Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New BBC 2 Drama Series Announced

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, Bleak House) and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time) are set to star in The Fall, a gripping psychological thriller that forensically examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims at random in and around Belfast and the other is the talented DSI Gibson, who arrives to conduct a 28 day review at a Belfast station where the police are getting nowhere on the high profile murder case.

The 5-episode series is written by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy's Law, and Prime Suspect).  Filming is currently underway in Northern Ireland. It's set to debut on BBC-2 later thisyear but those of us on this side of the pond will no doubt have to wait a while longer.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Criminal Gatherings for Writers and Fans

A number of Mystery conferences are coming up with their attendant awards.  If you're anywhere in the vicinity, I would encourage you to check them out.  It's a great opportunity to rub elbows with like-minded individuals, the perfect chance to chat up your favorite mystery author, and a great opportunity to get a jump on upcoming books.  Planning your vacation around a conference worksalso works very well.

Left Coast Crime: Mining for Murder
March 29 to April 01, 2012
Sacramento, CA
[Lefty Awards; Dilys Award]

Murder 203: Connecticut's Mystery Festival
April 14 and April 15, 2012
Easton, CT

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 21 and April 22, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
[Los Angeles Times Book Prizes]

Edgar Awards Banquet
April 26, 2012
New York, NY
][Edgar Awards

Malice Domestic 23
April 27 to April 29, 2012
Bethesda, MD
[Agatha Awards]

May 24 to May 27, 2012
Bristol, UK
[CrimeFest Awards]

Bloody Words
June 01 to June 03, 2012
Toronto, Canada
[Arthur Ellis Awards]

International Mystery Writers' Festival
June 11 to June 17, 2012
Owensboro, KY

ThrillerFest VI
July 11 to July 14, 2012
New York, NY
[Thriller Awards]

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
July 19 to July 22, 2012
Harrogate, UK
[Crime Novel of the Year]

Scene of the Crime Festival
August 11, 2012
Wolfe Island ON
[Grant Allen Awards]

Killer Nashville
August 24 to August 26, 2012
Nashville, TN

Bloody Scotland
September 14 to September 16, 2012
Stirling, Scotland

Bouchercon: Crime Fiction Rocks!
October 04 to October 07, 2012
Cleveland OH
[Anthony Awards;Barry Awards; Macavity Awards; Shamus Awards]

QuebeCrime Festival
October 25 to October 27, 2012
Qu├ębec, QC

New England Crime Bake
November 9 to November 11, 2012
Dedham, MA

Men of Mystery
November 17, 2012
Irvine, CA

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Dramaville Series for BBC America

BBC America is co-producing  a new crime drama, Ripper Street, to premier this fall as part of the Dramaville series.  Filming has begon on location in Dublin for this eight-part series set in and around Whitechapel in London's East End in 1889.

Ripper Street will star Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraaz), MyannaBuring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).  The action centers on the notorious H Division, charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of East London during the aftermath of Jack the Ripper's reign of terror.

Filming will continue until late July.

BBC America Press Release

Monday, March 19, 2012

Longmire Comes to A & E

Last week Librarian Melissa posted about the Craig Johnson series of mysteries.  Coincidentally, A & E is premiering a new series in June based on Johnson's character, Walt Longmire.  This contemporary Western crime drama stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Sheriff Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

Longmire, widowed only a year, hides his pain behind a brave face and a dry wit.  At the urging of his daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman of Smallville), Longmire realizes he has to turn his life around.  With the help of Vic Moretti, a new female deputy in his department, the sheriff becomes reinvigorated with his job and committed to his run for re-election.  Setting out to rebuild his professional and personal life, Longmire turns to his long-time friend and confidant, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips of Numb3rs).

Check out this trailer for the new series:

Thanks to Criminal Element for the tip.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Irish Crime for St. Patrick's Day

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. If you haven’t explored the Irish mystery yet, be prepared for hard-hitting, and often, dark crime novels.

Here is a selection to get you started:
Black, Benjamin -- Elegy for April
Set in the 1950s, Quirke, a hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist, enlists the aid of Detective Inspector Hackett to locate his daughter’s missing friend.

Bruen, Ken -- Headstone Called “a Celtic Dashiell Hammett,” Ken Bruen has won numerous awards for his hard-hitting, dark thrillers. Headstone is the latest in Bruen’s excellent Jack Taylor series. Nothing has truly terrified PI Jack Taylor until he confronts an evil group named Headstone who have committed a series of random, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.

French, Tana -- Faithful PlaceDetective Frank Mackey finds himself back in the tangled relationships of his past when a suitcase belonging to his first love shows up in a derelict house in his old neighborhood -- twenty-two years after she disappeared. If you’ve not read French before, do start with her debut novel, In the Woods. It won the Edgar Award for Best First novel.

Glynn, Alan -- WinterlandA compelling Irish Noir where power, lies, and the corrupting influence of money makes this crime novel hard to put down.

Harrison, Cora -- Scales of Retribution Set in the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, this series features Mara, a woman judge in the 1500s. Suspects abound when the local physician is found dead.

Hughes, Declan -- All the Dead Voices Dublin PI Ed Loy is hired to look into an unsolved murder from 1991. Another murder closer to home may be tied to the older one. Fast-paced with dead-on dialog, Hughes’ hardboiled detective novels are a gritty and realistic look at modern Ireland. Definitely recommended.

Neville, Stuart -- Collusion An assassin stalks Belfast and Detective Inspector Jack Lennan uncovers a conspiracy that links his daughter to a killer.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mysteries of Craig Johnson -- a guest blog by Librarian Melissa

[Librarian Melissa usually blogs on the Burbank Library blog about teen fiction.  She recently blogged about Graig Johnson's mysteries, so now we have a crossover post.  Thanks, Melissa!]

Mysteries come with such a variety of backdrops that it is possible to indulge almost any preference for setting, but some authors do the geography thing better than others. One whose setting shares equal weight with plot and character in his novels is Craig Johnson, whose Sheriff Walt Longmire pursues justice in the Bighorn state, the Cowboy state, the wide-open landscape of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Johnson has definitely taken the writers' workshop directive to "write what you know" to heart, since he himself lives in a Wyoming town of 25 souls called Ucross.

I like Johnson's mysteries for their complexity (you seldom guess the bad guy before you're supposed to--a big plus), and I like his cast of characters for the same reason. Sheriff Longmire is a long-time resident, but his deputies are an ever-changing panoply of imports from downstate or the big city (various big cities), and both the townspeople and the residents of the adjacent reservation have important parts to play. I particularly enjoy his long-time Indian (don't call me Native American) friend, Henry Standing Bear, and his feisty Philly Italian deputy, Vic Moretti. I also like that he mixes it up with both characters and settings from book to book, keeping things from getting stagnant, and is always focused on some issue of social justice and how that would play out in the context of the situation.

If I have one complaint, it's that after the relationship between Walt and Vic took an unexpected turn in Kindness Goes Unpunished, Johnson has made us wait...and wait...and wait, doling out tidbits and not letting them engage again in any significant way! C'mon!

The books (in order) are
  • The Cold Dish
  • Death Without Company
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished
  • Another Man's Moccasins
  • The Dark Horse
  • Junkyard Dogs
  • Hell is Empty
Can't wait for the next one--As the Crow Flies, due out in May!

If you want to find out more about Craig Johnson and his alter ego, Walt Longmire, go to his website: http://www.craigallenjohnson.com//

Artwork by Melissa Elliott

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Warner Bros. Moves Forward with The Galton Case

Last October it was reported here that Warner Bros. Studios had optioned the film rights to Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer series.  It was just announced tha Peter Landesman is writing the screenplay adaptation for The Galton Case. Joel Silver will produce.  No doubt the studio is looking to develop a new franchise.

The Galton Case is the eighth title in the Lew Archer mystery series.

Monday, March 5, 2012

New Mysteries for March

Here is a selection of new mysteries, just in time for spring.  I foresee my "to read" pile growing ever taller!  Check these out.
  • Cat's Claw by Susan Wittig Albert (China Bayles)
  • No Cooperation from the Cat by Marian Babson
  • Phantom by Ted Bell
  • Murder at the Lantern Rouge by Cara Black (Aimee Leduc)
  • Hush Now, Don't You Cry by Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy)
  • Force of Nature by C.J. Box
  • Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
  • The Big Cat Nap:  the 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
  • Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs (Tea Shop mystery)
  • Stay Close by Harlan Coben
  • The Thief by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  • Death at the Jesus Hospital by David Dickinson (Lord Francis Powerscourt)
  • The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
  • Redemtion by Kate Flora (Joe Burgess)
  • The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler
  • Blue Monday by Nicci French
  • Broken Harbour by Tana French
  • Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman)
  • The Piccadilly Plot by Susanna Gregory (Thomas Chaloner)
  • Blood in the Water by Jane Haddam
  • When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr)
  • Paradise Falls by Jonnie Jacobs
  • Victims by Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delaware)
  • Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Rizzo's Daughter by Lou Manfredo
  • Buried in Buttercream by G.A. McKevett
  • Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis
  • Fall from Grace by Richard North Patterson
  • Poison Flower by Thomas Perry (Jane Whitefield)
  • The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J.Rose
  • Blackstone and the Great War by Alan Rustage
  • An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer
  • That's How I Roll by Andrew Vachss
  • So Pretty It Hurts by Kate White
  • Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm
  • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Friday, March 2, 2012

Corinna Chapman's Recipes Download

Fans of Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman's mysteries are certainly familiar with the yummy treats produced in the amateur sleuth's bakery, Heavenly Pleasures.  Now, thanks to Greenwood's publisher, Allen & Unwin, you can make your own heavenly pleasures.

A free 28-page PDF download, Recipes from Corinna Chapman -- "mouthwatering morsels to make your man melt," is available here.  Included are some entrees, bread, and dessert recipes.

Kerry Greenwood is also the author of the Phyne Fisher mysteries set in 1920s Australia.

--hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.