Friday, March 25, 2011

Finally...Harry Bosch on film!

In a Deadline/Hollywood EXCLUSIVE, it was reported that crime novelist Michael Connelly is in talks with Yellow Bird Films to bring the Harry Bosch books to the big screen.  Yellow Bird is the Swedish production company that translated the Stieg Larsson trilogy, starting with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, to film.  Run by Soren Staermose and Ole Sondberg, Yellow Bird Films is also producing the Scott Rudin adaptation for Sony Pictures starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Last year I reported that Michael Connelly was suing Paramount Pictures to regain control of his first two Harry Bosch books, The Black Echo and The Black Ice.  Connelly's suit was successful.  Now that The Lincoln Lawyer is in movie theaters, it was only a matter of time before Harry followed.

Speaking of The Lincoln Lawyer, I saw the film on the opening night and was suitably impressed.  After the disappointing Clint Eastwood adaptation of Blood Work, there's always that hesitancy when a favorite book is made into a film.  But The Lincoln Lawyer is very well done, the casting was excellent -- Matthew McConaughey as the slick Mickey Haller is perfect.  See the film if you get the chance!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Watch for these new books!

Here is a selection of some of the many new titles being released in March.  Read and enjoy!
  • The School of Night by Louis Bayard
  • Murder in Passy by Cara Black
  • Bless the Bride (Molly Murphy mystery) by Rhys Bowen
  • Cold Wind (Joe Pickett mystery) by C.J. Box
  • The Night Season by Chelsea Cain
  • Scones & Bones (Tea Shop mystery) by Laura Childs
  • Live Wire by Harlan Coben
  • The Alpine Vengeance by Mary Daheim
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth (Daisy Dalrymple) by Carola Dunn
  • Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
  • On of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
  • Love You More by Lisa Gardner
  • Dead by Midnight (Death on Demand mystery) by Carolyn Hart
  • Devious by Lisa Jackson
  • Devil Red by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Cast into Doubt by Partricia MacDonalad
  • The Troubled Man (Wallander mystery) by Henning Mankell
  • When the Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley
  • Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  • The Complaints by Ian Rankin
  • The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson
  • A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline winspear

Friday, March 18, 2011

BBC Sherlock Wins Best Drama Series Award

The Royal Television Society Programme Awards were announced this past Wednesday and the BBC series Sherlock won for Best Drama Series.  Sherlock premiered on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery in the US last October to great reviews. 

In a statement issued by the society about the series, "Updating a classic was a daunting task but the bravura of this production's writing and directing successfully made it feel new and modern. This was one of the most original and entertaining new series for years."

Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson, in a comtemporary take on the classic characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The BBC has confirmed that the series will be renewed for a second season, with three new episodes being aired later this fall on PBS.  Sherlock will be released on DVD and Blu-ray disc on November 9th.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Mysteries

Start celebrating St. Patrick's Day with some of these Irish mysteries:

  • The Cross by Ken Bruen
  • Laced: a Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark
  • The Irish Village Murder by Dicey Deere
  • Dublin Noir: The Celtic Tiger vs the Ugly American
  • Faithful Place by Tana French
  • The Celtic Riddle by Lyn Hamilton
  • Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
  • Eye of the Law by Cora Harrison
  • All the Dead Voices by Declan Hughes
  • St. Patrick's Day Murder:  a Lucy Stone Mystery by Leslie Meier
  • Colllusion by Stuart Neville
  • The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom
  • The Dove of Death: a Mystery of Ancient Ireland by Peter Tremayne

Friday, March 11, 2011

Murder in Green

Declan Hughes

Whether you call it Hibernian Homicide, Celtic Crime,or Emerald Noir, you have to admit there's quite a number of crime novels coming out of Ireland these days.  Ken Bruen started the flood, followed by the bestselling Tana French and Stuart Neville.  "The Irish economy may be on its knees, the political system in tatters, confidence at an all-time low. But in crime fiction at least Ireland has never been so vibrant."

Val McDermid discussed "Why Irish Crime Fiction is All the Rage" in today's The Telegraph.  Read the entire article here.  At last October's Bouchercon convention, I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite Celtic Crime writers, Declan Hughes.  Great fun!                           

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Third Rail released in paperback

Long before The Chicago Code hit network television, Michael Harvey's tough-talking Irish cop turned PI, Michael Kelly, was tracking down killers on the mean streets of the windy city.  Kelly debuted in the book, The Chicago Way (2007), followed by The Fifth Floor (2008).  The Third Rail came out last year and is now being released in paperback. 

Michael Harvey writes a stylish thriller that's fast-paced and gripping.  I especially enjoyed the way the city of Chicago plays such a vital role in his stories, much as Michael Connelly portrays Los Angeles or George Pelecanos does for Washington D.C.  Chicago's rich history and its influence on present days is evident in Harvey's stories and makes for a more multidimensional novel.

If you missed  The Third Rail in 2010, be sure to pick it up in paperback.  It's a great read and is sure to make any displaced Chicagoans homesick.  See my original posting on The Third Rail  here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Writer's Workshop at the Burbank Public Library

If you're n aspiring writer in the Los Angeles area, stop by the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, March 5, at 2 PM.  Darrell James will be presenting "The Elements of (Publishable) Fiction, an excellent workshop for beginning writers. 

Find out what allows one manuscript to be accepted by a publisher, while dozens of others are rejected; what elements of good writing, good storytelling make the difference; and how does the beginning author create a winning manuscript that garners the attention of agents and editors alike.

Darrell James is a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America.  He has published over thirty short stories in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and garnered a number of awards.  The first three novels of his Del Shannon mystery/thriller series are under contract with Midnight Ink and Nazareth Child, book one in the series, is scheduled for release in September 2011.

Join us for this free, two hour workshop!