Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Private Eyes: Men and Women of Mystery

Publishers Weekly has an interesting roundup of the state of P.I. fiction, from both male and female authors -- pointing out the literary heirs of Robert B. Parker and P.D. James, respectively. Several crime writers are quoted throughout the two-part feature, include Harlan Coben, Max Allan Collins, and Laura Lippman.

Read the article(s): Parker’s Brothers & A Suitable Job for a Woman: Men and women of mystery 

Related links:
Complete SPENSER by Robert Parker
Complete JESSE STONE by Robert Parker
Complete SUNNY RANDALL by Robert Parker
Complete COMMANDER ADAM DALGLIESH by P.D. James
Complete MYRON BOLITAR by Harlan Coben

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Michael Connelly introduces his new Harry Bosch thriller, THE DROP

The Drop (Harry Bosch)The latest Harry Bosch novel from Michael Connelly, The Drop, is now available from booksellers. (Click here for  a free preview of The Drop —11 chapters!—for your Kindle.) Here's what reviewers are saying:
"Suspenseful and agile storytelling, delivered with his trademark tight style and craftsmanship."—Mystery Scene Magazine

"THE DROP is one of those Harry Bosch books that starts with a bang and stays strong all the way through."— Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Connelly gives yet another virtuoso performance in how to write crime novels."—Daily Mail (UK)

"Michael Connelly is the undisputed master of police procedural thrillers and this latest episode in the colorful life of Harry Bosch is quite literally unputdownable."—Independent (Ireland)
Here's a book trailer for The Drop


And in this video, author Michael Connelly answers questions fans posted on Facebook.


More about The Drop at Michael's website, including an excerpt, more reviews, and a Q & A with Michael.

If you're up late tonight (Nov. 29), watch Michael on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. This show airs on CBS at 11:35pm Central. Check your local listings.

Related links:
The complete HARRY BOSCH series by Michael Connelly
Breaking through: When mysteries become lit
From serial to novel: THE OVERLOOK

Monday, November 28, 2011

Janet Evanovich: "Katherine Heigl is the perfect Stephanie Plum."

USA TODAY puts author Janet Evanovich and actress Katherine Heigl in the same room to discuss the upcoming big screen adaptation of One For the Money, the first romantic thriller starring Stephanie Plum.
Seventeen years after the book was released, the actress will finally put a face to the lingerie saleswoman turned bounty hunter who has sparked a behemoth 80 million copies in book sales (including nine No. 1 USA TODAY best sellers) and an audience of die-hard fans. "I don't know why it took so long, but as far as I'm concerned, the search is over," says Evanovich, 68, who last week released her 18th Plum novel, Explosive Eighteen (Bantam, $28). "Every time I write Stephanie Plum, it's going to be Katherine Heigl's face there. She totally nailed it."




The film hits theaters in January. Do you plan to see it?

Related links:
Complete STEPHANIE PLUM series by Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich a hit at Comic-Con
Murder on the Menu: 13 Food Mysteries

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark

Hello! This whole entry—plus all-new material—has been moved to the Thrill of it All at its new home. Come on over to find out more about Parker, about author Donald Westlake and his pen name Richard Stark, how Westlake hadn't originally planned for Parker to have his own series, and more. Including, of course, the whole series of Parker novels listed in order. Come on over and take a look! (Available July 29, 2013.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Amateur Sleuth EMILY GRAY (Mainely Mysteries) by Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis

Complete list of cozy mystery whodunits in the Mainely Mystery Series, starring amateur sleuth EmilyGray: Romance and intrigue abound at Blue Heron Lake when journalist Emily Gray returns to the lakeside town of Baxter, Maine, to prepare her family’s island cottage for sale. She soon finds herself reporting on, and trying to solve, a trio of murders in the deceptively quiet little town. Written by Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis.

In a peaceful Maine town, an old romance rekindles while an older crime is unraveled.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
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A lakeside lodge draws tourists with a legend of hidden treasure and murder—until the murder part becomes all too real.
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Emily's nose for news takes her into intrigue she never expected. Which is the impostor—Jette, the multi-pierced "Goth" girl, or Jeanette, the genteel "girl-next-door"?
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Related links:
Interview with Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis (Keep Me In Suspense)
Q&A: Susan Page Davis (FamilyFiction)
Susan Page Davis interview (Suspense Zone)
Megan Elaine Davis (Cullen) & Susan Page Davis (A Christian Writer's World)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More detectives:
KAREN MAXWELL by K.D. Hays
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
DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis: Murder) by Lee Goldberg
ADRIAN MONK by Lee Goldberg
NANCY DREW by Carolyn Keene
MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Friday, November 18, 2011

Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 2) by M.C. Beaton

Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 2)
M.C. Beaton
St. Martin's Press
First Published 1987

Murder Most Fowl
When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, everybody in town is delighted...except for love-smitten Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet his affairs of the heart will have to wait. Vile, boorish Captain Bartlett, one of the guests at Priscilla's engagement party, has just been found murdered-shot while on a grouse hunt. Now with many titled party guests as the prime suspects, each with a reason for snuffing out the despicable captain, Hamish must smooth ruffled feathers as he investigates the case. When the hidden culprit strikes again, Hamish will find himself trying to save Priscilla from a miserable marriage-and catch a killer before he flies the coop.

Related links:
Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 1)
Complete HAMISH MACBETH by MC Beaton
Agatha Raisin, Hamish Macbeth and the novels of M.C. Beaton (official site)
Mystery TV Themes: HAMISH MACBETH (Crime TV)
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amateur Sleuth KAREN MAXWELL by K.D. Hays

Complete list of mysteries to date starring sleuth Karen Maxwell, a divorced mother of two who works as an administrator in her brother’s private investigation firm. Written by K.D. Hays, a.k.a. Kate Dolan:

George Washington Stepped Here (Karen Maxwell Mystery Series #1)
Did the father of our country vandalize furniture and unwittingly create a valuable artifact or is the story about George just an elaborate hoax?
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Worth Its Weight in Old (Karen Maxwell Mystery Series #2)
Paintings slashed...furniture broken...someone is wreaking havoc at the Blue Moon Art & Antiques Gallery.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Related links:
Q&A: K.D. Hays (FamilyFiction)
K.D. Hays interview (Suspense Zone)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More detectives:
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
DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis: Murder) by Lee Goldberg
ADRIAN MONK by Lee Goldberg
FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
NANCY DREW by Carolyn Keene
HAMISH MACBETH by MC Beaton
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Monday, November 14, 2011

3 (Early) New Year's Resolutions for this writer

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I attended a marketing seminar hosted by our agent -- and got a boatload of great advice for any working author. The break from my normal routine also gave me some much-needed perspective on the whole thing -- that is, the business of being a writer. So, even though we're still only in November, I don't want to wait to start on my New Year's Resolutions.

1. Get blogging. A few years ago, I realized my varied interests were all crowding into this blog. At that time, I changed the name to The Thrill of it All, narrowing the blog's focus to mystery and thriller fiction -- and then created an assortment of other blogs as outlets for all the competing interests. (It made so much more sense at the time.) But, of course, when you have a half-dozen blogs about comics and television and other things, it just scatters your attention. So, I've started posting "farewell" entries on a few of the other blogs, and am recommitting myself to The Thrill of it All. Because, of course, this is the blog most closely associated to what I actually write.

2. Get writing. At my day job, we've been in launch-mode for a particular project for going on nineteen months. It's a project with which I'm thrilled, and we're making a lot of progress -- but it's also quite easy for me to find myself working a good 12 or 15 hours a day. Which doesn't leave anything left for much else. So I'm going to try and get that time down to, say, 10 or 12 hours a day, and take at least an hour a day to whittle away on my work-in-progress. My agent has waited long enough for this manuscript.

3. Get walking. More than ever, I'm finding a correlation between my general health and my ability to keep writing. I need my head to be clear and I need the energy to keep pushing at these stories. Contrary to what you may have heard, writing fiction is hard work. Anyone who says it's easy isn't doing it right. Or they have magic powers. So my wife and I are going to make more visits to the gym, osternsibly for "health" and "living a better, longer life" reasons. But you and I know it'll be for the writing.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Thomas & Mercer nabs McBain's 87th Precinct

Amazon's new mystery and thriller imprint Thomas & Mercer has acquired nearly 50 books written by mystery fiction legend Ed McBain, creator of the 87th Precinct series. The publisher will be releasing titles in both the 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope series in print, digital and audio formats, starting with The Mugger and The Con Man in December.
"McBain is a master of the mystery genre and we are thrilled to be able to repackage, publish and promote his unrivalled body of work," said Philip Patrick, Head of Rights & Licensing, Amazon Publishing. "One of the things we think Amazon Publishing can do is offer signature authors a new life for great backlist titles. Our agreement with the McBain estate is a perfect example of this approach."
Ed McBain was one of the many pen names of prolific author Evan Hunter (1926-2005). He created the ground-breaking police procedural 87th Precinct series, one of the longest running crime series ever published, which debuted in 1956 with Cop Hater and continued for more than 50 novels. McBain won the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Mystery Writers of America in 1986, and he was the first American to receive the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Cartier Diamond Dagger award. In his career, he sold more than 100 million books worldwide.
"Evan was always an innovator and I am thrilled that these books will be available again for his countless fans as well as a new generation of readers," said Dina Hunter, widow of Evan Hunter.
Related:
Thomas & Mercer imprint will publish McBain's books starting in Fall 2011 (press release)
Detectives: Ed McBain: 87TH PRECINCT
Sunday movie: Watch COP HATER Online Free (1958)
An Author By Any Other Name
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Amateur Sleuth BAILEY WALKER by Anita Higman

Complete list of cozy mystery whodunits starring amateur sleuth Bailey Walker. Written by Anita Higman:

Another Stab at Life (Volstead Manor Mystery Series #1)
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.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Another Hour To Kill (Volstead Manor Mystery Series #2)
With a mysterious murder to solve, a lost treasure to find, and a huge wedding to plan, Bailey has come undone. Then there's that next-door neighbor who thinks he's a vampire...
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Another Grave Matter (Volstead Manor Mystery Series #3)
Volstead Manor has caught on fire, and the last of its murderous secrets flare hot enough to drive Bailey back to her sleuthing.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more

Related links:
Q&A: Anita Higman (FamilyFiction)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More detectives:
SUMMER MEADOWS by Cynthia Hickey
ANNIE PETERSON (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries) by Janice Hanna
JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis: Murder) by Lee Goldberg
ADRIAN MONK by Lee Goldberg
FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
NANCY DREW by Carolyn Keene
HAMISH MACBETH by MC Beaton
IVY MALONE by Lorena McCourtney
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Free mysteries for your Kindle (Nov 6)

The eBook explosion continues -- and with Amazon's recent unveiling of four brand-new Kindles in time for Christmas, it's only going to, well, explode more. (My own Earl Walker mystery trilogy -- including the never-before-published finale Knocking 'Em Dead -- will find new life in eBook form come 2012, thanks to imprint Spyglass Lane Mysteries.)

All of which is to say, there are a bunch of mysteries, thrillers, suspense, romantic suspense and detective fiction titles you can download for cheap. Or free. (Don't have a Kindle? Amazon also has free apps for your computer, Android, Blackberry, or Apple device.)

In fact, here are some handy download links right now. This particular list is limited to traditional mysteries and/or cozy mysteries.*

Free Kindle Downloads**
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot)
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (Tommy and Tuppence)
Julius Katz Mysteries by Dave Zeltserman
The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton (Father Brown)

Cheap Kindle Downloads**
"House of Darkness" by Ellery Queen (99-cents) - short story (Ellery Queen)
The Thinking Machine Mysteries: Professor Van Dusen Stories by Jacques Futrelle (99-cents)
Wined and Died (A Home Crafting Mystery) by Cricket McRae ($1.99)
The Wedding Caper by Janice Hanna (99-cents) - Bridal Mayhem mysteries
Homicide at Blue Heron Lake (Mainely Mysteries) by Megan Elaine Davis (99-cents)
Another Stab at Life (Volstead Manor Series) by Anita Higman (99-cents)
George Washington Stepped Here (Karen Maxwell Mysteries) by K. D. Hays (99-cents)
Everybody Loved Roger Harden (Everybody's Suspect) by Cecil Murphey (99-cents)
Fudge-Laced Felonies by Cynthia Hickey (99-cents) - Summer Meadows mysteries
The Final Crumpet (The Royal Tunbridge Wells Mysteries) by Ron and Janet Benrey ($2.99)
Original Sin (A Colton Parker Mystery) by Brandt Dodson ($2.99)
Here Comes the Ride (Andi McConnell Mysteries) by Lorena McCourtney ($2.99)
Shadow of Reality (Elizabeth and Richard Mystery Series) by Donna Fletcher Crow ($2.99)
Undertow (The Julesburg Mysteries, Book Three) by Lorena McCourtney ($2.99)
Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder by Vannetta Chapman ($3.99)

*(I have not read all of these titles. These links are for informational and educational purposes only and not intended to induce any person to participate in the lottery or or download to their Kindle. Or whatever.)

**(The prices are set by the respective publishers and/or Amazon. I have nothing to do with them. Limited offer. Prices subject to change. Caveat emptor. Look before you leap. And such.)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 1) by M.C. Beaton

Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 1)
M.C. Beaton
St. Martin's Press
First published: 1985

The very first book in the bestselling Hamish Macbeth crime series! When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers -- or should that be fins? -- of those around her.

Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane's shrill voice permanently - until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must steer a course through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find a murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren't willing to talk, and the dead woman telling no tales, Hamish may well be in over his head for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers when cornered usually do strike again.

Related links:
Detectives: HAMISH MACBETH by MC Beaton 
Opening Theme: HAMISH MACBETH (Crime TV)
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Thursday, November 03, 2011

James Bond 23: SKYFALL

Apparently, today is the 50th anniversary of the press conference that announced Sean Connery would play James Bond in Dr. No.

And now the folks behind the next twenty-third James Bond film held a press conference to roll out details of the new film, Skyfall.

James Bond 23 Called Skyfall- It’s Official (Bleeding Cool)
James Bond Skyfall Plot Set-Up Revealed (Plus Official, High Quality Logo) (Bleeding Cool)
Interesting Things From The James Bond Skyfall Press Conference (Including Logo) (Bleeding Cool)

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

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Amateur sleuth SUMMER MEADOWS by Cynthia Hickey

Complete list of cozy mystery whodunits starring amateur sleuth Summer Meadows. Written by Cynthia Hickey:

Fudge-Laced Felonies (Summer Meadows Mysteries #1)
Summer Meadows entered church on Sunday not to find God, but to search for a killer.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more


Candy-Coated Secrets (Summer Meadows Mysteries #2)
Who would have thought escorting an elephant down Highway 64 could lead to murder?
* Buy for Kindle, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, smart phone, or Apple device
* Buy for iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more
* Buy for Nook


Chocolate-Covered Crime (Summer Meadows Mysteries #3)
When you're getting married on April Fool's Day and your wedding planner ends up murdered, what's a soon-to-be bride to do?
* Buy for Kindle, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, smart phone, or Apple device
* Buy for iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more
* Buy for Nook

Related links:
Q&A: Cynthia Hickey (FamilyFiction)
Cynthia Hickey interview (Suspense Zone)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)

More detectives:
EARL WALKER by Chris Well
ANNIE PETERSON (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries) by Janice Hanna
JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis: Murder) by Lee Goldberg
ADRIAN MONK by Lee Goldberg
FATHER BROWN by G.K. Chesterton
MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
NANCY DREW by Carolyn Keene
HAMISH MACBETH by MC Beaton
IVY MALONE by Lorena McCourtney
IVY TOWERS by Nancy Mehl
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

More PARKER coming from Darwyn Cooke

This past weekend at Long Beach Comic Con, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke talked about his success adapting Richard Stark's Parker series of crime novels for IDW Comics. From Comic Book Resources:
"I assumed 'Parker' would come and go and everyone in line would still be going, 'Green Lantern! Green Lantern!' But that doesn't happen! A lot of people have really turned on to this stuff. I have 23-year-old guys coming up to me and saying, 'I didn't know this was a line of books. I picked up five of them -- they're amazing!' So, in many ways, working with Donald -- in this sense, I'm doing more than I would have on my own."
It was announced at the panel that IDW is now planning on at least five "Parker" adaptations from Cooke. "I don't think I'm ever going to stop doing Parker," Cooke said.

Coming this December: Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition
Cooke's first two Parker comics, The Hunter and The Outfit, are collected in a special oversized hardcover -- with 65-pages of bonus content, including a brand-new story. Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter graphic novel debuted July 2008 and made the New York Times bestseller list and won Eisner and Harvey awards. The second graphic novel, The Outfit, was released last year. The Hunter and The Outfit tell the story of Richard Stark's classic anti-hero Parker, as he returns to New York to settle the score with his wife and partner in crime after they betray him in a heist gone terribly wrong. After evening the field and reclaiming his prize, the Outfit decide to do some score settling of their own... and learn much too late that when you push a man like Parker, it had better be all the way to the grave.

Related:
Donald Westlake: Gone, Not Forgotten
Donald Westlake 1933-2008
Crime Fiction with the masters
What's next for Richard Stark's PARKER

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.