Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller, Tom Bouman's Dry Bones in the Valley. The other finalists included Peter Heller, The Painter; Laura Lippman, After I’m Gone; Shawn Lawrence Otto, Sins of Our Fathers; and Peter Swanson, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart.
CrimeFest has whittled down its awards nominees to the shortlists in the categories of audio books, eBooks, humorous crime novels, and the H.R.F. Keating Award for the best biography or critical book related to crime fiction.
The Bony Blithe Award for best Canadian Light Mystery of 2015 announced their list of finalists: Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair; Judith Alguire, Many Unpleasant Returns; E.C. Bell, Seeing the Light; Janet Bolin, Night of the Living Thread; Allan Stratton, The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish. (Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare)
Cumbria's new Carlisle arts and entertainment venue is set to stage the region's first ever Crime Writing Weekend. The three-day UK literary festival is supported by the Crime Writers’ Association and will be held between Friday 12 and Sunday 14 June. It will feature more than 30 authors including Ann Cleves, Martin Edwards, Stuart MacBridge, and Zoe Sharp.
The Weekly Standard looked at the "the story within the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" and the research by Doyle biographer Douglas Kerr.
Kevin Robinson, a retired police officer, advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, consultant, and operator of the blog Crime Writing Solutions, has penned a new reference book on police work in the UK. Titled British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers, it's an informative resource for researchers and authors.
The first bookstore dedicated to self-published authors opened in Fort Myers, Florida. Gulf Coast Bookstore rearranges inventory from local authors every two weeks to keep the space fresh and sponsors book readings and signings.
In a story that could have been penned by any contemporary thriller writer, the Justice Department and FBI acknowledged that "nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000."
The Rosehill Library in Ipswich launched a "novel" promotion in a literal "don't judge a book by its cover" project. The staff wrapped up several books in plain white packaging (with only first line and genre) for people to borrow as mystery items, hoping to to get people more interested in reading.
This week's new crime poem at the 5-2 is "Facts" by Robert Cooperman.
In the Q&A roundup this week, Hilary Davidson talked with Do Some Damage about her writing and latest novel, Blood Always Tells; Gunnar Staalesen, "one of the fathers of Nordic Noir," chatted with the Irish Times; Greg Iles stopped by the Christian Science Monitor to discuss his new book, The Bone Tree, which includes an investigation into the JFK assassination; and Paula Hawkins explained to The Guardian why writing her book Girl on a Trail in a state of panic and dread was good for her.