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Big Sky
by Kate Atkinson

​It’s been eight years since Atkinson’s last Jackson Brodie mystery (Started Early, Took My Dog, 2011), and, while the three historical novels she has written since then—all with some connection to WWII—have been uniformly brilliant, fans of the ever-brooding, painfully tenderhearted private investigator will be thrilled that Brodie is finally back.

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The Back Page: 40 Years of Crime Fiction
by Bill Ott

​This is my last Back Page. In fact, as you read it, I will have been retired as Booklist Editor & Publisher for about a week and will be deep into two long-delayed projects: reading Proust and cleaning closets. But I’ll still be making time for crime fiction, both at Booklist, where I’ll be continuing as mystery editor, and in my own, non-Proust reading. It’s appropriate that the Back Page ends its run with another Mystery Showcase, which I launched in 1997 and have been happily putting together for the last 23 years.

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2019
by Bill Ott

For crime-fiction readers who were beginning to worry that psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators were going to overwhelm the genre, fear not. This year’s installment of our annual salute to the best crime novels of the year is awash in variety—yes, there are some psychological thrillers, but there are also procedurals, comic caper novels, detective stories, espionage fiction, even a road novel with a dash of romance and a noir chaser.

Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth: 2019
by Maggie Reagan

We’ve got the classics (whodonuits, art thieves, ghosts solving their own murders) and we’ve got fresh takes (sex positivity, podcasts, a penguin) and we’ve even got one author, two times. Intrigued yet? Take a look at this year’s top 10 crime fiction for youth, reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2018, and April 15, 2019.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks: 2019
​by Candace Smith

Murder, deadly secrets, and memorable narrations permeate these 10 stellar audiobooks reviewed from May 15, 2018, through May 1, 2019.

A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Resistance Movements
by Bill Ott

​Along with the numerous nonfiction accounts reprising these world-changing moments, we continue to see a wealth of novels dramatizing the war era. Perhaps the most resonant of all WWII themes is the French Resistance. Underground movements, whether in Europe during WWII or in the Soviet Union during the Cold War or elsewhere around the globe at almost any point in human history, attract readers for multiple reasons, none so powerful as the idea of underdogs challenging an oppressive regime with acts of both passive and active rebellion.  

Another Look At: Bunnicula
​by Julia Smith

If you discount disturbing folktales, such as The Tailypo and The Red Shoes, my first taste of the horror genre as a child came in a cute, rabbit-shaped package that went by the name of Bunnicula. James and Deborah Howe’s clever riff on Dracula has become a classic for the middle-grade set, and to mark its fortieth anniversary this year, a deluxe, red-velvet edition is being released, complete with white vegetable endpapers, an introduction by James Howe on the story’s origins, and a delightful gallery of reader letters and Bunnicula jacket and fan art.

Long-Running Narrators of Crime Series
by Heather Booth

For crime-fiction series on audio, the right narrator—one who really becomes the protagonist and can both settle comfortably into the role over time and bring a fresh spark of excitement to each new title—is critical to listener enjoyment. Unreliable narrators may be all the rage right now, but when it comes to the voices we want to hear reading series mysteries, give us reliable narrators, please.

Talking With: Randy Ribay
​by Reinhardt Suarez

Below, Randy Ribay discusses his latest, Patron Saints of Nothing, a thriller partially inspired by current events in the Philippines.

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