Wednesday, December 31, 2014

See what's new for 2015

Happy New Year! What better way to spend a wintry day than with a new mystery. Here's a nice selection for every taste.
  • White Plague [Joe Rush] by James Abel
  • Nantucket Fivespot [Henry Kennis] by Steven Axelrod
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust [Flavia de Luce] by Alan Bradley
    Dead Man’s Daughter [Britt Montero] by Edna Buchanan
  • Blood of the South [Aelf Fen] by Alys Clare 
  • Knocked [Regan Reilly] by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Dead of Night [Tom Mariner] by Chris Collett 
  • Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant by Hy Conrad
  • Toured to Death [Amy’s Travel] by Hy Conrad
  • Devil’s Dance [David Spandau] by Daniel Depp 
  • Death Comes to the Ballets Russes [Lord Francis Powerscourt] by David Dickinson
  • The Book of Fires [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty
  • Shark Skin Suite [Serge Storms] by Tim Dorsey
  • The Death Season [Wesley Peterson] by Kate Ellis
  • Silence the Dead by Jack Fredrickson 
  • The Ghost Shift by John Gapper
  • Murder by Gravity: The Coffin Quilt [Quilted] by Barbara Graham 
  • Winter at the Door [Lizzie Stone] by Sarah Graves
  • After the Fall [Dr. Laura Nelson] by Patricia Gussin
  • Retribution by David Hagberg
  • Puzzled Indemnity [Puzzle Lady] by Parnell Hall
  • The Carrier [Zailer & Waterhouse] by Sophie Hannah 
  • The Big Seven by Jim Harrison
  • The Abduction of Smith and Smith by Rashad Harrison
  • The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins
  • The Soul of Discretion [Simon Serrailler] by Susan Hill
  • Cold Cold Heart  by Tami Hoag
  • The Reckoning by James Patrick Hunt 
  • Arsenic and Old Books [Cat in the Stacks] by Miranda James
  • Done in One by Grant Jerkins & Jan Thomas
  • The German Agent  by J. Sydney Jones 
  • The Unquiet Dead [Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty] by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • The Sirena Quest by Michael A. Kahn
  • The Curse of the House of Foskett [Gower Street Detective] by M.R.C. Kasasian .
  • Breaking Creed [Ryder Creed] by Alex Kava
  • Saint Odd [Odd Thomas] by Dean Koontz
  • Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz                        
  • Viking Bay [Kay Hamilton] by M.A. Lawson
  • Fear the Darkness [Brigid Quinn] by Becky Masterman
  • Where the Bones Are Buried [Dinah Pelerin] by Jeanne Matthews
  • Show Me the Gold [Phoenix Smith] by Carolyn Mulford 
  • The Body Snatchers Affair [Carpenter & Quincannon] by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
  • Classic Cashes In [Car Detective] by Amy Myers
  • The Ice Queen [Bodenstein & Kirchhoff] by Nele Neuhaus
  • The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Dead Red [Raymond Donne] by Tim O’Mara
  • Private Vegas [Private] by James Patterson & Maxine Pietro
  • A String of Beads [Jane Whitefield] by Thomas Perry
  • Murder [Dr. Bond] by Sarah Pinborough 
  • The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
  • The Fateful Day [Libertus] by Rosemary Rowe 
  • Rising Tide [Emily Harrington] by Patricia Ryan 
  • One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis 
  • The Kings of London [Cathal Breen & Helen Tozer] by William Shaw 
  • Near Enemy [Spadema] by Adam Sternbergh
  • Bred To Kill [Franck Sharko & Lucie Hennebelle] by Franck Thilliez
  • Ostland by David Thomas 
  • The Witch Hunter’s Tale [Bridget Hodgson] by Sam Thomas
  • A Fine Summer’s Day [Ian Rutledge] by Charles Todd
  • A Teeny Taste of Scandal [Teeny Templeton] by Michael Lee West
  • The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe [Anne Marie Laveaud] by Timothy Williams
  • Insatiable Appetites [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods
  • The Swimmer by Joakim Zander 



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Agatha Raisin Comes to British TV


M.C. Beaton's quirkiest snoop is coming to Britain's Sky 1 TV for Christmas. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death stars Ashley Jensen, who American audiences might recognize as the unfortunate wife in Masterpiece Theatre's The Escape Artist. Her voice has also been heard in numerous animated films such as Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo & Juliet, and How to Train Your Dragon.

It will no doubt be a year or two before Beaton fans on this side of the Atlantic will be able to sample Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, at least on DVD. Hopefully this adaptation of M.C. Beaton's popular series will fare better on the screen that the last attempt with the Hamish MacBeth series in the late 1990s. Although an excellent actor, Glaswegian Robert Carlyle wasn't exactly how I pictured the lanky Highlands copper. In any event, we'll keep our eyes peeled for the release of the DVD in America.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Unwrap These New Mysteries

Are you ready for the holidays? In between cyber-shopping and present wrapping, here's a selection
of new mysteries to distract you from the hustle and bustle of December. There are great choices for a variety of tastes and preferences. I am currently reading the pre-pub of Anthony Horowitz's Moriarty. This is the second novel set in the world of Sherlock Holmes following The House of Silk (2011). More on Moriarty in an upcoming post. Meanwhile, let the reading begin!
  • Paying the Ferryman [Naomi Blake] by Jane Adams
  • Perfect Sins [Gabriel Ash & Hazel Best] by Jo Bannister
  • The Doll’s House [Philip Brennan] by Tania Carver 
  • Scorched Eggs [Cackleberry Club] by Laura Childs
  • Blood Rubies [Josie Prescott Antiques] by Jane K. Cleland
  • Enter Pale Death [Joe Sandilands] by Barbara Cleverly
  • Once upon a Grind [Coffeehouse] by Cleo Coyle
  • The Firebird’s Feather by Marjorie Eccles
  • You Know Who Killed Me [Amos Walker] by Loren D. Estleman
  • Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart [Peculiar Crimes Unit] by Christopher Fowler
  • Die Again [Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles] by Tess Gerritsen
  • Deadly Assets [Badge of Honor] by W.E.B. Griffin &
    William E. Butterworth IV
  • The Big Finish [Thorn] by James W. Hall
  • Crimson Angel [Benjamin January] by Barbara Hambly
  • Rain on the Dead [Sean Dillon] by Jack Higgins
  • The Soul of Discretion [Simon Serrailler] by Susan Hill
  • Moriarty [Sherlock Holmes] by Anthony Horowitz
  • Disclosures [Colin Harpur & Desmond Iles] by Bill James
  • Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
  • Swimming in the Shadows by Diane Janes
  • Saint Odd [Odd Thomas] by Dean Koontz 
  • Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin
  • Deeds of Darkness [Home Front Detective] by Edward Marston
  • The Skeleton Road [Karen Pirie] by Val McDermid
  • High Stakes [Jack Doyle] by John McEvoy
  • A Nip of Murder [Moonshine] by Carol Miller
  • Gods of Gold [Tom Harper] by Chris Nickson
  • Kill ’em with Cayenne [Spice Shop] by Gail Oust
  • The Cruiser [Dan Lenson] by David Poyer
  • Suspicion at Seven [Lois Meade] by Ann Purser
  • Fifty Mice  by Daniel Pyne
  • The Wolf and the Lamb [Jerusalem] by Frederick Ramsay
  • Hush  by Karen Robards
  • The Iris Fan [Sano Ichiro by Laura Joh Rowland
  • Asylum City by Liad Shoham
  • The Money Tree Murders [Michael Angel] by Roger Silverwood
  • Family Plot [John Pickett] by Sheri Cobb South
  • Nothing but Lies [Daniel Whelan] by Lyndon Stacey
  • Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey
  • Thief [Robin Monarch] by Mark T. Sullivan
  • The Voices  by Frank Tallis
  • No Fortunate Son [Pike Logan] by Brad Taylor
  • Blue Avenue [Daniel Turner] by Michael Wiley