Friday, May 01, 2009

Harlequin Worldwide Mystery Titles for May 2009

eHarlequin.com has announced the May 2009 titles for their Worldwide imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

Secret for a Satyr by Dorothy Bodoin

Secret for a Satyr by Dorothy Bodoin
Non-series

When Cressa Hannett finds the body of her elderly neighbor, piano teacher Libby Dorset, drowned in her ornate backyard fountain, it's horrible enough. But shortly before she discovered the body, Cressa witnessed a cloaked figure lurking nearby. Did she see Libby's killer? Worse…did that killer see her?

Soon after the murder, Cressa uncovers an old scrapbook linking Libby with the thirty-year-old disappearance of a girl and her dog, and becomes intrigued by rumors of ghosts and haunted statues. Did the large, gothic stone satyr lure Libby Dorset to her death? Not if the very real and dark secret buried in Libby's garden has any clues to share. Especially when it leads to a killer with too much at stake to dare let Cressa expose the truth.

Destroying Angels by Gail Lukasik

Destroying Angels by
A Leigh Girard Mystery (1st in series)

Determined to make a fresh start after beating cancer, Chicagoan Leigh Girard leaves a failed marriage and a teaching career and moves to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. One of her first assignments as a writer for the local newspaper is an obituary feature on Carl Peck, a carpenter who died suddenly while hospitalized. His widow is claiming medical negligence. But as Leigh looks into the story, she discovers something far worse: possible murder.

When the Pecks' daughter attempts to take her own life shortly after her good friend, a local librarian, kills herself, Leigh makes a shocking connection to a twenty-year-old secret. As she probes the heart of a tragic mystery that bridges past and present, Leigh learns the survival instincts that have carried her this far are about to be tested against a clever killer.

In Dead Man's Alley by Dorothy Kliewer

In Dead Man's Alley by Dorothy Kliewer
A Deedra Masefield Mystery

The crumbling California ghost town of North Ledge becomes the site of an exciting—and dangerous—mix of dinosaur bones and murder. Reporter Deedra Masefield packs her sleeping bag and camping gear and heads into the story, lured by the news that the prime suspect is an old flame accused of stabbing a fellow archaeologist with a hunting knife.

Deedra soon discovers the site holds as many secrets as fossils when another member of the twelve-party team is found knifed in the back. Behind the denials and accusations, she finds motives as dark as greed and hatred and as vindictive as jealousy and unrequited love. Deedra's instincts lead her to uncover the real secret behind the bloodshed, while a desperate killer races to ensure that both Deedra and her story bite the dust.

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Harlequin Mira Mystery and Suspense Titles for May 2009

eHarlequin.com has announced the May 2009 titles for their Mira imprint, the brightest stars in women's fiction. From all titles available, we've only listed those that are mystery, thriller, or suspense on this page. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

The Soul Collector by Paul Johnston

The Soul Collector by
A Matt Wells Mystery (2nd in series)

Brutally targeted by the "White Devil" serial killer, crime writer Matt Wells knows what it's like to look evil in the face and survive. He's rebuilt his life—but with a disciple of his tormentor still at large, he has never stopped looking over his shoulder.

When mystery writers start dying and his friend is found murdered, Matt's paranoia appears well-founded. Now he must use all his resources to orchestrate the psychopath's end. But as cryptic clues to the next victims mock him, it is chillingly clear that his dance with the devil has only just begun.

Silver Falls by Anne Stuart

Silver Falls by Anne Stuart
Non-series

Rachel is finally getting it right. After years of wandering, she's married the perfect man and settled into the ideal life. But as her sleepy little town turns into a killing ground, she realizes that this new life might come at too high a price.

Caleb Middleton says he's returned home to set things right. But as her husband's dangerous brother circles like a hungry wolf, poking holes in her perfect world, Rachel draws her young daughter in close. The rain and violence keep coming, and Rachel must decide whether to trust her dream life or her instincts…before the town of Silver Falls becomes her grave.

Darkness Under Heaven by F. J. Chase

Darkness Under Heaven by F. J. Chase
Non-series

"Heroism is having to do something drastic to keep from getting killed."

That's what security consultant Pete Avakian tells his dinner date, Dr. Judy Rose, on a night out in Beijing. Little does he know that his words are about to be illustrated in graphic detail.

Just as they are getting to know each other, chaos erupts in the street. China has launched missiles at Taiwan; a long history of tension has given way to war. Suddenly Pete and Judy are confronted by hostile youths, and an act of self-defense puts them on the run from the authorities in a country crazed by war.

Pursued by the Chinese police, the Americans race toward the Mongolian border. Their only chance of survival is to work together to escape a country gone mad…even if that means taking drastic action.

Bloodline by Maggie Shayne

Bloodline by Maggie Shayne
Non-series

Lilith awakens cold, naked and alone, knowing nothing—not even who she is—except that she has to run, run for her life…because someone is after her.

When Ethan discovers the terrified woman hiding on his ranch, he knows immediately not only who she is, but what. He's never forgotten her, not in all the time since he escaped their joint prison, a clandestine CIA facility where humans are bred into vampires willing to kill on command. He refused to accept that fate, and since he won his freedom he's become a legend to those he left behind. With her own escape, Lilith has become a legend, too, and now—together—they have no choice but to fight those who would become a legend by killing one.

5 Bodies to Die For by Stephanie Bond

5 Bodies to Die For by Stephanie Bond
A Body Movers Mystery (5th in series)

The Charmed Killer is on the loose in Atlanta and Carlotta Wren is caught up in the terror—especially when her body-moving side business brings her dangerously close to the action.

And then …

She's forced to take refuge in her former fiancé's house—much to the chagrin of other interested parties…

Her brother Wesley begins to behave as if he has his own death wish …

And someone close to her is implicated in the mass murders.

Meanwhile, Carlotta can't shake the feeling that danger is dogging her seemingly cursed family—and that the serial killer's exploits are starting to get personal.

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Mystery Bestsellers for May 01, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending May 01, 2009 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Two of last week's featured bestsellers, First Family by and Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by take over, respectively, the top 2 spots this week. Two new titles, one of which is almost certain to be top 4 next week, debut.

The 8th Confession by James Patterson

Entering the list at number 10 is the eighth mystery in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession by and co-written with Maxine Paetro. As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home. As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought. As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built?

First Family by David Baldacci

At number 14 is The Language of Bees, the ninth Mary Russell mystery by . For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve—the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes’s beloved hives. But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from her husband’s past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with—and exonerated from—murder. Now the talented and troubled young man was enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child. When it comes to communal behavior, Russell has often observed that there are many kinds of madness. And before this case yields its shattering solution, she’ll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to a bizarre religious cult, from the demimonde of the Café Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young woman’s past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced—a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

First Family by David BaldacciTea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall SmithLong Lost by Harlan CobenThe Associate by John Grisham

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Winners of the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Announced

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

The 2009 were awarded tonight by the Mystery Writers of America to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the genre. Thanks to @sarahw who attended the awards and tweeted the results (a partial list of which follows):

Best Novel: Blue Heaven by

Best First Novel by an American Author: The Foreigner by Francie Lin

Best Paperback Original: China Lake by

Best Motion Picture Screenplay: In Bruges by Martin McDonagh.

The Grand Masters were and .

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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eHarlequin's Free Book Friday: Six Seconds by Rick Mofina

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 (05/01/2009) is a thriller from Harlequin's Mira imprint.

Six Seconds by Rick Mofina

Six Seconds by
Non-series

A vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise …

In Iraq an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family's deaths, she follows him back home to the United States.

An anguished mother desperate to find her child …

In California a soccer mom arrives to pick up her son from school, only to discover that her husband has taken their child and vanished without a trace.

A detective who needs to redeem himself …

In the Rocky Mountains an off-duty cop rescues a little girl from a raging river moments before she utters her final words in his arms. Haunted by failure, he launches an investigation that leads him to a Montana school where time is ticking down on an event that will rewrite history.

Three strangers entangled in a plot to change the world in only six seconds.

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First Clues Review: Silenced! by Bill Doyle

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

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Silenced! by Bill Doyle

Silenced! by Bill Doyle
The Crime Through Time Series

Little Brown (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-316-05738-X (031605738X)
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-05738-7 (9780316057387)
Publication Date: July 2006
List Price: $5.99

Review written by Kaitlin, Age 13, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Silenced! is part of the “Crime Through Time” series, written by Bill Doyle. It is written as the journal of Malcolm Moorie, the main character. This is the third book in the series, but each story is told by a different person, so the books do not need to be read in order.

Silenced! takes place in 1969, when Malcolm enters a new boarding school after being expelled from his old one for setting the frogs in biology class free. Most of Malcolm’s new classes are the same as the ones that he had at his old school, but one class, ecology taught by Mr. Conrad Rusher, is quite unusual. Mr. Rusher prefers to be called Conrad and he doesn’t teach in the classroom. Conrad thinks of the outdoors as his classroom. While in the wilderness, Conrad makes up challenges for his students and whoever solves it first wins points. At first Malcolm thinks that this is a waste of time but then he learns that the students are competing for a chance to go on the field trip to the Condor Sanctuary and he quickly changes his mind. During the year, Malcolm and his friends discover that someone is harming the animals in the wilderness. First a dead bird is found, then a dead mountain lion, and finally they find several crushed condor egg shells. They tell several others, including wildlife officials, about their horrifying discovery, but no one seems to care. Malcolm and his friends have to do what they can, even if it means risking everything, to save the wilderness. But will they succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

One thing that drew me to this book was the fact that it’s written as a journal. It gives you more insight on what the main character, Malcolm, is thinking and how they feel about different things. I also liked the Malcolm is a middle school student, so I could relate to him in some cases. Another good aspect of this book is that it keeps you hanging until the very last page. Some mysteries are simple to figure out far before the end, but this book takes several surprising turns along the way. In addition to the story, there are tips that Malcolm used for surviving in the wilderness, in the margins of the pages. All together I think that this is a great book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a suspenseful mystery that keeps you longing for more.

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Games of Mystery: Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch, 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.

Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch

On a quest to recover Alexander the Great’s timeless and mysterious Scroll of Wealth, fearless archaeologist and adventurer Samantha Swift realizes that there’s more to this mission than she first thought. Now she’s racing against the clock to keep ancient magical powers from falling into the wrong hands! Discover the truth about King Midas in this exciting hidden object game, Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch!

Also available: Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch Game Walkthrough.

See also the first game in this series, Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena.

Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch may be downloaded and purchased for as little as $6.99 with the Big Fish Game Club Jumbo Pack. A demonstration version (149.31 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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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mystery Book Review: Blood and Bone by William Lashner

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Blood and Bone by William Lashner. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Blood and Bone by William Lashner

by
Non-series

William Morrow (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0-06-114348-0 (0061143480)
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-114348-9 (9780061143489)
Publication Date: February 2009
List Price: $24.99

Review: At age 12, Kyle Byrne attends the funeral of his father with his mother and his Uncle, Max. Given that Liam Byrne has a wife, not Kyle’s mother, they receive a less-than-friendly reception. After they get tossed out of the church, Kyle retaliates by running back in, grabbing the urn of his father’s ashes and tearing off into the graveyard. He still has some of the ashes in the glove box of his car.

Fourteen years later, Laszlo Toth, Liam’s former law partner, dies from a gunshot wound in his office. Police detectives Ramirez and Henderson don’t quite agree on what happened that night. Ramirez, a young Hispanic female success story, thinks a robbery went wrong. Henderson, a black cop considering retirement, believes the office remained a bit too neat to be the work of a drugged-up gang member on a tear.

Kyle coasts through life, playing Xbox by day and drinking and carousing with the wrong kind of women by night. He keeps thinking he’s seen the top of his father’s gray head from time to time, most recently while running between first and second at a pub baseball game. He wonders a lot how his life would have turned out if his father hadn’t died. The murder of Toth and an odd discussion about a missing file of Liam’s with one of his former clients at the funeral causes Kyle to wonder if his father really died of a heart attack. This peaks Kyle’s curiosity like nothing has since he lost his father. He begins to investigate and realizes he might be over his head, but he’s determined to find out the truth about his father. The problem is he might find out things he didn’t want to know.

Lashner, well-known for his Victor Carl series, has opted for a stand-alone novel this time out with Blood and Bone. At its heart, this novel delves into the relationships: between fathers and sons, detective partners, men and women and between friends. One of the things I liked most about this novel is the depth of reality to these characters, and thus their imperfections. Kyle has a lot of issues, but he has a lot of charm as well. Many might feel frustrated as his life seems aimless until he hits on the goal of finding the truth about his father. But he also has a vulnerability that to me brought compassion and a sense of wanting to help him. I’ve also known a few people in similar situations, and while I certainly have wanted to knock some sense in them from time to time, it didn’t stop me from caring about them. Lashner hooked me on the first page with a lost twelve-year-old Kyle on the way to his father’s funeral. It doesn’t matter that his father wasn’t around much. He still has lots of answers. And Kyle might ask others the questions if he only knew what they were.

Lashner has terrific secondary characters as well, from the squabbling Ramirez and Henderson to Kyle’s best friend Kat (or Shin, Katie Shin—in tough girl mode) to Max, Kyle’s uncle who spends way too much time drinking at the Old Pig Snout. Lashner also lets us into the head of the killer who is a puppet of someone else. The killer’s introspection and relationship with the manipulator fascinate as well.

Lashner has crafted a fast-moving plot that alternates between the two viewpoints to maintain suspense, but the reader wouldn’t lose interest anyway. In addition to writing a terrific suspense story, Lashner succeeds on an emotional level as well. He brings to life locations as well as he does characters and emotions. For anyone who enjoys a mystery that has much more than just a superficial plot, Blood and Bone is a must read.

Special thanks to Katherine Petersen for contributing her review of Blood and Bone.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Katherine Petersen — All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with Permission

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Synopsis (from the publisher): For a son, every funeral before his father's death is a rehearsal and every funeral thereafter is a memorial.

Kyle Byrne, the illegitimate son of a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, had to sneak into his father's funeral when he was fourteen years old. Twelve years later, his father's death still casts a shadow upon his heart.

Now amiable and handsome, Kyle finds himself drifting through a life of slack. With his house in foreclosure and his part-time job lost, he spends his days playing Xbox and his nights in Philly bars, drinking way too much and sleeping with the wrong type of women. Life is, well, actually pretty damn sweet.

But when his father's former law partner is brutally murdered, the cops see Kyle as a possible suspect and start asking uncomfortable questions about his father's death. And after a strange encounter with one of his father's former clients, Kyle enters into a search for answers that leads from his father's past to the highest pinnacles of power—and forces Kyle to lay bare the deceptions and losses in his own life.

Just when it seems he's close to learning the truth about his father and the murder, Kyle is reminded of that old adage "be careful what you wish for." Because Kyle Byrne's most fervent wish is suddenly about to come true—with a vengeance.

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First Clues Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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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 Julia, Age 14, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: A fantasy world filled with fairies and magic is revealed by Artemis Fowl in the first book of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

We find ourselves in the middle of a complex plan to restore the Fowl family’s fortune. Ever since Artemis Fowl’s father, Artemis the First, disappeared, Artemis’s mother, Angeline, has been bedridden and the Fowls have lost their billionaire status. Artemis resolves to steal gold from a fairy. When Artemis finally gets his hands on a copy of the Book, a book which has the rules of the fairies, his plan starts to come together. The setting rapidly changes to underground where the fairies leave. Here we follow the life of Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit, who is assigned to a mission above ground to capture a destructive troll. While she is performing the Ritual, a way that the fairies can restore their magic, she is captured by Artemis and his faithful manservant, Butler. The fairies are challenged for the first time by Artemis, but they are never defeated. Or are they …

The opening paragraph effectively sets the tone and introduces Artemis in a clever way:

“How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed. The main problem is Artemis’s own intelligence. He bamboozles every test thrown at him. He has puzzled the greatest medical minds, and sent many of them gibbering to their own hospitals. There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy. But why does someone of such brilliance dedicate himself to criminal activities? This is a question that can be answered by only one person. And he delights in not talking.”

The complexity of Artemis Fowl’s character is both baffling and engaging. You will never know what Artemis has planned next. The fairies are entertaining as well. The way that they plan ahead for every situation possible and the technologies that they have discovered is wonderfully brilliant and creative. It is also interesting to see that as much as the fairies dislike humans, they are quite similar to humans. For example, the prejudice that Holly faces because she is a female is very much like what human females have faced for a long time. The fairies react with each other just as humans will react in these situations, and their humor is also similar to humans. Their hatred of humans is simply another example of prejudice in the world. The battle of technologies and intelligences keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final resolution. The plot is complicated and at times hard to follow, and I would sometimes find myself having to reread passages, but it is the definitely worth it.

Artemis Fowl is an ideal introduction to the “Artemis Fowl” series, and definitively sets the scene for magnificent books to come.

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Games of Mystery: Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch, New at PlayFirst 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 a new mystery game available from PlayFirst Games. You can find out more about these games from our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch

Samantha's back in an all-new hidden object adventure! On a quest to recover Alexander the Great's Scroll of Wealth, archaeologist and adventurer Samantha Swift realizes that there's more to this mission than she first thought. Now she's racing against the clock to keep ancient powers from falling into the wrong hands! Discover the truth behind King Midas' Golden Touch in this exciting adventure game that's sure to keep you hunting for more!

Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch is available to purchase for $9.95 with the PlayPass program. A trial version is available to download for a 60 minutes of play (Windows PC, 157.7 MB).

See also the first game in this series, Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena.

Other popular games on our page include the Mystery PI series of casual games, Mystery P.I.: The Vegas Heist and Mystery P.I.: The Lottery Ticket, James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet, and Private Eye.

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