I hope he doesn't mind these belated wishes, but Tuesday was Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday and there are several new books out to commemorate it. In the Shadow of the Master is a collection of Poe stories put together by the Mystery Writers of America and edited by Michael Connelly. The stories are accompanied by essays by such notable writers as Stephen King, Laura Lippman and Lisa Scottoline.
The MWA also brings us On a Raven's Wing - a collection of new stories inspired by Poe by bestselling mystery writers including Mary Higgins Clark, James W. Hall and Rupert Holmes. And lastly, the award-winning biography of Poe by Kenneth Silverman, Edgar A. Poe has been reissued with striking new cover art. Get under the covers or in front of the fire and have a Poe-fest this weekend! And if your book club is inclined, the MWA website has tips on how to start a crime fiction book club, courtesy of our good friend Carol at ReadingGroupGuides.com.