So I totally missed that the Hammett Award had been given out at Bloody Words last weekend, going to Joseph Kanon for his latest novel, ALIBI. Fortunately, Jiro Kimura snagged the press release.

The Boston Globe’s Elizabeth Townsend talks to Gary Braver about his new medical thriller, FLASHBACK, and the inspiration for this new book.

Janet Maslin has her say on two new titles by Keith Donohue and John Hart, the latter which is doing very well on the extended bestseller lists.

At the Telegraph, Sarah Crompton gives her approval to new books by Mark Billingham and Mo Hayder, while Susanna Yager does the same for new crime fiction by Joe Lansdale and Thomas H. Cook.

Amish crime thrillers as a subgenre? Who knew? But that’s what P.L. Gaus has been mining for several years, as he tells the Christian Science Monitor.

With the minor brouhaha about CATHY’S BOOK and product placement, the Seattle PI’s Celia Goodnow has some fun rewriting fairy tales using this new template.

MJ Rose has been running summer reading lists by various folk, yours truly included (though I have to say that at this point, I’ve read almost all the books on the list. Figures…)

Diane Mapes offers some advice on how to stay true and committed
to your book – just like you would a relationship.

Pari Noskin Taichert has great advice on writers supporting other writers, and Jason Pinter delivers the harsh (but extremely necessary) truth about looking for literary agents.

And finally, RIP, Mystery Circus, a great site that never did seem to find its audience, alas. John Rickards did an awesome job and should be commended for his efforts to keep it going.