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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.)