Archive for May, 2012

News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Articles & links of interest to audiobook enthusiasts. Here’s a round-up of industry and insider happenings – from the current big batch of news, it looks like everyone’s gearing up for June is Audiobook Month! Social media has been abuzz over the last week about fantastic articles on the awesomeness of all things audio. Each […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, News
Thrilling Detective: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

Thrilling Detective: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

I’ve never met Kevin Burton Smith but, after exchanging a few emails with the editor of Thrilling Detective, I really hope I get to have a beer with him someday. It wasn’t just his assurance that his web magazine is “100% gluten-free”—nor was it his savvy remark that “librarians are extremely good-looking.” (When I explained that the […]

Posted in: Likely Stories
You Can Go Home Again to Scandinavia

You Can Go Home Again to Scandinavia

The statement I am about to make may be as reliable as Wikipedia to most librarians but I believe there is some confusion in the world of crime fiction as to what constitutes a work of Scandinavian fiction.  What is the definition of Scandinavia?  I believe it is the peninsula that includes the present countries […]

Dusty Books:  Audition for Murder and Cruising for Murder

Dusty Books: Audition for Murder and Cruising for Murder

Two mysteries that might likely be languishing on the shelf, probably because what started off as a funny, cozy series stopped after two novels. Which is really too bad, because they are wonderfully written light mysteries , with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and an endearing heroine that will appeal to readers who enjoy the sassiness […]

Bill Crider and His Popular Culture Magazine: If You Don't Know Him, It's a Crime

Bill Crider and His Popular Culture Magazine: If You Don't Know Him, It's a Crime

Bill Crider is one of those guys who glues the mystery world together. He’s an author (see The Wild Hog Murders, 2011) and he’s also a fan who helps get the word out about other writers’ books. (Actually, although Bill is one of the best-known examples, you’d be surprised at how many generous authors there […]

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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Cindy: When I was a fledgling librarian I had a teacher who loved to ask his students to research items that he knew I had little or nothing about in the library. One of those topics was Sylvia Earle. There were no biographies available, our one computer ran with a cassette deck, and my TOM […]

Hostile Questions: Todd Strasser

Hostile Questions: Todd Strasser

We knew Todd Strasser was going to be a tough nut to crack. I mean, the guy has written over 120 books for teens and middle graders, including such gritty, hard-hitting award-winners as The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, and If I Grow Up. But this nut came even tougher than expected, proving that […]

Fangs for the Memory

Fangs for the Memory

Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang is the story of two parents, Caleb and Camille Fang, who create performance art pieces that force people in malls or other public places to participate in chaotic situations that feel real and twist their concept of reality. When children Annie and Buster come along, they give them parts in […]

CADS: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

CADS: If You Don't Know Them, It's a Crime

If hearing about a magazine called CADS doesn’t make your ears prick up, there’s no hope for you. Several oblique references to such a periodical made me do a little sleuthing. First of all, I learned that it stands for Crime And Detective Stories—I was somewhat disappointed to learn that the stories in question need not feature […]

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Tudor? I Hardly Know Her!

Tudor? I Hardly Know Her!

Oh, I kid King Henry, I kid. If your patrons are some of the thousands who put Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies on the best-seller list, they may be ready for some more sixteenth-century intrigue. Nothing could be more timely than spotlighting these historical mysteries.   To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley The […]