Sunday, June 29, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080629

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles; note that we're still way behind in getting news items posted but hope to be current within a couple of weeks:

• In the New York Times, Gregory Beyer takes in interesting look at how the decrease in crime rates of the metropolitan New York City area is reflected in mystery fiction. Mystery authors , , and others contribute their thoughts as well.

• To celebrate the 20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, AfterEllen.com asked 12 of the world's best out writers to share their insights into the genres in which they tell their stories, including crime writer . (MBN note: For a list of this year's winners, visit out page at Mystery Books Awards.)

• Speaking of mystery awards, the 12th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards were presented on May 30th. The span a broad cross-section of literary genres, including mystery fiction. This years gold medal winner for mystery was Arthur Rosenfeld for The Cutting Season.

• And though we don't cover awards for audiobooks (maybe we should?), it is certainly of interest to mystery fans that The Chopin Manuscript, the first mystery novel created solely as an audiobook (a print version is unavailable), was named "Audiobood of the Year" by the Audio Publishers Association. The Chopin Manuscript was created by 15 of the most recognized thriller writers and began when wrote the opening chapter of the work and handed it off to fellow bestselling writer, David Hewson, who wrote the second chapter. This process continued with each successive chapter being written by 13 different authors. The intense thriller-in-progress finally returned to Jeffery Deaver, who wrote the final two chapters before the work was narrated by noted actor Alfred Molina. Read the press release for more information.

Digital Spy interviews Hart Hanson, executive producer of the television series Bones which is based on characters created by , author of the Temperance Brennan mysteries. (MBN note: The first 2 seasons of are available on DVD from our partner website, .)

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