Saturday, February 09, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080209

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

The New York Times is reporting that Phyllis A. Whitney, a prolific best-selling author of romantic mysteries, young-adult novels and children’s mysteries for more than a half-century, has died. She was 104. In 1988 Ms. Whitney received the prestigious Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Mystery Writers of America. (MBN note: Some of the earliest memories we have of reading mysteries are the children's mysteries written by Ms. Whitney. How many times we wished we still had those books.)

Publishers Weekly has an interesting article on mass market paperbacks and the role they play in the bookselling marketplace.

John Lichfield of The Independent talks to French literary critic and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard who is attempting to invent a new literary genre. He calls himself a "critical detective". He reinvestigates the plots of famous books, correcting the errors of their authors and reversing literary injustices.

• Terrence P. McCauley has won "The Search for the Next Great Crime Writer" contest from Borders, truTV and McCauley's manuscript, Prohibition, was chosen as a semi-finalist by the community and then picked out of the finalists by a panel of judges including authors , Sandra Brown and . (Read the Press Release on

• Lighthouse Interactive, a leading publisher of video games for the PC, has confirmed that Belief & Betrayal will ship in late March, 2008. As journalist Jonathan Danter, you discover that a ten year old murder is somehow part of a greater mystery that could destroy humanity itself. Filled with baffling plot twists and conspiracy theories, you must uncover the mystery that reaches back through history. (MBN note: is available for pre-order on the website.)

• In other game news, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is being released this week for the Nintendo DS. In the curious village of St. Mystere, townsfolk greet each other with rebuses, lock their doors with sliding puzzles and hide their secrets within brainteasers. When a wealthy baron passes away, his will reveals an elusive treasure hidden someplace inside the village. Now it's up to Professor Layton to untangle St. Mystere's riddles and puzzles, find the hidden treasure and crack the case. (MBN news: Find more mystery games for the Ninendo DS at .)

• Here's a movie / mystery book tie-in we missed: the Gates Family Mysteries featuring none other than the Gates family of the National Treasure movies. The first title, Changing Tides, was released last fall. The second, Midnight Ride, will be published next month. The books, written by Catherine Hapka and published by Disney Press, are intended for young adults. (MBN note: We'll be adding this series to our website in the near future.)

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