The Dark and Lighter Sides of Mysteries


  • Hardcover:$23.95
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (December 26, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1596913975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596913974

We just learned why spy novels are back — because they reflect our uncertain world. Today, Walter Mosley says in an interview in the Wall Street Journal that the mystery genre has become more dark in recent years because it “is there to help us deal with what’s going on in our world socially and politically. We’re in a time where Americans feel that the world they know is falling apart.” dirty.jpg

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne (February 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312369670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369675

But, don’t despair, there are still plenty of cozies for your customers who want to escape our shaky world. LJ’s Mystery column recently highlighted debut author Rosemary Harris’s new book as an example of a new strain of cozies, with “likable female amateur sleuths who are smarter, less nosey, and able to work their investigations plausibly into their daily routines.” Having read the galley of Pushing Up Daisies, I heartily agree. I look forward to spending more time with Harris’s main character Paula Holliday and, happily, this is the first in a planned series of “Dirty Business Mysteries.” Harris and her heroine are both avid gardeners, so the release of the book was carefully planned for February, when gardeners begin to get itchy to get their hands in the dirt. Her book tour includes the Connecticut and Philadelphia flower shows as well as several Connecticut libraries.

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