Wednesday, February 29, 2012

RIP Davy Jones (1945-2012) of The Monkees

News has come that Davy Jones of '60s pop sensation The Monkees has passed away at the age of 66. He suffered a heart attack.

When I was in the fifth grade, my classmates and I discovered The Monkees through the miracle of television reruns. So it was only natural a few of us would start a tribute band -- cleverly named "The Monkees II." Our one and only public performance, at the school's fifth grade talent show, was a spectacular disaster.

Farewell, Davy. You will be missed.

Monkees - Someday Man


THE MONKEES - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (1967) - excerpt from the TV show


The Monkees - Valleri


Davy Jones - I Wanna Be Free (live)


Don Coldsmith on Nero Wolfe: DEATH OF A DUDE

When the Nero Wolfe mysteries were reprinted in the 1990s as The Rex Stout Library, they included brand-new introductions from modern mystery and suspense authors -- including Carolyn G. Hart, Robert B. Parker, Jonathan Kellerman, Diane Mott Davidson, Loren D. Estleman, Susan Conant, and Dean Koontz.

Nero Wolfe's 1969 mystery Death of a Dude was repackaged in 1995 with a new introduction by western author Don Coldsmith (1926-2009):
"I used to feel sorry for Archie because he's frequently criticized and put down by his employer. But he's not really a second-class character. He's doing what he wants to do. He's not a yes-man. He argues, resents his employer sometimes, but basically loves his job. And after all, he gets to tell the story, like Sherlock Holmes's Dr. Watson. Archie is possibly a stronger character than Watson, though, in my humble opinion."
Buy Death of a Dude online:
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Related links:
Complete NERO WOLFE and ARCHIE GOODWIN by Rex Stout
Death of a Dude (Wolfe Pack -- Official Site of the Nero Wolfe Society)
Book Review: Please Death of a Dude (The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio)
Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin (Thrilling Detective)
Nero Wolfe: Death of a Dude (Nero-Wolfe.us)
Section 1. Death of a Dude: Rex Stout's Writing Log, Character Outline (Wolfe Pack Scrapbook)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Crime Fiction News (Feb 25): Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors

Judging from the explosion of blog visits this week, the two most powerful words in SEO (search engine optimization) are "Free" and "Batman." Apparently, I'll have to find more excuses to work those two words into my blog entries in the future. Meanwhile, there was other news in crime fiction this week—including bits about Sara Paretsky, a celebration of Jewish mystery writers, Elmore Leonard, and the late Donald Westlake.

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Will J.K. Rowling net wizard profits from switch to crime? (CNN)
02 Malice Nominees, Dagger Winner (Mystery Scene)
03 What is Too Political for Fun? (Sara Paretsky)
04 Celebration of Jewish Mystery Authors: March 4 (Mystery Fanfare)
05 Donald Westlake's posthumous crime novel The Comedy Is Finished (PW)
06 JLE Legal Fiction Contest (Southwestern Law School)
07 Behind the Scenes of Justified (Elmore Leonard)
08 First ever detective novel back in print after 150 years (The Guardian)
09 Crime Beat: Is crime fiction redundant? (Books Live)
10 White-collar crime novel drawn straight from author’s reality (Taipei Times)
11 Eliminating Unnecessary Plot Complications (Mystery Writing is Murder)
12 New in crime fiction: The latest mysteries and thrillers (Globe and Mail)
13 Newlywed Detectives Dredge Up The Thames' Secrets (NPR)
14 Era of pulp fiction will be back: Ved Prakash Sharma, Meerut publisher (Economic Times - India)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 20 (new entries in bold)
01 Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
02 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
03 Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV
04 Amateur sleuth RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink
05 The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark
06 Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!
07 Countdown to Chris Well's Thrill of it All podcast: Two Weeks!
08 Complete TRACY EATON by Kris Neri
09 Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell
10 Free eBook! First Shot: Ten Stories
11 Complete MEG LANGSLOW by Donna Andrews
12 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Faye Kellerman
13 Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling
14 Complete BERNIE RHODENBARR (Burglar) by Lawrence Block
15 Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson
16 Complete U.S. MARSHAL KAREN SISCO (Out of Sight) by Elmore Leonard
17 Complete GOLDY SCHULZ by Diane Mott Davidson
18 Complete CHIEF INSPECTOR WEXFORD by Ruth Rendell
19 Complete HAMISH MACBETH by M.C. Beaton
20 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Friday, February 24, 2012

Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV

This a completely biased list of five of the best fight scenes I ever saw on TV or DVD. If you got something to add, post a comment below!

01. Angel
Angel vs. Marcus Hamilton
("Not Fade Away," 5/19/04)
Actually, there were lots of great fight scenes on Angel—a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which itself had a lot of great fight scenes. Buy Angel: Season Five on DVD

02. Department S
Stewart Sullivan and Jason King vs. henchman
("The Pied Piper of Hambledown," 3/30/69)
I only discovered this '60s British spy-fi series fairly recently, and now it's one of my favorites. This fight isn't just brilliantly-choreographed, it demonstrates how cool Jason King is even when he loses.

03. Six Million Dollar Man
Steve Austin vs. The Robot
("Day of the Robot," 2/8/74)
This early episode of the Six Million Dollar Man starred John Saxon as Steve's old friend Major Frederick Sloan, who is replaced by a lookalike robot. When the switch is discovered, it leads to full on, slo-mo, bionics-on-robot action. The moment where Steve knocks off the robot's face, revealing the wires inside, is classic. (And a precursor to those great Fembot episodes coming up on both Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman.) Buy the Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1 on DVD

Steve fighting a robot, his friend


04. Star Trek
Kirk vs. Spock
("Amok Time," 9/15/67)
One of the most iconic sci-fi fights of all time. Two men go into the ring, but only one comes out alive... Buy Star Trek: Season Two on DVD

Star Trek: Kirk & Spock Fight to the Death


05. It Takes a Thief
Robert Wagner vs. Bill Bixby
("To Steal a Battleship," 3/26/68)
Pro thief-turned-government agent Al Mundy (Robert Wagner) is assigned to recover NATO defense plans, and runs into an old rival thief, played by Bill Bixby. The fight scene is zowie, with two TV icons throwing punches, topped off with gorgeous Janis Hansen just sitting and watching while she eats an apple. Buy It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series on DVD

BONUS: Justice League Unlimited 
Task Force X vs. Shining Knight, Vigilante, and Atom Smasher
("Task Force X," 5/21/2005)
This stand-out episode of Justice League Unlimited plays out like a caper movie, as the members of Task Force X—super villains forced into government work or face the death penalty—sneak onto the JL satellite to steal a magical suit of armor. They are careful to avoid all the big guns—Superman, Green Lantern, etc—but  run into three also-ran superheroes who just happen to be passing by: Shining Knight, Vigilante, and Atom Smasher. One of the most brilliantly thought-out fight scenes in an American cartoon. Buy Justice League Unlimited: Season One on DVD

Task Force X 2/3


Related links:
Mystery TV Themes: SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF
TV Themes: DEPARTMENT S (1969) / JASON KING (1971)
1960s Batman - Fight scene - YouTube
Original Batman Clips (fight scenes) (YouTube)
'Nikita' star 'enjoys fight scenes' - Nikita News - TV - Digital Spy
Steven Soderbergh on the Art of Directing a Fight Scene
Star Trek: Top 5 Fight Scenes With Captain Kirk - TV.com

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Amateur sleuth RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink

Complete list of cozy mysteries starring Ruth Budge: Take a fictional vacation through three novels to Finny, California, where at first glance it looks like any other coastal tourist village. But for resident Ruth Budge, the kaleidoscope of zany Finny citizens keeps her always on the lookout for trouble. Trouble finds her first, though, as she discovers a body in Finny's town-square fountain, uncovers secrets buried under the Finny fog, and stumbles unto another mystery under Finny's Nose. As Ruth battles to overcome evil with truth-and a healthy dose of common sense-she also learns to heal from her husband's death and to find hope for new love. Written by Dana Mentink:

Can Ruth find love and put evil to rest when mystery takes up residence in the quiet coastal town of Finny, California?
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At the first ever Finny’ Fog Festival, a man plummets to his death from an exploding hot air balloon. Is the craziness a byproduct of the festival, or a decades old curse unearthed in an antique diary?
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It's the 150th anniversary of the wreck of the Triton, a ship that foundered off the coast of Finny, California. When a team of college students arrives to film a documentary, a pregnant Ruth stumbles across the body of one of the film’s crewman. Adding to the chaos, Ruth’s estranged son arrives and Monk’s niece faces heartbreak at the hands of Finny’s police detective...
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Related links:
Q&A: Dana Mentink (FamilyFiction)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More amateur sleuths:
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
JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
IVY MALONE by Lorena McCourtney
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Read the origin of BATMAN free online!

Read the origin of Batman free online!Hello! We've created a new-and-updated version of this post...and that is over at our new blog Comics Online. (With all this "New 52" business, we had to make a lot of changes!)

Also at Comics Online: 
Free comics: Batman: The Brave &The Bold, Shazam, Scooby Doo 
Free Comics: Batman, Justice League, Teen Titans, Legion of Super Heroes
Free comics: Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu

Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling

So "nomination" season seems to be upon us, as Malice Domestic has now presented us with a list of nominees for traditional mystery's Agatha Awards. (This following recent noms announced for 2012 Edgar Awards from Mystery Writers of America, 2012 Left Coast Crime Awards, and the 2012 Barry Awards from Bouchercon). The Malice Domestic convention honors traditional mysteries as typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The category, often referred to as "cozy mysteries," is defined here as "mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence."

Speaking of cozy mysteries, check this out: Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Malice Domestic lists its 2011 Agatha Award nominees (Examiner)
02 Hail to the Chief: Presidents Day Mysteries (Mystery Fanfare)
03 Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid unhappily married in Elmore Leonard's ‘Switch’
04 Father Dowling Mysteries: The First Season: DVD Talk Review
05 New in crime fiction: The latest mysteries and thrillers (Globe and Mail)
06 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is the catch of the day (The Australian)
07 Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction (The Independent)
08 Crime Beat: Foul language in SA crime fiction, is it f#@%ing necessary? (Books Live)
09 “Just a Lingering Doubt”: Auden and Detective Fiction (Commonweal)
10 Two veterans of crime fiction still shine: Elizabeth George, Michael Connelly (TheChronicleHerald.ca)

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Friday, February 17, 2012

15 Cozy Mysteries under a dollar!

Ready to laugh? Swoon? And then put on your thinking cap? Spyglass Lane Mysteries is a collection of Christian cozy mysteries—modern-day whodunits with colorful characters and plenty of wholesome romance. Here's a handy list of the first volume of each mystery series—available for 99-cents for your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, and more!

Nursing a Grudge by Chris Well (yes, that's me!)
When a man drops dead at the nursing home, grumbly old hermit Earl Walker is the only one who suspects foul play. Can Earl solve the murder—and figure out his relationship with his new lady friend—before all the suspects move away?
Only 99-cents!
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The Wedding Caper by Janice Hanna
When a $25,000 night deposit mysteriously disappears from the Clark County Savings and Loan, Annie Peterson—mother of the bride—takes on the role of amateur sleuth to solve the mystery.
Only 99-cents!
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Homicide at Blue Heron Lake by Megan Elaine Davis, Susan Page Davis
In a peaceful Maine town, an old romance rekindles while an older crime is unraveled.
Only 99-cents!
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Another Stab at Life by Anita Higman
Bailey Walker is in over her head. She's hounded by a guy who thinks he's her guardian, and she's inherited a mansion with enough mysteries to trip up Sherlock Holmes and enough gothic nightmares to scare off Dracula.
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Everybody Loved Roger Harden by Cecil Murphey
Psychologist Julie West and the Reverend James Burton ignore the mysterious attraction developing between them long enough to discover who among them murdered their dinner host, wealthy philanthropist Roger Harden.
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Fudge-Laced Felonies by Cynthia Hickey
Summer Meadows entered church on Sunday not to find God, but to search for a killer.
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George Washington Stepped Here by K. D. Hays
Did the father of our country vandalize furniture and unwittingly create a valuable artifact or is the story about George just an elaborate hoax?
Only 99-cents!
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Where the Truth Lies by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery
A case of suicide leads an amateur sleuth on a trail of deceit and corruption…
Only 99-cents!
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Murder in the Milk Case by Candice Speare Prentice
When mommy and wife Trish Cunningham finds the body of the local pharmacist  behind the two-percent milk, she has to turn to sleuthing to exonerate herself from murder charges...
Only 99-cents!
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A Suspicion of Strawberries by Lynette Sowell
A facial gone wrong, or murder? Andromeda Clark must uncover the truth to save her handmade soap business.
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Nipped in the Bud by Susan Sleeman
Life is a bed of roses for landscape designer Paige Turner—until she finds the city manager served up on the blade of her favorite shovel mere hours after she’s threatened to have his head on a platter...
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Trouble Up Finny's Nose by Dana Mentink
Can Ruth find love and put evil to rest when mystery takes up residence in the quiet coastal town of Finny, California?
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Miss Aggie's Gone Missing by Frances Devine
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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Murder on the Ol' Bunions by S. Dionne Moore
LaTisha Barnhart's bunions tell her something's afoot as she delves deeper into the murder of her former employer Marion Peters. When LaTisha becomes a suspect, the ante is upped and she is determined to clear her name and find the real culprit.
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Misfortune Cookies by Linda Kozar
Best friends Sue Jan and Lovita run a beauty shop/boutique in the little West Texas town of Wachita. Over lunch in a Chinese restaurant, Lovita opens a fortune cookie with a sinister message: “Your father was murdered”...
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FIRST SHOT and DIGGING UP CLUES

Complete TRACY EATON by Kris Neri

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell

Complete list of cozy mysteries in Lynette Sowell's Scents of Murder series:

A facial gone wrong, or murder? Andromeda Clark must uncover the truth to save her handmade soap business.
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The past won't stay buried in Greenburg, Tennessee, especially not in Andi Clark Hartley's watermelon patch.
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Andi Hartley knows her peach baby food didn’t kill Dr. Bradley, despite his odd choice of a snack; she just needs to prove it to herself and the rest of Greenburg, Tennessee.
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Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More amateur sleuths:
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
JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
IVY MALONE by Lorena McCourtney
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson

In this week's crime fiction news, personal branding expert Dan Schawbel has a conversation with best-selling author Janet Evanovich about how her success in the publishing world has led to a family business, why she has turned to co-authoring as a means to getting more titles to the market, and more. (Unfortunately, he did not manage to ask many questions of her about "personal branding," which seems like a wasted opportunity.)

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Janet Evanovich on Becoming a Literary Success (Forbes)
02 Reading Aloud (J.A. Jance)
03 Q&A: Eric Wilson, author of Two Seconds Late (The Big Thrill)
04 Readers picking crime novels over romance (Hindustan Times)
05 Murder, they wrote (Mid-Day)
06 Reader, interrupted: the downside of digital (The Kill Zone)
07 Spotlight: Not This Time by Vicki Hinze (The Big Thrill)
08 Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens (Mystery Fanfare)
09 Book Review Club: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Scott D Parker)
10 Hero Complex: Jaden Terrell talks about her debut thriller, Racing the Devil (Chapter 16)
11 "After the Fall" by Elaine Viets (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's Podcast)
12 “The Girl in the Golden Gown” by Robert S. Levinson (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine's Fiction Podcast)
13 Book Review: Top Suspense - Favorite Kills by The Top Suspense Group ‎ (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 20 (new entries in bold)
01 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
02 Crime Fiction News (Feb 4): Libraries, J.A. Konrath, Val McDermid, Elmore Leonard
03 Amateur sleuth CASEY ALEXANDER by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery
04 The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark
05 Oh, right, the podcast. There's been a slight delay.
06 Complete MEG LANGSLOW by Donna Andrews
07 How to write a cozy mystery
08 Complete SUZANNE HART (Donut Shop Mysteries) by Jessica Beck
09 Complete A.J. RAFFLES by E. W. Hornung
10 Amateur Sleuth TRISH CUNNINGHAM by Candice Speare Prentice
11 Murder Mystery in Nashville Feb 17
12 Complete THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz
13 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Faye Kellerman
14 Crime Fiction News (Jan 28): Steven James, Edgar Allan Poe
15 Complete ALI REYNOLDS by JA Jance
16 Mystery Writers Talk Crime in the City
17 Complete The Bug Man mysteries by Tim Downs
18 Dark Horse Presents 'Miss Marple meets Dexter'
19 Complete PATRICK BOWERS by Steven James
20 Spyglass Lane Mysteries for less than a dollar!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Amateur sleuth CASEY ALEXANDER by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery

Complete list of the Massachusetts Mayhem Mystery Series, starring amateur sleuth Casey Alexander. Written by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery:

Where the Truth Lies (Massachusetts Mayhem Mysteries)
A case of suicide leads an amateur sleuth on a trail of deceit and corruption…
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
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Died in the Wool (Massachusetts Mayhem Mysteries)
A librarian fights to prove her innocence before the cops throw the book at her...
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Inn Plain Sight (Massachusetts Mayhem Mysteries)
Pine Mills's latest criminal is on the loose, and Casey Alexander is hot on their trail...
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
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Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More amateur sleuths:
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
JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
NANCY DREW by Carolyn Keene
IVY MALONE by Lorena McCourtney
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Crime Fiction News (Feb 4): Support Your Library

'Library Shelves' photo (c) 2005, cybrgrl - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/By a wide margin, the biggest traffic on The Thrill of it All this week was folks reading about the two-day Big Kindle Boogie with authors Lee Goldberg, J.A. Konrath, J. Carson Black, Scott Nicholson, and Blake Crouch. The event is over now—it's too late to get your free eBooks, and the prizes have all been divied out...but any authors who are trying to figure out the changing world of publishing would still do well to watch pretty much anything these five are doing.

Among the event's prizes, it should be noted, was a $500 donation to a one winner's local library. In fact, the topic of libraries turned up in a few times in the news below...

Recent crime and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews from around the web:
01 Best-selling crime writer Val McDermid on the importance of public libraries (Mirror.co.uk)
02 Crime novels dominate library list (The Press Association)
03 Jones Library session to host panel on crime fiction writing (GazetteNET)
04 Writing it more real than reality could be: Elmore Leonard (Mail & Guardian Online)
05 Elmore Leonard, 86, still on top with new novel, hit TV series‎ (The Detroit News)
06 Nordic Crime Fiction, February 1, 2012 (Library Journal)
07 Crime Beat: Trading blows over the 'Genre Snob' debate (Books LIVE)
08 Book Review: Left For Dead by J. A. Jance (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
09 Fiction review: Florida mysteries (Richmond Times Dispatch)
10 The Original Sam McCain Mysteries by Ed Gorman (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 20 (new entries in bold)
01 75 Free eBooks, 10 free Kindle Fires, and $500 for a library
02 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
03 The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark
04 Amateur Sleuth TRISH CUNNINGHAM by Candice Speare Prentice
05 Crime Fiction News (Jan 28): Steven James, Edgar Allan Poe
06 Complete U.S. MARSHAL KAREN SISCO (Out of Sight) by Elmore Leonard
07 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010
08 Mystery Writers Talk Crime in the City
09 Murder Mystery in Nashville Feb 17
10 How to write a cozy mystery
11 Next week: Chris Well's THRILL OF IT ALL podcast!
12 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Faye Kellerman
13 Complete U.S. Marshal RAYLAN GIVENS (Justified) by Elmore Leonard
14 Complete DETECTIVE MURDOCH by Maureen Jennings
15 The return of FEMME NOIR
16 Dr. Whodunit
17 Complete STEPHANIE PLUM by Janet Evanovich
18 Complete NANCY DREW by Carolyn Keene
19 Crime Fiction Alphabet: M is for MR. MONK AND THE DIRTY COP
20 Hard Case unearths lost novel by James M. Cain


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Amateur Sleuth TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice

Complete list of cozy mysteries starring amateur sleuth Trish Cunningham. Trish wants nothing more than to be a loving wife and good mother, but whenever she leaves home to run her daily errands, trouble seems to stalk her. Ordinary tasks such as shopping or volunteering at her stepson's high school turn into murder investigations for Trish—much to her neurotic husband's chagrin. Written by Candice Speare Prentice:

When mommy and wife Trish Cunningham finds the body of pharmacist Jim Bob Jenkins behind the two-percent milk, she knows she' having a bad day. Worse, she's a suspect. Sleuthing to exonerate herself from murder charges, she shakes up a murderer who has nothing to lose by killing any one in the way—including Trish.
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When Trish Cunningham and her oldest stepson Tommy find Georgia Winters, the English teacher at Four Oaks High School, dead in the band room, the suspect list is lengthy. The teacher had a number of enemies—including Tommy Cunningham.
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Amateur sleuth Trish has retired from her short-lived foray into crime solving. No more walking deliberately into danger. Her new goal is to see her best friend Abbie marry fiancĂ© Eric Scott in three weeks. But the brutal murder of Abbie’s ex-husband could ruin the nuptials, especially since Abbie was the last one seen with him.
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Related links:
Q&A: Candice Speare Prentice (FamilyFiction)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
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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.