Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080130

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

The Associated Press is reporting that Margaret Truman has died. She was 83. Truman, the daughter of President Harry Truman, was the author of a series of mystery novels set in and about Washington DC. (MBN note: See for a list of her mysteries, the first of which was published in 1980 and the most recent last year.)

• As reported by, Rupert Holmes has agreed to join the International Mystery Writers' Festival Executive Committee. Holmes will be bringing his Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Edgar Award talents of writing for the festival through the production of unique and special events. For more information on the International Mystery Writers' Festival, visit

Otto Penzler in his column on writes about the richness of the historic and emotional elements of World War I that have served to enrich more than a few works in the detective genre including a review of Charles Todd's latest Ian Rutledge mystery, A Pale Horse. (MBN note: , "... a brilliantly written mystery, carefully and meticulously plotted.")

• The Digital Spy is reporting that ITV has commissioned a new three part psychological thriller based on the novel A Place of Execution. The production team behind the drama is also responsible for the television series which is also based on books by McDermid. (MBN note: According to , A Place of Execution was the winner of several awards including the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Dilys Award, and more.)

• The returns to network television tomorrow, Thursday January 31st at 8 PM (ET/PT), for a 2-hour special season premiere. For more information on the series, visit the Lost homepage on

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