Friday, February 24, 2017

Small Town Cops II: Mystery Readers Journal

Mystery Readers Journal: Small Town Cops II (Volume 32:4) is now available. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this great issue! If you're a PDF subscriber to Mystery Readers Journal for '16, you should have received download instructions. If you're a U.S. hardcopy subscriber, you will receive this issue by early next week. Foreign subscriber copies will be out in a week or two. Contributor PDF copies have been sent.Thanks to all the contributors to Small Town Cops--both I & II! We had so many great articles and reviews, we split this theme into two issues.

Small Town Cops I. Order here.

Small Town Cops II. Order here.

To subscribe to Mystery Readers Journal for '17, go HERE.

Below is the Table of Contents, as well as some sample articles of the new issue.


Buy this back issue! Available in hardcopy or as a downloadable PDF.

  • Small Town Lies by Ana Manwaring
  • Craig Johnson’s A Serpent’s Tooth and King Lear by Mimosa Stephenson
  • Small-Town Cops—the Stereotype and the Reality by Judy Alter
  • How Hector Bellevance Came To Be by Don Bredes
  • Sheriff Jeff McQuede’s High Country of Wyoming by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton
  • A Little Louisiana Loosey-Goosey by Ellen Byron
  • Paradise Found: Robert B. Parker, Jesse Stone, and Me by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Small Town Cop—Big Time Adventures by Mark de Castrique
  • Amazing Adventures in Research by Donis Casey
  • The Beauty of the Small Town Mystery by Evelyn David
  • The Joy of Writing the Small Town Cop by Vicki Delany
  • Small Town Cops, Big Time Issues by Lesley A. Diehl
  • Pago Pago Police by John Enright
  • So You Want to Write a Cop by Michael Genelin
  • Kids, Cops and Small-Town Policing by Neal Griffin
  • Meet Sergeant Gray—My Sexy Small Town Scottish Cop by S.J.I. Holliday
  • The Emerging Goddess Spoke with a Drawl by James Hime
  • Dave Everett, My Favorite Small Town Cop by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
  • A Steadfast Protector by Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • You Each Get One by S.W. Lauden
  • The Evolution of a Character by J. R. Lindermuth
  • Small Town Crimes; Small Town Cops by D.P. Lyle
  • The Top Cop of Quiet Anchorage, Virginia by Ed Lynskey
  • The Small Town Illusion by Susan McBride
  • Crime Comes To Crowby by Iain McDowall
  • Rocky Bluff P.D. Mystery Series by F.M. Meredith
  • Boredom with an Adrenaline Jolt by Mar Preston
  • Small Town Cops by David Putnam
  • Patrolling Nantucket, Thirty Miles at Sea by Martha Reed
  • A One-Stoplight Town by Larry D. Sweazy
  • DI Marjory Fleming by Aline Templeton
  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Lesa Holstine, Dru Ann Love, L.J. Roberts
  • Just the Facts: Frank Hamer—The Law in Navasota by Jim Doherty
  • The Children’s Hour: Small Town Cops by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • In Short: Small Town Law Officers by Marv Lachman
  • Real Small-Town Cops by Cathy Pickens
  • Crime Seen: Small World, Small Towns by Kate Derie
  • Top Ten Continued by Jim Doherty
  • From the Editor by Janet Rudolph

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: The Doorknob Principle

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Mystery/Thriller Finalists

The finalists were announced yesterday for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. There are 11 categories, but the one of most import to the readers of this blog is Best Mystery/Thriller.

Best Mystery/Thriller

Dodgers by Bill Beverly (Crown)
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Skyhorse)
The Girls by Emma Cline (Random House)
The North Water by Ian McGuire (Henry Holt)
Darktown by Thomas Mullen (37 Ink/Atria Books)

The awards will be presented at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium on Friday, April 21. That event is the kick-off to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the USC campus April 22 to 23.

The other categories and nominees

HT: J. Kingston Pierce at TheRapSheet