Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brazilian Poster for Taken 2

Taken 2 (Brazil, 2012)

We're really taking — excuse the pun — to this series of posters for Taken 2. Earlier today we had a US version (together with the international trailer) and now here's the Brazilian version (right; click for larger image). The Portguese title is Busca Implacável 2 — Relentless Search 2. The poster's tagline: Eles querem vingança. Mas escolheram o cara errado. ("They want revenge. But they chose the wrong guy.")

Shown pondering his next step, with the merest hint of a gun in his right hand, Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills, who in this film is taken hostage during his family's vacation in Istanbul. Bryan enlists the aid of his daughter, Kim, to help them escape, and uses an advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.

Directed by Olivier Megaton from a screenplay by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, Taken 2 opens on October 5th, 2012.

Review: Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias

Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias

We've just published our Review of Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias. A Daniel Jacobus Mystery. Minotaur Books Hardcover, June 2012.

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

Available to purchase from …

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Three Titles from Kobo are Today's Featured Set of Free MystereBooks

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature three titles from Kobo as today's set of free mystery ebooks. (There is additional availability from other vendors, as shown.)

These titles were listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus

Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus
Publisher: Love Spell

This is the first mystery, of five published, in this series.

About Calamity Jayne (from the publisher): Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never-ending string of dumb-blonde jokes and a longtime nickname that's harder to get rid of than lint from a belly button. Dubbed "Calamity Jayne" by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, Rick Townsend, Tressa's out to gain a little hometown respect — or die trying.

Unfortunately, that may be the case. She's just been handed the perfect opportunity to get "Ranger Rick," the doubting Don Juan of the DNR, and a sketpical citizenry to take her seriously. How? By solving a murder no one else believes happened … No one, that is, except the killer.

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Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney

Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney
Publisher: HarperCollins

This special ebook edition also includes a sneak peek of the author's next book, Whiplash River, scheduled to be published in July 2012.

About Gutshot Straight (from the publisher): When Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he's got only two problems: he's too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other.

So he says yes when he's asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles. All Shake has to do is deliver a package to Las Vegas and pick up a briefcase.

Only the package turns out to be a wholesome young housewife named Gina whose husband has run afoul of Dick Moby, aka "The Whale," an unpleasant four-hundred-pound Vegas strip-club owner. Shake hates to think what's going to happen to Gina when he delivers her to The Whale, so in a move that's as noble as it is boneheaded, he decides to set her free.

Now Shake and Gina are on the run to Panama, hoping to unload the very valuable — and highly unusual — contents of The Whale's briefcase. Shake could end up a rich man, but first he'll have to outmaneuver two angry crime bosses, a murderous Armenian thug plagued by erectile superfunction, a former pro football player who blames Shake for his romantic woes, and a billionaire swindler with a flair for the theatrical. Not to mention, and not the least, Shake will need to survive his own heart, since he's going to discover that wholesome housewife Gina is even more intriguing, and a lot more complicated, than he ever imagined.

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A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender

A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender
Publisher: Kensington

This is the first mystery for pizzeria owner Eleanor Swift.

About A Slice of Murder (from the publisher): Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina — which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she's in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut, featuring pizza as the prima character …

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Today's Bestselling Free Kindle MystereBooks (120630)

MysterEbooks: Mystery, Suspense and Thriller eBooks

Here is today's list of the top bestselling free Kindle mysteries, suspense novels and thrillers.

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MystereBooks: This Week's Update of Kindle Books Priced $2.99 or Less (120630)

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

Every month Amazon publishes a list of 100 Kindle books priced $3.99 or less. We thought we'd take that idea and improve on it, publishing a list of 100 Kindle mystery books priced $2.99 or less and updating it every week!

Here is our general criteria for selecting titles to include: books from major or specialty publishers of crime fiction and those written by authors familiar to us. There are far more than 100 to choose from, so we use our best judgment to narrow it down.

A couple of notes before we get to this week's new additions.

• It's always good to check in periodically with Poisoned Pen Press. This week we found five mysteries in the "Posadas County" series by Steven F. Havill that have recently been reduced to $2.99 or less; one, the first in series, is $0.99.

• Another specialty mystery publisher, Oceanview Publishing, frequently rotates its selection of titles priced $2.99 or less. We added the "Sammy Greene" mysteries by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid to our list this week.

Bell Bridge Books publishes mostly romance novels, but a handful of their authors also write mysteries and romantic suspense. It isn't often we see any of their Kindle books in our "price range", but there is one this week, Mai Tai One On, the first mystery in the "Em Johnson, Tiki Goddess" series by Jill Marie Landis. Her new book in the series, Two to Mango, was just published. (We're seeing a tropical "numbered" theme going on here!)

Below are listed the new $2.99 or less titles we added today; click on the cover or title for more information or to purchase the Kindle edition.

Important Note: Prices can and do change without prior notice! We strongly urge you to confirm the price of the book before completing your purchase. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase is the price of the book.

D. R. T. (Dead Right There) by Ray Ellis

D. R. T. (Dead Right There) by Ray Ellis.
A Nate Richards Mystery (2nd).

Heartshot by Steven F. Havill

Heartshot by Steven F. Havill.
A Posadas County Mystery (1st).

Bitter Recoil by Steven F. Havill

Bitter Recoil by Steven F. Havill.
A Posadas County Mystery (2nd).

Twice Buried by Steven F. Havill

Twice Buried by Steven F. Havill.
A Posadas County Mystery (3rd).

Scavengers by Steven F. Havill

Scavengers by Steven F. Havill.
A Posadas County Mystery (10th).

Red, Green, or Murder by Steven F. Havill

Red, Green, or Murder by Steven F. Havill.
A Posadas County Mystery (16th).

Mai Tai One On by Jill Marie Landis

Mai Tai One On by Jill Marie Landis.
An Em Johnson, Tiki Goddess Mystery (1st).

Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid.
A Sammy Greene Mystery (1st).

Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid.
A Sammy Greene Mystery (2nd).

The Lost Van Gogh by A. J. Zerries

The Lost Van Gogh by A. J. Zerries.

Reviews of Mystery and Suspense Books for Kids, New This Week on Book Trends (120630)

Book Trends: Reviews of Young Adult and Children Books

Book Trends, a review site for young adult and children books, published several new book reviews this past week. We're presenting here a summary of those in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.

The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge. The Iron Codex Book Two. Lexile measure: N/A. Reviewed by a 6th grade student, who writes, "Many books seem very realistic, but not if they involve magic; unless, the story is in the future and written by Kaitlin Kittredge. She somehow twists and manipulates the idea of magic until it seems like reality." (Read the full review of this fantasy/suspense novel here.)

The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody. Lexile measure: N/A. Reviewed by a 6th grade student, who writes, "This book has a lot of detail and the characters are highly developed. The mix between science fiction and fantasy is also perfect. I definitely hope that Matthew Cody writes another book to make it a series." (Read the full review of this sci-fi fantasy/suspense novel here.)

For more reviews of children and young adult books of all genres, visit Book Trends; their reviews will amaze you! You can also follow Book Trends on Twitter.

Big Fish Games BOGO Collector's Editions, This Weekend Only

Big Fish Games

This weekend only, June 30th and July 1st, 2012, Big Fish Games is having a Buy One, Get One Free sale on Collector's Editions.

Here's how it works. Select two Collector's Edition games and add them to your cart. Apply the coupon code FREEGAME at checkout to realize your savings.

There is no limit on the number of games you can buy using the code. For example, buy six Collector's Edition games and you'll only be charged for three.

To get you started, here is a link to all of the Collector's Edition games on the site: hidden object, adventure, and more! Popular mystery titles include Final Cut: Death on the Silver Screen, Shadow Wolf Mysteries, Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, the "Dark Tales of Edgar Allan Poe" series of games, and the "Mystery Case Files" games.

Remember, this Big Fish Games BOGO sale ends tomorrow, Sunday July 1st, 2012 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

New Poster, Trailer for Taken 2

Taken 2 (2012)

A new US poster (right; click for larger image) and international teaser trailer (below; in English with French subtitles) have been released for the thriller Taken 2. The poster's tagline: "First they took his daughter. Now they're coming for him."

Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his estranged teenage daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers — the storyline from the 2008 film Taken. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.

Directed by Olivier Megaton from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, Lockout) and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken, Gladiator), the film opens on October 5th, 2012.

Five Romantic Thrillers by C. J. Lyons is Today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal

The Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Five Romantic Thrillers by C. J. Lyons as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. The deal price of $0.99 each is valid only for today, Saturday, June 30, 2012.

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Five Romantic Thrillers by C. J. Lyons

Five Romantic Thrillers by C. J. Lyons

The following titles are included in today's offer: The "Hart and Drake" suspense novels (Nerves of Steel, Sleight of Hand, and Face to Face) and the "Shadow Ops" thrillers (Chasing Shadows and Lost in Shadows).

Important Note: Amazon.com updates its Kindle book deal every day at approximately midnight PT. The title referenced above is available at a discounted price for Saturday, June 30, 2012 only.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

CBS Orders Second Season of Unforgettable after Canceling the Series

Unforgettable (CBS)

It doesn't happen often, but a television network has uncanceled — we're reasonably sure that isn't a word, but does accurately describe the action — a series. Specifically, and in this instance, CBS has changed its mind about Unforgettable, and has ordered 13 episodes to air during Summer 2013.

The series stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It's not just that she doesn't forget anything — she can't; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister's long-ago murder.

A&E Renews Longmire for a Second Season

Longmire (A&E)

A&E has renewed Longmire for a second season.

The western crime drama, based on characters created by Craig Johnson, stars Robert Taylor as Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire.

Longmire currently airs on Sundays on A&E.

BBC One Trailer for Wallander Season 3

Wallander (Series 3, BBC, July 2012)

Earlier today we mentioned that the pilot episode of Endeavour is premiering on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! this weekend. Later in the season, the third season of Wallander premieres — September 16th — but our British cousins will have already seen it by then, since the premiere date in the UK is July 8th.

Toward that end, BBC One has released a short, 40-second, trailer for the season, embedded below, with scenes from the episodes very effectively paired with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence.

Based on characters created by Swedish crime novelist Henning Mankell, Kenneth Branagh stars as homicide detective Kurt Wallander in this BBC crime drama.

This Week's Bestselling Mystery and Suspense Television and Film Video on Demand (120629)

Amazon Instant: Weekly Bestselling Video on Demand for Television and Film

Here is this week's list of the top bestselling mystery and suspense television and film videos available to download from Amazon Instant.

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Endeavour Airs on Masterpiece Mystery, Sunday July 1st

Endeavour (PBS Masterpiece Mystery, July 2012)

The Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour airs this Sunday, July 1st, on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! (Check your local listings.) Originally airing as a stand-alone episode, it is now considered a pilot for the series, as ITV has commissioned four additional episodes to air in 2013.

Shaun Evans stars as the young Endeavour Morse, who was played by John Thaw in the original series. The character was created by crime novelist Colin Dexter, who will act as a consultant to the new series.

It is 1965, and a 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl, last seen waiting alone in the rain at a bus stop on early Sunday morning, has disappeared and is presumed dead. The hunt for Mary Tremlett draws rookie Detective Endeavour Morse, the conflicted young detective on the verge of resignation, back to the university he'd suddenly left only a few years before. Stuck between town and gown, he is patronized by his arrogant old rival, now ascending the ivory tower, and scorned by a DS contemptuous of the "college boy". Only the former opera diva Rosalind Stromming, wife of an Oxford tutor with a murky connection to the missing girl, can offer him solace as he tries to navigate a hostile supervisor, the ghosts of his past, and a mystery that deepens with another tragic death. Discredited and at a dead-end, the solitary and cerebral Endeavour drives his first Jaguar, drinks his first pint and, to the sublime strains of opera, fights for the truth as he forges the identity that will someday become Inspector Morse.

Watch a teaser trailer for the episode below.

USA Orders Graceland to Series

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

USA Network has ordered Graceland to series. We're not entirely sure this is a "telemystery" even though it features agents from the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Customs. The premise is they are forced to live together — undercover — in a beach house in Southern California. What exactly they're doing there is still a bit of a mystery to us.

Here's the official description of the show, which sounds more drama-ish than crime drama-ish:

Daniel Sunjata stars as the house's senior FBI agent Paul Briggs, who has a legendary past but traded in his suit and tie for a more zen existence. Aaron Tveit plays Mike Warren, a freshly minted FBI agent just out of the Academy and dripping wet behind the ears. Vanessa Ferlito stars as strong-willed DEA agent Catherine "Charlie" Lopez; Brandon Jay McLaren plays Dale Jakes, a quick-tempered U.S. Customs agent, and Manny Montana plays FBI agent Joe "Johnny" Tuturro, the fun-loving prankster of the house. The series pilot also stars Scottie Thompson as Lauren Kincaid, a loyal and determined DEA agent dealing with the repercussions of her wounded partner, along with Courtney B. Vance as Quantico Section Chief special agent Sam Campbell and Jay Karnes as DEA group supervisor Gerry Silvo.

Graceland is created by Jeff Eastin, who is also responsible for White Collar, one of our favorite series, so we're willing to follow along here for a while.

TNT Renews Rizzoli & Isles for a 4th Season

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)

TNT announced today that Rizzoli & Isles has been renewed for a 15-episode fourth season.

"Rizzoli & Isles has proven itself to be a strong and enduring hit, not only in terms of the great storylines and performances, but also in terms of the show's stellar ratings," said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT. "We're thrilled that Rizzoli & Isles will continue to be a vital part of the TNT lineup."

Based on characters created by crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, the series stars Angie Harmon as Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles.

Rizzoli & Isles is currently airing on Tuesdays on TNT.

Today's Bestselling Free Kindle MystereBooks (120629)

MysterEbooks: Mystery, Suspense and Thriller eBooks

Here is today's list of the top bestselling free Kindle mysteries, suspense novels and thrillers.

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French Political Thriller Les Hommes de l'Ombre being Adapted for US Television

Les Hommes de l'Ombre

Endemol Studios is adapting the French political thriller Les Hommes de l'Ombre ("The Men of Shadows" or maybe "The Shadow Men") for US television under the working title of Kingmakers. The 6-episode series aired earlier this year on France 2, with a second season having already been commissioned.

The storyline follows the aftermath of the assassination of the President of France. An early election is scheduled, and two men are vying for the position. But the key roles are the men behind the men, the "shadow men", who will do anything to get their respective candidate elected.

"Les Hommes de l'Ombre offers a unique and ambitious format to develop a relevant, timeless and compelling American drama with original characters that bring the audience behind the scenes of high-stakes politics, starting with a presidential political campaign," said Endemol's CEO Philippe Maigret.

Death Before Facebook by Julie Smith is Today's Fourth Featured Free MystereBook

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Death Before Facebook by Julie Smith as today's fourth free mystery ebook.

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Death Before Facebook by Julie Smith

Death Before Facebook by Julie Smith
A Skip Langdon Mystery
Publisher: booksBnimble

Originally published in 1994 as New Orleans Beat, the author has renamed this fourth in series to the present title.

About Death Before Facebook (from the publisher): An unclassified death on the coroner's daily record is nothing special: a healthy young man found dead after an apparent fall from a ladder. Yet in a neglected old house set inside a jungle of greenery, Detective Skip Langdon listens to an unusually listless mother talk about her son's death and his empty life … and wonders. It seems the shy thirty-one-year-old victim, Geoff Kavanagh, was a computer genius who often frequented the TOWN, a computer network of some 10,000 faceless voices. Within this extraordinary community, strangers achieve an odd type of intimacy, sharing the darkest of secrets.

Skip learns that Geoff confessed his own deep secret: he saw his father murdered. Now the TOWN believes Geoff, too, was murdered--and Skip must follow the electronic trail of a killer …

Important Note: This book was listed for free on the date and time of this post. Prices can and do change without prior notice. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your purchase.

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Inadvertent Disclosure by Melissa F. Miller is Today's Third Featured Free MystereBook

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Inadvertent Disclosure by Melissa F. Miller as today's third free mystery ebook.

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Inadvertent Disclosure by Melissa F. Miller

Inadvertent Disclosure by Melissa F. Miller
A Sasha McCandless Mystery
Publisher: Brown Street Books

Tiny dynamo Sasha McCandless returns in this second mystery of the series.

About Inadvertent Disclosure (from the publisher): It's been six months since an airplane crash altered the course of attorney Sasha McCandless's professional and personal life. She's busy building her solo law practice and tending her budding relationship with federal air marshal Leo Connelly, who helped her stop a madman. When Sasha drives from Pittsburgh to rural Clear Brook County to argue a run-of-the-mill discovery motion, she finds a town bitterly divided over the issue of hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale beneath it. Outsiders from the oil and gas industry and environmental activists threaten to rip apart the fabric of the small town. Then the town's only judge is murdered, and Sasha can't just walk away. But, as she works to find the killer, she must race to save the town before it fractures beyond repair.

Important Note: This book was listed for free on the date and time of this post. Prices can and do change without prior notice. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your purchase.

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