Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tijuana Weekend by Michael Haskins is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Tijuana Weekend by Michael Haskins as today's second free mystery ebook.

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Tijuana Weekend by Michael Haskins

Tijuana Weekend by Michael Haskins
A Mick Murphy Mystery
Publisher: CreateSpace

This is the third mystery in this series featuring Liam Michael "Mad Mick" Murphy, a journalist in Key West.

About Tijuana Weekend (from the publisher): The opening of the bullfight season in Tijuana, Mexico, finds Mick Murphy up against Central American death squads as he tries to help a "rebel" priest escape Mexico and enter the USA with evidence of government involvement in the death of Jesuits and their housekeeper in El Salvador. With a group of American friends in tow, Murphy avoids getting them involved as he calls on old friends to help him get back across the border as Tijuana burns and he heads into a trap set by the English mercenary who leads the death squads.

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Two Mysteries by Rick Dewhurst are Today's Featured Free MystereBooks

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature the two mysteries in the Joe LaFlam series by Rick Dewhurst as today's free mystery ebooks. (These are repeat freebies from December 2011.)

These titles were listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Bye Bye Bertie by Rick Dewhurst

Bye Bye Bertie by Rick Dewhurst
A Joe LaFlam Mystery
Publisher: Quotidian Books

About Bye Bye Bertie (from the publisher): Joe LaFlam struggles to be free from the fear of dying destitute and alone in an alley, under cardboard, just another discard of a world gone bad. His fear is magnified by doubts about his chosen profession. He has long sought to be a successful detective, but he has been thwarted by his incompetence and haunted by his insecurity. Bachelor LaFlam, who lives at home with his mother and who moonlights driving cab to pay the rent on his detective office, equates marriage with bliss and a successful career with bread on his future family's table. To be free once and for all, Joe vows to look death in the face by undertaking a desperate 21-day fast to twist God's arm to help him solve a prominent kidnapping case, make some good money, and get the girl, any girl. With God's help Joe figures the odds are now good that he won't end up dead and alone in some big-city alley under cardboard or newspapers or something bad like that.

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My Fear Lady by Rick Dewhurst

My Fear Lady by Rick Dewhurst
A Joe LaFlam Mystery
Publisher: Quotidian Books

About My Fear Lady (from the publisher): Christian gumshoe Joe LaFlam is wallowing in an existential crisis when the stunning Sissy Smith slinks into his office with a plea for help. Her man Jake Dano has been lured away by another woman and led into the bowels of Spelunkers Global, a secret society bent on world domination with whom Joe previously tangled in the first of the LaFlam mystery series, Bye Bye Bertie. Joe is eager to take the case, knowing that exposing the scum will solidify his professional reputation and reinforce his earthly purpose. He goes undercover underground, where, entrenched as one of them, earthly temptations abound.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Robert Crais to Read from, Sign His Latest Thriller in St. Louis Tuesday, January 31st

Taken by Robert Crais

If you're in the St. Louis area next Tuesday — or plan to be — you won't want to miss crime novelist Robert Crais, who will be reading from and signing his latest Elvis Cole/Joe Pike thriller Taken. Presented by the St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books, the event will take place on Tuesday, January 31st, at 7 PM at Library Headquarters Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

In this 12th book of the series, when the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike — and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another — buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers … before it is too late.

Lilyhammer Premieres in Norway to Record Number of Viewers

Lilyhammer (Netflix)

In a little over a week, Netflix begins streaming its first original series, Lilyhammer. And they've got to be pleased with the reaction to the series in Norway: the premiere episode, which was shown this past Wednesday, scored a 56.3% market share, the largest ever for NRK1, the network on which the episode aired.

Lilyhammer stars Steve Van Zandt (The Sopranos) as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a former mobster who is relocated to Lillehammer (Norway) via a federal witness protection program. A sports fan, Frank wants to make his new life in the town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics — or as he calls it "Lilyhammer." Frank has visions of a paradise of "clean air, fresh white snow and gorgeous broads" far away from the temptations of the Big Apple and from mob hit men. Reality, of course, turns out to be spectacularly different.

On Tuesday, February 6th, 2012, Netflix will have available for streaming all eight episodes of the first season. A second season has already been commissioned.

Watch a trailer for the series below.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)

CBS Orders Pilots for Mommy Track Mysteries, Two Other Crime Dramas

Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman

Last September CBS acquired a television project to adapt the Ayelet Waldman "Mommy Track" mysteries. Yesterday, the network ordered a pilot for a potential series.

In the books, Juliet Applebaum — the series has a tentative title of Applebaum — has given up her career as a public defender to stay at home with her young children … but crime finds a way into her neighborhood giving her a chance to solve mysteries (or Nursery Crimes, as the first book in the series is titled).

CBS also gave the go-ahead to a pilot for Quean, featuring a Lisbeth "Dragon Tattoo" Salander-type character, who works with an Oakland (California) police detective to solve crimes. And a third pilot order goes to an untitled 1960s-era drama with a former rodeo cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff.

BBC America to Co-Produce Next Season of Luther

Luther (BBC/BBC America)

BBC America announced yesterday that the cable network would be co-producing the next season of the crime drama Luther.

Idris Elba stars as Detective Chief Investigator John Luther, a near-genius detective, who might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. Luther follows his own moral code as much as the rules of criminal law.

"We're delighted that Idris' performance in Luther has been recognized this year with a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination," said Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America. "His iconic role as John Luther has quickly become one of the most powerful detective characters television audiences have ever seen."

The season will consist of two episodes to be written by Neil Cross, each two parts, and will air later this year.

Last year, screenwriter Cross won the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay.

(Related article: Press Release.)

Head Games by Craig McDonald is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Head Games by Craig McDonald as today's second free mystery ebook.

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Head Games by Craig McDonald

Head Games by Craig McDonald
A Hector Lassiter Mystery
Publisher: Bleak House/Craig McDonald

Set mostly in 1957, this is the first mystery (of four to date) to feature pulp fiction crime writer Hector Lassiter.

About Head Games (from the publisher): Hector Lassiter has Pancho Villa's long lost skull. He's also got people on his trail. Competing fraternities, Mexican bandits, and US Secret Service are after him. But Lassiter is larger than life. He bedded Dietrich and boxed Hemingway, this can't be too bad. Can it?

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A Skeleton in the Closet by Judith K. Ivie is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature A Skeleton in the Closet by Judith K. Ivie as today's free mystery ebook.

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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A Skeleton in the Closet by Judith K. Ivie

A Skeleton in the Closet by Judith K. Ivie
A Kate Lawrence Mystery
Publisher: Mainly Murder Press

We called this third book of the series "delightful", adding, "The straight-forward plot has some clever twists and readers will quickly relate to the endearing old ladies living in a mysterious mansion with a secret past."

About A Skeleton in the Closet (from the publisher): Everyone has a skeleton or two in their pasts, but the one that turns up at 185 Broad Street in Old Wethersfield is all too real. Afraid that the discovery of a corpse on their property might put off potential buyers, the elderly owners of the historic Victorian house turn to Wethersfield realtor and reluctant amateur sleuth Kate Lawrence to solve their problem.

As if that weren’t enough to contend with, Kate and her longtime love Armando are moving in together. Kate’s partner Strutter has a secret that sends everyone reeling. Best friend Margo sets her cap for a local police officer. And every last one of them is being threatened by an anonymous poison pen.

Read our review of A Skeleton in the Closet by Judith K. Ivie.

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City of Masks by Daniel Hecht is Today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature City of Masks by Daniel Hecht as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. The deal price of $1.99 is valid only for today, Friday, January 27, 2012.

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City of Masks by Daniel Hecht

City of Masks by Daniel Hecht
A Cree Black Mystery
Publisher: Bloomsbury

About City of Masks (from the publisher): Parapsychologist Cree and her partner take a case in New Orleans's Garden District that leaves them fearing for their own lives.

The 150-year-old Beauforte House has long stood empty, until Lila Beauforte resumes residence and starts to see some of the house's secrets literally come to life. Tormented by an insidious and violent presence, Lila finds herself trapped in a life increasingly filled with childhood terrors. It takes Cree's unconventional take on psychology and her powerful natural empathy with Lila to navigate the dangerous worlds of spirit and memory, as they clash in a terrifying tale of mistaken identity and murder.

Important Note: Amazon.com updates its Kindle book deal every day at approximately midnight PT. The title referenced above is available at a discounted price for Friday, January 27, 2012 only.

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Mystery Bestsellers for the Week Ending January 27, 2012

Bestselling Hardcover Mystery Books

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending January 27th, 2012 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

P. D. James's stand-alone novel Death Comes to Pemberley has regained the top spot this week … and by a fairly comfortable margin. Elmore Leonard's Raylan takes the biggest jump of the week, from 17 to 4.

One new title debuts.

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Taken by Robert Crais

Coming in at number 8 is the latest mystery to feature private investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Taken by Robert Crais.

When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike — and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities.

Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears.

Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers … before it is too late.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jesse Stone: Benefit of Doubt to air May 20th, 2012 on CBS

Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone

CBS has announced that the next Jesse Stone made-for-television movie, Benefit of the Doubt, will air on Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at 9 PM (ET/PT).

Tom Selleck reprises his role as (former Paradise Chief of Police) Jesse Stone, who is "forced to rely on his skills and intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues and hidden meanings in a bid to crack a shocking and horrifying mob-related double homicide." Benefit of Doubt was filmed last year in Nova Scotia from a script co-written by Selleck.

The character is based on one created by the late crime novelist Robert B. Parker, though the last few telemovies — including this one — have been original screenplays, not adapted from any of the books in the series.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)

Nominees for the 2012 Dilys Award Announced

Mystery Book Awards

The nominees for the Dilys Award have been announced by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of specialty bookshop Murder Ink, this award recognizes the titles booksellers most enjoyed selling during 2011.

The winner will be announced at Left Coast Crime in Sacramento this March.

Faithful Place by Tana French (Penguin)Review of Faithful Place by Tana French
Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
Tag Man by Archer Mayor (Minotaur Books)
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)Review of A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan (Minotaur Books)

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(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare for alerting us to this news.)

MystereBooks: New Carina Press Titles for January 2012

Carina Press: Mystery and Suspense Titles

Each month, Omnimystery News is pleased to present new mystery and suspense titles from Carina Press, an ebook only publisher. Links are provided to purchase the ebook from, where available, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, or the Apple iBookstore; click on the banner to the right to be taken to the CarinaPress.com website to browse for other titles.

New ebooks of mystery and suspense for January 2012 from Carina Press include:

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Designed for Death by Jean Harrington
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Designed for Death by Jean Harrington
A Deva Dunne, Murder by Design Mystery (1st in series)

Interior designer Deva Dunne's latest project comes to a screeching halt when blood on the carpet leads her to the body of her client, an exotic dancer with a mysterious past. But the murdered woman is not the only resident of the posh beachfront condominium with secrets, and investigating officer Lieutenant Victor Rossi considers them all suspects.

Though wary of working in the killer's midst, Deva continues decorating the unit for the new owner. When she stumbles upon clues that might help crack the case, she can't resist doing a little digging of her own, despite Rossi's orders to quit meddling. Now, she's juggling the investigation, her career and sexy neighbor Simon Yaeger, who seems interested in more than her etchings.

Deva can't help but be flattered by all the male attention—that is, until she realizes the killer has designs on her, too …

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His Secret Past by Katie Reus
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His Secret Past by Katie Reus
Non-series

Six years ago, Alexis Baptiste's world was turned upside down when Hunter Cassidy disappeared without a trace, leaving her alone and pregnant. She's finally moving on with her life when he resurfaces, just in time to rescue her from a would-be assassin. Forced to join him on the run to protect herself and her young son, Alexis is now in even more danger: danger of falling for Hunter all over again.

Betrayed by rogue CIA agents after infiltrating an infamous drug cartel, former DEA agent Hunter Cassidy has spent years trying to clear his name. He's not proud of the things he's done, and knows he doesn't deserve a future with Alexis, or the son he never knew he had, but he's determined to protect them from the men who ruined his life. Convincing Alexis to trust him—and denying his feelings for her—is going to be the hardest mission he's ever faced.

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Sex, Lies and Surveillance by Stephanie Julian
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Sex, Lies and Surveillance by Stephanie Julian
Non-series

Janey DeMarco would love to have a sex life—and she has a serious crush on the new guy in her office. As manager for her family's P.I. firm, she knows an office romance would end in disaster. Not only are her parents former spies, but her older brothers are tall, dark and overly protective. Still, a little sex would go a long way to reducing her stress levels, and the man is hot …

NSA operative Mal Laughlin has been sent undercover to find a link between the DeMarcos and the gun smugglers who killed his partner. Unfortunately, the only evidence points to the woman who's making him hot, hard and ready—Janey.

Convinced Mal is hiding something, Janey's determined to find out what. Can she do that while keeping her own secrets? Janey and Mal plot a course of seduction to uncover the truth about each other but when they're thrown together on a dangerous assignment, sensual meltdown is imminent and secrets are about to be revealed.

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The Professor by Cathy Perkins
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The Professor by Cathy Perkins
Non-series

The Professor presses his palm against her flank, the warmth of her blood, hotter than her skin. Hot, like the life force that he has claimed. The power over life and death is the ultimate thrill.

Someone is murdering women on college campuses. Agent Mick O'Shaughnessy's mission is simple: stop the killer. Following every lead, he meets Meg, the faculty advisor for one of the victims, who can help him track the killer through her campus connections.

Meg Connelly is focused on getting her master's degree to show her estranged family she doesn't need anybody's help to succeed. There's something about Mick she can't resist, but the last time she let someone get close to her, it cost her everything.

As the investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But Mick's interest in Meg doesn't just endanger her heart—it puts her in the sights of the killer.

Once he gets her alone, he can take all the time he needs …

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