Beggar’s Opera chosen as one of top five!

This is exciting news! I just saw this press release which was issued by the American Library Association yesterday. Every year, RUSA chooses “outstanding genre fiction.” And The Beggar’s Opera was one of their top five picks for mystery novel in 2014! Congrats also to Canadian Louise Penny for making the final cut! Wow, nice way to start the week. You can read the entire list here to see which books were chosen in a variety of categories.


PHILADELPHIA—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selections for the 2014 Reading List as well as the short lists and read-alikes.

Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.

The 2014 winners are:


Mystery “Murder as a Fine Art” by David Morrell (Mulholland Books) London, 1854: The Artist of Death ritualistically recreates the sensational Ratcliffe murders inspired by the writings of the notorious opium addict Thomas De Quincey. In this fast-paced mystery, filled with colorful characters and authentic period detail, Scotland Yard detectives, along with De Quincey and his daughter must find the Artist of Death before he executes another macabre masterpiece.

Read-alikes “The Bedlam Detective” by Stephen Gallagher

“The Maul and the Pear Tree: the Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811” by P.D. James and T.A. Critchley

“From Hell” by Alan Moore

Mystery Short List

“Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre (The MacLehose Press)

“The Beggar’s Opera” by Peggy Blair (Pintail: The Penguin Press)

“How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

“Seven for a Secret” by Lyndsay Faye (Amy Einhorn Books)

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