Friday, October 9, 2015

We all love reading mysteries, no doubt about it. But I also admit to an occasional binge-watching of TV mysteries. Often, I've discovered a new author to read simply because I've enjoyed the broadcast adaptation. 

Here's a list of some of my favorites. Check with your local library to see if they carry these titles on DVD.
  • Bletchley Circle (four former Bletchley code breakers put their wartime experience to work in solving a series of postwar murders)
  • Cadfael – adapted from Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries
  • Case Histories – based on Kate Atkinson’s Scottish PI series
  • Christie’s Marple
  • Christie’s Poirot
  • DCI Banks – adapted from Peter Robinson’s crime novels
  • Death Comes to Pemberley--adapted from P.D. James' novel with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy solving a murder
  • Death in Paradise (British cop Richard Poole is a fish out of water when he’s sent to the tiny Caribbean island of Sainte Marie to solve a mysterious murder)
  • Dexter – adapted from Jeffry Lindsay’s novels
  • Dick Francis Mysteries – based on the novels of Dick Francis
  • Endeavour – based on Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse characters
  • Father Brown – adapted from G.K. Chesterton mysteries
  • Foyle’s War (Christopher Foyle solves murders during World War II (created by Anthony Horowitz)
  • Grantchester -- (a young clergymand and down-to-earth cop fight crime in 1953 England) adapted from James Runcie's Sidney Chambers books
  • Hamish MacBeth – based on M.C. Beaton’s Scottish policeman novels
  • Inspector Lewis – based on Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse characters
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – based on Elizabeth George’s crime novels
  • Inspector Morse – adapted from Colin Dexter’s mysteries
  • Jack Irish – adapted from Australian author Peter Temple’s books
  • Jack Taylor – adapted from Ken Bruen’s books (set in Galway, Ireland)
  • The Last Detective (underdog London police detective)
  • Longmire – adapted from Craig Johnson’s novels
  • Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries -- adapted from the Dorothy L. Sayers’ novels
  • Lovejoy – adapted from Jonathan Gash’s novels
  • Maigret Collection – adapted from Georges Simenon ‘s novels
  • Midsomer Murders – adapted from Caroline Graham’s Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby novels
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – adapted from Kerry Greenwood’s 1920s Australia novels
  • Murdoch Mysteries ( brilliant detective in 1890s Toronto solves crimes)
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – adapted from Alexander McCall Smith’sdetective series set in Botswana, Africa  
  • Partners in Crime – adapted from Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence novels
  • Prime Suspect – adapted from Lydia La Plante’s  crime novels
  • Rebus – adapted from Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh detective novels
  • Rizzolli and Isles – based on Tess Gerritsen’s novels
  • Rosemary and Thyme (glorious gardens and classic whodunnits)
  • Scott and Bailey
  • Sergeant Cribb – based on Peter Lovesey’s Victorian London police novels
  • Seven Dials Mystery – adapted from Agatha Christies’ novel
  • Single-handed (a lone cop fights crime in rural Ireland
  • Still Life – adapted from Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels
  • Vera – adapted from Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series
  • Wallender – based on Henning Mankell’s crime novels
  • Sherlock – BBC's 21st century take on the Great Detective
  • Zen – based on the Michael Dibdin novels

Thursday, October 8, 2015

RIP Henning Mankell

Crime author Henning Mankell, the creator of the Kurt Wallander series, died from cancer on October 5.

Henning Mankell is dead. He died in his sleep early this morning in Göteborg. He was 67 years old.

Henning Mankell was one of the great Swedish authors of our time, loved by readers in Sweden and all over the world. His work includes around forty novels and numerous plays. His books have sold more than forty million copies and are translated into more than forty languages. Solidarity with those in need run through his entire work and manifested itself in action until the very end.

In 2001, together with Dan Israel, he founded Leopard Förlag where his books are published. Henning Mankell divided his time between Sweden and Moçambique where he was the artistic leader of Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

He is mourned by his wife Eva Bergman and his son Jon Mankell.

New Trailer for Upcoming Victorian "Sherlock" Episode

Check out the new trailer just released for Sherlock's hush-hush foray into Victorian times. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master sleuth along with pal Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman complete with handlebar mustache).

No definite date as yet, but the episode will air "soon-ish" on PBS Masterpiece Mystery. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 2, 2015

See What Mysteries are Brewing This October!

  • Forgotten Voices [Rina Martin] by Jane Adams
  • The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison
  • The Adventuress [Lady Emily] by Tasha Alexander
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher [Jessica Fletcher] by Donald Bain
  • Murder on the Switzerland Trail by Mike Befeler
  • A Shadowed Evil [Hawkenlye] by Alys Clare
  • Parchment and Old Lace [Scrapbooking] by Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran
  • Host by Robin Cook
  • Switchback [Darcy Lott] by Susan Dunlap
  • The Survivor [Mitch Rapp] by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  • Dark Reservations [Joe Evers] by John Fortunato
  • Career of Evil [Cormoran Strike] by Robert Galbraith
  • A Banquet of Consequences [Thomas Lynley] by Elizabeth George
  • Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
  • Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  • Darkness on His Bones [James Asher Vampire Novel] by Barbara Hambly
  • Ghost to the Rescue [Bailey Ruth] by Carolyn Hart
  • The Grave Soul [Jane Lawless] by Ellen Hart
  • Murder by Suspicion [Ellie Quicke] by Veronica Heley
  • Fear the Dark [Bishop, Special Crimes Unit] by Kay Hooper
  • The Dead Student by John Katzenbach
  • The Theory of Death [Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus] by Faye Kellerman
  • The Right Wrong Thing [Dot Meyerhoff] by Ellen Kirschman
  • Strong Light of Day [Caitlin Strong] by Jon Land             
  • The Ville Rat [George Sueño & Ernie Bascom] by Martin Limón
  • Slay Bells [St. Rose Quilting Bee] by Annette Mahon
  • The Haunted Season [Max Tudor] by G.M. Malliet
  • Recalled to Death [Martha Gunn] by Priscilla Masters
  • Icarus [Benny Griessel] by Deon Meyer
  • The Circle [Martin Servaz ] by Bernard Minier 
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton
  • Murder in Megara [John the Eunuch] by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer
  • What You See [Jane Ryland] by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Wrath of the Furies [Ancient World] by Steven Saylor
  • Devil of Delphi [Andreas Kaldis] by Jeffrey Siger
  • A Death in the Family [Detective Kubu] by Michael Stanley
  • The Searcher [Solomon Creed] by Simon Toyne
  • Death Wears a Mask [Amory Ames] by Ashley Weaver
  • Foreign Affairs [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Daryl Wood Gerber Appearing in Burbank

Fans of Avery Aames / Daryl Wood Gerber may want to drop by the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, September 26th. Daryl will appear at the Buena Vista Branch at 3:30 pm to discuss her latest Cookbook Nook mystery, Fudging the Books.

Ms Gerber's appearance is part of the Friends of the Burbank Public Library 35th Birthday Celebration. Stop by for chocolate desserts and a fascinating visit with Daryl Wood Gerber!

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

More info.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New for September

Wow! September already. Where did the summer go? Here's the new crop of mysteries to explore.
  • hicago Noir: The Classics [SS] edited by Joe Meno
  • The Hanging Girl [Department Q] by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady [Darling Dahlias] by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Disposable Asset by John Altman
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  • The Blue Guitar by John Banville
  • Dishing the Dirt [Agatha Raisin] by M.C. Beaton
  • Murder on the Switzerland Trail by Mike Befeler
  • Patriot [Alex Hawke] by Ted Bell
  • The White Ghost [Billy Boyle] by James R. Benn
  • The Bark Before Christmas [Melanie Travis] by Laurien Berenson
  • The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell
  • The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
  • Come Hell or Highball [Discreet Retrieval Agency] by Maia Chance
  • Make Me [Jack Reacher] by Lee Child
  • The Man Who Fell from the Sky [Wind River] by Margaret Coel
  • Peril by Ponytail [Bad Hair Day] by Nancy J. Cohen
  • Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins [Jesse Stone continuation] by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • A Song of Shadows [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly
  • The End Game [Brit in the FBI] by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
  • The Solomon Curse [Sam and Remi Fargo] by Clive Cussler & Russell Blake
  • The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly
  • Is Fat Bob Dead Yet? by Stephen Dobyns
  • Never Look Down [Cal Claxton] by Warren C. Easley
  • The Dungeon House [Lake District] by Martin Edwards
  • Dark Waters [Raisa Jordan] by Chris Goff
  • The Scam [Fox & O’Hare] by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  • Skeleton Plot [John Lambert & Bert Hook ] by J.M. Gregson
  • The Zig Zag Girl [Magic Men Mystery] by Ellie Griffiths
     The Scribe by Matthew Guinn
  • A Shameful Murder [Reverend Mother] by Cora Harrison
  • The Drafter [Peri Reed] by Kim Harrison
  • The Killing Kind by Chris Holm
  • A Killing in Zion [Art Oveson] by Andrew Hunt
  • Move Your Blooming Corpse [Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins] by D.E. Ireland
  • Payback by Jonnie Jacobs
  • Dance of the Bones [J.P. Beaumont & Brandon Walker] by
    J.A. Jance
  • Shadow Play [Eve Duncan] by Iris Johansen
  • Cop Job [Sam Acquillo] by Chris Knopf 
  • The Drowning [Erica Falk] by Camilla Läckberg
  • Entry Island by Peter May 
  • The Company She Kept [Joe Gunther] by Archer Mayor
  • The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
  • Minute Zero [Judd Ryker] by Todd Moss
  • Classic in the Dock [Car Detective] by Amy Myers
  • Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
  • Murder House by James Patterson & David Ellis
  • Corridors of the Night [William Monk] by Anne Perry
  • Marbeck & the Gunpowder Plot [Martin Marbeck] by John Pilkington
  • Shanghai Redemption [Inspector Chen] by Qiu Xiaolong
  • The Tears of Angels [Colin Anderson & Freddie Costello] by
    Caro Ramsay
  • When Somebody Kills You [Rat Pack] by Robert J. Randisi
  • A Curious Beginning [Veronica Speedwell] by Deanna Raybourn
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  • Dinner Most Deadly [John Pickett] by Sheri Cobb South
  • Daughter of Ashes [Hannah Ives] by Marcia Talley
  • Helsinki Dead [Inspector Vaara] by James Thompson
  • Secret World [Kit Marlowe] by M.J. Trow
  • A Body in Barcelona [Max Cámara] by Jason Webster
  • Dark Places [Red River] by Reavis Z. Wortham

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Welcome back, Armand Gamache

The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny's 11th book in the amazing Chief Inspector Gamache series, has just been released and I was first in line at my local library.

If you are already a fan of Penny's books, I need say no more (other than I have been up past midnight the last two nights devouring this latest installment!).

If you have not yet discovered the sublime pleasure of Ms. Penny's multi-layered tales, now is a good time to introduce yourself. While the books can be read out of sequence, it's much more satisfying to start at the beginning and watch the characters and relationships in the tiny Quebec village of Three Pines unfold.

From the cover of The Nature of the Beast:

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.