Thursday, November 04, 2010

On the Case with Holmes and Watson, Graphic Novel Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes Stories

Sherlock Holmes and a Scandal in Bohemia (Graphic Novel)
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When we were putting together our list of new children and young adult mystery and suspense books for November, we came across a new series of "On the Case with Holmes and Watson" graphic novel adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories that we wanted to learn more about.

"Are you a detective?" Get on the case with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to solve an impossible mystery. See if you can figure out how Holmes pulls the facts together so quickly. Clues at the back of the book will reveal his process of reasoning and how he solved the crime.

There are currently six titles in the series, adapted by Murray Shaw and M. J. Cosson and illustrated by Sophie Rohrbach; three were published last August, three this month.

The titles are:

A Scandal in Bohemia: Has Sherlock Holmes met his match? (Cover illustrated above right.)

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are asked to help the King of Bohemia find a very important photograph. It won’'t be easy. The King's former love, Irene Adler, has hidden the photograph. Holmes must don a clever disguise, stage a brawl, and even fake a house fire to find the mysterious image! But has Holmes underestimated Irene Adler?

The Adventure of Abbey Grange: After a murder, lies run wild at the Abbey Grange. Will the truth be told?

Scotland Yard calls in Holmes and Watson to investigate the murder of Sir Eustace Brackenstall. But the evidence doesn't match up with the witnesses' stories. Holmes knows foul play is afoot. Will he find the killer? Or is this one mystery too difficult to solve?

The Adventure of the Blue Gem: A hat, a goose, and a priceless blue gem ... Can Sherlock Holmes add up the clues?

When countess's blue gem is stolen and winds up inside a goose, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson jump on the case. But will they ever find the thief? Or is it just a wild goose chase?

The Adventure of the Dancing Men: Can Holmes decode the message of the dancing men?

When Hilton Cubitt finds strange messages around his house, he is puzzled. When his wife sees them, she is terrified! Cubitt turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for answers. Will the duo be able to crack the case before disaster strikes?

The Adventure of the Speckled Band: "It was the band. The speckled band!"

After her sister Julia dies suddenly, Helen Stoner worries that she is the killer's next target. With her last words, Julia insisted that the "speckled band" murdered her. Can Holmes and Watson discover the identity of the speckled band before Helen falls victim as well?

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire: A mother sucks the blood from her baby's neck! Could she be a vampire?

Do vampires really exist? Robert Ferguson thinks so. In fact, he believes his wife is one! He calls upon Holmes and Watson to solve the case. Will they find an explanation for the wife's strange behavior? Or are they facing a real vampire?

All books are in trade paperback format, are 48 pages in length, and have a list price of $6.95 each. See below an example of some of the pages from The Adventure of the Dancing Men:

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It's not clear from the publisher's website if there are more titles to come, but this looks like an interesting series of adaptations of the stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon that would appeal to a wide range of readers ... ourselves included!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Fox Schedules New Crime Drama The Chicago Code

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Fox Television has announced that its new crime drama The Chicago Code (originally announced as Ride-Along) will premiere after the Super Bowl in February 2011. It will subsequently take over the Monday 9 PM (ET/PT) time slot previously occupied by the canceled Lone Star.

In this series, produced by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, Lie to Me, Terriers), the audience is the passenger, taking an unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago and navigating crime and corruption with the most respected -- and notorious -- cops in the city.

Jarek Wysocki (played by Jason Clarke) is a local legend and larger-than-life veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Like the city of Chicago, Jarek is razor blades and brass knuckles wrapped in politeness and egoless charm -- a man who throws away partners the way others throw away tissues.

Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals) arrived at the pinnacle of the Chicago Police Department in a short period of time. She's determined to implement changes before the mud that is Chicago politics clogs her office. As a result of Teresa's difficult choices, she has made some powerful enemies along the way, including two street gangs, the police officers' union and a city alderman who proves to be a dangerous adversary.

Jarek's new partner, Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria), is a smart young detective who desperately wants to prove himself. He is savvier and more observant than most people give him credit for, and just might make the perfect yin to Jarek's yang. Also in Jarek's charge is his niece, Vonda Wysocki (Devin Kelley), a rookie beat cop whose father, Jarek's brother, was killed in the line of duty when she was young. Jarek keeps close tabs on her and is less than thrilled to discover she's falling for her partner, Isaac Joiner (Todd Williams), a charismatic cop who takes unnecessary risks on the job that land him and Vonda in some dangerous situations.

The Chicago Code (Fox)

Permanent Damage by Dean Barrett (Book Review)

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Permanent Damage by Dean Barrett. A Scott Sterling Mystery. Village East Books Trade Paperback, October 2010.

Though the missing person murder mystery plotline is reasonably straight-forward at first, it gets complicated very quickly. Readers willing to overlook some narrative issues will be rewarded with an action-packed thriller that includes a lot of local Thai color.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Permanent Damage by Dean Barrett.

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OMN Welcomes Rosemary and Larry Mild, Authors of Cry Ohana

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Omnimystery News is delighted to welcome Rosemary and Larry Mild as our guest bloggers. Their latest novel, Cry Ohana (PublishAmerica, Trade Paperback, October 2010, 978-1-4512-1371-3), is subtitled Adventure and Suspense in Hawaii.

The couple work at dueling computers in their home office in Severna Park, Maryland. But only seven months of the year. During the winter, they write back-to-back in their Honolulu apartment, on the island of Oahu. In lieu of a Cry Ohana cover blurb, the Pualoa children featured in the book choose to tell the story from their own points of view. Had they known of blogging, this is what they’d have to say.

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Kekoa’s Blog

My name is Kekoa, Kekoa Pualoa, and I’m a Hawaiian teenager, the main character in Cry Ohana. Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian. My story is all about family—how I lost it and my search to regain what’s left of it. I’m supposedly descended from the alii, Hawaiian royalty.

As an island group in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is the most isolated place on earth from any mainland. That’s why we’re so into family and aloha closeness. Kekoa means “warrior” or “fearless one.” Oh, you needn’t worry—I speak plenty good English with an occasional Hawaiian or pidgin word tossed in like a jalapeno for flavor. I’m tall for my age, thin, gangly, with sun-dark island looks, and dark hair that just won’t behave.

The Milds’ story plot leaves me without a mother or father before the age of two. My grandmother, Tutu Eme, takes care of my older sister, Leilani, and me for the next eleven years. Then bad things happen. Man, you wouldn’t believe how bad. They all begin when I witness the bludgeoning murder of my uncle—my dad’s brother, Big John Pualoa. The killer knows I saw him and he wants to silence me. You know what that means. I’m on the run from him throughout the story. My friends, other kids, they’ve all got a life: school, skate boarding, fishing, the beach and boogey boards, girls. I’m caught in the tentacles of a giant squid— Honolulu’s dark side, I mean, squeezed in and out of harm’s way.

I’m thrown into a number of diverse cultures—Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean and hauoli (Caucasian). Luckily, I get to make some pretty exciting friends: homeless Ol’ Chou and Mrs. Raggs; Andy Ballesteros and his sweet sister Maria; Sam and Mauro Osaka; the mysterious Hal; and my Black Lab, Ilio (“dog”).

I’m itching to tell you the whole story, but the Milds won’t let me—especially who wins the courthouse shootout. They threaten to take away my loco moco if I do. That’s two sunny-side-up eggs on top of a huge hamburger amid a whole plateful of white sticky rice, all immersed in dark brown gravy. Yum!

Leilani’s Blog

I’m called Leilani, “heavenly one” in Hawaiian. Not only has Kekoa disappeared. Uncle Big John went missing around the same time. We’ve tried everything to find them, even calling the police twice, right up until Tutu Eme died a year ago. I was sixteen and alone, so I was forced to live with a foster family, the Wongs. Paul and Masako Wong are teachers at a private school where I go now. Bummer! I mean, it’s okay, but I miss my own high school friends. Numi Wong is my age and wants me to be the sister she never had. Her gorgeous hunk of a brother, Alex, wouldn’t give me the time of day when I first moved in. Now—well, things have sort of happened.

I have an oval face with large brown eyes and shoulder-length dark hair. I’d be considered beautiful if I just could lose a skosh of my roundness. I have a hair-trigger temper and am totally outspoken on Hawaiian issues. Don’t get me started. I miss my brother, Kekoa, terribly. Will I ever see him again? And where is our dad? I think he’s abandoned us. I wonder if I’ll ever find the love I need. I can’t tell you any of that or Rosemary might cut off my supply of mochi, a sweet rice dessert.

I’m grateful to Rosemary and Larry for their efforts to portray the struggles of our Hawaiian people, the loss of our precious kingdom, our heritage, our ways, and the importance of maintaining the aloha spirit. After all, Hawaii is the melting pot of the Pacific. I’m a budding artist—talented, I’m told. My dream is to create huge paintings of my Hawaii. And become famous, of course.

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A review of Cry Ohana by Tanzey Cutter in Fresh Fiction for Today’s Reader says: “I loved this story! The authors write with such eloquent detail, you can almost feel the island breezes and see the breathtaking scenery. I’ve been to Hawaii numerous times and lived there as a child, so I was familiar with the places described. This is an uplifting story of family and love, as well as an extremely suspenseful novel with a very satisfying ending.”

How can the Milds write about Hawaii with such authenticity? Honolulu is their second home so they can spend time with their daughter, Chinese son-in-law, and two college-bound granddaughters. They live deep in a rain-forest valley behind Diamond Head. Huge mango and avocado trees surround their house. They have to be quick about snatching the ripe fruits off the ground. Otherwise, the feral pigs get there first in the middle of the night.

How does the actual writing process work? “If it weren’t for Larry,” Rosemary says, “I wouldn’t write fiction at all. He conjures up our plots and writes the first draft. Then it’s my turn. I breathe life into the characters, intensify scenes, sharpen the dialogue. Sometimes I throw a new trait into a character. In Cry Ohana, Larry created a gentle, no-stress romance for Leilani and Alex. But I’m a combative sort, so I made her feisty to give her scenes more conflict. Of course, changing a character has consequences; it can actually derail the plotline, so I have to watch out.”

Then, with sleeves rolled up, the Milds “negotiate.” Here’s their typical scenario.

Larry: You cut that whole paragraph! It’s cruel, operating without anesthesia.

Rosemary: Just a little judicious pruning, dear.

Larry: But it took me hours to create those metaphors.

Rosemary: It’s too much already. Less is more.

Larry: Talk about overdoing. Your description of Mrs. Raggs goes on for a whole page.

Their jousting is short lived. They resign themselves to the compromises required. Maalox helps, too. They relish the writing process, although Larry says, “Some days it’s harder to get down and wordy. I still cringe when Rosemary even edits one of my short business letters. But we have to take Stephen King’s advice: ‘To write is human. To edit is divine.’ And Harlan Coben agrees with a more earthy comment: ‘If someone tells me he doesn’t rewrite I don’t want to party with him.’”

Cry Ohana was the Milds’ first foray into fiction. Larry jokes, “We slaved over it for so long it was in danger of growing a beard.”

Rosemary says, “The hardest part for me was to stop writing it. Every winter we’re on Oahu, we become more local and find more good stuff to share. But according to Lawrence Block’s basic rule of fiction, every word must further the plot. Rhapsodic tangents slow the momentum and bore the reader. So ... in the late ’90s we stowed the manuscript of Cry Ohana on a shelf to age, cure, whatever.”

In 2001 the Milds took the plunge into a new direction, introducing their mystery series with Paco LeSoto, a dapper retired detective, and Molly Mesta, an eccentric housekeeper/cook. Molly whips up the English language in her own special stew that the authors call “Mollyprops.” She’ll criticize a villain for his “defecation of character.”

In Locks and Cream Cheese, mayhem erupts in a mansion on the Chesapeake Bay. Hidden rooms, locked doors and dead bodies embroil Black Rain Corners in scandal. Paco and Molly expose the mansion’s lurid secrets─and fall in love.

In Hot Grudge Sunday, Paco and Molly are married. They’d rather smooch than sleuth. But conspirators and thieves derail their honeymoon bus trip out West. Not even the Grand Canyon can suppress the out-of-control passions─and quest to kill.

Boston Scream Pie returns readers to historic Annapolis and southern Maryland. Young Caitlin Neuman hires the sleuths to decipher her nightmares of a lethal car crash. They lead to a harrowing tale of twins and two families plagued with jealousy, hatred—and murder.

At Left Coast Crime on the Big Island in 2008, the authors took part in a panel and Rosemary confessed: “Larry and I work at different speeds. I’m the tortoise.”

Larry chimed in: “There isn’t a hare of truth to that.”

The night they met, on a blind date, he slipped a pun or two into their dinner conversation. Rosemary retorted, “I bet you pun in your sleep.”

“Sure,” Larry said. “I was born in the Year of the Pun. That’s the thirteenth sign of the Zaniac.”

His puns still make her laugh. She’s pretty sure their marriage depends on it.

For more information about the authors and their books, please visit their website, Magicile.com.

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Cry Ohana by Rosemary and Larry Mild
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Cry Ohana is an adventure-thriller about the Pualoa family. When Hank Pualoa drives drunk, killing his beautiful wife, he tears apart his Hawaiian family ('ohana) and leaves the Islands in shame. His children thrive with their grandmother until twelve-year-old Kekoa witnesses the murder of Big John, his loving uncle. The murderer stalks him, plotting to kill his only witness. Kekoa flees, plunging into a hand-to-mouth life in the sugarcane fields, the Chinatown streets, and as a baker's helper to a Japanese couple. A stray black Lab becomes his only friend. He's lost his sister, Leilani, to a foster home, where she falls in love. Will sister and brother ever find the 'ohana they are looking for?

Cry Ohana vibrates with local color and breathtaking scenery. But danger lurks everywhere-at a Filipino wedding; at a Maui resort; and amid the Big Island's volcanic steam vents. Blackmail and betrayal erupt as the family struggles to re-unite and bring down the killer.

For a chance to win a copy of Cry Ohana, courtesy of the authors, visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Rosemary and Larry Mild: Cry Ohana" contest link, and enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (5019) in the entry form. (One entry per person; contest ends November 17, 2010.)

Brad Pitt to Star in Film Adaptation of Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins

Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins
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The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog is reporting that Brad Pitt has signed on to play the role of mob enforcer Jackie Cogan in a film adaptation of Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which also starred Pitt) will write the screenplay and is expected to direct.

Originally published in 1974, the plot of Cogan's Trade tracks Jackie Cogan’s career in a gangland version of law and order. When the Mob’s rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his trade—murder. Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman’s efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people’s weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

New Video Discussing the Soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

With only about 2½ weeks remaining until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 hits theaters, and with new commercials and videos and posters coming out almost daily for the film, we've tried to restrain ourselves from posting here every little bit of information that we come across.

But yesterday, a new behind-the-scenes video discussing the soundtrack was unveiled on Yahoo! movies that we thought might be of interest. To be fair, we love film soundtracks and listen to them all the time, so it was of particular interest to us.

The brilliant John Williams composed the score for the first three Harry Potter films, Patrick Doyle took over for the fourth with Nicholas Hooper composing the music for the fifth and sixth films. Alexandre Desplat (New Moon, The Ghost Writer) was hired for the finale and it is he who is featured on the video below.

First of State by Robert Greer (Book Review)

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First of State by Robert Greer. A C. J. Floyd Mystery. North Atlantic Hardcover, October 2010.

This strong addition to the series -- a prequel -- is one that provides an interesting historical perspective to the character of CJ Floyd, but is also on its own merits a first rate murder mystery involving rare and collectible first of state license plates.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: First of State by Robert Greer.

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Mr. E. Reviews Winter's Bone

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"Elegant" probably isn't the first word that comes to mind after watching Winter's Bone, but it fits. There's a certain quiet, understated elegance to the film that subtly draws you in, makes you care deeply about Ree and her family and their uncertain future, and eventually leads you to the underlying mystery: dead or alive, where is Ree's father? The outstanding performance by Jennifer Lawrence as Ree and the superficially simple yet deceptively complex plot keeps viewers engaged throughout, the result being one of the best films of the year.

Read the full text of our review at Mr. E. Reviews: Winter's Bone.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

ABC Developing Crime Drama Written by Linda Fairstein

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Deadline|Hollywood has a brief report on a new crime drama being developed for ABC. To be produced by Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds) and written by crime novelist Linda Fairstein (Alexandra "Alex" Cooper mysteries), One Police Plaza will center on New York City's first female police commissioner.

Leonardo DiCaprio Acquires Film Rights to The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed by Erik Larson
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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio's production company has acquired the film rights to the bestselling book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

Subtitled "Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America," the book tells the true story of two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, who embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of the World's Fair of 1893 in Chicago, the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. DiCaprio is interested in playing Holmes.

A film adaptation has been in various stages of pre-development since the book's publication in 2003. With DiCaprio's backing, the project is now expected to move along, the next step being to hire a screenwriter and director.

Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely (Book Review)

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Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely. An Elizabeth Parker Mystery. Minotaur Books Hardcover, August 2010.

The whodunit aspect here seems almost secondary to the antics of the delightful cast of characters that populate this entertaining murder mystery set at a wedding that takes place on a family plantation in Virginia.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely.

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Mysteries at the Museum Premieres Tuesday, November 2nd, on Travel Channel

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Tomorrow, Tuesday November 2nd, the Travel Channel premieres a new series: Mysteries at the Museum (9 PM ET/PT).

Museums are where America displays its wondrous treasures of the past — often strange and curious remnants of the momentous events that have shaped our history. Behind each artifact is yet another story to be told and secrets to be revealed — tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue.

Each hour of this series will take viewers on a captivating, revealing and at times shocking tour of America's past, revisiting its most crucial events by reexamining what has been left behind.

The first episode covers these topics:

Alcatraz: In 1962 three notorious convicts conquered the impossible — they escaped. With the help of newspapers, rain jackets, a spoon handle, and real human hair, how did Alan West, Frank Morris, John and Clarence Anglin conquer a masterful plan of deception? Did they even survive?

National Museum of the U.S. Navy: The Enigma Machine resembles a typewriter, but was actually a cutting edge, top-secret machine used to the Nazi’s advantage in the 1940s. Why did the fate of the free world fall on solving the Enigma’s puzzle?

Mead Art Museum: Amongst fine art and world artifacts, Amherst College holds one of the world’s most disgusting looking creatures — The Feejee Mermaid. The origin of these skeletal remnants are still unknown, but it’s head of a monkey, body of a fish, sharp teeth, and nasty claws make for a tantalizing sight.

NASA Space Center: On April 11, 1970, NASA launched its third mission to land on the moon, but two days later, the unthinkable happened. A large oxygen tank on the space craft exploded, causing the Apollo 13 crew’s oxygen supply to leak into space. How did a single grey canister save the lives of the crew of this crippled spaceship?

Henry Ford Museum: Coining the term “sustainable living”, Dymaxion House — a “futuristic” home able to withstand an earthquake, is flood resistant and fire proof — could have significantly impacted how we live today. So why did it fail?

Walter’s Art Museum: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of history’s most enduring masterpieces. For generations, rumors have circulated that the original painting hangs here, as opposed to the Musée du Louvre in Paris. As part of one of the most shocking art thefts in history, was a copy of the famous painting actually switched with the stolen original?

FBI Agent Nicole Bonnet Tracks a Ruthless Killer in Crime Lab: Body of Evidence, New for Nintendo DS

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence (Nintendo DS)
Crime Lab: Body of Evidence (Nintendo DS)

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence, which releases tomorrow, November 2nd, is a single player adventure-puzzle game for DS/DSi that challenges players to stop a killer before he strikes again. Playing as FBI agent Nicole Bonnet, players must gather evidence and clues hidden within more than 300 puzzles and riddles made up of hidden object puzzle and mini-game formats. Additional features include over 60 fully rendered, detailed locations, FBI crime lab tools and DSi specific functionality.

The storyline follows Nicole after she receives a mysterious package. Inside she finds a complicated mechanism that appears to be a message from a serial killer. This is just the beginning of an epic duel of minds between Nicole and the ruthless murderer, who leaves playing cards by the bodies of his victims as signature. Bonnet will have to use all her wits to solve the case and stop the killer before he strikes again. Does she have what it takes to understand the mind of a psychopath, as complicated as his puzzles?

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence is the DS version of Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny, the third game in this series featuring FBI agent Nicole Bonnet for Windows PC.

(Note: We think the image Amazon currently has for the game is incorrect; we've shown what we believe to be the correct image above.)

Watch the trailer from the developer for the European launch of the game below:

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Harlequin Worldwide Mystery Titles for November 2010

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eHarlequin.com has announced the November 2010 titles for their Worldwide Mystery imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors. For more information or to purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

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Ticket to Ride by Ed Gorman
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Ticket to Ride by Ed Gorman
A Sam McCain Mystery (8th in series)

The turbulent sixties are roaring into small town Black River Falls, Iowa, bringing pop culture and bitter politics with them. Attorney and private investigator Sam McCain is part of the revolution, organizing an anti-war rally. It's a polarizing affair led by a charismatic young protestor, Harrison Doran. Things turn ugly when the gathering is crashed by Lou Bennett, a powerful local man whose son recently died in Vietnam. Later that same night Mr. Bennett is murdered and Sam reluctantly agrees to defend the prime suspect—Harrison Doran.

Sam understands that for a place still clinging to the black-and-white ideals of a fading era, nothing is as simple as it seems. Especially murder. Linking the real motive for Bennett's death to a fire that killed a young woman two years ago, McCain uncovers some dirty business dealings, family skeletons and the dark secrets of a killer on a last, desperate journey …

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Desert Lost by Betty Webb
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A Lena Jones Mystery (6th in series)

While on stakeout, Scottsdale private investigator Lena Jones finds the body of a woman whose clothing and hairstyle indicate she's from the polygamist cult Second Zion. Lena has witnessed the sordid and abusive world of polygamists while working undercover, and she's worried this fundamentalist sect, rife with multiple wives, welfare fraud and child abuse, is reaching into Scottsdale.

With the help of a friend, an escaped "sister-wife" who recognizes the victim, Lena tries to help the dead woman's son. Jonah is one of the "lost boys" thrown away by the cult so other men can have multiple wives. He's living on the streets, addicted, turning tricks, and now he's been arrested for his mother's murder. Lena believes Jonah is innocent. To prove it, she follows the trail to the truth about who killed Celeste King and why—and in the process, discovers secrets both tragic and disturbing.

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The Montauk Mystery by Diane Sawyer
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The Montauk Mystery by Diane Sawyer
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Ripe for large-scale development, Big Shell Island is locked in a battle between preservationists and construction companies. Currently, the historic and mysterious island is the site of an archaeological dig for lost Native American artifacts. Artist Annie Devane agrees to be part of the team, despite conflicting feelings about expedition leader Matt Revington. He's charming and dedicated, but she suspects this scion of a powerful and mistrusted family is hiding secrets. There is something buried on the island that will change its future. And Annie wants to know what.

Alone with people she's not sure she can trust, Annie discovers a maze of caverns, tunnels and danger. As she unearths the real motive for the dig and the stunning truth at its heart, she pursues a terrifying trail of murder that leads back to her own tragic past. And a waiting killer …

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USA Today Talks to Jeffery Deaver about Project X

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Last May we learned that crime novelist Jeffery Deaver was chosen to be the new writer for the James Bond series of action thrillers.

USA Today published an article today about the author, in which he updates us a little on the book he's writing -- though the title is still a secret.

"The novel," Deaver says, "is set in the present day, in 2011. Bond is a young agent for the British secret service. He's 29 or 30 years old, and he's an Afghan war vet." He adds that it "takes place over a short time period and involves Bond traveling to some exotic locations. ... The poor guy. I almost feel bad for him. He doesn't get a lot of rest."

Watch a short video in which Jeffery Deaver talks about his books:

 

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