Friday, April 20, 2018

EARTH DAY CRIME FICTION: Environmental Mysteries

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day! Today the world considers climate change, environmental issues, and how we can save our planet. At least I hope we do. Living in Berkeley, this is a daily concern, and it should be with everyone everywhere. A few years ago I started posting a list of environmental/ecological mysteries. The list has grown. Crime fiction is an excellent way to make readers aware of issues. Done well, of course. So for Earth Day 2018, I have an updated Earth Day/Environmental Mysteries list.  The list is most likely incomplete. There are many more authors, and certainly more books by many of the authors on the list. As always, I welcome additions. I took a few liberties on the list, too, but I think they all fall under the umbrella of environmental mysteries. Scroll down for a second list that deals exclusively with Drowned Towns aka Reservoir Noir.

Mystery Readers Journal had an issue on Environmental Mysteries. It's available as both a PDF and hardcopy. This is a great source for more titles.

Be kind to the Earth. It's the only one we have.


Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang' Hayduke Lives!
P.D. Abbey's H2Glo
Liz Adair's Snakewater Affair
Glyyn Marsh Alam's Cold Water Corpse; Bilge Water Bones
Grace Alexander's Hegemon
Suzanne Arruda's Stalking Ivory
Sarah Andrews' Em Hansen Mystery series
Lindsay Arthur's The Litigators
Anna Ashwood-Collins' Deadly Resolution; Red Roses for a Dead Trucker
Sandi Ault's Wild Inferno; Wild Indigo; Wild Penance; Wild Sorrow
Shannon Baker's Tainted Mountain; Broken Trust; Tattered Legacy
J. G. Ballard's Rushing to Paradise
Michael Barbour's The Kenai Catastrophe; Blue Water, Blue Island
Nevada Barr's Track of the Cat; Ill Wind; Borderline; and others
Lee Barwood's A Dream of Drowned Hollow?
Pamela Beason's Sam Westin wildlife biologist series
Robert P. Bennett's Blind Traveler's Blues
William Bernhardt's Silent Justice
Donald J Bingle's GreensWord
Michael Black's A Killing Frost 
Jennifer Blake's Shameless
C J Box's Winterkill; Open Season; Below Zero; Savage Run; Out of Range; Trophy Hunt; Free Fire; In Plain Sight
Alex Brett's Dead Water Creek
Tobias S. Buckell's Artic Rising
James Lee Burke's Creole Belle
Rex Burns' Endangered Species
Robin Cook's Fever
Donna Cousins' Landscape
Ann Cleeves' Another Man's Poison
Eileen Charbonneau Waltzing in Ragtime
Anna Ashwood Collins's Metamorphis for Murder; Deadly Resolutions
Peter Corris's Deep Water
Donna Cousin's Landscape
Michael Crichton's State of Fear
James Crumley's Dancing Bear
Janet Dawson's Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean
Barbara Delinsky's Looking for Peyton Place
Lionel Derrick's Death Ray Terror
William Deverell's April Fool
Karen Dionne's Boiling Point; Freezing Point
Paul Doiron's The Poacher's Son; Trespasser; Bad Little Falls; The Bone Orchard and others
David Michael Donovan's Evil Down in the Alley
Mark Douglas-Home's The Sea Detective
Rubin Douglas' The Wise Pelican: From the Cradle to the Grave
Jack Du Brul's Vulcan's Forge; River of Ruin; and others
Kerstin Ekman's Blackwater
Aaron J Elkins' The Dark Place; Unnatural Selection
Howard Engel's Dead and Buried
Eric C. Evans' Endangered
Nancy Fairbanks's Acid Bath; Hunting Game; and others 
Cher Fischer's Falling into Green
G M Ford's Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?
Clare Francis's The Killing Winds (Requiem)
Jean Craighead George's The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo; Who Really Killed Cock Robin?; The Case of the Missing Cutthroats (young readers)
Matthew Glass's Ultimatum
Kenneth Goddard's Double Blind; Prey; Wildfire
Steven Gould and Laura J. Mixon's Greenwar
Alexander M. Grace's Hegemon
Robert O. Greer's The Devil's Hatband
John Grisham's The Pelican Brief; The Appeal; The Litigators
Jean Hager's Ravenmocker
William Hagard's The Vendettists
James W. Hall's Bones of Coral
Patricia Hall's The Poison Pool
Joseph Hall's Nightwork
Karen Hall's Unreasonable Risk, Through Dark Spaces
Matt Hammond's Milkshake
Sue Henry's Termination Dust
Robert Herring's McCampbell's War
Joseph Heywood's Blue Wolf in Green Fire, Ice Hunter, Chasing a Blond Moon
Carl Hiaasen's Skinny Dip; Stormy Weather; Sick Puppy; Strip Tease; Scat; Star Island
Tami Hoag's Lucky's Lady
John Hockenberry's A River out of Eden
Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow
John Holt's Hunted
Dave Hugelschaffer's Day into Night, One Careless Moment
Judy Hughes' The Snowmobile Kidnapping
Mary Ellen Hughes' A Taste of Death
Dana Andrew Jennings' Lonesome Standard Time
M.T. Kingsley's With Malicious Intent
Linda Kistler's Cause for Concern
Lisa Kleinholz's Dancing with Mr. D. 
Bill Knox's The Scavengers, Devilweed, and others in the Webb Carrick series
Dean Koontz's Icebound
William Kent Krueger's "Cork O'Connor" series
Janice Law's Infected Be the Air
Stephen Legault's The Darkening Archipelago
Donna Leon's Death in a Strange Country; About Face
David Liss' The Ethical Assassin
Sam Llewellyn's Deadeye
L & C Lopinto's Countdown in Alaska; Nukes
Robert Lopresti's Greenfellas
Jim Lynch's The Highest Tide
John D MacDonald's Barrier Island (and other titles)
Ross Macdonald's Sleeping Beauty
Jassy Mackenzie's The Fallen
Larry Maness' Once a Perfect Place
Elizabeth Manz's Wasted Space
John Marsden's A Killing Frost
Margaret Maron's High Country Fall, Shooting at Loons, Up Jumps the Devil, Hard Row
John Martel's Partners
Steve Martini's Critical Mass
John McGoran's Drift, Deadout, Dust Up
Karin McQuillan's Deadly Safari, Cheetah Chase, Elephant's Graveyard
Anne Metikosh's Undercurrent 
Deon Meyer's Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours
Shanon Michaud's Still Water
Kirk Mitchell's High Desert Malice, Deep Valley Malice
Laura J. Mixon & Steven Gould's Greenwar
Skye Kathleen Moody's Blue Poppy, and other Venus Diamond mysteries
C. George Muller's Echoes in the Blue
Marcia Muller's Cape Perdido
Judith Newton's Oink
Michael Norman's Skeleton Picnic
Dan O'Brien's Brendan Prairie
Michael Palmer's Fatal
Sara Paretsky's Blood Shot
Brad Parks' The Player
T. Jefferson's Parker's Pacific Beat
Cathy Pickens' Southern Fried
Carl Posey's Bushmaster Fall
David Poyer's As the Wolf Loves Winter, Winter in the Heart
Katherine Prairie's Thirst
Bob Reiss's Purgatory Road
Ruth Rendell's Road Rage 
Geoffrey Robert's The Alo Release
Rebecca Rothenberg's The Shy Tulip Murders
Patricia Rushford's Red Sky in the Mourning
Alan Russell's The Forest Prime Evil 
Kirk Russell's Shell Games
Brenda Seabrook's The Dragon That Slurped the Green Slime Swamp (Children's)
Frank Schätzing's The Swarm
Barry Siegel's Actual Innocence
Sheila Simonson's An Old Chaos 
Jessica Speart's Bird Brained, Blue Twilight, Gator Aide, Tortoise Soup
Dana Stabenow's A Cold Day for Murder, A Deeper Sleep, A Fine and Bitter Snow, Midnight Come Again, A Taint in the Blood, and many others
John Stanley's The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Curious Eat Themselves, 
Neal Stephenson's Zodiac
Mark Stevens' Buried by the Roan 
David Sundstrand's Shadow of the Raven
William Tapply's Cutter's Run
Peter Temple's The Broken Shore
Craig Thomas's A Wild Justice
Antti Tuomainen's The Healer
Judith Van Gleson's "Neil Hamel" series
David Rains Wallace's The Turquoise Dragon
Lee Wallingford's Clear-Cut Murder
Joseph Wambaugh's Finnegan's Week
Sterling Watson's Deadly Sweet
Betty Webb's Desert Wind 
Randy Wayne White's White Captiva
Robert Wilson's Blood is Dirt
K.J.A. Wishnia's The Glass Factory
John Yunker's The Tourist Trail

Reservoir Noir
Crime Fiction that deals with intentional flooding of towns and villages because of building dams and reservoirs for water supply, irrigation, power and other reasons--a sad addition to the environmental crime fiction list.

Alan Dipper's Drowning Day
Eileen Dunlop's Valley of the Deer (YA)
Lee Harris's Christening Day Murder
Reginald Hill's On Beulah Height
Donald James' Walking the Shadows
James D. Landis' The Talking (Artist of the Beautiful)
Jane Langton's Emily Dickenson is Dead
Julia Wallis Martin's A Likeness in Stone
Sharyn McCrumb's Zombies of the Gene Pool
Michael Miano's The Dead of Summer
Ron Rash's One Foot in Eden
Rick Riordan's The Devil Went Down to Austin
Peter Robinson's In a Dry Season
Lisa See's Dragon Bones
Paul Somers' Broken Jigsaw
Julia Spencer-Fleming's Out of the Deep I Cry
Donald Westlake's Drowned Hopes
John Morgan Wilson's Rhapsody in Blood
Robert Wilson's Blood is Dirt
Stuart Woods's Under the Lake

Let me know any other titles you think should be included.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CrimeFest Shortlists Announced

And the award shortlists keep coming!

CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller said: “CrimeFest announces the shortlist for the tenth CrimeFest Awards. Over the past decade the awards have highlighted breakthrough debut novelists as well as a number of established crime fiction authors delving into children’s fiction and nonfiction. We are also pleased to continue showcasing audiobooks which have undergone a meteoric rise since we began presenting our awards. We are all extremely proud and excited to present the 10th annual CrimeFest awards, and find out who wins on 19th May.”

The 10th anniversary of CrimeFest this year will host crime fiction royalty Martina Cole, Lee Child and Peter James as some of the top names set to speak at this year’s convention. Close to 500 attendees, including more than 150 authors, agents, publishers and crime fans from across the globe, will descend on the city for a jam-packed four days of over 60 speaking events and panel discussions.


Best Unabridged Crime Audiobook:
Fiona Barton, The Child (Audible Studios), read by Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, Fenella Woolgar & Steven Pacey
Lee Child, The Midnight Lane (Transworld), read by Jeff Harding
J.P. Delaney, The Girl Before, (Quercus), read by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams & Lise Aagaard Knudsen
Sarah A. Denzil, Silent Child (Audible Studios), read by Joanne Froggatt
Alice Feeney, Something I Lie (HQ – Harper Collins), read by Stephanie Racine
Michelle Frances, The Girlfriend (Pan Macmillan Audio), read by Antonia Beamish
Anthony Horowitz, The Word is Murder (Penguin Random House Audio), read by Rory Kinnear
David Lagercrantz, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Quercus), read by Sail Reichlin

Chris Brookmyre, Want You Gone (Little, Brown Book Group)
Ken Bruen, The Ghost of Galway (Head of Zeus)
Michael Connelly, The Late Show (Orion)
Joe Ide, IQ (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Dennis Lehane, Since We Fell (Little, Brown Book Group)
Steve Mosby, You Can Run (Orion)
Gunnar Staalesen, Wolves in the Dark (Orenda Books)
Sarah Stovell, Exquisite (Orenda Books)

Simon Brett, Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen (Little, Brown Book Group)
Christopher Fowler, Bryant & May - Wild Chamber (Doubleday)
Mick Herron, Spook Street (John Murray)
Vaseem Khan, The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star (Mullholland Books)
Khurrum Rahman, East of Hounslow (HQ – HarperCollns)
C.J. Skuse, Sweetpea (HQ – HarperCollins)
Antti Tuomainen, The Man Who Died (Orenda Books)
L.C. Tyler, Herring in the Smoke (Allison & Busby Ltd)

Martin Edwards, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (British Library)
Barry Forshaw, America Noir (No Exit Press)
Sam Naidu, Sherlock Holmes in Context (Palgrave Macmillan)
Benjamin Poore, Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage (Palgrave Macmillan)
Mike Ripley, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (HarperCollins)
Christopher Sandford, The Man Who Would Be Sherlock (The History Press)
Michael Sims, Arthur & Sherlock (Bloomsbury)
Nick Triplow, Getting Carter (No Exit Press)

Linwood Barclay, Chase (Orion Children's Books)
Kieran Crowley, The Misfits Club (Macmillan Children's Books)
Helena Duggan, A Place Called Perfect (Usborne Publishing)
Santa & Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape from the Tower (Simon & Schuster)
Dermot O'Leary, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape (Hodder Children's Books)
Alex T. Smith, Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure (Hodder Children's Books)
Harriet Whitehorn, Violet and the Mummy Mystery (Simon & Schuster)

Cat Clarke, Girlhood (Quercus Children's Books)
Zana Fraillon, The Ones That Disappeared (Orion Children's Books)
Will Hill, After the Fire (Usborne Publishing)
Patrice Lawrence, Indigo Donut (Hodder Children's Books)
E. Lockhart, Genuine Fraud (Hot Key Books)
Sophie McKenzie, SweetFreak (Simon & Schuster)
Teri Terry, Dark Matter: Contagion (Orchard Books)
Teresa Toten, Beware That Girl (Hot Key Books)

The Bony Blithe Shortlist 2018

More news from our neighbors to the North.

The Bony Blithe Short List: 2018: 
The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award

Cathy Ace, The Case of the Unsuitable Suitor
E.C. Bell, Dying on Second
Rickie Blair, Digging up Trouble
Vicki Delany, Hark the Herald Angels Slay
Elizabeth J. Duncan, Much Ado About Murder

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Mini-con  & Award Gala on May 25th, at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto, Canada. 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. includes lunch, panels and/or round-table discussions, afternoon nibblies, a dealers room, loot bags, and the award banquet where the monarch of merry murder will be crowned. 10 hours of criminous capering, all for $65. For more information or to buy a ticket for the mini-con/gala, go to or go to the Registration page. The winner will receive a check for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.