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Coming January 31, 2023

Bestseller Bootcamp

Instructor: Ania Ahlborn
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Coming June 8, 2023

Writers’ Police Academy

June 8 – 11, 2023 – Green Bay, Wisconsin

By Writers’ Police Academy

The 2022 Writers’ Police Academy offers a unique opportunity for attendees to participate in many of the same hands-on training classes – basic and advanced – taught to Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Corrections personnel. The 2023 event features a special tract focued on homicide investigations. These incredibly exciting cutting-edge sessions are typically reserved only for professionals. Until now.

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“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Alvin Toffler (1928-2016)

 

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Amazon Best Sellers

OUR MOST POPULAR PRODUCTS BASED ON SALES. UPDATED HOURLY.
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Kindle New Release Tuesday

Browse new and upcoming releases you won’t find anywhere else and discover your next great read.

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January 24, 2023

Mysteries That Bring You

INSIDE THE WORKINGS OF FASCINATING MINDS

By Ross Armstrong — CrimeReads

In a sense, every detective novel is about the inside of someone’s head…

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January 23, 2023

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

Another week, another batch of books for your TBR pile. Happy reading, folks.

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January 23, 2023

Midwestern Noir

By Hannah Morrissey — CrimeReads

“Midwestern Noir” is what happens when you take all the elements of Nordic Noir and plant them in what even midwesterners refer to as “the middle of nowhere.”

Bleak, bone-chilling settings. Dark days and darker nights. A cheerless snow globe filled with tormented characters doomed to collide. Where brutality rings as true for the elements as it does the violence these characters do unto one another.

These are the components of Nordic Noir, a subset of crime fiction that often takes place in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Sweden—to name a few.

But what about the Midwest?

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January 20, 2023

Pen America Literary Awards

ANNOUNCING THE 2023 AWARDS LONGLISTS

By Pen America

Our Awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning authors, editors, translators, and critics. These authors are committed to recognizing their contemporaries, from promising debut writers to those who have had a continuous, lasting impact on the literary landscape.

Finalists for all Book Awards will be announced in February 2023. Stay tuned for more.

Join us at the 2023 Literary Awards Ceremony on March 2!

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Now Available!  January 19, 2023

The Shards Is Worth the Wait

Bret Easton Ellis’ first novel in more than a decade

By Gabino Iglesias — NPR

It’s been a dozen years since Bret Easton Ellis published a novel. And his latest, The Shards, is a narrative that came to him in 1981 — more than four decades ago — when he was a 17-year-old high school senior.

Luckily, the novel is worth the wait. Hermetic, paranoid, sleek, dark — and with brief explosions of the sex and violence that have characterized Ellis’ oeuvre — The Shards is a stark reminder that the American Psycho author is a genre unto himself.

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January 19, 2023

Books to Look Forward to This Year

By Literary Hub

John Freeman’s contributors weigh in on their most anticipated books of 2023!

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January 17, 2023

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

Another week, another batch of books for your TBR pile. Happy reading, folks.

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January 17, 2023

18 New Books

to pick up at your local indie

By Katie Yee — LitHub

Featuring new books by Tsitsi Dangarembga, De’Shawn Charles Winslow, and Monica Heisey, as well as Bret Easton Ellis and Anne Waldman (big week for Bennington alums!). Happy browsing!

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January 16, 2023

The Best Kindle Unlimited Books

to Read in 2023

By Rey Rowland — BookRiot

In this list, I’ll give you some of the best Kindle Unlimited books 2023 has to offer. That way you can pick one and kick-start your reading year with some seriously amazing stories.

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January 13, 2023

10 Crime Books By Writers of Color

that should not be missed

By Tracy Clark — CrimeReads

“This list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. The bench is deep.”

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January 13, 2023

The Best Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy

By Lisa Tuttle — The Guardian

  • Mr Breakfast by Jonathan Carroll
  • Cold People by Tom Rob Smith
  • Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
  • The House at the End of the World by Dean Koontz
  • Collision: Stories from the Science of Cern, edited by Rob Appleby and Connie Potter
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January 12, 2023

The Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2023

By Molly Odintz — CrimeReads

100+ mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels to get you through the long winter (and spring, and also early summer)

Almost all of the picks for this year’s big most anticipated list are strictly crime novels, mysteries, and thrillers. Why? Because there are so many darn good ones out this year!

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January 10, 2023

Adaptation Of The Bannerman Spy Novels

By Shania Russell — Slash Film

AMC has acquired the rights to the spy series and Shane Black has signed on as executive producer to turn the critically-acclaimed novels into a TV series.

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January 10, 2023

A Spy Among Friends

Thriller Adaptation Starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pierce

By Matt Webb Mitovich — TVLine

A March release date has been set for MGM+’s adaptation of Ben Macintyre’s A Spy Among Friends, starring Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce). The six-episode limited series will premiere Sunday, March 12.

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January 10, 2023

New Releases Tuesday

THE BEST BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK 

By Erica Ezeifedi — Book Riot

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for new books! Here are a few of the books out today you should add to your TBR. This is a very small percentage of the new releases this week.

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January 9, 2023

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

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January 6, 2023

My First Thriller

Diana Gabaldon

By Rick Pullen — Crimereads

Diana Gabaldon’s historical time-traveling blockbuster, Outlander, almost didn’t make history, in either the twentieth or eighteenth centuries.

Her publisher couldn’t figure out what to do with a novel about a young woman at the end of WWII visiting Inverness, Scotland and accidentally traveling back two centuries in time. Was it adventure, crime, mystery, thriller, or suspense? 

Or something else?

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Now Available!   January 3, 2023

Courage Under Fire

UNDER SIEGE AND OUTNUMBERED 58 TO 1 ON JANUARY 6

Courage under Fire: Under Siege and Outnumbered 58 to 1 on January 6 by [Steven A. Sund]

By Steven A. Sund

One of the darkest days in American history became an extraordinary story of courage under fire.

United States Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund’s gripping personal account takes readers inside the events leading up to January 6, and provides a detailed and harrowing minute-by-minute account of the attack on the US Capitol, which was valiantly defended in hand-to-hand combat by the US Capitol Police officers who found themselves outnumbered fifty-eight to one.

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January 3, 2023

New Releases Tuesday

THE BEST BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK 

By Erica Ezeifedi — Book Riot

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for new books! Here are a few of the books out today you should add to your TBR. This is a very small percentage of the new releases this week.

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January 3, 2023

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

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January 3, 2023

What to Read Next

We can guarantee that these books will be good.

By Isle McElroy, Emily Hughes, Celia Mattison, Jamie Hood, and Maris Kreizman — Vulture

If 2022 was a year of particular unrest in the publishing world, then how wonderful it is to start a new year full of anticipation for books themselves. Here are a bunch that we’re particularly excited about.

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January 3, 2023

Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing

the pros and cons

By Joanna Penn — The Creative Penn

Authors now have a choice in how they publish and get their books into the hands of readers. This article covers the pros and cons of traditional publishing and self-publishing.

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January 2, 2023

Top Artificial Intelligence Books to Read in 2023

By  Prathamesh Ingle — MARKTECHPOST

The beautiful thing about artificial intelligence is that you can construct a computer with pre-programmed algorithms that can function with its own intelligence, so you don’t need to pre-program a machine to perform something. 

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January 1, 2023

Fiction to Look Out For in 2023

By Alex Preston — The Guardian

With new work from Richard Ford, Lorrie Moore and Zadie Smith, plus second novels by Caleb Azumah Nelson and Guy Gunaratne, this is shaping up to be a memorable 12 months. It’s an extraordinary crop, with memorable books from both celebrated and lesser-known authors.

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January 1, 2023

Things Are Getting Better

By Robert Reich — The Guardian

It’s hard to believe, but things are getting better. They will continue to if we keep up the fight.

Setbacks notwithstanding, we are better today than we were 50 years ago, 20 years ago, even a year ago

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DECEMBER 2022 BOOK NEWS!

December 27, 2022

New Releases Tuesday

THE BEST BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK 

By Erica Ezeifedi — Book Riot

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for new books! Here are a few of the books out today you should add to your TBR. This is a very small percentage of the new releases this week.

LINK:  New Releases Tuesday

 

December 26, 2022

10 Amazon Kindle Features You Should Use

Get the most out of your Kindle eReader.

By Joe Fedewa — How-To Geek

Amazon Kindle devices are among the best eReaders you can buy. They’re easy to use, but to get the most out of your Kindle, there are some features you may not know about. Here are the best ones.

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December 22, 2022

Just in Time for the Holidays

5 Books To Read For When You’re Lonely

By Claire Alexander — LIT HUB

Bedtime stories and book clubs aside, reading is largely a solitary pursuit. Yet books have an incomparable ability to help us feel less alone. A major report from U.K. charity The Reading Agency and think tank Demos found a link between reading and loneliness, showing that reading books can reduce feelings of isolation for those aged 18-64.

LINK:  Just in Time

 

December 21, 2022

The Award-Winning Novels of 2022

The Books That Took Home This Year’s Biggest Literary Prizes

By Book Marks — LIT HUB

Awards ceremonies are back, baby.

Yes, for the first time since 2019, your favorite writers actually got to dress up and attend a fancy party or two this year. From the Pulitzer to the Booker, the Nebula to the Edgar, here are the winners of the biggest book prizes of 2022.

Congratulations to all!

LINK:  Award-Winning Novels

 

December 19, 2022

Authors Who Write Outstanding Mystery Series

and stellar standalones

By Alicia Beckman — Crimereads

Books are an invitation to a world of stories.

Writing a series is like spending a weekend with old friends, taking long walks to catch up and to ponder the future. Eating familiar food, laughing at old jokes, and going home refreshed, grounded by sharing part of your life with people you know inside out.

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December 19, 2022

The Best International Crime Fiction of 2022

By Molly Odintz — Crimereads

Mexican noir, Japanese thrillers, South Korean assassins, Argentinian art crimes, and a new Lady Joker!

It’s rare enough for stories to go from ideas to published works, let alone garner enough attention to get translated, but these books have all made that long journey to be with English-speaking readers today, which is why we try to draw special attention to crime fiction in translation here on the site. 

LINK:  Best International Crime Fiction

 

December 15, 2022

The Best Noir Fiction of 2022

By Crimereads

Journeys into the dark heart of noir, from Don Winslow, Kelly J. Ford, Gabino Iglesias, and more.

A look at the year’s best new noirs (with the usual disclaimer that noir can never quite be defined, which is really part of the appeal, but let’s all agree it has something to do with a journey into the moral abyss). 

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December 14, 2022

Five Thrillers About Forking Paths

and the choices that upend our lives

By Mina Hardy — Crimereads

Good people making bad choices. Bad people making good choices. It’s all ripe for fiction.

I have a love/hate relationship with fiction about characters who take that first wrong step…then the next, and then another, until they are so far away from where they were meant to go that they have almost no choices left at all, except the worst ones.

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December 13, 2022

New Releases Tuesday

THE BEST BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK 

By Erica Ezeifedi — Book Riot

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for new books! Here are a few of the books out today you should add to your TBR. This is a very small percentage of the new releases this week.

LINK:  New Releases Tuesday

 

December 12, 2022

The Best Psychological Thrillers of 2022

By Lisa Levy — CrimeReads

Here they are: my top ten thrillers, and a few other outstanding crime books and TV shows.

LINK:  The Best Psychological Thrillers

 

December 9, 2022

10 Bingeable Mystery Series

you can enjoy right now

By Daryanda Jones — CrimeReads

It’s the season to hunker down with a good pile of books and read them one after another.

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December 9, 2022

The Best Espionage Novels of the Year

the year’s best spy novels and international thrillers

By CrimeReads

LINK:  The Best Espionage Novels of the Year

 

December 8, 2022

Books We Could Read Again

By Steph Auteri — BookRiot

Among the books I occasionally return to, often when in a reading slump, are those I wish I could experience again for the very first time. There are those that were such a fun ride, I found myself laugh-crying while reading them. Others were so relatable, they felt like a warm hug. And some were so thought-provoking, they made me reconsider my entire way of life.

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December 8, 2022

Five Character-Driven Mystery Novels

By Joël Dicker — CrimeReads

I don’t pick a book because it is a crime story, I pick a book for the story. What I look for when I start a book, is to meet the characters. I want to know about them, about their life, about their personal story lines before the plot itself. Because I truly believe, as an author and a reader, that the real echo of a book comes from the characters.

LINK:  Five Character-Driven Mystery Novels

 

December 6, 2022

17 New Books

to Invigorate Your December Reading

By Katie Yee — Literary Hub

Here are 17 new books coming out today that you can add to your toppling TBR pile.

LINK:  17 New Books

 

December 6, 2022

Four Atmospheric Thrillers

with unexpected settings

By Tessa Wegert — CrimeReads

As a genre, crime fiction isn’t hurting for evocative settings. From stormy islands to isolated mountain cabins and desolate wintry landscapes, we’ve been plunged into every conceivable environment and invited to explore it through the lens of exciting and thought-provoking stories.

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December 6, 2022

Join the Club

debut author’s lonely book launch

By Sian Cain — The Guardian

 When debut author Chelsea Banning vented on Twitter about no one showing up at her book signing, she didn’t expect that some of the world’s most famous authors, including Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman, would respond with tales of their own nightmare public appearances.

LINK:  Join the Club

 

December 5, 2022

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

Another week, another batch of books for your TBR pile. Happy reading, folks.

LINK:  10 New Books Coming Out This Week

 

December 5, 2022

Favorite Crime Novels

THAT INSPIRED ELYSE FRIEDMAN TO WRITE ONE OF HER OWN

By Elyse Friedman — CrimeReads

“I’ve always been a fan of crime fiction, so I don’t know why it took me so long to try my hand at it.”

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December 5, 2022

Cozy Mysteries Perfect for Fall

By Via Kensington — CrimeReads

As the leaves fall from the trees and the days grow colder, the thought of curling up with a good book becomes more enticing than ever.

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December 4, 2022

Best Thrillers of 2022

By The Real Book Spy

It’s December, so you know what that means—end-the-year coverage and plenty of round-ups until we kick off a bunch of new coverage starting in January.

LINK:  Best Thrillers of 2022

 

December 3, 2022

A Spy Among Friends

an extremely good espionage thriller – if you can figure out how to watch it

By Joel Golby — The Guardian

Double agents are everywhere. Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce act their socks off. But nobody knows what ITVX is – no matter what the secret service say.

LINK:  A Spy Among Friends

 

December 1, 2022

10 Books to Read in December

By Becky Meloan — The Washington Post

December can be a busy month, and finding downtime can be as simple as a good book with a cozy blanket and a mug of something warm. You might start with one of these delightful December releases.

LINK:  10 Books to Read in December

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