For immediate release | May 3, 2011

May is Mystery Month at Booklist

CHICAGO - Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers since 1997. But there is now an additional array of related content accessible in a variety of formats to sign up and look out for.

The month launched with the webinar Beyond Bestsellers: High Demand Mysteries in Libraries — for which you can access a free archived version. The blog Likely Stories will have daily posts through May, in which red-hot crime fiction authors will share their favorite reads from the past year. A mystery-themed issue of the free e-newsletter REaD ALERT mails on May 5, offering highlights from the print Mystery Showcase as well as original articles on the mystery genre. On May 12, more than 100 free mystery reviews will be featured in Booklist Online Exclusives, and on May 15 a Bookmakers e-newsletter features Minotaur Books. (Sign up for free Booklist e-newsletters to be sure you don’t miss any Mystery Month content.) And finally, there’s extra activity on Booklist’s social media; join us on Twitter (hashtag #mysterymonth), our Facebook page and all our blogs all month long. To find further information and Booklist blogs, visit

The Mystery Showcase issue itself is packed with more than 100 new mystery reviews and best-of lists, as well as an array of features, including: “The Year’s Best Crime Novels,” with the top-10 crime novels of the year, plus a selection of other “bests,” including the top-10 first novels of the year; “Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to World War II,” a long-running series in which this year Booklist editor and publisher Bill Ott surveys the wealth of hard-boiled mysteries and thrillers set before, during and just after WWII, both abroad and on the home front, with a sidebar on related travel guides by Adult Books editor Brad Hooper; “Desperately Seeking DeSario: A Real-Life Literary Mystery” by Associate Editor Daniel Kraus, who fell in love with an obscure thriller when he was 15 and now, 21 years later, hunts down the author and finds out why he stopped publishing; “He Reads. . . She Reads,” the popular point-counterpoint column in which in May David Wright and Kaite Mediatore Stover take on crime fiction; “Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth," featuring the best crime fiction of the last year written for youth from middle grades through high school; and “Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks,” the year’s best compiled by mystery audiobook specialist Karen Harris.

Booklist is also planning to introduce a further mystery-related resource — a monthly mystery supplement. Mystery fans will be able to download the monthly Booklist Online Mystery Review, a supplement with up to 30 selected recent mystery book and media reviews, enhanced by related articles, Top ten lists, columns and more. This ePub supplement will be formatted to work on any eReader. Be on the lookout for information in the months ahead.


Mary Frances Wilkens