• Nancy Drew is back on the case in a new mystery for the Nintendo DS. Nancy Drew: The Mystery of the Clue Bender Society was announced this week by Majesco Entertainment, the developer of the first Nancy Drew game released on the Nintendo DS, Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park. The new game is expected to be released this summer. (Press release)
• In related news, the fourth game in the Ace Attorney series for the Nintendo DS, Apollo Justice, Ace Attorney, is being released tomorrow. This is the first appearance for the rookie defense attorney; the previous three games in the series featured Phoenix Wright. [MBN note: Find all the games in this series as well as many more mysteries for the Nintendo DS at Games of Mystery: Nintendo DS.]
• Pat Donnelly of The Gazette (Montreal) spoke to Louise Penny, author of the award-winning series of mysteries featuring Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector with the Sûreté du Quebec. Penny notes that it took several years for her to complete the first book in the series, Still Life. Then she couldn't sell it. "Mostly [my query letters] came back with resounding silence," she recalled. "Once I got my own letter back with a NO scrawled across it." She ultimately entered her novel in a contest sponsored by the British Crime Writers' Association, was chosen a runner up, and won the attention of an agent. Still Life went on to win several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, the 2006 CWA New Blood Dagger Award, and the 2007 Anthony Award for Best First Novel.
• Dexter comes to network television. The 12 episodes of the first season of the series, which originally aired on Showtime, are being edited (for obvious reasons) and will be broadcast on 12 consecutive Sundays on CBS, starting tonight. Based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter stars Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Metro Police Department who also happens to be a serial killer. [MBN note: the Showtime version of Dexter: Season 1 is available on DVD from the Mysteries on TV website.]