Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles For September 2010 (Part 2)

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery, suspense and thriller books (including series books) scheduled for publication during September 2010.

Due to the large number of new titles being published, we're splitting the list into two posts: a separate one for younger readers (ages 4 through 9) and this one for older readers (ages 10 and up).

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The Crossbones by Patrick Carman

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Patrick Carman

Strange things happen in Skeleton Creek -- and when they do, Ryan writes them down and Sarah captures them on video. Now, the spookiness is spreading, and the mystery is going to take them far beyond Skeleton Creek -- into places both unexpectedly sinister and spine-chillingly haunted.

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Alexis and the Arizona Escapade by Erica Rodgers

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Erica Rodgers

Alexis is invited to join her grandmother, Molly Windsor, on a trip to the London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu, Arizona. After hearing reports that London Bridge really is "falling down," Alexis, soon joined by Elizabeth, is determined to get to the bottom of it. Why does a small fishing boat regularly appear by the stone supports of the bridge? And are the stones, appearing for sale online, really official rocks from the London Bridge? The Camp Club Girls are on the case!

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Kate's Vermont Venture by Janice Hanna

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Janice Hanna

Kate and Sydney visit a small Vermont town during their winter break and turmoil breaks out at the Mad River Creamery. Rats! Everywhere! The girls learn that this cheese factory has had a series of strange infestations—ants, wasps, grasshoppers, snakes, and mice—and it seems as though something, or someone, is responsible for this recent turn of events. Will the Camp Club Girls triumph and vanquish the vermin of Vermont?

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The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game by John Feinstein

The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy GameMore Information about the book
John Feinstein

Teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are thrilled to be covering America's Game. But, as usual, when Stevie and Susan cover a big event, nothing is quite as it seems.

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Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

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Maureen Sherry

After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids find they hate their new life. They move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. They have no friends, a nanny who takes the place of their parents, and a school year looming ahead that promises to be miserable.

And then, one day, Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment: The original owner, the deceased multimillionaire Mr. Post, long ago turned the apartment itself into a giant puzzle containing a mysterious book and hidden panels—a puzzle that, with some luck, courage, and brainpower, will lead to discovering the Post family fortune. Unraveling the mystery causes them to race through today's New York City—and to uncover some long-hidden secrets of the past.

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The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

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Blue Balliett

A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing. A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place. A mysterious notebook . A fire. A stranger.

A death.

These are some of the things you'll find within The Danger Box.

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The Limit by Kristen Landon

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Kristen Landon

In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.

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Vampire Slayer by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney

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Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney

Vampire-mania has gripped River Heights, with teenage girls going wild over the new "DieLite" novels and movies. But what happens when a supposedly "real" handsome young vampire arrives on the scene? Will Nancy expose him as a fraud -- or fall under his dark spell? As if that wasn't enough-- there's something dark and sinister happening while everyone's distracted by the vampire madness. Could this possibly be linked to what's happening in Bayport, home of the Hardy Boys?

Spoiler warning: there are no vampires, blood or gore in this graphic novel.

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Over the Edge by Norah McClintock

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Norah McClintock

Nobody knows how Peter ended up at the bottom of MacAdam's lookout. Chloe can’t figure it out, or why his mother seems to think she was his friend. Peter had no friends. He was a loner, more interested in astronomy than in other people. But something – or someone – pushed him over the edge ...

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Double Cross by Norah McClintock

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Norah McClintock

From the second she met him, Chloe thought Jonah was a jerk. So what's she doing going all over the place with him, telling lies, getting in trouble, all to prove that his father isn't a murderer? Especially when she isn't even sure it's true? Chloe finally pieces together what happened the day Mary Shackleton died -- the trouble is, the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to danger.

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Conspiracy 365: September by Gabrielle Lord

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Gabrielle Lord

The 9th thrilling novel in this 12 volume series.

On New Year's Eve, Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days. Cal is fighting for his sister's life. But nobody believes the "psycho kid" and he's running out of people he can trust. He doesn't even know which of his enemies he's facing. How many hard-won treasures will he have to relinquish in return for his sister's safety?

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Payback Time by Carl Deuker

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Carl Deuker

Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist—a fat high school journalist named Mitch—veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel. When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past—or at least not one he is willing to discuss. Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel's incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field. Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch? Or an ineligible player? In pursuit of a killer story, Mitch decides to find out just who this player is and what he's done. In the end, the truth surprises everyone.

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is your source for information on over 200 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).

New Hardcover Mysteries for September 2010

New Hardcover Mysteries from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books has updated its list of new hardcover mysteries with books scheduled for publication in September 2010. Please note that some titles may publish early (and may already be available) and some may be delayed, published at a later date.

Below we're listing those authors with returning series characters, new series characters, and non-series or stand-alone mysteries in separate sections. All titles are available on our September new mystery books page (which will become the default home page for the site on September 1st).

• Authors with mysteries featuring returning series characters (in parentheses) this month:

Susan Wittig Albert (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, 7th), Ted Bell (Alexander Hawke, 6th), Rhys Bowen (Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 4th), Tori Carrington (Sofie Metropolis, 5th), Richard Castle (Nikki Heat, 2nd), Ann Cleeves (Shetland Quartet, 4th), Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar, 4th), Margaret Coel (Wind River, 15th), Sandy Frances Duncan (Islands Investigations International, 2nd), Christopher Fowler (Bryant & May, 8th), Steven Gore (Graham Gage, 2nd), Kerry Greenwood (Phryne Fisher, 18th), Timothy Hallinan (Poke Rafferty, 4th), Sue Henry (Jessie Arnold, 13th), Susan Hill (Simon Serrailler, 5th), Arnaldur Indridason (Reykjavik Murder, 8th), Claude Izner (Victor Legris, 3rd), Charles Kipps (Conor Bard, 2nd), William Kent Krueger (Cork O'Connor, 10th), Jeff Lindsay (Dexter Morgan, 5th), Michael Lister (John Jordan, 4th), Archer Mayor (Joe Gunther, 21st), Brian McGilloway (Benedict Devlin, 3rd), Leslie Meier (Lucy Stone, 16th), Deon Meyer (Benny Griessel, 2nd), Louise Penny (Armand Gamache, 6th), Spencer Quinn (Chet and Bernie, 3rd), Peter Robinson (Inspector Alan Banks, 19th), Nancy Taylor Rosenberg (Lily Forrester, 4th), S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith and Lydia Chin, 10th), Annelise Ryan (Mattie Winston, 2nd), John Sandford (Virgil Flowers, 4th), Sheldon Siegel (Mike Daley, 7th), Charles Todd (Bess Crawford, 2nd), Stuart Woods (Ed Eagle, 4th).

• Authors with mysteries introducing new series characters (in parentheses) this month:

Gary Alexander (Buster Hightower), Rita Mae Brown (Mags Rogers), Joelle Charbonneau (Rebecca Robbins), Ron Chudley (Hal Bannatyne), Janet Evanovich (Diesel), K. J. Larsen (Cat DeLuca), Stephen Jay Schwartz (Hayden Glass), Robin Spano (Clare Vengel).

• Authors with non-series or stand-alone mysteries this month:

Toby Ball, Lisa Black, D. C. Brod, Ben Coes, Hilary Davidson, Emma Donoghue, Jason Elliot, Stephen W. Frey, William Gibson, Jan Grape, Robert Hellenga, Jilliane Hoffman, Daniel Judson, Laura Lippman, Ronald Damien Malfi, Mark T. Mustian, Antonya Nelson, D-L Nelson, James Patterson, Scott Phillips, Ruth Rendell, Frederick Reuss, Tatiana de Rosnay, José Rodrigues dos Santos, Scarlett Thomas.

For more information on any of these titles, please visit the September new mysteries page on our website. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with September 2010 releases.

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

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch (Book Review)

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The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch. A Michael St. Pierre Mystery. Atria Hardcover, August 2010.

When a new lady friend is imprisoned and sentenced to die for the theft of an ancient artifact, master thief Michael St. Pierre is determined to free her -- by breaking into the prison himself -- in The Thieves of Darkness, the third thriller in this series by Richard Doetsch.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Today's Featured Free Kindle Mystery: Hour of the Hunter by J. A. Jance

Kindle Mysteries: Mystery Books Available on the Amazon Kindle

Kindle Mysteries is pleased to feature a mystery title that is currently available in Kindle eBook format for free from (Note: the official publication date is tomorrow, August 24th, but it may be pre-ordered now.) We don't know how long it will be offered at this special price (typically only until a certain number of downloads have been completed), so download it today!

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Hour of the Hunter by J. A. Jance
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Hour of the Hunter by J. A. Jance
A Brandon Walker Mystery (1st in series)
HarperCollins (Kindle eBook)
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About Hour of the Hunter (from the publisher): A predator is free to kill again–and hour by hour, he draws closer: After only six years in prison, Andrew Carlisle has been released. A brilliant psychopath convicted of the brutal torture-murder of a Papago Indian girl, he is free once more to prowl the Arizona desert to feed his insatiable hunger for blood and fear ... and revenge.

A teacher on the Tohono O’Odham reservation, Diana Ladd’s testimony once helped put Andrew Carlisle behind bars. And now the terrified young widow can’t ignore the dire peril foretold in dark, mystical omens and ancient Papago lore: a hunter is stalking Diana Ladd and her son ... and his hour is at hand.

Lost, NCIS, and The Sweeney, New This Week on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Telemystery, the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD

Telemystery, your source for one of the most comprehensive selections of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available or coming soon to DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling three series being released this week.

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Lost: Season Six, a Mystery TV Series
Information on Lost: Season Six

It all comes down to this. One of television’s most innovative and compelling series, Lost, comes to a stunning conclusion. In the aftermath of a monumental explosion, reality shifts for everyone associated with the mystical island.

The critically acclaimed epic drama will finally reveal the fate of the Oceanic 815 survivors and all who have joined their journey, and will uncover even more secrets with never-before-seen content available only on Blu-ray and DVD!

The Lost: Season Six DVD set of 5 discs contain the 16 episodes that aired on ABC from February through March 2010. Also available: Lost: Season Six Blu-ray.

Lost: The Complete CollectionLost: The Complete Collection (DVD and Blu-ray) is also being released this week. All episodes of the series plus over 30 hours of bonus material on presented on 38 discs. Special features include a collectible edition of the Senet game as seen in Season 6, customer Lost island replica, an exclusive episode guide, collectible ankh, and more.

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NCIS: Season Seven, a Mystery TV Series
Information on NCIS: Season Seven

(Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team of special agents forced to work together in high-stress situations.

From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

The ensemble cast is led by Mark Harmon, who plays Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

The NCIS: Season Seven DVD set of 6 discs contain the 24 episodes that aired on CBS from September 2009 through May 2010.

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The Sweeney: Series Three, a Mystery TV Series
Information on The Sweeney: Series Three

Two seasons of are being released this week.

The series is based on an elite team of Metropolitan Polices officers specializing in violent crime called the Flying Squad, and stars John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as Detective Sergeant George Carter, who lead a unit of skilled detectives who infiltrate and bust up London's criminal underworld.

The The Sweeney: Series Three DVD set of 4 discs contain the 13 episodes that aired on ITV from September through December 1976. The The Sweeney: Series Four DVD set of 4 discs contain the 14 episodes that aired on ITV from September through December 1978.

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Visit the Telemystery website to discover more television mystery series currently available on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Nancy Drew in Secrets Can Kill!, Newly Remastered for PC and Mac

Mystery Tales: Time Travel
Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill (remastered)

In 1998, Her Interactive released the first in the popular series of mystery adventure games featuring the teenage amateur sleuth Nancy Drew. Titled Secrets Can Kill, and based on the first book in The Nancy Drew Files, it puts the player in the role of Nancy Drew as she solves a whodunit-style mystery.

Tomorrow, Her Interactive releases a freshened and remastered version of the game. In addition to updated graphics, characters, puzzles, Secrets Can Kill! features a brand new ending.

In the game, you (as Nancy Drew) step in when a student at the high school where your aunt works is murdered, the killer escaping. You must uncover the secret that was supposed to die with him by following the clues, solving puzzles, questioning the suspects -- including a new one -- and ultimately exposing the culprit when all others have failed.

Secrets Can Kill! is available in both PC and Mac versions.

Watch the official trailer for the game below.

Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy is BFG's Catch of the Week

Games of Mystery

From Monday, August 23rd, through Sunday, August 29th, the Big Fish Games Catch of the Week is Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy. Use the coupon code CATCH299 at checkout to purchase the game for $2.99.

Use your famous mystery-writing skills to help solve an ancient homicide and capture Edgar Allan Poe's murderer! Follow your ghostly guides through Poe's classic tales as you meet the different suspects in this dark and haunting hidden object game. Find inspiration for your next book as you collect clues, interview witnesses, and crack the centuries-old crime in Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy.

Game Review of Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe ConspiracyRead our Review of Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy.

Find more (regularly priced) mystery games to download on our BFG Adventure Games and BFG Hidden Object Games pages.

Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy (BFG's Catch of the Week)

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for August 23, 2010

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 August 23, 2010

This week's letters and mystery clue:


Death was this in the 6th Emerson Ward mystery by Michael W. Sherer (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!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ms. Terri Reviews Enlightenus II: The Timeless Tower

Games of Mystery

Review of Enlightenus II: The Timeless Tower by Ms. Terri, game reviewer for the Omnimystery Family of Mystery Websites.

Enlightenus II: The Timeless Tower, a sequel to last year's Enlightenus, is a combination of point-and-click adventure, cutscreen puzzles, and object association within scenes set in various time periods. As a variation on the standard hidden object game, it is quite enjoyable, though its storyline isn't as compelling as the original.

Read her complete review on Games of Mystery.

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A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Book Review)

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A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan. A Penny Brannigan Mystery. Minotaur Books Hardcover, July 2010.

Watercolor artist Penny Brannigan is surprised to learn she has inherited a quaint -- but badly in need of renovation -- cottage from an old friend ... only to discover that its contents may hold the secret to the solution of a decades-old mystery in A Brush with Death, the second entry in this series by Elizabeth J. Duncan.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Inspector Lewis in The Point of Vanishing, Sunday August 22nd on PBS

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Tomorrow, Sunday August 22nd, the last of three encore episodes from Series II of Inspector Lewis airs on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! Next week, the premiere episode of five new episodes of the third series airs.

In an episode titled "The Point of Vanishing" (check your local listings for times) a man, Steven Mullan, is found dead in his bathtub, the scalding water indicative of the white-hot rage that motivated the murder. Lewis recognizes Mullan as having been recently released from prison after having tried to kill celebrity atheist Tom Rattenbury while driving drunk. Mullan's sentence may be over, but have the scars healed for the Rattenburys, especially daughter Jessica who remains in a wheelchair from the incident? Lewis and Hathaway find a postcard at the crime scene of a Renaissance painting inscribed with the words, "It was no dream." But the case is about to take a surreal, dream-like twist, leaving Lewis and Hathaway drowning in questions about crimes of the past and the present.

Inspector Lewis is a spin-off of the long-running Inspector Morse mysteries, based on characters created by crime novelist Colin Dexter.

Inspector Lewis: Series Two is also available on DVD from Telemystery.

The Whisperers by John Connolly (Book Review)

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The Whisperers by John Connolly. A Charlie Parker Mystery. Atria Hardcover, July 2010.

An improbable series of suicides in a remote area of Maine -- all of former soldiers that served in Iraq -- is related to former NYPD homicide detective, now private investigator Charlie Parker's current case, in The Whisperers, the tenth mystery that combines hard-boiled detective fiction with supernatural overtones in this series by John Connolly.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Whisperers by John Connolly.

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Tom Selleck Talks about the Future of Jesse Stone

Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone

Here's a news item from a month ago we missed reporting on, though it's still relevant today!

Tom Selleck talked to TV Squad in late July about his new crime drama Blue Bloods, which premieres next month on CBS. During the conversation, the subject of his Jesse Stone films came up, and if there will be more. Selleck's definitive answer was "Yes", adding, "[I]t's important to tell people that, because the one thing I said to CBS was, 'I'm not going to do this series at the expense of Jesse Stone.'"

We already knew there would be at least one more, since it was filmed last year. Titled Innocents Lost, and the seventh in the series, it is an original screenplay based on the characters created by Robert B. Parker. If history is any guide here, CBS won't schedule this to air until next February or May.

But the good -- nay, great -- news is that Selleck mentions there's more to come. "[W]e're writing number eight, which we don't have a title for yet. So yes, there's going to be more Jesse Stones."

The first six made-for-television films in the Jesse Stone series, which we highly recommend, are available on DVD from Telemystery: Jesse Stone.

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