Wednesday, May 06, 2009

USA Today has an Early Look at Sherlock Holmes

USA Today has published an early look at the upcoming film Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famous consulting detective and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson.

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Reporter Susan Wloszczyna talked to director Guy Ritchie about the film. When asked if he considered that he might be asking for trouble my messing with a literary icon, he replied, "I didn't really think of the downside as much as I thought about the upside. I was a Holmes fan when I was a child. They are the first stories I remember. I also liked the approach the studio was coming at. To me, it was the perfect segue from small independent films to something more ambitious and quintessentially English. So I've got my cake and I can eat it."

She notes that many of the Holmesian conventions remain, such as Sherlock's keen eye for case-cracking details and a playful fondness for disguises. Tradition is also upheld. There is a mystery afoot, naturally, as an industrialist who holds sway over a cult of dark-arts practitioners and claims to possess supernatural powers is linked to a series of murders.

Of possibly more interest to potential theater-goers, the article also includes a slideshow of images from the film.

A companion article by the same reporter provides an overview of Downey as a shabbier Holmes.

The first trailer for Sherlock Holmes is expected to be available May 21, 2009. The film itself opens Christmas Day, 2009.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

First Clues Review: Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

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.

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240738-0 (0142407380)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240738-7 (9780142407387)
Publication Date: April 2007
List Price: $7.99

Review written by Alex, Age 14, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Espionage, murder, and terrorism all intertwine as Alex Rider returns in the 6th installment of the "Alex Rider" series. In Ark Angel, written by the compelling author Anthony Horowitz, Rider once again has to outsmart and outlive his enemy, Force Three, as they terrorize the world.

While Alex is recuperating from the sniper's bullet at St. Dominics Hospital in London, four gigantic armed men come with only one mission, to kidnap the boy in the room next to his. The boy's name is Paul Drevin. The four men were coming for Paul and they needed him badly. Alex's attempt at saving Paul put him into the middle of an action packed thriller involving a war between Force Three - an insane group of environmentalists who will do anything, even murder just to save the environment, and Nikolai Drevin - one of the richest men on the planet and the creator of the project Ark Angel, the very first hotel in space. Will Alex Rider be able to save Ark Angel and stop Force Three from destroying Drevin's greatest accomplishment ever? Nothing is what it seems.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I feel that this book truly shouldn't be considered a mystery. There wasn't a mystery style in the writing, but instead it was much more like an action or thriller genre. Anybody who is picking up this book expecting a traditional mystery will be disappointed. I personally enjoy these types of books, however, and if I hadn't been reading it with the preconceived notion that it should have been a mystery it would have gone up as one of the best books I've ever read. There really isn't a major question that Rider had to find out. Most of the puzzling questions Rider has are usually answered in the upcoming chapters and are not questions like you see in "whodunits" which can span throughout the entire book. On the other hand, any Alex Rider fans or people who just love action packed page turners will love this book. It is jam packed with action and adventure that comes to life in the author's descriptions. Readers will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in the masterpiece that time will slip away. Like other Alex Rider books, you never wanting to put it down.

As I've said this book is mainly for action lovers and from an action view point it would be a five star book. But from a mystery stand point, it would be two stars because of the lack of mystery content. The total rating that this book gets is a four star rating, not because the book's quality is that of four stars, but because it really wasn't a true hardcore mystery such as Sherlock Holmes. I would recommend this book to any person who just adores action and adventure over mystery.

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Save up to $10 on Books, Music, and Movies at Alibris.com

Mystery Savings: Discounted Products and Services on Books, Movies, and more!

Mystery Savings periodically provides our readers with current promotions that offer discounts or other incentives for purchasing mystery-themed products and services products through our partner websites. Below is a special offer recently received by us that we're pleased to pass on at this time.

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Games of Mystery: Laura Jones and the Gates of Good and Evil, 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 new 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.

Laura Jones and the Gates of Good and Evil

Help Laura Jones discover the mysteries surrounding an ancient talisman in this challenging adventure game. Laura must get through the gates of good and evil, balance the sacred powers and restore world harmony. Solve thought-provoking puzzles, search for clues, play lots of mini-games, and save the world from total destruction!

Laura Jones and the Gates of Good and Evil 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, 47.0 MB).

Other popular games on our page include the Mystery PI series of casual 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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Monday, May 04, 2009

Nominees Announced for 2009 Macavity Awards

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

Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2009 . Each year the members of MRI vote for their favorite mysteries in several categories, three of which are listed below.

For Best Mystery Novel the nominees are:

Trigger City by (William Morrow)
Where Memories Lie by (William Morrow)
The Price of Blood by (William Morrow)
The Draining Lake by (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Curse of the Spellmans by (Simon & Schuster)
The Cruelest Month by (St. Martin's Minotaur)
The Fault Tree by (St. Martin's Minotaur)

For Best First Mystery Novel the nominees are:

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by (Knopf)
Death of a Cozy Writer by (Midnight Ink)
Calumet City by (Simon & Schuster)
An Innocent Client by (Onyx)
A Carrion Death by (Harper)
The Blood Detective by (St. Martin's Minotaur)

For the Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery the nominees are:

A Royal Pain by (Berkley Prime Crime)
Stealing Trinity by (Oceanview)
The Whiskey Rebels by (Random House)
Compary of Liars by Karen Maitland (Delacorte)
Nox Dormienda by (Five Star)
Veil of Lies by (St. Martin's Minotaur)

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The winners will be announced during Bouchercon in October.

Congratulations from everyone at MBN to the nominees!

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Mystery Book Review: The Golden Treasure by L. S. Cauldwell

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of The Golden Treasure by L. S. Cauldwell. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

The Golden Treasure by L. S. Cauldwell

by

Star Publish (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1-932993-98-3 (1932993983)
ISBN-13: 978-1-932993-98-1 (9781932993981)
Publication Date: October 2008
List Price: $15.95

Review: A new sleuth has come to town! Written by the creative author L. S. Cauldwell, The Golden Treasure is sure to open the eyes of young teenagers to aspire to be great. Cauldwell closes the gap between real and imaginary in this masterpiece all teens should enjoy!

Anna-Mae, an average African American girl living in Georgia, is walking to school one stormy day with her brother Malcolm and their best friend Raul. While walking to school a black fist appears out of nowhere and drops down small sheets of paper, each with words written on them. Then Pitt Bull, the school bully comes and makes fun of Anna-Mae. The black fist begins to defend her and blocks Pitt Bull from moving anywhere. Once they get into school weird things start to happen at school as more and more clues are place in front of her. Nothing seems to make sense.

This book was probably one of the most descriptive books I have ever read! Every single word helped to paint the picture the book was painting, it was spectacular! I felt that I was solving the case with Anna-Mae. It had a very deep mystery that kept you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what would happen next. Also the parts with the supernatural forces interested me a lot. Cauldwell really hit a home run with this book.

This book easily gets a five, since its mystery content is so deep and the creativity is one of the best I've ever read. I can't wait for Cauldwell's next book!

Special thanks to Alex Nauert for contributing his review of The Golden Treasure and to L. S. Cauldwell for providing a copy of the book for this review.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Alex Nauert — All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with Permission

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Synopsis (from the publisher): Twelve-year-old Anna Mae Botts, her eight-year-old brother Malcolm, and Anna Mae's best friend Raul Garcia, face a ghostly black fist on their first day of school. It blocks their entrance into school, while dropping paper clues about Jefferson Davis' lost Civil War gold. Things get more complicated when a school fire occurs.

Mysterious events soon overtake Raul, Malcolm, and Anna Mae at school as well as at home. Rats, alphabet noodle clues, floating chalk, and phantom false-bottom wagons lead the tweens to travel the same route by car that was taken by Jefferson Davis and his gold-laden wagon train.

With divining rods given to her by her granma, computer printouts, and Spirit Journey memories that take her back to a Civil War past, Anna Mae, Raul, and Malcolm find Jefferson Davis' lost gold treasure, part of it buried on Chennault Plantation and more of it in a vacant lot on the outskirts of Warthen, Georgia.

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First Clues Review: Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

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Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240613-9 (0142406139)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240613-7 (9780142406137)
Publication Date: February 2006
List Price: $7.99

Review written by Shivam, Age 13, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: The missiles had been launched from Air Force One. Millions of people would be dead in just a couple of minutes. There was no hope. Where can one find exhilarating action at a breakneck pace? Eagle Strike has this and much, much more. Eagle Strike is a fictional book and is the fourth title in the "Alex Rider" series. This book was written by Anthony Horowitz, the English author of the other books in the series as well. In the Alex Rider series, the British intelligence agency, MI6 and Alex Rider cross paths through the Alex’s uncle. They then have him work for the agency, which includes saving many lives in the process. Alex Rider doesn’t enjoy these adventures, but always seems to be caught up in MI6’s work.

In this book, Alex is on vacation. He sees a person who he remembers as a terrorist and gets caught up in another plot which just so happens to include MI6. Alex starts to gather clues from everything that has happened, but the evidence points to a person that would involve himself in a plot of terrorism. As the story unravels, Alex must survive many life-threatening adventures. He unravels a plot to kill many people, but it’s for the best possible reason. In the end, he ends up in a conflict: how can you reason with a madman?

My personal opinion on Eagle Strike is that it is a must-read for suspense fans. The book leaves the reader feeling all of Alex’s emotions, from fear to vengeance. I think Anthony Horowitz really had some great character creation, for you relate to many of the characters. The plot, in my opinion, was very well thought out. Nowhere in the story did I have to sit back and wonder what was going on. In the end, I was almost sad that the complex adventure of Alex Rider had come to an end. To anyone craving a good mystery or action novel, I would recommend this book for some great enjoyment.

This book has been rated high. “Through the Looking Glass” reviews gave Eagle Strike high praise. Eagle Strike has been number 1 on the “US Bookboard of Children’s Fiction” top-100 list. On top of these, it has been a New York Times bestseller.

Eagle Strike is a very well thought out and interesting book. With a twisting plot, and danger in every chapter, this book leaves the reader of the edge of their seat. Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 5, because of the great suspense and thrills. With an extravagant storyline, Eagle Strike will not be forgotten soon.

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Mysteries on TV: Dexter and Jake and the Fatman, 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 two series that have season DVDs being released this week.

The second season of was actually released on DVD last summer. This week brings the Blu-ray release. Based on the characters created in the series of Dexter mysteries by , Dexter stars Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code -- he only kills murderers who can't otherwise be brought to justice. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind -- the homicide department.

In this second season, Dexter begins to doubt his murderous capabilities and continues to be haunted by his past. His difficulties multiply when evidence of his deadly after-hours activities begin to surface and the FBI is brought in to investigate the city's new serial killer dubbed the "Bay Harbor Butcher." The Dexter: Season Two (Blu-ray) DVD set of 3 discs contains all 12 episodes that aired during the fall of 2007 on Showtime. Extras include the the first two episodes of the series United States of Tara.

(MBN note: Purchase both Dexter: Season One (Blu-ray) and Dexter: Season Two (Blu-ray) from Amazon.com and save $15. No coupon code required; your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. This offer ends May 05, 2009.)

Joe Penny starred as private investigator Jake Styles and William Conrad as Los Angeles district attorney J. L. "Fatman" McCabe in , a crime drama series that aired on CBS from 1987 through 1992. McCabe first appeared as a character in an episode of during its first season.

Originally cancelled after its first season, the second season (actually a shortened spring airing due, in part, to a writer's strike) had the series moving to Hawaii, McCabe's home state. had completed its eight season run and CBS wanted another show with the same setting. (That they were still leasing the studio facilities in Honolulu undoubtedly influenced their decision as well.)

The Jake and the Fatman: Season Two DVD set of 3 discs contains all 10 episodes (including the 2-part opening episode) that aired from March through May, 1989.

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

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for May 04, 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 May 04, 2009

This week's letters and mystery clue

A E G I J K M N S

This conspiracy is mentioned in the title of a 2009 thriller by (with “The”, 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.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Games of Mystery: Nancy Drew Dossier Lights, Camera, Curses!, New for Windows PC

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and getaway vacations including murder mystery weekends, is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery game for Windows PC computers. More mystery games for this platform are available on our recently updated webpage.

Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!

Her Interactive introduces a new series of Nancy Drew games that are fast fun for busy detectives! Armed with a magnifying glass that sparkles when you're close to clues, you'll love Nancy Drew Dossier, a new twist on Nancy Drew games.

In the first game of the series, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!, a beleaguered movie studio is attempting to remake a classic film that cost its leading lady her life. Go undercover on the set to get to the bottom of suspicious press leaks and uncanny accidents that have put the production schedule in jeopardy. Is someone trying to sabotage the movie or is it the curse of the fallen starlet?

Currently scheduled for release on May 5th, 2009, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses! is being shipped on PC CD-ROM and is rated E for Everyone. For those who can't wait, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses! (download version) is also available.

Read our in which we called the game "delightfully agreeable," adding it "can be enjoyed by all ages and will provide hours of entertainment."

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First Clues Review: Silverfin by Charlie Higson

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Silverfin by Charlie Higson

Silverfin by Charlie Higson
The Young Bond Series

Miramax (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-7868-3866-3 (0786838663)
ISBN-13: 978-0-7868-3866-0 (9780786838660)
Publication Date: March 2006
List Price: $6.99

Review written by Jennifer, Age 14, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Superman -- the planet Krypton. Young Sherlock Holmes -- an English schoolboy. James Bond -- it’s our turn to find out about him. We can see how he grew up in the new, thrilling novel series by Charlie Higson. The first in the “Young Bond” series is Silverfin, a novel beautifully introducing the character James Bond, the action hero from the movies. He is the hero of the story, even at the age of 13. Taking place in 1933, the book has historical notations too. All 335 pages are great!

The novel is divided into three parts, and a prologue opens up the story. “The face, not human, but that of an eel rose above the water and …” It tells of a boy fishing in a lake, and being attacked by eels.

The first part tells of James’ experiences at Eton, the school he is transferred to after the death of his parents. Eton is an all boys’ school in London. He meets some new friends, such as an Indian boy named Pritpal. After making a few friends, he meets an old colleague of his father, the father of a bully, George Hellebore, two years older than James. This American bully’s father, Randolph is a major source of funds to the school, and a suspicious character. In a race designed by the father, James takes on the bully with shocking results.

The next part tells the readers about James’ return to his aunt and uncle’s house in Scotland. On the way, he meets a red-headed boy named Kelly who plays a huge role later in the novel. Kelly’s cousin has disappeared, and he suspects foul play. They become friends, realizing they are traveling to almost the same place. George, the bully is also on their train and stirs up trouble here too! Randolph owns a large castle near James’ family home. The arrival and stories from the house are enjoyable, characterized by an Aston Martin, fishing, and great foreign food.

The third part, the action scenes really characterize the book as that of James Bond. Our hero with his new side-kick Kelly decides to break into the castle, in which they deduce Kelly’s cousin must be hidden. They choose to break in, and the action scenes really intensify. Eels, a body enhancing formula and the death of a few characters really impart a sense of thrill to the novel.

Reading the book was a truly intense feeling. The action was tight, and I loved the comparison to the James Bond movies we have come to love. It was a very intriguing book to read, and I could not put it down, reading the entire 335 pages in one night. However, I caution the faint hearted, or those who faint at a drop of blood, for the descriptions in the book can get a bit brutal. I also had a difficulty believing a few parts. An unbelievable escape scene made my feeling for the novel fade a bit, but I quickly found the next few scenes great.

Nominated for a 2005 Edgar Allen Poe award, the book has received some of the honor I think it deserves. I, however think it deserves more recognition, as I found it intriguing, interesting and an all-over great book, and I would recommend it to almost anyone.

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Winners of the 2008 Reviewers' Choice Awards Announced

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

The 2008 were given out a week or so ago by Romantic Times Book Reviews and the results have now been posted on their website. There are many categories, but we've only listed here the winners for Best Mystery and Suspense Novels:

• Amateur Sleuth: Too Pretty to Die by (Avon, February 2008)

• Contemporary Mystery: Sleep Softly by Gwen Hunter (Mira, February 2008)

• First Mystery: Stalking Susan by (Doubleday, July 2008)

• Historical Mystery: Where Serpents Sleep by (Obsidian, November 2008)

• PI / Procedural Novel: The Dirty Secrets Club by (Dutton, June 2008)

• Suspense / Thriller: Dark Summer by (St. Martin's Minotaur, October 2008)

Congratulations from MBN to the winners!

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Games of Mystery: Undiscovered World: The Incan Sun, 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 new 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.

Undiscovered World: The Incan Sun

Stranded on an unchartered island, you become a part of a mystery that has been haunting one family for decades. A choice confronts you: find your way off the island, or join in the obsession to prove the legend of the Incan Sun. In this spectacular hidden object game, journey far into the jungles and piece together artifacts that will lead you deeper into an ancient mystery.

Undiscovered World: The Incan Sun 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, 54.2 MB).

Other popular games on our page include the Mystery PI series of casual 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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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Winners of the 2008 Agatha Awards Announced

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

The 2008 were awarded tonight during the Malice Domestic convention in Arlington VA. Thanks to Carl Brookins who attended the awards and posted the results (a partial list of which follows):

Best Novel: The Cruelest Month by (St. Martin's Minotaur);

Best First Novel: by (Midnight Ink);

Best Children's/Young Adult: The Crossroads by (Random House Children's Books).

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Congratulations from MBN to the winners!

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Third Annual International Mystery Writers' Festival Announced for August

Playbill reported yesterday that the International Mystery Writers' Festival will, indeed, be held this year in Owensboro (KY). At the conclusion of last year's festival, it was announced that the next one would be held in 2010. Now the organizers are saying the third annual festival will run August 11th through 16th this year at the RiverPark Center.

Center stage (if you will) will be four Agatha Christie classic mysteries in a radio-theater format. The works are Three Blind Mice, Yellow Iris, Butter in a Lordly Dish, and Personal Call.

This year's recipient of the First Lady of Mystery Award will be . Grafton was most recently the co-Grand Master at this year's .

For more information, visit the festival website at NewMysteries.org.

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