May Book a Month: Fear in the Sunlight

FearinSunlightAs part of our 2014 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions about the featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

In real life, Josephine Tey, star of our May selection, Fear in the Sunlight, was something of a mystery. Born Elizabeth MacKintosh, she penned plays and novels under the pseudonyms Gordon Daviot and Josephine Tey. Though her work was heralded during her lifetime, little is known about the Scotswoman who, according to novelist Nicola Upson, “was fascinated by identity and who played so successfully with her own.” That fluid relationship with identity is key to this psychological thriller—the fourth in Upson’s mystery series starring Tey—in which Josephine and friends travel to a luxurious Welsh resort for a birthday celebration, only to find themselves rubbing shoulders with filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock…and a diabolical killer. Continue reading

February Book a Month: Glimpses of the Moon

GlimpsesoftheMoonAs part of our 2014 Book a Month program, we’re offering discussion questions about each month’s featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Saving the best for last? Edmund Crispin wrote our February selection, Glimpses of the Moon, a jaw-dropping twenty-six years after The Long Divorce, which until that point had capped his series starring the delightfully smug, compulsively quipping, crime-obsessed Professor Gervase Fen. Continue reading

Q&A: Felony & Mayhem

As founder of the publishing house Felony & Mayhem, “the best in intelligent mystery fiction,” Maggie Topkis knows a thing or two about great mystery novels. Her expertise and good taste have made her one of Bas Bleu’s favorite publishers—and F&M’s books some of your favorite reads. This week, Maggie took time out of her busy schedule to sit down and answer a few questions about rescuing out-of-print classics, bucking publishing trends, and fiction’s nagging habit of creating crime-solvers who are “no fun at parties.” Continue reading