- THE OTHER TWIN by L.V. Hay; Orenda books, on-sale 11/15/17 (ISBN: 978-1910633786).
- DEAR MR. M by Herman Koch; Hogarth, paperback on-sale 6/6/17 (ISBN: 978-1101903346).
- BLOCK 46 by Johana Gustawsson; Orenda Books, on-sale 10/1/17 (ISBN: 978-1910633700).
- SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf; Algonquin, paperback on-sale 5/23/17 (ISBN: 978-1616206932).
- CURSED by Thomas Enger; Orenda Books, on-sale 2/15/17 (ISBN: 978-1910633649).
LITTLE BOY BLUE by M.J. Arlidge; Berkley Publishing, on-sale 10/4/16 (ISBN: 978-1101991374).
- September, 2017: The Thrill Begins, Interview with David Lagercrantz http://thrillbegins.com/2017/09/11/lagercrantz/
- July, 2017: The Thrill Begins, "Running a Successful Newsletter" http://thrillbegins.com/2017/07/05/newsletter/
- June, 2017: Select Specs, "Fashion Fit for a Coffee Run" https://www.selectspecs.com/fashion-lifestyle/fashion-fit-for-a-coffee-run/
- April, 2017: Independent Publishers Group, "Top Tips from Our Favorite #InfluencersOfInstagram" http://www.ipgbook.com/blog/top-tips-from-our-favorite-influencersofinstagram/
- March, 2017: Scandinavia On My Mind, "Top 5 Nordic Noir Novels" http://scandinaviaonmymind.com/five-nordic-noir-novels-read-die/
- April, 2016: Binge on Books Podcast, "Most Anticipated 2016 Books" http://bingeonbooks.com/most-anticipated-books-for-2016-a-podcast-four-way/
- October, 2017: The Writer Awards Best Book Blogs of 2017 https://commaful.com/play/thewriterawards/the-book-blogger-awards-2017/
- September, 2017: Ten Greatest's Top Book Review Blogs: http://www.10greatest.com/a-guide-to-top-book-review-blogs/
- September, 2017: Shout About's Best Book Review Blogs: http://www.shoutabout.org/review/best-book-review-blogs/
- July, 2017: #8 in FeedSpot's Top 50 Crime Novel Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/crime_novel_blogs/
- June, 2017: FeedSpot's Top 100 Novel Review Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/novel_blogs/
- June, 2017: FeedSpot's Top 100 Book Review Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/bookreview_blogs/
- November, 2016: FeedSpot's Top 100 Book Review Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/bookreview_blogs/
2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for new crime fiction, and my Buzzworthy Books series is here profile the upcoming releases that deserve to be on your reading list! For my second Buzzworthy Books pick, I’ve chosen THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn - a masterful, immersive psychological suspense novel that will recall Hitchcock and Rear Window for its readers. Masterfully plotted and vividly told, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW draws readers into the maze-like mind of a very solitary woman, and unravels the external circumstances that have made her who she is.
Last weekend, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder in Toronto, Canada!! This was my first-ever time attending Bouchercon (aka the World Mystery Convention), and it certainly won’t be my last. Bouchercon is a long weekend spent learning from and meeting crime fiction authors from around the world. The weekend was jam-packed with author appearances, panels, interviews, events, and a whole lot more - and I am beyond grateful to have had a chance to experience it!
On a recent trip to Canada, I picked up a copy of Läckberg’s short story collection THE SCENT OF ALMONDS & OTHER STORIES - a slim little book that I have yet to find in US bookstores. Comprised of four short stories, THE SCENT OF ALMONDS will make an entertaining and clever addition to Läckberg fans’ personal libraries—though it won't deliver the best introduction to Läckberg for new readers. This collection is, admittedly, not be the most groundbreaking or dark short story collection - I definitely recommend Läckberg's full-length fiction over this collection if you're after interpersonal intrigue and chilling mysteries. That being said, this collection's accessibility and familiarity (series favorites appear in these stories!) make it a fun holiday gift if you know a Läckberg fan - or if you’re a fan of hers yourself! It plays directly into series fans' nostalgia for the world Läckberg has crafted, delivering a charming - if somewhat "light" - suspense collection.
It’s no secret: the movie adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s THE SNOWMAN is by far my most-anticipated film of 2017! THE SNOWMAN is my favorite crime novel, and I am so excited to see it on the big screen. To celebrate the movie’s release, I’m thrilled to team up with Universal Studios to share more information about The Snowman film, a “Help Harry find the Snowman Killer” Blog App, and (last but certainly not least!!) a Giveaway of a Snowman Movie Prize Pack! Enter via this blog post.
Psychological thrillers, and domestic thrillers in particular, have had one long moment in the cultural spotlight; from GONE GIRL to THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and more, this trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Psychological suspense might be all the rage right now, but it isn’t actually a new form of crime novel—and THE HOURS BEFORE DAWN by Celia Fremlin is the perfect example of a classic crime novel that seems a direct predecessor of today’s psychological suspense. Exploring the tensions of marriage and the demands of motherhood, THE HOURS BEFORE DAWN draws readers into a home, a marriage, and the mind of one woman, themes that translate seamlessly from the 1950’s to 2017.
Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series is without a doubt my all-time favorite. Of this series, THE SNOWMAN (Book 7) has been my favorite series installment (and book in general!) for years now. When the news broke that this book would be adapted into a film starring Michael Fassbender, I had to celebrate! In that spirit, I spent the month of September re-reading THE SNOWMAN and leading a virtual book club for this brilliant read in anticipation of the movie’s release. This post will share my experience re-reading THE SNOWMAN, and includes an FAQ's section detailing the questions I most commonly receive about THE SNOWMAN.
For years now, I’ve been hoping to have a chance to attend Bouchercon, one of the world’s premiere annual crime fiction festivals. This year, I’m thrilled to finally have this chance! Later this week, I’ll be traveling to Toronto (my first-ever trip to Canada!) for Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder. In this post, you'll find a rundown of the crime festival, a list of my most-anticipated author appearances and panels, and an overview of the Anthony Awards, which are given out at Bouchercon every year!
I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for the newest book from the King of Helsinki Noir, Antti Tuomainen! Tuomainen’s newest, THE MAN WHO DIED, is engaging and immersive; readers looking for a new crime read with a dash of dark humor and plenty of personality will find their perfect match in this Finnish crime novel. I’m not usually a reader who looks for humor in their crime fiction, but Tuomainen’s smart and poignant story delivered the perfect blend of thrills, investigation, character development, and comedy to keep me engaged from the first page to the last. THE MAN WHO DIED is yet another example of publisher Orenda Books’ sharp eye for unique, original crime fiction; it’s smart, sensitive, and engaging, and guaranteed to be unlike anything else in your crime fiction library.
September was a fantastic month in books for me! Between traveling to Scotland for Bloody Scotland, interviewing David Lagercrantz (the author of the new Lisbeth Salander book!), meeting and interviewing M.J. Arlidge (author of the Helen Grace series), and getting Halloween reading recommendations for CBTB from horror writer Ania Ahlborn, I basically couldn't have asked for a better bookish month! October is shaping up to be an equally fantastic one - but more on that soon. In this post, you'll find a summary of the books I read in September, and some fun bookish stats from the month!
Happy, Happy October!! Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means—it’s time to stock up on spooky reads to get you in the Halloween spirit! While the majority of books I read and review here on Crime by the Book could work for your Halloween TBR, I decided to turn to the experts for advice. I’m delighted to share a fantastic Halloween guest post from Ania Ahlborn, queen of all things Halloween and horror, recommending her top Halloween reads for your TBR!