Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review: Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville

Read the full text of our review at Mysterious Reviews: Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Three TNT Crime Dramas Return Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

Three TNT crime dramas pick up their seasons starting tomorrow, Sunday November 27th, 2011.

First up is Leverage on Sunday at 9 PM (ET/PT). In an episode titles "The Experimental Job", the team must go back to college and infiltrate the world of Skull & Bones secret societies when homeless veterans in the Boston area begin disappearing.

Next, on Monday at 9 PM (ET/PT), The Closer returns with an episode titled "Necessary Evil". The death of a high school principal who had been trying to clear his school from scandal suddenly causes Brenda and Fritz to fight over who has control of the case because an already existing investigation causes the cases to overlap.

Finally, an hour later on Monday at 10 PM (ET/PT), Rizzoli & Isles returns in "Can I Get a Witness?" in which the gal-pal sleuths investigate the shooting of a community activist. Before long, a witness emerges to testify against a notorious gang member and TV host Bill O'Reilly (playing himself) arrives and voices on-air disapproval of the police department.

Reviews of Mystery and Suspense Books for Kids, New This Week on Book Trends (111126)

Book Trends: Reviews of Young Adult and Children Books

Book Trends, a review site for young adult and children books, published several new book reviews this past week. We're presenting here a summary of those in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.

Following Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci. A sequel to The Body of Christopher Creed. Lexile measure: N/A; the previous book is rated 720L. Reviewed by a 6th grade student, who writes, "The plot is very tense which is my favorite type of book. … Even if you don't like mysteries or thrillers I think you will still love this amazing book." (Read the full review here.)

For more reviews of children and young adult books of all genres, visit Book Trends; their reviews will amaze you! You can also follow Book Trends on Twitter.

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Hardcover Mysteries for December 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 December 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 December new mystery books page, which will become the default home page for the site on December 1st.

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

Sandra Balzo (Maggy Thorsen, 7th) —  D. C. Brod (Robyn Guthrie, 2nd) —  Don Bruns (James Lessor and Skip Moore, 5th) —  Stephen J. Cannell (Shane Scully, 11th) —  Joanna Challis (Daphne du Maurier, 3rd) —  Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney (Jack Ryan Jr., 3rd) —  Reed Farrel Coleman (Moe Prager, 7th) —  Kent Conwell (Tony Boudreaux, 12th) —  Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta, 19th) —  Colin Cotterill (Dr. Siri Paiboun, 8th) —  Nick Drake (Rahotep, 3rd) —  Robert Ellis (Lena Gamble, 3rd) —  Monica Ferris (Betsy Devonshire, Needlecraft, 15th) —  Jane Finnis (Aurelia Marcella, 4th) —  Leighton Gage (Mario Silva, 5th) —  H. Terrell Griffin (Matt Royal, 6th) —  W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (Presidential Agent, 7th) —  Derek Haas (Silver Bear, 3rd) —  Barbara Hambly (Benjamin January, 11th) —  Tami Hoag (Oak Knoll, 3rd) —  Anne Holt (Hanne Wilhelmsen, 8th) —  Graham Ison (Brock and Poole, 11th) —  Bill James (Harpur and Iles, 27th) —  J. Sydney Jones (Karl Werthen, Viennese, 3rd) —  Raymond Khoury (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, 5th) —  Robert Knightly (Harry Corbin and Adele Bentibi, 2nd) —  Deryn Lake (John Rawlings, 14th) —  Martin Limon (George Sueño and Ernie Bascom, 7th) —  Ralph McInerny (Father Dowling Short Stories) —  Amy Myers (Peter and Georgia Marsh, 8th) —  Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole, 8th) —  James Patterson and Jill Dembowski (Witch & Wizard, 3rd) —  Ann Purser (Lois Meade, 13th) —  Al Roker and Dick Lochte (Billy Blessing, 3rd) —  Fay Sampson (Suzie Fewings, 4th) —  Alexander McCall Smith (Sunday Philosophy Club, 8th) —  Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak, 19th) —  Taylor Stevens (Vanessa "Michael" Munroe, 2nd) —  Jan Costin Wagner (Kimmo Joentaa, 2nd) —  Stuart Woods (Stone Barrington, 22nd) —  Anthony E. Zuiker and Duane Swierczynski (Steve Dark, 3rd)

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

Karen Charlton (Regency Reivers) —  Stephen Hunter (Ray Cruz) —  Clea Koff (Jayne Hall and Steelie Lander) —  Lois Lamanna (Marlene Webb and Bethany Cunningham) —  Edward Marston (Harvey Marmion)

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

Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene —  Robin Cook —  Gar Anthony Haywood —  David James —  P. D. James —  Larry Karp —  Dean Koontz —  Ed Kovacs —  Michael Z. Lewin —  Craig McDonald —  Kyle Mills —  D-L Nelson —  Paul Theroux —  Elizabeth Voss

For more information on any of these titles, please visit the December 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 mystery, suspense and thriller books, also updated with December 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.

The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole is Today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. The deal price of $0.99 is valid only for today, Friday, November 25, 2011.

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The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole

The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole

Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome Bobby Cole as our guest blogger, who wrote about two sides of a thrilling adventure: the hunter and the hunted. The Dummy Line is his debut novel.

About The Dummy Line (from the publisher): Avid hunter Jake Crosby is thrilled that his nine-year-old daughter Katy shares his love of the outdoors. His wife, Morgan, on the other hand, does not, which means Jake and Katy enjoy an abundance of hunting, fishing, and camping trips together. So when they head off into the Alabama woods for a spring turkey hunt, Jake expects nothing out of the ordinary. But even his worst nightmares could not prepare him for what befalls them that evening, when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into their remote camp.

Desperate to protect his daughter and himself, Jake makes a gut-wrenching decision. His quick thinking enables him and Katy to escape … but brings the gang of vengeful criminals hot on their trail. Gambling on his knowledge of the land and hunting skills, he leads their bloodthirsty pursuers on a perilous cat-and-mouse game deep within the Noxubee River swamp. Jake knows they all won’t come out alive — but he will do whatever is necessary to make sure Katy does.

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Mystery Bestsellers for the Week Ending November 25, 2011

Bestselling Hardcover Mystery Books

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending November 25th, 2011 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

Last week's featured title, V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton, makes a run for the top spot but is edged out by The Litigators by John Grisham, which retains the number one position for the third week in a row. Two new titles debut this week.

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Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Coming in at number 10 is the 18th numbered entry in the Stephanie Plum series, Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich.

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photo — Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.

Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?

Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is … It’s complicated.

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Micro by Michael Crichton

Two spots lower at number 12 is Micro, a thriller by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston.

Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye.

In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier.

But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst, New from Big Fish Games

Escape from Ravenhearst (Big Fish Games, 2011)

The tenth entry in the popular Mystery Case Files series of casual adventure games was released today by Big Fish Games. In Escape from Ravenhearst, players are challenged to solve the most challenging case yet!

Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst starts at the burned out Ravenhearst Manor, a mysterious 19th century mansion constructed by Charles Dalimar as a symbol of affection for his love, Emma Ravenhearst. From there players must follow the haunted past to learn more about the manor's mysterious origins, unearthing harrowing new details in the Ravenhearst tale as they move through the game to a unforgettable climax.

The game's engaging storyline is complemented by haunting performances from live actors that fans from the series have come to know and love, and is underscored by an original music soundtrack. The Collectors' Edition of Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst also features additional gameplay, an integrated strategy guide, and a special game-play bonus features in the case book.

"We designed this game to push the envelope in ways that leave mainstream consumers in awe," said Adrian Woods, Senior Game Design Director for Big Fish Games. "And long-time avid fans of Mystery Case Files will get huge doses of what they know and love. The game includes deep, immersive adventure, interactive story, cinematic art and rewarding puzzles. Even more so than its predecessors, this chapter of Mystery Case Files will tap the deepest recesses of every player's psyche."

Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst (Collector's Edition) is available to download today. A free trial version is also available.

Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon as today's free mystery ebook. 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 we urge you to download it while it is still available for free.

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Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon

Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon
Thalia Press

Lise McClendon is the author of two series mysteries. This is her first — and to date only — stand-alone.

About Blackbird Fly (from the publisher): A house in France connects three women together — the woman who owns the house, the woman who lives in the house, and the woman who died in the house sixty years before.

Merle Bennett inherits the house of her late husband, in a small village in the Dordogne. But when she arrives a deranged squatter won't let her inside. Secrets from the post-war period, when southwest France was left to wither by Nazi occupation, and secrets of a newer kind, occupy what should be a fine French summer for Merle. With her teenage son in tow, a sexy roofer in her kitchen, and a nasty discovery in the pissoir, there is plenty to keep her mind off her endless to-do list.

A story of murder, self-discovery, and family, deep in the heart of France.

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Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins is Today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. The deal price of $0.99 is valid only for today, Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

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Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins

Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins
A Nathan Heller Short Story Collection
Thomas & Mercer

Tough, cynical, and clever, ex-cop Nathan Heller is a private investigator in 1930s Chicago … where "lightning" means gunfire.

About Chicago Lightning (from the publisher): In this engaging collection of thirteen stories, Heller encounters gangsters and petty crooks, noble doctors and quacks, loving wives and wanton women, and even the occasional honest cop. All of the stories are based on real cases of the 1930s and 1940s. Heller's adventures feature some of the biggest names in 20th-century American crime history: Eliot Ness, Frank Nitti, Mickey Cohen, and Jack Ruby, just to name a few. Whether he is investigating a union shooting, going toe-to-toe with the female leader of a vicious hold-up crew, or playing a homeless man to pose as bait for an insurance racket, Heller's humorous, wryly cynical tone, and knack for keen social observation make for a cracking good read.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Trailer for The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black (2012)

The doorway has opened …

A new, relatively short at just over a minute, trailer has been released by the studio for the upcoming thriller The Woman in Black. We've embedded it below.

Adapted from the 1983 novel of the same title by Susan Hill, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a solicitor attending to the affairs of the late Mrs. Alice Drablow. But as he begins to dispose of her estate, he uncovers tragic secrets and encounters the ghost of a woman intent on revenge.

Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds co-star in this Gothic thriller, which opens in US theaters February 3rd, 2012.

NBC Orders Full Season of Grimm

Grimm (NBC)

NBC has given its new supernatural crime drama Grimm a full season order. It is — to date — the only new hour-long series on the network to receive such an order.

"We are very pleased to be making a full-season commitment for Grimm," said NBC president Robert Greenblatt. "This series is turning the traditional procedural drama on its head and is attracting a loyal following for us on Friday nights. We love where it's going creatively and we're excited to deliver more episodes to our audience."

Inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales, the series stars David Giuntoli as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms", charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.

Grimm currently airs on Friday nights, but the network has scheduled a Thursday airing for the series on December 8th, in the now-canceled Prime Suspect's time slot.

Millennium Wins 2011 International Emmy for Best TV Mini-Series

International Emmy Awards

The winners of the International Emmy Awards were announced yesterday, and the six-part Swedish made-for-television adaptation of Stieg Larsson's trilogy of Swedish thrillers, Millennium, was honored as Best TV Movie/Mini-Series.

Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace reprise their roles from the Swedish-language film adaptations of the books in this mini-series, which consists of six 90-minute episodes and originally aired during March and April 2010 on SVT1. The storylines from all three books — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest — were included. At 540 minutes, the mini-series is almost two hours longer than the combined length of the films, with the additional screen time devoted to further developing the characters and plot.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Swedish Crime Novel Awards Announced

Mystery Book Awards

Last Saturday night the Swedish Crime Academy (Svenska Deckarakademin) announced the winners of its annual Swedish Crime Novel Awards

• Bästa svenska (Best Swedish): Viskleken (Chinese Whispers) by Arne Dahl

• Bästa översatta (Best Translated): The End of the Wasp Season (Getingsommar) by Denise Mina

Reginald Hill was named Grand Master for "his ever more daring, plotting and literate wit [that] has renewed the genre and widened its borders."

In addition, two special awards were given to Lars Wendelius "for his pioneering work in the detective genre in Swedish literature" and to Michael Tapper for his non-fiction book Snuten i skymningslandet, Swedish police stories in film and literature 1965-2010.

James Dashner to Write Prequel to The Maze Runner Trilogy

Delacorte Press

Delacorte Press announced today that James Dashner will write a prequel to his bestselling "Maze Runner" trilogy of young adult thrillers. Titled The Kill Order, the book will be published on August 14th, 2012.

"The prequel is something that has churned in my mind since before The Maze Runner was even complete," said Dashner. "It's been hard to keep it a secret! I'm excited to finally share the news and I can't wait for my readers to see how it all began."

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. The Kill Order tells the story of that fall.

The books in the series are The Maze Runner (2009), The Scorch Trials (2010), and The Death Cure (2011). The series has been optioned for film, with Catherine Hardwicke (The Twilight Saga: Twilight) slated to direct a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim.

Martha Grimes to Receive the 2012 MWA Grand Master Award

Mystery Writers of America

The Mystery Writers of America announced today that crime novelist Martha Grimes would honored with the 2012 Grand Master Award. This award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.

"I was, for once, speechless," said Grimes, when notified of being named Grand Master.

Martha Grimes began as a poet, but then turned to mysteries. She sent her first novel — The Man with a Load of Mischief — "over the transom" to several publishers. In 1979 an editor at Little, Brown found it in the "slush pile" and offered to publish it. The book, which introduced Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury, became the first in a long-running series that currently numbers twenty-two titles.

Also announced today are the recipients of the Ellery Queen Award and the Raven Award.

The 2012 Ellery Queen Award will be given to Joe Meyers of the Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group. The Ellery Queen award is given to editors or publishers who have distinguished themselves by their generous and wide-ranging support of the genre.

One mystery bookstore and one outstanding individual supporting the mystery book genre will be honored with the 2012 Raven Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. M is for Mystery in San Mateo, CA and Molly Weston of Meritorious Mysteries will be honored with the 2012 Raven Awards.

The above awards plus the winners of the Edgar Awards will be presented at The Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, April 26th, 2012.

(Source: Press release.)

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