Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crime Publisher Tyrus Books Acquires Busted Flush Press

Tyrus Books

In a press release today, Tyrus Books announced the publisher has acquired Busted Flush Press.

Tyrus Books, founded in 2009, publishes crime and dark literary fiction from emerging and established authors. Busted Flush Press has published previously out of print books from award-winning authors.

The two strategies complement each other well. "I am very excited to join forces with [publisher Benjamin LeRoy] and Tyrus Books. I've long been a fan of what Tyrus has been doing," David Thompson, publisher of Busted Flush said. "And I believe Busted Flush Press will be a good fit."

"We're very excited to add the Busted Flush brand to Tyrus Books. David Thompson is a dedicated and tireless advocate of crime fiction and I look forward to seeing the Busted Flush brand continue to grow," said Benjamin LeRoy.

With this acquisition, Busted Flush becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyrus Books. Both companies are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.

The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado (Book Review)

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The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado. Non-series. Atria Hardcover, August 2010.

A diverse group of men and women, professionals and academics ... and terrorists are on the trail for the Ark of the Covenant -- the vessel that houses the Ten Commandment tablets -- in The Moses Expedition, the second novel of suspense by Juan Gomez-Jurado.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado.

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First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles For September 2010 (Part 1)

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: this one for younger readers (ages 4 through 9) and a separate one for older readers (ages 10 and up).

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Detective Dinosaur Undercover by James Skofield

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James Skofield
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When a detective goes undercover, it usually means they are in disguise, right? Not if it’s Detective Dinosaur!

The bumbling but bighearted star of this series is back with three new silly cases to investigate. How this charmingly clueless gumshoe goes undercover—in the most surprising ways—is the kind of irresistible goofiness beginning readers love.

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The Woodshed Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Gertrude Chandler Warner
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The Boxcar Children are spending the summer in an enormous New England farmhouse. There's an old woodshed new the house that holds a surprising secret -- a secret that dates from the Revolutionary War. Suddenly their summer becomes an adventure!
 

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The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Gertrude Chandler Warner
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Jessie sees a mysterious woman walking on the grounds of the lighthouse late at night. Watch, Jessie's dog, wakes up growling almost every evening ... at midnight. And Henry finds a puzzling note in the sand. Adventure is always close for the Boxcar Children!
 

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Mountain Top Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Gertrude Chandler Warner
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The Boxcar Children climb a mountain and find a mystery! The hike up Old Flat Top was only supposed to take a day, but a dangerous rockslide changes everything -- revealing a hidden cave that just may hold a legendary treasure.
 

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The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery

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Lewis B. Montgomery
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It's the Fourth of July fair! There are fireworks, parades, pies, games ... and a jinx? When everything starts going wrong, Milo and Jazz must find out: is it really a jinx—or is it sabotage?

Read our Review of The Case of the July 4th Jinx by Lewis B. Montgomery.

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The Pumpkin Head Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Gertrude Chandler Warner
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This fall-flavored adventure for the Boxcar Children takes the Aldens to a New England farm that has more than its share of strange occurrences. Every year at the Beckett farm, visitors come to buy pumpkins and go on hayrides, but this year something is haunting the old place -- a mysterious specter with a glowing pumpkin head that warns guests to stay away! It's up to the Aldens to find out who -- or what -- is behind the scare.

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The Wedding Cake Mystery by David A. Adler

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David A. Adler
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Cam's on the case when a wedding cake goes missing hours before a wedding!
 
 
 
 

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Mummy Mayhem by Mary Labatt

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Mary Labatt
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Sam loves a spooky mystery, but when this dog detective finds herself on the run from an ancient curse, is it more than she can handle?

When Sam notices a strange, lumpy figure wrapped in white walking by her house every day, she doesn't think much of it. Then Sam's human friends Jennie and Beth recount the story of a mummy's curse they learned about at a museum exhibit. Could the weird figure wrapped in white be a mummy on the rampage?

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Cat Burglar Caper by Carolyn Keene

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Carolyn Keene
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No summary available.
 
 
 
 
 

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Edgar Allan's Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato

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Mary Amato

First Slurpy is fishnapped, then other things from Mrs. Blackwell's room start to disappear. Odder still, whoever is committing these crimes leaves a note written in poetry. Edgar has it all covered in his "crime investigation notebook" -- but so does Patrick Chen, who has copied Edgar and is trying to solve the case first. Yet as Edgar keenly observes his surroundings, he notices many interesting things about his classmates. The more closely he watches two "suspects," the more he begins to think they might make pretty good friends.

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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
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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
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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
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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

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John Feinstein
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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