Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Season of PBS Mystery

I always look forward to the new season of PBS Mystery, don't you?  This summer we can also anticipate the new series based on the Michael Dibdin's mysteries that features the modern-day Roman police detective, Aurelio Zen. 

Hercule Poirot returns for series XI with three episodes starting with Three Act Tragedy airing on June 19, followed by The Clocks on June 26, and Halloween Party on July 3.  Miss Marple is back with The Pale Horse on July 10.

The Mystery lineup includes the new series, Zen, which stars Rufus Sewell.  Three episodes air in July: Vendetta (July 17), Cabal (July 24) and Rat King (July 30).  The summer's looking good!

Watch the full episode. See more Masterpiece.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What's Aunt Agatha Reading?

Sometimes I do judge a book by its cover.  I happened upon Scott Mariani's The Mozart Conspiracy at my local mystery store and was intrigued by the cover art and the author recommendations.  Jennifer Lee Carrell, whose books I really enjoy, called Mariani's book "James Bond meets Jason Bourne meets The Da Vinci Code..."  Well, there you go.  I had to buy the book.

Although the premise is "Who really killed Mozart," that's just the springboard for a thrilling, pulse-pounding adventure with Ben Hope, former British Special Air Services operative.  Basically a hero-for-hire, Hope is contacted by world- famous opera singer (and his first love) Leigh Llewellyn.  Her brother, who had been researching a book on Mozart, died suddenly and now her life has been threatened.

The Mozart Conspiracy is the second in a  six-book series that's very popular in the U.K.  It's been optioned for a film by Amber Entertainment, a production company headed by producers Ileen Maisel (The Golden Compass) and Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings).  I enjoyed it very much -- I especially look for thrillers that take place in European locations.  Just be advised that there is violence from some very nasty characters.  Check out Mariani's website for more information about him and his books.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Agatha Awards Announced

The Malice Domestic fans recently announced the winners of the Agatha Award for books that best typified the traditional mysteries of Agatha Christie.  Congratulations to the nominees and the winners!

Best Novel
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Best First Novel
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames

Best Short Story
"So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini

Best Non-Fiction
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks:  50 Years of Mystery in the Making by John Curran

Best Children's/Young Adult
The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

As an aside, I'm very pleased by Avery Aames' win.  She appeared at the Burbank Public Library with  Sisters in Crime when The Long Quiche Goodbye was first published.  I enjoyed that book and I'm looking forward to reading the next in her series, Lost and Fondue.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Books and Books and Books!

Well, Aunt Agatha has finally recouperated from last Saturday's Book Festival.  It was a big hit, enjoyed by authors and readers alike!  If you are interested, photos from the event are posted on the Burbank Public Library's Facebook page here.

Now we can get back to all things mysterious.  Suspense has many names and one of the best is Eric Van Lustbader.  The New York Times bestelling sensation has brought Jason Bourne into the 21st century and created the legendary Nicholas Linnear of The Ninja.  To celebrate the paperback release of Last Snow, a Jack McClure and Alli thriller, a new book trailer has been released on Youtube:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tomorrow's the Big Day!

Aunt Agatha sometimes wears many hats and this is one example.  I've mentioned before that I've been busy organizing a Book Festival as part of the City of Burbank's Centennial celebration.  We're spotlighting 100 years...100+ Authors.  Well, Saturday, May 7th, is the big day!  If you are in the Los Angeles area, stop by the  Buena Vista Branch Library between 1 & 4 PM.  Get all the details here.

The Festival has been a year in the making, but the last month has been especially hectic.  Ironically, while I've been immersed in planning the Book Festival, I haven't had the time to read or post on this blog as I would have liked.  But all that will change after this weekend.  I plan a week's vacation when I can read to my heart's content!