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Our Picks for MAF Discussion Books in 2020!

written by Patricia

A stalwart group met Thursday night to determine which wonderful books we'll be reading in 2020! 

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MAF Author Linda Castillo Has New Kate Burkholder Book Coming Out July 16th!

written by Patricia

We read Sworn to Silence, the first book in Linda's popular Kate Burkholder series as a MAF discussion book back in 2014. Shamed is the 11th book in the series -- and is just being released July 16th! You can put a hold on our copy even now! ALSO FYI: Linda will be at Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove on July 18th at 7:00 p.m. Contact the store for details. She'd love to see you there!

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Our Discussion On: "Trust Me" -- With Author Hank Phillippi Ryan Attending!

written by Patricia

Murder Among Friends (MAF) was thrilled to catch up with Hank on her first stand-alone, Trust Me!

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The 2019 Thriller Award Nominees!

written by Patricia

The 2019 Thriller Award nominations announced by the International Thriller Writers will be presented July 13th at ThrillerFest in NYC. They're listed here with links to our catalog! Just click on the book's cover to use the link.

Author Jill Orr with book cover for "The Good Byline"

Our Discussion On: "The Good Byline" With It's Author, Jill Orr

written by Patricia

MAF had a great time visiting with author Jill Orr and seeing her through Skype!

Agatha and Edgar 2019 Winners & Bookmarks

Both the Agatha and the Edgar Award Winners Have Been Announced!

written by Patricia

Mystery Award ceremonies have flowered in May! Both the Edgar awards, given by mystery authors who are members of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and the Agatha awards, given by attendess of the Malice Domestic mystery con, have been announced. 

Author Lori Rader-Day with "The Day I Died" book cover

Our Discussion On: "The Day I Died" by Lori Rader-Day

written by Patricia

"The Day I Died", Lori Rader-Day's Anthony award-winning novel, was this month's choice. Check out this meeting's summary! 

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"Murder & Mayhem in Chicago" - 2019

written by Patricia

Chicago's own local mystery fest, "Murder and Mayhem in Chicago" was once again attended and enjoyed by MAF members on Saturday, March 23rd. Read on about the headliners, panels & more!

Kate Carlisle with "If Books Could Kill" book cover

Our Discussion On: "If Books Could Kill" by Kate Carlisle

written by Patricia

Kate Carlisle offers up a reader's fantasy in this book: work as a bookbinder that takes the heroine to the Edinburgh Book Festival. Please check out the summary for this book discussion.

Mario Giordano with "Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions" book cover

Our Discussion On: "Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions" by Mario Giordano

written by Patricia

A comedic cosy set in Sicily? Just the warming ticket MAF members needed. Check out our book discussion summary!

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The 2019 Edgar Nominees with Links to the Books and Their Authors!

written by Patricia

Every year the professional mystery author members of Mystery Writers of America vote for the best of the year's mysteries in different catagories. The Edgars, are truly the mystery world's Oscars. Here are this year's Edgar Awards Nominees with links to our copies in our catalog under the Titles, and links to the Authors' websites, under the Authors' names (if available) !

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Agatha Award Nominees with Links to the Books & Their Authors!

written by Patricia

Here's the list of this year's nominees for the highly-regarded mystery award: The Agathas. This post has links to the copies of the books that we have so far, and links to the authors' web sites where available.

Author Victoria Thompson with "City of Lies" book cover

Our Discussion On: "City of Lies" by Victoria Thompson -- Who Came to the Library for it!

written by Patricia

We started the MAF 2019 reading season with a great book by Victoria Thompson, who braved the winter weather to join us for the discussion. Read what went on in this summary!

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The Edgar & Agatha Award Nominees Have Been Announced!

written by Patricia

Malice Domestic and the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) have announced the nominees for Malice's Agatha Awards and MWA's Edgar Awards!

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NYT Book Review's "By the Book" Interview with Ian Rankin!

written by Patricia

Complimenting the recent release of his latest Rebus novel, "In A House of Lies" the New York Time Book Review has a fun and interesting interview with author Ian Rankin

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