Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MBN Welcomes Eleanor Sullo, Author of the Menopause Murders Mysteries

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Mystery Books News is thrilled to welcome Eleanor Sullo as our guest blogger. Eleanor is the author the Menopause Murders mysteries, the second of which, Harem (Wings ePress: Trade Paperback, 978-1-59705-521-5; Electronic edition, 978-1-59705-495-9) is published next month.

Today, Eleanor writes about her midlife career switch, which led to her new series of mysteries. And she's also providing our readers with an opportunity to win a copy of her new book. Visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Eleanor Sullo: Harem" contest link, enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (1633) for a chance to win! (One entry per person; contest ends August 11, 2010.)

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Eleanor Sullo
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Around the time I sat myself down in my spanking new ergonomic desk chair fifteen years ago, I knew it was time to take the plunge. For three years, after a midlife career switch, I’d held my own sending out and selling non-fiction articles, short stories and even poetry with reasonable success. Now I felt it in my bones—the desire to follow story characters through thick and thin, heat and cold, hunger and satisfaction. In short, I needed to write a novel.

What to write about?

Accomplished author friends and writing teachers all gave the same advice: write about that which you know. I’d been a happy wife and mother, now grandmother for quite a few years. That was what I knew pretty deeply. Did anybody want to hear about my parenting skills, my cooking or gardening or decorating ideas? I doubted it. But there was something else I knew plenty about, something in which for decades I’d experienced the downs and ups, the struggles and pretty blissful heights—the subject of love.

So I decided to write love stories, romance, romantic suspense. What could be more relatable or happier to read about than a man and woman who fall in love, fight for what they want, and get it—life happily ever after. Most of us aim in that direction all our lives. So I created romances with strong heroines and near-perfect heroes and let them take me on their journeys.

I could relate to my youngish heroines with their slightly feminist notions, their determination to prove themselves yet win the love of their lives. Four of those love stories got published. But after a few years I couldn’t quite relate to my star struck heroines, imagine myself racing across the English cliffs to avoid a ghost or save a loved ones life (Moonrakers), or jetting around New York city trailed by the mob while I made a career and battled with the man who loved me (Emerald Eye), or zooming around the desert on a Harley chasing old dreams as the sexiest air-conditioning servicewoman in Arizona (Too Damned Hot).

What I needed was new heroines: heroines who’d been through life and back. Heroines who, like me, were growing older, hopefully wiser, a bit more physically imperfect. But who could prove themselves nonetheless. Who, bonded with others like them, would be glad to let their unique, sometimes bizarre, characteristics shine through, as they did the near impossible—solve horrendous crimes right in their own neighborhoods and even in the far corners of the world.

From all the bright, challenging and outspoken women’s groups I’d been part of, I saw faces, feelings, strengths and surprises. These middle-aged women I knew were alive and well and full of stories. I tossed them together in my head and came up with a rough work-in-progress: Women on Fire, a group of six mature women who refused to let menopausal hot flashes, confusion and insomnia melt their resolve, their initiative, and their endless yen for romance.

As their stories came to me, I saw how these incredible women, just by being themselves, would help one another through near disasters, fall in love and renew old loves, and solve murders from their hometown to Italy, Britain and Bosnia. Each one would be featured as the heroine in one of the six-part series, which I now call Menopause Murders. The series is set in an upscale suburb of Connecticut, and features widows, divorcees and happily married middle-agers on the brink of a new, dangerous and exciting life. It’s not your mother’s Cabot Cove, but I’m guessing you’ll relate.

There’s Hannah, heroine of Hostage, Book One, who’s lost her job as a journalist because she won’t, can’t, fly since she lost a young husband in a plane crash. She’s sharp, a little brusque, afraid of her feelings, and about to fall hopelessly in love as her world, and she, change. And now in Harem, Book Two, there’s Lucia, the mothering, big-hearted, class act cook of the group who suffered a painful event at age seventeen, and needs to heal, stretch the stage of her life and renew her lifelong love—or lose it. Her story, available from the publishers in August, features the rollicking romps revealed in an old-age home where a good-looking, streaking stud has the women in a turmoil, and unexplainable death can happen in the night.

As I’ve gotten to know my Women on Fire, I’m more and more intrigued. Each has a peculiar way of saying what they want to say and doing what they want to do. If I get it wrong, they let me know. They remind me of friends, of enemies, of myself. And every so often I have to “interview” one on paper, to be sure I understand who she is and where she’s going.

Reviewers claim they’ve “fallen in love” with my Menopause Murder heroines, and readers feel obliged let me know which one is their favorite. As the series continues, I expect they’ll draw even more interest and arouse more passions. Which is fine with me, because I find myself talking with them, feeling what they feel, traveling where they’re going to go, eating and cooking with them, caring for them as though they’re the best friends I ever had. And if I’m not careful, and don’t get more time away from the computer, their lives are certainly going to be a lot more interesting than mine!

Thank goodness for the family who calls me away at times for rituals and activities I wouldn’t miss for the world, for the garden that needs me from seeds to weeds to harvest, for the colleagues who gather to compare covers and titles and editors, for the near-and-faraway trips on the horizon with my own significant other, and for the very next plot I’m thinking up for the Women on Fire or, beyond them, possibly for the next generation of bold and sassy, bright and beautiful women on my canvas. And maybe a few unbeatable men.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Romance author Eleanor Sullo is currently completing a six-book mystery series about a group of mature but feisty women who refuse to grow old gracefully. The series is called Menopause Murders, and Book Two in the series, Harem, will hit the shelves in August.

Ms. Sullo has also written a spiritual memoir, Seasons of Love: A Journey of Faith, Family and Community, the story of her extended family’s move to the country over thirty years ago and published under the pen name, Eleanor Sampeck. She has taught English at the high school and college levels, and also has served as a Pastoral Minister in parish and Diocesan positions. She began writing fulltime eighteen years ago to fulfill her childhood dreams. Family life, frequent travel, organic gardening and ethnic cooking keep her happily occupied between manuscripts. Visit her website at EleanorSullo.com.

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Harem by Eleanor Sullo
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About Harem: When her mother-in-law reports the suspicious death of her roommate at the Golden Age Home, menopausal and overheated Lucia Catamonte is skeptical. After all, Nonna is lucid only a few days a week. Lucia assumes staff negligence must be to blame, and that the nursing home residents need cheering up. With suspicions growing about a possibly wandering husband, who is suddenly encouraging her to start up the restaurant she’s always longed to run, providing recreation at Golden Age is a helpful distraction.

But a streaking senior stud with ogling admirers complicates matters. Trying to deal with him and calm down her often confused mother-in-law, Lu fears she’ll never get to open the restaurant of her dreams, and her happy marriage may be on the deadliest of rocks. Can Women on Fire help solve this one, and will the storied marriage last?

A hurried trip to Italy, a disastrous tea dance, and secrets revealed in the corridors of Golden Age will have to come first.

For a chance to win a copy of Harem, courtesy of the author, visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Eleanor Sullo: Harem" contest link, and enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (1633) in the entry form. (One entry per person; contest ends August 11, 2010.)

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, a New Game of Mystery from BFG

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Games of Mystery is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery casual game from Big Fish Games released today and available to BFG Club members. You can find out more about these games by visiting our Mystery Games: Big Fish Download Games page or by clicking on the links provided below.

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The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

On a foggy night, in a poorly lit London alleyway, the body of Sir Danvers Carew is found. A respected member of parliament found in the seedy Soho district? Something is afoot. You, playing as an inspector from Scotland Yard, are summoned to the scene. Whispers speak of a mysterious man, known only as Mr. Hyde, prowling the streets of London. Could this be his handiwork?

An intricate story of murder, forbidden love, and exploration into the human psyche, you must search hidden object scenes for the enigmatic and elusive killer. Interrogate suspects, solve riddles, and examine the evidence to reveal the truth behind the mystery.

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (61.88 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

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Read Ms. Terri's reviews of the adventure and casual mystery games featured on this site, including Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Enlightenus, and many more!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Hardcover Mysteries for August 2010

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The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books has updated its list of new hardcover mysteries with books scheduled for publication in August 2010. Please note that some titles may publish early (and may already be available) and some may be delayed, published at a later date.

Below we're listing those authors with returning series characters, new series characters, and non-series or stand-alone mysteries in separate sections. All titles are available on our August new mystery books page (which will become the default home page for the site on August 1st).

• Authors with mysteries featuring returning series characters (in parentheses) this month:

Gail Bowen (Joanne Kilbourn, 12th), Ken Bruen (Jack Taylor, 8th), C. J. Carver (Jay McCaulay, 3rd), James Church (Inspector O, 4th), Judy Clemens (Casey Maldonado, 2nd), Cleo Coyle (Coffeehouse, 9th), Bill Crider (Dan Rhodes, 17th), Lindsey Davis (Marcus Didius Falco, 20th), Richard Doetsch (Michael St. Pierre, 3rd), Carole Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louie, 26th), Alex Dryden (Finn, 2nd), Gerald Elias (Daniel Jacobus, 2nd), Chris Ewan (Good Thief's Guide, 3rd), Dolores Gordon-Smith (Jack Haldean, 4th), Veronica Heley (Ellie Quicke, 11th), Matt Hilton (Joe Hunter, 2nd), Mat Johnson and Simone Gane (Graphic Novel), Norma Tadlock Johnson (Cedar Harbor, 3rd), Faye Kellerman (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, 19th), Tracy Kiely (Elizabeth Parker, 2nd), Ann Littlewood (Iris Oakley, 2nd), Richard A. Lupoff (Lindsey and Plum, 10th), Dorothy P. O'Neill (Liz Rooney, 6th), Sara Paretsky (V. I. Warshawski, 15th), Ridley Pearson (Walt Fleming, 4th), Randall Peffer (Michael DeCastro, Cape Islands, 4th), Cynthia Riggs (Victoria Trumbull, Martha's Vineyard, 9th), David Rosenfelt (Andy Carpenter, 8th), Michael W. Sherer (Emerson Ward, 6th), Martin Cruz Smith (Arkady Renko, 7th), Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo (Ella Clah, 16th), Betty Webb (Theodora "Teddy" Bentley, 2nd), Stephen White (Alan Gregory, 18th).

• Authors with mysteries introducing new series characters (in parentheses) this month:

James Patrick Hunt (Daniel Bridger), Adimchinma Ibe (Tamunoemi Peterside), Tim Kring and Dale Peck (Gate of Orpheus Trilogy), Dennis Palumbo (Daniel Rinaldi), Barbara Ross (Ruth Murphy), Michael Van Rooy (Monty Havikko).

• Authors with non-series or stand-alone mysteries this month:

Rosecrans Baldwin, Nicola Beaumont, Charles Brokaw, Sandra Brown, Thomas H. Cook, F. G. Cottam, Nigel Farndale, Zoë Ferraris, Dick Francis and Felix Francis, Brian Freemantle, Juan Gómez-Jurado, Kevin Guilfoile, Brian Haig, Yunte Huang, Lynn Kostoff, Justin Peacock, Sharon Pomerantz, Peter Quinn, Gary Ruffin, Steven Saylor, David J. Schow, Noam Shpancer, Lisa Unger, Lee Vance, Curt Weeden and Richard Marek.

For more information on any of these titles, please visit the August new mysteries page on our website. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with August 2010 releases.

Please visit the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books where we are committed to providing readers and collectors of mystery books with the best and most current information about their favorite authors, titles, and series.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Book Review)

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy. Knopf Hardcover, May 2010.

One of the most intriguing and unique trilogies comes to an end with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. He has created a masterpiece.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.

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MBN Welcomes Marni Graff, Author of the Nora Tierney Mysteries

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Mystery Books News is delighted to welcome Marni Graff as our guest blogger. Marni is the author of The Blue Virgin (Bridle Path Press, Trade Paperback 2010), the first in a series featuring writer Nora Tierney.

Today, Marni writes about murder in Oxford, the setting for her book. And she's also providing our readers with an opportunity to win a copy of her book. Visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Marni Graff: The Blue Virgin" contest link, enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (2898) for a chance to win! (One entry per person; contest ends 08/10/2010.)

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“Very nice place, Oxford, I should think, for people who like that sort of place.”
-- George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Oxford. The name invokes classic images: ancient golden stone buildings such as the Bodleian Library, which alter dramatically in color according to the light, sitting nestled near bookstores, pubs and cathedral spires; the site of the discovery of penicillin and the founding of auto manufacturer Morris Garages; the home in various centuries of Donne, Shelley, Browning, Wilde, Auden, Tolkien and Lewis Carroll.

The town center features a tall clock tower and a bustling covered market, the latter a delightful maze of crooked cobble-stoned alleys sprinkled liberally with tiny upscale shops, redolent with the jumbled smells of fresh fruits, meats, flowers and baked goods. Its sidewalks overflow with students, tourists and locals, all avoiding the constant stream of busses and cars in the narrow roadways. This is Oxford: a honeyed city less than half a square mile, whose forty-odd colleges swarm with scholars and tourists, and which has captured the imagination of more than one mystery writer with its glimmering spirit, becoming less of a backdrop and more of a character in its own right.

As a seat of academia, the town is a natural draw for writers, including non-crime authors who have called Oxford home, amongst them Kingsley and Martin Amis, William Golding, Graham Greene, John Fowles and Iris Murdoch. But Oxford also provides fertile ground for mystery writers, as evidenced by the continuing stream of writers who set their murders in the hallowed halls and lanes of the town. Why the attraction? After my own visit studying literature at Exeter College, it became apparent to me while walking the twisted lanes and back streets, that the big city atmosphere inside what is really a small town, mixed with the ever-present struggle between “town and gown,” present any mystery writer with the perfect setting for murder and mayhem.

The first graduate credited with using Oxford as a backdrop for murder was J. C. Masterman, author of 1933’s An Oxford Tragedy, who eventually became Provost of Worcester College and received a knighthood in 1959. Other authors inspired to follow his example were graduate Dorothy L. Sayers (Somerville, 1920), who had Harriet Vane unravel a murder in Gaudy Night, Edmund Crispin, Michael Innes, Gwendolyn Butler, and Jeffrey Archer.

A visit to Blackwell’s Bookstore, just across from the Sheldonian Theatre, reveals an entire set of bookshelves devoted to local authors they wish to bring to your attention. Proudly displayed are the enduring mysteries of Colin Dexter, creator of Wagner-loving, hard-drinking Inspector Morse. Actually a Cambridge grad, Dexter lives near Oxford Canal, and a favorite past-time of tourists is spotting him in a local pub. Dexter never revealed Morse’s first name until he killed his detective off in 1999’s The Remorseful Day, setting off rounds of disappointment from mystery fans around the world.

Blackwell’s shelves reveal a wealth of other writers who have deemed Oxford just the place for murder and crime. Historical novels are there from Welsh writer Jane Jakeman (Fool’s Gold) and medieval master Ian Morson (the Falconer series). Perhaps the most ambitious entry is the hefty, intricately-plotted baroque mystery An Instance of the Fingerpost from author Iain Pears, also the creator the Jonathan Argyll mystery series.

Michael Dibdin titled his black comedy Dirty Tricks, and journalist Maureen O’Connor, writing under the pen name Patricia Hall, based Skeleton at the Feast there, featuring Oxford grad DCI Michael Thackery and journalist Laura Ackroyd. Joan Smith writes an Oxford literary thriller series featuring Loretta Lawson, lecturer, writer and sleuth, and Susan Moody brings consummate bridge player Cassie Swain to Oxford in Dummy Hand.

Canadian Marianne Macdonald stayed in England after doing graduate work at Oxford. She created single mum Dido Hoare, who owns an antiquarian bookshop. Smoke Screen takes Dido to the Oxford Autumn Book Fair. Tony Strong’s novel The Poison Tree introduces Terry Williams, who returns to Oxford to complete her doctorate in detective fiction, and finds the detecting too close to home; while Dublin-born Gemma O’Connor, now living in Oxford, explores the disappearance of two men from Oxford in Time to Remember.

Lady Antonia Fraser is one of the few titled women who write mystery fiction. Hers feature television reporter Jemima Shore, who drolly solves yet another murder in Oxford Blood. The stylish and creepy novel Acts of Revision won Martyn Bedford the Yorkshire Post’s Best First Novel Award, and he went on to set his erotic thriller Houdini Girl in Oxford.

Author Peter Millar avoided the university and used Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and the threat of the plague in his sinister novel Bleak Midwinter. Prolific author Margaret Yorke set her 2000 novel The Price of Guilt amongst the gentle hills and river valleys of Oxfordshire countryside.

The author occupying the most shelf space at Blackwell’s is Veronica Stallwood, who lives near Oxford and has worked in several of the college’s libraries. Her series featuring historical novelist Kate Ivory have become bestsellers. The books all have “Oxford” in the title, from the opener Death and the Oxford Box to Oxford Menace.

Of course this is not a complete list of crime novels set in Oxford, but it should be enough to convince you that the charms of the city were made for crime. Lying at the meeting of the Thames and Cherwell rivers, centrally located just a train ride northwest of London, Oxford is a hub for main roads and railway lines leading to all parts of the UK. Notorious for its snarling traffic jams, which accounts for the multitude of bicyclers, the town remains fondly associated with gargoyles and river punting, with the Oxford University Press and the Randolph Hotel, while still managing to provide more than fertile ground for murder and detection.

M. K. Graff’s first Nora Tierney mystery, The Blue Virgin, is set in Oxford.

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The Blue Virgin by Marni Graff
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About The Blue Virgin: The mysterious death of Bryn Wallace draws American author Nora Tierney to Oxford to clear her close friend Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn's murder. Or has she?

Nora quickly becomes embroiled in the murder investigation, much, to the dismay of Detective Inspector Declan Barnes and the illustrator of Nora's children's book, Simon Ramsey. Simon's efforts to save Nora from herself become increasingly frantic as Nora is forced to use her wits and wiles to prove Val's innocence.

For a chance to win a copy of The Blue Virgin, courtesy of the author, visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Marni Graff: The Blue Virgin" contest link, and enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (2898) in the entry form. (One entry per person; contest ends 08/10/2010.)

Jessica: Mysterious Journey, a New Mystery Game from BFG

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Games of Mystery is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery casual game from Big Fish Games released today and available to BFG Club members. You can find out more about these games by visiting our Mystery Games: Big Fish Download Games page or by clicking on the links provided below.

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Jessica: Mysterious Journey
Jessica: Mysterious Journey

While on vacation, Jessica chats with a young man named Tony. When both arrive at the airport, Tony sees something and runs, leaving behind a piece of a treasure map. Intrigued by an old legend and hidden treasure, Jessica fearlessly sets out for adventure. She needs to uncover additional pieces of the map, find rare items, and decrypt a secret code -- all in an effort to discover an ancient treasure, lost until now and tucked away in a mysterious location.

Jessica: Mysterious Journey may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (59.99 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

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Get any standard game for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. Other benefits include the $2.99 Daily Deal, Tomorrow's Game Today, and special member rewards. And if you purchase any 6 games within a single month, you earn a free game with the Big Fish Game Club Monthly Punch Card! (Collector's Editions earn 3 punches each, half-way towards your free game!)

Read Ms. Terri's reviews of the adventure and casual mystery games featured on this site, including Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Enlightenus, and many more!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Daniel Craig to Star in Film Adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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The Hollywood Reporter Risky Business blog is reporting that Daniel Craig has signed on to star as Mikael Blomkvist in the English language film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Should the other two books in the trilogy be filmed, he will star in those as well. (All three books have previously been adapted and filmed in Swedish.)

No mention was made of who will assume the role of Lisbeth Salander. Just last week Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal said, "Every actress in the world wants it."

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is expected to hit theaters late next year.

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Janet Evanovich Signs Four Book Deal with Random House

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
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Two weeks ago we reported that bestselling mystery author Janet Evanovich was likely to leave her long time publisher St. Martin's Press (an imprint of Macmillan). Today, the AP is reporting that she has done just that, signing a four-book deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell (an imprint of Random House). Two of the titles will feature her series character Stephanie Plum, a New Jersey bounty hunter. There are currently 16 mysteries in the "numbered" series, which began with One for the Money in 1994, and 4 "between-the-numbers" books.

Evanovich is also the author of the Metro Girl mystery series, the most recent book coming out as a graphic novel. We received our review copy today and are most definitely looking forward to reading it; watch for a review here within the next few days.

Law & Order Creator Dick Wolf to Write Two Thrillers for HarperCollins

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GalleyCat is reporting that television producer Dick Wolf has signed a two book deal with HarperCollins. Wolf, who created the long-running Law & Order franchise, will set his first novel, a thriller described as a cross between Three Days of the Condor and The Day of the Jackal, in New York City.

No publication date was announced.

The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery (Book Review)

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The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery. A Milo & Jazz Mystery. The Kane Press Trade Paperback, August 2010.

Best friends Milo and Jazz investigate a series of mysterious incidents at the local summer fair in The Case of the July 4th Jinx, the fifth mystery in this early reader chapter series by Lewis B. Montgomery.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery.

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Broken by Karin Slaughter (Book Review)

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Broken by Karin Slaughter. A Grant County Mystery. Delacorte Press Hardcover, July 2010.

Karin Slaughter merges characters from her two series when Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent is assigned to investigate a suspicious suicide in rural Grant County in Broken, the superior eighth novel of suspense in the Grant County series (and third to feature Will Trent).

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Broken by Karin Slaughter.

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Steve the Sheriff is BFG's Catch of the Week!

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From Monday, July 26th, through Sunday, August 1st, the Big Fish Games Catch of the Week is the undersea mystery Steve the Sheriff. Use the coupon code CATCH299 at checkout to purchase the game for $2.99.

In Steve the Sheriff, a thief is afoot in Neptuneville! Your objective is to help Steve recover missing treasures. Search the town and speak with citizens to uncover the location of Neptuneville's stolen artifacts. Scour a multitude of levels for the pilfered prizes and sharpen your sleuthing skills with exciting mini-games. Can you decipher the clues and solve the mystery of the vanishing statue, key, and streetlight?

Find more (regularly priced) mystery games to download on our BFG Adventure Games and BFG Hidden Object Games pages.

Steve the Sheriff (BFG's Catch of the Week)

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The Past Is a Foreign Country by Gianrico Carofiglio (Book Review)

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The Past Is a Foreign Country by Gianrico Carofiglio. Non-series. Minotaur Books Hardcover, July 2010.

Two young men become partners in a life of crime in The Past Is a Foreign Country, a stand-alone novel of suspense by Gianrico Carofiglio set, in the coastal town of Bari in southern Italy.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Past Is a Foreign Country by Gianrico Carofiglio.

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Nine Television Mystery Series DVDs being Released This Week

Telemystery, the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD

Telemystery, your source for one of the most comprehensive selections of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available or coming soon to DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling several ... many! ... series being released this week.

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Information on 21 Jump Street: The Complete Series

Police officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) leads his band of agents in the special Jump Street division by going undercover to infiltrate local schools to put a stop to crime and keep students safe from corrupt influences in the landmark Fox television series .

The 21 Jump Street team is a mixed group including the wise cracking Officer HT Ioki (Dustin Nguyen), the brilliant Officer Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), the streetwise Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and, in latter episodes, the renegade Officer Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco).

The 21 Jump Street: The Complete Series DVD set of 18 discs contains the 103 episodes from the series that aired for five seasons on Fox from April 1986 through April 1991.

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Information on The Agatha Christie Hour: Set One

featured made-for-television adaptations of the mystery author's lesser known characters, who solve crimes of the heart as well as puzzling cases of larceny and murder.

With just the right mix of danger and deception, romance and revenge, innocence and intrigue, these classic adaptations are Christie at her best, now on DVD for the first time.

The The Agatha Christie Hour: Set One DVD set of 2 discs includes the first five episodes of the ten that aired on BCC during the Fall of 1982.

Mr. E. Review Available Read Mr. E.'s review of The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 1 on MrEReviews.com.

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Information on Armchair Thriller: High Tide

ITV aired a series of from 1978 through 1981. One of these episodes was High Tide, featuring Ian McShane as Peter Curtis, a man just been released from prison after serving four years for manslaughter. His victim's mysterious last words were "High Tide's at 9.52" -- and now Peter wants to find out why. Heading south in search of answers, he books into a hotel and discovers the only other resident knows all about him. Then he picks up a hitch-hiker, Celia, who may be far from innocent. Other people, it seems, are interested in those enigmatic last words and are prepared to kill to solve the mystery before Peter. As Peter conducts his search in the tidal estuaries of West England, he finds that there are far greater dangers than treacherous currents to contend with.

The Armchair Thriller: High Tide DVD set of 1 disc contains the 4-part episode that originally aired in March 1980.

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Information on Hunter: The Complete Series

Take a hardnosed, strong-willed, undercover cop outraged by crime and the loopholes in the United States justice system and team him up with a sexy, no-nonsense policewoman whose unorthodox tactics sometimes rival his own, and you get .

Former NFL player Fred Dryer stars as Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as his partner, Sergeant Dee Dee McCall, homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Hunter: The Complete Series DVD set of 28 discs contain all 152 episodes of the series that aired over seven seasons on NBC from September 1984 through April 1991. Individual season DVDs are only available for the first three seasons.

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Information on Jesse Stone: No Remorse

Tom Selleck stars as , the police chief of the small coastal town of Paradise, Massachusetts. No Remorse is the sixth made-for-television movies based on characters created by Robert B. Parker. It is not adapted from any of the Parker novels, but is an original screenplay co-written by Selleck.

In No Remorse, Jesse Stone has been suspended by the town's board of directors and gets involved in a mysterious series of murders in Boston. Before long, he’s following a crooked path that leads to none other than the city’s most notorious crime boss.

The Jesse Stone: No Remorse DVD set of one disc contains the film that originally aired on CBS during May 2010.

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Information on Poirot: The Movie Collection 5

Two DVD sets of are being released this week.

The Poirot: The Movie Collection 5 DVD set includes three full-length made-for-television film adaptations of the Agatha Christie novels Murder on the Orient Express, Third Girl, and Appointment with Death. Each stars David Suchet as the famous private detective Hercule Poirot.

The Poirot: The Classic Collection 4 DVD set includes 9 hour-long episodes based on the mystery author's short stories. These episodes originally aired as part of the first season of Poirot on ITV back in 1989, and star Suchet as Poirot, Hugh Fraser as Arthur Hastings, and Pauline Moran as Miss Felicity Lemon.

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Information on The Sweeney: Series One

Two season DVDs of are also being released this week.

John Thaw stars as Jack Regan in an early British police drama that aired for four seasons from 1975 through 1978. The series is based on an elite team of Metropolitan Polices officers specializing in violent crime called the Flying Squad; the name comes from Cockney rhyming slang (Sweeney Todd and Flying Squad).

The Sweeney: Series One DVD set of 5 discs contain the 13 episodes from the first season plus the pilot that originally aired in 1974; The Sweeney: Series Two DVD set of 4 discs contain the 13 episodes from the second season.

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Visit the Telemystery website to discover more television mystery series currently available on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Mystery Godoku Puzzle for July 26, 2010

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 July 26, 2010

This week's letters and mystery clue:

A B D L M O S T Y

This medieval history professor is featured in a mystery series by Maria Hudgins (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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