Monday, September 30, 2013

New Poster for Action Thriller Homefront

Homefront (November 2013)

A new poster has been released by Millennium Films for the action thriller Homefront (right; click for larger image). The tagline: "How far would you go to protect your home?"

The storyline is centered on a widowed ex-DEA agent (Jason Statham), who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only problem is he picked the wrong town.

Directed by Gary Fleder from an adapted screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and based on the novel Homefront, the sixth thriller to feature ex-cop Phil Broker by Chuck Logan, Homefront opens in theaters November 28, 2013.

New Poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 2013)

A new poster has been released by Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (right; click for larger image). The tagline: "Remember who the enemy is".

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) — a competition that could change Panem forever.

Directed by Francis Lawrence from an adapted screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn and based on the YA thriller Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters November 22, 2013.

Review: Speak of the Devil by Allison Leotta

Mysterious Reviews: Reviews of New Mysteries, Novels of Suspense, and Thrillers

A Mysterious Review of Speak of the Devil by Allison Leotta. An Anna Curtis Thriller.

Review summary: This is a difficult novel to read at times, with scenes of violence depicted in realistic detail. The two principal adversaries are larger than life, not necessarily unrealistic but definitely front and center. A fine thriller for those readers who have a high tolerance for graphic on-page pain but probably a pass for others. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 3 of 5 stars

Speak of the Devil Allison Leotta

Speak of the Devil
Allison Leotta
An Anna Curtis Thriller
Touchstone (August 2013)

Publisher synopsis: On the very night she gets engaged to the man she loves, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis's professional life takes a shocking turn that threatens everything she holds dear.

While Anna is enjoying a romantic dinner capped off by a marriage proposal, a few miles away two separate groups are gearing up to raid a brothel. A vicious killer known as Diablo — the Devil — leads one group. A few minutes later, Anna's own investigative team heads in to search the brothel, as part of the fight against human trafficking in D.C. Both groups are caught off guard, with deadly results.

As Anna investigates the bloody face-off, the boundaries between her work and home life begin to blur. Though eager to focus on her new fiancé, the chief homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey, and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Olivia, this case and the search for Diablo are never far from her mind.

When Anna discovers a web of long-buried secrets and official lies leading straight to her doorstep, the truth about this case threatens to rob her of the happiness she seemed so close to securing. And everything Anna counted on becomes a question mark as Diablo moves in for yet another kill.

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A New MystereBook: Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen

New MystereBooks (Mystery eBooks)

Here is a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers …

Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen is, according to the author, a murder mystery that is "a compendium of nods, winks, salutes, misappropriation and homage to the world of comic books."

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Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen

Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen
A Murder Mystery
Publisher: Perfect Edge Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2013

Heropa: A vast, homogenized city patrolled by heroes and populated by adoring masses. A pulp fiction fortress of solitude for crime-fighting team the Equalizers, led by new recruit Southern Cross — a lifetime away from the rain-drenched, dystopic metropolis of Melbourne.

Who, then, is killing the great Capes of Heropa?

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Ties That Bind, A Madison Knight Mystery by Carolyn Arnold, Now at a Special Price

Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Carolyn Arnold.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $0.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (09/30/2013 at 4:00 PM ET). 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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Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold

Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold
A Madison Knight Mystery (1st in series)
Publisher: Carolyn Arnold

Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman's body is found in a park killed with the same line of neckties, she realizes they're dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the Sergeant and Chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if there's not going to be another victim.

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Perfect People, A Suspense Thriller by Peter James, Now at a Special Price

Perfect People by Peter James

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Perfect People by Peter James, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Minotaur Books.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $0.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (09/30/2013 at 3:00 PM ET). 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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Perfect People by Peter James

Perfect People by Peter James
A Suspense Thriller
Publisher: Minotaur Books

John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease.

At his clinic is where their nightmare begins. They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye color, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child.

Now it's too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant — and already something is badly wrong …

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Close-Up On Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, New in Bookstores This Week

New Mysteries (July 2013)

Today's new hardcover mystery title, scheduled to be published this week by NAL Hardcover, is Close-Up On Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain.

For a list of more new hardcover mysteries published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for October 2013. For new paperback mysteries, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of October 2013 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

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Close-Up On Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain

Close-Up On Murder
Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
Series: Murder, She Wrote (40th)

Cabot Cove is about to be invaded — by Hollywood. One of Jessica's older novels is being made into a big-budget movie. The producer has decided to shoot most of the film on location in town, since the book was loosely based on a murder that shocked Cabot Cove over a decade earlier.

The murder occurred when a judge was gunned down while walking her dog. The prime suspect: an enraged husband whom the judge ruled against in a child custody case. But further investigation pointed to the victim's own husband — and ultimately to his mistress, accused of eliminating her rival.

Unfortunately, everyone on the set has a hidden agenda. A novice director wants his shot at the big-time. A fading star, making a comeback, has many unreasonable demands. Her astrologer sees trouble in the stars. And a stranger on the movie lot is stalking Jessica.

But fiction and reality fatally collide when the actress playing the judge is shot — the only witness her dog — and there's a cast and crew of possible suspects. With tensions between locals and the Hollywood horde mounting, Jessica must find the killer before anyone else is left on the cutting-room floor.

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First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for October 2013

Find mystery books for the young sleuth in your family at 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 titles) scheduled for publication during October 2013, listed in approximate order of reading level, from books for younger readers to books for teens and young adults.

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The Mystery of Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill
Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe

Recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people's lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, and — even more exciting — that Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi.

One day, Teb and Pontsho's family's cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.

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The Spaghetti Max Mystery by David A. Adler

The Spaghetti Max Mystery
David A. Adler
Cam Jansen

Recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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How do you find someone you've never seen?

Mr. Jansen's best friend from childhood, "Spaghetti" Max, is coming for a visit. Cam Jansen, her best friend Eric, and Mr. Jansen go to the airport to meet Max. While they're looking for him, a distressed traveler asks Cam to help him find his missing daughter. But what use is Cam's photographic memory if she has never seen the missing girl? And where is Spaghetti Max? Can Cam solve this double mystery?

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Enter the Dragon Mystery by Sarah Kinney

Enter the Dragon Mystery
Sarah Kinney
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Graphic Novels

Recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Pre-teen detective Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess and George have seen a lot while solving mysteries in River Heights. But none of them have ever met a dragon before!

When the exotic pet mysteriously appears on their teacher's desk, the Clue Crew have to discover where it came from, how to get it back home, and most importantly, how to take care of it in the meantime.

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Nowhere To Run by Jude Watson

Nowhere To Run
Jude Watson
The 39 Clues: Unstoppable

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Cahill family has a secret. For five hundred years, they have guarded the 39 Clues — thirty-nine ingredients in a serum that transforms whomever takes it into the most powerful person on earth. If the serum got into the wrong hands, the disaster would rock the world. So certain Cahills have always made it their mission to keep the serum safe, buried, locked away. Until now.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, are the latest guardians of the Clues. They think they've done everything right, but a tiny mistake leads to catastrophe. The serum is missing and Dan and Amy have to get it back and stop who stole it … before it's game over. For everyone.

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Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz

Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Alex Rider's life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage — the world's only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex's own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen's story. A journey down a darkened path.

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The Mystery of the Mischievous Maker by Rene Saldana

The Mystery of the Mischievous Maker
Rene Saldana
Mickey Rangel

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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It's Monday morning, and kid detective extraordinaire Mickey Rangel is on the hot seat. "You must be wondering why I've called you to my office," said Mrs. Abrego, the school principal. And in fact, Mickey has been racking his brain and sweating bullets, trying to figure out what he has done to warrant being pulled out of homeroom. Could it have been the spitball fight with his twin brother Ricky on the bus? How could word have gotten to Mrs. A that quickly?

When she instead brings up the recent rash of graffiti on school grounds, Mickey is initially horrified that she might think he's involved. But he quickly realizes why she has called him in: she needs his help! Mrs. A has heard that Mickey is a detective, and he confirms that he's the "real deal", with an online certificate to prove it. She wants him to unmask the Mischievous Marker, the person writing messages all over the school's walls.

The culprit has left numerous clues in his postings mainly a pronounced lack of grammar and spelling skills and that, along with an anonymous message from a supposed eyewitness pointing the finger at Mickey's life-long nemesis, Bucho, seem to make for an easy case to solve. But Bucho has denied the accusation and asked for Mickey's help. So Mickey flabbergasted but intrigued is "on the case."

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Fire Storm by Andrew Lane

Fire Storm
Andrew Lane
Young Sherlock Holmes

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Young Sherlock's friend and her father have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived in it; the neighbors claim never to have heard of them. Sherlock begins to doubt his sanity, until a clever clue points him to Scotland. Following that clue leads him into a mystery that involves kidnapping, bodysnatchers, and a man who claims he can raise the dead. Only the budding detective Sherlock can untangle the mind-bending — and dangerous — puzzles that ensnare his friends.

Think you know Sherlock Holmes? Think again!

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Dead City by James Ponti

Dead City
James Ponti
A Dead City Thriller

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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When Molly Bigelow discovered that zombies shared New York with humans, she didn't think life could get more shocking. Then she learned that her mother was once one of the greatest zombie killers ever — and she discovered that her dead mother is not technically dead at all (although she isn't alive, either).

Molly's efforts to keep these secrets and to help her Omega team track down the identity of the original thirteen zombies will take her from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to New Year's Eve in Times Square. Her loyalties to friends and family will be put to the test. And her life will be changed in ways she never could have imagined.

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Tower of the Five Orders by Deron R. Hicks

Tower of the Five Orders
Deron R. Hicks
The Shakespeare Mysteries

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Colophon Letterford's life changed overnight when she uncovered Shakespeare's lost manuscripts. Now the authenticity of those manuscripts is in question … and the centuries-old family publishing business is in danger. Thirteen-year-old Colophon travels from Oxford's lofty Tower of the Five Orders to the dank depths of London's sewers in her pursuit of truth and honor. But the stakes are high …

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The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Private School Murders
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. Her first case was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now she's working to exonerate her brother of his girlfriend's homicide. And danger just got closer.

One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer … and Tandy perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

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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; Junior Sleuths, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older).

Murder in the Mangroves, A Mango Bay Mystery by Marty Ambrose, Now at a Special Price

Thomas & Mercer

Amazon has discounted over 200 of its imprint titles to just 99 cents, including 34 books published by Thomas & Mercer. One of these books is featured, below.

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Murder in the Mangroves by Marty Ambrose

Murder in the Mangroves by Marty Ambrose
A Mango Bay Mystery
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Mallie Monroe's life as a reporter on Coral Island has finally settled down. She's adjusted to the Florida lifestyle, received a small raise, and is enjoying a playful romance with island cop Nick Billie.

Things start to heat up when Mallie's old boyfriend, Cole, reappears and she finds herself torn between two men.

But just before the annual Mango Festival which had promised to be a pleasant distraction the body of the Mango Queen is found in the mangroves. So it s back to business and Mallie is assigned to report on the case. She soon finds that the murderer isn't the only one in town to worry about, as her investigation begins digging up old secrets that many islanders prefer to remain buried.

Can Mallie find the key to the Mango Queen s death before the killer plants her under the nearest tropical tree? And if she survives that, will she be able to decide whether Nick or Cole holds the key to her heart?

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