Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080226

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• Last week we noted that The Digital Spy was reporting that David Suchet was retiring from playing Hercule Poirot. The Digital Spy is now retracting that statement, saying that Suchet has denied reports that Appointment With Death will be his last. "Fans needn't worry," Suchet says. "I want to finish the remaining eight stories before I hang up my spats as Poirot."

• Peter Larsen of the Orange County Register spoke with southern California author about his new book, L. A. Outlaws. This is the first time that Parker has set one of his crime novels outside of or . "I wanted an urban tale," he says. "And I kind of wanted to protect Orange County from Allison Murrieta." Murrieta is a sexy, celebrity-seeking bandit character at the center of L. A. Outlaws.

The Telegraph's literary staff has published their list of the 50 great crime writers of all time. An interesting list to be sure. As a companion article, The Telegraph also publishes an interview with , the 51st writer on their list.

The Bay City Times plans to serialize Improved Lies, a legal thriller by retired Bay City () attorney . Excerpts will be published over the next 16 Saturdays in the newspaper and online at www.mlive.com. Improved Lies is also a featured title of one of our mystery book contests. If you haven't yet entered, visit for a chance to win a mystery book prize package.

Variety is reporting that ABC has ordered three more episodes of Women's Murder Club, the crime drama based on the series of thrillers by . Production is expected to resume soon with new episodes back on the air in April.

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