Monday, January 30, 2006

Weekly Mystery Godoku Puzzle for 01/30/2006

A new Mystery Godoku Puzzle has been created by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and is 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!). This week's mystery clue: Leslie Meier’s mysteries feature this Tinker’s Cove resident: (9 letters: C E L N O S T U Y).

Previous puzzles are stored in the Mystery Godoku Archives.

Enjoy this new feature from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, and Thanks for visiting our website!

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Changes to the First Edition Mysteries Website

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books is changing hosting servers this coming week for First Edition Mysteries, your source for high quality and collectible mysteries. As a result of this change, it is likely that for a day or two the First Edition Mysteries website will be unavailable.

We're working to improve our service to you, and hope that this change is the first of several steps in that direction. More mysteries are being added each week to the online library of first editions available for sale to readers and collectors of mystery books.

Thank you for visiting our sites and we look forward to serving your mystery book needs.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Mystery Hardcover Bestsellers (01/27/2006)

A list of the top ten mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending January 27, 2006 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Memory in Death by J. D. Robb debuts at the top of the mystery bestsellers at both Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. This book has been a pre-order bestseller for several weeks. Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks a tightrope between her professional duties and her private demons in what Publishers Weekly says " ... is number 22 in a series that still manages to feel fresh."

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Repairman Jack Follows Mystery to Bermuda

The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) ran an article recently on F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack mystery series.

After golfing in Bermuda for a number of years, author F. Paul Wilson said the feel of Bermuda has changed and has become much more corporate.

However, this didn’t stop him from using Bermuda as a backdrop for Infernal, one of the latest Repairman Jack mysteries, released in November 2005 by Forge Books.

Infernal continues the adventures of Jack who is a "repairman" called upon to discreetly clean-up (in a knuckle-crunching way) various messes. This novel begins in New York City when Jack is reunited with his father only to lose him to a 9-11-like airport bombing. As Jack tries to solve the mystery of the bombing, he is unwillingly thrown back into contact with his estranged brother Tom, a crooked judge.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kirkus Reviews on the Book Sense Picks for February

Earlier this month, Book Sense, the American Booksellers Association program, announced the February 2006 Book Sense Picks: 20 books that Dan Cullen, editor-in-chief of Book Sense Picks, called a "national staff picks presentation."

More than 1,200 independent bookstores will participate in the program, which Cullen said "was designed from the outset [to] give people flexibility and choice."

Four of these twenty books are mysteries; three were featured in the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books New Mystery Titles for January 2006; the fourth was included in the New Mystery Titles for February 2006.

Here is what Kirkus Reviews said about these mysteries:

Whale Season, by N. M. Kelby, is "deep-fried strangeness" with a "wacky, tacky premise: a Jesus-impersonating serial killer [who] rampages through Florida strip clubs and gator swamps."

Carved in Bone is "a neatly done mystery aimed straight at the CSI set. . . . Crime and science slug it out in this second book from writing team Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass."

"More of the same from [Carol] Goodman," in The Ghost Orchid: "Not half bad, not all that good."

"Inspired by the Baker Street genius, a Montana cowboy solves some murders at the cattle ranch where he works," in Steve Hockensmith’s Holmes on the Range:" a winning twist on a proven franchise."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Mystery Book Reviews from the Globe and Mail

Margaret Cannon recently reviewed several new mystery books for the Globe and Cannon. These books include:

Sunstroke, by Jesse Kellerman (son of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman)

Speak of the Devil, by Richard Hawke

Air Dance Iguana, by Tom Corcoran

Now You See Me, by Margaret Murphy

Murder at the Foul Line, edited by Otto Penzler

She has great things to say about all these books. Read her reviews here.


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Monday, January 23, 2006

Weekly Mystery Godoku Puzzle for 01/23/2006

A new Mystery Godoku Puzzle has been created by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and is 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!)

Previous puzzles will be stored in the Mystery Godoku Archives.

Enjoy this new feature from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, and Thanks for visiting our website!

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Best-Selling Mystery Writer to Keynote Conference

If you dream of writing the great American novel or seeing your byline in newspapers and magazines, you’ll find advice, inspiration and empathy at the "Write on the Beach" conference Jan. 27-29, 2006, in Ocean Shores (WA).

The Daily World reports that renowned mystery writer J. A. Jance is headlining the fifth annual conference and will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006. Consequently, for the first time ever, "Write on the Beach" is opening the keynote lunch to the general public. Tickets are $30 each, while conference registration, including the keynote lunch, costs $175. Students under 18 can attend for $35.

For more information on the conference, read the complete Daily World article here or visit the Write on the Beach website.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

New Hardcover Mystery Books for February 2006

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books has prepared a list of new hardcover mystery books for February 2006. This is the first of three anticipated updates to this list.

As usual, there are too many to choose from!

  • Amanda Pepper returns in A Hole in Juan (Gillian Roberts);
  • Foolish Undertaking (Mark de Castrique) is the third in the excellent Barry Clayton series;
  • More Dutch Pennsylvania recipes are featured in Grape Expectations (Tamar Myers);
  • The Old Wine Shades (Martha Grimes) is the latest Richard Jury mystery;
and many, many more.

Visit the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books often to keep current on your favorite mystery authors and series.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Mystery Hardcover Bestsellers (01/20/2006)

A list of the top ten mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending January 20, 2006 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Linda Fairstein's latest Alexandra Cooper legal mystery, Death Dance, debuts on the bestseller lists of Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. Booklist states, "The latest Cooper delivers what has made this series so good: solid legal, procedural, and forensic detail surrounding an intriguing case."

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

P. D. James Offers Clues to Complex Plots

The Associated Press recently ran a profile on P. D. James, whose latest Adam Dalgleish mystery, The Lighthouse, has been a solid bestseller for several months.

When asked, what comes first, murder or motive, the answer is like the plots of her whodunits - never the obvious. "What usually comes first is the setting," James says. "I can have what I think is a strong response to the spirit of a place. I can be perhaps in an old house or a community of a people, a lonely stretch of beach and say this is where it happened."

This fascinating and informative profile has run in several online newspapers, and is available here from HeraldToday (Bradenton FL).

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A Novel Idea is Just Right for this Activist

The TimesUnion (Albany NY) recently reported on local resident Kirby White who has written a mystery in an effort to help low-income families who can't afford to rent or buy a house. What prompted the publication of his book was a parking garage being built in the shadow of the state capitol building.

The author, who is 69 and a longtime housing advocate and writer, toiled for years as an underpaid community developer in downtown Albany. He began the mystery in 1998, but decided to publish last year when the state launched a real parking garage on Sheridan Avenue. The state's goal: Park cars for 1,500 state workers in one of Albany's most neglected neighborhoods. White's goal: Raise cash to help locals get decent housing.

Read more about Kirby White and his mystery book here.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Court TV Enlists the Masters of Crime Fiction for America's Crime Writers: Murder They Wrote

Press Release: In the world of literary fiction, there is nothing more compelling than a mystery novel. Now, Court TV is partnering with the best-known, best-selling authors of the genre to tell some of the most compelling true crime stories of the recent past in Americas Crime Writers: Murder They Wrote. Award-winning authors Michael Connelly, James Ellroy, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman and Lisa Scottoline have each selected a case that has long captivated or touched them in some way, and in each episode, the featured author will take viewers through the facts of that case. Through interviews with key players and commentary from the authors themselves, armchair detectives will have the opportunity to experience the story through the author's thoughts and insights. And the network is expanding on its relationship with leading bookseller Barnes & Noble with a planned multi-platform co-promotion, anticipated to include on-air, online and in-store elements.

Read the entire press release here in which each of the authors discusses their case.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Weekly Mystery Godoku Puzzle for 01/16/2006

A new Mystery Godoku Puzzle has been created by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and is 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!)

Previous puzzles will be stored in the Mystery Godoku Archives.

Enjoy this new feature from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, and Thanks for visiting our website!

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Sleuthing Out Bay Area Mystery Novels

The UCBerkeleyNews recently ran an interesting article describing the efforts of Bancroft Library cataloger Randal Brandt, a mystery aficionado with a passion for following book-related leads and sharing his discoveries.

With its storied history, signature landmarks, and abundant atmospheric fog, San Francisco has long been a favored stomping ground of literary sleuths. Just how much crime has bloodied this ground is apparent by visiting Golden Gate Mysteries, an annotated bibliography found on the Berkeley Library website and compiled by Brandt. There mystery fans will find the titles of hundreds of novels set in San Francisco and environs, featuring gumshoes as diverse as the names in a Frisco phone book and plots as twisted as Lombard Street.

Read the rest of the article here and take the time to visit Golden Gate Mysteries; it's time well spent.

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