Friday, January 11, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080111

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

Left Coast Crime has posted the nominees for The Lefty (best humorous mystery published in 2007), The Rocky (best mystery set in the Left Coast Crime geographical region in 2007), and The Arty (best cover art for a mystery published in 2007) on its website. The winners will be announced at Murder on the Rocks, the Left Coast Crime convention in Denver from March 6-9, 2008.

• In more award news, the Lambda Literary Foundation has posted the nominees for the Lambda Literary Award on its website. Categories include best women's mystery and best men's mystery. (MBN note: See for a list of past winners of the Lambda Literary Award as well as winners of awards from over 20 other literary organizations.)

• Variety is reporting that after a gap of 4 years ABC is bringing back The Mole, one of the best reality shows ever produced. The new season, expected to air this summer, will revert to its original format (i.e. without celebrities) and feature new "whodunit" game elements as well as a new host. The first season of and the first celebrity season, , are available for purchase on our website.

• Monk and Psych return for the second half of their regular seasons on USA Network tonight. In related news, USA Network announced that it would air an animated short based on the characters in Psych during a break in each episode this season. The shorts, titled The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus, would range in length from just under 1 minute to about 2 minutes and would also be available on USANetwork.com and other syndicated outlets. Previous seasons of and are available on our website.

• In a press release, AuthorHouse announced that it is offering a free web site to authors who start the publishing process in 2008. The free author web site includes tools for providing real-time news and events about the featured book, content control features like active blog posting, and a portal where readers can purchase and review the book. Additionally, AuthorHouse hosts the site for free. (MBN note: For more information on resources for self publishing mystery books, visit .)

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