2016 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees Announced

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If you are a reader of horror stories, or those that invoke psychological suspense, then you probably know the name Shirley Jackson. Ms. Jackson wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as the well known short story, “The Lottery.” To honor the legacy of Shirley [….]

2016 Edgar Awards Nominees Announced

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The Mystery Writers of America announced the finalists for their 2016 Edgar Awards on January 19.  The nominees include: BEST NOVEL The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr Life or Death by Michael Robotham Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy Canary by Duane Swierczynski Night Life [….]

LitStack Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead Books Release Date:  January 13, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59463-366-9 Rachel Watson may not have hit rock bottom yet, but she’s pretty darned close.  Her husband Tom divorced her after having an affair and then marrying “the other woman”.  She had started drinking back when she and Tom had [….]

LitStack Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan Farrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date:  September 24, 2013 ISBN 978-0-374-21491-3 I love it when a friend recommends a book for me to read.  “I thought of you when I read this,” Ron told me as we watched our dogs gambol at the dog park, “It’s about a bookstore [….]

Shirley Jackson Award Winners Announced

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The 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at Readercon 25 in Burlington, Massachusetts.  These awards are given out in recognition of outstanding achievement in the literature of “psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic” as voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics. According to the [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘The Taken’ by Vicki Pettersson

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We’re so pleased to bring back our Featured Author segment with the immensely talented and stunningly beautiful Vicki Pettersson, author of the Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy series and Celestial Blues trilogy, both set in modern day Las Vegas. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vicki Pettersson is a Las Vegas native [….]

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Crown Publishers Publication Date: June 5, 2012 ISBN 978-0-307-58836-4 This is going to be a short review.  Not because I didn’t thoroughly enjoy Gillian Flynn’s runaway best seller, Gone Girl, but because I did.  Because writing even little details about this entertaining thriller would potentially give away something that would best [….]

LitStack Review: Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

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Truth or Dare Jacqueline Green Poppy/Little Brown and Company First Edition: May 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-316-22036-1 Beautiful spitfire Tenley Reed has returned to Echo Bay, Massachusetts just in time for the start of her senior year.  Her mother has remarried – this time to insanely rich Lanson Reed, who just happens to own much of [….]

LitStack Review: Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen

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Blood Makes Noise Gregory Widen Thomas & Mercer First Edition: April 30, 2013 ISBN 978-1-6110-9899-0 Is it truly “historical fiction” if someone takes a gap in history and fills it with a seemingly plausible set of events, using speculation to connect the dots between the points that are known to be true?  Especially if the [….]

Dennis Lehane Wins Edgar Award for Best Novel

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From GalleyCat: Author Dennis Lehane has won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best Novel with Live by Night. You can read free samples of all the Edgar Award nominees below, highlighting the winning books in bold. Among the winners, Ben Winters won best paperback original with The Last Policeman and Chris Pavone won the best first novel by an [….]