Tom’s Top 12 Books of 2015

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I managed to read quite a few books this year, despite the fact that I was getting one novel ready for publication, starting on a new novel, and working with the MWA-NY Mentor Program, among many other things. In other words, the usual caseload–but I always find time to read because that’s how I roll. Here, in no particular order, are a dozen mysteries and thrillers of 2015 that I particularly enjoyed: Continue reading

The Eternal Question: What Do Mystery Readers Want?

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I just read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, the big new bestseller in the mystery world, and I really admire it. Paula Hawkins has done an excellent job with her first crime novel, and she’s reaping big rewards: near-universal praise, the NY Times Bestseller List, a movie deal with Steven Spielberg. But her phenomenal success is coming at a price. Continue reading