Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Universal Planning Film Adaptation of Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas

Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas
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The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog is reporting that Universal is planning a film adaptation of Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas. Jonathan Levine is attached to direct a screenplay written by Michael Bacall.

Little Girl Lost was first published in 2004 and features New York City private investigator John Blake looking into the murder of a stripper in the city -- his former high school girlfriend, who ten years earlier had left him to marry an optometrist and a lead a quiet life in the Midwest.

Aleas is a pseudonym used by mystery author Charles Ardai.

Jared Harris Reportedly Cast as Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes II

Professor James Moriarty

More casting news for Sherlock Holmes II!

A few days ago we reported that Stephen Fry had been cast to play Sherlock Holmes's brother Mycroft in the sequel to the 2009 film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Today, Latino Review is reporting that Jared Harris will play Holmes's arch-enemy, Professor James Moriarty. Harris is currently starring as Lane Pryce on AMC's Mad Men.

There hasn't been confirmation from the studio or the actor yet, and Latino Review has been wrong in the past regarding this character. Two years ago, the site reported that Russell Crowe would play Moriarty in the first Sherlock Holmes. Of course, we now know that didn't happen, as Moriarty only appeared briefly in the film and was played by an uncredited actor (presumably not Crowe).

Mr. E. Reviews Midsomer Murders: Set 16

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Midsomer Murders has rapidly become one of my favorite "go to" series, new episodes of which I eagerly look forward to watching. The scripts are typically well plotted and written, the performances by the recurring and guest cast uniformly first rate, and the production values remarkably high. There's always some new evil lurking in the villages of Midsomer County to challenge DCI Tom Barnaby ... and by extension, those who watch.

Read the full text of our review at Mr. E. Reviews: Midsomer Murders: Set Sixteen.

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Amazon.com's New Kindle for the Web

Naked Heat by Richard Castle
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This morning, Amazon.com announced Kindle for the Web, a way for potential buyers of Kindle editions to read the first chapter or so of a book from a website.

We wanted to take the application for a test drive, as it were, and since we were featuring the mystery Naked Heat by Richard Castle last night, we though we'd follow up with a post including the first two chapters of the book, embedded below. (We've chosen a height of 480px, which may be a little short ... we may have to experiment a bit with that.)

Try it out yourself, and let us know if you think this is something we should continue to do for featured titles on Omnimystery News.

Chap Taylor to Adapt Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
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The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog is reporting that screenwriter Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes) will adapt Gideon's Sword, the first thriller in the Gideon Crew series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Michael Bay (Transformers) is producing for Paramount.

Few details are known about the storyline other than Gideon Crew, who was 12-years-old when he witnessed the brutal murder of his father, now plans revenge 20 years later. But a mysterious witness to the crime confronts Gideon, offering him the chance of a lifetime.

Gideon's Sword publishes February, 2011.

Explore a Mysterious Island in Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone, a New 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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Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone
Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone

After crashing his ship, and being tossed overboard, Columbus sees a beautiful apparition reaching out to him. Waking up on a mysterious island, Columbus begins to explore his surroundings and stumbles upon ancient treasures and perplexing puzzles. Find important items that will help you move on this fun hidden object puzzle adventure game.

Also available: Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone Strategy Guide and Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone Game Walkthrough.

Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (193.07 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

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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Monday, September 27, 2010

Naked Heat, the Second Nikki Heat Thriller by Richard Castle

Naked Heat by Richard Castle
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On tonight's episode of Castle, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) casually mentions that the second book in the Nikki Heat series, Naked Heat, publishes tomorrow.

And indeed it does!

NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat and handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning Jameson Rook, are together again searching among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro-athletes and shamed politicians for the killer of the city's most vicious gossip columnist.

ABC.com has a preview of the first 10 chapters of the book.

Watch a short video from the publisher -- including cameos by Stephen J. Cannell and Michael Connelly -- below.

New Trailer Released for Dark Prophecy, the Second Level 26 Thriller by Anthony E. Zuiker

Dark Prophecy by Anthony E. Zuiker
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Anthony E. Zuiker's second Level 26 thriller featuring Steve Dark, Dark Prophecy, publishes next month and a new trailer for the book has been released by the author. (Watch it below.)

The books in this series are part of a multi-platform experience that moves the reader from passages in the books to videos and interactive content on the Level 26 website.

In this second thriller, Steve Dark is now a man on a mission. A mission that no longer requires law enforcement support. A mission unbound by authorities, moral or otherwise, and supported by a mysterious benefactor with unknown goals of her own. A mission that, at long last, allows him to embrace his destiny. Dark is finally ready -- ready to take justice to the next level.

Anthony Zuiker

Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He produces all three editions of the CSI franchise, and lives in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

In a post on the Level 26 website (which also includes the book trailer), he talks about a surprise visit by the character Sqweegel on the October 14th episode of CSI, and promises you'll be scared to death!

The Leaf Peeper Murders by Loni Emmert and P. I. Barrington (Book Review)

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The Leaf Peeper Murders by Loni Emmert and P. I. Barrington. A Jeff Ramsey Mystery. Mainly Murder Press Trade Paperback, August 2010.

Two recent suspicious deaths -- suicide? murder? -- in the small town of Button Hollow, New Hampshire, have Sheriff Jeff Ramsey puzzled and on the defensive in The Leaf Peeper Murders, the first mystery in this series by sisters Loni Emmert and P. I. Barrington.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Leaf Peeper Murders by Loni Emmert and P. I. Barrington.

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CSI, Ellery Queen, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Midsomer Murders, New This Week on DVD

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 four series being released this week.

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CSI: Season Ten, a Mystery TV Series
Information on CSI: Season Ten

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a fast-paced drama about an elite team of Las Vegas police forensic investigators trained to solve crimes the old-fashioned way -– by examining the evidence.

The ensemble cast is headed by Laurence Fishburne, who plays Dr. Raymond Langston, whose team is on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery.

The CSI: Season Ten DVD set of 7 discs contain the 23 episodes that aired on CBS from September 2009 through May 2010. The series is currently airing new episodes of its 11th season on Thursdays.

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Ellery Queen: The Complete Series, a Mystery TV Series
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Here's a series that took way too long to arrive on DVD!

For a single season on NBC, Jim Hutton starred as Ellery Queen, mystery writer who solved real life crimes. David Wayne starred as his father, police inspector Richard Queen.

A feature of every episode was Ellery Queen, speaking to the viewing audience just before the denouement, saying, "Okay, you've got all the clues. Do you know who did it? I think I do. Can you guess?"

The Ellery Queen: The Complete Series DVD set of 6 discs contain the pilot episode (which aired in April, 1975) plus the 22 episodes that aired from September 1975 through April 1976.

Ellery Queen is both a fictional character and the pen name used by Daniel Nathan (Frederic Dannay) and Manford Lepofsky (Manfred Bennington Lee), who wrote a series of novels from 1929 through 1971 featuring the character. A mystery magazine, still being published, bears the authors'/character's name.

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Lord Peter Wimsey: Set Two, a Mystery TV Series
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Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in three period adaptations of the Dorothy L. Sayers novels.

In Murder Must Advertise (original publication date 1933), Lord Peter goes deep undercover at Pym’s Publicity to investigate the suspicious death of a young copywriter following his affair with a wealthy and indolent socialite.

In Five Red Herrings (1931), when the body of an unpopular artist is found in a stream, it’s up to Lord Peter to determine which of six suspects could have committed the crime.

In The Nine Tailors (1934), stranded in a sleepy village after a car accident, Lord Peter quickly stumbles upon a decades-old case of stolen emeralds, unidentifiable corpses, and coded messages.

The Lord Peter Wimsey: Set Two DVD set of 3 discs contain the above referenced episodes, which originally aired between 1973 and 1975.

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Midsomer Murders: Set Sixteen, a Mystery TV Series
Information on Midsomer Murders: Set Sixteen

The exceptionally popular -- and deservedly so -- village mystery series, Midsomer Murders, is currently airing episodes of its 13th season in the UK.

This Midsomer Murders: Set Sixteen DVD set of 4 discs contain episodes from the 11th season: "Midsomer Life", "The Magician's Nephew", "Talking to the Dead", and "Days of Misrule".

The series stars John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of the Causton CID, set in (fictional) Midsomer County. These episodes also star Jason Hughes as his partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones.

Midsomer Murders is based on characters created by crime novelist Caroline Graham. Several of the early episodes were adapted from her novels.

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

The Way of the Guilty by Jennifer Stanley (Book Review)

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The Way of the Guilty by Jennifer Stanley. A Hope Street Church Mystery. Minotaur Books Mass Market Paperback, August 2010.

Cooper Lee calls upon her Bible Study group for help in clearing her sister's name when a dead man is found in the trunk of her rental car in The Way of the Guilty, the third mystery in the Hope Street Church series by Jennifer Stanley.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Way of the Guilty by Jennifer Stanley.

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for September 27, 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 September 27, 2010

This week's letters and mystery clue:

A B C H I L K P S

The 18th mystery featuring Daisy Dalrymple by Carola Dunn has this title (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!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Inspector Lewis in Falling Darkness, Sunday September 26th on PBS

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Tomorrow, Sunday September 26th, the last of five new episodes of Series III of Inspector Lewis airs on PBS (check your local listings for air times).

In "Falling Darkness", it's Halloween in Oxford, and mischief is in the air — and, as it happens, murder. A woman is found dead, a stake through her heart, a bulb of garlic in her mouth. It's a surreal crime, and an intensely personal one for Dr. Laura Hobson. The victim is Ligeia Willard, one of Hobson's old college housemates. It seems to be a terrible coincidence, one that has left Hobson disoriented with grief. When another murder takes place in a house where Hobson once lived, Detective Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Detective Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox) must confront horrifying possibilities — Is Hobson connected to the crime? Could she be a killer? It's a case that will conjure ghosts from the past and may well deliver the fatal blow to the team of Lewis, Hathaway and Hobson.

Inspector Lewis is a spin-off of the long-running Inspector Morse mysteries, based on characters created by crime novelist Colin Dexter.

The first two series of Inspector Lewis are available on DVD from Telemystery: Inspector Lewis. This third series will be released on DVD on October 12th, and may be pre-ordered.

Stephen Fry to Play Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock Holmes II

Mycroft Holmes

This morning on the Danny Baker Show on BBC5 (podcast, about 52½ minutes in), guest Stephen Fry talked briefly about his upcoming role in the sequel to the film 2009 Sherlock Holmes.

I’m playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr., and that sort of part is fun, but just once in a while to play a genuine all round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things that Oscar had was a once in a lifetime thrill.

Mycroft is the older brother of Sherlock Holmes, and is often referred to in the canon as the smarter, if less physically inclined, of the two. "Again and again I have taken a problem to him," says Holmes in "The Adventure of the Green Interpreter", "and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one. And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points."

The "Oscar" Fry refers to in his statement is Oscar Wilde, the character he played in the 1997 film Wilde opposite Jude Law, who plays Dr. John Watson in Sherlock and its sequel. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Sherlock Holmes.

Fry most recently appeared as the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and as Dr. Gordon Wyatt, a semi-recurring role on the television series Bones.

Filming for Sherlock Holmes II begins later this year, with a scheduled release date of December 16, 2011.

Telemystery: New Prime Time Crime for Sunday, September 26th

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

It's been a busy week so far with many new and returning prime time crime shows airing their season or series premieres. This Sunday, September 26th, two more series return on premium cable networks.

Showtime: The fifth season of Dexter opens with an episode titled "My Bad" at 9 PM (ET/PT). In the aftermath of last season's chilling finale, Rita Bennett's death has left Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) feeling responsible, possibly even ... guilty. Unable to deal with the trauma, Dexter makes a drastic decision that will impact everyone around him. Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington) stirs up trouble at the station when he notes that Rita's murder, which is being pinned on the Trinity Killer, doesn't fit his normal murder profile. Things get even more heated when Quinn suggests to Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) that they look at the husband: Dexter. Meanwhile, Quinn offers Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) much needed support, causing her to see Quinn in a new light.

HBO: The second season of Bored To Death airs at 10 PM (ET/PT) with an episode titled "Escape from the Dungeon". Taking time out from his new gig as a night-school fiction-writing teacher, Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) is hired by a mounted policeman whose name is on the client list of an S&M dungeon thatʼs about to be busted. Meanwhile, George Christopher (Ted Danson) is flummoxed to learn that his new publisher plans to cut costs on every front, and Ray Hueston (Zach Galifianakis) fails a yoga test with Leah (Heather Burns), putting their relationship in final jeopardy.

Though not airing this week, CSI: Miami moves to Sundays on CBS starting next week, October 3rd, with its ninth season premiere, "Fallen".

 

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