April 14, 2014
No Stone Unturned comes out June 10, and here’s the very first review from Publishers Weekly.
April 9, 2014
From the Lynnfield Library (Massachusetts) Spring Newsletter
Styx & Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery
by James W. Ziskin
Reviewed by Katherine
I was drawn in by the author’s writing style, particularly the development of the characters and the descriptions of the setting. Even while addressing some serious and unexpected topics, the novel remained interesting, fun, and hard to put down. Fans of Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and other great mystery/suspense writers will enjoy this debut novel from James W. Ziskin.
Lynnfield Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940
March 27, 2014
No Stone Unturned reading and signing at the Amsterdam (NY) Free Library on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!
March 26, 2014
No Stone Unturned advance reading copy. This is what is sent to early reviewers. It’s “uncorrected” and “not for sale.” The final for-sale edition will have nicer paper and cover. But this is pretty close. Launch date is June 10, 2014.
March 17, 2014
Enter to win one of five free copies of No Stone Unturned on Goodreads. CLICK HERE. Giveaway ends June 10, 2014.
March 12, 2014
Last week, I accepted an offer on the third book in the Ellie Stone series, Stone Cold Dead. Coming in 2015 from Seventh Street Books.
Stone Cold Dead.
A child’s life is precious. Unless she comes from the wrong side of the tracks.
December 21, 1960, the shortest day of the year:
Fifteen-year-old Darleen Hicks slips away from her school bus as it idles in the junior high parking lot, waiting to depart. Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen again.
February 7, 2014
Nice review of Styx & Stone.
December 30, 2013
Ending the year on a high note. Great review from Gumshoes, Gats, and Gams. Keith West really gets it!
December 13, 2013
I have the great privilege of being represented by William Reiss of John Hawkins & Associates, the oldest literary agency in the country. John Hawkins & Associates represent many Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling authors. To see my book listed with those of Tasha Alexander, Gail Godwin, Adam Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, Jess Walter, et alia, is a huge thrill. Have a look HERE.
December 11, 2013
Photos from the Mysterious Galaxy Christmas Party. Thanks to Juan Tallo for his great photographs.
December 10, 2013
Signing books at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach, CA, December 8, 2013. Photo by Juan Tallo, JuanTallo.com.
December 9, 2013
“Ziskin manages to explore the casual racism and sexism of the early 1960s, but thankfully doesn’t overdo the effect. His balancing act provides readers with a strong protagonist with equally strong detecting skills, and the ability to address cultural and political issues in new books going forward.
…This may be an author to watch for in the future.” —Mark Rose, Bookgasm.com
December 8, 2013
I’ll be participating in the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore holiday party on Sunday, December 8. Come out, meet some authors, and support independent bookstores.
November 24, 2013
Thoughtful review of Styx & Stone on Reviewing the Evidence website.
October 29, 2013
Click here for the video of the official launch of Styx & Stone. NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò on October 21.
October 25, 2013
I found this comment on the crimespace.ning.com review of Styx & Stone. Maybe this should be a blurb on the front cover.
Comment by Dan L. Coleman 10 hours ago
Well, the cover has these sexy librarian legs. I would bang this woman in a minute.(Oh, the imagery). And I don’t mean that in a sexist or crude way. I don’t care what she might look like otherwise. She gets my vote. So if I saw this cover on a rack, I’d take a look. I love women and sex, and I don’t apologize for either. So shoot me. LOL!
October 18, 2013
Upcoming events for launch of Styx & Stone:
Mon. Oct. 21, 2013
Book launch forStyx & Stone
Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò-NYU
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Thu. Oct. 24, 2013
James W. Ziskin Styx & Stone Radio Interview
The Bob Cudmore Morning Show
Lite 104.7 FM and 1570AM WVTL
Streaming audio at http://www.wvtlfm.com
Thu. Oct. 24, 2013
Book reading at Amsterdam Free Library
Amsterdam Free Library
28 Church Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Styx & Stone by James W. Ziskin
Sat. Oct. 26, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Book Signing Styx & Stone
The Open Door Bookstore
128 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Sat. Nov. 2, 2013
2:00-4:00 PM Los Angeles, CA
Book signing for Styx & Stone
126 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
October 17, 2013
A couple of brief reviews of Styx & Stone.
Styx & Stone Will Appeal to Italian Art and Literature Buffs
October 15, 2013
Styx & Stone is out.
October 14, 2013
Styx & Stone releasing tomorrow: October 15, 2013. Available in bookstores and ALL online portals in trade paperback and e-versions.
October 13, 2013
Very nice review of Styx & Stone from the Kings River Life magazine. CLICK HERE.
October 12, 2013
Somehow my friend Francesco got a bookstore to sell him Styx & Stone three days before the release date. Furbo!
October 2, 2013
Styx & Stone is one of ten Barnes and Noble Jules’s Mystery Picks for the month. CLICK HERE.
October 1, 2013
As the release date approaches, more news on Styx & Stone. It’s pretty exciting. Here’s an interview The Big Thrill did with me about Styx & Stone CLICK HERE.
September 29, 2013
Styx & Stone is listed among My Bookish Ways’ Must Reads for October 2013. CLICK HERE.
September 24, 2013
Just three weeks to go until Styx & Stone debuts. Seventh Street Books has posted the entire first chapter on their site as a sneak peak. Read it here first.
September 18, 2013
No Stone Unturned is now listed on Amazon. Publication date is June 10, 2014.
September 9, 2013
Library Journal says “Don’t miss James W. Ziskin (Styx & Stone) and Patricia Hall (Dressed To Kill), who both use early 1960s scenarios to showcase villains who haven’t yet lain (sic) to rest their World War II agendas.” http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/09/books/genre-fiction/mystery/mystery-reviews-september-2013/
September 5, 2013
Styx & Stone is featured on page 181 of Random House’s Fall Debut Fiction Sampler.
September 2, 2013
Win a free copy of Styx & Stone.
Click here for Goodreads giveaway of Styx & Stone
August 29, 2013
Library Journal Review of Styx & Stone
The prodigal daughter, journalist Eleonora (“Ellie”) Stone, rushes to her father’s New York City hospital bed after he’s savagely beaten in his apartment. Abraham Stone, Dante professor and scholar, is mostly beloved by his colleagues, but an underlying tension within the department makes a curious—and angry—Ellie investigate. Not only is her father near death, but also his most recent manuscript is missing from his torn-up study. Then, horrifyingly, another professor dies in a scenario meant to look like a suicide. While grappling with her own identity and grief, Ellie pieces together the clues she’s amassed from what’s been left in the study and from conversations with others. When she catches a whiff of anti-Semitism, the case is clarified for her, and DS Jimmo McKeever wisely listens.
VERDICT This is an engrossing debut in what promises to be a fascinatingly complex series set in the 1960s. With abundant academic flair and somber references to the Holocaust and World War II, Ziskin successfully pulls off a nuanced plot sure to appeal to both fans of academia and Mad Men.
Link to Library Journal
August 17, 2013
Styx & Stone out in less than two months (October 15). Read the opening passage HERE.
August 13, 2013
Cover art for No Stone Unturned, publication date June 10, 2014, from Seventh Street Books.
August 8, 2013
Walmart is undercutting even Amazon on pricing. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Styx-Stone-An-Ellie-Stone-Novel/23256057
August 7, 2013
Publishers Weekly review of Styx & Stone. First review. http://reviews.publishersweekly.com/978-1-61614-819-5
August 6, 2013
Seventh Street Books Forthcoming Titles. http://www.seventhstreetbooks.com/forthcoming.html
July 11, 2013
First blurb for Styx & Stone
“Styx & Stone is a knockout! Vivid period detail, a clever plot revolving around a stolen academic manuscript, and a memorable protagonist add up to one of the year’s best mystery debuts. Readers will want to see a lot more of Ellie Stone, a reporter who can hold her own with the boys—even when it messes with her heart—at the start of the ‘Swinging Sixties.’”
—Lynne Raimondo, author of Dante’s Wood
June 24, 2013
News from Seventh Street Books about Styx & Stone’s upcoming release. Styx & Stone and Mad Men.
June 12, 2013
Styx & Stone is listed on Random House’s Random Revelations of The Most Important Titles of the Fall 2013 Season
May 31, 2013
Ellie Stone’s world on Pinterest
April 19, 2013
I’ve added a page for the second Ellie Stone mystery, No Stone Unturned, which will come out in June 2014. Have a look.
April 17, 2013
Styx & Stone on Goodreads
April 1, 2013
Today I signed the contract for the second Ellie Stone mystery, No Stone Unturned, which will be published by Seventh Street Books. Publication date is June 2014.
Stone Cold Dead, the third Ellie Stone book, is in progress.
This is not an April Fool’s joke either!
March 4, 2013
My dear friend Juan Tallo had the yeoman’s task of making one decent photograph of me to use for a Styx & Stone publicity shot. Actually, he managed to catch me not looking stupid (or with my eyes closed) a few other times as well, and I’ve sent those to my publisher. And for 75, I think I look pretty good. Thank you, Juan!
Please visit his website. He’s an amazingly talented artist.
February 6, 2013
Styx & Stone is now listed on Random House Books. October 15 release date. Cover art coming soon.
February 5, 2013
Styx & Stone is now listed on Barnes & Noble. October 15 release date. Cover art coming soon.
January 16, 2013
I’ve signed the contract for Styx & Stone with Seventh Street Books. Publication set for October 2013.
January 14, 2013
Prometheus Books signs distribution deal with Random House Publisher Services
December 20, 2012
The first Ellie Stone novel, Styx & Stone, will be published in October 2013 by Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books.
Watch for No Stone Unturned and Stone Cold Dead in 2014.