Friday, May 1, 2015

May's Murderous Offerings

Where did April go?? It's May already and summer not far behind! Here are the latest mysteries with many new series entries. So rev up your engines and let the reading begin!
  • Robert B. Parker’s Kickback [Spenser continuation] by Ace Atkins
  • A God in Ruins [Life After Life sequel] by Kate Atkinson
  • Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
  • Dead Girl Walking [Jack Parlabane] by Christopher Brookmyre
  • Tail Gait [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Forgotten Room [Jeremy Logan] by Lincoln Child
  • Ming Tea Murder [Tea Shop] by Laura Childs
  • Thin Air [Shetland Island] by Ann Cleeves
  • Independence Day [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coes
  • Flame Out [June Lyons] by M.P. Cooley
  • Death Ex Machina [Athenian] by Gary Corby
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins [Siri Paiboun] by Colin Cotterill
  • Piranha [Oregon Files] by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison
  • Solitude Creek [Kathryn Dance] by Jeffery Deaver
  • Radiant Angel [John Corey] by Nelson DeMille
  • Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall [Honeychurch Hall] by
    Hannah Dennison
  • Thanksgiving Angels [Mercy Allcutt] by Alice Duncan
  • Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant
  • The Storm Murders [Emile Cinq-Mars] by John Farro
  • The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Harvest Man [Scotland Yard Murder Squad] by Alex Grecian
  • The Ghost Fields [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths
  • Bone To Be Wild [Sarah Booth Delaney] by Carolyn Haines
  • Skies of Ash [Elouise Norton] by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Don’t Go Home [Death on Demand] by Carolyn Hart
  • Disengaged by Mischa Hiller
  • Rock with Wings [Bernadette Manualito] by Anne Hillerman
  • I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  • Dry Bones [Walt Longmire] by Craig Johnson
  • Eighth Grave After Dark [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones
  • The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Fall [Dismas Hardy] by John Lescroart
  • GBH by Ted Lewis
  • Palace of Treason [Dominika Egorova & Nate Nash] by Jason Matthews
  • And Sometimes I Wonder About You [Leonid McGill ] by Walter Mosley
  • Murder in Ely [Third-Culture Kid] by D-L Nelson
  • Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Neighing with Fire [Colleen McCabe] by Kathryn O’Sullivan
  • The Body in the Birches [Faith Fairchild] by Katherine Hall Page
  • Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
  • Trauma by Michael Palmer & Daniel Palmer
  • 14th Deadly Sin [Women’s Murder Club ] by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  • Burnt River [Macy Greeley ] by Karin Salvalaggio
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Murder on Amsterdam Avenue [Gaslight] by Victoria Thompson
  • Killing Frost [Deets Shanahan] by Ronald Tierney
  • Mariner’s Ark [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin
  • The Troutbeck Testimony[Lake District] by Rebecca Tope
  • Bubba Done It [Dreamwalker] by Maggie Toussaint
  • The Searcher [Solomon Creed #1] by Simon Toyne

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Have you read these award-winning mysteries?


Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at the 69th Gala Banquet, April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Congratulations to all!

BEST NOVEL 
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner) 

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR 
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (W.W. Norton) 

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 
The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books) 

BEST FACT CRIME 
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
by William J. Mann (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper) 

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL 
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe 
by J.W. Ocker (W.W. Norton – Countryman Press) 

BEST SHORT STORY 
"What Do You Do?” – Rogues by Gillian Flynn 
(Penguin Random House Publishing – Bantam Books)  

BEST JUVENILE 
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
 (Clarion Books – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) 

BEST YOUNG ADULT 
The Art of Secrets by James Klise (Algonquin Young Readers) 

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
 “Episode 1” – Happy Valley, Teleplay by Sally Wainwright (Netflix) 

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD 
"Getaway Girl" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine By Zoë Z. Dean (Dell Magazines) 

GRAND MASTER
 Lois Duncan & James Ellroy 

RAVEN AWARDS 
Ruth & Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine Kathryn Kennison, Magna Cum Murder 

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD 
Charles Ardai, Editor & Founder, Hard Case Crime

 THE SIMON & SCHUSTER - MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
 (Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Tuesday, April 28, 2015) 
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey (Minotaur Books) 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

How would we find Mr. Sherlock Holmes in the twilight of his long and eventful life?

Ian McKellen portrays the iconic detective as a 93-year-old in Mr. Holmes, a new motion picture coming out this summer. It's based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen, and takes place in 1947. After returning from a visit to Japan where he witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare, an aging Holmes faces the end of his days tending to the care of his bees. So Holmes turns his mind to the unsolved case that forced him into retirement.

the film opens June 19 in the UK and July 17 in the US.

Check out the new trailer:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Latest News for Louise Penny Fans

If you are as big a Louise Penny fan as I am, you'll be happy to know that her 11th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series will be published on August 25th. The book is titled The Nature of the Beast and is set in Three Pines, Quebec. Here is a synopsis from Penny's website:

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.


Leading up to the release of The Nature of the Beast, Minotaur Books invites fans to discover the real places that inspired Louise Penny while writing the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Click here to explore. Every two weeks a real place will be revealed with photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Huge Celebration of Books


Come out to the 20th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 18-19. If you've never participated in this outstanding celebration of the written word, you'll be truly amazed! It's an opportunity to see many of your favorite authors in person, discover new favorites, and enjoy many book-related activities with like-minded individuals. It's a great weekend!

So mark your calendars. Check out the website here to see what authors will be at the event.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring into New Mysteries

It's no joke -- there's a nice crop of new releases for April, Check out the latest from authors like Robert Crais, Lawarence Block, and Elly Griffiths for a start.

  • Bittersweet [China Bayles] by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Reykjavik Nights [Inspector Erlendur prequel] by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Memory Man [Amos Decker] by David Baldacci
  • The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons [Bernie Rhodenbarr] by Lawrence Block
  • Compulsion [Max Revere] by Allison Brennan
  • The Lost and the Blind by Declan Burke 
  • The Masque of a Murderer [Lucy Campion] by Susanna Calkins
  • False Tongues [Callie Anson] by Kate Charles
  • Host by Robin Cook
  • The Promise [Elvis Cole & Joe Pike] by Robert Crais
  • Ghost Image [Sophie Medina] by Ellen Crosby
  • Green and Pleasant Land [Fran Harman] by Judith Cutler
  • The Alpine Zen [Emma Lord finale] by Mary Daheim
  • A Scourge of Vipers [Liam Mulligan] by Bruce DeSilva
  • Slated for Death [Penny Brannigan] by Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • Season of Fear [Cab Bolton] by Brian Freeman
  • The Arc of the Swallow by Sissel-Jo Gazan 
  • Cry Wolf [Sebastiano Cangio] by Michael Gregorio 
  • The Ghost Fields [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths
  • One Mile Under [Ty Hauck] by Andrew Gross
  • What You Left Behind [Lorraine Fisher] by Samantha Hayes 
  • A Good Way To Go [Liam McLusky] by Peter Helton 
  • Pride v. Prejudice [Claire Malloy] by Joan Hess
  • The Invention of Fire [John Gower] by Bruce Holsinger
  • The Bone Tree [Penn Cage] by Greg Iles
  • Your Next Breath [Catherine Ling] by Iris Johansen
  • The Lady from Zagreb [Bernie Gunther] by Philip Kerr
  • The Russian Bride by Ed Kovacs                    
  • Falling in Love [Guido Brunetti] by Donna Leon
  • Pleasantville [Jay Porter] by Attica Locke
  • Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
  • Losing Faith by Adam Mitzner
  • Blood on Snow Jo Nesbø
  • Edge [Henry Christie] by Nick Oldham 
  • An Anecdotal Death [Harry Brock] by Kinley Roby
  • War Hawk [Tucker Wayne] by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood
  • Miss Julia Lays Down the Law [Miss Julia] by Ann B. Ross
  • Gathering Prey [Lucas Davenport] by John Sandford
  • Every Fifteen Minutes [by Lisa Scottoline
  • Whispering Shadows [Paul Leibovitz] by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Fox Is Framed [Leo Maxwell] by Lachlan Smith
  • Grave Consequences [Charlie Henry] by Aimée & David Thurlo
  • The Blue and the Grey [Grand and Batchelor Victorian Mystery] by M.J. Trow
  • The Children Return [Bruno Courrèges] by Martin Walker
  • Hot Pursuit [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods


Friday, March 27, 2015

A New Scotland Yard Mystery

While I am a great fan of online book buying when you know what you want, there is nothing quite like browsing through a brick and mortar book store. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these marvelous institutions left.
My latest discovery while trolling the local book store is Anne Cleeland's  New Scotland Yard mystery series. I'm currently reading the first in the series, Murder in Thrall, and enjoying it tremendously. If you like Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series or Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, give Anne Cleeland a try. As a fan of British police procedurals, I find it interesting that all three of these American authors write bloody good mysteries!

Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, has a reputation for solving London's most high profile homicides. He has taken on first-year Detective Constable Kathleen Doyle as his protege. The Irish redhead is of humble origins but has the gift of reading people that makes her an invaluable investigator. This unlikely duo's cases have a high success rate, but their latest one is proving tricky.

A racecourse trainer with possible underworld ties turns up dead. Acton and Doyle question the suspect's girlfriend who is then found murdered soon afterward. Both murders seem to be related, but there are odd discrepancies. 

As Acton and Doyle delve deeper into the case, their growing bond is causing gossip among their colleagues in the CID headquarters. While the series is more romantic suspense than strict police procedural, the relationship between these two characters is as intriguing as the mystery.

Murder in Thrall is followed up by Murder in Retribution and the most recent Murder in Hindsight (out on March 31).

Looking at what other readers say about the series, it seems like people either really love it or really dislike it. I say check it out for yourself.