Monday, April 27, 2009

Mystery Godoku Puzzle for April 27, 2009

A new has been created by the editors of the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and is now available on our website.

Godoku is similar to Sudoku, but uses letters instead of numbers. To give you a headstart, we provide you a mystery clue to fill in a complete row or column (if you choose to use it!).

Mystery Godoku Puzzle for April 27, 2009

This week's letters and mystery clue:

C E I O P R S V W

Gary Lovisi is the author of a hard-boiled crime series featuring this PI (9 letters).

We now have two weeks of our puzzles on one page in PDF format for easier printing. Print this week's puzzle here.

Previous puzzles are stored in the Mystery Godoku Archives.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Games of Mystery: Real Crimes, The Unicorn Killer, New at Big Fish Games

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and mystery getaway vacations, is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery game from Big Fish Games released today. You can find out more about these games by visiting our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer

Help rookie FBI Agent Jennifer Lourdes, and veteran detective Alan Michaels catch the infamous Unicorn Killer! Track down the murderer, Ira Einhorn, as you bring him to justice in this exciting hidden object game. Travel all around the globe and explore important crime scenes. Based on a true story, Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer takes you on the long-running chase and extradition of this dangerous criminal!

Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer may be downloaded and purchased for as little as $6.99 with the Big Fish Game Club Jumbo Pack. A demonstration version (97.43 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Also available: Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer Game Walkthrough.

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Other popular games on our page include several and games, games in the series and in particular the latest, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, Adventure Chronicles: The Search for Lost Treasure, Syberia and Syberia II, The Serpent of Isis, James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey, and Nick Chase: A Detective Story.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Winners of the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Announced

Mystery Book Awards: The Edgars, The Agathas, The Anthonys, and many more.

The 2008 were awarded last night in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Times building.

In the Mystery / Thriller category, the winner was Envy the Night by .

Visit LATimes.com for a complete list of winners in all nine categories.

Visit for a complete list of previous winners as well as winners of over 30 other awards recognizing excellence in mystery fiction.

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Games of Mystery: Cate West, The Velvet Keys, New at Big Fish Games

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and mystery getaway vacations, is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery game from Big Fish Games released today. You can find out more about these games by visiting our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

Cate West: The Velvet Keys

Help the celebrated novelist, Cate West, find a dangerous murderer in this exciting hidden object game! This thrilling sequel to Cate West: The Vanishing Files, follows Cate to Damasca where she discovers a new mystery. Gather the items required to forge the enigmatic Velvet Keys and crack the case. A cinematic atmosphere, incredible graphics and addictive gameplay await you in Cate West: The Velvet Keys!

Cate West: The Velvet Keys, a Big Fish Games exclusive, may be downloaded and purchased for as little as $6.99 with the Big Fish Game Club Jumbo Pack. A demonstration version (97.99 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Also available: Cate West: The Velvet Keys Strategy Guide and a Cate West: The Velvet Keys Game Walkthrough.

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Other popular games on our page include several and games, games in the series and in particular the latest, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, Adventure Chronicles: The Search for Lost Treasure, Syberia and Syberia II, The Serpent of Isis, James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey, and Nick Chase: A Detective Story.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Media Mystery News (with Thanks to In Reference to Murder)

Our friends over at In Reference to Murder posted a new Media Murder article this morning. A few of the news items are of particular interest to us and are reprinted below.

Variety is reporting that Gaumont has acquired the film rights to 's 2004 bestseller Paranoia. Another Finder thriller, , was made into a 2002 movie of the same title starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.

Seaweed on the Street, the first mystery in the Silas Seaweed series by , was optioned on behalf of Full Regalia Enterprises. Silas Seaweed is a Coast Salish investigator in Victoria (BC).

Film rights to Oyster Blues, 's debut comic caper, were sold to producer Jon Judelson.

NPR published an audio interview with whose debut mystery, Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed featuring NYPD detective Black Sallie Blue Eyes, was published last month.

Minnesota Public Radio published an interview with who introduced a new series character, NYC private investigator Leonid McGill, in his latest mystery The Long Fall.

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Mystery Bestsellers for April 24, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending April 24, 2009 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

No change in the top 3 bestselling mysteries this week with Long Lost by retaining the top stop. Last week's featured title, Look Again by , moves into 4th position. Three new titles debut.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith

Entering the list at number 10 is Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, the 10th gentle mystery in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by . Mma Ramotswe’s ever-ready tiny white van has recently developed a rather disturbing noise. Of course, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni—her estimable husband and one of Botswana’s most talented mechanics—is the man to turn to for help. But Precious suspects he might simply condemn the van and replace it with something more modern. Can she find a way to save her old friend? In the meantime, Mma Makutsi discovers that her old rival Violet Sephotho, who could not have gotten more than fifty percent on her typing final at the Botswana Secretarial College, has set her sights on none other than Mma Makutsi’s fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti. Can Mma Ramotswe’s intuition save the day? Finally, the proprietor of a local football team has enlisted the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to help explain its dreadful losing streak. The owner of the team is convinced he as a traitor in his midst. But how is Mma Ramotswe, who has never seen a football match in her life, going to discern who is throwing the game? Help, it turns out, may come from an unexpected quarter. There are few mysteries that can’t be solved and fewer problems that can’t be fixed when the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe puts her mind to them. A good cup of red bush tea might be the best solution of all.

First Family by David Baldacci

Next at number 11 Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in First Family, the fourth thriller in this werise by . It began with what seemed like an ordinary children's birthday party. Friends and family gathered to celebrate. There were balloons and cake, games and gifts. This party, however, was far from ordinary. It was held at Camp David, the presidential retreat. And it ended with a daring kidnapping ... which immediately turned into a national security nightmare. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell were not looking to become involved. As former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, they had no reason to be. The FBI doesn't want them interfering. But years ago, Sean King saved the First Lady's husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now, Sean is the one person the First Lady trusts, and she presses Sean and Michelle into the desperate search to rescue the abducted child. With Michelle still battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and Sean, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define ... or defend. Publishers Weekly calls First Family "stellar", adding "Baldacci's careful plotting and confidant depictions of national security procedures make this a thinking man's thriller."

Loitering with Intent by Stuart Woods

Finally, new in 14th position is Loitering with Intent, the 15th mystery in the Stone Barrington series by . Dumped by his glamorous Russian girlfriend during dinner at Elaine’s, and running low on cash, Stone Barrington is having a bad week. So his luck seems to be improving when he’s hired to locate the missing son of a very wealthy man—lucky because the job pays well, and because the son is hiding in the tropical paradise of Key West. But when Stone and his sometime running buddy Dino Bacchetti arrive in the sunny Keys, it appears that someone has been lying in wait. When Stone very nearly loses his life after being blindsided at a local bar, he realizes that the young man he’s been hired to track may have good reason for not wanting to be found. Suddenly Key West is looking less like Margaritaville and more like the mean streets of New York. Booklist calls Loitering with Intent "[a]n exciting entry in prolific Woods’ long-running series."

On our bestseller page, we've added an icon next to every title that is available for immediate download onto the Amazon Kindle. To learn about this wireless reading device, visit the Amazon Kindle page for more information.

The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

Long Lost by Harlan CobenThe Associate by John GrishamThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonLook Again by Lisa Scottoline

Please visit the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books where we are committed to providing readers and collectors of with the best and most current information about their favorite authors, titles, and series.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

eHarlequin's Free Book Friday: Greek Tycoon, Waitress Wife by Julia James

eHarlequin.com gives you another reason to love Fridays! Buy two or more books this Friday and they'll give you their weekly featured book absolutely free! That's right, every Friday, enjoy a featured free book with the purchase of two or more other titles! (Your free book will automatically be added to your cart.)

This Friday's free book (04/24/2009) is from the Harlequin Presents series. (Not a mystery or suspense novel, we know, but you can still order two mysteries and get this book free!)

Greek Tycoon, Waitress Wife by Julia James

Greek Tycoon, Waitress Wife by Julia James
A Bedded by Blackmail Novel

Carrie Richards has stepped into the glittering life of Greek billionaire Alexeis Nicolaides. Luxurious hotels, designer clothes and rare jewels are all hers…and what they share in the bedroom is explosive.

But the consequences of one night lead to a shocking end to Carrie's fairy tale. She discovers Alexeis is not her Prince Charming—he's a man who'll make her his, no matter what the cost!

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Nominees Announced for 2009 Arthur Ellis Awards

Mystery Book Awards: The Edgars, The Agathas, The Anthonys, and many more.

The nominees for the 2009 Arthus Ellis Awards, named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman and recognizing excellence in Canadian crime writing, were announced today by the Crime Writers of Canada.

For Best Novel, the nominees are:

Too Close to Home by (Bantam)
The K Handshape by Maureen Jennings (Dundurn)
Transgression by James W. Nichol (MacArthur & Co.)
The Murder Stone by (MacArthur & Co.)
The Tsunami File by Michael E. Rose (MacArthur & Co.)

For Best First Novel, the nominees are:

by (Bayeux Arts)
Talking to Wendigo by John C. Goodman (Turnstone)
Headline: Murder by April Lindgren (Second Story Press)
Buffalo Jump by Howard Shrier (Vintage Canada)
Margarita Nights by Phyllis Smallman (McArthur & Co.)

For Best Juvenile, the nominees are:

Res Judicata by Vicki Grant (Orca)
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby (HarperCollins)
Royal Murder by Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)
Dead Silence by Norah McClintock (Scholastic Canada)
War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay (Penguin Canada)

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Nominees were also announced for Best Crime Writing in French, Best Short Story, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Unpublished Novel.

The winners will be announced at the 26th annual Arthur Ellis Awards dinner in Ottawa in early June.

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Mystery Book Review: The Frailty of Flesh by Sandra Ruttan

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of The Frailty of Flesh by Sandra Ruttan. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

The Frailty of Flesh by Sandra Ruttan

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A Nolan, Hart, and Tain Mystery

Dorchester (Mass Market Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-8439-6075-2 (0843960752)
ISBN-13: 978-0-8439-6075-4 (9780843960754)
Publication Date: October 2008
List Price: $7.99

Review: The fast-paced action that marked Sandra Ruttan’s debut series novel, What Burns Within, continues in volume two, The Frailty of Flesh. The setting of the British Columbia’s Tri-Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody is the same but with a side trip to the province’s Interior. The three primary protagonists, RCMP constables Ashlyn Hart, Tain, a First Nation officer, and Craig Nolan, are back but still recuperating from the after-effects of their last case when a partner was killed and another wounded. Now, they’re in search of the killer of four-year-old Jeffrey Reimer whose 11- year-old brother, Christopher, claims their 16- year-old sister, Shannon, bludgeoned the boy to death. Like the first book, this one’s a rapid-fire page-turner from first to last. It ripples with interagency rivalries, unfolding of past lives, an obstructionist family and its egomaniacal lawyer, and the duo of Hart and Tain doggedly running a child-killer to ground while Nolan simultaneously rakes through the ashes of a cold case file.

Ruttan intricately and seamlessly weaves together details from the criminal cases and the personal lives and loves of the reserved but explosive Tain and the other two who are now living together, wrestling their own demons while they cruise under the radar of their supervisors, nosy colleagues and an inquisitive female reporter. To complicate their lives, Craig’s review concerns the long ago case of a horrific rape-murder for which his father, Steve Daly, was the original lead RCMP investigator and for which he is now being sued for wrongful conviction by the perpetrator, coincidentally a client of the Reimer family’s lawyer. While Nolan’s doing his work, documents mysteriously go missing both from his desk and his father’s home. And trying to maintain his and his father’s integrity leads to multiple tensions between them and to several revelations about a sordid love triangle that ended a while back in a death and almost causes one in the present. Hart and Tain have their own worries over the four-year-old’s murder when the Reimer family lawyer is the first person the victim’s father calls as the two initiate their investigations. As they proceed they discover disturbing facts about various family members and just how close teenaged friends can be, much less siblings, abused, injured, abducted or murdered. It’s a storyline filled with twists that ends with an unpleasant surprise and a couple of more deaths, including one that hits extremely close to home for Ashlyn.

Ruttan’s creation of an ensemble cast of characters is first class. The teasing out of details about them from the first book and into the second provides just the right amount of information both for readers who have read What Burns Within and for readers who will want to read it. Their growth and development as they proceed here is consistent and credible. The obnoxious family lawyer, a couple of sexist detectives and a pair of bungling street cops are legitimate targets of reader scorn and believable sources for Hart’s ongoing frustrations. Even the politics of policing gets an airing through the machinations that occur with both the cold case review and the child’s murder. And the interagency rivalries depicted in What Burns Within, rage on again, continuing to interfere with the effectiveness of the justice system and to expose malingerers in an unfavourable light.

Although Ruttan brings the two cases to a close, she leaves the personal relationships of her three protagonists under a cloud. It will be intriguing to see what happens to dispel the overcast as the next murder mystery gets resolved. But if anyone can bring it all together, Sandra Ruttan can.

Special thanks to M. Wayne Cunningham ([email protected]) for contributing his review of The Frailty of Flesh.

Review Copyright © 2009 — M. Wayne Cunningham — All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with Permission

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Synopsis (from the publisher): The police got the call: a four-year-old boy had been found beaten to death in the park. But almost as soon as Hart and Tain arrived at the scene, the case took a strange turn. They found the victim’s brother hiding in the woods nearby. He said he saw the whole thing and claims his older sister is the killer. And she’s missing ...

When the boy’s father is notified that his son is dead, his first response is to hire a high-powered attorney, who seems determined to create every legal roadblock he can for Hart and Tain. So now the search is on for the missing girl. But the clock is ticking, and the case is about to get even stranger.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mystery Book Review: Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickinson

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickinson. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickinson

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A Lord Francis Powerscourt Mystery

Soho Constable (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1-56947-540-7 (156947-5407)
ISBN-13: 978-1-56947-540-9 (9781-56947-5409)
Publication Date: March 2009
List Price: $25.00

Review: Lord Francis Powerscourt, vacationing in France with his wife Lady Lucy, is called upon to look into the mysterious death of a family member on a pilgrimage to Spain in Death of a Pilgrim, the eighth mystery in this series by David Dickinson.

Michael Delaney is one of the richest men in America. But all his wealth hasn't prevented his only son from being stricken with a presumably incurable form of leukemia. The best care money can buy isn't helping. When doctors suggest they do nothing, let Nature take its course, Delaney agrees. Miraculously, his son begins to improve. As a measure of Delaney's gratitude, he agrees to finance a journey from Le Puy-en-Velay in southern France to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a historical pilgrimage route dating to the Middle Ages. He intends to invite as many Delaneys as can be found to participate. But the trip starts with a tragedy when John Delaney from England is found dead, possibly an accident, possibly not. The local police intend to investigate thoroughly but Michael Delaney pulls some strings to move things along. Lord Powerscourt happens to be in France and is willing to intervene. The family is allowed to proceed (a contribution or two facilitating the process) but then more Delaneys are killed, some clearly not accidental. It isn't until the family crosses into Spain and enters Pamplona during the festival featuring the running of the bulls that Lord Powerscourt figures out who is targeting the Delaney family and why.

Despite the fact that Death of a Pilgrim takes place along a route between France and Spain, it is at its core a prototypical English country manor mystery. And a very good one at that. The narrative is wonderfully descriptive, meticulously detailed yet not tediously dull. The scenes involving Lord Powerscourt meeting with the official representatives of the French village of Puy-en-Velay are particularly entertaining and illustrative of much of the style of the story. The plot is, admittedly, not terribly original and astute readers will likely identify the culprit long before Lord Powerscourt reveals who it is in a typical drawing room-style denouement, but the thrill here is not in discovering whodunit, or even whydunit, but in the glorious journey itself.

Special thanks to Soho Press for providing an ARC of Death of a Pilgrim for this review.

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Synopsis (from the publisher): 1905. A pilgrim is killed in Le Puy en Velay, France, and Lord Francis Powerscourt is summoned to investigate.

More deaths plague pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Powerscourt’s own life is put in danger before he solves the murders.

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EA Goes Undercover This Fall with MySims Agents for Wii and DS

In a press release today, Electronic Arts announced it was going undercover with MySims Agents, an exciting mystery-solving adventure game in development for the Nintendo Wii and DS.

Though the general overview of the game for both platforms is similar ("players are the heroic agents who must stop a sinister plot that threatens the fate of an entire city"), the detailed descriptions of the games are decidedly different.

For the Wii, players take on the role of a special agent hired to foil the sinister plans of Morcubus, lord of the criminal underworld. By recruiting different MySims, each with their own special characteristics, players can build up their very own crime-busting dream team. From tracking footprints and using forensics to picking locks, hacking into computers, following leads and collecting clues, players must rely on their wits, skills and trusty gadgets to piece together the clues to solve the mystery. Jump aboard the jet to reach an ancient temple, a spooky mansion or an icy mountaintop chalet in search of clues that lead players closer to the sinister Morcubus.

For the DS, players are agents assigned by their agency to help the mayor stop a notorious thief from stealing an ancient treasure. By searching for clues, solving intricate puzzles and matching wits with the thief, gamers can protect the treasure and the town. Along the way they can talk to their favorite MySims, sharpen their agent skills with 10 different mini-games, and search through underground caverns for clues to the thief’s undoing.

No firm release date was announced, only that MySims Agents will be available worldwide in the Fall of 2009.

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First Clues Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

is delighted to introduce a new feature for our website, book reviews written by students. These students offer their unique perspective on the book in their review and provide a valuable resource to parents looking for new mystery adventures for their kids to read.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Artemis Fowl Series

Miramax (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-7868-1787-9 (0786817879)
ISBN-13: 978-0-7868-1787-0 (9780786817870)
Publication Date: March 2003
List Price: $5.99

Review written by Anand, Age 12, Grade 7. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: If you ever dreamed of a book that was interesting, exciting, and would make your parents scold you for staying up all night, Artemis Fowl is an ideal book for you. Written fabulously by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl is the first book in a series of six, with the main character being the one and only Artemis Fowl.

Even though Artemis Fowl the Second comes from a family of criminals, his family lost a huge amount of their fortune when Artemis Fowl the First was killed in the Arctic in a business deal. Artemis’s mother has gone insane from losing her husband. Artemis the Second is determined to restore the Fowl fortune with the help of his bodyguard Butler. They are planning to steal fairy gold.

However fairy gold does not come cheaply. First Artemis has to prove that fairies exist, and that they actually own gold to be stolen in the first place. Countless theorizing and researching, Artemis soon encounters a fairy: Captain Holly. She is the only female officer of the fairy police force: LEPrecon. Holly and Artemis soon realize they will be in a battle far greater than anyone would have thought ...

One of the many things I liked about this book is the way it was written. For instance, I liked how average kids, younger than Artemis Fowl himself, could understand what he is thinking and can follow along. Then entire plot is a new twist to literature. Showing that kids can have a brain of an adult and use it wisely, it proves how successful kids in our world can become. The only thing I can think of that I did not enjoy was the code written in the margins of every page that can be decoded! It makes me wonder how long it will take eager readers to decode it. I could see no flaws in the book itself.

I recommend this book to both girls and boys who love fantasy and mystery. I am sure adults can find entertainment through this book too.

The book Artemis Fowl has been expanded into five additional books in the Artemis Fowl series. It is also the winner of the 2004 Young Reader’s Choice Award.

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Fox to Develop Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta Mysteries with Angelina Jolie in Lead Role

Variety is reporting that Fox 2000 is acquiring the rights to 's Kay Scarpetta mysteries to develop as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie. Fox hopes to develop a film franchise for the series in a manner similar to that of the Jason Bourne thrillers by Robert Ludlum.

As we mentioned yesterday, Cornwell also has a development deal with to adapt her mystery series featuring Boston district attorney Monique Lamont.

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Games of Mystery: Affair Bureau, New at Big Fish Games

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and mystery getaway vacations, is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery game from Big Fish Games released today. You can find out more about these games by visiting our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

Affair Bureau

Use your hidden object skills to help Alex solve mysterious crimes as he begins his own Affair Bureau! After getting bored with following cheating spouses, tracking down lost jewelry, and finding stolen cars, Alex has decided to take on more serious crimes. Investigate freshly discovered crime scenes in this charming noir-like detective story. Find the clues to close the case and capture the crooks!

Affair Bureau, a Big Fish Games exclusive, may be downloaded and purchased for as little as $6.99 with the Big Fish Game Club Jumbo Pack. A demonstration version (82.55 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

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Other popular games on our page include several and games, games in the series and in particular the latest, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, Adventure Chronicles: The Search for Lost Treasure, Syberia and Syberia II, The Serpent of Isis, James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey, and Nick Chase: A Detective Story.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lifetime Networks Announces Slate of Television Programs

In a press release today, Lifetime Networks unveiled its slate of television programs for the 2009 / 2010 season (and beyond).

Highlights (for mystery and suspense fans) include:

• A one-hour drama series based on 's California crime novel The Fallen (in development with a working title of the same).

Murder in Suburbia, in development and formatted from the British series that aired in 2004 / 2005.

• Two Lifetime Original Movies based on the mysteries At Risk and The Front by featuring Boston district attorney Monique Lamont (both in pre-production).

• Lifetime Movie Network original movies based on two of 's Crime of Fashion mysteries featuring fashion editor Lacey Smithsonian, Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover (both scheduled to air this June).

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