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Sherlock Holmes, Man of Mystery

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating literary figure. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many more stories have been written by a variety of authors about this intriguing detective.

2010 Macavity Award Winners

The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" made famous by T.S. Eliot in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories for books published in the previous year.

Categories and winners are in bold.

Best First Mystery Novel:

2010 Anthony Award Winners

The Anthony Award is a literary honor for outstanding mystery writers. The winners were announced on October 17 at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

2010 Anthony Award Nominations (winners are in bold):

Best Novel

Colorado Author Series: Margaret Coel

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel will discuss the latest novel in the Wind River mystery series, The Spider's Web, on Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Desserts and beverages provided by Panera Bread.

Set among the Arapahos, The Spider's Web features Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley. Fellow author Tony Hillerman has called Coel "a master," and critics say her novels are "chock full of intrigue and imagination," and are "engaging blends of history, mystery, sexual tension and present-day life on the reservation." The books in the Wind River series do not have to be read in order.

Stephen J. Cannell 1941-2010

Stephen Cannell's credits include being the author of 16 novels, creator of programs like The Rockford Files, The A-Team, and The Commish, and writer of over 450 TV episodes.

Cannell passed away due to complications of melanoma.

Colorado Author Series: Marne Davis Kellogg

Join bestselling author and Denver native Marne Davis Kellogg, creator of the Lily Bennett mystery series, for a discussion of her work and her much anticipated new title in the Kick Keswick series on Saturday, October 2 at 10am at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

Cozy Craft Mysteries

Cozy mysteries generally take place in a small idyllic town, avoid gory details or adult situations and generally come in a series. Many subgenres reflect the talents and interests of readers by featuring themes like cooking, crafting, or location, to name just a few. The library has many crafty cozies just for you!

A cuppa, a crumpet and a corpse

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There's a reason why many of our popular shows are remakes from the UK: our friends across the pond really know how to do good TV, especially clever, thrilling mysteries. So if you're in the mood for a smart whodunit check out one of these fine British mystery series.

  • Wire in the Blood - Psychologist Dr. Tony Hill is called upon to help the police solve a series of brutal murders in the northern English town of Bradfield.

Who is Richard Castle?

Naked Heat

Mysterious fictional author Richard Castle releases his second book, Naked Heat, on September 28. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the new season of Castle starts on September 20.

Richard Castle is inspired by mystery novelists and TV writers like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson. Both best-selling authors make cameos on the television show. The first book written by Castle, Heat Wave, was not only featured in the show but was an important plot point in one of last season's episodes.

Armchair Travel

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There's nothing like a good vacation, and summertime always makes me eager to travel. This summer, however, a complicated schedule and lack of funds are keeping me from exploring the world. Fortunately, I can be consoled with books whose settings and plots take me all kinds of places, even from my Denver living room.

The best writers, in my opinion, create a setting that is so vivid that it almost becomes a character.

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