullivan

 

“4th of July” by James Patterson/Maxine Paetro

 

“Can't Never Tell” by Cathy Pickens


“Death by Deep Dish Pie” by Sharon Short

 

“Independence Day Plague” by Carla Lee Suson

Happy 4th to the USA readers and stay safe during the festivities. Have fun choosing from the July 4th Mysteries.   :-)

 

 

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