- Eleanor Taylor Bland, See No Evil. The sixth case for police detective Marti MacAllister. I was lucky enough to meet Eleanor three times. She was a beautiful, talented, and gracious person. She will be missed.
- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, The Habit of Fear. Mystery novel by an MWA Grandmaster. (She got the award in 1985, preceded by John le Carre and followed by Ed McBain.) It's a pity that much of her work isn't readily available.
- Lois Duncan, editor, Night Terrors: Stories of Shadow and Substance. YA mystery/supernatural anthology with eleven stories, each by a master of the field.
- Tim Powers, Declare. The World Fantasy Award winning novel.
- A. Hyatt Verrall, In the Wake of Buccaneers. Nonfiction, first published in 1923. Verrill (1871-1954) was an archeologist and explorer who wrote a number of popular books on archeology, past civilizations, buried treasure, exploration, natural history, and (of course) pirates. From 1926 to 1935 Verrill wrote quite a few science fiction stories for the early pulps.
- Kate Wilhelm, Seven Kinds of Death. The fifth Charlie Meiklejohn and Constance Leidl mystery. Another author who never fails to deliver.
Looking over this short list, I realize (sadly) that two of the authors had to deal with violent tragedies in their own lives. Eleanor Taylor Bland's nephew died mysteriously while in police custody -- I don't believe a satisfactory answer was ever given. Lois Duncan's 18-year-old daughter was shot to death in 1989; I believe the case remains unsolved. Both deaths affected me very much. That two promising, nice kids never had a chance to reach their potential is something that should lessen each of us. The senseless death of young people has always sickened me -- whether it be by violent crime, accident, acts of war, starvation, or disease. I hope it always will.