MysteryPeople on the Radio!

MysteryPeople will appear on Hopeton Hay’s KAZI Book Review the last Sunday of each month, to discuss our most anticipated upcoming reads!

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Starting this past January, MysteryPeople (in the corporeal form of Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz) will join Hopeton Hay on KAZI Book Review to talk about our favorite mysteries of the past month, as well as our most anticipated read for the up-and-coming month.

Our next appearance on the show is this upcoming Sunday, March 27, where we will join Hopeton Hay and Tim Chamberlain for a live interview of author Lisa Lutz to discuss her latest novel, The Passenger. Lisa Lutz is one of our favorite authors here at the store – we love her Spellman Files series, and we’re excited about her latest, which takes a departure from her previous work. After the interview portion, we’ll discuss our favorite mysteries of March, and our most anticipated reads out in April.

Tune in to 88.7 FM the last Sunday of each month between 12:30 and 1 PM, or stream live, to finally put a voice to all those book reviews you’ve been reading. If you don’t live in the Austin area, you can stream KAZI Book Review online – just go to their website and click “listen live” to stream. Check out the KAZI Book Review Blog for recorded interviews with a diverse array of writers, including many of our favorite mystery novelists.

Hopeton Hay, on his show KAZI Book Review, has interviewed many of the best authors writing today, including Harlan Coben, Reed Farrel Coleman, Philip Kerr, Attica Locke, Walter Mosley, National Book Award winners James McBride and Jesmyn Ward, and Pulitzer Prize winners Liaquat Ahamad and T.J. Stiles, in a diverse array of genres. Mr. Hay contributed to our compilation of MysteryPeople’s Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels, and he’s currently organizing a book festival to take place in Pflugerville at the Pflugerville Public Library. Included in the festival, among many other panels, will be a panel dedicated to discussing the MysteryPeople Top 100 list.

The Pflugerville Book Pfestival will take place Saturday, April 16th, and Sunday, April 17th. We’ll bring you more information closer to the date, and in the meantime, go to their event page to find out more.

We’ll be back on Hopeton Hay’s Book Review on Sunday, March 27th, and we hope you all tune in!

You can find copies of Lisa Lutz’s The Passenger on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. All of the books recommended by Scott and Molly are available either on our shelves, by special order, or via bookpeople.com. 

The MysteryPeople Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels, Revealed At Last

Today, MysteryPeople celebrates its fifth anniversary with a panel discussion, party, and the official unveiling of the MysteryPeople Top 100 Crime and Suspense novels. Meg Gardiner, Jesse Sublett, Janice Hamrick, Mark Pryor, and reviewer and radio host Hopeton Hay join bookseller Molly Odintz and Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery for a discussion of “Our Life in Crime.” Come by the store at 3 PM for the discussion and stay for the party afterwards!

The MysteryPeople Top 100 Crime & Suspense Novels

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Molly Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

We’ve posted just about every Top 20 list from the contributors of our Top 100 Crime & Suspense Fiction List. We’ve seen just as many takes on the genre as we’ve received lists. To paraphrase an old adage, it’s difficult to define a great detective novel, but you know it when you see it.  Tomorrow morning, we’ll put up the link to the full list, but until then, it’s only fair to put up each of our lists. Molly Odintz’s list is below.

Molly Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

Molly Odintz is a bookseller at BookPeople and handles much of MysteryPeople’s online presence, including as much blogging as possible. This list represents an eclectic mixture of genre classics and  works with great personal meaning. She tried to include those novels which, by the end, make the reader feel completely devastated and, simultaneously, awed.

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Scott Montgomery’s Top 20 Mysteries

We’ve posted just about every Top 20 list from the contributors of our Top 100 Crime & Suspense Fiction List. We’ve seen just as many takes on the genre as we’ve received lists. To paraphrase an old adage, it’s difficult to define a great detective novel, but you know it when you see it.  Tomorrow morning, we’ll put up the link to the full list, but until then, it’s only fair to put up each of our lists. Scott Montgomery’s list is below.

Scott Montgomery’s Top 20 Mysteries

Scott Montgomery is BookPeople’s Crime Fiction Coordinator and the founder of MysteryPeople, Bookpeople’s mystery bookstore-within-a-bookstore. MysteryPeople includes author events, workshops, book clubs, online content, and skilled recommendations. 

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Craig Johnson’s Top 21 Mysteries

MysteryPeople will be celebrating its 5th anniversary on November 7th, with a panel discussion, trivia, giveaways, and of course, cake and beverages. We will also be unveiling our list of MysteryPeople’s Top 100 Greatest Crime And Suspense Books. The list will be culled from top twenty lists contributed by critics, writers, and MysteryPeople staff. We’ll be posting each Top 20 list throughout October and November. Our first is actually a Top 21 list by our friend Craig Johnson, author of the perennially popular and fantastically written Longmire series.

He gets us off to a literary start, including many titles that ask the question, what defines a mystery or crime novel. His selections also challenge us to consider the detective novel in its context, evolving over time, with many of its antecedents now found in our classics section. His list playfully encourages us to consider classics as genre fiction, and thus works to destabilize the notion of a literary canon while still respecting literary innovators.

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