Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080729

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles. Note that we're still way behind in getting news items posted but plan on preparing four updates before getting current. This update includes news items from early- through mid-June 2008.

• The International Mystery Writers' Festival was held in mid-June, ending with the announcement of the Angie Awards. Mary Higgins Clark received the First Lady of Mystery award. Other winners included Agatha Christie's Chimneys as Best New Play and Stuart Kaminsky as Best Playwright for his play The Final Toast. For a complete list of winners visit the organization's website. Be sure to check out the promotional video as well. No festival will be held next year the next one scheduled for June 17-27, 2010.

• According the company's website, Lighthouse Interactive has begun shipping the conspiracy adventure game Belief & Betrayal. Playing as journalist Jonathan Danter, you discover a 10-year-old murder is somehow part of a greater mystery that reaches back through history. Visit the game's website to view a trailer. (MBN note: Belief & Betrayal is available to purchase on our partner website, .)

The Times has an interview with , the Anglophile mystery author from California who writes the Inspector Lynley series of mysteries, many of which have been successfully adapted into screenplays for the television series .

• The Dallas Morning News has an update on , the mystery writer who suffered a massive stroke in April 2007 but has recovered and is back on the circuit with a hiking stick and her newest book, Clubbed to Death.

• The American Film Institute lists its 10 top mystery movies in AFI's 10 Top 10 list. In order they are Vertigo, Chinatown, Rear Window, Laura, The Third Man, The Maltese Falcon, North by Northwest, Blue Velvet, Dial M for Murder, and The Usual Suspects.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paramount has purchased the rights to a New York Times article, Mystery on Fifth Avenue, that J. J. Abrams (, ) will produce. The article profiles an upper east side luxury apartment on Fifth Avenue that the owners had redesigned to include hidden compartments, messages, puzzles, codes, and games for their kids.

• Last year JoWooD and The Adventure Company announced that they had entered into a partnership with Simon & Schuster to develop a series of interactive games based on series of classic books. The first title, The Hidden Theft (renamed from the original The Tower Treasure), developed by XPEC Entertainment, has now been scheduled for release in October. (Read the updated press release from the companies, though the title named is still the original one.)

• The San Diego Union-Tribune talks to whose lastet Stephanie Plum mystery, Fearless Fourteen, remains at the top of our weekly .

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