Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mystery Book Review: Nutcase by Charlotte Hughes

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Nutcase by Charlotte Hughes. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Nutcase by Charlotte Hughes

A Kate Holly Case

Jove (Mass Market Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-515-14593-9 (0515145939)
ISBN-13: 978-0-515-14593-9 (9780515145939)
Publication Date: February 2009
List Price: $7.99

Review: Everyone has days where it seems like everyone in their life is crazy. Unfortunately for Kate Holly, sometimes they actually are. It doesn’t help that she’s a therapist who can’t seem to turn away patients, no matter how potentially dangerous, but Kate seems to attract crazy people. From the transgender ex-marine her mother has taken in, to the old woman who promises to cure her dog of depression, Kate’s life is full of madness. And this doesn’t even factor in her exploded office, lecherous ex, estranged firefighter husband, overwhelming family, and the spate of arsons that are the talk of the town!

Charlotte Hughes has created a thoroughly engaging work of madcap fiction in Nutcase. It is fast paced, easy to read, written with a strong voice and a good sense of humor. The plotting is somewhat scattered, with characters and their conflicts moving in and out of the novel’s focus. This creates a thoroughly lively and entertaining story that is almost impossible to put down. My only complaint is that the work seems to focus in on what seems to be the central mystery somewhat belatedly, making this less a classic detective-style work than a funny novel with elements of mystery worked in.

Hughes’ strength is clearly her characters, and their strong voices are convincing and extremely funny. The plot is likewise strongly character driven, focusing on the humorous and ever-changing relationships between the numerous characters. Sometimes, however, things can feel a little over the top. Dialogue occasionally reads like a sitcom rather than a novel, and realism is sometimes sacrificed for humor, making the characters less deep then they might be. However, most readers will find it easy to get into the light-hearted spirit of the work, and will enjoy it for the fun an intensely engaging novel that it is!

Special thanks to Rebecca Henderson for contributing her review of Nutcase and to Charlotte Hughes for providing a copy of the book for the review.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Rebecca Henderson — All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with Permission

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Synopsis (from the publisher): The life of a psychologist is enough to drive anyone nuts …

Ever since she blew up her own office with nitroglycerin (she was sure the patient was bluffing -- until the vial exploded), psychologist Kate Holly has been one step away from going off her rocker. It doesn’t help that she’s still in love with her firefighter ex-husband. They both want to patch things up, but Kate has been using sex to avoid talking, and he wants to know; is there something she is not telling him?

Well yes, there is. Kate is about to get evicted from her office, and her best option may be to share space with her hot tub-loving ex-boyfriend, Dr. Thad Glazer. With her oddball patients, her meddling mother, and her eccentric secretary thrown into the mix -- not to mention a spate of suspicious fires- will Kate put her life back together before she ends up in a padded cell?

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James Patterson to Co-Author Thriller with Swedish Crime Novelist Liza Marklund

Publishers Weekly reported yesterday that , who it says, in quite possibly the understatement of the year, is "no stranger to collaboration", will co-write with Swedish crime novelist Liza Marklund a thriller to be published in 2010. Marklund is a bestseller in her native Sweden but is little known in the US. Her mystery series features crime reporter Annika Bengtzon.

The untitled book is expected to be set largely in Stockholm. No details about publication in the US are currently available.

As we reported a week or so ago, with 28 other contributing writers to be published in Australia. Each chapter of this book will be available to read online starting March 20, 2009.

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Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Leads CBS to Sunday Ratings Win

Tom Selleck on the set of No Remorse

The headline of the press release says it all: Jesse Stone Leads CBS to Sunday Win in Viewers. From 9 to 11 PM, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, starring Tom Selleck as the Paradise (MA) police chief, was first in households and viewers in the ratings.

The reason we think this is important: it may mean more movies are on the way, and that would be wonderful news. Selleck himself said he's "perfectly willing, for the record, to do 20 or 25 of these just because the character’s so much fun."

As we reported last November, the 6th movie in the series, Jesse Stone: No Remorse, wrapped up production in Nova Scotia. The story picks up where Jesse Stone: Thin Ice ended, with Jesse having been suspended by the Paradise town council and working for the state investigating a series of murders in Boston. Selleck co-wrote the script.

No air date for Jesse Stone: No Remorse has been set by CBS, but let's hope they don't make us wait another two years before it's shown.

Four previous movies in the series are currently on DVD, and are available from .

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Finalists Announced for 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

In a press release today, the Los Angeles Times announced the finalists for the 29th annual Literary Awards. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on April 24, 2009.

In the Mystery / Thriller category, the finalists are:

The Finder by (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
Envy the Night by (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Bad Traffic by (Scribner)
The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr (Akashic Books)
Child 44 by (Grand Central Publishing)

For a complete list of the finalists in all categories, visit the LATimes.com website.

For a list of previous mystery book winners, visit our website .

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First Clues Review: Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

is delighted to introduce a new feature for our website, book reviews written by students. These students offer their unique perspective on the book in their review and provide a valuable resource to parents looking for new mystery adventures for their kids to read.

Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams

Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams

HarperCollins (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-06-073710-7 (0060737107)
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-073710-8 (9780060737108)
Publication Date: March 2009
List Price: $6.99

Review written by Kevin, Age 11, Grade 6. Date of review: March 2009.

Review: Into the Dark, being the third book in the Echo Falls series, is a thriller of a book. With infinite fiascos and situations that will make you jump out of your seat and bite your nails waiting anxiously what is going to happen next! Written by Peter Abrahams, this novel is a wonder.

The book begins on a lazy Saturday where Ingrid is alone at home. Her best boy friend Joey calls her up and asks if she wants to go snowshoeing with him. Joey just got brand new snowshoes for Ingrid the day before. As Ingrid and Joey are out snowshoeing they see the old Indian trail and decide that it would be fun to go on it for a while. This particular trail goes through Grampy’s property. Grampy is Ingrid’s grandfather. Joey and Ingrid are having a pleasant experience when Ingrid stumbles over something clogged in the sinkhole. Ingrid observes closely from one side what the thing in the hole is, but when she turns to the other side of the object, it turns out to be a murdered man. The police arrive and look for evidence as usual, but there is something different about this case than all the others to Ingrid. The police are questioning her grandfather for murder or even manslaughter! Ingrid, the youth sleuth, will persevere to find the right evidence and clues to prove to the police and the judge that her grandfather is innocent. But can the youth sleuth pull it off again? Read on to find out.

This book deserves a standing ovation and a round of applause. This was a marvelous novel, packed with spine tingling predicaments and laugh-your-lungs-out situations. The back story plot (with the father getting into some deep trouble) was a very well fortified and strong plot story and it followed along with the story tying in very satisfactorily at the end with the primary plot. The primary plot (the murder of Mr. Thatcher) was very well thought out and well put into place. The flow of events moves very smoothly. Every piece of evidence that Ingrid finds somehow lead into an important event (I won’t mention any because that would give away the story.) It was an excellent novel, very well-written and I just love the characters in the stories. Thank you, Mr. Abrahams for a great read!

Books in this series have been nominated for Edgar Awards, and Down the Rabbit Hole won the Agatha Award in 2005 for Best Children/Young Adult.

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Author Online Book Tour: Don Bruns Information and Schedule

Author Book Tour

Mark your calendars! Mystery Books News is pleased to be coordinating the upcoming online book tour for award-winning author whose new mystery, Bahama Burnout, is being published this week by Oceanview Publishing. Bahama Burnout is the author's 5th mystery featuring music journalist Mick Sever.

Don will be visiting ten blog sites next week:

Bahama Burnout by Don Bruns

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In Reference to Murder: Author Interview
Jen's Book Thoughts: Book Review

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Shhh I'm Reading: Book Review
: Author Guest Post

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Allie's Musings: Author Interview
Bookish Ruth: Author Guest Post

Friday, March 13, 2009
The Printed Page: Book Review
Murder by 4: Author Guest Post

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Mystery Reader Discussion: Author Interview
Buzz About Books: Book Review

A complete schedule of Don's tour including a biography and more information about Bahama Burnout can be found at .

We're also thrilled to announce that Don is giving away a signed copy of his new book to one lucky tour visitor. Visit each tour site on the day indicated and pick up a unique PIN to be used to enter the giveaway on that day. The entry form can be found on Don's tour page.

We hope you have the opportunity to stop by each of the tour sites next week to learn more about Don, his series character Mick Sever, and the tropical settings that form the backdrop for each book in the series.

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Games of Mystery: Mae Q'West and the Sign of the Stars, New at Big Fish Games

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and mystery getaway vacations, is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery game from Big Fish Games released today. You can find out more about these games by visiting our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

Mae Q'West and the Sign of the Stars

In Mae Q'West and the Sign of the Stars only you can help Mae read the stars and help her solve the mystery of her missing husband. Mae's horoscope guides her through an epic journey after her husband is lost at sea. Do you have the sleuthing skills to uncover the truth and help her keep her family together?

Mae Q'West and the Sign of the Stars, a Big Fish Games exclusive, may be downloaded and purchased for as little as $6.99 with the Big Fish Game Club Jumbo Pack. A demonstration version (66.03 MB) may be downloaded and played for one hour for free.

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Other popular games on our page include several and games, games in the series and in particular the latest, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, Adventure Chronicles: The Search for Lost Treasure, the Carol Reed mystery Remedy, Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow, Mystery Chronicles: Murder Among Friends, and Lost Realms: Legacy of the Sun Princess.

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Mysteries on TV: Nash Bridges, New This Week on DVD

Mysteries on TV

, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling one series that has a season DVD being released this week.

Don Johnson starred as , a San Francisco police investigator and member of the elite Special Investigations Unit. The series also starred Cheech Marin as his partner, Joe Dominguez.

Many of the episodes featured the private life of Nash Bridges, twice divorced with a teenage daughter and a father with Alzheimer's. The series was filmed on location in the Bay area.

The second season is notable for reuniting Don Johnson with his co-star from , Philip Michael Thomas, who appears in the final episode of the season, Wild Card.

The Nash Bridges: Season Two DVD set of 5 discs contains the 23 episodes that originally aired on CBS from September 1996 to May 1997.

Visit the Mysteries on TV website to discover more currently available on DVD.

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Games of Mystery: The Mysterious City Cairo, New at PlayFirst Games

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and mystery getaway vacations, is pleased to announce a special price for a mystery game available from PlayFirst Games. You can find out more about these games from our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

The Mysterious City: Cairo

Join your beloved professor in Egypt and explore the beautiful and mysterious city of Cairo on a quest to find three ancient artifacts stolen on their way to the museum in Alexandria. Uncover the clues the thieves left behind, piece together what happened, and return the lost treasure!

The Mysterious City: Cairo is available to purchase for $9.95 with the PlayPass program. A trial version is available to download for a 60 minutes of play (Windows PC, 56.1 MB).

Other popular games on our page include other Mystery PI games, Mystery P.I.: The Vegas Heist and Mystery P.I.: The Lottery Ticket, James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet, and Private Eye.

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for March 02, 2009

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!).

Mystery Godoku Puzzle for March 02, 2009

This week's letters and mystery clue:


This is the title of the 8th mystery in the Artie Cohen series by (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!


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Sunday, March 01, 2009

CBS News Sunday Morning Profiles Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone (CBS)

We just finished watching tonight's telecast of Jesse Stone: Thin Ice and thought it the strongest of the series to date. We simply cannot understand why CBS took so long to air it. (It was actually filmed in 2007.)

Checking our mail afterwards we noticed that earlier today CBS published a profile of Tom Selleck, who plays Jesse Stone, on the CBS News Sunday Morning website. Though the profile spends very little time covering the actor's portrayal of the character we thought it might be of interest to our readers.

In related news, the most recent book in the Jesse Stone series, Night and Day, was also published this week. The previous four made-for-television movies in the series are available on DVD from .

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Mystery Book Review: Worth Its Weight in Old by K. D. Hays

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Worth Its Weight in Old by K. D. Hays. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Worth Its Weight in Old by K. D. Hays

A Karen Maxwell Mystery

Heartsong (Mass Market Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1-60260-131-3 (1602601313)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-131-4 (9781602601314)
Publication Date: December 2008
List Price: $4.97

Review: Newly minted private investigator Karen Maxwell gets her second case investigating vandalism at a local art gallery in Worth Its Weight in Old by K. D. Hays.

Karen Maxwell, a divorced mother of two, works in her brother’s private investigations agency. So far all she has done was make coffee, keeps ledgers, files, and the like. Finally, her brother assigns her a case with the Blue Moon Art and Antiques Gallery. Someone has been slashing paintings and damaging antique furniture. Her cover is to be hired as a salesperson to work three days a week and watch what happens in the gallery. In addition to the owners Mr. and Mrs. Photopoulos, there are only two other full-time employees: Vicki, a sales person; and Eric, the porter. If this is an inside job, and it appears to Karen to be, ascertaining the perpetrator should be a snap. But maybe it isn't an insider. The damage to the paintings and furniture wasn't so bad that it couldn't readily be repaired. Maybe a potential buyer was looking to acquire the pieces at at discount. Karen is puzzled but before she could actually identify the culprit, she's fired by the owners. And that's not all her of her problems. Her relationship with her new boyfriend Brian seems to be going nowhere and her kids are "at that age". Is she up to handling everything at once?

Worth Its Weight in Old is a fun, fast-reading mystery. That it isn't much of a mystery per se is a little disappointing, the reader being able to piece the puzzle together far more quickly than Karen, but the characters are interesting and it's a pleasure reading a novel void of foul language and physical violence. Worth Its Weight in Old is a part of the Heartsong Presents Mystery series, and is appropriate and recommended reading for mystery lovers of all ages.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Worth Its Weight in Old and to K. D Hays for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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Synopsis (from the publisher): Paintings slashed ... Furniture broken … Someone is wreaking havoc at the Blue Moon Art & Antiques Gallery.

Fledgling private investigator Karen Maxwell goes undercover as a salesclerk to find out who’s behind the vandalism, and why. She learns little from Vicki, a friendly clerk who seems interested only in rearranging pictures to display them -- and her designer clothes and sports car -- to maximum advantage. Eric, the shop’s surly, tight-lipped porter, would run over her with a hand truck before he’d answer any questions. The guilt may even lay with the shop owners themselves, despite the fact that they’re the ones who hired her.

Karen’s investigation seems to be going nowhere -- just like her once-promising relationship with Brian, the handsome blacksmith who could sweep her off her feet in a minute … if he’d ever take a break from working with the church youth group. Frustration mounts as her dreams of romantic evenings turn into endless rehearsals for the church Christmas play.

If Karen can’t crack the case soon, she may find herself busted back to plain, old office manager, her dreams of a career as a private investigator -- and a life with Brian -- as old and busted as the Blue Moon’s vandalized antiques.

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Harlequin Mira Mystery and Suspense Titles for March 2009

eHarlequin.com has announced the March 2009 titles for their Mira imprint, the brightest stars in fiction in women's fiction. From all titles available, we've only listed those that are mystery, thriller, or suspense on this page. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

Betrayals by Carla Neggers

Betrayals by Carla Neggers

Rebecca Blackburn caught a glimpse of the famed Jupiter Stones as a small child. Unaware of their significance, she forgot about them -- until she discovered the priceless, long-missing gems were the key to a deadly chain of events spanning thirty years and three continents…sparing no one.

When a seemingly innocent photograph reignites one man's simmering desire for vengeance, Rebecca turns to Jared Sloan, the love she lost to tragedy and scandal. His own life has changed forever because of the secrets buried deep by their two families.

Their relentless quest for the truth will dredge up bitter memories and shocking revelations of misplaced loyalty, dangerous pride and naked ambition … and they will stop at nothing to expose a cold-blooded killer.

The Whispering Room by Amanda Stevens

The Whispering Room by Amanda Stevens

Work is a welcome refuge for New Orleans homicide detective Evangeline Theroux. Feeling suffocated by her new baby, in whose eyes she sees only her dead husband, she throws herself into a high-profile murder case.

Reclusive writer Lena Saunders offers Evangeline a provocative theory about the crime: it is the work of a lunatic vigilante. Lena spins the sordid story of Ruth and Rebecca Lemay, whose mother brutally murdered her male children in an insane effort to root out an 'evil' gene. The girls survived and grew to adulthood -- but one is carrying on her mother's grisly work.

When the case takes a terrifyingly personal turn, Evangeline's whole life will depend on a crucial, impossible choice: the lesser of two evils.

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn

Silent on the Moor by
A Lady Julia Gray Mystery (3rd in series)

Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family -- the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes.

A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Suzann Ledbetter

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Suzann Ledbetter

Private investigator Jack McPhee has a two-word business philosophy: no partners. Rules are allegedly made to be broken, but Jack didn't expect that a contract to nab the so-called Calendar Burglar would force him to team up with a ten-pound, hyperactive Maltese.

Or that as McPhee Investigations goes to the dogs, he'd fall deeply in-like with Dina Wexler, an undertall groomer, whose definition of a P.I. comes from watching w-a-a-y too many detective shows.

Or that his absolutely genius idea to catch a thief would make him the prime -- and only -- suspect in a cold-blooded, diabolical homicide.

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Harlequin Worldwide Mystery Titles for March 2009

eHarlequin.com has announced the March 2009 titles for their Worldwide imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

Of All Sad Words by Bill Crider

Of All Sad Words by Bill Crider
A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery (15th in series)

What are the Crawford brothers cooking up in their trailer in the middle of Blacklin County? Sheriff Dan Rhodes receives a complaint that it's meth, a growing menace in the East Texas woods, and a likely culprit when the trailer explodes and one of the siblings is found dead.

To his surprise, Rhodes discovers a still with a fresh batch of moonshine, and clear evidence the explosion was no accident. And he's not buying the surviving brother's innocence act.

But the crime wave is just beginning. Radical newcomers with decidedly controversial politics fan the flames, as do trails of a drug ring and possible vigilantes enrolling as students in Rhodes's own political headache, the Citizens' Sheriff's Academy. Another body, another hooch operation and a whiny county commissioner all add up to a mystery that will test Rhodes's cool head and unfailing humor to their limits.

Flawed by Jo Bannister

Flawed by Jo Bannister
A Brodie Farrell Mystery (7th in series)

There is nothing as constant as change, a reality that seems to descend with a heavy hand when Brodie Farrell, newly single and unexpectedly pregnant, ponders the fate of her one-woman detective agency, Looking for Something.

Her loyal best friend, mathematics teacher Daniel Hood, determinedly steps up to the plate, offering to do the legwork of the agency. And Brodie, with few options, accepts. But then Daniel becomes concerned about a badly bruised twelve-year-old boy and suspects that the father, an influential London attorney, is abusing him.

This leads to a bigger problem -- and a situation oddly linked to Brodie's former flame, Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon, as well as a mysterious criminal.

Murder at Wrightsville Beach by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter

Murder at Wrightsville Beach by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
A Wilmington NC Mystery with Ashley Wilkes (4th in series)

It's a sweltering late August in North Carolina, and historic preservationist Ashley Wilkes is ready to hit the beach -- after a quick business stop at an upscale art gallery owned by friend Valentine Russo. Inside the cool, elegant storefront, she finds Val dead at her desk, a bullet in her head, and the gallery walls bare of artwork.

The murderer follows Ashley to the beach house, where assorted suspicious houseguests, a bizarre bonfire and late-night break-ins paint a picture of art thieves, bad blood and dark secrets. When the lifeless body of Ashley's prime suspect washes ashore, she realizes she has figured out enough to make a killer determined to send her packing, permanently.

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The Wall Street Journal Interviews Robert B. Parker

Night and Day by Robert B. Parker

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal published a Q&A with mystery novelist . The 8th book in the Jesse Stone series, Night and Day, was published this week and is the author's 58th book to date. [MBN note: The 5th made-for-television movie based on the Paradise (MA) police chief, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, airs tonight on CBS at 9 PM.]

Parker may be best known for his long-running Spenser mysteries, the first of which was published in 1974, with the 37th book coming out this fall (The Professional). In addition to the Jesse Stone series, he is also the author of the Sunny Randall mystery series, an original Phillip Marlowe novel, and several others. Later this spring he brings out a new novel for young adults introducing young Spenser titled Chasing the Bear. At 76, Parker seems as active as ever.

In the interview, it's interesting to note that Parker doesn't think of himself as a genre novelist. "I think of myself as a person writing novels about people involved with crime," he says. "It's all about the limits of your imagination and the limit of your skill."

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