Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 Left Coast Crime: Booked in LA

The 20th convention of Left Coast Crime will be held in Los Angeles, California from March 11-14, 2010.  This annual mystery convention is "sponsored by mystery fans, for mystery fans."  Visit their website for information on this exciting event:

Upcoming Conferences:
March 24-27, 2011 - Santa Fe, NM
March 29-April 1, 2012 - Sacramento, CA

Here are the Left Coast Crime Award 2010 Nominees
The Lefty is awarded for the most humorous mystery:
  • Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
  • Living with Your Kids is Murder by ike Befeler
  • Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread by Denise Dietz
  • Getting Old is a Disaster by Rita Lakin
  • High Crimes on the Magical Plane by Kris Neri
The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery is awarded for a historical mystery set before 1950:
  • Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander
  • In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
  • A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
  • Fredom's Fight by Gary Phillips
  • Serpent in the Thorn by Jeri Westerson
The Panik Award will be given in honor of the late Paul Anik, Chairman of Left Coast Crime 2010, for the best Los Angeles Noir book bublished in 2009:
  • Cemetery Road by Gar Anthony Haywood
  • Trust No One by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Death was in the Picture by Linda L. Richards
  • Boulevard by Stephen J. Schwartz

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Game is Afoot!

You've seen the recent Sherlock Holmes film and now you can't get enough of the Great Detective.  But where to start?  If you haven't read the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, a great resource is the three volume collection, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, edited by Leslie S. Klinger. It's one of the most complete and fascinating compilations of Sherlockian lore and tales.

Sherlock Holmes continues to live on in the minds and imaginations of contemporary authors. Here is a selected list of other writers’ forays into the Holmes tradition:

Brown, Russell -- Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde
Bugge, Carole -- The Haunting of Torre Abbey
Carr, Caleb -- The Italian Secretary: a further adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Chabon, Michael -- The Final Solution: a story of detection
The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Cullin, Mitch -- A Slight Trick of the Mind
Dibdin, Michael -- The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Douglas, Carole Nelson -- The Spider Dance: a novel of suspense featuring   Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes (also see others in the series)
Dvorkin, David -- Time for Sherlock Holmes
Faye, Lyndsay -- Dust and Shadow: an account of the Ripper killings by Dr. John H. Watson
The Game is Afoot: parodies, pastiches and ponderings of Sherlock Holmes
Gaslight Grimoire: fantastic tales of Sherlock Holmes
Ghosts in Baker Street
Greenwood, L.B. -- Sherlock Holmes and the Thistle of Scotland
Holmes for the Holidays
Hall, Robert Lee -- Exit Sherlock Holmes: the great detective’s final days
King, Laurie R. -- Locked Rooms: a Mary Russell novel (see others in the series)
Millett, Larry -- Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by John Watson
Millett, Larry -- Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance
Millett, Larry -- The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes
More Holmes for the Holidays
Murder in Baker Street: new tales of Sherlock Holmes
My Sherlock Holmes: untold stories of the great detective
Pirie, David -- The Dark Water: the strange beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
Pirie, David -- The Patient’s Eyes: the dark beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
Riccardi, Theodore -- The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes in America
Siciliano, Sam -- The Angel of the Opera: Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera
Thomas, Donald S. -- Sherlock Holmes and the King’s Evil: and other new adventures of the great detective
Thomson, June -- The Secret Files of Sherlock Holmes
Van Ash, Cay -- Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes matches wits with the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu

Click here to check the availability of these books at the Burbank Public Library.

[image: © The Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221b Baker Street, London, England ]