It's a Mystery 2/16/2010

More Sad News

Early into 2010 mystery readers have already had their share of bad news.  Three very popular mystery writers have passed away since the beginning of the year.  As mentioned in a previous blog (It's a Mystery 1/12/2010), Robert B. Parker died on January 18 at the age of 77.  He was best known for his series about private investigator Spenser.

On January 29, we lost mystery writer Ralph McInerny.  He was a longtime professor of philosophy and medieval studies at Notre Dame University, serving on the faculty from 1955 until his retirement last year.  He wrote many scholarly works, but also over 50 novels, including his popular Father Dowling series.  In 1993 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boucheron World Mystery Convention.  McInerny was 80 years old.

Sunday, February 14, 2010, we learned of the death of Dick Francis, who was 89 years old.  During the latter part of his life Francis became best known as one of the most popular British mystery authors, writing 42 novels based on the horse-racing industry.  But those achievements stemmed from his successful earlier career as a National Hunt Jockey, winning over 350 races and being honored as Champion Jockey for the 1953/54 season.  He was a three-time Edgar Award winner and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1996.  His final novel, written with his son Felix, is scheduled to be published in August.  Here is a link to his website:

Mystery Madness is Back

Last year's contest, based on the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, pitted authors and characters of various mystery genres against each other.  Library patrons voted through various rounds until we declared our winner and Chief Inspector, Adam Dalgliesh, created by P.D. James.

This March, the contest will be bigger and better, having been expanded to include not only mysteries, but Adult fiction and non-fiction, and Young Adult and Children's characters and authors.  You'll be able to vote in the library and online.  Watch our website for more details.

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Some Soon-to-be-Released Mystery Titles

Albert, Susan Wittig - Holly Blues - (China Bayles)

Bowen, Rhys - Last Illusion - (Molly Murphy)

Bradley, Alan - The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - (Flavia de Luce)

Lutz, Lisa - The Spellmans Strike Again - (Izzy Spellman and family)

Peters, Elizabeth - A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody)

Shannon, John - On the Nickel - (Jack Liffey)

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