Sunday, March 02, 2008

Mystery Bookshelf: New Paperback Mysteries for March 2008

New Paperback Mystery Books

has updated its website to include almost 50 new mass market paperback mystery books scheduled for publication in March 2008. Below is a preview of these mysteries:

Though the scheduled publication date is reported to be March for these books, actual available dates tend to be somewhat fluid with some books already on the shelves and a few not shipping until the following month.

For more information on any of these titles, please visit website. Paperback mysteries published over the past 6 months are also available for browsing, conveniently sorted by author, series character, and date.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080301

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• Otto Penzler reports on mystery magazines in his column on

• Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who want to try their hand at mystery writing might want to consider entering the 2008 Scene of the Crime Short Story Contest. First prize is C$100. There is no submission fee, but anyone who submits a story can receive a brief critique on payment of a small fee that goes toward one of the Scene of the Crime's outreach projects. The deadline for entries is May 15th. Visit the Scene of the Crime website for more information.

• In other mystery writing contest news, this time for youths, the Mystery Writers of America has extended its deadline for the Joan Lowery Nixon Award mystery writing contest to March 31st. There are two age categories: Grades 2-5 and Grades 6-10. Only one story per student may be submitted, as specified in the contest rules. The entries will be judged in the area of creativity and proper use of the English language. The winner of each category will receive a $250 cash prize. [MBN Note: There is no mention of the extension on the MWA website, though the organization has issued a press release announcing the new date.]

• And in still more mystery writing contest news, the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho (PFIA) has extended the deadline for its 2008 Mystery Writing Contest to March 8th. The contest is open to all unpublished writers with the winner being announced at the Murder in the Grove conference in June. All contest participants will receive detailed feedback on their manuscripts from PFAI-trained judges, providing the opportunity for writers to improve their craft. Visit the Murder in the Grove website for more information.

• A dagger worth $25,000 has been hidden somewhere in metropolitan Las Vegas and the clues to its whereabouts are within the interactive mystery, Vegas Die by Stephen Grogan, the first in a proposed series of Quest Mysteries. You read the book for both the mystery and then for the money, says Grogan. "It's time we evolved literary creations to another dimension in which the reader is an active participant." To begin your treasure quest, visit to register.

• The finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced this week. In the Mystery / Thriller category, the nominees are: Benjamin Black: Christine Falls; Ake Edwardson: Frozen Tracks; Karin Fossum: The Indian Bride; Tana French: In the Woods; Jan Costin Wagner: Ice Moon.

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