Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080116

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• Brunonia Barry, the Salem (MA) author of The Lace Reader, a self-published mystery, recently signed a $2 million deal with William Morrow for world English publishing rights. The original trade paperback version was published by Flap Jacket Press in September 2007 and may be hard to find; an updated version with editing changes will be published in hardcover this fall by Morrow. As for the process of self-publishing and marketing her book, her husband stated, "It's not for the faint of heart." (MBN note: Visit to find resources that will help you write and publish your mystery novel.)

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened was awarded GameSpot's "Best of 2007" award for "Best Use of a Creative License." The game blends the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H. P. Lovecraft to create a dark and mysterious world of adventure. Find more mystery games at .

• Otto Penzler profiles master of suspense writer Cornell Woolrich in his column on

Anna Mundow of the Irish Times interviews Ray Banks whose second novel, Saturday's Child, published this month in the US by Harcourt, introduces private investigator Cal Innes. Publishers Weekly said of Saturday's Child, "Banks is updating the noir novel with an utterly original sensibility." Ray Banks is currently working on his fourth title in the series, the second of which, Donkey Punch, was published last year in the UK and the third of which, No More Heroes, is scheduled for publication next month in the UK. The interview appears on, the online version of The Boston Globe.

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