Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Denmark's Queen of Crime Visits Los Angeles

While you may not be familiar with Denmark's premier crime fiction writer, Sara Blaedel's bestselling books have been discovered by many fans including author Michael Connelly. L.A.'s "King of Crime" has called Blaedel "One of the best I've come across." 

Connelly was at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA last evening to introduce Sara Blaedel to local mystery readers. She is just finishing up her tour to promote the first U.S. translation of her book, The Forgotten Girls. I was delighted to be in the audience for this fascinating conversation between two great crime writers.

Sara, like Connelly, has a background in journalism. She's had a number of careers ranging from restaurant staff to graphic design to her own publishing company where she published Danish translations of American crime fiction. Then in 2004, the first of Blaedel's novels featuring police detective Louise Rick was published and won the Danish Crime Academy's debut prize.

The Forgotten Girls is the seventh in the Louise Rick series, but only four have been translated into English. However, Ms, Blaedel shared with the audience that The Forgotten Girls is the first of a trilogy arc (the next will be out this time next year), so it is not a problem to jump into the series with this one.

Here'a a synopsis of the book from Blaedel's website:

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing to the media. An older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like other children in the institution. was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." After four days, Louise Rick--the new commander of the Missing Persons Department--is still without answers. But when she releases a photo she discovers something disturbing. Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

Sara Blaedel lives near Copenhagen with her family. When she's not busy writing compelling crime novels, she is an ambassador with Save the Children and serves on the jury of a documentary film competition.

Looking for a good read? Check out The Forgotten Girls.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Partners in Crime

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us.While you're getting ready to celebrate the Day of Love, grab a cup of cocoa or glass of wine, and a lovely box of chocolates. Curl up by the fire (or the pool if you're in L.A.!) and enjoy a tale of love and crime. This selection of crime-solving duos should get you started.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

More on Amazon Studio's Bosch

Don't take Aunt Agatha's word on how great Amazon Studio's Bosch is -- check out Dominic Patten's video review on  Deadline Hollywood.

Bosch is based on Michael Connelly's book series. All ten episodes of the series will begin streaming on February 13 on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the USA, the UK, and Germany.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BOSCH starts streaming February 13

I have been a big fan of Michael Connelly since his book Concrete Blonde was released in 1994. Nearly every year, I would attend one of his book signings to hear him discuss his work and get my signed copy.

A marvelous little mystery book store in Thousand Oaks, California hosted each of Michael's book releases. Unfortunately, Mysteries to Die For is no longer in operation. For the first few years, people packed into this tiny store, but as time went on and Michael's popularity grew, the booksignings had to move out into the parking lot.

One of the things I most enjoy in a Connelly book is his attention to location. Angelenos will recognize places in the area where the plot takes all those fascinating characters. Readers elsewhere will get a taste of the real flavor of Los Angeles.

So it was a real treat when the pilot of Bosch premiered on Amazon last year and then the show was picked up for 10 episodes. The series will start streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US & UK on February 13, 2015. Check out the Bosch page on Michael Connelly's website for premiere dates in other locations. An updated version of the Bosch pilot is currently available on Amazon.

Here's the official trailer for the series.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Love Mysteries? Here are the newest releases

What's new for February? Check these out:
  • The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Cognac Conspiracies [Winemaker Detective] by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen
  • Mightier Than the Sword [Clifton Chronicles] by Jeffrey Archer
  • The Missing One  by Lucy Atkins
  • The Lies that Bind [Maeve Conlan] by Maggie Barbieri
  • Death of a Liar [Hamish Macbeth] by M.C. Beaton
  • Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse by Mike Befeler
  • Twelve Days [John Wells] by Alex Berenson
  • The Burning Gates [Makana] by Parker Bilal
  • The Forgotten Girls [Louise Rick & Camilla Lind] by Sara Blaedel
  • The Whites by Harry Brandt
  • Dreamless [Odd Singsaker] by Jørgen Brekke
  • A Woman Unknown [Kate Shackleton] by Frances Brody
  • Bet Your Life [Jess Tennant] [YA] by Jane Casey
  • Among Thieves by John Clarkson
  • The Root of All Evil [Michele Balistreri] by Roberto Costantini
  • The Dead Assassin [Doyle’s Paranormal Casebooks] by Vaughn Entwistle
  • Darned If You Do [Needlecraft] by Monica Ferris
  • Running with Wild Blood [Moriah Dru & Richard Lake] by Gerrie Ferris Finger
  • A Murder of Magpies [Samantha Clair] by Judith Flanders
  • The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman
  • Crash & Burn  by Lisa Gardner
  • The Lost Treasures of R&B [D Hunter] by Nelson George
  • Last Days of the Condor [Condor] by James Grady
  • A Necessary End [Inspector Percy Peach] by J.M. Gregson
  • A Price for Everything [Konrad Simonsen] by Lotte & Søren Hammer
  • Phantom Angel [Benji Golden] by David Handler
  • Condemned to Death [Burren] by Cora Harrison
  • Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
  • Pardon the Ravens by Alan Hruska
  • In the Woods [Harper Jennings] by Merry Jones
  • Doctor Death [Madeleine Karno] by Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos
  • Motive [Alex Delaware] by Jonathan Kellerman
  • At Death’s Window [Peter Shaw & George Valentine] by Jim Kelly
  • Dreaming Spies [Mary Russell] by Laurie R. King
  • No Mercy by Roberta Kray
  • Sweet Nothing [SS] by Richard Lange
  • Hush, Hush [Tess Monaghan] by Laura Lippman
  • Monday’s Lie  by Jamie Mason
  • The Chessmen [Lewis Trilogy] by Peter May
  • The Life I Left Behind  by Colette McBeth
  • The Cat, the Devil, and the Last Escape [Cat & Devil]
    by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • The Replacements by [Bruno Johnson] by David Putnam
  • The Damned by Andrew Pyper
  • The Winter Foundlings [Alice Quentin] by Kate Rhodes
  • Obsession in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • Satan’s Lullaby [Medieval] by Priscilla Royal
  • Lamentation [Matthew Shardlake] by C.J. Sansom
  • Long Way Down [Jason Stafford] by Michael Sears
  • The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour
  • The Striver  by Stephen Solomita
  • The First Wife by Erica Spindler
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
  • Canary by Duane Swierczynski
  • Just You Wait [Grace Street] by Jane Tesh
  • Can’t Find My Way Home by Carlene Thompson 
  • The Beige Man [Irene Huss] by Helene Tursten
  • Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger
  • Teaser [Corey Logan] by Burt Weissbourd
  • Someone To Watch Over Me [Thóra Gudmundsdottir]
    by Yrsa Sigurdardottir 
  • The Swimmer by Joakim Zander 
  • 21 Huntington Court [Hallie Marsh] by Merla Zellerbach