Sunday, April 20, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080420

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• In a press release Lifetime has announced that it will adapt two novels by for television. The books are At Risk, published in 2006, and The Front, a sequel scheduled for publication next month. Cornwell, who will also executive produce, said, "I am excited and honored by this new creative partnership with such an outstanding network and believe that together we can bring to life stories and characters unique to the crime-writing genre."

• In related news, The Times will be serializing The Front for 10 days over the next 2 weeks. The online edition of the newspaper also has an interview with .

• Otto Penzler's entertaining column on NYSun.com features one of his mystery quizzes, this one titled "Did You Know?"

• A rare copy of Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes adventure, A Study in Scarlet, has been found in an Oxfam store in Harrogate, reports the Knaresborough Post. Originally published in 1887 by Beeton's Christmas Annual a year before it appeared in book form, it will be sold at auction on May 20th where it is estimated to fetch £9000 (about $18,000).

• Two months ago, reported that The Telegraph had compiled a list of the 50 greatest crime writers of all time. Now The Times has released its selection of the 50 greatest crime writers. The top 5 are Patricia Highsmith, Georges Simenon, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, and Elmore Leonard.


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