Monday, May 12, 2008

5/12 Release: Fidelity by Thomas Perry

Fidelity by Thomas Perry

From Perry's site:
"When we meet a new person in life, we realize we are not only dealing with the person we see, but also with what he's seen and done and heard. I've always tried to reproduce that fact in my books, but this has been a particularly important part of the last few I've written — Nightlife, Silence, and now Fidelity. In a way, Fidelity takes this notion the farthest. In order to succeed, characters must learn to use the knowledge and intuition they have to understand the secrets of a dead man's past."

Saturday, May 10, 2008


It seems the majority of people are finding this blog by Googling for spoilers. And I don't really post many spoilers. Sorry!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sad news about Women's Murder Club

Kristin at E! says it's probably not coming back next season. Bah. I really like that show!

Mysteries in the Times Book Review (5/4/08)

In the Crime column, Marilyn Stasio focuses on Tom Rob Smith's Child 44, which we've discussed here before. The more I read about it, the more intriguing it sounds. I'll definitely get it from the library after my move. Stasio also discusses Kjell Eriksson's The Demon of Dakar, Chris Knopf's Head Wounds, and a new reprint of Derek Raymond's How the Dead Live.

Dwight Garner's Inside the List column discusses Harlan Coben's Hold Tight and the issue of parental supervision of children's online activities.

Mysteries on the Bestseller List
Hardcover Fiction:
1. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
2. Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark
3. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #9)
6. The Appeal by John Grisham
7. Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delaware)
9. Small Favor by Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden #10)
16. Winter Study by Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon)

Paperback Trade Fiction:
6. The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
7. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #8)

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. Simple Genius by David Baldacci
2. The Woods by Harlan Coben
3. Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child (Jack Reacher)
4. Creation in Death by J.D. Robb (Eve Dallas)
6. Hokus Pokus by Fern Michaels (The Sisterhood)
7. The Unquiet by John Connolly (Charlie Parker)
8. The River Knows by Amanda Quick
9. I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark
13. Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delaware)
15. The Atlantis Prophecy by Thomas Greanias
18. The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag

Maureen Corrigan on Mr. Whicher

On yesterday's Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan had an interesting review of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, which I'm reading now. Take a listen!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wednesday: What's on your shelf? (5/7)

This is going to look really familiar: I'm in the middle of moving, and have been reading little and watch less. Sorry. I'll get more interesting in a few weeks, I promise.

Reading: Still on The Man in the Woods by Rosemary Wells and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale.

Watching: I still have that Miss Marple from Netflix that I haven't managed to watch yet. And I have two Women's Murder Club to catch up on.

How about you? What's on your shelf?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

New Releases: 5/6

A few big name releases today:

Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
Blurb from George's site:
"Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. The closest town, better known for its tourists and its surfing than its intrigue, seems an unlikely place for murder. However, it soon becomes apparent that a clever killer is indeed at work, and this time Lynley is not a detective but a witness and possibly a suspect."

Phantom Prey by John Sandford
From the summary on Sandford's site:
"A widow comes home to her large house in a wealthy, exclusive suburb to find blood on the walls, no body – and her college-age daughter missing. She's always known that her daughter ran with a bad bunch. What did she call them – Goths?...

But the police can't find the girl, alive or dead, and the widow truly panics. There's someone she knows, a surgeon named Weather Davenport, whose husband is a big deal with the police, and she implores Weather to get her husband directly involved. Lucas gets in only reluctantly – but then when a second Goth is slashed to death in Minneapolis, he starts working it hard. The clues don't seem to add up, though. And then there's the young Goth who keeps appearing and disappearing: Who is she? Where does she come from and, more important, where does she vanish to?"

And Stuart Woods's Shoot Him If He Runs is now in paperback:

Monday, May 5, 2008

2008 Edgar Award Winners

The Edgars were awarded on May 1. Here are the winners. The awards are given by the Mystery Writers of America.

TV: Bones 3.12 - The Baby in the Bough

Brennan with a baby. Hah. Yeah.

Plot: Booth and Brennan get called to the scene of a car accident, because the driver of the car was set on fire and the body is therefore unrecognizable. Booth hears crying, and they find a baby. In a tree. Yeah. Apparently, when the car crashed, the baby's carseat flew up into the tree and stayed there. So they get the baby out, and then they find a key that might provide vital evidence, and then - shocking! - the baby swallows the key, and therefore has to stay with Booth and Brennan until the evidence comes out the other end. (And, by happy coincidence, Brennan is registered as a foster parent! Yeah.) Brennan and Booth, with baby in tow, follow the clues to a small town in West Virginia and eventually figure out what happened to the baby's mother. The whole set up is rather more unbelievable than usual - it's like they said "Hey, let's make them have to interact with a baby!" and then just made stuff up to get there. But the actual mystery is decent.

Booth/Brennan: The baby stuff was actually pretty cute, but there was something even more interesting to the Booth/Brennan relationship. At the beginning of the episode, Booth realizes that Brennan's books and movie deal have made her pretty wealthy, so he spends the rest of the episode trying to convince her to buy a vacation house so he can fish. She keeps shooting down the idea, of course, but neither of them questions his assumption that her vacation house would be for their joint use. Hmmm...

The Squints: There was some hilarious stuff with Angela saying she wanted "a million" kids and Hodgins panicking and then subtly trying to reduce the number.

Overall Grade: B+

Huffington Post Review: Slip of the Knife

Fred Klein at the Huffington Post has a review of Slip of the Knife, a mystery by Scottish author Denise Mina. I haven't heard of Mina before, but the novel sounds interesting.

Huffington Post Review of Child 44 Audiobook

The Huffington Post has a review of the audiobook of Child 44.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

TV: Without a Trace 6:15 - Deja Vu

This episode aired on April 24. Recap by Amy W.


This week's missing person: Jay McCann
A coma patient named Jay McCann awakens three years after the car crash that put him in the hospital. His awakening and subsequent recovery is deemed a miracle, and while taking a walk outside of the rehab center, he "fades" out. The team follows several false leads, including that his wife was having an affair, and a father of another coma patient asking Jay to "unlock" his coma-ridden son.

Through their investigation, the team finds that a mistress was blackmailing Jay – a mistress that has been missing since Jay's accident. Jay was carrying a cashier's check to pay the woman off. However, he was delayed by the accident, and she lost her temper. His brother, on site to take her to the airport after the payoff, accidentally killed her in a struggle. When his brother confirms this memory to Jay, Jay insists on going to the police. His brother refuses, but Jay leaves his brother under the impression that he is going to the authorities. He is later found, unconscious and missing his wallet, on the subway. The episode ends with him back in a coma, in another hospital.

Ongoing plot development: Jack and Jen Long
Jack is still in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds. While awaiting his sponge bath, his iPhone rings and he listens to a panicked voice mail message from Jen Long. Through the episode, Jack keeps asking Sam to check in on Jen, but Sam puts him off, telling him that she is too busy with the McCann case. Jack gets fed up, doses himself on his pain pills and breaks out of the hospital.

Jack confronts Jen's mother first, who is fairly hostile with him since Jen has been put on a witness list to testify against her abductor. She believes however that Jen is safe, as she has been sent to stay with her aunt. Jack makes her listen to the panicked message, and she tells him how to find the aunt. When he arrives, the apartment is open and he finds the aunt locked in the closet. The abductor had been there, beating the aunt, until she let it slip that Jen might be at the park. Jack goes to the park and talks to a group of punks (with horrible drawn-on tattoos) and they tell him that the abductor had also been there looking for her as well. He tries to talk to other people, but his health is failing quickly. He eventually tracks her to a diner that he "remembers" and hears her struggling in the back. She's being forced into a van, which Jack shoots at. The van loses control and hits Jack, but the driver manages to get out with a gun. From the ground Jack fires off shots and kills him. Jen thanks Sam, who has finally managed to arrive on the scene, as her ordeal is now over.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Want to know about Bones season four?

No, I'm not going to spoil you here. But if you want to know, you should go read the April 30 edition of Ask Ausiello.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Swedish Crime: The Ice Princess

International Noir Fiction has an interesting review of The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg. Unfortunately, it's not out in the U.S. yet. I'm not sure I've ever read a Swedish mystery - or novel at all, for that matter - so I'd be very interested to give this one a try. The reviewer's comments on the differentiation between cozy mysteries and more "noir" crime novels are worth a look, too.

Library Journal Genre Spotlight

Library Journal published their 2008 mystery genre spotlight a few weeks ago. It's an interesting look at current trends and upcoming events in mystery publishing. It has some interesting stuff about audiobooks and large print, as well as "regular" books. International and historical mysteries are on the rise, yay! Also, there's an interview with Meg Gardiner.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

CWA's Cartier Diamond Dagger to Sue Grafton

The Crime Writers' Association has announced that its Cartier Diamond Dagger award for 2008 will be given to Sue Grafton. The prize is awarded for "sustained excellence in the genre of crime writing."

New Releases: 5/1

Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock
This is #4 in Blackstock's Restoration series of Christian suspense novels. It seems to involve "the end of a global electrical blackout and murder."

Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart
This is romantic suspense, and the author's site has this description:
In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law.

Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd – tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead – but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.

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(Late) Wednesday: What's on your shelf? (5/1)

Oops, totally forgot to post this yesterday! Sorry! So what are you all reading and watching this week? I'm...

Reading: A few non-mysteries, actually. But I am reading an out-of-print young adult mystery called The Man in the Woods by Rosemary Wells. Oh, and I just started The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective, which is about a real murder case that, according to the author, helped shape detective fiction. Here's an extract from the book, by Kate Summerscale.

Watching: I still have that Miss Marple from Netflix that I haven't managed to watch yet. I'm thrilled that Bones is back, and I have Tuesday's Women's Murder Club on the TiVo. Look for reviews of all those sometime this weekend. (I hope. I'm moving, so I won't have as much free time as normal.)

How about you? What's on your shelf?

Booking Through Thursday: Mayday!

I've done this meme before on my regular blog, but since it's about books I figured I'd move it over here.

Today's question:

Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….

First, let me just say that it is very seldom that I leave the house at all without books or knitting - and I often have both. But okay, I'll go along with the hypothetical. And, of course, the answer is that I would buy books at the airport! One good thing about reading lots of genre fiction is that it's easy to find mysteries or romances at airports or Target or even the grocery store, if you're stuck. And if for some reason the bookshop wasn't open, surely there would be somewhere to buy a newspaper or some magazines, at least, right?