Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kenneth Branagh Climbs Aboard the Orient Express

It was just announced that Kenneth Branagh will direct a reboot of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. Branagh will also step in front of the camera as well, taking on the role of Hercule Poirot.

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh are producing the film. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay.

Agatha Christie's 1934 novel takes place onboard the famous train and features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The book has been adapted for film a number of times including the 1974 version starring Albert Finney, who was nominated for an Academy Award. David Suchet has portrayed Poirot on British TV for over 20 years.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Michael Connelly Releases Another Winner

When it comes to one of Connelly's books, I find I'm a binge-reader -- I have a great deal of trouble putting the book down and find myself reading long into the night. The latest installment in the Bosch series was released earlier this month and I was quick to get my hands on it.

In The Crossing, detective Harry Bosch teams up with his half-brother, Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller. Bosch is reluctantly retired from the LAPD. When defense attorney Haller asks Harry to take on an investigative role in one of his cases, Bosch feels that by agreeing, he'd be going over to the "dark side."

Against his better instincts, Bosch takes the case and turns his investigative prowess to reviewing the evidence of Haller's case. As he gets closer to uncovering the truth and without the backup of his LAPD badge, Bosch finds himself the target of a vicious killer.

I don't know if there's anyone out there who has not picked up a Michael Connelly thriller, but if so, do yourself a favor and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


That Amazon -- always on the cutting edge! Imagine, a brick-and-mortar building filled with books that you can actually hold in your hand before buying.

Amazon opened their first bookstore in Seattle earlier this month and I hope this is a new trend. There's nothing I enjoy more than browsing in a bookstore!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Mysteries for November

So much to be thankful for this month! There's a whole cornucopia of riches being released in November -- a new Michael Connelly and a Robert Crais; favorite authors; and soon-to-be favorites.
I see many to add to my reading about you?
  • The Special Dead [Rhona MacLeod] by Lin Anderson
  • The Guilty [Will Robie] by David Baldacci
  • The Lies that Bind [Maeve Conlan] by Maggie Barbieri
  • Away in a Manger [Molly Murphy] by Rhys Bowen
  • The Chocolate Falcon Fraud [Chocaholic] by JoAnna Carl
  • All Men Fear Me [Alafair Tucker] by Donis Casey
  • All Dressed in White [Under Suspicion] by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
  • The Promise [Elvis Cole & Joe Pike] by Robert Crais
  • A Specter of Justice [Sam Blackman] by Mark de Castrique
  • The Crossing [Harry Bosch / Mickey Haller] by Michael Connelly
  • One Man’s Flag [Jack McColl] by David Downing
  • Heirs and Assigns [Herbert Reardon] by Marjorie Eccles
  • Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
  • The Sundown Speech [Amos Walker] by Loren D. Estleman
  • Tricky Twenty-Two [Stephanie Plum] by Janet Evanovich
  • Home by Nightfall [Charles Lenox] by Charles Finch
  • Trimmed With Murder [Seaside Knitting] by Sally Goldenbaum
  • Murder By Kindness: The Gift Quilt [Quilted] by Barbara Graham
  • A Different Lie [Silver Bear] by Derek Haas
  • The Girl in the Ice [Konrad Simonsen] by Lotte & Søren Hammer
  • If Anything Should Happen [Kit Doyle] by Bonnie Hearn Hill
  • Death on Demand [Peter Shaw & George Valentine] by Jim Kelly
  • False Nine [Scott Manson] by Philip Kerr
  • South of Nowhere [Julia Kalas] by Minerva Koenig
  • Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Crucifixion Creek [Harry Belltree] by Barry Maitland 
  • Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything [Miss Ruffles] by Nancy Martin
  • The Mulberry Bush  by Charles McCarry
  • A Likely Story [Library Lover] by Jenn McKinlay
  • Bloodline by Warren Murphy
  • Unforgiving [Henry Christie] by Nick Oldham
  • Hidden [Nicole Jones] by Karen E. Olson
  • Yappy Hour [Roundup Crew] by Diana Orgain
  • A Christmas Escape [Christmas] by Anne Perry
  • American Blood [Marshall Grade] by Ben Sanders
  • Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue [Gaslight] by Victoria Thompson
  • Blind Reef [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin
  • The Code Busters Club, Case #5: The Hunt for the Missing Spy [Code Busters Club] by Penny Warner
  • The Puffin of Death [Gunn Zoo] by Betty Webb
  • Second Skin [Daniel Turner] by Michael Wiley

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spooky Reading for Halloween!

BOOO! It's that time of year to curl up with your favorite treat and enjoy a tricky mystery!
  • Witches Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (Cozy)
  • Antiques Maul by Barbara Allan (Cozy)
  • Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton (Supernatural Cozy)
  • A Cast-off Coven by Juliet Blackwell (Cozy)
  • Trick or Treachery: A Murder She Wrote Mystery by Donald Bain and Jessica Fletcher
  • The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian J. Braun (Cozy)
  • The Hunt Ball by Rita Mae Brown (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Charms and Chocolate Chips: a Magical Bakery) by Bailey Cates (Cozy)
  • Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs (Cozy)
  • Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie (Detective Mystery)
  • A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford (Culinary Cozy)
  • Crimes by Moonlight (Anthology edited by Charlaine Harris)
  • Ghostly Murders by P.C. Doherty (Historical Mystery)
  • Vampires, bones and Treacle Scones by
    Kaitlyn Dunnett (Cozy)
  • Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (Humorous Mystery
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Culinary Cozy)
  • Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (Culinary Cozy)
  • Skeleton Key by Jane Haddam (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines (Amateur sleuth)
  • Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (Supernatural Thriller)
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Final Sookie Stackhouse mystery)
  • Southern Ghost by Carolyn Hart (Cozy/Amateur Sleuth)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (Suspense)
  • Murder in Vein: a Fang-In-Cheek Mystery by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine (Humorous Mystery)
  • Poisoned Tarts by G.A. McKevett (Cozy)
  • Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier (Cozy)
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense
  • The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan (Horror/Mystery)
  • The Quick by Lauren Owen (Suspense / Victorian London)
  • The Body in the Moonlight by Katherine Hall Page (Cozy)
  • Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry (Cozy)
  • Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty (Vampire / Horror)
  • The Dracula Dossier by James Reese (Suspense)
  • Night Hunter by Michael Reeves (Horror/Mystery)
  • A Hole in Juan by Gillian Roberts (Cozy)
  • Dracula: the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker (Horror)
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub (Horror)
  • The Last Grave by Debbie Viguie (Suspense / Witches)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mysteries on DVD

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.