Saturday, January 05, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080105

After a brief break for the holidays, we resume our compendium of recently published mystery news articles (for the period 12/15/2007 to 12/31/2007):

has teamed up with Oberon Media to create a series of casual games based on the Women's Murder Club franchise and release them via its extensive network of multi-platform distribution partnerships worldwide.

NBC is planning on airing episodes of and on Sundays beginning this March. The new seasons for these series begin this month on USA (which is owned by NBC). NBC had already announced it was bringing back which has been airing new episodes on USA.

• Scholastic (US publisher of the Harry Potter books) has announced it is introducing a new series of 10 books called The 39 Clues, mystery novels aimed at readers 8 to 12. The series is about the Cahills, a century-year-old family who are supposed to be the world's most powerful clan. The first book in the series, The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, is scheduled for publication in September 2008.

• Otto Penzler (on chooses his favorite mystery of 2007: The Tin Roof Blowdown by . In another column, he lists 10 mysteries that should be required reading for aficionados of the genre. announced the release of Venice Mystery in which players must solve an ancient mystery before Venice sinks into the water.

• The intellectual inspiration for 's novels featuring Kay Scarpetta, Dr. Marcella Fierro, is stepping down from her position as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner.

answers the three questions she most often receives during a book signing in Oline H. Cogdill's column (on South Florida

• The 5-minute interview with mystery writer (on The Independent).

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