Monday, November 01, 2010

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning, New This Week on DVD

Cinemystery: TV and Film Adaptations from Novels of Mystery and Suspense

Cinemystery, your source for information on TV series, made-for-television movies, and films adapted from novels of mystery and suspense, which are now available on DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling a new release scheduled for this week.

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Lightning: Available on DVD or Blu-ray Disc
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Adapted from the novel Lightning by Ed McBain.

When a young woman is found dead in a park, the 87th Precinct believes they are investigating an average homicide—until more bodies turn up. After putting together a series of clues—the victims are all top collegiate runners—the department begins their search for a serial killer. Meanwhile, Detective Steve Carella (Randy Quaid) tries to re-establish himself in the dating world and Detective Bert Kling (Alex McArthur) comes to terms with the diminished state of his marriage.

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning is the first of three made-for-television movies based on the books in this series for NBC. (The second and third movies feature a different cast.) It originally aired in 1995, runs 88 minutes and is Not Rated. (The movie was previously released on DVD in 1999, packaged together with the 1988 film Whisper Kill.)

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Harlequin Mira Mystery and Suspense Titles for November 2010

Get FREE shipping with coupon code EHQNFREESHIP has announced the November 2010 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. For more information or to purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

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Cold Dawn by Carla Neggers
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Cold Dawn by Carla Neggers
A Black Falls Mystery (3rd in series)

The small town of Black Falls, Vermont, finally feels safe again—until search-and-rescue expert Rose Cameron discovers a body, burnt almost beyond recognition. Almost. Rose is certain that she knows the victim's identity … and that his death was no accident.

Nick Martini also suspects an arsonist's deliberate hand. Another fire killed an arson investigator in California months ago. Now the rugged smoke jumper is determined to follow the killer's trail … even if it leads straight to Rose. Nick and Rose haven't seen each other since they shared a single night of blind passion, but they can't let memories and unhealed wounds get in the way of their common goal—stopping a merciless killer from taking aim straight at the heart of Black Falls.

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Kidnap & Ransom by Michelle Gagnon
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Kidnap & Ransom by Michelle Gagnon
A Kelly Jones Mystery (4th in series)

When the world's foremost kidnap and ransom negotiator is snatched by a ruthless drug cartel, Jake Riley becomes ensnared in the effort to save him. But he's up against Los Zetas, an elite paramilitary organization renowned for its ferocity and skill. Now he and his colleagues must navigate the dark underbelly of Mexico, from raging street wars to perilous jungles, in an effort to rescue him before time runs out.

After nearly losing her life on her last case, FBI Agent Kelly Jones may never do fieldwork again. Determined to regain her confidence, she joins Jake on his mission—and quickly realizes she's in over her head. Then in the slums of Mexico City, she encounters a former nemesis who's enacting a nightmarish ritual on the weak and vulnerable. Now she has one last, desperate shot to prove herself—by taking down a killer.

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The 3rd Secret by Tara Taylor Quinn
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The 3rd Secret by Tara Taylor Quinn
The Chapman Files (3rd in series)

Rick Thomas stole drug-cartel evidence from a government facility. And spent three years in a federal prison.

Attorney Erin Morgan has a rule: never defend the bad guys. But Rick Thomas, quiet and self-assured, doesn't seem bad. That's why she agrees to defend him against what he swears is a trumped-up murder charge. She's ignoring her experience and listening to her instincts instead.

But psychologist and expert witness Kelly Chapman is listening to her instincts, too. And they're saying that Rick Thomas is lying to Erin. That he's keeping secrets. That he's a dangerous man. And that, despite everything, maybe he's one of the good guys …

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Edge of Twilight by Maggie Shayne
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Edge of Twilight by Maggie Shayne
A Wings in the Night Thriller (8th in series)

His name is Edge, and he is the last of a band of Immortals murdered by obsessed vampire-hunter Frank Stiles. Vengeance is Edge's obsession, but to destroy Stiles, he must find the woman called the Golden Child.

A legend among the undead, Amber Lily is the only half human, half vampire ever born. She shares Edge's need to find Stiles—but she needs to keep him alive.

Edge is exciting, irresistible, and despite herself Amber is drawn into his hunt, led by passion to the lair of an evil she may be unable to defeat—to the edge of twilight, where only the Immortals belong.

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Firsts on the 1st: New Series Characters Being Introduced in November 2010 Mysteries

New Hardcover Mysteries from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books recently updated its list of November 2010 hardcover mysteries as well shelved new November paperbacks on The Mystery Bookshelf.

In this series of monthly posts, which we call Firsts on the 1st, we're introducing readers to new series characters who will make their mysterious debut during November.

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Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard
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Title: Miss Dimple Disappears
Author: Mignon F. Ballard
Series Character: Dimple Kilpatrick
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Miss Dimple Kilpatrick is a 1st grade teacher in Georgia.

Her first case: It’s 1942, almost a year since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the residents of the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, have been rattled down to their worn, rationed shoes. For young teacher Charlie Carr, life and love aren’t going exactly as planned—her head dictates loyalty to the handsome corpsman, Hugh, but whenever she thinks of her best friend’s beau, Will, her heart does the Jersey Bounce. Charlie is doubly troubled by the disappearance of beloved schoolmistress Miss Dimple Kilpatrick one frosty November morning just before Thanksgiving. Miss Dimple, who has taught the town’s first graders—including Charlie—for almost forty years, would never just skip town in the middle of the school year, and Charlie and her best friend, Annie, are determined to prove it.

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Midnight Whispers by Curtis Christopher Comer
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Title: Midnight Whispers
Author: Curtis Christopher Comer
Series Character: Blake Danzig
Format: Trade Paperback

What we know about the character: Blake Danzig is a paranormal investigator in San Francisco.

His first case: The star of the syndicated show Haunted California and owner of Danzig Paranormal Investigations, Blake has been able to see and talk to the dead since he was a small boy. Born into a circus family, Blake eventually made his way to San Francisco where he wrote his first book and opened his paranormal investigation office.

Assisted by his best friend and self-proclaimed witch, Melody Adams, Blake helps his ex-lover and San Francisco Police Detective, Brian Cox, solve cold case murders by contacting the spirits of the victims. But, when he gets too close to a psychotic spirit, all hell breaks loose and Blake ends up risking losing not only his boyfriend, Joe, but his very soul.

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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin
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Title: Kind of Blue
Author: Miles Corwin
Series Character: Ash Levine
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Ash Levine is an ex-LAPD homicide detective.

His first case: When a legendary ex-cop is mudered in Los Angeles, the pressure's on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago.

A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored -- and consumed with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha's murder. When he's asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha's killer.

Ash dives headfirst into the shadowlands of Southern California to investigate the ex-cop's murder. But even when he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn't sit right with Ash, and he continues working the increasingly dangerous investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha's murder. Unable to let either case go, Ash finds that his obsessive nature might prove fatal.

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Blond Run by Jim Michael Hansen
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Title: Blond Run
Author: Jim Michael Hansen
Series Character: Trane Ravenwood
Format: Trade Paperback

What we know about the character: Trane Ravenwood is a homicide detective in San Francisco.

His first case: While frantically hunting for an elusive killer who is scheduled to take the next victim by the end of the week, Ravenwood witnesses an unrelated murder from a place he shouldn't be. Almost immediately, he is pulled into the edgy world of Trance St. Croix, a beautiful attorney who is too mysterious to trust and too hypnotic to resist.

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Casino Caribbean by Graham Tempest
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Title: Casino Caribbean
Author: Graham Tempest
Series Character: Oliver Steele
Format: Trade Paperback

What we know about the character: Oliver Steele is an investigative accountant.

His first case: When the ruthless founder of a hugely successful Internet casino is assailed simultaneously by a rival group trying to steal his business, and by the friends of a compulsive gambler he has ruined, seeking redress, Oliver is hired by sharp financier Carlton Tisch to dig into the case of the elderly gambler.

Helped and sometimes hindered by the man's talented daughter Kathy, and by Tisch's Israeli soldier-of-fortune sidekick, Kon Feaver, he finds himself dodging bullets on Antigua and trying to thwart casino operator Frankie Leon and his devious attorneys.

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The Athena Project by Brad Thor
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Title: The Athena Project
Author: Brad Thor
Series Characters: The Athena Project
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the characters: The Athena Project is a group of women trained to combat terrorism.

Their first case: Just as skilled, just as fearsome, and just as deadly as their colleagues, Delta Force’s newest members have only one thing setting them apart—their gender. Part of a top-secret, all-female program code-named The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.

When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.

In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America’s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.

As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack—one of unimaginable proportions—has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

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For a list of more mysteries scheduled for publication during November, please visit our New Mysteries home page. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit The Mystery Bookshelf, where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with November 2010 releases.

Please also 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.

One Series, One Mini-Series, and Three Collections, New This Week on DVD

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 one series, one mini-series, and three collections being released this week.

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Cadfael: The Complete Collection, a Mystery TV Series
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Sir Derek Jacobi is Brother Cadfael, a 12th-century Benedictine monk and former Crusader who uses his worldly knowledge, apothecary skills, and keen intuition to solve crimes in Cadfael.

Based on the bestselling novels by Ellis Peters, this award-winning series is a fascinating mix of costume drama, Middle Ages spirituality, and classic whodunit.

The Cadfael: The Complete Collection DVD set of 13 discs contain all 13 episodes that aired from 1994 through 1998, which were previously released on four separate DVD sets. Extras include audio comments by Derek Jacobi, production scrapbooks, and historical background notes.

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The Fugitive (1963): Season Four (V1), a Mystery TV Series
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David Janssen stars as Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive.

Accused of the murder of his wife, the night before his execution, he escapes. The only chance to prove his innocence is to find the one-armed man he saw kill her. Kimble, persecuted by Lt. Gerard (Barry Morse), risks his life several times when he shows his identity to help other people out of trouble.

The The Fugitive: Season Four (Volume 1) DVD set of 4 discs contain the first half of the final season of the series, which aired during the fall of 1966.

The series was the basis for a 1993 theatrical film starring Harrison Ford as Kimble and for a short-lived update of the series in 2000 starring Timothy Daly.

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Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files, a Mystery TV Series
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John Nettles stars as Detective Chief Inspector in Midsomer Murders, a series based on characters created by mystery author Caroline Graham and located in the fictional English county of Midsomer.

The Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files DVD set of 16 discs collects the 16 episodes previously released on DVD sets Nine through Twelve, which originally aired between 2004 and 2006. John Hopkins stars as Barnaby's partner Detective Sergeant Dan Scott in the first half of these episodes, and Jason Hughes as his new (and current) partner Detective Sergeant Ben Jones in the second half.

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Miss Marple: The Geraldine McEwan Collection, a Mystery TV Series
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When ITV rebooted a series of Miss Marple mysteries in 2004, Geraldine McEwan was hired to portray the amateur sleuth, a role she played for three seasons (12 episodes).

Prim and proper in her smart tweed suits and matching hats, Miss Marple is often overlooked by the police and underestimated by criminals. But she proves her mettle time and again, solving cases that leave even the most experienced professionals flummoxed.

The Miss Marple: The Geraldine McEwan Collection DVD set of 12 discs collects these episodes that were previously released as three separate sets.

Mr. E. Review Available Read Mr. E. Reviews Miss Marple: The Geraldine McEwan Collection at

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Murderland: The Complete Miniseries, a Mystery TV Series
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Robbie Coltrane and Sharon Small star in Murderland, an clever and compelling thriller that tells a traumatic murder story through the eyes of three central characters: Carrie the daughter of the murdered woman, Douglas Hain, for whom the investigation becomes a haunting obsession; the detective in charge of the investigation; and Sally the murder victim.

Murderland aired as a three-part miniseries on ITV in 2009.

The Murderland: The Complete Miniseries DVD set is comprised of 2 discs.

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Bloodline of the Fallen: Anna's Sacrifice, a New Game of Suspense from BFG

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Games of Mystery is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery casual game from Big Fish Games released today and available to BFG Club members. You can find out more about these games by visiting our Mystery Games: Big Fish Download Games page or by clicking on the links provided below.

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Bloodline of the Fallen: Anna's Sacrifice

When Anna's father is murdered, uncomfortable truths that call her past into question come to light. She remembers her father telling her of the horrors he had witnessed as a member of a mysterious cult. Although she didn’t believe they were true, the tales were so strong and fascinating that Anna wrote a book and told the world. Now, disturbing nightmares of the cult haunt her and she feels a grave danger. Were the stories real?

Find out as you follow Anna and her friends headlong into a confrontation with her dark destiny. See how her life begins to unravel when she journeys across the world in search of answers. Piece together puzzles and find objects in 24 frightening levels. Will Anna make the ultimate sacrifice to save her soul?

Bloodline of the Fallen: Anna's Sacrifice may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (207.13 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

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Get any standard game for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. Other benefits include the $2.99 Daily Deal, Tomorrow's Game Today, and special member rewards. And if you purchase any 6 games within a single month, you earn a free game with the Big Fish Game Club Monthly Punch Card! (Collector's Editions earn 3 punches each, half-way towards your free game!)

Read Ms. Terri's reviews of the adventure and casual mystery games featured on this site, including Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Enlightenus, and many more!

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for November 01, 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!).

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for November 01, 2010

This week's letters and mystery clue:


These playing cards are featured in the 12th title of the Wycliffe mysteries by W. J. Burley (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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