Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Who will Play Harry Bosch?

It's always a tricky situation when a beloved literary character is brought to the screen. Remember the outcry over Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? There have been stirrings over the filming of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. Remember, Connelly had to go to court to regain his rights to the Bosch books from Paramount Studios. Once that was accomplished, he began pitching to cable television last year.

Mystery Magazine's blog has revealed that veteran character actor Titus Welliver is set to play the iconic detective in Amazon's first drama series,  Bosch. While you may not recognize the name, you will certainly recognize the face. His very extensive resume lists almost every major TV series, such as White Collar, Grimm, NCIS, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy, and Lost (to name a few) and a number of feature films such as Argo, Promised Land, and The Town. 

I think this could be very good casting indeed. No word yet when the series will air. Connelly co-wrote the pilot for the series with Eric Overmeyer. In the meantime, Michael Connelly's next novel, The Gods of Guilt, is a Mickey Haller book and will be released in the US this December.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Behind the Scenes with Michael Kitchen in Foyle's War

I really enjoyed the latest installment of Foyle's War. It's always such a pleasure watching Michael Kitchen's portrayal of the enigmatic Christopher Foyle.

Here is a short video giving you a glimpse into the making of this popular series.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Top 100 Mysteries

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed a reduction of posts over the past month or so. As it happens, Aunt Agatha's real job got in the way. This year, the Burbank Public Library has been celebrating a century of service and Aunt Agatha's alter ego was very busy preparing for the year's big event. If you are in the Los Angeles area this weekend, plan to stop by the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, October 5 between 10 AM and 3 PM for our How-To Festival.

In the meantime, we've compiled a list of the top 100 mysteries checked out at the Burbank Public Library this year. Mystery readers in Burbank do have excellent taste!

1.   The girl who kicked the hornet's nest / Stieg Larsson
2.   The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larsson
3.   The lost symbol : a novel / Dan Brown
4.   The girl who played with fire / Stieg Larsson
5.   Nine dragons : a novel / Michael Connelly
6.   The brass verdict : a novel / Michael Connelly
7.   Gone girl : a novel / Gillian Flynn
8.   Finger lickin' fifteen / Janet Evanovich
9.   The scarecrow : a novel / Michael Connelly
10. The reversal : a novel / Michael Connelly
11. Gone tomorrow : a Reacher novel / Lee Child
12. Fearless fourteen : a Stephanie Plum novel / Janet Evanovich
13. 61 hours : a Reacher novel / Lee Child
14. The fifth witness : a novel / Michael Connelly
15. The hard way : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child
16. Sizzling sixteen / Janet Evanovich
17. The confession / John Grisham
18. Chasing darkness : an Elvis Cole novel / Robert Crais
19. 7th heaven / James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
20. The drop : a novel / Michael Connelly
21. The 8th confession / James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
22. Alex Cross's trial / by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo
23. The postcard killers : a novel / by James Patterson and Liza Mar
24. Cross country : a novel / James Patterson
25. Nothing to lose : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child
26. Dead in the family / Charlaine Harris
27. The 9th judgment / James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
28. Don't blink : a novel / by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
29. Worth dying for : a Reacher novel / Lee Child
30. Deliver us from evil / David Baldacci
31. The affair : a Reacher novel / Lee Child
32. 10th anniversary / James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
33. Inferno : a novel / Dan Brown
34. The first rule : a Joe Pike novel / Robert Crais
35. All together dead / Charlaine Harris
36. Worst case : a novel / James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
37. The overlook : a novel / by Michael Connelly
38. The shadow of the wind / Carlos Ruiz Zafón
39. Lost light : a novel / Michael Connelly
40. V is for vengeance / Sue Grafton
41. Echo Park : a novel / by Michael Connelly
42. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon
43. The professional / Robert B. Parker
44. Long lost / Harlan Coben
45. Hell's corner / David Baldacci
46. Swimsuit : a novel / by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
47. Explosive eighteen : a Stephanie Plum novel / Janet Evanovich
48. Sail : a novel / by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
49. U is for undertow / Sue Grafton
50. Black Hills / Nora Roberts
51. Bad luck and trouble : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child
52. Divine justice / David Baldacci
53. Plum lucky / Janet Evanovich
54. The narrows : a novel / by Michael
55. Tough customer / Sandra Brown
56. Hold tight / by Harlan Coben
57. Extreme measures : a thriller / Vince Flynn
58. Heat lightning / John Sandford
59. Wicked prey / John Sandford
60. The innocent / David Baldacci
61. Evidence : an Alex Delaware novel / Jonathan Kellerman
62. The poet / Michael Connelly
63. Zero day : a novel / David Baldacci
64. Smokin' seventeen : a Stephanie Plum novel / Janet Evanovich
65. Void moon / Michael Connelly
66. The Mercedes coffin / Faye Kellerman
67. Your heart belongs to me / Dean Koontz
68. True blue / David Baldacci
69. The closers : a novel / by Michael Connelly
70. The big sleep by Raymond Chandler
71. Run for your life : a novel / by James Patterson & Michael Ledwi
72. The gate house / Nelson DeMille
73. Private : Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, London, Chicago, Paris / James Patterson
74. I, Alex Cross : a novel / James Patterson
75. Blindman's bluff / Faye Kellerman
76. The sixth man / David Baldacci
77. T is for trespass / Sue Grafton
78. The Lincoln lawyer : a novel / by Michael Connelly
79. Dead and gone / Charlaine Harris
80. The black box : a novel / Michael Connelly
81. In the woods / Tana French
82. Fire and ice : a Beaumont and Brady novel / J. A. Jance
83. A darkness more than night : a novel / by Michael Connelly
84. Private games : [a novel] / by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
85. Deception : an Alex Delaware novel / Jonathan Kellerman
86. Look again / Lisa Scottoline
87. Killing floor / Lee Child
88. Chasing the dime : a novel / by Michael Connelly
89. What the night knows : a novel / Dean Koontz
90. Guilty wives : a novel / by James Patterson and David Ellis
91. Goodnight, Irene / Jan Burke
92. A wanted man : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child
93. The lion / Nelson DeMille
94. The neighbor / Lisa Gardner
95. The last coyote / Michael Connelly
96. Cemetery dance / Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
97. True detectives : a novel / Jonathan Kellerman
98. Stranger in paradise / Robert B. Parker
99. From dead to worse / Charlaine Harris


100. The search / Nora Roberts


Thursday, October 3, 2013

October's New Crop of Mysteries

October is here and the chilly nights are perfect for curling up with good mystery. This crop has a little something for everyone, whether you're looking for comforting cozy or a thrilling suspense yarn. Read and enjoy!
  • Secrets [Naomi Blake]
    by Jane A. Adams
  • Loot [Buster Hightower] by Gary Alexander
  • Behind the Shattered Glass [Lady Emily Ashton] by Tasha Alexander
  • Duck the Halls [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews
  • Close-up on Murder [Murder She Wrote] by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
  • Solo [James Bond continuation] by William Boyd
  • The Litter of the Law [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Star of Istanbul [Christopher Marlowe Cobb] by Robert Olen Butler
  • The Chocolate Book Bandit [Chocoholic] by JoAnna Carl
  • Skating Under the Wire [Rebecca Robbins] by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Gilt Trip [Scrapbooking] by Laura Childs
  • Blood and Stone [Tom Mariner] by Chris Collett
  • Ask Not [Nate Heller] by Max Allan Collins
  • A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange [Mystery with Recipes] by Isis Crawford
  • The October List by Jeffery Deaver
  • Outlaw by Ten DEkker
  • Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By [Penny Brannigan]
    by Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly
  • Jacob's Oath by Martin Fletcher
  • Just One Evil Act [Thomas Lynley] by Elizabeth George
  • The Case of the Love Commandos [Vish Puri] by Tarquin Hall
  • Ghost Gone Wild [Bailey Ruth Raeburn] by Carolyn Hart
  • Taken by the Wind [Jane Lawless] by Ellen Hart
  • NightZone [Posadas County] by Steven F. Havill
  • Spider Woman's Daughter [Leaphorn & Chee series continued] by Anne Hillerman
  • Dead Man's Time [Roy Grace] by Peter James
  • Silencing Eve [Eve Duncan] by Iris Johansen
  • Spirit of Steamboat [Walt Longmire novella]
    by Craig Johnson
  • Rasputin's Shadow [Sean Reilly] by Raymond Khoury
  • Cries of the Lost [Arthur Cathcart] by Chris Knopf
  • Triptych by Margit Liesche
  • Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination by Jim Lehrer
  • Peak Season for Murder [Leigh Girard] by Gail Lukasik
  • Pagan Spring [Max Tudor] by G.M. Malliet
  • Crooked Numbers [Raymond Donne] by Tim O'Mara
  • Three Can Keep a Secret [Joe Gunther] by Archer Mayor
  • Cross and Burn [Carol Jordan & Tony Hill] by Val McDermid
  • The Study of Murder [Muirteach] by Susan McDuffie
  • The Monster of Florence [Salvatore Guarnaccia] by Magdalen Nabb
  • Police [Harry Hole] by Jo Nesbo
  • Critical Mass [V.I Warshawski] by Sara Paretsky
  • Silent Night [final Spenser manuscript completed by Helen Brann] by Robert B. Parker
  • The Double [Spero Lucas] by George Pelecanos
  • Blowback [Vanessa Pierson] by Valerie Plame & Sarah Lovett
  • Dry Bones [Fintan Dunne] by Peter Quinn
  • Storm Front [Virgil Flowers] by John Sandford
  • Accused [Rosato & Associates] by Lisa Scottoline
  • Mortal Bonds [Jason Stafford] by Michael Sears
  • The Alligator Man by James Sheehan
  • The Abominable by Dan Simmons
  • Vicious Circle [Hector Cross] by Wilbur Smith
  • Blackstone and the Endgame [Sam Blackstone] by Sally Spencer
  • Outlaw [Robin Monarch] by Mark Sullivan
  • The Land of Dreams [Lance Hansen] by Vidar Sunstol
  • The Sleep Room by F.R. Tallis
  • Now You See It [Grace Street] by Jane Tesh
  • Identical [Kindle County] by Scott Turow
  • Shadow of the Alchemist [Crispin Guest] by Jeri Westerson
  • Dark City [Repairman Jack: The Early Years Trilogy] by F. Paul Wilson
  • Doing Hard Time [Stone Barrington] by Stuar Woods
  • Inherit the Dead (SS) edited by Jonathan Santlofer

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

R.I.P. Tom Clancy

Bestselling author Tom Clancy has died at age 66 at John Hopkins Hospital near his home in Baltimore. His military post-Cold War espionage thriller novels launched the Jack Ryan film series: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears.

Another film is due out this Christmas. Based on Clancy's desk-jockey CIA hero Jack Ryan, the film, Jack Ryan: Shadow One is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Pine.

But Tom Clancy is best known for his compelling thrillers; books impossible to put down once begun. Clancy's latest novel, Command Authority, is scheduled for a December 2013 release. Mr. Clancy will surely be missed.