Friday, December 14, 2007

Compendium of Mystery News 071214

Today's compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

The Adventure Company has released a second trailer for the mystery PC game, Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun, a Hercule Poirot adventure. In this third game in the series, players take on the role of the famous detective, scouring a stunning tropical island for clues and delving deeper into the mysterious relationships between over 20 unique characters to search out the killer.

Variety is reporting that Curious Pictures is teaming with Entertainment to produce long-form animated media based on the author's books, graphic novels and original concepts.

• A press release was issued announcing that has agreed to a three-book deal with Riverhead Books which includes the introduction of a new series character, Leonid McGill, a black private investigator based in contemporary New York City.

The Nielsen Company has published its top 10 lists for 2007 including one for books. Mysteries in the top 10 (in positions 8 through 10) are The Quickie by , The 6th Target by , and Lean Mean Thirteen by . Nielsen's note (Sales from Jan 1 - Nov 25, 2007. Data does not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam's, BJ's, airports or libraries. Traditionally, book sales see significant increases during the holidays.) seems to exclude a lot of books. (MBN note: All three books remain on the list which is updated every Friday with the top 15 hardcover mysteries available for sale in the US.)

• Oline H. Cogdill lists her choices for the best mysteries of 2007 in her column on Topping the list: What the Dead Know by .

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