Wednesday, April 27, 2011

F+W Media Acquires Tyrus Books, Creates F+W Crime Imprint

F+W Media

F+W Media announced today the company has acquired Tyrus Books, which, in partnership with Bleak House founder Benjamin LeRoy, will enter the fiction market with F+W Crime.

F+W Crime will launch in June and primarily publish ebook-only titles -- up to 200 a year -- with selected books published as trade paperbacks.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to head up F+W Crime, as it provides an opportunity to continue the growth of Tyrus Books and to invest my efforts into the development of Prologue Books, an ebook initiative I strongly believe in and have been conceptualizing for some time," said LeRoy.

(Source: F+W Media.)

Parker's Spenser and Jesse Stone Series to Continue with New Writers

Penguin Books

In a recently announced deal, Penguin's Putnam imprint will continue to publish the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Jesse Stone mysteries with new authors.

Ace Atkins will write the next Spenser novel, expected to be published in Spring 2012.

And Michael Brandman, who has been involved with the TV adaptations of the Jesse Stone books as both screenwriter and producer, and who also produced the A&E adaptation of the Spenser book Small Vices in 1999, has written the next Jesse Stone mystery, Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues, with a scheduled publication date of September 2011.

(Source: Publishers Weekly.)

The Mystery Bookshelf: Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo, A Kate Burkholder Mystery

The Mystery Bookshelf: New Mystery,  Suspense and Thriller Books

The Mystery Bookshelf, where you can discover a world of mystery and suspense, is pleased to feature a new crime novel we recently received from the publisher.

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Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
A Kate Burkholder Mystery (2nd in series)
Minotaur Books (Trade Paperback)
Publication Date: April 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-54003-6

Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
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About Pray for Silence (from the publisher): The Planks moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to the small Amish community of Painters Mill, hoping to resume the comforts of the Plain Life in Ohio. Less than one year later, the family of seven is found dead—slaughtered on their own farm.

Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her small force have few clues, no motive, and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from their “English” neighbors—and each other. When the diary belonging to the rebellious teenager Mary Plank turns up, Kate is surprised to find not only a kindred spirit but a murder suspect: the charismatic stranger who stole Mary’s heart.

Then there’s Mary’s brother, Aaron. Shunned by his family and the rest of the Amish community, could he have returned to seek revenge? Now it’s up to Kate to search for some dark truths about the Planks—and confront long-buried secrets of her own. As Kate’s obsession with the case grows so does her resolve to bring the killer to justice—even if it means putting herself into the line of fire ...

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About Linda Castillo: She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next thriller, also set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. Visit her website at LindaCastillo.com.

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Review: Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal writing as Edgar Box

Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal writing as Edgar Box
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Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal writing as Edgar Box. A Peter Sargeant Mystery. Vintage Crime Trade Paperback, March 2011.

Featuring an urbane, witty amateur sleuth and a cast of temperamental characters, the real treat in this first of three crime novels written by Gore Vidal in the 1950s using the pen name of Edgar Box, is how cleverly crafted the murder mystery plot is.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal writing as Edgar Box.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Macmillan Announces Launch of New Crime Website, The Criminal Element

Criminal Element

Macmillan announced today a new crime and mystery-focused community website, CriminalElement.com.

The site will feature pre-release novel excerpts, original short stories from various authors, topical blog posts, and will eventually be offering downloads and podcasts. Categories include typical crime novel genres (detective and procedural, traditional and cozy, thriller and noir) but also historical and western, true crime and non-fiction. We also saw references to the increasingly popular categories of crime comics and graphic novels when we visited the site.

"This is not a typical review or promotions site," says Liz Edelstein, Senior Manager and editor at Macmillan Community Network. "We think of CriminalElement.com as a community for fans, by fans, and the focus is on editorial content rather than on marketing."

Indeed, the site welcomes original short story submissions and pre-release excerpts from authors at any publishing house or other interested parties. Contact Liz at [email protected] for more information.

Nominations for the 2011 Audie Awards Announced

Mystery Book Awards

The nominees for the 2011 Audie Awards have been announced by the Audio Publishers Association, recognizing the best in audiobooks. The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 24th, 2011, at The TimesCenter in New York City.

Awards are given out in many categories; we're listing only those nominees for excellence in narration, direction, engineering, mix and abridgment (when applicable) of an unabridged or abridged mystery or thriller/suspense audiobook. Note: the narrator(s) and publisher are given in parentheses.

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Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt (Grover Gardner, Listen & Live Audio)
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (Katherine Kellgren, Audible.com)
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré (Robin Sachs, Penguin)
The Dead Room by Chris Mooney (Regina Reagan, Isis Publishing)
The Reversal by Michael Connelly (Peter Giles, Hachette Audio)
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George (John Lee, HarperCollins)

◊ Thriller/Suspense
Dead Aim by Thomas Perry (Michael Kramer, Tantor Media)
Interface by Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George (Oliver Wyman, Audible.com)
The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds (Kate Reading, Blackstone Audio)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Reg Keeland, Random House Audio)
Vengeance by A. J. Scudiere (Kristoffer Tabori, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Don Leslie, Griffyn Ink)

Review: How to Survive a Killer Séance by Penny Warner

How to Survive a Killer Séance by Penny Warner
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How to Survive a Killer Séance by Penny Warner. A Presley Parker "Party Planning" Mystery. Obsidian Mass Market Paperback, March 2011.

Presley Parker is a delightful event host, and this entertaining mystery captures the ins and outs of planning a séance (should one be so inclined to do so). But it is the venue of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, and its architectural oddities that are cleverly incorporated into the plot, that really makes the story special.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: How to Survive a Killer Séance by Penny Warner.

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The Mystery Bookshelf: Down River by John Hart

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The Mystery Bookshelf, where you can discover a world of mystery and suspense, is pleased to feature a new crime novel we recently received from the publisher.

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Down River by John Hart
Non-series
St. Martin's Griffin (Trade Paperback)
Publication Date: April 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-67738-1

Down River by John Hart
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About Down River (from the publisher): Adam Chase has a violent streak, and for good reason. As a boy, he saw things no child should witness, suffered wounds that left him misunderstood—a fighter. Even grown, he remains dangerous and unpredictable, so that when he narrowly beats a murder charge, he’s hounded out of town, exiled for a sin he did not commit. For five long years, he disappears. But now he’s back, and no one knows why—not his family or the cops, not the enemies he left behind. But Adam has his reasons. Attacked within hours of his return, the tone of his homecoming is set. As bodies turn up and the town rises in anger, Adam again finds himself in the fight of his life, not just to prove his innocence, but to reclaim the only life he’s ever wanted. Secrets build on secrets, emotions tear, and more than one person crosses the brink as Hart examines the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and revenge.

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About John Hart: A former criminal defense attorney, the author has also worked as a banker, stockbroker and apprentice helicopter mechanic. Other than writing, his favorite job was pouring pints in a London pub. A husband and father of two, John still lives in his native North Carolina, where he writes full-time. Visit his website at JohnHartFiction.com.

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Explore a Mysterious Mansion in Dark Ritual, New from BFG

Games of Mystery

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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Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual

You play the role of a detective, who has been approached by the FBI to help investigate a terrifying case. Explore Dr. Seymour Brown's Blackwood Mansion to see what the crazed scientist has been experimenting with. Help Agent Johnson track down your missing sister and stop a Dark Ritual in this intriguing hidden object adventure game.

Dark Ritual may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (176.45 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Watch a preview video below:

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!

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Games of Mystery is your source for mystery-themed video, electronic, and board games, parties for kids and adults, and murder mystery weekends and mystery getaway vacations!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Review: Death in a Scarlet Coat by David Dickinson

Death in a Scarlet Coat by David Dickinson
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Death in a Scarlet Coat by David Dickinson. A Lord Francis Powerscourt Mystery. Soho Constable Hardcover, March 2011.

A most remarkable mystery, an intricately woven whodunit that presents the private detective with many potential pathways to a solution, but little solid evidence on which to make a reasoned conclusion. Still, Lord Powerscourt is at the top of his game here.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Death in a Scarlet Coat by David Dickinson.

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New Hardcover Mysteries for May 2011

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 May 2011. 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 May new mystery books page (which will become the default home page for the site on May 1st).

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

Steve Berry (Cotton Malone, 7th) — Lawrence Block (Matthew Scudder, 17th)Gyles Brandreth (Oscar Wilde, 4th)Chris Cavender (Eleanor Swift, 3rd)M. R. Hall (Jenny Cooper, 2nd)Julian Cole (Rounder Brothers, 2nd) — Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer, 16th) — Graham Ison (Hardcastle, 9th)Lisa Jackson (Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez, 3rd) — Richard Marcinko and Jim DeFelice (Rogue Warrior, 16th)Vicki Delany (Molly Smith, 5th)John DeMers (Brett Baldwin, 2nd) — Alice Duncan (Angels, 3rd)Earlene Fowler (Benni Harper, 15th)Brent Ghelfi (Alexei "Volk" Volkovoy, 4th)Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters, 5th)Philip Gooden (Thomas Ansell, 2nd)Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire, 12th) — Cora Harrison (Burren, 6th) — Bill James (Harpur and Iles, 26th)Chris Knopf (Sam Acquillo, 5th)Eric Van Lustbader (Jack McClure, 3rd) — Priscilla Masters (Martha Gunn, 3rd)Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole, 7th)James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Women's Murder Club, 10th)Katherine Hall Page (Faith Fairchild, 19th)Robert B. Parker (Spenser, 39th)Ross Pennie (Dr. Zol Szabo, 2nd)Thomas Perry (Butcher's Boy, 3rd)Stefanie Pintoff (Simon Ziele, 3rd)Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich, 15th)Pauline Rowson (Andy Horton, Marine, 6th)John Sandford (Lucas Davenport, 21st)Elaine Viets (Helen Hawthorne, Dead-End Job, 10th).

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

R. D. Cain (Steve Nastos)Jude Hardin (Nicholas Colt)Colin Murray (Tony Gerard)Steve Ulfelder (Conway Sax)Jan Merete Weiss (Natalia Monte).

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

Akira AraiJane BradleyNiko Besley — Dale Brown — R. J. ElloryKevin DesingerAaron ElkinsJustin EvansTherese FowlerDiane JanesLouise WelshLouis B. JonesAndrea Kane — Douglas Kennedy — Fred LichtenbergBill Loehfelm — Robert McCammon — Anna MichaelsAdam Mitzner — Susan Moody — H. T. NareaMarvin OlaskyRichard North PattersonMatt Richtel — Patrick Robinson — Jonathan RushMary Doria RussellMarc Schuster — Jacqueline Seewald — Karen Hanson Stuyck.

For more information on any of these titles, please visit the May 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 May 2011 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.

Find Your Missing Daughter in Silent Scream: The Dancer , New from BFG

Games of Mystery

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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Silent Scream: The Dancer
Silent Scream: The Dancer

After leaving work one night, Jennifer is chased by a mysterious group of people. She is almost successful in her escape, but is knocked unconscious before she can get away. After waking up, she discovers that her daughter is missing! Playing as Jennifer, you must solve the perplexing mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter in this spooky, hidden object adventure game.

Silent Scream: The Dancer may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (207.51 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

Watch a preview video below:

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!

Big Fish Games: Bestsellers

Big Fish Games: New releases

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Games of Mystery is your source for mystery-themed video, electronic, and board games, parties for kids and adults, and murder mystery weekends and mystery getaway vacations!

Mystery Godoku Puzzle for April 25, 2011

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 April 25, 2011

This week's letters and mystery clue:

A D E H I K N R T

Manuel Munoz’s debut murder mystery tells the story of "what you see" here (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, April 24, 2011

Review: The Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer

The Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
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The Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer. Non-series. Random House Hardcover, March 2011.

This imaginative and charming story will delight kids ... and most likely their parents as well. It's not a typical "ghost" story by any means, but rather one of loyalty and trust and, most of all, friendship. The grim and moody illustrations, though, are not reflective of the wonder and joy expressed in the narrative.

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: The Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer.

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Mr. E. Reviews A Mind to Kill Series 3

A Mind to Kill Series 3 (DVD Cover)
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This set of 8 episodes in the series, representing the final three seasons, suffers in part from multiple production companies taking the series in different directions over the nearly four years that it aired. But it is brightened overall by DCI Noel Bain's daughter, Hannah, joining the police force, the continued presence of ME Margaret Edwards, and new partners for Bain.

Read the full text of our review at Mr. E. Reviews A Mind to Kill Series 3.

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Mr. E. Reviews is your source for mystery, suspense, thriller, and crime drama reviews of television and film.

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