Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What's New for February?

I always enjoy getting a peak at the new releases coming out.  While it's still true (and probably always will), I never have enough time to read all the books that interest me.  Too many books and too little time.  But now I can start another stack in my "TO READ" pile...
  • The Night Ranger [John Wells] by Alex Berenson
  • Dogstar Rising [Makana] by Parker Bilal
  • Hit Me [John Keller] by Lawrence Block
  • Speaking from Among the Bones [Flavia de Luce] by Alan Bradley
  • A Medal for Murder [Kate Shackleton] by Frances Brody
  • The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die [Siri Paiboun] by Colin Cotterill
  • The Sound of Breaking Glass [Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James] by Deborah Crombie
  • The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns
  • Pandemonium by [Nell Duckworth & Geoffrey Binswanger] by Warren Fahy
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder [Hannah Swensen] by Joanne Fluke
  • Perfect Hatred [Mario Silva] by Leighton Gage
  • Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
  • Out of the Black Land by Kerry Greenwood
  • The Devil’s Moon [Brighton] by Peter Guttridge
  • A Cold and Lonely Place [Troy Chance] by Sara J. Henry
  • Deadly Stakes [Ali Reynolds] by J.A. Jance
  • The Green Lady [Alex Mavros] by Paul Johnston
  • The Trouble with Charlie by Merry Jones
  • The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
  • Dead on Cue [Nick Lawrence] by Deryn Lake
  • Phony Tinsel by Robert S. Levinson
  • Gods and Beasts [Alex Morrow] by Denise Mina
  • The Jackal’s Share by Chris Morgan Jones
  • Political Suicide [Lou Welcome] by Michael Palmer
  • Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
  • The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult
  • The Missing Italian Girl [Bernard Martin] by Barbara Corrado Pope
  • Holy Smoke [Gamaliel] by Frederick Ramsay
  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave [John Rebus] by Ian Rankin
  • Calculated in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • Airtight by David Rosenfelt
  • A Deniable Death by Gerald Seymour
  • Scratch Deeper by Chris Simms
  • Dancer in the Flames by Stephen Solomita
  • Shoot the Woman First [Crissa Stone] by Wallace Stroby
  • Dead Sea [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin 
  • The Golden Calf [Irene Huss] by Helene Tursten
  • The Day Is Dark [Thóra] by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Monday, January 21, 2013

Crime Time TV Roundup

Must be that time of year!  In the past few days a number of new crime shows for television have been announced. BBC America adds another Victorian-era crime program, Ripper Street, set in Victorian London in the time of Jack the Ripper.  Creator Richard Warlow emphasized that each episode would provide a stand-alone crime.  The idea was to create a show not about catching Jack, but about the Victorian era and the people of "the streets down which he walked, and most importantly the police that tried to catch him."  Ripper Street debuted over the weekend and  stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg.

I saw this edgy show over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Fans of Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries will like this series, but be advised the plot deals with mature themes. Check out BBC America's website for more information about the show.

The Bletchley Circle, a three-part murder mystery series, will premiere Sundays, April 21-May 5, 2013, on PBS. The series  follows Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean, ordinary women with extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. Now, in 1952, the four have returned to civilian life, keeping their intelligence work secret from all, including family and friends. A series of ghastly murders targeting women, however, reunites the team as they set out to decode the pattern behind the crimes.

The Bletchley Circle is a dramatic celebration of a remarkable generation of British women. Together these formidable code-breakers find a new way to crack a serial murder case using their unused potential and extraordinary skills,” said Jake Lushington, Producer, World Productions

Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romjin
TNT has given a series order to the pilot King and Maxwell starring Rebecca Romjin and Jon Tenney.  Created by Shane Brennan (NCIS, NCIS: LA), the show is adapted from David Baldacci's bestselling King and Maxwell series.  The series is untitled at this time.  Watch for this new show in the summer of 2013.

TNT has also greenlighted a crime drama from NYPD co-creator Steven Bochco. Murder in the First is a murder mystery set in contemporary San Francisco. It centers on a celebrated CEO of a Silicon Valley tech firm and prime suspect in a high profile murder case, the two SFPD homicide inspectors investigating the murder, the defense attorney and prosecutors engaged in the case.

NBC ordered a pilot drama adapted from Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo's book I Am Victor. The show will be written by Mark Goffman (White Collar, Studio 60, The West Wing) and the former House executive producer Katie Jacobs will be attached to the project.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Edgar Nominees Announced!

Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2012. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at their 67th Gala Banquet, May 2, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Congratulations to all the nominees!


  • The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins
  • The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
  • Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
  • Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman
  • Sunset by Al Lamanda
  • Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
  • All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley

  • The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
  • Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
  • Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • The Expats by Chris Pavone
  • The 500 by Matthew Quirk
  • Black Fridays by Michael Sears

  • Complication by Isaac Adamson
  • Whiplash River by Lou Berney
  • Bloodland by Alan Glynn
  • Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn
  • The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters

  • Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
  • More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers’ Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
  • The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

  • Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed by John Paul Athanasourelis
  • Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
  • The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O’Brien
  • In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler
  • "Iphigenia in Aulis" – An Apple for the Creature by Mike Carey
  • "Hot Sugar Blues" by Steve Liskow – Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance
  • "The Void it Often Brings With It” by Tom Piccirilli – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  • "The Unremarkable Heart" by Karin Slaughter – Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance "Still Life No. 41" by Teresa Solana – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger
  • 13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau 
  • The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo
  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

  • Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak
  • The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
  • Crusher by Niall Leonard
  • Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

  • “Pilot” – Longmire, Teleplay by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny
  • “Child Predator” – elemeNtarY, Teleplay by Peter Blake
  • “Slaughterhouse” – Justified, Teleplay by Fred Golan
  • “A Scandal in Belgravia” – Sherlock, Teleplay by Steven Moffat (BBC/Masterpiece)
  • “New Car Smell” – Homeland, Teleplay by Meredith Stiehm (Showtime/Fox21)

"When They Are Done With Us" by Patricia Smith – Staten Island Noir

(Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

  • Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton
  • A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell
  • The Reckoning by Jane Casey
  • The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Sleepwalker by Wendy Corsi Staub

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Black List

If you took my advice back in November and picked up Robin Burcell's thriller, The Dark Hour, you will be happy to know that the next in the Sydney Fitzpatrick series is now available in paperback and Kindle/Nook editions.  The great thing about this series is that you can pick up the latest adventure and not feel you missed something by not reading the books in order (of course, if you're like me, you'll want to do just that!).

Sydney, a forensic artist for the FBI, is in Washington, D.C. to teach a class at Quantico.  But while she's she's spending Christmas with her family in California, Sydney's former partner stops by to ask a favor.  Tony Carillo's ex-wife and her current boyfriend are in trouble and Tony is asked to extricate them.  It seems that Trip, the boyfriend, has been skimming money from a charity where he's been working and now he thinks bad people are after him.

What starts out as a simple case of embezzlement, soon snowballs into something much more dangerous.  As Sydney and her colleagues follow each new lead, they find themselves falling into a web of conspiracy.  Will they find the agent of death and stop a terrible nuclear disaster in time?

Fans of the TV shows Covert Affairs and Homeland will find the same pulse-pounding excitement in Robin Burcell's Sydney Fitzpatrick books.  I really enjoy her books.  If you like spy thrillers with interesting locales, great characters, and even a bit of romance,  give Burcell a try!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Peter Robinson and DCI Banks

The first episode of DCI Banks aired over the weekend on PBS stations.  Adapted from Peter Robinson's  popular crime books, the British series stars Stephen Tompkinson.

Here's an article written by Peter Robinson for the UK's Telegraph.  In it, he discusses the filming and casting of the TV series.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Books for a New Year


Well, here we are in 2013!  Having survived the Mayan apocalypse of 12/21/12, we can now leap into the new year with a list of brand new mysteries.  This month's selection includes  offerings from favorite authors as well as some interesting pairings such as Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell.  Rollins is the bestselling author of scientific and historical thrillers as well as the Sigma Force novels.  Ms. Cantrell has won numerous awards for her series featuring journalist Hannah Vogel set in Berlin on the eve of World War II.  Enjoy!
  • Miss Dimple Suspects by Mignon F. Ballard
  • Insane City  by Dave Barry
  • Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder [Geezer-Lit] by Mike Befeler
  • Larry Bond’s Red Dragon Rising: Blood of War by Larry Bond & Jim DeFelice
  • Corpse on the Court [Fethering] by Simon Brett
  • Footprints in the Sand [Piper Donovan] by Mary Jane Clark
  • The Wrath of Angels [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly
  • Nano by Robin Cook
  • Whacked! by Amy Corwin
  • Suspect [stand alone] by Robert Crais
  • The Alpine Xanadu [Emma Lord] by Mary Daheim
  • December’s Thorn [Fever Devilin] by Phillip DePoy
  • The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns
  • The Riptide Ultra-Glide [Serge Storms] by Tim Dorsey
  • Wrong Turn [Lucinda Pierce] by Diane Fanning
  • Frankie’s Letter by Dolores Gordon-Smith
  • Kinsey and Me [short stories] by Sue Grafton
  • Unnatural Habits [Phryne Fisher] by Kerry Greenwood
  • Fatal Decree [Matt Royal] by H. Terrell Griffin
  • Blood Money [Jack Swyteck] by James Grippando
  • Arsenic and Old Puzzles [Puzzle Lady] by Parnell Hall
  • Stakeout [Stanley Hastings] by Parnell Hall
  • Little Elvises [Junior Bender] by Timothy Hallinan
  • Good Bait by John Harvey
  • Shadow Woman by Linda Howard
  • The Third Bullet [Bob Lee Swagger] by Stephen Hunter
  • Winter Break [Harper Jennings] by Merry Jones
  • Nightrise [Philip Dryden] by Jim Kelly
  • A Killer in the Wind by Andrew Klavan
  • Crowner’s Crusade [Crowner John prequel] by Bernard Knight
  • The Death Relic [Payne & Jones] by Chris Kuzneski
  • Dead Aim [Hap Collins & Leonard Pine] by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Retribution [Harry Tate] by Adrian Magson
  • Easter Bunny Murder [Lucy Stone] by Leslie Meier
  • The Fifth Assassin [Beecher White] by Brad Meltzer
  • Snow White Must Die [Oliver von Bodenstein] by Nele Neuhaus
  • Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Bughouse Affair [Carpenter & Quincannon] by Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller
  • Classic in the Clouds [Car Detective] by Amy Myers
  • Ratlines [stand alone] by Stuart Neville
  • Eclipse [Sam Becket] by Hilary Norman
  • Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
  • The Blood Gospel [Sanguines] by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell
  • The Lawyer’s Lawyer [Jack Tobin] by James Sheehan
  • A Study in Revenge [Archie Lean] by Kieran Shields
  • Skin Game [Herman Jackson] by Richard A. Thompson
  • Proof of Guilt [Ian Rutledge] by Charles Todd
  • The Llama of Death [Gunn Zoo] by Betty Webb
  • Collateral Damage [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods