Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Watch an Amazing Fan-Made Film Adaptation of The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Earlier this month we learned a film adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was in the works. The first book in the futuristic Hunger Games trilogy, the storyline features Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called "The Hunger Games."

The budget for the film is reported to be in the $60 million range (about 50% more than Twilight cost to make), but watch below a short film that a fan made on what is almost certainly a tiny fraction of that amount. It's pretty amazing. (Spoiler alert: some plot elements of the book are revealed in this video.)

Outwitting Trolls by William G. Tapply (Book Review)

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Outwitting Trolls by William G. Tapply. A Brady Coyne Mystery. Minotaur Books Hardcover, November 2010.

The intricate plot of this final book in the series is one of misdirection, deception and lies, and well suited to the investigative approach taken by Brady Coyne that relies far more on deductive reasoning than action. One of the most likeable characters in crime fiction; he (and his creator) will be missed.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Outwitting Trolls by William G. Tapply.

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Film Prequel Approved for USA Series Burn Notice

Burn Notice (USA Network)

Deadline|Hollywood is reporting that USA Network has given the go-ahead for a film prequel to its hit series Burn Notice.

The untitled film will be set in late 2005 and will focus on Sam Axe's last mission as a Navy SEAL. Bruce Campbell, who plays ex-agent Axe in the series, will also star in the film. Jeffrey Donovan, who plays burned covert operative Michael Westen in the series, will direct.

Burn Notice recently completed production on its fourth season. The network has renewed the series for a fifth season.

Second Season of Archer Premieres January 27th, 2011, on FX Networks

Archer (FX Networks)

FX Networks has announced that the second season of its animated spy spoof series, Archer, will premiere on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as suave master spy Sterling Archer, whose less-than-masculine code name is “Duchess;” Jessica Walter as Malory Archer, his domineering mother and head of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS); and Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend and current co-worker, Agent Lana Kane.

The first season of Archer is being released on DVD next month and is available to pre-order from Telemystery: Archer.

ABC Schedules Body of Proof Premiere for March 29th, 2011

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ABC has finally set a date for the premiere of its medical examiner crime drama Body of Proof: March 29th, 2011. It will air in the Tuesday 10 PM time slot currently occupied by Detroit 1-8-7.

In Body of Proof, Dana Delany stars as Dr. Megan Hunt, a brilliant neurosurgeon whose world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. She resumes her career as a medical examiner determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Her instincts are sharp, but she’s developed a reputation for graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department’s begins.

The series also stars Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Elliot Gross, John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris, Windell Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield, Nic Bishop as Peter Dunlop and Sonja Sohn as Detective Samantha Baker.

Below is a promo of Body of Proof from last May, when it was originally announced as a Fall 2010 series.

New Poster Released for The Adjustment Bureau, Adapted from a Philip K. Dick Short Story

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

A new poster has been released for Universal's upcoming thriller The Adjustment Bureau. The film, which opens in theaters March 4th, 2011, stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "The Adjustment Team", originally published in 1954.

Film synopsis (from the studio): On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) — a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself — the men of The Adjustment Bureau — who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path … or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

The Adjustment Bureau was originally scheduled for a September 2010 release. The trailer (from last May, and via Yahoo! Movies) can be see below:

Crime Novelist Linda Fairstein to Receive Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Fairstein
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A press release this morning announced that former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist Linda Fairstein, along with eight other exceptional business and philanthropic leaders, will be honored at the annual New York Women’s Agenda STAR Breakfast, Tuesday, December 7th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City. Fairstein will be presented with the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award.

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Roberts Vance, Jr. said, “I am pleased to present the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award to my good friend and colleague, Linda Fairstein. Her leadership and achievements as a world-renowned authority on prosecuting sex crimes, and her unparalleled contribution to criminal justice and victims’ rights, make her the perfect candidate for this honor. From an elite prosecutor to a best-selling crime novelist, Linda's career trajectory proves that the second chapter in one's life can be as rewarding and exciting as the first.”

Fairstein held the position of Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of violence against women and children.

She is also the author of twelve mysteries featuring Alexandra "Alex" Cooper, a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney for the Sex Crimes Unit. Fairstein is most recently developing a crime drama for ABC titled One Police Plaza.

Cut & Run by Alix Bosco Wins Inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award

Cut & Run by Alix Bosco
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Crime Watch is reporting that the winner of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best New Zealand Crime Novel is Cut & Run by Alix Bosco.

The award ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in September, but a regional earthquake caused a postponement until today (actually tonight, local New Zealand time).

Winter's Bone Wins Gotham Indepdendent Film Awards Best Feature

Winter's Bone (DVD)
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The Gotham Indepdendent Film Awards were given out last night and Winter's Bone won the top prize for Best Feature. The film was also honored for Best Ensemble Performance.

Winter's Bone, which also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize earlier this year, is adapted from the 2006 novel of the same title by Daniel Woodrell.

Omnimystery's resident TV and film reviewer called Winter's Bone "one of the best films of the year", adding "the outstanding performance by Jennifer Lawrence as a young woman determined to do whatever it takes to save her family [in] a superficially simple yet deceptively complex plot that keeps us engaged throughout." (Mr. E. Reviews Winter's Bone)

About Winter's Bone (from the studio): Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly's crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Ree traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home.

Watch the trailer for the film below (via Yahoo! Movies):

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, New This Week on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

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Cinemystery, your source for information on TV series, made-for-television movies, and theatrical films adapted from novels of mystery and suspense, which are now available on DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling a film scheduled for release this week.

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Eclipse: Available on DVD or Blu-ray Disc
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Adapted from the novel Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, it all begins with a choice in this third film of the Twilight Saga, Eclipse.

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and her friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) — knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

Eclipse runs 124 minutes and is rated PG-13.

The featured title on this page is Eclipse: Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. Also available: Eclipse: Single Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Eclipse: Single Disc Edition DVD, and Eclipse: Movie Only Blu-ray Disc.

Note: Most film releases occur on Tuesdays, but Eclipse is being released on Saturday, December 4th. All versions may be pre-ordered, however.

The two previous films in the series, Twilight and New Moon, are also available on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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Visit the Cinemystery website to discover more TV and film adaptations currently available on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

New Clip from HBO's Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
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HBO has released a new clip from Game of Thrones, its upcoming adaptation of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. The title comes from the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones. (Four books have been written in the series; three more are planned.)

From the official description of the series: Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyon. Kings and Queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men ... all will play the Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is filming now in Ireland and is expected to premiere next year. Watch the clip below (via HBO/Game of Thrones):

A Touch of Frost, New This Week on DVD

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Telemystery, your source for one of the most comprehensive selections of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available or coming soon to DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling one series being released this week.

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A Touch of Frost: Season Fifteen, a Mystery TV Series
Information on A Touch of Frost: Season Fifteen

David Jason stars as Detective Inspector William Edward "Jack" Frost in A Touch of Frost, based in part on the crime novels by R. D. Wingfield, who wrote six books featuring the character from 1984 through 2008. In contrast to many crime dramas, there has no regular sidekick for Frost over the years.

A Touch of Frost has aired on an irregular schedule since its premiere in 1992, with some seasons (like this one) consisting of but a single episode.

The A Touch of Frost: Season Fifteen DVD set of 1 disc contains the two-part episode that originally aired on ITV as an "Easter Special" in April 2010. This may be the last season for the series as the network has not indicated its intention to continue it.

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Visit the Telemystery website to discover more television mystery series currently available on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Mystery Godoku Puzzle for November 29, 2010

A new has been created by the editors of the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and is now available on our website.

Godoku is similar to Sudoku, but uses letters instead of numbers. To give you a headstart, we provide you a mystery clue to fill in a complete row or column (if you choose to use it!).

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for November 29, 2010

This week's letters and mystery clue:

A G H L K O S T W

The 2nd antiquarian book mystery with Dido Hoare by Marianne MacDonald has this title (9 letters).

We now have two weeks of our puzzles on one page in PDF format for easier printing. Print this week's puzzle here.

Previous puzzles are stored in the Mystery Godoku Archives.

Enjoy the weekly Mystery Godoku Puzzle from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, and Thanks for visiting our website!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Hardcover Mysteries for December 2010

New Hardcover Mysteries from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books has updated its list of new hardcover mysteries with books scheduled for publication in December 2010. Please note that some titles may publish early (and may already be available) and some may be delayed, published at a later date.

Below we're listing those authors with returning series characters, new series characters, and non-series or stand-alone mysteries in separate sections. All titles are available on our December new mystery books page (which will become the default home page for the site on December 1st).

• Authors with mysteries featuring returning series characters (in italics) this month:

Rachel Brady, Emily Locke (2nd); Don Bruns, James Lessor and Skip Moore (4th); Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood, Jack Ryan Jr. (2nd); Alys Clare, Lassair (3rd); Edwidge Danticat, Short Story Collection; P. C. Doherty, Hugh Corbett (15th); Ruth Downie, Gaius Petreius Ruso (4th); Loren D. Estleman, Amos Walker (21st); Geraldine Evans, Rafferty and Llewellyn (13th); Monica Ferris, Betsy Devonshire, Needlecraft (14th); H. Terrell Griffin, Matt Royal (5th); W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV, Presidential Agent (6th); Ellen Hart, Jane Lawless (18th); Tami Hoag, Tony Mendez (2nd); Stephen Hunter, Bob Lee Swagger (7th); Arthur Conan Doyle and Kelley Jones, Sherlock Holmes Graphic (3rd); Colleen McCullough, Carmine Delmonico (3rd); Otto Penzler, Short Story Collection; Ann Purser, Lois Meade (10th); Frederick Ramsay, Mpoo Kgopa Sanderson (2nd); Jon Talton, David Mapstone (6th); Donald Thomas, Sherlock Holmes Collection (6th); Livia J. Washburn, Delilah Dickenson (3rd).

• Authors with mysteries introducing characters (in italics) in a new series this month:

Douglas Alan, John Delaney; Adrian Magson, Harry Tate.

• Authors with non-series or stand-alone mysteries this month:

Sam Bourne, Milton T. Burton, K. J. Dahlen, Kyle Darcy, Peter Guttridge, Keith Hollihan, Dean Koontz, Graham Moore, Scott Oden, Howard Owen, Theodore W. Pietsch, Diane Sawyer, Ian Vasquez.

For more information on any of these titles, please visit the December new mysteries page on our website. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with December 2010 releases.

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Collusion by Stuart Neville (Book Review)

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Collusion by Stuart Neville. Non-series. Soho Crime Hardcover, October 2010.

The literary quality of this work cannot be denied, it is an exceptionally well written book; but the story here is so pedestrian, and so drawn out, that it feels many times longer than it really is. Indeed, for all practical purposes, it is not a sequel to The Ghosts of Belfast, but a novel-length epilogue.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Collusion by Stuart Neville.

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Read the first chapters of Collusion below.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

City in Shadow by Evan Marshall (Book Review)

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City in Shadow by Evan Marshall. An Anna Winthrop "Hidden Manhattan" Mystery. Severn House Hardcover, November 2010.

A multi-layered mystery populated with creatively developed characters with a storyline that is often as dark as its title implies, the innovative and fast-paced plot keeps the pages turning.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: City in Shadow by Evan Marshall.

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Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch is Today's Featured Free Kindle Mystery

Kindle Mysteries: Mystery Books Available on the Amazon Kindle

Kindle Mysteries is pleased to feature a mystery title that is currently available in Kindle eBook format for free from Amazon.com. We don't know how long it will be offered at this special price (typically only until a certain number of downloads have been completed), so download it today!

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Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch
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Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch
Non-series
Grand Central (Kindle eBook)
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About Serial (from the publisher): When two of the most twisted minds in the world of horror fiction face off, the result is Serial, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, Serial is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other's opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win.

Note: Serial is an 8000-word short story.

Investigate Mysterious Happenings in Haunted Halls: Green Hills Sanitarium, New from BFG

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Games of Mystery is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery casual game from Big Fish Games released today and available to BFG Club members. You can find out more about these games by visiting our Mystery Games: Big Fish Download Games page or by clicking on the links provided below.

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Haunted Halls: Green Hills Sanitarium
Haunted Halls: Green Hills Sanitarium

Your boyfriend Tim, an investigative journalist, has gone missing on one of his trips. You learn he was investigating the possibility of wrong doings at the Green Hills Sanitarium. When you arrive, you find it is decrepit, as if it had been abandoned years earlier -- even though Tim's previous messages to you suggest it was operational. But now those messages have abruptly stopped coming, so you decide to do a little investigating on your own. Explore the halls of this mental asylum to find your boyfrind in this incredible hidden object adventure game!

This is the standard edition of the game. For a more in-depth gaming experience, check out the Haunted Halls: Green Hills Sanitarium (Collector's Edition) that includes bonus gameplay, a built-in strategy guide, original soundtrack, striking screensavers, and more!

Haunted Halls: Green Hills Sanitarium may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (188.95 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour; the full version is 332.43 MB.

Watch a preview video below:

Get any standard game for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. Other benefits include the $2.99 Daily Deal, Tomorrow's Game Today, and special member rewards. And if you purchase any 6 games within a single month, you earn a free game with the Big Fish Game Club Monthly Punch Card! (Collector's Editions earn 3 punches each, half-way towards your free game!)

Read Ms. Terri's reviews of the adventure and casual mystery games featured on this site, including Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Enlightenus, and many more!

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Winners of the 2010 Irish Book Awards Announced

Mystery Book Awards: The Edgars, The Agathas, The Anthonys, and many more.

The winners of the fifth annual Irish Book Awards for 2010 were announced yesterday, recognizing the best books in ten categories, including crime fiction. Winners were selected from a shortlist by both the Irish Literary Academy and the voting public.

The Crime Fiction Book of the Year is Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage).

The fifth title in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, Mortal Coil by Derek Landy (HarperCollins), featuring the well-dressed, wise-cracking, living-dead, skeleton magician-detective, received the award for Best Young Adult Book.

Investigate Rumors of Witchcraft in Hidden Mysteries: Salem Secrets, New from BFG

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Games of Mystery is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery casual game from Big Fish Games released today and available to BFG Club members. You can find out more about these games by visiting our Mystery Games: Big Fish Download Games page or by clicking on the links provided below.

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Hidden Mysteries: Salem Secrets
Hidden Mysteries: Salem Secrets

Help Constable Hawthorne investigate the rumors of witchcraft in this fun hidden object puzzle adventure game!

Four young girls have been suffering from an outbreak of mysterious fits and bizarre tantrums. Rumors abound that the girls have been "afflicted" by local practitioners of Witchcraft, but nobody has yet been charged or tried. The Governor of Massachusetts has sent you, as Constable Hawthorne, to investigate the scenes and uncover the Hidden Mysteries!

See also the other games in this series, including Hidden Mysteries: Titantic, Secrets of the Fateful Voyage and Hidden Mysteries: Vampire Secrets.

Hidden Mysteries: Salem Secrets may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (222.13 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Watch a preview video below:

Get any standard game for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. Other benefits include the $2.99 Daily Deal, Tomorrow's Game Today, and special member rewards. And if you purchase any 6 games within a single month, you earn a free game with the Big Fish Game Club Monthly Punch Card! (Collector's Editions earn 3 punches each, half-way towards your free game!)

Read Ms. Terri's reviews of the adventure and casual mystery games featured on this site, including Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Enlightenus, and many more!

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Mystery Bestsellers for November 26, 2010

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending November 26th, 2010 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

No change among the top three -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson is still atop the list -- but quite a bit of shuffling elsewhere, including two new titles this week.

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The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
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In the 12th spot is the fifth thriller to feature Cotton Malone, The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry.

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?

That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.

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The Athena Project by Brad Thor
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Entering the list in 14th position is The Athena Project by Brad Thor.

Just as skilled, just as fearsome, and just as deadly as their colleagues, Delta Force’s newest members have only one thing setting them apart—their gender. Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.

When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.

In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America’s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.

As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack—one of unimaginable proportions—has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg LarssonThe Confession by John GrishamMoonlight Mile by Dennis LehaneCross Fire by James Patterson

Please visit the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books where we are committed to providing readers and collectors of mystery books with the best and most current information about their favorite authors, titles, and series.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

CBS Developing Two New Crime Dramas

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The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog is reporting that CBS is developing two dramas that have criminal elements.

From CSI creator Anthony Zuiker comes Desperado, a Texas-based Justified-esque series about lawmen who bring cowboy-style justice to San Antonio.

And from Michael Cuesta (Dexter) comes Knife Fight, in which a female public defender becomes a prosecutor in search of the truth. It is based on a short story of the same title by mystery writer Joel Goldman that appeared in The Prosecution Rests, edited by Linda Fairstein (who's developing her own series, One Police Plaza, for ABC).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for December 2010

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery, suspense and thriller books (including series books) scheduled for publication during December 2010, listed in approximate order of reading level, from books for younger readers to books for teens.

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Big Boys Don't Spy by K. E. M. Johnston

Big Boys Don't Spy More Information about the book
K. E. M. Johnston
Non-series

Set in the suburbs of Washington DC, with the CIA Headquarters around the corner, 12-year-old Will Wand, Agent 003.5, has his first assignment -- to save the world, or at least to uncover the mole in his mother's advertising company. Will strongly suspects his bossy, annoying cousin Penelope, visiting from the U.K., is a double agent, and when he finds her diary written in code, he knows he's onto something ... but if you hear any more, he'll have to kill you (or at least confiscate your Star Wars walkie-talkie).

This book, which may be the start of a new series, is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Vampire Slayer: A Vampire's Kiss by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney

Vampire Slayer: A Vampire's Kiss More Information about the book
Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney
Nancy Drew: The New Case Files

The Girl Detective has been locked in a large estate with Gregor, the young man whom everyone suspects of being a vampire, only to learn he has a rare disease that won’t allow him to venture outside during the day. While Nancy’s friends George and Bess and boyfriend Ned are locked outside the estate, Nancy and Gregor are trapped inside with a crazed woman who believes Gregor is a real vampire, and that she must destroy him!

Nancy Drew: The New Case Files graphic mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 and older.

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Conspiracy 365: December by Gabrielle Lord

Conspiracy 365: December More Information about the book
Gabrielle Lord
The Conspiracy 365 Series

The final entry in this 12 volume series of thrillers.

On New Year's Eve, Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days. Cal is fighting for his sister's life. But nobody believes the "psycho kid" and he's running out of people he can trust. He doesn't even know which of his enemies he's facing. How many hard-won treasures will he have to relinquish in return for his sister's safety?

The Conspiracy 365 Series is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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First Clues: Mysteries for Kids is your source for information on over 200 mystery series for children and young adults, where each series is conveniently listed under four different age categories (New Sleuths, ages 4 to 6; Future Sleuths, ages 7 to 9; Sleuths in Training, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older).

 

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