Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Cozies of Christmas: Rosemary and Thyme

As part of Spyglass Lane Mysteries' "12 Cozies of Christmas" campaign, here is a special guest post from cozy mystery author Candice Speare Prentice. Take it away, Candice!

I love a good murder mystery, but I don’t like gushing blood, raunchy language, and random naked body parts—dead or alive. For instance, I’ve never watched Silence of the Lambs. When it first came out on VCR years ago, my family rented it. After the first ten minutes, I left the room. Please understand that this isn’t criticism of people who loved that movie; it’s about my sensitivity. Television shows and movies live second lives as reruns in my brain—especially the vivid, gory ones.

That’s why I enjoy a good cozy mystery. I like to write them, I like to read them, and I like to watch them. They give me the satisfaction of a good murder mystery without gory, in-your-face violence. They also provide a bit of psychological thrill without weirdness.

(If you like cozy mysteries, check out the 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas eBook Giveaway below.)

Recently I discovered a BBC cozy mystery series through Netflix titled Rosemary and Thyme. Yes, I’m behind the times. The show ran from 2003 to 2007. The main characters are middle-aged gardening sleuths Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. Rosemary, who is single, lost her job as a plant pathologist and lecturer at a college. Laura was a former police constable whose cheating husband recently asked for a divorce. Their joint gardening business gives them exposure to plenty of opportunities for mayhem to occur. Their friendship is realistic. The scenery is amazing. And I’m even learning a few things about plants.

Unfortunately the series was short-running, only 22 episodes. But I’m savoring each show, usually during my afternoon break while I have a cup of coffee. It makes me feel...cozy.

There are two ways to enter the 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas eBook Giveaway
  1. Create a Pinterest Pinboard entitled "My 12 Cozies of Christmas." Fill it with 12 Spyglass Lane titles that either you want to read, or have already read and love! Be sure to use the #12CoziesofChristmas hashtag in the description of each pinned book cover. One pinboard will automatically enter you in each daily drawing! 
  2. Tweet about Spyglass Lane mysteries. Simply Tweet about the giveaway or one of your favorite Spyglass Lane Mysteries or authors and include the #12CoziesofChristmas hashtag along with the www.spyglasslanemysteries.com link. You may Tweet as many times as you want each day! Only Tweets sent out the day of the giveaway will be considered for that day’s drawing. Follow us on the Spyglass Lane blog, Twitter @SpyglassMystery or Facebook for the latest info on the 12 Cozies of Christmas giveaway! Each day, we’ll reveal which Spyglass Lane cozy mystery we’ll be giving away.

Related links:
Cozy Mysteries under a dollar!
TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Win a cozy mystery: 12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas Ebook Giveaway!

Nursing a Grudge (The Earl Walker Mysteries) Starting today, Spyglass Lane Mysteries is giving away one cozy mystery each day for the next twelve days! I'm honored to discover that today's giveaway is my own whodunit, Nursing a Grudge, the first volume in the Earl Walker Mysteries. You can find details on how to enter here:
12 Cozy Mysteries of Christmas Ebook Giveaway!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Fixed link: You could win a 5-pack of Steven James thrillers

I posted this item yesterday but there was an error with the link...so here is the updated version with the correct link:

For the next few days, we're running a contest where the winner gets a five-pack of thrillers written by Steven James, starring his FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers. Just go here to get your name in the hat -- the final day to enter is Dec 12, 2012. Good luck!

Just to be safe: The contest link is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Well/161973267192678?sk=app_228910107186452

Related links:
Complete PATRICK BOWERS by Steven James
STEVEN JAMES: Make Things Worse
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

FIRST SHOT and DIGGING UP CLUES

Monday, October 01, 2012

Charade (1963) Opening Titles

In a few days, newsletter subscribers will receive details about our fall giveaway: A 'Charade' prize pack that includes the classic 1963 comedy thriller on DVD, a digital copy of the film, and a CD of the original score by Henry Mancini. NOTE: Today (October 1, 2012) is the last day to sign up for the newsletter and make sure you get the details first!

Charade (1963) Opening Titles


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! Deadline to sign up is October 1, 2012!

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Henry Mancini - Latin Snowfall

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, we've been running clips from the movie the past few weeks. This week, here's a piece from the motion picture score composed by the great Henry Mancini.

Henry Mancini - Latin Snowfall


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFTS TO YOU!
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Monday, September 17, 2012

"Is that why you dragged me all the way up here—to ask me that?"

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, here's another clip from the movie: Peter (Cary Grant) and the hook-handed Scobie (George Kennedy) duke it out on the rooftop of the American Express building!

Charade (6/10) Movie CLIP - Rooftop Fight (1963) HD


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFTS TO YOU!
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Monday, September 10, 2012

"Don't trust him. He's after the money."

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, here's another clip from the film: Regina (Audrey Hepburn) confides in Peter (Cary Grant)—and then receives a phone call warning her not to trust him.

Charade (5/10) Movie CLIP - Who Can You Trust? (1963) HD


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFTS TO YOU!
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Friday, September 07, 2012

Avengers Parodies: 5 for Friday (Sep 7, 2012)

With Marvel's The Avengers coming to DVD and Blu-ray in September, we thought it would be a good time to check out some of the fun parodies on YouTube—and these five are definitely worth checking out. The playlist below includes remakes with action figures, movie trailer mashups, and Nick Fury making cameo appearances in completely different movies.

CLICK TO WATCH!


FEATURED VIDEOS:

Marvel Legends The Avengers Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1aXoemMSFc&feature=share&list=PL938948B284EA284B

Nick Fury in Other Movies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7vIP_SYezE&feature=share&list=PL938948B284EA284B

The Avengers Hangover Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF-PLhdgAs8&feature=share&list=PL938948B284EA284B

The Avengers Trailer - sweded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aLgdMz0p5Y&feature=share&list=PL938948B284EA284B

Justice League Trailer (Avengers Style) Parody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyNXnuHNF8k&feature=share&list=PL938948B284EA284B

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Monday, September 03, 2012

"I don't bite, you know. Unless it's called for."

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, here's another clip from the movie: When Regina (Audrey Hepburn) is attacked in her room by a one-armed man (George Kennedy), Peter (Cary Grant) chases him off.

Charade (4/10) Movie CLIP - Herman Attacks (1963) HD


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFTS TO YOU!
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Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Great Videos with Count Von Count

This week's episode of "Five for Friday" pays tribute to Muppeteer Jerry Nelson (1934-2012), who passed away last week. Nelson voiced and/or worked several notable characters for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fragglerock. One of Nelson's great characters was Count Von Count—so I'm also including five memorable appearances of the Count below. Enjoy!

Remembering Muppeteer Jerry Nelson (1934-2012)
5 for Friday #002


Bonus Videos:

1. Sesame Street - The Count counts Ernies Blocks
The Count's 1972 debut on Sesame Street!


2. Sesame Street: Kermit Reports News On Three Little Pigs


3. Sesame Street: Cookie Monster And Count Cooperate


4. Classic Sesame Street - The Count and Harry Belafonte


5. Sesame Street - Count Up To Nine


Related links:
Jerry Nelson dies at 78; puppeteer voiced Count von Count (Los Angeles Times)
Remembering Jerry Nelson, voice of Count Von Count (CBS News)
Jerry Nelson, voice of Count von Count on ‘Sesame Street,’ dead at age 78 (NY Daily News)
Jerry Nelson Dead: Count von Count Of 'Sesame Street' Dies At Age 78 (Huff Post)
Jerry Nelson (Muppet Wiki)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mustard and Ketchup in "Double Date"

StudioWell Presents Mustard and Ketchup in "Double Date": Mustard and Ketchup discuss their plans to take the Cabbage Sisters out for a night on the town.

Monday, August 27, 2012

"It could get a whole lot worse, you know."

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, here's another clip from the film: Tex (James Coburn) corners Regina (Audrey Hepburn) in a phone booth and demands she get him what he wants—or else.

Charade (3/10) Movie CLIP - Tex Threatens Regina (1963) HD


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFT TO YOU!
Get a free copy of First Shot: 10 Stories when you sign up for my author newsletter! This collection of short fiction includes bonus excerpts from two of my novels. (I promise you'll only hear from me every three months or so.) Free download available for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and more. Sign up now!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Philip Marlowe, ReelSEO, Kindle Fire: 5 For Friday #001

Watch the first episode of a new video format I'm trying out: "5 for Friday," in which I plan to offer assorted rants, recommendations, and random notes. The first installment includes a (brief) rant about Philip Marlowe, a recommendation of ReelSEO, a recommendation of the Kindle Fire, and then a couple of personal news items. Let me know what you think!



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Featured in the video:

► TOO GOOD TO BE TRUMAN
You Never Had Money Trouble Like This
http://studiowell.com/Truman-Files

► John Banville to Revive Raymond Chandler's Detective
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/john-banville-to-revive-classic-raymond-chandler-detective_b55615

► ReelSEO
Your Guide to Business Video Online
http://www.reelseo.com

► FamilyFiction Weekly
Your Source for Christian Fiction News
http://www.familyfiction.com/newsletter-weekly

► Kindle Fire
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/dp/B0051VVOB2

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Monday, August 20, 2012

"Don't ask me, I'm only the widow."

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, here's another clip from the movie: At her husband's funeral, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) witnesses a variety of strange characters paying "respects"—and receives a letter from the CIA.

Charade (2/10) Movie CLIP - Mr. Lampert's Funeral (1963) HD


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFT TO YOU!
Get a free copy of First Shot: 10 Stories when you sign up for my author newsletter! This collection of short fiction includes bonus excerpts from two of my novels. (I promise you'll only hear from me every three months or so.) Free download available for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and more. Sign up now!

Monday, August 13, 2012

"Shakespeare never said that! It's terrible. You just made it up."

Counting down to our drawing to give away a 'Charade' prize pack, we'll be running clips from the movie the next several weeks. Here's the classic meeting between Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) and Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn).

Charade (1/10) Movie CLIP - When Strangers Meet (1963) HD


Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. The film is supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFT TO YOU!
Get a free copy of First Shot: 10 Stories when you sign up for my author newsletter! This collection of short fiction includes bonus excerpts from two of my novels. (I promise you'll only hear from me every three months or so.) Free download available for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and more. Sign up now!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Win 'Charade' starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, plus the score by Henry Mancini

Here's the deal: I love the movie Charade. I watched it for the first time as a kid and I've watched it a dozen times over the years. And I still love it. It's exciting, it's funny, it's romantic—and it's got more twists and turns than a film by M. Night Shyamalan. And that music! What a great film.

In the Fall 2012 issue of my author newsletter, which goes to subscribers sometime in October, we'll include details on how you can win a Charade prize pack! The prize includes:

* A DVD of the 1963 film starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
* A digital copy of the film
* A CD copy of the original score by Henry Mancini

About the movie
When a woman's husband is murdered, a handsome stranger offers to help her find a fortune in stolen gold. But with a CIA administrator needling her and three crooks who will stop at nothing to get to the gold first, who can she really trust?

Charade is a stylish romantic-comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen. The cast includes Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass. Supported by a classic motion picture score by Henry Mancini.


HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch for details in the Fall 2012 issue! (Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2012.)

PLUS: Everyone who signs up gets this exclusive eBook! (Details below.)

MY GIFTS TO YOU!
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Monday, July 02, 2012

Old Time Radio: MYSTERY IN THE AIR: "Beyond Good and Evil" (Aug 1947)

In the summer of 1947, screen legend Peter Lorre starred in the radio drama series Murder in the Air, an anthology that adapted classic tales of crime and horror from such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Theodore Sturgeon, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. In "Beyond Good and Evil," from the story by Ben Hecht, an escaped convict murders a minister and assumes his identity.

Mystery In the Air: Beyond Good and Evil Part One


Mystery In the Air: Beyond Good and Evil Part Two


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Related links:
Old Time Radio: SUSPENSE "The Lodger" (July 1940)
Radio Horror Hosts: Mystery In The Air - 1947
Suspense - Beyond Good and Evil (Escape and Suspense)
The Mystery In The Air Radio Program Definitive Log (Digital Deli)
Mystery In The Air (All OTR)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Everybody's a Suspect Mysteries by Cecil Murphey

Neither Psychologist Julie West nor Pastor James Burton fancies themselves detectives—amateur or otherwise—until one after another of their mutual acquaintances are found murdered! Written by by Cecil Murphey:

Everybody Loved Roger Harden
Psychologist Julie West and Pastor James Burton always seem to find themselves at the wrong place and the wrong time-together. They first meet at a dinner party on Palm Island, off the Georgia coast, at the home of a wealthy philanthropist. Both West and Burton thought Everybody Loved Roger Harden. Until they discover he's been murdered...
* Buy for Kindle
* Buy for Nook
* Buy from Smashwords

Everybody Wanted Room 623
Just as romance develops between the unlikely head-versus-heart duo, the body of a second mutual acquaintance is found, murdered, on the floor of room 623 in the prestigious Cartledge Inn. Would Everybody Want Room 623 if they knew a murder had just occurred there?
* Buy for Kindle
* Buy for Nook
* Buy from Smashwords

Everybody Called Her a Saint
Then, while on an Antarctic cruise, the warmth of romance turns to ice against the undertow of Burton's deep, dark secrets. Can these Georgia residents-turned-amateur-sleuths set their chilly feelings aside long enough to solve yet another murder of a beloved mutual friend whom Everybody Called a Saint?
* Buy for Kindle
* Buy for Nook
* Buy from Smashwords

Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

More amateur sleuths:
EARL WALKER MYSTERIES: More Earl, More Formats
Misadventures of Miss Aggie Mysteries by Frances Devine
PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries) by Susan Sleeman
RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink
Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell
CASEY ALEXANDER by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery
TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice
KAREN MAXWELL by K.D. Hays
EMILY GRAY (Mainely Mysteries) by Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis
BAILEY WALKER by Anita Higman
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Two Sides of Donald Westlake

An assortment of crime writers and collaborators share their thoughts on the legacy of the late Donald Westlake (1933-2008), who pulled off the nifty trick of writing crime fiction that was funny (Dortmunder series) and crime fiction that was dark (Parker series, under the pen name Richard Stark)—and being great at all of it.

"They're a university course in how to write a well-plotted, fast-moving novel," notes Otto Penzler, publisher for Mysterious Press, which has been reissuing Westlake's classic Dormunder crime comedies to eBook.



Related links:
Donald Westlake's posthumous crime novel The Comedy Is Finished (PW)
The Complete DORTMUNDER by Donald Westlake (1970)
The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark (1962)
Donald Westlake: Gone, Not Forgotten
Donald Westlake 1933-2008

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

5 stars for TOO GOOD TO BE TRUMAN

The first batch of Amazon reviews are in for my crime comedy Too Good to be Truman, and all 13 reviewers gave the book five stars! Click through to read them in their entirety.

"Too Good to be Truman is one of those funny, can't-put-it-down books that will leave you laughing and wondering where it will go next."—jpeterson

"I have found a new author! Too Good To Be Truman captures you with the first couple pages."—M. E. McFadden

"I couldn't stop laughing."—James A. Nichols

"I read this book in less than two days and loved it!"—Becca

"Give Too Good to Be Truman a try. You'll be glad that you did."—Lilibet King

"I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves sharp storytelling, fresh dialogue, and clever plot-twists! You will not be disappointed!"—T. Thompson

"Truman is one funny guy! Can't wait for Truman's next adventure."—Suzette Lutcher

"A lot of humor and twists and turns."—LaTawnia Kintz

"Ridiculously funny."—Paula S.

"Truman is one of those characters that grow on you and before you know it you like him but don't want to admit it."—Jan

"I definitely want to read this author's next book."—Graham L. Shaw

"A rollicking, hilarious adventure that reminded me of my favorite Dave Barry novels, with a little twist of Elmore Leonard."—Paul A. Rose Jr.

"I've already read this through twice, it was that good."—San Salsbury

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER!


Too Good to be Truman is crime comedy for fans of Gregory Mcdonald (Fletch), Donald Westlake (Dortmunder series), Oliver Bleeck (Philip St. Ives series), Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty), Carl Hiaasen (Nature Girl), Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar series), and Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series).

Reviews for my previous fiction:

"Well's clever dialogue will leave readers in stitches."—Publishers Weekly

"Well serves up brisk dialogue."—Booklist (American Library Association)

"Filled with humor, the plot provides a great deal of food for thought while keeping the reader captivated."—Romantic Times Book Reviews

Buy TOO GOOD TO BE TRUMAN today!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Old Time Radio: PHILO VANCE "The Poetic Murder Case" (Aug 1948)

Erudite amateur sleuth Philo Vance, created by mystery writer S. S. Van Dine, originally appeared in twelve novels published in the 1920s and 1930s. In his heyday, the metropolitan detective was also portrayed in films (by William Powell and Basil Rathbone, among others) and on the radio. In fact there were three different Philo Vance radio drama series—"The Poetic Murder Case" comes from the third series (1948-50), which starred Jackson Beck as the title detective, and Joan Alexander as his girl Friday, Ellen Deering.

Philo Vance: The Poetic Murder Case Part One


Philo Vance: The Poetic Murder Case Part Two


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Related links:
Complete PHILO VANCE by S.S. Van Dine
The Definitive Philo Vance Radio Log (Digital Deli)
Philo Vance | My old time radio shows (My Old Radio)
Philo Vance – Aristocrat Snob Detective for old time radio listeners (Old Radio Shows.org)
Philo Vance | Old Time Radio (Old Time Radio Catalog)
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spyglass Lane Mysteries Twitter Party

Tonight, several of the authors from Spyglass Lane Mysteries are holding a party on Twitter: "Spyglass Lane Mysteries for those who love detective work from the safety of their armchair. We’re the authors behind a great line-up of cozy mysteries that we’d like to share with you tonight! There are tons of fun prizes being given away. Join us for great conversation and loads of giveaways." #SpyglassMysteries

The event takes place June 15 from 6-8:15PM Eastern. More details at the publisher's website.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Old Time Radio: SUSPENSE "The Lodger" (July 1940)

I recently discovered a batch of old time radio dramas on YouTube—which means I can embed them in the blog here for your listening pleasure. One of the premier drama series of the Golden Age of Radio, CBS Radio's Suspense was broadcast from 1942-1962. The pilot episode, created June 1940, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock—who adapted Marie Belloc Lowndes' novel The Lodger, a story the director had filmed in 1926. Here is the radio drama version, in three parts:

Suspense: The Lodger Part One


Suspense: The Lodger Part Two


Suspense: The Lodger Part Three


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Related links:
Chris Well's Thrillercast: "Don't Fall For That Trick"
The sound of murder: Mystery fiction podcasts
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
Sunday movie: SECRET AGENT (1936)
Thrill of it All updates on Facebook

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Earl, More Formats

The books in the Earl Walker mystery series continue to trickle their way through the eBook sphere, and are now in a few formats:

Nursing a Grudge (The Earl Walker Mysteries)NURSING A GRUDGE (Earl Walker Mysteries #1)
What's the worst that could happen?
With the nursing home about to close for good, can grumpy old man Earl Walker find a killer—and figure out his relationship with his new lady friend—before all the suspects move away? "I love how Well know when to be serious and when to lighten the situation just a notch. His timing is perfect."—The Christian Manifesto
BUY NOW - only 99-cents!
Amazon
Kobo
Smashwords (multiple formats)

Burying the Hatchet (The Earl Walker Mysteries)
BURYING THE HATCHET (Earl Walker Mysteries #2)
It's an impossible crime!
When two men walk into a room and only one comes alive, can Earl prove his pastor was inexplicably framed—or is it time to start looking for a new church? "Chris Well just shot to one of the top spots in my mystery writers list."—Carole Brown
BUY NOW - only 99-cents!
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Apple
Kobo
Smashwords (multiple formats)

KNOCKING 'EM DEAD (Earl Walker Mysteries #3)
Is it curtains for Earl and Gloria?
When Earl's darkest secret comes to light, it threatens to derail his wedding plans—can Earl hook a killer before the final curtain call?
BUY NOW - only 99-cents!
Amazon
Kobo
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Misadventures of Miss Aggie Mysteries by Frances Devine

Complete list of cozy mysteries in the "Misadventures of Miss Aggie" series. Written by Frances Devine:

Miss Aggie's Gone Missing
On a cold morning in January, the Cedar Chapel Bank was robbed -- and that same afternoon, Aggie Pennington-Brown is declared missing. As secrets and long-lost loves begin to surface from the missing woman’s past, a horrible possibility arises...
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Miss Aggie Cries Murder
Oh, no, Miss Aggie—not again! Victoria and her friends encounter danger as they search the tunnels of Pennington House for a link to a murder and Miss Aggie’s second mysterious disappearance.
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Rest in Peace, Miss Aggie
When the local pet store owner is found dead, the coroner deems it due to a fall. But Victoria, Benjamin, and the residents of Cedar Chapel Lodge think it’s murder. Then their friend Miss Aggie disappears—leaving her blood-stained clothing behind.
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Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More amateur sleuths:
EARL WALKER by Chris Well
PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries) by Susan Sleeman
RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink
Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell
CASEY ALEXANDER by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery
TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice
KAREN MAXWELL by K.D. Hays
EMILY GRAY (Mainely Mysteries) by Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis
BAILEY WALKER by Anita Higman
SUMMER MEADOWS by Cynthia Hickey
ANNIE PETERSON (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries) by Janice Hanna
IVY MALONE by Lorena McCourtney
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Forgiving Solomon Long: Director's Cut

My very first novel was Forgiving Solomon Long, which could be described as The Replacement Killers meets King Lear. Back when I was working with my original publisher, the content editor mistakenly thought the book was supposed to be a mystery—and pressured me to remove a crucial piece of information from the book.

As a result, more than one scene that had been written to be suspenseful...wasn't. Because you had no idea that these people were in danger. On top of which, some reviewers also complained that a particular character just dropped out of the book without explanation—but, of course, the "missing" information explained (well, implied) what happened.

All of which is to say, I am in the process of proofing Forgiving Solomon Long for its eBook debut...and I am taking the opportunity to replace a chapter that had been deleted, and to replace some missing information in another chapter.

These aren't enormous changes to the overall book—this is not Greedo shooting first. But it makes the book a better read. Maybe now I can just get on with my life.

Watch for the all-new eBook editions of my Kansas City crime series Forgiving Solomon Long, Deliver Us From Evelyn, and Kingdom Come.*

*(Yes, I changed the title of the third book. But that is a story for another day.)

PS—The new cover above features an illustration by Erica Well and cover design by Allie Krukowski.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Free eBook: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUMAN

In a couple weeks, folks who receive my author newsletter will get a free eBook copy of the brand-new crime comedy TOO GOOD TO BE TRUMAN. Here are the details:

When unemployed crime reporter Harry Truman gets a note from a local mission thanking him for his generous contribution—to the tune of a half million dollars—he's reasonably certain he had nothing to do with it. But then the IRS comes banging on his door, followed quickly by the FBI, and some very nasty men, and soon Truman knows he's got to figure out who stuck him with this halo if he doesn't want to get fitted with prison stripes—or a harp and wings...

FOR READERS WHO LIKE: Gregory Mcdonald (Fletch), Oliver Bleeck (Philip St. Ives series), Donald Westlake (Dortmunder series), Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty), Carl Hiaasen (Nature Girl), and Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar series)

HOW TO GET THIS BOOK FREE: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch in May for the Spring 2012 issue! There will be a link to a secret page for a download for multiple e-readers—including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad, Sony Reader, and many more. (And this is on top of the free book you get for signing up in the first place.)

UPDATE: Last day to sign up for the free eBook is May 11! Planning to send out the newsletter shortly after. (Shooting for May 14.) This is a limited offer, so sign up today!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Complete CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett

We've moved this whole article—and added new content—over to my detective fiction blog The Thrill of it All at its new home. I've got info about author Dashiell Hammett, the real-life detective experience he brought to the character, and how the series broke new ground for detective fiction. And—oh, yeah—a list of all the books. Go check it out here. (Available July 22, 2013.)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Please Take This Book

I've got some good news and some bad news.

First the good news: I want to give you a free novel! I'm putting the finishing touches on my latest book, which is the start of an all-new crime comedy series. (It's still a secret, which is why the "book cover" to your right is actually blank.)

If you want this novel free—even before it's available for sale!—subscribe to my author email newsletter and watch in May for the Spring 2012 issue. That issue will include a link to a secret web page where I will have posted this brand-new novel in multiple eBook formats. (This bonus book is on top of the free eBook you already get for signing up in the first place!)

Now the bad news: Our audiobook series is on hiatus. Frankly, there've just been too many demands on my time the past few weeks, and something had to give. If I expect to have seven books available for e-readers this summer, I've got to be choosier about my commitments. Audiobook fans, take heart—I do plan to finish the series. If you want to read the story right now, it's available in my free book First Shot: Crime and Mystery Stories.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Spyglass Lane Mysteries: 5 Detectives Who Solve Impossible Crimes

Once again, our "5 For Friday" is a guest post I wrote for Spyglass Lane Mysteries. My mystery Burying the Hatchet, starring grumpy old amateur sleuth Earl Walker, involves an impossible crime—so I offer examples of some other great detectives who've solved locked room mysteries, unbreakable alibis, and other impossible crimes. The list includes cases from Adrian Monk, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Hercule Poirot, and Dr. Gideon Fell—and also shares the title of the Best Locked Room Mystery of All Time. Read it here: Mission Improbable: 5 Detectives Who Solve Impossible Crimes

Related link: Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

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Previously:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries: 5 Senior Sleuths
5 TV Stars Who Sang Their Own Theme Song
5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories: Mannix, Monk
5 Crime Stories on '60s Sitcoms 
Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV

Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction

SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.