Saturday, March 31, 2012

An Author's Life: Checking In

We pre-empt our weekly roundup of crime fiction news to give you some updates from a little closer to home:

Last fall, my wife and I attended a writer's conference in Chicago that was all about the "marketing" and "branding" part of the business. Following that trip, I determined that I would use 2012 to work on building my platform as an author. To that end...

1. I launched an all-new quarterly author newsletter. (Get a FREE BOOK when you sign up here.) We put out a test issue a few months ago, but our first real-deal issue comes out in May. If I can work out the details, I hope to have a nice surprise for subscribers in that issue.

2. I launched a new audiobook series. I am narrating my own stories in a series of audiobook chapters. During this "figure it out" phase, we're serializing one of my short stories, the Booke Cases mystery "Don't Fall For That Trick." We have a fun summer replacement series scheduled, and then I'm hoping this fall to come back with an audiobook version of one of my novels—I just haven't decided yet which one.

3. And I'm working on making a variety of my books available in the coming months.

My Earl Walker mysteries are all making their way to your local e-readers in the coming weeks. A new edition of Nursing  a Grudge is out already (and only 99-cents!); a new edition of Burying the Hatchet comes out in the next couple of weeks; and the finale, Knocking 'Em Dead, makes its world premiere by the end of April. We're also creating an inexpensive companion eBook, titled Digging Up Clues, which will include sample chapters and exclusive bonus materials. This series features "fair play" mysteries—where the readers get all the clues—populated by a variety of quirky characters.

Coming up this summer, we're working on bringing out my first three crime novels—Forgiving Solomon Long, Deliver Us From Evelyn, and the book that was published as Tribulation House—in brand-new eBook editions. As we get deeper into the process, I'm considering whether (or how much) to revise these books. These books are more shoot-em-ups with cops and mobsters and con men and all other types. These books also have quirky characters, but many of them are quirky and also quite dangerous.

And then I have a secret book that I am writing RIGHT THIS MINUTE. (Well, right about now.) The plan at this point is to go straight to eBook with that just to see what happens.

And then I have another novel that is in the hands of my agent. That book features the most bizarre angle I could come up for a protection racket. I look forward to it finding a good home.

So a lot of stuff going on. To stay up-to-date, please sign up for my newsletter. You can also like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spyglass Lane Mysteries: 5 Senior Sleuths

This week's "5 For Friday" takes place over on the blog for Spyglass Lane Mysteries. To celebrate the new edition of my mystery Nursing a Grudge, I wrote a guest post that introduces my lead character, Earl Walker—a grumpy old man who becomes a reluctant amateur sleuth. Then I point to some other notable mystery series that star crime solvers in their golden years. Read it here: Still Kicking: 5 Senior Sleuths

Related link: Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

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Previously:
5 Great James Bond Car Chases
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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Complete Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen by Jacques Futrelle

Complete list of short story mysteries starring Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph.D., LL.D., F.R.S., M.D., M.D.S. -- i.e., the brilliantly logical detective called "The Thinking Machine." Written by journalist Jacques Futrelle (1875-1912). You can read many of these stories online free at the official website (link below.)

"The Problem of The Auto Cab"
"The Problem of The Broken Bracelet"
"The Brown Coat"
"The Case of the Life Raft"
"The Case of the Mysterious Weapon"
"The Case of the Scientific Murderer"
"Convict #97"
"The Problem of The Cross Mark"
"The Crystal Gazer"
"The Disappearance of Baby Blake"
"A Dressing Room"
"The Deserted House"
"The Fatal Cipher"
"The Flaming Phantom"
"The Ghost Woman"
"The Golden Dagger"
"The Great Auto Mystery"
"The Green Eyed Monster"
"The Haunted Bell"
"The House That Was"
"The Problem of The Hidden Million"
"The Interrupted Wireless"
"The Jackdaw Girl"
"The Knotted Cord"
"The Leak"
"The Lost Radium"
"The Man Who Was Lost"
"The Missing Necklace"
"The Motor Boat"
"The Mystery of a Studio"
"The Mystery of Room 666"
"The Opera Box"
"The Organ Grinder"
"A Perfect Alibi"
"The Phantom Motor"
"A Piece of String"
"Prince Otto"
"The Private Compartment"
"The Problem of Cell 13"
"The Ralston Bank Burglary"
"The Red Rose"
"The Roswell Tiara"
"The Scarlet Thread"
"The Silver Box"
"The Problem of The Souvenir Cards"
"The Problem of The Stolen Rubens"
"The Superfluous Finger"
"The Thinking Machine Investigates"
"The Three Overcoats"
"The Problem of The Vanishing Man"
"The Yellow Diamond Pendant"

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Related links:
Futrelle.com (Official Website)
The Remarkable Life and Mysterious Heritage of Jacques Futrelle (The Venetian Vase)
Mr. Jacques Heath Futrelle - Titanic Victim (Encyclopedia Titanica)
The Thinking Machine (Earstage: Modern Day Audio Plays)
The Best Thinking Machine Detective Stories by Jacques Futrelle (Vintage Pop Fictions)

More detectives:
C. AUGUSTE DUPIN by Edgar Allan Poe
SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A. J. RAFFLES by E. W. Hornung
FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
HERCULE POIROT by Agatha Christie
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Episode four is delayed

Well, folks, due to technical difficulties, this week's episode of our audiobook mystery "Don't Fall For That Trick" has been postponed until next week.

If you need to catch up on previous episodes, here are links:
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three

Or listen to them right here in this handy playlist...

Don't Fall For That Trick: A Booke Cases Mystery


And don't forget that you can read the original story free in the free eBook below First Shot!

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Free Mysteries and Crime Fiction News (Mar 24): Ellery Queen, Elmore Leonard, Catholic Thriller

And so we come to our weekly installment of links to free eBooks and crime fiction news! At the top of our news roundup is a review of the book Blood Relations, which features some of the written correspondence between mystery writers Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. Under their shared byline Ellery Queen, the duo created an enduring brand, and some great mystery fiction. In fact, the book reveals the development of three of their best--Ten Days’ Wonder (a personal favorite), Cat of Many Tails, and The Origin of Evil.

Crime, Suspense and Mystery Fiction News, Reviews, and Interviews
01 Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950 (Mystery Scene)
02 Watching the Victoria detectives (Sacramento Bee)
03 Spring Mystery Book Reading Ideas from Curated Mystery Books (WSJ: MarketWatch)
04 Karin Slaughter Series on TV (Mystery Scene)
05 This is a question for super Elmore Leonard/Justified Fans (Elmore Leonard)
06 Catholic Thriller Week: Dimiter by William Peter Blatty (Happy Catholic Bookshelf)
07 Review: Harlan Coben's 'Stay Close': From quiet domesticity to sheer terror (Sun Sentinel)
08 James Patterson donates his own books to troops (Washington Post)
09 Murder in a Basket is Launched & Upcoming Event (Amanda Flower)
10 Criminologist, USF grad creates forensic fiction (The Oracle)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF THE WEEK (new entries in bold)
01 Episode Three: "Don't Fall For That Trick" audio mystery
02 5 TV Stars Who Sang Their Own Theme Song
03 Complete JACK RYAN by Tom Clancy
04 Complete PERRY MASON by Erle Stanley Gardner
05 Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League coming to bookstores in August
06 Complete FATHER DOWLING by Ralph McInerny
07 5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories
08 Complete NERO WOLFE and ARCHIE GOODWIN by Rex Stout
09 Complete U.S. Marshal RAYLAN GIVENS (Justified) by Elmore Leonard
10 Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

Previously:
Free Mysteries and Crime Fiction News (Mar 17): James Patterson, Margery Allingham, historical mysteries
Crime Fiction News Top 10 (Mar 10): Mystery Award Nominees, Justified, EQMM
Top 10: Crime Fiction News (Mar 3): Godfather prequel, George Smiley, Crime eBooks
Feb 25: Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling

Friday, March 23, 2012

5 Great James Bond Car Chases

Here are five great car chases from the James Bond film series:

1. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)


2. TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)


3. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)


4. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)


5. DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)


Out of the 20+ Bond films, there have been all sorts of chase scenes! Which ones were YOUR favorites? Please leave a comment below.

Previously:
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

Related:
Complete JAMES BOND novels by Ian Fleming
Complete Guide To James Bond Songs

Monday, March 19, 2012

Episode Three: "Don't Fall For That Trick" audio mystery

Check out the third installment of my weekly audiobook series as I continue to serialize my short mystery story "Don't Fall For That Trick," starring husband-wife amateur sleuths Tom and Darla Booke.

Got behind? Catch up on previous episodes here:
Episode One
Episode Two

At the end of last episode, Tom and Darla had rushed to the hospital—and, when Darla leaves the room for a moment, a nurse tells Tom that Darla has been hurt...

Don't forget, you can get this story FREE as part First Shot: Crime and Mystery Stories, your free gift when you subscribe to my author newsletter! There's more information below the video.

With each episode, I learn more about the process. The master plan at this point is to do this story all the way through—and then take a break for the summer. In fact, I have a summer replacement series all lined up, with episodes from some of the greatest radio drama mystery series of all time! Then this fall, I hope to produce a weekly audiobook podcast of one of my novels—and shoot for wider distribution.

Meanwhile, thanks so much for joining me for this "cable access" version of my series. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please leave a comment below!

"Don't Fall For That Trick" Part Three


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Free comics: Batman, Shazam, Scooby Doo

NOTE: This whole blog article has moved to our new-and-improved blog Comics Online. Follow the link to read these free comics online!

This collection includes Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #1, Justice League Unlimited #1, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #1, Super Friends #1, Tiny Titans #1, Looney Tunes #100, and Scooby-Doo #1.

Also over at Comics Online: 
Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
Free comics: Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu
Free Comics: Batman, Justice League, Teen Titans, Legion of Super Heroes

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Free Mysteries and Crime Fiction News (Mar 17): James Patterson, Margery Allingham, historical mysteries

In this week's news roundup, the first three links point to the March issue of International Thriller Writers' webzine The Big ThrillJames Patterson answers questions about Private Games, Alex Cross, and how a mid-list author can find an audience; Harlan Coben shares about his novel Stay Close; plus news about Lee Child's live Mentor Forum appearance.

Crime, Suspense and Mystery Fiction News, Reviews, and Interviews
01 Between the Lines: An Interview with James Patterson (The Big Thrill)
02 Interview: Stay Close by Harlan Coben (The Big Thrill)
03 Behind the Scenes With Lee Child (The Big Thrill) - scroll down
04 Debut novel sets new tone in Swedish crime fiction (CBS News)
05 Sleuths soar as history loves company (Sydney Morning Herald)
06 St. Patrick's Day Crime Fiction (Mystery Fanfare)
07 A Writer to Remember: Margery Allingham (Mystery Scene)
08 Introducing the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery Series (Spyglass Lane Mysteries)
09 Meet Frances Devine (Spyglass Lane Mysteries)
10 Fact From Fiction: Writing Crime Fiction From Police Documents (Huffington Post)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF THE WEEK (new entries in bold)
01 Episode Two: Chris Well's Thrill of it All Audiocast!
02 Complete FATHER DOWLING by Ralph McInerny
03 Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League coming to bookstores in August
04 Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV
05 5 TV Stars Who Sang Their Own Theme Song
06 5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories
07 Amateur Sleuth PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries) by Susan Sleeman
08 New covers for the Earl Walker Mysteries!
09 5 Crime Stories on '60s Sitcoms
10 Nashville's own Mysteries & More: Books to Die For!

Previously:
Crime Fiction News Top 10 (Mar 10): Mystery Award Nominees, Justified, EQMM
Top 10: Crime Fiction News (Mar 3): Godfather prequel, George Smiley, Crime eBooks
Feb 25: Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling
Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson

Friday, March 16, 2012

5 TV Stars Who Sang Their Own Theme Song

1. The Monkees in The Monkees (1966-1968)


2. David Cassidy in David Cassidy: Man Under Cover (1978-1979)


3. Greg Evigan in B.J. and the Bear (1979-1981)


4. Lee Majors in The Fall Guy (1981-1986)


5. Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001)


Previously:
5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories: Mannix, Monk
5 Crime Stories on '60s Sitcoms 
Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League coming to bookstores in August

One challenge for a novelist these days is to build a "platform"—most publishers won't even look at a manuscript unless the author somehow already has a following. (Yes, this is as backward as it sounds.)

Scott Sigler is an author who's figured out how to do that. Before he was published, Sigler built an online following giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. (In fact, that's where I got the idea to start my own audiobook series.) His listeners have downloaded more than eleven million individual episodes.

His Galactic Football League books—a YA series which combines sports, organized crime, and sci-fi—have been available as serialized audiobook podcasts, limited edition hardcovers, and eBook editions. Now Sigler's Dark Øverlord Media is partnering with Diversion Books to publish the books in paperback and put them in bookstores. Diversion is an affiliate of the literary agency that represents Sigler; the books were not offered to traditional publishers. The first two volumes, The Rookie and The Starter, are scheduled to hit shelves in August.

“Scott Sigler has been extremely forward-thinking throughout his career,” says Diversion's Scott Waxman, "building a loyal audience through his bestselling thrillers and hugely popular podcasts. This new collaboration gives him more control over his content without losing traditional distribution.”

“We’re excited that Diversion can bring these stories to a wider audience,” says Sigler. “We describe the series as THE BLINDSIDE meets STAR WARS meets THE GODFATHER, so it has a unique appeal for young sports fans and athletes as well as those who love sci-fi, two groups which are often one and the same. We know that the hardcovers, eBooks and audiobooks have helped get a lot of kids into reading—we’re proud of that and are excited to continue the effort.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Complete FATHER DOWLING by Ralph McInerny

Complete list of mysteries starring parish priest Father Dowling, who "happens to have a knack for unraveling the mysteries of the real world as well as those of heaven." Written by Roman Catholic philosopher and professor Ralph Matthew McInerny (1929-2010):

Her Death of Cold (1977)
The Seventh Station (1977)
Bishop as Pawn (1978)
Lying Three (1979)
The Second Vespers (1980)
Thicker Than Water (1981)
A Loss of Patients (1982)
The Grass Widow (1983)
Getting a Way with Murder (1984)
Rest in Pieces (1985)
The Basket Case (1987)
Abracadaver (1989) 
Four on the Floor (1989)
Judas Priest (1991)
Desert Sinner (1992)
Seed of Doubt (1993)
A Cardinal Offense (1994)
The Tears of Things (1996)
Grave Undertakings (2000)
Triple Pursuit (2001)
Prodigal Father (2002)
Last Things (2003)
Requiem for a Realtor (2004)
Blood Ties (2005)
The Prudence of Flesh (2006)
The Widow's Mate (2007)
Ash Wednesday (2008)
Stained Glass (2009)
The Wisdom of Father Dowling (2009) - short story collection

Related links:
On the Square: Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) (First Things)
Ralph McInerny (1929-2010): Everything Is Different (The Catholic Thing)
Ralph McInerny dies at 80; Notre Dame scholar wrote Father Dowling novels (L.A. Times)
In memory of Ralph McInerny (University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College)
Good Knight, sweet Ralph: McInerny's mysterious last words (Renew America)

More amateur sleuths:
FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice
DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis: Murder) by Lee Goldberg
EARL WALKER by Chris Well
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Episode Two: Chris Well's Thrill of it All Audiocast!

Take a listen to the second episode of my weekly audiobook series! I'm continuing to serialize my short mystery story "Don't Fall For That Trick," starring husband-wife amateur sleuths Tom and Darla Booke. (Miss last week's premiere episode? You can still listen to that here.)

In the second episode of my Booke Cases audiobook mystery, Tom and Darla arrive at the hospital, they meet some unhappy acquaintances of Trick Henderson, and someone gets hurt...

Don't forget, you can get this story FREE as part First Shot: Crime and Mystery Stories, your free gift when you subscribe to my author newsletter! There's more information below the video.

When comparing the first and second episodes, you'll see I'm still fiddling a little with the format. As much as I enjoyed adding the onscreen dialogue last time, it just made editing the video too complicated. (Especially since my long-term goal is to do an audio-only podcast series that can be distributed through Podiobooks and iTunes.) Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

"Don't Fall For That Trick" Part Two


Previously:
"Don't Fall For That Trick" Part One

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Crime Fiction News Top 10 (Mar 10): Mystery Award Nominees, Justified, EQMM

The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists, from news venues such as USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and several other daily papers.

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Strand Magazine Critics Awards Nominees (Mystery Fanfare)
02 At The Office with Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane (Mystery Scene)
03 The Problem With Updating Your Backlist ((Mystery Writing is Murder)
04 FX Picks up Justified for Season 4! (Elmore Leonard)
05 Inside inSinC: March 2012 (Sisters in Crime)
06 EPISODE 31: "A Drowning at Snow's Cut" by Art Taylor (EQMM's Fiction Podcast)
07 The Making of a Book Cover (Spyglass Lane Mysteries)
08 'The Dead Witness' focuses on early mystery writers (Kansas City Star)
09 'The Next Right Thing': A Crime Novel With Insights Into Addiction (The Atlantic)
10 Dear Book Lover: Frightening Fiction (Wall Street Journal)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF THE WEEK(new entries in bold)
01 World Premiere: Chris Well's Thrill of it All Podcast!
02 New covers for the Earl Walker Mysteries!
03 Amateur Sleuth PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries) by Susan Sleeman
04 Complete THEODOSIA BROWNING (Tea Shop Mysteries) by Laura Childs
05 5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories: Mannix, Monk
06 5 Crime Stories on '60s Sitcoms
07 Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!
08 Dark Horse Presents 'Miss Marple meets Dexter'
09 How to Write Thrillers: ITW Workshop With Gayle Lynds
10 Complete SPENSER by Robert B. Parker

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF ALL TIME
01 What's next for Richard Stark's PARKER
02 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers on Trains
03 Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
04 Complete GOLDY SCHULZ by Diane Mott Davidson
05 Complete HAMISH MACBETH by M.C. Beaton
06 The Mysterious Disappearance of Edgar Allan Poe's Admirer
07 How to write a cozy mystery
08 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Fay Kellerman
09 Modern day SHERLOCK on PBS Masterpiece Mystery
10 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Previously:
Top 10: Crime Fiction News (Mar 3): Godfather prequel, George Smiley, Crime eBooks
Feb 25: Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling
Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson
Crime Fiction News (Feb 4): Libraries, J.A. Konrath, Val McDermid, Elmore Leonard

Friday, March 09, 2012

5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories

1. Neil Diamond on Mannix
"The Many Deaths of Saint Christopher" (10/7/67)
Tough guy private eye Joe Mannix (Mike Connors) follows a lady into a club and gets into a sock on the jaw. While Mannix is lying dazed, the artist onstage—Neil Diamond, interrupted during a performance of "Raisin' Cain"—asks, "Hey, man, do you mind if I finish the set myself?" (Other musical appearances on Mannix included Buffalo Springfield and The Peppermint Trolley Company.)

Video: Neil Diamond On Mannix


2. The 5th Dimension on It Takes A Thief
"To Sing a Song of Murder" (2/23/70)
The members of The 5th Dimension appeared as special guests in a third season episode of It Takes a Thief, where Marilyn McCoo is forced to add three certain notes to a recording of “One Less Bell To Answer,” which will trigger a bomb. The episode also included "Puppet Man." I couldn't find the appropriate clips from It Takes a Thief, but here are the songs below:

Video: "Puppet Man" by the 5th Dimension on The Muppet Show


Video: "One Less Bell to Answer" featuring Marilyn McCoo on The Andy Williams Show


3. Tito Puente on The Simpsons
"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)" (5/21/95)
"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" (9/17/95)
The sixth season of The Simpsons ended with a cliffhanger: Mr. Burns had been shot, and the list of suspects included everyone in Springfield—plus mambo king Tito Puente. In the seventh season premiere, which played like a whodunit, it came to light that Puente vowed revenge on Burns. However, Puente considered the best revenge is to "set his soul afire with a slanderous mambo." And here it is:

Video: "Señor Burns" by Tito Puente on The Simpsons


4. Martina McBride on Early Edition
"Play It Again Sammo" (5/8/99)
The show Early Edition starred Kyle Chandler as Gary Hobson, a man who gets his newspaper a day early—and, thus, is able to help people avoid catastrophe. In this crossover episode, Marshal Law's Sammo Law (Sammo Hung) helped Gary recover a priceless Chinese helmet, and protect a thief and his niece from being murdered. Along the way, Gary rescued country star Martina McBride from certain injury.

Video: "Wild Angel" by Martina McBride on Early Edition
 

5. Snoop Dogg on Monk
"Mr. Monk and the Rapper" (7/20/07)
In this episode, OCD detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is hired by a rapper (played by Snoop Dogg) to prove he didn't murder his rival. The show's trademark "summation" scene takes place onstage—when the crowd tries shouting down Monk, the rapper steps up to reveal the summation in his own way. The episode also included Snoop Dogg performing the opening theme.

Video: "Man, You Got Set Up" by Snoop Dogg and Tony Shalhoub on Monk


Video: "It's a Jungle out There" by Snoop Dogg on Monk


Related links:
Mystery TV Themes: MONK
Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF
Mystery TV Themes: MANNIX

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Amateur Sleuth PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries) by Susan Sleeman

Complete list of cozy mysteries starring landscape designer (and amateur sleuth) Paige Turner. Written by Susan Sleeman:

Landscape designer Paige Turner 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...
* Buy for Kindle, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Mum’s the word as Paige Turner works over thyme to dig into a murder and weed through potential suspects in Read Between the Tines.
* Buy for Kindle, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!
5 Questions: Susan Sleeman on NIPPED IN THE BUD
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More amateur sleuths:
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

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New covers for the Earl Walker Mysteries!

We have a new set of covers for my Earl Walker traditional mystery series from Spyglass Lane Mysteries—which includes reissues of Nursing a Grudge and Burying the Hatchet, the world premiere of Knocking 'Em Dead, plus the "bonus materials" book Digging Up Clues. Cover illustrations by my wife, Erica. Cover designs by Allie Krukowski. Check out the covers below! (Click the images to see them larger.)

Nursing a Grudge: The Earl Walker Mysteries
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?
Now available!
Amazon
Barnes & Noble (coming soon)
Smashwords


Burying the Hatchet: The Earl Walker Mysteries
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?
(Coming April 2012)





Knocking 'Em Dead: The Earl Walker Mysteries
IS IT CURTAINS FOR EARL AND GLORIA? 
When Earl's darkest secret comes to light, it threatens to derail his wedding plans—soon there is a murder and his young friend Jenny is on the spot. Can Earl hook the killer before the final curtain call?
(Coming April 2012)



 
Digging Up Clues: An Earl Walker Mysteries Sampler
HERE ARE THE BONUS MATERIALS! 
The Earl Walker sampler Digging Up Clues will include free sample chapters from all three books, book discussion questions, and an exclusive Q&A with the author! (Yes, that would be me.) 
(Coming Fall 2012)



These "fair play" mysteries—light-hearted whodunits where the reader gets all the clues—are cozy mysteries for fans of Agatha Christie, Murder She Wrote, and M.C. Beaton.

Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

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Monday, March 05, 2012

World Premiere: Chris Well's Thrill of it All Podcast!

Here, at last, is the official world premiere of my audiobook podcast series! Okay, technically, it's not a "podcast" because you can't subscribe to it through iTunes. (Or something like that—I'm still navigating my way through all the technical stuff.)

But I wanted to do this first season as my "cable access" version, just to get some experience. Hopefully, we'll be ready for wider distribution for the next audiobook.

We kick things off with part one of "Don't Fall For That Trick," a mystery story I wrote with an eye toward creating a series with husband-wife amateur sleuths Tom and Darla Booke. Stylistically, I was shooting for a kind of modern-day Nick & Nora Charles from the Thin Man, told in the style of Rex Stout's mysteries starring Nero Wolfe and right-hand man Archie Goodwin. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Chris Well's Thrillercast 001: "Don't Fall For That Trick" Part One


By the way, "Don't Fall For That Trick," is available in my FREE anthology First Shot: Crime and Mystery Stories.

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Top 10: Crime Fiction News (Mar 3): Godfather prequel, George Smiley, Crime eBooks

Some interesting bits of news this week in the world of thrillers, crime, mystery, and suspense fiction—including a dispute over whether Mario Puzo's estate has the right to publish posthumous "Godfather" novels.

We're making a change this week with our charts—we've split the Thrill of it All's Top 20 into two different sets:  The top 10 for the week, and a top 10 of all time. It was the only way to clear off some of those chestnuts that just lingered in the weekly top twenty week after week.

And what did we say last week about the words "free" and "Batman"? As you can see below, our initial blog featuring free Batman comics jumped in a matter of days from #1 post of the week to one of the TOP TEN POSTS OF ALL TIME. I'm sure you won't miss the fact that I quickly followed up with a second "free Batman" blog entry...which is this week's #1 post. (We'll see how quickly it makes the "All Time" list!)

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Godfather prequel shown no respect by Paramount Pictures (Guardian UK)
02 I Spy: John le Carré and the rise of George Smiley (New Yorker)
03 F+W Launches Hard-Boiled Crime E-Book Imprint (paidContent.org)
04 F+W Launches Prologue Books for Out-of-Print Digital Novels‎ (Publishers Weekly)
05 Haverford cop pens update to crime novel (Main Line)
06 Hot literature from cool climes: Scandinavian crime fiction (Sydney Morning Herald)
07 Women in jeopardy – crime fiction panel AWP live blog (fanTABZulous)
08 If you like good detective fiction, read Fred Vargas (Curious Presbyterian)
09 The First Ever Detective Fiction. Really? | Mystery Tribune
10 Friday's "Forgotten" Book - Detective Fiction: Crime and Compromise (In Reference to Murder)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF THE WEEK(new entries in bold)
01 Free comics: Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu
02 Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV (Five for Friday)
03 RIP Davy Jones (1945-2012) of The Monkees
04 Now on Kindle for a buck: "Don't Fall For That Trick"
05 Crime Fiction News: Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
06 Don Coldsmith on Nero Wolfe: DEATH OF A DUDE
07 Nashville's own Mysteries & More: Books to Die For!
08 Complete LEE MCKINNEY (Chocoholic Mysteries) by JoAnna Carl
09 Complete PSYCH by William Rabkin
10 Complete MATTHEW SCUDDER by Lawrence Block

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF ALL TIME
01 What's next for Richard Stark's PARKER
02 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers on Trains
03 Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
04 Complete GOLDY SCHULZ by Diane Mott Davidson
05 Complete HAMISH MACBETH by M.C. Beaton
06 The Mysterious Disappearance of Edgar Allan Poe's Admirer
07 How to write a cozy mystery
08 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Fay Kellerman
09 Modern day SHERLOCK on PBS Masterpiece Mystery
10 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Previously:
Crime Fiction News (Feb 25): Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling
Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson
Crime Fiction News (Feb 4): Libraries, J.A. Konrath, Val McDermid, Elmore Leonard
Crime Fiction News (Jan 28): Steven James, Edgar Allan Poe

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.