R.A. Clipping File — Mysteries and Fiction

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The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has posted their February list of top 5 favorite recent reads, including The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone, calling it a “mystery as compelling as The Alienist.”

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The IMBA’s bestseller list for January is also up on the site. They note that “relative newcomer Julie Hyzy topped the paperback list” with an original mass market paperback, her first in her “White House Chef” mysteries.

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The American Booksellers Association has announced their Book Sense Picks for March. The top choice is Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (“This second entry in the nonstop, frenzied, comedic world of Isabel Spellman, P.I., is both more convoluted and funny than The Spellman Files.”), but my favorite hand-sell line is for The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James Morrow:

“If Plato, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche decided to tie one on, paint the town red, and, then, write a novel, they might be able to come up with something like this. Morrow’s tale of a sarcastic moralist and his unique protege shocks and perplexes, while taking the reader on a marvelous adventure.” –Michael Lyle, Market Street Books, Chapel Hill, NC On sale March 11
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Newsweek’s Malcolm Jones adds his thoughts to the many on “the book of the moment” Beautiful Children, saying that author Charles Brock “knows how to tug at your heart, and he knows how to make you laugh out loud, often on the same page, sometimes in the same sentence. The only thing he doesn’t seem to know is when to quit.”

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