Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Film Adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot Now Titled Jack Reacher

One Shot by Lee Child: A Jack Reacher Thriller

Paramount Studios confirmed today that the film adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 thriller One Shot will be titled Jack Reacher.

Tom Cruise plays the now titular character, an ex-Army cop who gets drawn into the mystery surrounding the arrest of a sniper accused of killing five people. One Shot is actually the ninth book in the series … which means there is plenty of material from which to create a franchise.

Christopher McQuarrie is directing his own adapted screenplay. The film is scheduled to open in US theaters on December 21st, 2012.

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Review: Viral by James Lilliefors

Viral by James Lilliefors

We've just published our Review of Viral by James Lilliefors. A Mallory Brothers Thriller. Soho Crime Hardcover, April 2012.

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Mr. E. Reviews Sherlock Season 2

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This second season of the reimagining of the popular Doyle characters in contemporary London may be superior to the hard to top first season. Though the episodes are different in scope and content, they do share outstanding performances by the principal actors, most particularly this season, Andrew Scott as James Moriarty.

Read the full text of our review at Mr. E. Reviews Sherlock Season 2.

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Please Welcome Crime Novelist Mark Gilleo

Omnimystery News: Guest Author Post

We are delighted to feature crime novelist Mark Gilleo as our guest blogger today, with an excerpt from, and commentary on, his new thriller Love Thy Neighbor (The Story Plant, March 2012 trade paperback and ebook editions). Mark is visiting with us courtesy of Partners in Crime Tours. We encourage you to take a look at the other participating sites; you can see his complete tour schedule here.

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Author's note … this part is true: In late 1999 a woman from Vienna, Virginia, a suburb ten miles from the White House as the crow flies, called the CIA. The woman, a fifty-something mother of three, phoned to report what she referred to as potential terrorists living across the street from her middle-class home. She went on to explain what she had been seeing in her otherwise quiet neighborhood: Strange men of seemingly Middle-Eastern descent using their cell phones in the yard. Meetings in the middle of the night with bumper-to-bumper curbside parking, expensive cars rubbing ends with vans and common Japanese imports. A constant flow of young men, some who seemed to stay for long periods of time without introducing themselves to anyone in the neighborhood. The construction of a six-foot wooden fence to hide the backyard from the street only made the property more suspicious.

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Upon hearing a layperson’s description of suspicious behavior, the CIA promptly dismissed the woman and her phone call. (Ironically, the woman lived less than a quarter of a mile from a CIA installation, though it was not CIA headquarters as was later reported.)

In the days and weeks following 9/11, the intelligence community in the U.S. began to learn the identities of the nineteen hijackers who had flown the planes into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. In the process of their investigation they discovered that two of the hijackers, one on each of the planes that hit the World Trade Towers, had listed a particular house in Vienna, Virginia as a place of residence.

The FBI and various other agencies swooped in on the unassuming neighborhood and began knocking on doors. When they reached the house of a certain mother of three, she stopped them dead in their tracks. She was purported to have said, “I called the CIA two years ago to report that terrorists were living across the street and no one did anything.”

The CIA claimed to have no record of a phone call.

The news networks set up cameras and began broadcasting from the residential street. ABC, NBC, FOX. The FBI followed up with further inquiries. The woman’s story was later bounced around the various post 9/11 committees and intelligence hearings on Capitol Hill. (Incidentally, after 9/11, the CIA closed its multi-story facility in the neighborhood where the terrorist reportedly lived. In 2006 the empty building was finally torn down and, as of early 2011, was being replaced with another office building).

There has been much speculation about what the government should have or could have known prior to 9/11. The answer is not simple. There have been anecdotal stories of people in Florida and elsewhere who claimed to have reported similar “terrorist” type activities by suspicious people prior to 9/11. None of these stories have been proven.

What we do know is that with the exception of the flight school instructor in Minnesota who questioned the motive of a student who was interested in flying an aircraft without learning how to land, and an unheeded warning from actor James Woods who was on a plane from Boston with several of the purported terrorists while they were doing a trial run, the woman from Vienna, Virginia was the country’s best chance to prevent 9/11. To date, there has been no verification of any other pre-9/11 warnings from the general public so far in advance of that fateful day in September.

For me, there is no doubt as to the validity of the claims of the woman in Vienna.

She lived in the house where I grew up. She is my mother. (Mark Gilleo, October 2011, Washington DC.)

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  Ariana turned on the nightlight and closed the door to her daughter's room. She walked down the carpeted hall towards the light stretching out from the plastic chandelier over the dining room table. Her husband's chair was empty and she quietly called out his name. No response. As Ariana turned the corner to the kitchen and reached for the knob on the cabinet over the counter, eight hundred pages of advertising crashed into her rib cage, sucking the wind from her lungs. As his wife doubled over, Nazim raised the thick Yellow Book with both hands and hit her on her back, driving her body to the floor.
  "Don't you ever disobey me in front of others again."
  Ariana coughed. There was no blood. This time. She tried to speak but her lips only quivered. Her thick-framed glasses rested on the floor, out of reach. Her brain fought to make sense of what happened, what had set her husband off. It could have been anything. But every curse had its blessing, and for Ariana the blessing was the fact that Nazim didn't hit her in front of Liana. A blessing that the child didn't see her mother being punched. The reason was simple. Nazim was afraid of his daughter. Afraid of what she could say now that she could speak.
  The curse was that Ariana never knew when she had crossed the line. She never knew when the next blow was coming. She merely had to wait until they were alone to learn her fate for past indiscretions.
  Ariana gasped slowly for air. She didn't cry. The pain she felt in her side wasn't bad enough to give her husband the satisfaction.
  "When I say it is time to leave, it is time to leave. There is no room for negotiation in this marriage."
  Ariana panted as her mind flashed back to the Christmas party. She immediately realized her faux pas. "I didn't want to be rude to Maria. She spent days making dessert. She is old. Do we not respect our elders anymore?"
  Nazim pushed his wife onto the floor with his knee, a reaction Ariana fully expected. "You are my wife. This is about you and me. Our neighbor has nothing to do with it." Nazim looked down at Ariana sprawled on the linoleum and spit on her with more mock than saliva.
  "Maria is my friend."
  "Well, her son is coming home and she doesn't need you."
  Nazim dropped the yellow book on the counter with a thud and went to the basement. Ariana gathered herself, pushing her body onto all fours and then pulling herself up by the front of the oven. She looked at the Yellow Book and her blood boiled. It was like getting hit by a cinderblock with soft edges. When it hit flush, it left very little bruising. As her husband intended. For a man of slight build, Nazim could generate power when a beating was needed.
  Ariana took inventory of herself, one hand propping herself up on the counter. She had been beaten worse. Far worse. By other men before she met her husband. Her eyes moved beyond the Yellow Pages and settled on the knife set on the counter, the shiny German steel resting in its wooden block holder. She grabbed the fillet knife, caressed the blade with her eyes, and then pushed the thought from her mind.
  Her husband called her from the basement and she snapped out of her momentary daze. "Coming," she answered, putting the knife back in its designated slot in the wood. She knew what was coming next. It was always the same. A physical assault followed by a sexual one. She reached up her skirt and removed her panties. There was no sense in having another pair ripped, even if robbing Nazim of the joy would cost her a punch or two.
  Christmas, the season of giving, she thought as she made her way down the stairs into the chilly basement.

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Mark Gilleo holds a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University. He enjoys traveling, has lived and worked in Asia, and speaks fluent Japanese. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the D.C. area. His two most recent novels were recognized as finalist and semifinalist, respectively, in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative writing competition. The Story Plant will publish his next novel, Sweat, in 2012.

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Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo

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About Love Thy Neighbor:

Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother's diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn't possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of the terrorist operation.

As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell — which happens to be across the street — is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark's quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it's up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation's capital.

Mark Gilleo Love Thy Neighbor Blog Tour

A Special Offer from Stockholm Text

Stockholm Text Crime Novelists

Earlier this month we featured four crime novels by Swedish authors being published by Stockholm Text. And today we're thrilled to be able to tell our readers about a special offer from the publisher …

If you purchase any of these titles from any retailer, in either trade paperback or as an ebook, and send an order confirmation to [email protected], you'll receive in return a free copy of one of the publisher's other crime novels! (This offer ends June 15th, 2012.)

Here are the four novels from which to choose; we've linked the titles and book covers to their respective pages on Amazon.com, but you are free to purchase these books from any retailer to participate in this offer:

The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt is the fifth book in the Detective Anders Knutas mystery series, set on the most isolated island in the Baltic Sea, Gotska Sandön, north of Gotland. It was originally published in 2007 as I denna ljuva sommartid. (Trade paperback / Kindle edition)

The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen is the first in the "Hammarby" series featuring criminal investigator Conny Sjöberg. It was originally published in 2008 as Pepparkakshuset. (Trade paperback / Kindle edition)

Death of a Carpet Dealer by Karin Wahlberg is the seventh medical thriller to feature Police Commissioner Claes Claesson and his wife Veronika Lundborg, a physician at Oskarshamn Hospital. It was originally published in 2009 as Matthandlare Olssons död. (Trade paperback / Kindle edition)

Killer's Island by Anna Jansson is the eleventh mystery in the Detective Maria Wern series. It was originally published in 2010 as I stormen ska du dö. (Trade paperback / Kindle edition)

Founded in 2011, Stockholm Text is a digital-first publisher, presenting world-class fiction and non-fiction literature of Scandinavian origin to the world. Their tagline: "When you find blood on the bookmark you know you are close to a thrilling Swedish crime novel."

The Dead of Summer by Mari JungstedtThe Gingerbread House by Carin GerhardsenDeath of a Carpet Dealer by Karin WahlbergKiller's Island by Anna Jansson

Night of the Assassin and its Prequel by Russell Blake is Today's Second Set of Featured Free MystereBooks

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature King of Swords and its novella-length prequel, Night of the Assassin, by Russell Blake as today's second set of free mystery ebooks.

These titles were listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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King of Swords by Russell Blake

King of Swords by Russell Blake
Publisher: Manana Publishing

About King of Swords (from the publisher): The G-20 Financial Summit is planned for San Jose Del Cabo. The world's preeminent finance ministers will attend, along with the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico.

Captain Romero Cruz of the Mexican Federal Police uncovers an assassination plot against the attendees. In a roller-coaster race against the clock, Cruz must track and stop El Rey, the "King of Swords" – a faceless super-assassin responsible for a string of the world's most spectacular killings, before he turns the G-20 into a slaughterhouse.

Important Note: This book was listed for free on the date and time of this post. Prices can and do change without prior notice. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your purchase.

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Night of the Assassin by Russell Blake

Night of the Assassin by Russell Blake
Publisher: Manana Publishing

About Night of the Assassin (from the publisher): Framed against the backdrop of present-day Mexico's brutal narco-trafficking violence, this novella chronicles the making of a monster — a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine. Raw, disturbing, edgy and unflinching, this epic saga defies convention to create a roller-coaster of intrigue, suspense and thrills that will leave even the most jaded thriller aficionados gasping for breath.

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The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set by Christopher Smith is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

MystereBooks: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller eBooks

MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set by Christopher Smith as today's free mystery ebook.

This title was listed as free as of the date and time of this post. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set by Christopher Smith

The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set by Christopher Smith
Publisher: Fifth Avenue Productions

About The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (from the publisher): Look beneath all the power and all the wealth that represents New York City's Fifth Avenue, and you'll find greed, blood, revenge intermingled within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago.

Louis Ryan is that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue. But when Louis Ryan hires an international assassin to literally rip the Redman family apart, a series of events that can't be stopped catapults them all through a fast-paced, hard-edged thriller in which nobody is safe.

Secrets are revealed. Sex lives are exposed. The Mafia get involved. And George's two daughters, Celina and Leana Redman, come to the forefront. More than anyone, it's they who are caught in the throes of their father's past as Louis Ryan's blind desire to kill them all takes surprising turns in his all-out effort to see them dead.

Also included in this set is the sequel, Running for the Bulls, and a novella-length prequel to the next in the series, From Manhattan with Love.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

A Feast of Ice & Fire: The Official Cookbook of Game of Thrones

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones will not want to miss this new companion book, published Tuesday, May 29th, by Bantam: A Feast of Ice & Fire, the official cookbook of the series.

Ever wonder what it's like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Wish you could split a lemon cake with Sansa Stark, scarf down a pork pie with the Night's Watch, or indulge in honeyfingers with Daenerys Targaryen? George R. R. Martin's bestselling saga "A Song of Ice and Fire" and the its adaptation on HBO are renowned for bringing Westeros's sights and sounds to vivid life. But one important ingredient has always been missing: the mouthwatering dishes that form the backdrop of this extraordinary world. Now, fresh out of the series that redefined fantasy, comes the cookbook that may just redefine dinner … and lunch, and breakfast.

A Feast of Ice & Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King's Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, there's a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef.

These easy-to-follow recipes have been refined for modern cooking techniques, but adventurous eaters can also attempt the authentic medieval meals that inspired them. The authors have suggested substitutions for some of the more fantastical ingredients, so you won't have to stock your kitchen with camel, live doves, or dragon eggs to create meals fit for a king (or a khaleesi).

Consider these kingdom favorites:

• The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge.

• The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples.

• The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sister’s Stew; Blueberry Tarts.

• King’s Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey.

• Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste.

• Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts.

There's even a guide to dining and entertaining in the style of the Seven Kingdoms. Exhaustively researched and reverently detailed, accompanied by passages from all five books in the series and full-color photographs guaranteed to whet your appetite, this is the companion to the blockbuster phenomenon that millions of stomachs have been growling for. And remember, winter is coming — so don't be afraid to put on a few pounds.

New Green Band Trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

A new "green band" trailer — one suitable for all audiences — has been released by the studio for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; we've embedded it below. Although it takes a bit over a minute to get started, the trailer does provide some additional footage from the film that we haven't seen before.

Adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his 2010 novel of the same title and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold story that shaped our nation … imagining Abraham Lincoln (played by Benjamin Walker) as history's greatest hunter of the undead.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in theaters June 22nd, 2012.

Mystery and Suspense Films, New This Week on DVD (120529)

Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller Films on DVD and/or Blu-ray Disc

Checking through our list of films currently scheduled for release this week on DVD and/or Blu-ray disc, shown below are those that fall into the mystery, suspense, thriller and adventure categories.

See also a list of current mystery and suspense DVD, Blu-ray, or VOD deals on Amazon.com.

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Gone
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Gone (2012)

Film Synopsis (from the studio): Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has come back for her sister. Afraid that Molly will be dead by sundown, Jill embarks on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister.

Directed by Heitor Dhalia from a screenplay by Allison Burnett, the film runs 94 minutes and is rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some sexual material, brief language and drug references.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

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Man on a Ledge
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Man on a Ledge (2012)

Film Synopsis (from the studio): Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) makes a desperate and life-threatening move to prove his innocence after he is framed for the theft of a rare, prized diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander (Ed Harris). Recently escaped from prison and with nowhere else to go, Nick climbs onto the ledge of a towering skyscraper, inviting the eyes of New York City to anxiously watch as one wrong step could mean plunging to his death. But as one police negotiator soon learns, Nick's daredevil stunt, captivating the eyes of the public and media, masks a dangerous ploy to reveal the truth about his tarnished name. With the help of his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and with time running out, Nick's intricate plan must work perfectly, but when you're on the 25th floor ledge of a building, going down takes on an entirely more hair-raising meaning.

Directed by Asger Leth, the film runs 102 minutes and is rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

Henning Mankell's Wallander Series Two, New on DVD

Henning Mankell's Wallander (2009)

The second series of the Swedish-language crime drama Wallander is released on DVD tomorrow, Tuesday May 29th, 2012. The 13 feature film length episodes were originally broadcast on Sweden's TV4 through 2009 and the first six months of 2010. (It aired in the UK during the summer of 2011 though to our knowledge none of these episodes have previously aired in the US.)

Krister Henriksson reprises his role as Inspector Kurt Wallander, based on a character created by crime novelist Henning Mankell.

As series opens, Wallander is growing increasingly disillusioned with his work, often wondering whether he should have become a police officer at all. Still living with the fallout and memories of some of his past actions, coupled with a failing state of health, Wallander hopes to put himself at ease in a new home by the sea. But any thought of peace and quiet is quickly shattered when he is pulled into a murder investigation...and then another … until he comes to understand that applying his brilliant detective's mind in the pursuit of truth and justice is indeed his destiny.

Wallander is in Swedish with English subtitles. Watch a promo for the series below.

This television series of original stories should not be confused with the nine Swedish-language theatrical film adaptations of the novels by Mankell — Rolf Lassgård played the character in these — nor the English-language versions produced by BBC starring Kenneth Branagh as Wallander.

Today's Bestselling Free Kindle MystereBooks (120528)

MysterEbooks: Mystery, Suspense and Thriller eBooks

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Telemystery: Commissario Brunetti, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, and True Blood, 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 listings of crime drama, amateur sleuth, private investigator, mystery and suspense television series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available on or coming soon to DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling four series being released this week.

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The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries: Episodes 13 and 14, a Telemystery Crime Series

Venice provides the backdrop for The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries, the lush film adaptations of the bestselling novels by Donna Leon, which feature the singular Commissario Guido Brunetti, canal boat rides instead of car chases, fine cuisine and crime investigations in one of Europe s most beautiful locations.

Uwe Kockisch stars as Brunetti, a police inspector with a keen mind, razor-sharp wit, and a touch of melancholy. He strives to bring criminals to justice, but experience has taught him that countless things work against that human frailty, corruption, and police incompetence being chief among them. He takes refuge from the job in the company of his loving wife Paola, a university literature professor, and two teenage children, Raffi and Chiara.

The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries: Episodes 13 and 14 are available on DVD and consists of the adaptations of "Willful Behavior" and "Blood from a Stone". In German with English subtitles.

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The Murdoch Mysteries: Season Four, a Telemystery Crime Series

Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto police department pushes the boundaries of Victorian-era criminal science to solve baffling murders in The Murdoch Mysteries. The series is based on a character created by crime novelist Maureen Jennings.

Season 4 pits the kindhearted cop against a would-be vampire, a costumed killer, and ruthless mobsters, inspiring him to whip up a slew of innovative crime-fighting techniques along the way. But while Murdoch nabs the culprits with the help of politically ambitious inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) and eager constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), he struggles to subdue his feelings for former sweetheart Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy).

The Murdoch Mysteries: Season Four is available on DVD and Blu-ray disc and consists of episodes that originally aired on Canadian television during the Spring of 2011.

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Rookie Blue: Season Two, a Telemystery Crime Series

Five young and ambitious rookie cops continue to navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives in Rookie Blue.

In this second season, the training wheels are off — more experienced, they're ready to kick some serious butt. But these rookies are just beginning to realize there are no shortcuts to becoming good at this job. And when you're a rookie officer, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Rookie Blue: Season Two is available on DVD, Blu-ray disc, and Amazon Instant Video and consists of episodes that originally aired on ABC during the summer of 2011. The third season is currently airing on Thursdays.

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True Blood: Season Four, a Telemystery Crime Series

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, True Blood tells the continuing tale of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a human waitress with telepathic gifts — and a so-far irresistible attraction to 174-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).

In this fourth season of the series, based on the mysteries in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, Sookie faces some new otherworldly threats in this season — as if vampires, werewolves, werepanthers and shapeshifters weren't enough!

True Blood: Season Four is available on DVD and Blu-ray disc and consists of episodes that originally aired on HBO during the Summer of 2011. The fifth season premieres on June 10th.

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Visit the Telemystery website to discover more television mystery series currently available on and coming soon to DVD, Blu-ray disc, or video on demand.

Lifetime Developing Series based on Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

NBC is developing a crime drama based on characters in Thomas Harris's 1981 novel Red Dragon, and now we're learning that Lifetime Television is taking a similar route, developing a series around FBI profiler Clarice Starling, introduced in the author's second "Hannibal Lecter" thriller, the 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs, and played so memorably by Jodie Foster in the film adaptation. (She won an Academy Award for her performance.)

Clarice — the tentative name for the Lifetime series — would follow the character soon after she graduates from the FBI academy.

No casting or further production details are known at this time.

(Related article: TV Guide.)

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