Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Book Trailer for Death Be Not Proud by C. F. Dunn

Death Be Not Proud by C. F. Dunn

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Death Be Not Proud
C. F. Dunn
The Secret of the Journal
Lion Fiction (April 2013)

Following the vicious attack by a psychotic colleague, and reeling from the discovery that Matthew Lynes is not all that he seems, Professor Emma D’Eresby flees the university college in Maine to her home town in England. Broken physically and emotionally, Emma drifts until, fearing for their daughter’s sanity, her parents invite a family friend to assess her. In the course of their conversation, Emma discovers that he spoke to Matthew over thirty years before, and she concludes that Matthew must be hiding a profound secret.

Spurred into action, she traces Matthew’s family name back, making a startling discovery — that Matthew was betrayed during the English Civil War where a clash with his uncle left him fighting for his life.

But instead of dying he not only lived, but persisted, growing steadily in strength and surviving events that would have killed any other man. But Matthew also has the memories, and baggage, that come with his longevity …

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Time of Death, A PJ Gray Mystery by Shirley Kennett, Now at a Special Price

Time of Death by Shirley Kennett

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Time of Death by Shirley Kennett, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Open Road.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $1.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (07/30/2013 at 3:30 PM ET). 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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Time of Death by Shirley Kennett

Time of Death by Shirley Kennett
A PJ Gray Mystery (5th in series)
Publisher: Open Road

PJ Gray and her partner strive to uncover a murderer — and reveal their feelings for each other …

A serial killer dubbed the Metro Mangler is on the loose in St. Louis. PJ Gray, psychologist and virtual reality sleuth, heads the investigation, alongside her partner, the veteran homicide detective Leo Schultz. Are the killings the work of one criminal, or two? The partners sift through baffling evidence, which links to a thirty-year-old crime and a wealthy family's secrets.

But in this case, there's an added complication: The relationship between the partners is heating up. Gray is a recently divorced single mother, though, and outside of work she's preoccupied with her son's new gaming addiction. And on top of it all, there's another man after her, too—she's next on the Mangler's hit list.

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Drawing Dead, a Joe Crow Mystery by Pete Hautman, Now at a Special Price

Drawing Dead by Pete Hautman

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Drawing Dead by Pete Hautman, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Mysterious Press.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (07/30/2013 at 3:00 PM ET). 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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Drawing Dead by Pete Hautman

Drawing Dead by Pete Hautman
A Joe Crow Mystery (1st in series)
Publisher: Mysterious Press

After losing a poker hand to a sleazy stockbroker, an ex-cop must work to pay off his debt …

Before cocaine, Joe Crow had a wife and a job with the Big River Police Department. Now he has neither — and he's left behind coke, too. Sober, quiet, and reflective, his only vice is poker. One night he gets into trouble, and winds up in debt to the drug-addled slimeball Dickie Wicky. As repayment, Crow agrees to do Dickie a favor.

Dickie thinks his wife, a slender young thing called Catfish, is running around on him. He wants Crow to find her lover and pay him to leave her alone. But Catfish has charms and troubles of her own, and she will draw Crow into the underbelly of Minnesota — a world of drugs, murder, and the dangerous business of counterfeit comic books. This girl is one fish that Crow should have thrown back.

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Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland, New in Bookstores This Week

New Mysteries (July 2013)

Today's new hardcover mystery title, scheduled to be published this week by Kensington, is Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland.

For a list of more new hardcover mysteries published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for July 2013. For new paperback mysteries, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of July 2013 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

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Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland

Murder In Thrall
Anne Cleeland

First-year Detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome and enigmatic … to a fault. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying — a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

Acton and Doyle are sent to investigate the murder of a trainer at a racetrack. Soon, new killings related to the first start unfolding, dragging the two into ever more perilous situations. But the real danger is the unlikely attachment that develops between the ultra reserved aristocratic Chief Inspector and his plucky working class sidekick … a relationship that will raise plenty of eyebrows — and hackles — among their colleagues at the Yard.

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Killer Nashville Announces Finalists for 2013 Claymore Award

The Claymore Award

Killer Nashville has announced the finalists for the 2013 Claymore Award, honoring the best unpublished crime literature manuscript. In alphabetical order (by last name), they are …

Jacob M. Appel, The Man Who Trounced God at Chess
Laura Brennan, The End of All Things
Terri Coop, Dial 1-Pro-Hac-Vice
Vinnie Hansen, Black Beans & Venom
Charles Kingsman, Unbelievers
John Madinger, Hot Shot
Joan Kane Nichols, A Novel By Dickens
Ray Peden, One Tenth of the Law
Elizabeth Visser, Profile of a Killer
Shellie Williams, Deadly Secrets

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during the Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet on the Saturday evening of this year's Killer Nashville conference, which is being held from August 22nd through 25th at the Hutton Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville. Previous winners and finalists have had their books published and optioned for film; read some of their success stories, here.

Into the Darkest Corner, a Novel of Psychological Suspense by Elizabeth Haynes, Now at a Special Price

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Harper.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $1.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (07/30/2013 at 1:30 PM ET). 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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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
A Novel of Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Harper

Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine — now Cathy — compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible … until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee's impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee's old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover's sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.

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Scorpion Betrayal, a Scorpion Thriller by Andrew Kaplan, Now at a Special Price

Scorpion Betrayal by Andrew Kaplan

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Scorpion Betrayal by Andrew Kaplan, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Harper.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $1.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (07/30/2013 at 1:00 PM ET). 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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Scorpion Betrayal by Andrew Kaplan

Scorpion Betrayal by Andrew Kaplan
A Scorpion Thriller (2nd in series)
Publisher: Harper

The head of Egypt's State Internal Security is brutally murdered in a Cairo cafĂ© — his assailant a faceless killer known only as "the Palestinian". It is the opening move in a chilling game of terror that has caught the international intelligence community completely off-guard, and the CIA turns to the one man they believe can get to the twisted roots of a looming nightmare shrouded in mystery: a former Company operative code-named Scorpion.

The breakneck hunt for a mastermind is leading Scorpion from the Middle East to the dangerous underworld of the capitals of Europe. With the fate of the free world in the hands of two well- matched adversaries there is no margin for error. But a shocking truth has been kept from the determined manhunter … and beauty will blind him to the ultimate betrayal.

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Cinemystery: Disney to Adapt Artemis Fowl Books for Film

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

Walt Disney Studios is bringing 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl to the big screen. Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) will adapt the first two books in the series (more about both, below).

Eoin Colfer introduced Artemis Fowl in 2001 and has written eight books in this fantasy/adventure/thriller series.

No release date was announced for the film.

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer
An Artemis Fowl Novel

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius — and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them … but then they stop playing by the rules …

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The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

The Arctic Incident
Eoin Colfer
An Artemis Fowl Novel

Artemis Fowl receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya: his father.

As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. Now, instead of battling the fairies, Artemis must join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.

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Jane Dentinger's Jocelyn O'Rourke Mysteries Now Available as eBooks

Open Road Media

Open Road today published all six books in the "Jocelyn O'Roarke" mystery series by Jane Dentinger as ebooks, the first time they have appeared in this format.

Jocelyn "Josh" O'Roarke was introduced in 1983 in Murder On Cue, in which the struggling actress plays an understudy to a Broadway star, who winds up dead with Josh being (not unexpectedly) the prime suspect. Five additional books were written in the series by Dentinger over a 12 year period.

We're listing all six titles, below.

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Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger

Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery (1st in series)
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

When a Broadway show's lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it's too late …

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First Hit of the Season by Jane Dentinger

First Hit of the Season by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery (2nd in series)
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

New York's most hated theater critic has been poisoned. Now the question is, Who isn't a suspect?

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Death Mask by Jane Dentinger

Death Mask by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery (3rd in series)
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

Jocelyn O'Roarke finally gets her big break; too bad a murder has to come along and ruin it …

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Dead Pan by Jane Dentinger

Dead Pan by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery (4th in series)
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

Where stage actress and sometimes-detective Jocelyn O'Roarke goes, murder follows — even all the way across the country …

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The Queen Is Dead by Jane Dentinger

The Queen Is Dead by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery (5th in series)
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

When the lead actress in a collegiate production of A Winter's Tale dies, Jocelyn takes on a lot more than just a role …

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Who Dropped Peter Pan? by Jane Dentinger

Who Dropped Peter Pan? by Jane Dentinger
A Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery (6th in series)
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

A middle-aged actor falls to his death during a preview night under mysterious circumstances, and it's up to Jocelyn to find the culprit …

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A Conversation with Novelist Alex Marwood

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Alex Marwood
with Alex Marwood

We are delighted to welcome novelist Alex Marwood to Omnimystery News today.

Alex's new psychological thriller is The Wicked Girls (Penguin Books; July 2013 trade paperback and ebook formats), and we recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the book.

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Omnimystery News: How do you decide as an author whether to write a stand-alone or a series novel?

Alex Marwood: It's really just a matter of personal taste, isn't it? As a consumer, I've never been a great fan of recurring characters, either in books or films, with the odd honourable exception. If I could come up with a character as compelling as Dexter, say, or Saga Nordstrom in the brilliant Scandiwegian serial The Bridge, I might think again. Even writers whose work I really admire rarely suck me in with series: I have, for instance, read every one of Ruth Rendell's Barbara Vine psychological standalones, many of them more than once, but have barely touched her Wexford series. As a writer (I have had four other books published in the UK under my real name, before The Wicked Girls), I guess I want to explore my characters so thoroughly from the beginning that I will have fairly much worn myself out by the end. I like the challenge of having to create a whole new universe from scratch every time. Well, perhaps "like" is the wrong verb. I can work myself into frenzies of tension at the outset of every book, while the universe is forming in my head, but it's what feels natural to me.

OMN: Tell us something about the book that isn't mentioned in the publisher's synopsis.

AM: Though many people have assumed that The Wicked Girls is based on a notorious British murder case, the start-point in my head was actually the brilliant 1994 movie Heavenly Creatures, and its pay-off line that, as a condition of their parole, the two girls were never allowed to meet again. Ever since I saw it, the what-ifs have been going round and round my head.

OMN: Re-write the synopsis as a tweet.

AM: If you killed someone as a child, could you ever recover?

OMN: We often hear that you should write what you know. Would you agree?

AM: It's a very oversimplified rule, the way it's most often quoted. I remember a woman at a party turning rather pale when someone told her I was a crime writer. Turned out she was interpreting the "write what you know" rule rather too literally and, because I'd never been in the police, assumed that I must come from the other side. But it's a good and useful rule. There are few people who can't access a memory of being seriously frightened, even if the fear was groundless, of being confused, of being sad, and it's amazing how one can recreate those emotions in one's mind's eye at will. My starting point for a lot of situations I set up in books is "how would I feel/what would I do if …"

OMN: Describe your writing process.

AM: Crime seems to need a lot more precise preparation than the other books I've written before. With those, I'd start with an idea, find some people to put in the situation and let them run with the decision-making, with the odd pause to work out how the heck I was going to get myself out of a corner. Which sounds very greenery-yallery, but it generally worked. With crime and its crowded dramatis personae, every detail — plot, character, place — all matters intensely. Crime readers aren't stupid and they can see a plot hole from miles off. I've felt cheated at the end of a number of books and don't want to inflict that on my readers, so now I've taken to doing a mass of plotting before I go anywhere near the computer. I have a big magnetic whiteboard, and by the time I start writing it will be covered in maps, drawings of houses, lists of characters and their ages and multicoloured arrows. I'll then scrawl plot points on scraps of paper and fix them to the board with fridge magnets, so I can move them around. I'm not saying the plot is fixed in stone before I start writing — I still find that characters surprise me by making their own decisions — but it really helps me keep track.

OMN: How important is the setting to your storyline?

AM: I'm very British, in my writing. Although my antecedents are pure Celtic Fringes, I grew up in Oxford and have been a dedicated Londoner for more years than I can quite believe. I am fairly obsessed with my country — its class system, its strange mix of tolerance and intolerance, its layer upon layer of not-always-edifying history, the way we take living in houses that are hundreds of years old for granted, our ever-changing language — and I try to set my books in places that are typically British, but range beyond the picture the outside world has of us. The Wicked Girls is set in Whitmouth, a run-down seaside resort on the south coast: a place that was hugely fashionable in the Georgian and Victorian eras but which has become something of a dumping-ground now that everyone takes their holidays in places with more reliable weather. There are lots of towns like it on our coastlines, a population of the homeless, the jobless, asylum seekers and old people hidden in among the low-rent holidaymakers and hen parties, elegant eighteenth-century facades buried beneath great swathes of neon. The book I'm currently writing, The Killer Next Door, is set in a rooming house in an anonymous south London suburb that the tourists never reach. It's off the underground network, so, to those who don't live there, it basically doesn't exist.

OMN: What kinds of books did you read when you were young?

AM: I was a complete gannet. I read everything. I was lucky, in that I was one of those kids with an adult library card and rather vague parents. My school, certainly, disapproved of the sorts of things I would choose to read — I've always been keen on horror, thrillers and dystopic fantasy — but I think they were a wonderful source of imaginative growth, for me. I did major in English Literature at university, though, so I got a good grounding all round by the time I reached adulthood.

OMN: What authors would you say have had the most influence on your writing today?

AM: Stephen King. Daphne du Maurier. James Herbert. Agatha Christie.
Stephen King. Kurt Vonnegut. Barbara Vine. Stephen King. George Eliot. Isaac Asimov. Stephen King. Patricia Highsmith. E Nesbit. Oh, and Stephen King.

Current authors I really admire include Laura Lippman, Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin, Jeff Lindsay, Belinda Bauer, Gillian Flynn. Oh, and Stephen King.

OMN: What is the best advice you've received as an author? And, if you care to share it, the harshest criticism.

AM: When I was considering a change of name a brilliant agent I went and talked to said "you have to remember that it's not the individual books and how they've done that count: at the end of your life, it's the body of your work." This taught me a huge amount about just keeping on keeping on, and not allowing myself to get too elated or depressed about any one event.

As to the harshest: I once bumped into an old schoolfriend I hadn't seen in a while. "Oh, yes," she said, "I'm afraid I haven't read any of your books. Having a degree in the subject, I always feel I have something of a duty to read the good stuff."

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Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a successful journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. Alex lives in South London and is working on her next novel.

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The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Wicked Girls
Alex Marwood
A Psychological Thriller

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder.

Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago.

Now with new, vastly different lives — and unknowing families to protect — will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

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