Friday, August 01, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080801

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 late June 2008.

• Masterpiece Mystery kicked off its summer season in June with three episodes of the series. A spin-off from the popular mysteries, Inspector Lewis stars Kevin Whately as the Oxford detective. calls it "old-fashioned fun for those pining for ". Other mystery series featured this summer include the final season of and additional episodes in the . (MBN Note: has each of the above mentioned series DVDs available on its website including many other mystery series that have aired on television.)

interviewed mystery writer , author of the Grant County and Will Trent series. Her most recent book is , the second featuring Bureau of Investigation special agent Will Trent.

talks about Nancy Drew on . "I'm pretty sure I started at the beginning, The Secret of the Old Clock," she says, referring to the first of dozens of . Lippman's love of the girl sleuth put her on the path to creating her own best-selling series, featuring gal detective Tess Monaghan. Also available is the audio program Nancy Drew: Curious, Independent, and Usually Right.

• In other Nancy Drew news, Her Interactive in a announced that one of the bestselling game titles in the is being brought to the Nintendo Wii. Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek is expected to make its Wii debut this October.

profiled , author of the long-running Phryne Fisher mysteries and more recently, the Corinna Chapman mystery series. Something many of our readers might not know: Kerry Greenwood may be one of Australia's leading crime writers but one day each week she's the duty solicitor for Victorian Legal Aid, at the Sunshine Magistrates Court in western .

• Reuters reported that DreamWorks had acquired the movie rights to The 39 Clues with Steven Spielberg looking to direct. The 39 Clues is a multimedia product set to be launched this September that includes 10 books, more than 350 collectible cards and an online game in which kids compete for prices by unravelling a mystery that delves into the global power behind a family named the Cahills. The first book in the series, , was written by Rick Riordan.

has won the for the 5th mystery in the Owen McKenna series, . This award is given out by the Independent Book Publishers Association each year recognizing excellence in independent publishing in many categories including mystery and suspense. Read our review of on

• The Daily Mail has an interesting article on the return of for its 11 season, or series as it's called in the UK where it is television's most popular crime series. Midsomer Murders is based on the character created by Caroline Graham, DCI Tom Barnaby, who first appeared in the 1988 mystery The Killings at Badger's Drift. The article wryly notes that DCI Barnaby has investigated 193 gruesome murders over the last 10 series. (MBN note: The Killings at Badger's Drift was selected as one of . Also, and it can be confusing, the DVDs are scheduled for release in October. This collection of 4 episodes originally aired in the UK during late 2005 and early 2006.)

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