Sunday Smatterings on Daylight Savings Time

And let’s lead off with the winners of the awards given out last night at Left Coast Crime: Alan Bradley for the Dilys, Rita Lakin for the Lefty, Rebecca Cantrell for the Bruce Alexander, and Linda Richards for the Panik. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Marilyn Stasio reviews new crime fiction by Jo Nesbo, Cara Black, Simon Lelic and Robert Goddard in the NYTBR.

More Jo Nesbo coverage in the form of a Q&A at the Paper Cuts blog, reviews of THE DEVIL’S STAR at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News and coverage of the newest-translated Harry Hole novel, THE SNOWMAN, at the Scotsman, the independent and

Which segues rather nicely into yet another treatment of the “why are Scandinavian crime novels so damn successful?” trope, though this one, from the Economist, is well worth reading.

Hallie Ephron has her say on recent mystery and thriller fare by Noah Boyd, Michael Kurland and Dana Stabenow in the Boston Globe.

Adam Woog looks at new crime novels by Walter Mosley, Denise Mina and Cara Black at the Seattle Times.

The Guardian’s John O’Connell praises S.J. Parris (aka Stephanie Merritt) for her first historical thriller HERESY.

Another in-depth profile of Sara Paretsky runs this week on the occasion of HARDBALL, this time in the Telegraph.

The Observer’s Euan Ferguson explains what makes Jack Reacher tick – and how Lee Child has attracted millions of readers.

Alan Bradley spent all weekend guest-editing the National Post’s book blog the Afterword, while he and his new novel THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG are written up by the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press.

The trio responsible for editing RICHMOND NOIR talk to the Times-Dispatch about how the anthology came together, and why the city is rife for dark explorations.

That in-depth biography of Gordon Brown that was supposed to be published by Bloomsbury? It’s off, and the author Suzie MacKenzie, has returned the lucrative advance.

Mark Medley looks at the joys and complications of what happens when an author moves from a small press to a larger, more mainstream publisher.

Dan Franklin, the longtime publisher at Jonathan Cape, talks with the Observer about the house’s star-studded list, jumping on the graphic novel bandwagon, and the inevitable death of the long lunch.

And finally, talk about a crime with a sugar high