Saturday, August 28, 2010

Reviews of Mystery and Suspense Books for Kids, New This Week on Book Trends (100828)

Book Trends: Reviews of Young Adult and Children Books

Book Trends, a review site for young adult and children books, published several new book reviews this past week. We're presenting here a summary of those in the mystery / suspense category.

Roll Up the Streets by John Badek. A stand-alone novel recommended for readers aged 10 to 12. Lexile measure: N/A. Reviewed by a 7th grade student, who writes, "This is one of the books I thought that I would hate just judging from the cover and the synopsis. I stood corrected. This was one of the most entertaining books I have read in awhile! John Bladek did a wonderful job blending mystery and adventure together."

For more reviews of children and young adult books of all genres, visit Book Trends; their reviews will amaze you!

Hercule Poirot, Women's Murder Club, and Dr. Lynch Featured in Mystery Games from AVG

Games of Mystery

is pleased to announce this week's new mystery and suspense casual and adventure games available for immediate download from Amazon Video Games.

A complete list of downloadable mystery games is available on our Games of Mystery: Amazon Video Games Download page.

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Agatha Christie: Perid at End House
Agatha Christie: Perid at End House

Agatha Christie: Perid at End House

Fans of classic mystery stories and great seek and find games alike, rejoice! Hercule Poirot is at it again - Mon dieu! - in another mystery of murderous proportions. This game is set on the gorgeous Cornish coast at the eerie End House. While trying to enjoy retirement, Poirot springs into action when Nick Buckley has several attempts made on his life. Help Poirot unravel the mystery before it's too late!

ESRB Rating: Teen.

Windows Vista/XP (67 MB download).

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Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey
Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey

Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey

Best-selling author James Patterson brings mystery fans an original, interactive and thrilling adventure filled with scandalous discoveries. Players will wrap themselves in an intense crime scene while assisting the famed heroines of Women's Murder Club as they unleash years of corruption, cover-up and conspiracy within a prestigious Military Academy in South Carolina.

This grueling investigation will lead the team away from the City by the Bay for the very first time! Follow Lindsay and Cindy from California to South Carolina to explore the dark truth behind a 'good old boys' network in the Deep South. Interrogate suspects, investigate military personnel with equal amounts of arrogance and surreptitious information, and analyze forensic evidence to help solve the crime.

ESRB Rating: Teen.

Windows Vista/XP (112 MB download).

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Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet
Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet

Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet

A unique blend of seek and find, light adventure and puzzle games combined with an all new tale from James Patterson. In this thrilling "page turner" of a game, players take on the roles of homicide detective Lindsay Boxer, medical examiner Claire Washburn, and ace crime reporter Cindy Thomas to solve a series of ghastly murders in San Francisco.

ESRB Rating: Teen.

Windows Vista/XP (83 MB download).

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Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets
Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets

Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets

Notorious debunker of fabricated phantom stories, Dr. Ignatius Lynch has had quite enough of the public's obsession in titillation and intrigue! With the failing sales of his recent book, an investigation of the Carstair Hill dig is just what Dr. Lynch needs to prove once and for all that frivolous talk of the supernatural is absurd.

Set in a beautiful English countryside, this game delivers an exciting and hair-raising journey. Explore breathtaking backgrounds and beautiful scenery as you face challenging investigations, mind-boggling puzzles and strong opposition from locals unwilling to relinquish their belief in spiritual presence (and the tourism it provides).

ESRB Rating: Teen.

Windows Vista/XP (95 MB download).

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Friday, August 27, 2010

John Cusack Cast as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven

The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe)

Over a year ago we reported that casting had begun for the film The Raven, a fictional account of the last five days of Edgar Allan Poe's life. There have been random rumors in the meantime about who may be cast, but little has been written about this film since then. But today, ComingSoon.net is reporting that actor John Cusack tweeted that he would be taking on the role of the author.

Director James McTeigue has said about the film, "It's like the poem, The Raven, itself, crossed with Se7en. It should be pretty cool. The script is really good and everyone responds to it really well."

More eBooks than Hardcovers Sold for Laura Lippman's Latest Thriller

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
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A Wall Street Journal blog is reporting that the digital version of the latest thriller by Laura Lippman, I'd Know You Anywhere, is out-selling the hardcover. In its first five days of sales, 4739 ebooks were sold compared to 4000 physical books.

“This is the first book of ours of any consequence that has sold more e-books than hardcovers in the first week,” said Frank Albanese, a senior vice president at HarperCollins.

I'd Know You Anywhere is the author's fifth stand-alone thriller. She is also the author of 11 mysteries in the Tess Monaghan series.

Lost in the City: Post Scriptum, a Mysterious New Game from BFG

Games of Mystery

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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Lost in the City: Post Scriptum
Lost in the City: Post Scriptum

Help Hero and Ann wake up all of mankind in this mysterious sequel, in which you must put an end to the curse and save the entire world! After being the guardians of the future, Hero and Ann are told to leave their city. When they return to the real world, they discover that all of humanity is asleep! Follow the hidden objects and make your way through this intriguing story and save the day!

See also the first game in the series, Lost in the City.

Also available: Lost in the City: Post Scriptum Strategy Guide and Lost in the City: Post Scriptum Game Walkthrough.

Lost in the City: Post Scriptum may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (118.47 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour; the full version is 365.81 MB.

Watch a preview video below:

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!

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Mystery Bestsellers for August 27, 2010

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending August 27th, 2010 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Quite a few changes on the list this week, though The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson once again sets at the top. Two titles that debuted just off the list and one new title enter the top 15.

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Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith
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Moving from 17 to 5 is the seventh mystery featuring Russian police investigator Arkady Renko, Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith.

Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, Renko strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues, most notably an invitation to Russia’s premier charity ball, the billionaires’ Nijinksy Fair. Thus a sordid death becomes interwoven with the lifestyles of Moscow’s rich and famous, many of whom are clinging to their cash in the face of Putin’s crackdown on the very oligarchs who placed him in power. Renko uncovers a web of death, money, madness and a kidnapping that threatens the woman he is coming to love and the lives of children he is desperate to protect.

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Crossfire by Dick Francis
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Also moving up, this time from 19 to 13, is the fourth and final collaboration between Dick Francis and his son Felix, Crossfire. Francis died earlier this year.

Shell-shocked and missing a foot-lost to an IED during his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Captain Tom Forsyth has been sent "home" by the army and, at loose ends, returns to his estranged mother's house for the first time since he joined up at seventeen. But Josephine Kauri, the "first lady of British racing," has always put the horses she trains first and her family last. Tom soon finds himself strained to the breaking point with his mother and stepfather.

But there's another reason for the stifling tension at Kauri House Stables: Josephine is being blackmailed for a hefty sum every week-and forced to make her horses lose. Retirement is not an option, as she has been warned that it will result in the thing she most fears: exposure and ridicule ... and prison, when the government finds out what she's been hiding.

Tom sets out to discover and defeat this hidden enemy using his finely honed military skills. But can he save his mother's reputation and career, or will he find himself caught in the cross fire?

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Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
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New this week and debuting in the 14th spot is the thirteenth mystery in the Temperance Brennan series (from which the television series Bones is adapted), Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs.

John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery’s grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis—to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military’s Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how “ex” is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery’s dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies—all identified as Lowery.

And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu’s flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?

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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg LarssonThe Rembrandt Affair by Daniel SilvaStar Island by Carl HiaasenThe Postcard Killers by James Patterson

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.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr (Book Review)

Mysterious Reviews: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Crime Novel Reviews, edited by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

It's Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr. A Mac Faraday Mystery. CreateSpace Trade Paperback, June 2010.

Former Washington DC homicide detective Mac Faraday may be unfamiliar with his new surroundings as lord of a manor in the Maryland countryside, as it were, but he knows his way around a criminal investigation and he's suspicious about the conclusions the local cops have come to involving the death of a neighbor in It's Murder, My Son, the first mystery in this series by Lauren Carr.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: It's Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr.

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Mysterious Reviews is your source for the latest mystery, suspense, thriller, and crime novel reviews, edited by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

Covers for Red Film Tie-In Comics Released

Red: Eyes Only by Cully Hamner

In early October, just before the theatrical release of Red, adapted from the graphic crime novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, DC Comics imprint Wildstorm will publish a prequel to the novel titled Red: Eyes Only, written and illustrated by Hamner. Not a film tie-in per se, but with a storyline more closely related to the original source. (See more about the film, including trailers, here and here.)

About a month ago, Hamner mentioned on his blog that Wildstorm was also releasing four one-off comics featuring each of the principal actors from the film, and he did the art for each. Today, /Film posted an exclusive look at these covers; smaller versions are shown below. These comics are scheduled to be on sale September 15th.

Finally, DC Comics is re-releasing the original graphic novel later this year, to coincide with the release of the film. We'll have more about that closer to its publication date.

Red: Comics Covers

CWA's National Crime Writing Week Scheduled for June 2011

Crime Writers' Association

The Bookseller is reporting that the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) will again host a festival celebrating crime fiction and non-fiction. The National Crime Writing Week will take place between June 13th and 19th next year in England.

Also being repeated is the Young Crime Writers' Competition, which will run in mid-February 2011, with the winner announced during the festival in June. More than 600 entries were received, with 15-year-old Nicole Hendry winning for her short story "The Demolition of Lives".

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crime Publisher Tyrus Books Acquires Busted Flush Press

Tyrus Books

In a press release today, Tyrus Books announced the publisher has acquired Busted Flush Press.

Tyrus Books, founded in 2009, publishes crime and dark literary fiction from emerging and established authors. Busted Flush Press has published previously out of print books from award-winning authors.

The two strategies complement each other well. "I am very excited to join forces with [publisher Benjamin LeRoy] and Tyrus Books. I've long been a fan of what Tyrus has been doing," David Thompson, publisher of Busted Flush said. "And I believe Busted Flush Press will be a good fit."

"We're very excited to add the Busted Flush brand to Tyrus Books. David Thompson is a dedicated and tireless advocate of crime fiction and I look forward to seeing the Busted Flush brand continue to grow," said Benjamin LeRoy.

With this acquisition, Busted Flush becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyrus Books. Both companies are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.

The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado (Book Review)

Mysterious Reviews: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Crime Novel Reviews, edited by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado. Non-series. Atria Hardcover, August 2010.

A diverse group of men and women, professionals and academics ... and terrorists are on the trail for the Ark of the Covenant -- the vessel that houses the Ten Commandment tablets -- in The Moses Expedition, the second novel of suspense by Juan Gomez-Jurado.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado.

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Mysterious Reviews is your source for the latest mystery, suspense, thriller, and crime novel reviews, edited by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles For September 2010 (Part 1)

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery, suspense and thriller books (including series books) scheduled for publication during September 2010.

Due to the large number of new titles being published, we're splitting the list into two posts: this one for younger readers (ages 4 through 9) and a separate one for older readers (ages 10 and up).

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Detective Dinosaur Undercover by James Skofield

Detective Dinosaur UndercoverMore Information about the book
James Skofield
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When a detective goes undercover, it usually means they are in disguise, right? Not if it’s Detective Dinosaur!

The bumbling but bighearted star of this series is back with three new silly cases to investigate. How this charmingly clueless gumshoe goes undercover—in the most surprising ways—is the kind of irresistible goofiness beginning readers love.

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The Woodshed Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Woodshed MysteryMore Information about the book
Gertrude Chandler Warner
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The Boxcar Children are spending the summer in an enormous New England farmhouse. There's an old woodshed new the house that holds a surprising secret -- a secret that dates from the Revolutionary War. Suddenly their summer becomes an adventure!
 

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The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Lighthouse MysteryMore Information about the book
Gertrude Chandler Warner
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Jessie sees a mysterious woman walking on the grounds of the lighthouse late at night. Watch, Jessie's dog, wakes up growling almost every evening ... at midnight. And Henry finds a puzzling note in the sand. Adventure is always close for the Boxcar Children!
 

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Mountain Top Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Mountain Top MysteryMore Information about the book
Gertrude Chandler Warner
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The Boxcar Children climb a mountain and find a mystery! The hike up Old Flat Top was only supposed to take a day, but a dangerous rockslide changes everything -- revealing a hidden cave that just may hold a legendary treasure.
 

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The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery

The Case of the July 4th JinxMore Information about the book
Lewis B. Montgomery
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It's the Fourth of July fair! There are fireworks, parades, pies, games ... and a jinx? When everything starts going wrong, Milo and Jazz must find out: is it really a jinx—or is it sabotage?

Read our Review of The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery.

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The Pumpkin Head Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Gertrude Chandler Warner
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This fall-flavored adventure for the Boxcar Children takes the Aldens to a New England farm that has more than its share of strange occurrences. Every year at the Beckett farm, visitors come to buy pumpkins and go on hayrides, but this year something is haunting the old place -- a mysterious specter with a glowing pumpkin head that warns guests to stay away! It's up to the Aldens to find out who -- or what -- is behind the scare.

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The Wedding Cake Mystery by David A. Adler

The Wedding Cake MysteryMore Information about the book
David A. Adler
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Cam's on the case when a wedding cake goes missing hours before a wedding!
 
 
 
 

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Mummy Mayhem by Mary Labatt

Mummy MayhemMore Information about the book
Mary Labatt
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Sam loves a spooky mystery, but when this dog detective finds herself on the run from an ancient curse, is it more than she can handle?

When Sam notices a strange, lumpy figure wrapped in white walking by her house every day, she doesn't think much of it. Then Sam's human friends Jennie and Beth recount the story of a mummy's curse they learned about at a museum exhibit. Could the weird figure wrapped in white be a mummy on the rampage?

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Cat Burglar Caper by Carolyn Keene

Cat Burglar CaperMore Information about the book
Carolyn Keene
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No summary available.
 
 
 
 
 

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Edgar Allan's Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato

Edgar Allan's Official Crime Investigation NotebookMore Information about the book
Mary Amato

First Slurpy is fishnapped, then other things from Mrs. Blackwell's room start to disappear. Odder still, whoever is committing these crimes leaves a note written in poetry. Edgar has it all covered in his "crime investigation notebook" -- but so does Patrick Chen, who has copied Edgar and is trying to solve the case first. Yet as Edgar keenly observes his surroundings, he notices many interesting things about his classmates. The more closely he watches two "suspects," the more he begins to think they might make pretty good friends.

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is your source for information on over 200 mystery series for children and young adults, where each series is conveniently listed under four different age categories (New Sleuths, ages 4 to 6; Future Sleuths, ages 7 to 9; Sleuths in Training, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older).

 

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