THE DARK SIDE TOUR and FREE BOOKS

 

MARCH MADNESS (and APRIL too) - CANADIAN VERSION

Simon & Schuster Canada is sending seven of its best authors on tour, this spring.

All events are free to attend, and, depending on the event, there'll be three or four authors present. The authors are Deryn Collier (Confined Space, Open Secrets), Craig Davidson (The Troop written as Nick Cutter, Rust and Bone, etc.), Jennifer Hillier (Creep, Freak, The Butcher), Robert Pobi (Eye of the Storm formerly Bloodman, Mannheim Rex, etc.), Andrew Pyper (The Demonologist, Lost Girls, The Killing Season, etc.), Sean Slater (Snakes and Ladders, The Guilty, etc.), and Brad Smith (Shoot the Dog, Crow's Landing, One-Eyed Jacks, etc.).

I'll be attending the event in Ottawa on Friday, March 21st, at 7 pm. The event will be hosted by author Peggy Blair (The Beggar's Opera, The Poisoned Pawn), and guests for that evening will be Robert Pobi, Craig Davidson/Nick Cutter, and Andrew Pyper. For the full list of events, a sweepstake, and more info about the authors and their books, visit The Dark Side website here.

As a bonus, you can also visit Grooveshark to listen to The Dark Side Tour playlist, as chosen by Deryn Collier (here), Craig Davidson (here), Jennifer Hillier (here), and Robert Pobi (here).

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada, one lucky visitor to The House of Crime & Mystery will receive a set of seven books: Collier's Confined Space, Cutter's The Troop, Hillier's Freak, Pobi's Eye of the Storm, Pyper's The Demonologist, Slater's The Guilty, and Smith's Shoot the Dog.
If you're interested to win these great books, send me your name and full address at housecrimyst@gmail.com This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, and participants need to be 18 years or older.

 

Bonne chance!
I hope to meet some of you in Ottawa.

JF
March 2014

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HOME IMPROVEMENT & MOVING ON






Blogger is great but it has too many glitches and bugs that make me go a little crazy (and very frustrated). After much debating, I've finally decided to start working on a brand-new website instead of trying to keep improving this blog, which didn't really respond to my needs; I had to constantly adapt myself to it, instead of adapting it to what I wanted to do.

I'm hoping to announce the opening of the new site somewhere around late March or early April. In the meantime, I'll still be using this blog. I see it as moving from an apartment to a house. It will still be called The House of Crime & Mystery, of course. I think it'll look great and be more user friendly, both for myself and for visitors. I hope you'll like it.

Thank you for your patience and for your continued support. It's all done for one purpose: the promotion of books and writers.


à bientôt,

JF
March 8th, 2014

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GIVEAWAY: SIGNED ADVANCE COPY OF LAURA LIPPMAN'S AFTER I'M GONE

 
 
              Canadian Edition                                                                      U.S. Edition
 
UPDATE: Due to urgent family obligations, I need to push back my full review of Laura Lippman's After I'm Gone to an undetermined date. The review is part of the TLC Book Tour, so in the meantime you can check out what other bloggers are saying about this great novel (by clicking above). Thank you for your understanding. Sorry about that.
 
'See' you soon.

JF

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Laura Lippman's new novel will be published on February 11th, in the US and Canada. Here's your chance to win an advance reader's edition that she signed when I met her at BoucherCon, in Albany, last fall.

I'm reading the book at the moment and will be reviewing it on Thursday, February 13th, right here in the House. I can already tell you that it's one of her best yet --with all the great stories she's written, I didn't think I could be awed again but I most certainly am. Laura Lippman has many more tricks up her sleeves and she proves it in After I'm Gone. Simply explained, the book is about one man's disappearance, on the 4th of July, in 1976, and about the lives of the five women that were close to him: his wife, his three daughters, and...his mistress. The reader follows them through the following years until the mistress also disappears.

Laura Lippman's narrative is addictive, and the dialogue flows as naturally as the days come and go. Very talented writers like Gillian Flynn, Kelly Braffet, and Jennifer McMahon, to name a few, have recently been getting many well-deserved rave reviews but, with After I'm Gone, Laura Lippman is proving that she is still the Queen of American crime fiction.
 
 photo credit: Jacques Filippi

UPDATE: our lucky winner is Janie Mathis, of Bishopville (South Carolina). Thank you all for participating and for visiting the House. Come back soon, and please spread the word. À bientôt!

Send me your name and address at housecrimyst@gmail.com for a chance to win a signed copy of this great novel.You have until noon, Montréal Time, on February 6th. I'll then announce the winner on February 7th.

Bonne chance!
JF
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HOUSE OF CRIME & MYSTERY'S 2nd ANNUAL READERS'S CHOICE AWARDS



The best crime books of the year, voted by you! They've all been published between November 1st, 2012 and November 31st, 2013. (So next year we'll be able to do December 1st, 2013 to November 30th, 2014).

Ballots came in mainly from the USA, UK, and Canada, like last year, but votes in Canada alone almost doubled. There were also many more voters from French Québec and France. And a good chunk came from Australia, Germany, Africa, Norway, and Spain.
In total, I’ve received 1 117 ballots (compared to 632 last year). Just, wow!

Ballots had votes for an average of three to four categories only. I can understand that most voters read in only one language, but there were a lot less votes for Best Non-Fiction and Best Short-Fiction than for other categories. Also, I ignored votes from 'anonymous' ballots. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to vote; it proves that you care for the writers and books that you read. In total, all categories together, there were 3 801 votes (compared to 2 529 last year). It's a long way from the attention that Goodreads gets but, hey, Dan Brown didn't receive one single vote here. In most categories, as you'll notice, there were some very tight results.

So, here they are, with the Top 3 in each category –including % of votes:
 
-BEST INTERNATIONAL CRIME NOVEL (except US, UK, and Canada):
3--Helsinki Blood by James Thompson (Putnam) 19%
2--Police by Jo Nesbø (Knopf) 32%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham (Sphere) (available in the US in March 2014 from Mulholland Books) 34%
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-BEST CRIME NOVEL in the United Kingdom
3--The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown) 22%
2--I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty (Serpent's Tail) 23%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--THE WRATH OF ANGELS by John Connolly (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) 44% 
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-BEST CRIME NOVEL in the USA
3--Save Yourself by Kelly Braffett (Crown) 17%
2--Onion Street by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus Books) 21%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--THE BLACK BOX by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) 41%


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-BEST CRIME NOVEL in CANADA
3--The Poisoned Pawn by Peggy Blair (Penguin) 16%
2--The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison (Penguin) 22%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--VIGILANTE SEASON by Peter Kirby (Linda Leith Publishing) 25%
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-BEST INDIE or SELF-PUBLISHED CRIME NOVEL
3--Gutted by Tony Black (New Pulp Press) 18%
2--The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm (Angry Robot Books) 20%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--A TASTE FOR MALICE by Michael J. Malone (Five Leaves Publications) 23%
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-BEST SHORT-FICTION COLLECTION
3--Eight Lies (About the Truth) by Sean Chercover (eBook -Kindle Edition) 11%
2--Best American Mystery Stories 2013 editor Lisa Scottoline (Mariner Books) 25%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--DEAD LETTERS: STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM by Chris F. HOLM (eBook -Kindle edition)  27%
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-BEST NON-FICTION CRIME BOOK
3--The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley (St.Martin's Press) 17%
2--All The Wild Children by Josh Stallings (Snubnose Press/Createspace) 24%
and the top vote-getter is:
1--Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard by Charles J. Rzepka (Johns Hopkins U. Press)  27%
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-BEST CRIME FICTION IN FRENCH/ MEILLEUR POLAR EN FRANÇAIS
3--Terreur dans le Downtown Eastside de Jacqueline Landry (Les Éditions David) 22%
2--Puzzle de Franck Thilliez (Fleuve Noir) 28%
et le plus populaire est :
1--SOUS LA SURFACE de Martin Michaud (Les Éditions Goélette) 31%
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-BEST CRIME FICTION TRANSLATED INTO FRENCH/ MEILLEUR POLAR TRADUIT EN FRANÇAIS
3--7 jours de Deon Meyer (Seuil) 19%
2--La phrase qui tue de Craig McDonald (Belfond) 24%
et le plus populaire est :
1--ILS VIVENT LA NUIT de Dennis Lehane (Rivages) 34%
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--YOUR FAVOURITE CRIME NOVEL OF 2013/VOTRE POLAR FAVORI EN 2013
3--Ils vivent la nuit de Dennis LEHANE (Rivages)
2--The Black Box by Michael CONNELLY (Little, Brown)
and the top vote-getter is: / le polar le plus populaire est :
1--THE WRATH OF ANGELS by John CONNOLLY (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up! Thank you to all the writers for so many great books in 2013; it already looks like we'll have another fantastic year in 2014.
To all those who submitted ballots, a huge thank you! I promised to give away some books, and I will announce the names of 5 winners, next week, once I've contacted all of them.
I will email each of you individually and you'll get to pick 3 books each --except for one special winner who'll receive 5 books. I should also have at least a few leftovers that I'll give away in February and March. Stay tuned.

UPDATE- we have our 4 winners of three books each: Luke Carleggio, of Rome (Italy), Sofia Winter, of Knoxville (Tennessee), Mike Robinson, of Calgary (Alberta), and Lucy Lindsay, of Vancouver (British Columbia). Also, our big winner of 5 books, Sara Major, of Minneapolis (Minnesota). Thank you all again for participating!
Thank you to the Canadian publishers who have sent books my way: Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins, Vehicule Press, and ECW Press.

À bientôt, talk to you soon.
JF
January 2014
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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE CRIME BOOKS OF 2013

 
You participated in such great numbers last year that I decided to do it again. I want to know what books you most enjoyed in 2013. These will be THE HOUSE OF CRIME & MYSTERY'S 2013 READERS'S CHOICE AWARDS (2nd Edition). (You can still check out the 2012 winners).

I've written down a list of some of my favourites of the year, to help start you out, in each category, but you're under no obligation to pick one of these titles --just add your own favourites. To be eligible, the books need to have been published between November 1st, 2012 and November 30th, 2013 (if you're not sure, I'll verify the pub dates).

This year I've added 4 categories (short-fiction, non-fiction, French original, and French translation). You don't need to vote in every category; then e-mail me your selections (one pick per category, 10 answers max in total--you can do it quickly by just writing the authors's last names or part of the titles in your message or just copy/paste)at housecrimyst@gmail.com or in the comment space below this post, and you'll be entered automatically for a chance to win a bundle of books (some were published in 2013, others are advance reader's copies of 2014 titles). Also, every writer, agent, publicist, and publisher who would like to add a book or two to the bundle, you are welcome to send them to me (my mailing address can be found in the OFFICE DESK/INFO KIT page on this site). My goal is to give 5 books to one winner, and 2 books to four more winners. Additional books will be given away every week, through January, if I have any left.

Voting closes on January 5th at midnight (Montréal time). Everyone over 18 years of age can participate --from any country (on this planet). Don't forget to give me your full name and postal address. Results will be posted on Saturday January 11th, and then I'll contact the winners of the giveaways before announcing them. After that, I'll post my own personal list of favourite crime books for 2013.

Help authors around the world by voting and passing the word around so more votes can come in. Let's beat last year's tally of 632 ballots filled. Thank you in advance for participating.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, whatever you celebrate, as long as it involves peace, kindness, and love! À bientôt, in 2014.


November 1st, 2012 to November 30th, 2013
 
1- WORLD (except CAN, USA, UK)  
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DARK HORSE Honey BROWN  
ROOM NUMBER 10 Ake EDWARDSON  
SAVAGE SPRING Mons KALLENTOFT  
THE FIRE WITNESS Lars KEPLER  
POLICE Jo NESBO  
SILENCED Kristina OHLSSON  
WATCHING YOU Michael ROBOTHAM  
SACRIFICES Roger SMITH  
HELSINKI BLOOD Jim THOMPSON  
THE HEALER Antti TUOMAINEN  
     
2- UNITED KINGDOM
  X
THE DYING HOURS Mark BILLINGHAM  
LETHAL PROFIT Alex BLACKMORE  
THE WRATH OF ANGELS John CONNOLLY  
THE CUCKOO'S CALLING Robert GALBRAITH(J.K. ROWLING)  
AVAILABLE DARK Elizabeth HAND  
POPPET Mo HAYDER  
SOMETHING YOU ARE Hanna JAMESON  
THE NECESSARY DEATH OF LEWIS WINTER Malcolm MACKAY  
I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET Adrian MCKINTY  
THE RED ROAD  Denise MINA  
RATLINES Stuart NEVILLE  
THE KILLING POOL Kevin SAMPSON  
A SONG FROM DEAD LIPS William SHAW  
WITNESS THE DEAD Craig ROBERTSON  
A DARK REDEMPTION Stav SHEREZ  
GUN MACHINE Warren ELLIS  
3- UNITED STATES of AMERICA
  X
SAVE YOURSELF Kelly BRAFFET  
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD James Lee BURKE  
ONION STREET Reed Farrel COLEMAN  
THE BLACK BOX Michael CONNELLY  
VISITATION STREET Ivy POCHODA  
SEVEN FOR A SECRET Lindsay FAYE  
CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE BOHEMIAN HIGHWAY Sara GRAN  
LET IT BURN Steve HAMILTON  
GHOSTMAN Roger HOBBS  
SKINNER Charlie HUSTON  
ORDINARY GRACE William Kent KRUEGER  
THREE GRAVES FULL  Jamie MASON  
NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT Derek B. MILLER  
THE DOUBLE George PELECANOS  
OUT OF THE BLACK John RECTOR  
THE WRONG GIRL Hank Phillippi RYAN  
UNSEEN Karin SLAUGHTER  
TATIANA Martin Cruz SMITH  
SHOOT THE WOMAN FIRST Wallace STROBY  
THE MAID'S VERSION Daniel WOODRELL  
     
4- CANADA
  X
A TAP ON THE WINDOW  Linwood BARCLAY  
WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN Anthony BIDULKA  
THE POISONED PAWN Peggy BLAIR  
EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES Hilary DAVIDSON  
BLOOD ON A SAINT Anne EMERY  
THE SCOTTISH BANKER OF SURABAYA Ian HAMILTON  
THE SILENT WIFE ASA HARRISON  
VIGILANTE SEASON Peter KIRBY   
CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE Owen LAUKKANEN   
RIVER OF THE DEAD Robert POBI  
DEATH WAS IN THE BLOOD Linda L. RICHARDS  
CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Peter ROBINSON  
MISS MONTREAL Howard SHRIER  
SHOOT THE DOG Brad SMITH  
ALWAYS WATCHING Chevy STEVENS  
      
5- TOP INDIE or SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL 
  X
DONNYBROOK Frank BILL  
GUTTED Tony BLACK  
DEFENDING ELTON T.J. COOKE  
TOO DARK TO SLEEP Diane GALLAGHER  
THE BIG REAP Chris F. HOLM  
A WIND OF KNIVES Ed KURTZ  
A TASTE FOR MALICE Michael J. MALONE  
CARNIVAL NOIR Craig MCDONALD  
PENANCE Dan O'SHEA  
RAKE Scott PHILLIPS  
THE HARD BOUNCE Todd ROBINSON  
THE SUBTLE ART OF BRUTALITY Ryan SAYLES  
ONE MORE BODY Josh STALLINGS  
HEAVEN'S ON HOLD Steve TROTTER  
SPARKLE Rudy YULY  
     
6- TOP SHORT-FICTION COLLECTION
  X
DANCING TOWARDS THE BLADE Mark BILLINGHAM  
EIGHT LIES (ABOUT THE TRUTH) Sean CHERCOVER  
LEE CRIME FACTORY editor  
THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB Hilary DAVIDSON  
ACTION: PULSE POUNDING TALES #2 Matt HILTON editor  
DEAD LETTERS Chris F. HOLM  
THE MAMMOTH BOOK of BEST BRITISH CRIME #10  Maxim JAKUBOWSKI editor  
BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2013 Lisa SCOTTOLINE editor  
BEAT TO A PULP: HARDBOILED 2 VARIOUS (Beetner,Funk, Randisi, etc.)  
THUGLIT #8 VARIOUS (Abbott, Knight, Ross, etc.)  
     
7- TOP NON-FICTION
  X
THE SPY WHO LOVED Clare MULLEY  
IF I TELL YOU...I'LL HAVE TO KILL YOU Michael ROBOTHAM editor  
BEING COOL: THE WORK OF ELMORE LEONARD Charles J. RZEPKA  
ALL THE WILD CHILDREN Josh STALLINGS  
FINAL CONFESSION Brian P. WALLACE  
     
8- TOP CRIME FICTION IN FRENCH
  X
SACCAGES Chrystine BROUILLET  
TOUT HOMME RÊVE D'ÊTRE UN GANGSTER Jean CHARBONNEAU  
DES NŒUDS D'ACIER  Sandrine COLLETTE  
ET À L'HEURE DE VOTRE MORT Jacques CÔTÉ  
TÊTES DE MAURES Didier DAENINCKX  
NOWHERE MAN François GRAVEL  
LE SANG DE LA TRAHISON Hervé JOURDAIN  
TERREUR DANS LE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE Jacqueline LANDRY  
SOUS LA SURFACE Martin MICHAUD  
ON SE RETROUVERA Laëtitia MILOT  
LE FILS EMPRUNTÉ Jacques SAVOIE  
PUZZLE Franck THILLIEZ  
     
9- TOP CRIME FICTION IN FRENCH (translated)
  X
VILAINES FILLES Megan ABBOTT  
LE CINQUIÈME TÉMOIN Michael CONNELLY  
MAUVAISE ÉTOILE R.J. ELLORY  
L'APPEL DU COUCOU Robert GALBRAITH (J.K. ROWLING)  
FÉTICHES Mo HAYDER  
ANIMAUX SOLITAIRES Bruce HOLBERT  
ÉTRANGE RIVAGE Arnaldur INDRIDASON  
LA CINQUIÈME SAISON Mons KALLENTOFT  
VERT-DE-GRIS Philip KERR  
LE GARDIEN DE PHARE Camilla LACKBERG  
ILS VIVENT LA NUIT Dennis LEHANE  
LE JUSTICIER D'ATHÈNES Petros MARKARIS  
LA PHRASE QUI TUE Craig MCDONALD  
7 JOURS Deon MEYER  
LES ÂMES VOLÉES Stuart NEVILLE  
FANTÔME Jo NESBO  
LES ANGES GARDIENS Kristina OHLSSON  
LA DERNIÈRE PLUIE Antti TUOMAINEN  
DERNIER VERRE À MANHATTAN Don WINSLOW  
NÉS SOUS LES COUPS Martyn WAITES  
 
** YOUR FAVOURITE CRIME BOOK OF 2013 IS…
     

 
JF
DECEMBER 2013
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