Monday, May 19, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080519

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles; note that due to our travel schedule, we're a bit behind in getting these new items posted:

• The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2008 Edgar Awards, including Down River by John Hart as Best Novel, In the Woods by Tana French as Best First Novel, and Queenpin by Megan Abbott as Best Paperback Original.

• In other mystery awards news, the Crime Writers of Canada have announced the finalists for the 2008 Arthus Ellis Awards. The winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards dinner in Toronto on June 5th. (MBN note: for a list of previous winners of the Arthus Ellis Award, visit the website.)

• Otto Penzler weighs in on awards season in his column on NYSun.com.

Playbill is reporting that the International Mystery Writers' Festival has announced casting for two of its flagship productions — the "lost" Agatha Christie play, Chimneys and the new Sherlock Holmes play The Final Toast by Stuart Kaminsky. The festival will take place June 12-22 at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, KY. Visit www.newmysteries.org to order tickets and for additional information.

• Legacy Interactive released The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes, the first computer game officially licensed by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The game, which features 16 unique cases of forgery, espionage, theft, murder, and more, can be purchased and downloaded from SherlockGame.com. (MBN note: more information is available in the press release.)


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