Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Smell of Old Books

I love the smell of old books, so I loved this article "Where Does the Smell of Old Books Come from?" on IFLScience.com

Old books have a distinctive smell that can make any booklover’s heart melt. Matija Strlic of University College London described it to The Telegraph as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much a part of the book as its contents.

The secret to the scent is within the hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that make up the book’s paper pages, ink, and adhesive. Over time, the VOCs break down, releasing the chemicals into the air that are picked up by our noses. New books also have a trademark aroma, but it isn’t quite as developed as their older counterparts. Additionally, different materials used in manufacturing the book will alter the VOC profile.

Read the rest of the Article here.

HT: Aaron Macholl-Stanley and Michael Halpren (You guys know what I like!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Map Back Monday: Helen McCloy's Through a Glass, Darkly

For today's Map Back Monday I chose Helen McCloy's Through a Glass, Darkly. A classic! We read this in my book group many years ago. I used to collect Helen McCloy's and give them to my psychiatrist father. Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was an American mystery writer, creator of the psychiatrist detective Basil Willing. Read more HERE.

 Dell Map Backs were produced in the 1940s and 50s.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 Shamus Award Nominees

The Private Eye Writers of America announced the finalists for its 2014 Shamus Awards. Winners will be named during a banquet at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California, on Friday, November 14.

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel:
Little Elvises, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
The Mojito Coast, by Richard Helms (Five Star)
W Is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam)
The Good Cop, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
Nemesis, by Bill Pronzini (Forge)

Best First P.I. Novel:
A Good Death, by Christopher R. Cox (Minotaur)
Montana, by Gwen Florio (Permanent Press)
Blood Orange, by Karen Keskinen (Minotaur)
Bear Is Broken, by Lachlan Smith (Mysterious Press)
Loyalty, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam)

Best Original Paperback P.I. Novel:
Seduction of the Innocent, by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime)
Into the Dark, by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins)
Purgatory Key, by Darrell James (Midnight Ink)
Heart of Ice, by P.J. Parrish (Pocket)
The Honky Tonk Big Hoss Boogie, by Robert J. Randisi (Perfect Crime)

Best P.I. Short Story:
“So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane (The Strand Magazine, February-May 2013)
“The Ace I,” by Jack Fredrickson (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], June 2013)
“What We Do,” by Mick Herron (EQMM, September-October 2013)
“Extra Fries,” by Michael Z. Lewin (EQMM, May 2013)
“The Lethal Leeteg,” by Hayford Peirce (EQMM, August 2013)

Best Indie P.I. Novel:
Murder Take Three, by April Kelly and Marsha Lyons (Flight Risk)
A Small Sacrifice, by Dana King (Amazon Digital)
No Pat Hands, by J.J. Lamb (Two Black Sheep)
State vs. Lassiter, by Paul Levine (CreateSpace)
Don’t Dare a Dame, by M. Ruth Myers (Tuesday House)
HT: The Rap Sheet