Welcome to the Mystery Man blog. My name is Tom Savage, and I’m a mystery writer. I sold books at Murder Ink® here in NYC for almost 20 years, until we closed our doors in 2006. My specialty was hand-selling titles to customers based on their personal likes and dislikes, and I learned how to match people with books. I have a lot of arcane knowledge to share, and I’m going to be posting lists, essays, and interviews with other writers here from time to time. I’m a big film fan, too, mysteries and thrillers, so I’ll be discussing my extensive DVD collection (hint: Hitchcock!). And I’ll occasionally be talking about the real world, too. I hope you enjoy it, and please look around my website for the latest news about my own works. Thank you for visiting.
I’m about to embark on a strange journey. My first novel in 14 years is about to be published as an e-book original from Random House’s new Alibi imprint, and I’ve just been sent the typeset copy for final review. I’m supposed to make any final changes/edits/etc. on this copy and return it to the publisher so they can make the ebooks.
So far, so good, right? But. Continue reading
As much as I enjoy finding new mystery and suspense authors, there’s nothing quite like revisiting old friends. I recently reread several titles of two favorite authors who dominated the bestseller lists back in the Stone Age, when I was a teen dreaming of someday being a writer. Is it any wonder that they both had an enormous influence on my own, personal style as it evolved? Continue reading
This has been a strange week for me here in Greenwich Village. It began with the untimely death of one of my favorite actors mere hours before the Super Bowl, where Continue reading
Anyone who knows me will tell you that my favorite novel of all time is REBECCA. Good news: Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 masterpiece is now an ebook! Many of du Maurier’s works are finally being Continue reading
On a brisk Christmas Eve in New York City, I want to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. 2013 is coming to a close, and now is the time for gifts–not necessarily the ones that can be bought in stores. I’m thinking of Continue reading
Okay, the Great Ebook Vanishing Crisis is over. As of today, PRECIPICE and VALENTINE are back up and open for business at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. And a good thing, too–all the national print and online ads for them have just hit the street. Yay!
Oops! Two of my ebooks, PRECIPICE and VALENTINE, have just been taken down from all seller websites–just as the new online and print ads for them are arriving everywhere! Ugh!!! My contract with the company that did them ended this week, and I decided not to renew it. I’m handling them myself now, and they’re being updated, so it’ll be a few days before they’re back on sale at Amazon, B&N, etc. Bear with me, and have a happy (very rare) double holiday–Thanksgiving and Hannukah! I’ll let everyone know as soon as these ebooks are available again.
Big news for fans of Diane Setterfield’s wonderful novel, THE THIRTEENTH TALE: She has a new book out! Yes, Setterfield’s second novel, BELLMAN & BLACK, will be published in the U.S. this Tuesday, Nov. 5, so Continue reading
I recently learned that one of my favorite suspense novels, TRAP FOR CINDERELLA, has been made into a new British film. The book is by the wonderful French author, Sebastien Japrisot (1931-2003), and I decided to reread the 1963 novel before watching the movie. Just one problem: a quick look at Amazon showed me that Continue reading
It’s official–I signed contracts with Random House for my novel, A PENNY FOR THE HANGMAN, which will be an e-book original from Alibi Books, their brand-new, electronic-only mystery line. I’m now working on Continue reading