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Cover of Wet Work by Les RobertsWith little fanfare or publicity, Les Roberts has published another mystery.  But this one is not part of the Milan Jacovich series.  Rather, it is the second book featuring Dominick Candiotti, who was first introduced in The Strange Death of Father Candy.  Nick Candiotti has returned in Wet Work and Roberts describes his character this way:  “Dominck Candiotti, from an Italian family in Youngstown, began his on-page life in the year 1985, exacting terrible revenge for the death of his older priest-brother. He has no friends, no remaining family, he’s not a big talker, and when forced to, he can kill without much compunction.”

 

It's a Mystery - Legacies

One of the most interesting announcements about mysteries this summer is the news that HarperCollins has hired Sophie Hannah to write a new Hercule Poirot mystery, nearly 40 years after Agatha Christie's last Poirot book.

The Monogram Murders will be published on September 9.

It's a Mystery - Summer Reading

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Unlike the days of required reading you may remember from high school, summer reading at WPPL can be fun!

It's a Mystery - A Little History in the Mystery

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I've written before about the many sub-genres of the Mystery genre, such as cozies, police procedurals, and hard-boiled.  One sub-genre that is regaining its popularity is the Historical mystery.

It's a Mystery - Looking Back and Ahead

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Time to take a brief look back at 2013 -

 

Mystery authors we lost this past year:

 

Robert Barnard, age 76.  This British crime writer authored 40 mysteries.  From the New York Times: "Mr. Barnard called his work "entertainment" and "deliberately old-fashioned."  His murders, set mainly in small villages drolly christened with names like "Hexton-on-Weir" and "Twytching," were plotted with an ingenuity and precision that made him popular among aficionados of what is known in publishing as the English cozy - mysteries with a picturesque setting, colorful locals and minimal violence."

It's a Mystery - Introducing ...

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It's been another great year for debut mysteries, so if you're searching out a new mystery author to read, try one of these.  Running the gamut of mystery sub-genres, time periods, and locations, the listed titles are some of the most popular among our WPPL mystery readers.  (Quoted descriptions are from Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, and Library Journal.)

It's a Mystery - 'Tis the Season

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I've just completed my orders for all the new holiday mysteries that are being published this season.  Some titles have already arrived, some will be here shortly, but all should be listed in our catalog for you to place on Hold.  Since the stores are already decorated and the Christmas countdown has begun, here are some books to get you in the spirit of the season.

It's a Mystery 8/13/2013

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Busy Times in Mystery Publishing

There is a lot of activity on the mystery front this time of year, including the release of many titles by popular mystery authors.  Here are some highlights:

It's a Mystery 6/8/2013

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Cozies Revisited

Several years ago I posted a blog about the subgenre of Mysteries known as Cozies.  Today these continue to be one of the most popular types of mystery.  As previously written, there are a number of characteristics that make a mystery a cozy.  They include:

It's a Mystery 4/30/2013

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Trends

A recent article in Library Journal discussed trends in the circulation of library materials.  65% of items circulated are from the Fiction area, with Mysteries being the top circulating subgenre within Fiction.  The popularity of mysteries is no surprise to those of us who read them.  Readers continue to be drawn to the varied types of mysteries being published today.