Bringing The World Home To You

© 2021 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
The State of Things

Books to Die For


In a floundering publishing industry, mystery novels are consistent best sellers. The CBS crime drama NCIS competes only with Sunday night football for top ratings on the Nielsen scale. Why do mysteries have such a grip on our imagination? The new book “Books to Die For” (Washington Square Press/2012) examines that question in essays from prominent mystery writers about their own favorite mystery stories. John Connolly, editor of “Books to Die For,” joins host Frank Stasio to discuss why we get such satisfaction from solving a puzzle or pinning a murderer.

More Stories