Sunday, January 27, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080127

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

• File this under dubious ideas for a television show: is reporting that a new Apprentice-style reality show will be shown during March on BBC-2 that will turn one of six celebrities into a mystery author. The series will star bestselling crime writer Minette Walters and the resulting book will be published by Pan Macmillan. The show is intended to highlight World Book Day (March 6th).

• Mark David, writing for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, talks to author Tim Dorsey whose latest book in the Serge Storms series, Atomic Lobster, was published this month. (MBN note: will publish its review of Atomic Lobster by next week.)

• The Adventure Company has released a new trailer for its highly anticipated release of (.wmv format). The game is currently scheduled for release on 02/25/2008 and will be available from .

• In related Agatha Christie news, The Times Online is reporting that Geraldine McEwan has announced her retirement as Miss Marple after appearing in 12 made-for-television mysteries for ITV. Mathew Prichard, Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd., said, "Geraldine has been a wonderful Miss Marple – the sixth actress to play her on screen in my lifetime. I think she brought a humanity and playfulness to the role that worked beautifully. We will miss her but are looking forward to seeing what new aspects of Jane Marple’s character our new Miss Marple might be able to explore." An ITV spokesman said: "We will search far and wide for a new Marple."

• When the nominees for the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Awards were announced earlier this month, all three nominees in the Best Play category premiered at the International Mystery Writers Festival last June in Owensboro. "This is the first time in the 62-year history of the Edgars that an entire category was swept by one entity" said Festival Co-Chair Stuart Kaminsky, a past Edgar winner and Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America. The 2008 festival has been chosen for the U.S. premiere of Agatha Christie’s lost thriller Chimneys. The play was missing for more than 70 years until the original handwritten manuscript was discovered in Calgary in 2003 and authenticated recently by the Christie estate. (MBN note: Visit for a list of past winners of the Edgars as well as for over 25 other awards that honor the best of mystery.)

Comics2Film talked to prolific mystery author Max Allan Collins about his Hard Case Crime novel Deadly Beloved that featured Ms. Tree, a comics character he created with artist Terry Beatty. "Ms. Tree is appealing because she is, frankly, a strong, well-realized character -- a true hero or heroine or whatever, but flawed," Collins says. "She really is a female version of Mike Hammer, but she's smarter than Mike." According to Collins' website, a made-for-television film version of the book is in development with the Oxygen network.

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