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The August-September issue of the MLB News is at the printer's as we speak. You can download a pdf copy right now so you don't have to wait for the postman.
The Private Eye Writers of America have announced the 2008 Shamus Award nominess for the best PI novels published in 2007. Books are nominated in the categories of Best PI Novel, Best First PI Novel and Best PI Paperback Original. Winners in each category will be announced at the Bouchercon World Mystery convention in October.
Congratulations to all the nominees. Check our list of Shamus Nominees and perhaps you'll discover a great new writer.
If the high price of gas and the low value of the dollar has you staying at home this summer, you can still visit exotic, overseas destinations this summer with an assortment of foreign mysteries at MLB.
We've prepared a Mystery Travel Guide which outlines the many choices we have for books that will take you to Italy, France, China, Turkey, Africa and many other locations around the globe.
You can also use the search features on our site to locate books with particular settings, just enter the country you're interested in and you get a listing of books that involve that location.
Quite a lengthy list of new arrivals in the past two weeks as many of the August publications have arrived. You'll find new books by Faye Kellerman, Margaret Maron, Ruth Rendell, Edna Buchanan, Meg Gardiner and many others.
A slew of British New Arrivals spices up the list this week including new books by Barbara Nadel, Rebecca Tope, Priscilla Masters and others.
You'll find the complete list of both US and British books at New Arrivals.
On August 16 Martin Clark will wrap up our Summer Coffee & Crime. He'll be here with his third novel, The Legal Limit. This extraordinary novel has echoes of Scott Turow's earlier work with a hint of John Grisham but it's a unique work all of Clark's own.
The story concerns two brothers: one a law student home for the summer, the other a ne'er-do-well petty criminal. A single afternoon will change both their lives irrevocably as the criminal brother shoots and kills a man and the law student lies to cover it up. Through the years this event will continue to influence both their lives until a startling climax resolves matters. Clark's evocation of Southern life, the work of lawyers and prosecutors, the police and, most crucially, the relationship betwen these two brothers is simply superb.
Keep on reading,
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
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