Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080220

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• File this under "Say It Isn't So": The Digital Spy is reporting that David Suchet is retiring from his iconic role as Hercule Poirot. He is quoted as saying: "After filming Appointment With Death [which is filming] in Jordan, I'm going to end it there." Suchet first played Poirot in The Adventure of the Clapham Cook which aired first aired in January 1989. (In completely unrelated news, Suchet says that the Belgians were keen to put him, as Poirot, on a coin. "Representatives of the Belgian mint got in touch with my agent," he said, "but then the currency switched to the euro. All my hopes were dashed.")

• In his column on, Otto Penzler profiles mystery author , who's latest Ana Grey mystery, Judas Horse, was published this month by Knopf.

• The BBC reports that a flagstone dedicated to crime writer Ian Rankin has been unveiled outside the City Chambers on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh after being given the writer's touch: his handprints. The stone slab was to commemorate Rankin's 2007 Edinburgh Award. Rankin quipped at the ceremony, "Having written for years about the travails of 'the cooncil', it is only proper and fitting that those same councillors now get to walk all over me for a change."

• It seems the aftermath of 's donation of $1 million to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City is generating more news than the original act. Cornwell has since spent $250,000 to explain remarks she made in an interview with the Associated Press as to why she made the gift in the first place. Read more about the whole thing in The New York Times.

• In technology news, Toshiba announced this week that it has discontinued its HD DVD products. It intends to quickly move on, ceasing all business related to HD DVD by the end of March 2008. Sony's Blu-ray high definition format will now the the standard for the next generation of DVDs. Our partner website, , will continue to promote mysteries in both formats but intends to remove all HD DVD titles by the end of March to coincide with Toshiba's exit from the business.

GameStop, Inc.
Mystery games for all platforms at GameStop

New, used, and rare books at

J&R Computer/Music World
Audio and video, cameras and computers at J&R

Netflix, Inc.
Mystery movies and no late fees with Netflix

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