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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!

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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.

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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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Our "Upcoming Discussion Titles" Page Has Been Updated!

written by Patricia

Already anxious to start reading our 2019 picks for discussion books? Here's how to find them!

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Our Discussion on: "Wicked Autumn" by G. M. Malliet

written by Patricia

Author G.M. Malliet joined us through teleconferencing to hear our questions about this month's contemporary but classic English village mystery, Wicked Autumn -- the first in her series featuring former British spy and current vicar, Max Tudor! See what the group had to say about the book and highlights from the call!

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Chicago's Own Mystery Con, the 2019 Murder & Mayhem in Chicago, Is Open For Registration!

written by Patricia

As you know, one of our favorite Chicago authors, Lori Rader-Day is a co-leader for this wonderful day of mystery in Chicago. There's a link to all the information you need in this post!

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Our Picks for MAF Discussion Books in 2019 !

written by Patricia

Our Murder Among Friends (MAF) members have once again outdone themselves and come up with a wonderful list of books and authors for us to discuss -- hopefully with some of the authors themselves!

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Our "Pretty Girls" author Karin Slaughter, Has Been Interviewed Recently by the "NYT Book Review"

written by Patricia

What books are on Karin Slaughter's night table? Who's her favorite fictional detective? These and other fun questions were asked of Karin during this interview.

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ThrillerFest Has Announced the 2018 Thriller Award Winners!

written by Patricia

ThrillerFest has just concluded in NYC -- and we have the list of Thriller Award winners to share!

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Our Discussion on: "Burnt Siena" by Sarah Wisseman

written by Patricia

We had a fun (and sometimes uproarious) conversation with author Sarah Wisseman about her book, Burnt Seina, which was this month’s discussion title. In this book, Sarah introduces us to her second series character, Flora Garabaldi, an American ex-pat who is in Siena working at Restauro Lorenzetti as an art restorer. With Sarah’s background as a retired archaeologist and current artist, she conveys in-depth knowledge about art restoration – and her travels in Italy make Flora’s observations about the people and the culture there realistic and believable. We covered these areas and others, when Sarah joined us by Skype to talk about this book and her “other” career as a talented mystery writer!

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Malice Domestic Has Announced the Agatha Award Winners This Year!

written by Patricia

Both the Agatha Winners & nominated books for 2018 are covered for the following categories for adults: Best Contemporary Novel, Best Historical Novel, Best First Novel, Best Nonfiction and Best Short Story. And there is wonderful mystery reading to be had from this list! We're providing links to the copies we have here at Lisle Library for you to enjoy!

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Mystery Writers of America Have Announced the Edgar Winners for 2018!

written by Patricia

This year, the profession mystery writer members of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrate the 209th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe with the Nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at the 72nd Gala Banquet, April 26, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Here are the winners & nominees -- and links to the books we have for them!

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Our Discussion On: "The Bishop's Wife" By (and with!) Mette Ivie Harrison

written by Patricia

This month, in company with the author, Mette Ivie Harrison, we delved into The Bishop’s Wife, where a crime has occurred within a deeply, Mormon community in Draper, Utah.

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