Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cast Announced for The Town, Based on the Novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall will be joining director and star Ben Affleck in The Town, an adapation of the 2004 crime novel (of sorts) Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. The book was optioned in 2006 and has gone through several iterations of screenwriters and directors.

Book synopsis: Four masked men -- thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown -- take on a Boston bank at gunpoint. Holding bank manager Claire Keesey (to be played by Rebecca Hall) hostage and cleaning out the vault were simple. But career criminal Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) didn't plan on one thing: falling hard for Claire. When he tracks her down without his mask and gun, their mutual attraction is undeniable. With a tenacious FBI agent (Jon Hamm) following his every move, he imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work -- a life centered around Claire. But before that can happen, Doug and his crew learn that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Risky yet utterly irresistible, it would be the perfect heist to end his criminal career and begin a new life. But, as it turns out, pursuing Claire may be the most dangerous act of all.

The Town begins filming on location in Boston in September and is expected to be released in 2010.

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Mystery Book Review: Awakening by S. J. Bolton

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

Awakening by S. J. Bolton

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Non-series

St. Martin's Minotaur (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0-312-38114-X (031238114X)
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-38114-1 (9780312381141)
Publication Date: June 2009
List Price: $25.95

Review: A setting in a small English village, deaths by snakebite, bizarre rituals and a fifty-year-old tragedy are all the ingredients in S. J. Bolton’s newest thriller Awakening. Bolton has done it again, her second novel is a must read for mystery fans.

Clare Benning is a local veterinarian in a small English hamlet. She is a recluse by nature due to her scarred face, and she prefers the company of animals to people. Her expertise is called upon when a local man dies of snakebite. The autopsy shows a concentration of venom much higher than would be found from just one snakebite. Was the man murdered? The villagers are complaining of numerous snakes found in their houses. And poisonous snakes not native to England are found in several areas. What or who is causing these snakes to appear? How many more deaths will occur before the killer can be caught? Who is trying to discourage Clare from finding out the truth? Will Clare ever find and accept herself for who she is? Will she learn to trust other humans?

I enjoyed reading Awakening. Clare is a likeable person, one whom the reader can easily empathize with. She believes her flaw is her scar, which prevents her from establishing relationships with other people. However, her real flaw is her self-confidence in her appearance. She is a gutsy, determined veterinarian, investigating tunnels and basements that the faint of heart would shirk from. While not a snake fan, the snakes added a unique element to the mystery. However, if snakes really terrify you, I would not recommend this novel. I did feel that some parts tended to drag on a little. Also, the ending left some unanswered questions about Clare’s relationship with her good-looking male neighbor. Because of this, I would give Awakening a 4 out of 5 stars.

Special thanks to Ruth Miller for contributing her review of Awakening and to St. Martin's Minotaur for providing a copy of the book for this review.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Ruth Miller — All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with Permission

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Synopsis (from the publisher): Clara Benning, a veterinary surgeon in charge of a wildlife hospital in a small English village, is young and intelligent, but nearly a recluse. Disfigured by a childhood accident, she generally prefers the company of animals to people. But when a local man dies following a supposed snakebite, Clara’s expertise is needed. She’s chilled to learn that the victim’s postmortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever be found in a single snake—and that therefore the killer must be human.

Assisted by a soft-spoken neighbor and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister links to an abandoned house, an ancient ritual, and a fifty-year-old tragedy that has left the survivors secretive. But for someone the truth must remain buried in the past—even if they have to kill to keep it there.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Mysteries on TV: Knight Rider 2008, Life on Mars (UK), and A Touch of Frost, New This Week on DVD

Mysteries on TV

, 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 profiling three series that have season DVDs being released this week.

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An iconic TV classic is back and better than ever in the reinvented, updated, and super-charged . This action-packed series features the coolest car ever created, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Three Thousand). It’s equipped with artificial intelligence capable of hacking into any computer, the weapons system of a jet fighter, and incredible custom body technology that allows it to transform into other vehicles.

The series starred Justin Bruening as Michael Knight, KITT's driver.

The Knight Rider 2008: Season One DVD set of 4 discs contains the 16 episodes plus the made-for-television movie that served as its pilot that aired on NBC from September 2008 through March 2009. See also the original Knight Rider series starring David Hasselhoff.

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Dreaming, delusional, or displaced in time? Police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) must decide which describes him in , an intriguing twist on the police procedural. Hot on a killer's trail in modern-day Manchester, Tyler gets struck by a passing car and wakes up in 1973. The high-tech tools and respect for proper procedure have vanished. Instead, he finds himself working on a homicide squad where hard drinking replaces hard thinking; forensics takes weeks to analyze; and his boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister), has no qualms about roughing up suspects -- or Sam himself. Still, Tyler has real-world crimes to solve, even as strange voices call him back to his 21st century life. But when he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?

The Life on Mars (UK): Series One DVD set of 4 discs contain the eight episodes that originally aired on BBC1 in January and February, 2006. The series spawned a short-lived US version, also titled Life on Mars, that aired on ABC during the 2008 / 2009 television season.

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Award winning actor David Jason returns as maverick detective Jack Frost in three intriguing new episodes of .

In the first, a murderer is released from prison, and with grim new evidence -- the body of the murdered woman killed 20 years before -- Frost is forced to question everything that happened all those years ago. In the second, Frost is involved in a race against the clock to rescue kidnap victims, and solve a twisted revenge plot. In the third episode, a shallow grave is uncovered and three bodies are discovered. Could this be a ritual killing?

The A Touch of Frost: Season Fourteen DVD set of 2 discs contain all three episodes that originally aired on ITV during 2008.

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

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Botswana: In The Footsteps of The No.1 Ladies Detective, New This Week on DVD

Botswana: In the Footsteps of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels by Alexander McCall Smith, featuring the insightful Botswanan investigator Mma Precious Ramotswe, have sold more than 15 million copies in 43 languages worldwide. HBO recently completed a television adaption of the series; The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Season 1 will be released on DVD September 8th.

Smith's love of Africa and its traits of deep ties to family and community, concern for one's neighbors, and respect for tradition, shine through in these wonderful books, which are wildly popular with fans of British detective stories and sleuths in the tradition of Miss Jane Marple.

In a unique travel documentary, Smith travels to the heart of Botswana, inspiration and location for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. "Botswana is often called the gem of Africa. I come here every year for inspiration. There is a certain pace of life here," he says.

In Botswana: In The Footsteps of The No.1 Ladies Detective, Smith introduces viewers to Botswana's unique character and beauty, as he comes face to face with a pride of lions, returns a python to the wild, and visits the SOS Children's Village known so well to the fans of his bestselling book series.

The program also shows Smith visiting the set and meeting the cast of his series' adaptation, as well as revealing the answer to the question all readers ask: Who is the real lady detective Mma Precious Ramotswe?

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The Surrogates Operator's Manual: Special Hardcover Edition

The Surrogates Operator's Manual: Special Hardcover Edition Volume One and Volume Two

On September 25th, Surrogates (Touchstone Pictures) starring Bruce Willis hits theaters. This week, a special hardcover edition of the graphic novels from which the film was adapted is being published: The Surrogates Operator's Manual: Volume One and Volume Two.

About The Surrogates: The year is 2054, and life is reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they’ll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them.

According to the publisher, Volume 1 collects all five issues of the acclaimed comic book series written by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. Packed with bonus content, inside you will find never-before-seen sketches and artwork, as well as commentary from the creative team that brought this breakout story to the page.

In Volume 2, set fifteen years prior to the events of the first volume, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone sheds light on the past that binds the cast together. From the streets of Central Georgia Metropolis to the boardroom of Virtual Self, Inc., it takes us on a journey through a city struggling to come to grips with its present. As much a cautionary tale as a story of suspense, this book reminds us that tomorrow will be determined by the choices we make today.

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Games of Mystery: DinerTown Detective Agency, 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.

DinerTown: Detective Agency
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Something's not right in DinerTown! Help Bernie the Bookworm run the DinerTown Detective Agency as you hunt for vital clues in major mysteries and discover who stuck their finger in all the jelly donuts and who's been partying like a rock star with the zoo animals. Use the items you find in the crime scenes to narrow your list of suspects and ID the culprits as you search out the fun in this lighthearted spoof on traditional hidden object games.

Also available: DinerTown: Detective Agency Game Walkthrough.

DinerTown: Detective Agency may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (45.02 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Watch a preview video below:

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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, Enlightenus, Cate West: The Vanishing Files, Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate, and Nick Chase: A Detective Story.

Read our new game reviews by Ms. Terri: , , , and .

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for July 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 July 27, 2009

This week's letters and mystery clue:

A E I N R S T U V

The anthology Chesapeake Crimes included this author’s short story “Through the Roof” (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.

Enjoy the weekly Mystery Godoku Puzzle from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, and Thanks for visiting our website!

   

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mystery Book Review: Deadly Charm by Claudia Mair Burney

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Deadly Charm by Claudia Mair Burney. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Deadly Charm by Claudia Mair Burney

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An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery

Howard Books (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1-4165-5195-6 (1416551956)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-5195-9 (9781416551959)
Publication Date: March 2009
List Price: $13.99

Review: With some passages that read like rap, and others like scripture, Claudia Mair Burney’s Deadly Charm has an enchantment all its own. The third in Burney’s Amanda Bell Brown series, the mystery in this one is as much about whether forensic psychologist Bell and her Detroit PD detective husband, Jazz, will remain an inter-racial twosome, and what “the egg size growth in [her] lower abdomen” is, as it is about what happened during the drowning of three-year-old Zeekie Thunder, the youngest child of charismatic but lecherous preaching personality, sixtyish Ezekiel Thunder and his early twenties wife, Nikki, with eyes for Jazz. The thirty-five-year-old Bell narrates the story in a breezy, colloquial style and with clip along dialogue that propels the reader towards the novel’s conclusion and past a couple of questionable turns in the plot.

For Bell “there’s lostsa splainin’ to do” as she discusses her convoluted three-way relationship between herself and ex-boyfriend, a 28-year-old white preacher and community activist named, Rocky, and her estranged husband. Then, there’s her revelation of an even earlier failed marriage and a miscarriage, and as the story progresses there are background checks that reveal a trail of the deaths under mysterious circumstances of other peoples’ ex-partners and former children. There’s also the rationale for preacher Thunder’s philandering, Jazz’s bouts with the bottle, a broken promise to raise young Zeekie from the dead, and the cause for the cases of gastroenteritis that almost spell lights out for both Bell and Jazz before they nail the psychopathic perpetrator.

Although the setting is often at Rocky’s Rock House church where serious undertakings occur, there is humour there, too, when Bell is accosted by a demented Sister Lou demanding Bell be exorcised, a performance that embarrasses Bell when it hits national television. Lou is the same “Sistah” who wants to exorcise Jazz’s sexual demons, and was present with Ezekiel Thunder’s older children, 12-year-old Zeke and 15-year-old Zekia, when toddler Zeekie died. Bell’s Ann Arbor pad is aptly described as her “little slice of paradise: shabby chic meets paradise,” and she perceives Jazz’s self image as “an angry man with a black heart and a haunted mind” while he, in turn, sees “Blondilocks” Rocky as a “blond boy toy” and Bell as a wannabe “Columbo.” Readers of Christian literature will appreciate the various religious references that are woven into the story in an unobtrusive but convincing way, and everyone will appreciate having a pleasantly entertaining read.

Special thanks to M. Wayne Cunningham ([email protected]) for contributing his review of Deadly Charm and to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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

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Synopsis (from the publisher): When the ominous Thunders roll into Dr. Amanda Bell Brown’s town, the sassy sleuth sees a storm brewing. Disgraced playboy preacher Ezekiel Thunder and his seductive first lady, Nikki, are on the comeback trail, but Bell is less than charmed by the pair. When their toddler, Baby Zeekie, is found dead from an accidental drowning, forensic psychologist Bell suspects foul play in the fatal family, especially after the mama in mourning flirts with Bell’s estranged husband, Jazz. Bell is sickened by the woman’s behavior and the thought of someone murdering an innocent child – or is it morning sickness that’s plaguing her? Between babies and bodies, she pushes past the limits to discover the deadly truth.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mystery Book Review: A Deadly Habit by Andrea Sisco

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of A Deadly Habit by Andrea Sisco. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

A Deadly Habit by Andrea Sisco

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A Penelope Santucci Mystery

Five Star (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1-59414-795-7 (1594147957)
ISBN-13: 978-1-59414-795-1 (9781594147951)
Publication Date: July 2009
List Price: $25.95

Review: Andrea Sisco introduces Twin Cities probation officer Pen Santucci, who's trying to avoid being arrested for the murder of her ex-husband, in A Deadly Habit.

Pen, short for Penelope, had broken in to her ex-husband's house to retrieve among other things her first edition of Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi, a book definitely worth committing a felony for, when she stumbles over the body of the former man of her dreams. As a probation officer she knows a thing or two about how the law works, and realizes she will be suspect number one (and maybe suspect number only one). She asks a local priest she's known since childhood for help, which arrives in the form of a high-powered attorney, Marco Silva. While Marco does his best keeping Pen out of jail, Pen does her best to discover who killed her ex ... and why.

A Deadly Habit is one of those books that can be defined by its opening line; if it causes the reader to grin, it's definitely worth reading on: "'It's been seventeen years since my last confession, Father.' I didn't bother to add 'and seven months and thirteen days.' It didn't make a difference since I'm not Catholic." Pen is almost the very definition of irreverent, but in a respectful way. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, it is ... and so is Pen. This is really a character-driven mystery, the character being Pen.

Though Pen's ex was a successful, if less than totally ethical, attorney, there should be no shortage of people who might want him dead. Yet it isn't until halfway through the book that credible suspects are introduced. For some, that may be a little too long to wait for the whodunit element to get started. Still, Pen is a personable companion to pass the time with and her antics in A Deadly Habit will keep many smiling throughout.

Special thanks to Andrea Sisco for providing an ARC of A Deadly Habit for this review.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved

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Synopsis (from the publisher): When Probation Officer, Penelope (Pen) Santucci was a child, she dreamt of being a nun. She dressed in bed sheets and roller-skated regularly into the confessional of Father Daniel Kopecky. There she bared her soul, fabricating sins only a precocious eight-year-old could invent. As a twenty-seven-year-old woman, she's doing the same thing, sans the roller skates and bed sheets. Only this time, she isn't inventing stories. She's confessing her involvement in a murder; a murder she didn't commit, but one in which she is the most promising suspect.

Wisecracking, safecracking Pen lures an elderly priest and a young nun into committing felonies on their wild search for the truth. Hardly appropriate behavior for the dedicated probation officer, but while Pen believes in her job, she has little faith in the justice system. Unfortunately, Pen digs herself deeper into trouble and straight into a muddy grave, dragging her sexy attorney in with her. If they ever get out of it alive, he plans to wring her neck himself. That is, if the thugs who are after the money she found don't get her first.

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Warner Bros. Launches Sherlock Holmes Website

Sherlock Holmes (Movie)

Warner Bros. launched the official Sherlock Holmes website this week. The action-adventure mystery film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson, is scheduled to be in theaters Christmas Day.

The website has the latest trailer for the film (in both Quicktime and Windows versions, and multiple standard definition and high definition formats), a synopsis, photo gallery, and downloadable posters.

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Short Lists for 2009 Davitt Awards Announced

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

The short-lists for the 2009 Davitt Awards have been posted to the Sisters in Crime (Australia) website. Awards are given annually to the best crime or mystery novel in several categories, written by an Australian woman. The short-list for best crime fiction is given below; the young adult fiction and true crime short-lists can be seen on the Sisters in Crime (Australia) website.

◊ A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
◊ Alibi by Sydney Bauer
◊ As Darkness Falls by Bronwyn Parry
◊ Cooee by Vivienne Kelly
◊ Deep Night by Caroline Petit Review of Deep Night by Caroline Petit
◊ Fan Mail by P. D. Martin
◊ Harum Scarum by Felicity Young
◊ Hotel of Secrets by T. J. Joyce
◊ Many Happy Returns by Helen Denkha
◊ Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood Review of Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood
◊ Murder on the Apricot Coast by Marion Halligan
◊ Nocturne by Diane Armstrong
◊ Still Waters by Camilla Noli
◊ The Dark Mountain by Catherine Jinks
◊ The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell
◊ The Dead House by Maria Simms
◊ The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
◊ The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece by Robin Bowles
◊ The Tattooed Man by Alex Palmer
◊ Voodoo Doll by Leah Giarratano

Mystery Book Reviews by Mysterious Reviewsindicates a review by Mysterious Reviews.

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Authors on Tour: Paul Martin Midden Visits Chick with Books and Petit Fours and Hot Tamales

Author Book Tour

Mystery Books News is pleased to be coordinating this week's online book tour for , author of the provocative political thriller Toxin.

Toxin by Paul Martin Midden

Today, Saturday July 25th, Paul will be visiting 2 blog sites:

Chick with Books where Paul is interviewed; and
Petit Fours and Hot Tamales where Toxin is reviewed.

We're also thrilled to announce that Paul is giving away a signed copy of his new book to one lucky tour visitor. Visit each tour site on the day indicated and pick up a unique PIN to be used to enter the giveaway on that day. The entry form can be found on Paul's tour page, which also has a complete schedule of his tour including a biography and more information about Toxin.

We hope you have the opportunity to stop by each of the tour sites this week to learn more about Paul and a terrifyingly-real storyline that deftly blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

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First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for August 2009

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

, your source for information on over 100 mystery series for children and young adults where each series is conveniently listed under four different age categories (New Sleuths, ages 4 to 6; Future Sleuths, ages 7 to 9; Sleuths in Training, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older), is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery books (including series books) scheduled for publication during August, 2009.

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Lake Monster Mix-Up by Mary Labatt

Lake Monster Mix-Up by Mary Labatt


Canine sleuth Sam is bored at the prospect of spending a cottage weekend at Sagawa Lake -- until she hears that the lake has a deep, dark secret. This is exactly what Sam wants to hear and sure enough, with help from Jennie and Beth, Sam finds an old diary hidden in the wall of their cabin and what they read there is chilling. Is it the key to the secret of Sagawa Lake? What about the strange face painted on the rock, near the water's edge -- and the creepy cave nearby? Something lurks in the depths of the lake. All they need is proof, which Sam is determined to obtain at all costs. The 2nd pop-up book in this series.

The Sam & Friends graphic novels are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9. See also the companion series, Sam: Dog Detective.

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Inspector Forsooth's Mini-Mysteries by Derrick Niederman

Inspector Forsooth's Mini-Mysteries by Derrick Niederman


These fun mini-mysteries will captivate budding sleuths—and send them searching the pages carefully for clues. Luke Haynes eagerly awaits a visit from his favorite uncle Jeremy—the famous Inspector Forsooth. Together, Luke and Jeremy solve actual crimes, as well as some playful everyday conundrums. Though each engagingly clever story makes a satisfying who- and how-dunit on its own, when taken together they form an entertaining summertime novel, too.

Mini-Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 8 and older.

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Change-Up by John Feinstein

Change-Up by John Feinstein


Teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are covering baseball’s World Series, and during the course of an interview with a new hot pitcher, they discover more than a few contradictions in his life story. What’s he hiding? An embarrassing secret? A possible crime? Let the investigation begin! The 4th book in this sports-themed series of mysteries.

The Steve and Susan Sports Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Murder at the Lake by Bren Gaudet

Murder at the Lake by Bren Gaudet


When 17-year-old Amanda Christie is invited to a cousins-only weekend retreat at her aunt's Austin, Texas, estate, she doesn't know what to expect. She soon finds though, that the weekend will be anything but boring. One of the guests is responsible for the death of Amanda's uncle and when a dangerous storm traps the teens inside the secluded mansion, Amanda becomes determined to uncover the killer. But when their cell phones go missing and guests begin to disappear, Amanda realizes that the killer isn't finished. With time running out and no way of knowing who to trust, she must either uncover the murderer or risk being the next victim. The 1st book in this series.

The are recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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Rescuing Seneca Crane by Susan Runholt

Rescuing Seneca Crane by Susan Runholt


When Kari and Lucas first see Seneca Crane up on stage, playing the piano in front of hundreds of people, they are in awe. She is beautiful. She is amazingly talented. And she is only thirteen! But then they get to know her at the Edinburgh Arts Festival and realize that she envies them. Soon the three are becoming friends . . .until Seneca disappears. There’s no stopping Kari and Lucas from jumping on the trail and tracking her down. Even when it leads to the heart of the Scottish highlands! The 2nd book in this series.

The are recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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Games of Mystery: Mystery Masterpiece The Moonstone, 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.

Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone
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An ancient and priceless piece of jewelry, the Moonstone, has been stolen, and it's up to you to track it down! Investigate every person who was in the mansion at the time of the crime to solve the mystery and catch the crook, in this exciting hidden object game! Explore every room of the mansion to find valuable clues in Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone, and return the jewel to its rightful owner.

Also available: Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone Strategy Guide and a Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone Game Walkthrough.

Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone, a Big Fish Game Club Exclusive, may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (145.71 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Watch a preview video below:

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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, Enlightenus, Cate West: The Vanishing Files, Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate, and Nick Chase: A Detective Story.

Read our new game reviews by Ms. Terri: , , , and .

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Friday, July 24, 2009

AMC TV Releases New Video and Comic for The Prisoner

The Prisoner (AMC TV)

AMC TV released a new preview for its upcoming miniseries The Prisoner, based on the British series of the same name that aired from September 1967 through February 1968. This new series stars Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel and is called a "reinterpretation" of the original.

The Premise: A man, known as "Six," finds himself inexplicably trapped in "The Village" with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly -- how he can escape.

The Prisoner is scheduled to air on AMC TV this November.

At Comic Con in San Diego this week, the network announced an exclusive The Prisoner Comic Con Marvel comic for the series, and released a 9 minute preview for the miniseries, which can be viewed below:

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