Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sequel to "Cuckoo's Calling" Announced

I must say I really enjoyed reading Robert Galbraith's debut novel, Cuckoo's Calling last year (see the blog post here). The characters were memorable and the crime unusual. But truth be told, I may not have discovered the author quite as quickly if it hadn't been leaked that J.K. Rowling actually penned the crime novel.

It was just announced that a sequel to the bestseller will be released on June 19th in the UK and on June 24th in the US. The Silkworm features the London P.I. Cormoran Strike and his young assistant Robin Ellacott who face a most unusual assignment.

Here is Mulholland Books' description:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first,
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Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Mysteries for February...Check These Out!

  • Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble [Miss Dimple] by Mignon F. Ballard
  • Death of a Policeman [Hamish Macbeth] by M.C. Beaton 
  • The Counterfeit Agent [John Wells] by Alex Berenson 
  • The Ghost Runner [Makana] by Parker Bilal 
  • Love Story, with Murders [Fiona Griffiths] by Harry Bingham 
  • Where Monsters Dwell [Odd Singsaker] by Jorgen Brekke
  • The Strangling on the Stage [Fethering] by Simon Brett
  • Do or Die [Reluctant Heroes] by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Murder in the Afternoon [Kate Shackleton ] by Frances Brody
  • The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley
  • Dead Water [Shetland Islands ] by Ann Cleeves
  • Cell by Robin Cook
  • The Deliverance of Evil [Michele Balistreri] by Roberto Costantini
  • The Breakfast Club Murder by Camilla T. Crespi
  • The Chase [Fox & O’Hare] by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  • The Drowning Spool [Needlecraft] by Monica Ferris
  • Blackberry Pie Murder [Hannah Swensen] by Joanne Fluke
  • Brotherhood of Fear [Willi Kraus] by Paul Grossman
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Moving Target [Alison Reynolds] by J.A. Jance
  • The Mangle Street Murders [Sidney Grice] by M.R.C. Kasasian
  • Killer [Alex Delaware] by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Baptism [Ed Mallory] by Max Kinnings
  • Who Thinks Evil [Professor Moriarty] by Michael Kurland
  • Runner [Sam Dryden] by Patrick Lee
  • After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman                
  • We Are Here by Michael Marshall
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  • The Red Road [Alex Morrow] by Denise Mina
  • The Stolen Ones [Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne] by Richard Montanari
  • The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana by Shirley Rousseau Murphy & Pat J.J. Murphy
  • Chance by Kem Nunn
  • The Amazing Harvey by Don Passman
  • Private L.A. [Jack Morgan] by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
  • Free Falling, As If in a Dream by Leif GW Persson
  • Drowning Barbie [Ike Schwartz] by Frederick Ramsay
  • The Way You Die Tonight [Rat Pack] by Robert J. Randisi
  • A Killing of Angels [Alice Quentin] by Kate Rhodes
  • Concealed in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • Without Warning by David Rosenfelt
  • Raiders of the Nile [Roma sub Rosa prequel] by Steven Saylor
  • The Dealer and the Dead by Gerald Seymour
  • She’s Leaving Home [Cathal Breen & Helen Tozer] by William Shaw
  • Lion Plays Rough [Leo Maxwell] by Lachlan Smith
  • Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley
  • Influx by Daniel Suarez
  • Bad Blood [Marjory Fleming] by Aline Templeton 
  • Bad Reputation [Madeline Maclin] by Jane Tesh
  • The Resistance Man [Bruno Courr√®ges] by Martin Walker
  • Don’t Talk to Strangers [Keye Street] by Amanda Kyle Williams


Thursday, February 6, 2014

View the Pilot of BOSCH Now!

We certainly live in interesting times! I'm still amazed that you can watch movies and TV on handheld devices. But now on to the new reality. Amazon has just launched a batch of pilots on their Prime Instant Video in the U.S. and LOVEFILM in the UK. Of the 10 released, the one I'm most interested in viewing is BOSCH. You can watch it here. It's available for free, with viewers encouraged to give feedback, which will help Amazon Studios to determine if the pilot goes to series.

Here's what the series' creators had to say:
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, drama pilot Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch is played by Titus Welliver(Argo, The Good Wife) and stars Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.

 “I’m really excited to be bringing Bosch to Amazon viewers. I think we’ve put together a show that is completely loyal to the books and presents in Titus Welliver a Harry Bosch relentless as a bullet and as complex as a DNA strand,” said Michael Connelly, bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Harry Bosch novels which the pilot is based on. “Whether you know the books or not, you’re going to want to follow this man into his own dark corners as well as those of L.A.”

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

If the traditional mystery, √° la Agatha Christie, is your cup of tea, be sure to check out these nominees for the Agatha Award. I see many of the usual suspects included on the list, and some I'm not familiar with and need to investigate further. Winners will be announced at the MALICE DOMESTIC convention on May 3, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Best Historical Novel
  • Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
  • Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George
  • A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy
  • Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson
  • A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
Best Children's/YA Nominations
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst
  • Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner
Best Contemporary Novel
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Clammed Up by Barbara Ross
  • The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Best Nonfiction
  • Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester
  • Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  • Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen (editors)
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
Best First Novel
  • Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
  • You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
  • Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn
  • Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero
  • Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker
Best Short Story
  • "Evil Little Girl" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman
  • "Nightmare" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman
  • "The Hindi Houdini" in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian
  • "Bread Baby" in Best new England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross
  • "The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor