Thursday, September 11, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080911

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles. This update includes news items from late August and early September 2008.

• The winners of the 2008 Ned Kelly Awards were announced on August 29th at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Michael Robotham won Best Fiction for his 4th novel, Shatter, while Chris Womersley picked up the Best First Fiction for his debut novel The Low Road. [MBN note: Find a list of previous winners of the at .]

• In other award news, is reporting the 12 nominees for the major categories of inaugural Crime Thriller Awards. ITV3, the sponsor of the awards, is scheduled to announce the winners at a ceremony on October 3rd with a television broadcast of the ceremony on ITV3 on October 6th. The categories in which nominees are announced are Breakthrough Author Award, International Author of the Year, and Author of the Year. Nominees for the remaining categories will be announced later in September.

• In a press release, author announced she was donating 15% of her royalties from her first mystery Christmas is Murder to Soldiers Angels for use in supporting the war wounded who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Christmas is Murder introduces Scottish barrister who turns amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious deaths of several guests at a snowbound hotel. [MBN note: Read our review of at .]

• The 4th annual Agatha Christie Week begins this coming week in Torquay along the English Riviera. The event celebrates the life and works of the most published novelist of all time. Torquay, the birthplace of the Queen of Crime, welcomes visitors from around the world to celebrate Christie's legacy. Visit The English Riviera website for more information about the festival and to download a program.

• Does a real writer accept a gig doing books spun off from films or TV shows? asks and answers his own questions in an entertaining article in the Los Angeles Times. Goldberg recently signed to do a 3 book tie-in for the USA Network series Burn Notice. [MBN note: Read our review of at . The first season of is available from .]

• Otto Penzler writes about crime writing for children in his column on He points out that once one dips into mysteries written for young adults by established mystery authors, they can be as compelling and addictive as their adult counterparts. [MBN note: Discover over 100 series of mystery books for kids of all ages at .]

• The Associated Press is reporting that Gregory Mcdonald, author of the popular Fletch series of mysteries, has died. He was 71. The first book in the series, Fletch, was published in 1974 and featured the intrepid investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher. Chevy Chase portrayed the character in two movies during the 1980s.


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