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It's a Mystery 3/7/2013

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Weeding

Yes, this really is a blog about mystery fiction and not about gardening.  Weeding is what I have been working on since the beginning of the year and it involves a thorough reivew and evaluation of all the books in WPPL's mystery collection.  All of us who select books for the library must weed our sections each year and it is not an easy task.  It is difficult to discard a book for any reason - ask anyone who has boxes of textbooks in their attic.

It's a Mystery 2012 Wrap-Up

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Mystery Awards

Each year a number of organizations and associations honor mystery writers for their outstanding work.  Below are the major awards, presented in 2012 for works published in 2011.  The winning titles are listed, along with their location at WPPL (MYS or FIC).  For a complete list of awards, nominees, and winners, visit http://stopyourekillingme.com/.

It's a Mystery 11/17/2012

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Bouchercon 2012

What an unbelievable experience it was for me to be able to attend the World Mystery Convention that was held here, in Cleveland, in October.  The four-day event featured over 1500 attendees, including over 500 published mystery authors and guests of honor Les Roberts, Robin Cook, John Connolly, Elizabeth George, and Mary Higgins Clark.  Among the rest of the attendees were aspiring authors, bloggers, journalists, publishers, and librarians, but mostly just, fans of the mystery/crime genre.

It's a Mystery 9/22/2012

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Up and Coming Mystery Authors

I mentioned in an earlier post that many of our fiction and mystery titles are by authors so popular that we have them on Standing Order.  This means that our book vendor automatically ships us a designated number of copies of new releases by these writers.  Tops among the mystery authors on Standing Order, both in number of copies ordered and in high circulation figures are: Carol Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Diane Mott Davidson, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, J. A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, and J. D. Robb.

It's a Mystery 7/19/2012

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From Book to Big and Small Screen

Recently there have been several blockbuster novels made into blockbuster movies, including the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series, Twilight series, James Patterson's Alex Cross (partly filmed in Cleveland!), and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.  Many of the movie premieres were characterized by long lines and midnight showings.  Our copies of the books were always checked out, with long waiting lists.

It's a Mystery 5/15/2012

It's a Mystery 3/20/2012

It's a Mystery 1/24/2012

It's a Mystery 12/1/2011

It's a Mystery 11/1/2011

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A.K.A.

It seems fitting that in mystery novels, where things and people are seldom what they seem, you would also find a number of authors who write under pseudonyms, aliases, pen names, etc.  Just  like some of their characters, mystery authors use assumed names to conceal their identities for a variety of reasons.

Writing under an assumed name is not a new trend.  Historically, many women would write under men's names to hide their gender in a male-dominated profession.  One of the most well-known examples is English novelist Mary Anne Evans, who used the pen name George Eliot.  Sometimes women authors would use initials instead of first names (P.D. James), or gender-neutral names.