Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Mysteries on TV: Damages, Monk, and Psych, Season Premieres This Week

Mysteries on TV

The premieres of several shows will air this week and , your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is reminding you to set your DVRs!

Damages, a Mystery TV Series

On Wednesday, January 7th, the second season of Damages premieres on FX. The series follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes (played brilliantly by Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator and her bright, ambitious young protégé Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne).

In the second season, after her unprecedented victory over billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), Patty Hewes has the legal world at her feet. Just as she's pondering her next move, Daniel Purcell (William Hurt), a man from Patty's mysterious past, storms back into her life, catapulting Patty into a new legal challenge. What starts as a domestic murder case, escalates into the highest reaches of government as Patty unearths a vast conspiracy.

At the same time, Ellen is on a mission to take down Patty. She's agreed to act as an informant for the FBI, assisting them in their criminal investigation of Patty and the firm. As Patty unravels the mystery surrounding Daniel Purcell, she must also negotiate the perilous minefield both inside and outside her office.

The first season of is available on DVD.

Visit the official Damages website on FX for more information about the series.

Monk, a Mystery TV Series

Also premiering this week is the second half of the seventh (and penultimate) season of Monk. When Monk's delinquent half-brother, Jack Jr., escapes from prison and breaks into Monk's apartment, he manipulates Monk (Tony Shalhoub) into helping him find the person he claims framed him for murder. Steve Zahn guest stars in Mr. Monk’s Other Brother at 9PM (ET) Friday, January 9th, as America's favorite obsessive-compulsive detective returns to USA Network.

The first six seasons of are available on DVD. And just published last month is the seventh book tie-in to the series, Mr. Monk is Miserable by Lee Goldberg.

Visit the official Monk website on USA Network for more information about the series.

Psych, a Mystery TV Series

Finally, also on Friday, and also on USA, the second half of the third season of Psych premieres. When Shabby the Sea Lion is found dead after being released into the wild, Shawn Spencer (James Roday) sets out to prove it was murder and stumbles onto a bigger conspiracy. Don't miss the premiere of Six Feet Under the Sea, guest-starring Ted McGinley, on Friday January 9th at 10PM (ET).

The first two seasons of are available on DVD. Last October, USA Network confirmed that Psych has been picked up for a fourth season starting in the summer of 2009. Finally, new this month in paperback is the first book tie-in for the series, Psych: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read by William Rabkin.

Visit the official Psych website on USA Network for more information about the series.

Visit the Mysteries on TV website to discover more currently available on DVD.

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  1. There's also an original PSYCH novel out this week -- A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO READ -- by William Rabkin. Bill and I co-wrote the PSYCH episode "Forget Me Not" on the show's first season.


  2. There is also a new PSYCH novel out... A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO READ ... by William Rabkin. The book is hilarious. Bill knows PSYCH inside and out... he and I co-wrote the PSYCH episode "Forget Me Not" in Season 1.

  3. From the MBN Editor: Thanks Lee! It's listed on our Mystery Bookshelf page of January 2009 titles but we forgot to mention it when we first created this post. We've updated the post above to include a reference to the first Psych tie-in book. Thanks again for the suggestion and for stopping by Mystery Books News!


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