Kirkus Reviews named its list of the "Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2015."
Amazon editors also chose their Best Books lists for 2015, including Best Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense. For all the titles on the list, check out this link.
A bit of sad news from the mystery conference world: the Love is Murder Conference, held annually since 1998 in Chicago and handing out the Lovey Awards, is cancelling its 2016 event. Organizers said that diminishing attendance and financial considerations caused not only the cancellation of this upcoming LIMCon but all future conferences, as well.
American Southern noir writer Joe R. Lansdale will be a featured guest at Italy’s Noir in Festival, held in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur, receiving the conference's Raymond Chandler Award. He'll also be showcasing his new book Honky Tonk Samurai, the latest in a series which is the basis for upcoming six-episode SundanceTV series Hap and Leonard.
The Boston Globe profiled Tess Gerritsen, who takes a break from her Rizzoli & Isles series with the standalone thriller, Playing with Fire, for which the author wrote the chilling musical composition at this new book’s core.
Lit Hub profiled Raymond Chandler - how his dual life in the UK and U.S. affected his writing and how plots were merely pegs on which to hang characters and language. Or, as the author himself said, "Very likely Agatha Christie and Rex Stout write better mysteries. But their words don’t get up and walk. Mine do."
Crime Syndicate Magazine has announced that the guest editor for their first issue is Eric Beetner, who is seeking submissions through December 5 for crime stories of 1500 to 4500 words. As to what types of stories they're looking for, "We love stories about violence, greed, lust, debauchery, and any combination of those things." (Hat tip to Sandra Seamans.)
Brenda Starr, the glamorous, feisty redheaded reporter created by Dale Messick, captivated newspaper readers from 1940 through the comic's demise in 2011. But Brenda Starr is staging a comeback to headline a mystery novel series created by USA Today bestselling author J.J. Salem, with the first title, Black Orchid Murders, set for publication in Spring 2016. The 21st century version finds the character in her early 40s working as a TV pundit and visiting college professor. But she returns to hard news at a digital start-up when a series of murders targeting Chicago's elite hits too close to home, "all while navigating the complexities of modern life with a younger lover, a tycoon ex-husband and a head-strong, college-aged daughter showing signs of becoming Brenda Starr 2.0."
Eighty-five years after its first publication, Agatha Christie’s short story series, "The Mysterious Mr. Quin," is getting new life as an app. The story follows a group of socialites who gather for a party in a ritzy British country home and obsess over Derek Capel, a friend of the group who committed suicide 10 years earlier under suspicious circumstances. Over the course of the night Mr. Quin, a mysterious interloper, helps the guests piece together the true cause of Capel’s death. The app updates the action to the present day and allows viewers to click through the characters’ social media walls, feeds and albums to learn the plot.
The new crime poem at the 5-2 Weekly is "Another Death" by Jennifer Lagier.
In the Q&A roundup this week, the MysteryPeople grilled Alen Mattich, author of the Marko della Torre novels; Matt Hilton takes Paul D. Brazill's "Short, Sharp Interview" challenge about his eries featuring PI Tess Grey, and her sidekick, Nicolas “Po” Villere, who is an ex-con; and David Baldacci was featured in a Q&A via The Telegraph.