Thursday, June 26, 2014

Looking for Some Heart-pounding Suspense?

If you've been wondering whatever happened to Aunt Agatha...well, I've been catching up on my reading.
When my co-worker told me that thriller writer Linwood Barclay was her new "favorite" author, I had to give him a try -- and I've been devouring his books ever since!

What if you woke up one morning and your entire family had vanished -- no bodies, no suspects, and no clues? That’s the chilling premise of Linwood Barclay’s 2007 stand-alone thriller No Time for Goodbye.

When Cynthia Archer was fourteen, her parents and brother disappeared, leaving her alone in her house. Now twenty-five years later, married with a child of her own, Cynthia’s personal mystery begins to unravel with frightening results.

No Safe House, Barclay’s long-awaited follow-up to No Time for Goodbye, will be released on August 5th. The Canadian-based author delivers an electrifying novel of suspense in which a family’s troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.…

Linwood Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, has produced a number of critically acclaimed thrillers and is a #1 international bestselling author. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and published in 30 countries. Several of his books have been optioned for television and film.

Words like “gripping” and “compelling” have been used to describe his novels. Idyllic small town life is the setting for his books and his characters are ordinary people who are suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Barclay’s signature style of humor and mounting suspense will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

If you are a fan of Linwood Barclay, watch for the release of No Safe House. But if you are like Aunt Agatha and this thrilling author somehow flew under your radar, start reading his books today! Mr. Barclay will be on a book tour in August and one place where you can meet him is at the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, August 9th. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coming to Masterpiece Mystery on PBS

Tune into some lovely mysteries on PBS in the next few months. Check your local listings for times.

Sundays, June 15 & 22
This gripping legal thriller stars David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) as a brilliant defense lawyer who has uncanny ability to  spring the obviously guilty.

Sundays, June 29-July 20
Shaun Evans returns for a second season as the young Constable Endeavour Morse. Before he was
Inspector Morse and acquired his signature red Jaguar, Endeavour's deductive powers were already running in high gear.

Sundays, July 27 to August 3
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries based on  Agatha Christie's novels, The Big Four and Dead Man's Folly.

Sundays, September 21 and 28
Julia McKenzie (Cranford) returns as spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series – A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw’s Folly and Endless Night.

Sundays, October 5-19
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for an all-new season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Sundays, October 26-November 2
P.D. James' witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice stars Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin.  The discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the preparations  for a ball at Elizabeth and Darcy's Pemberley home  — and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear.