Award News: The Dilys Award Award News: The Dilys Award
Friday Mar 26 2010
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by Whodunit

The Independent Mystery Booksellers have awarded the Dilys Award for 2010 to Alan Bradley's THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE.

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March Book Club Questions: The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett March Book Club Questions: The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
Saturday Mar 13 2010
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by Jack

March's Book Club pick is Dashiell Hammett's THE GLASS KEY. It will be held on March 30th at 7pm at the store, doors open at 6:30pm. Here are the questions up for discussion:

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Wednesday Links: What you've been missing on Twitter PLUS a Contest!
Wednesday Mar 10 2010
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by Whodunit

Some of your favorite mystery writers and publications are posting regularly on Twitter, and if you're not following them you might miss some cool stuff.

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February Bestsellers February Bestsellers
Tuesday Mar 02 2010
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by Whodunit


March break is coming up, so no doubt you'll have some extra time on your hands (we hope). Need some ideas on what to read? Here's what your fellow Whodunit customers have been buying.

February Best Sellers.
Hard Cover
1. Parker, Robert B., Split Image, Putnam
2. Mankell, Henning, The Man From Beijing, Knopf
3. Brown,...

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In Memorium: Ralph McInerny
Friday Feb 26 2010
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by Jack

The philosopher and crime fiction writer Ralph McInerny died on 29 January 2010, aged 80.

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In Memorium: Dick Francis In Memorium: Dick Francis
Friday Feb 26 2010
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by Jack

The steeplechase jockey turned crime fiction writer Dick Francis died on 10 February 2010.

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Review: On the Head of the Pin by Janet Kellough Review: On the Head of the Pin by Janet Kellough
Friday Feb 26 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Whodunit

With the exception of Allan Levine?s series about turn-of-the-century Winnipeg, it is hard to think of any crime fiction set in Canada?s rich historical past. ON THE HEAD OF A PIN by Janet Kellough is therefore doubly welcome, since it is firmly historical and also extremely well-done.

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Spring Lecture Series: ?The Victorian Origins of Crime Fiction: The Sensationalist Novel' by Dr, Judy Flynn Spring Lecture Series: ?The Victorian Origins of Crime Fiction: The Sensationalist Novel' by Dr, Judy Flynn
Thursday Feb 25 2010
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by Whodunit


Dr. Judy Flynn will be speaking on LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET in her upcoming lecture 'The Victorian Origins of Crime Fiction: The Sensationalist Novel' on Monday, March 1st at 7:00pm. Rush seating, refreshments will be available, and doors open at 6:30pm.

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Wednesday Links
Wednesday Feb 24 2010
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by Whodunit

A great article on the joys of book browsing in The Guardian here. We can?t promise overnight service, but we can order in anything your heart desires.

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Review: Happy Hour of the Damned Review: Happy Hour of the Damned
Sunday Feb 21 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Sian


I have a lot of authors that I read pretty rabidly but I always like to give a new author a try. If you've been in the store you're probably familiar with the wall of upcoming mass market covers we post behind the cash register. I saw the cover of HAPPY...

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In Memorium: Dick Francis In Memorium: Dick Francis
Wednesday Feb 17 2010
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by Whodunit


Dick Francis, mystery writer and former jockey, died on February 14th at the age of 89. See his obituary in the Times here.

We have a number of Francis titles available in used as well as some in new. Email, call, or drop by if you're looking for a specific title.

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Review: Snow Angels by James Thompson Review: Snow Angels by James Thompson
Tuesday Feb 16 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Jack

SNOW ANGELS by JimThompson

This curious hybrid novel is written by an American but set in Lapland above the Arctic Circle in the depths of winter. This is not a setting that has been previously featured in much crime fiction. The publishers seem pleased to feature a blurb suggesting that the novel...

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Review: A Whisper to the Living Review: A Whisper to the Living
Tuesday Feb 16 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Jack

Both good and bad news are connected with this latest Inspector Rosnikov novel. One piece of good news is that Rosnikov and his entire team are back working the Moscow beat. The drill is as before they went on the road. A number of tricky cases are simultaneously investigated by Rosnikov's...

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Reviews from Abroad: Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory Reviews from Abroad: Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory
Friday Feb 12 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Michael

One of the problems which I always have with historical fiction is how and in what way historical figures feature into the narrative. When they are peripheral, even if they have an important role to play, it is a much easier thing for me to read than if they are featured...

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Customer Review: Free Agent by Jeremy Duns Customer Review: Free Agent by Jeremy Duns
Monday Feb 08 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews


As a long time fan of Len Deighton's classic espionage thrillers I couldn?t help but dive right into the debut novel "Free Agent" by Jeremy Duns. This is because some critics have favorably compared this new author to the now retired master of classic "cold war" thrillers.

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February Newsletter
Wednesday Feb 03 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin


The February Newsletter went out via email yesterday and should arrive in your mailbox (if you receive a paper copy) in the next few days. Want to start receiving the newsletter via email? Sign up here. You can also view the newsletter online here.

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January Bestsellers January Bestsellers
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin

by Whodunit

Curious about what your fellow Whodunit customers are reading? Are you ahead of the trends or behind the times?

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Mystery Reading Club
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin


The group will be resuming after their winter hiatus. They normally meet on the last Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7p.m.

Tuesday, March 30th:
Dashiel Hammett, The Glass Key.

Tuesday, April 27th:
Robert Harris, Enigma

Tuesday, May 25th:
Donna Leon, Death at La Fenice
The books will be available at the...

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Whodunit on the Web
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin

by Sian

I continue to be woefully behind on my reading, although I am currently enjoying Nicola Upson's An Expert in Murder as well as Alafair Burke's Judgment Calls.

What I'm really focusing my efforts on these days is not only trying to expand my mystery reading, but also working on expanding the exposure...

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Brief Book Notes
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Wendy

Ann PurserMany of you are fans of the Ann Purser, Lois Meade series, Murder on Monday, Warning at One etc. Coming in May will be a spin off of this series featuring Ivy Beasley. Elderly spinster, Ivy Beazley has moved into an assisted living complex and with the aid of her...

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In Memorium: Lionel Davidson, Robert B. Parker
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin


Lionel Davidson
The crime writer Lionel Davidson died in England on 21 October 2009. Born in 1922, Davidson was one of those writers who was a favourite with critics but virtually unknown to most readers. His eight published crime books won him no less than three Gold Dagger awards for the best...

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Whatever happened to Ellery Queen?
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin


One of the most venerable and venerated names in crime fiction is that of Ellery Queen, the author, editor, and anthologist. “He” was really two cousins who dominated the American detection scene for many years. Curiously enough, after years of success in every entertainment medium, from books and magazines to film,...

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Used Book Sale - February 12th-21st
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin


We will be having a Used Book Sale from Friday, February 12th to Sunday, February 21st. All used books (including collectibles and hardcovers) will be 50% off. We will not be purchasing any used books during the sale.

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Reviews from Abroad - The Good Thief's Guide to Paris Reviews from Abroad - The Good Thief's Guide to Paris
Monday Feb 01 2010
Posted in: Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

by Michael

As part of our plan to get new content posted every day we'll be featuring weekly reviews from Michael, who is currently residing in Scotland. If you have any suggestions on what he might read or opinions on his reviews, he can be reached at mysterymichael@gmail.com.

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Mystery News - Globe and Mail moves Margaret Cannon Online
Friday Jan 29 2010
Posted in: News-Bulletin

by Whodunit

The Globe and Mail has moved Margaret Cannon's crime and mystery book reviews online and out of the paper book section.

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