Wednesday, 06 July 2011 10:26

altThere are always two sides to each story.

And that makes for good storytelling as Laurie R. King shows in her "e-novella" Beekeeping for Beginners.

Back in 1994, King imagined a meeting between 15-year-old Mary Russell and the retired Sherlock Holmes in the brilliant The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

It was an inspired meeting that lead to Russell and Holmes becoming partners and, through the 11 novels, a devoted couple. The Pirate King, the latest novel in the series, comes out in September.

But even the best stories can be revisited.

In the "e-novella," Beekeeping for Beginners gives a new and exciting twist to the Russell-Holmes meeting.

Beekeeping for Beginners goes on sale July 6 in e-book format. There's no denying that e-books are taking over and I think offering a short story or "e-novella" electronically is a brilliant piece of marketing.

The Beekeepers Apprentice was nominated for the Agatha best novel award and was deemed a Notable Young Adult book by the American Library Association.

The Beekeepers Apprentice also is a personal favorite. I would have loved to have had this novel when I was a teenager. The Beekeepers Apprentice shows an intelligent, confident young woman -- a girl power for the ages.

But The Beekeepers Apprentice cuts across all ages and it works perfectly well for adult readers.

Beekeeping With Laurie King
Oline Cogdill
beekeeping-with-laurie-king

altThere are always two sides to each story.

And that makes for good storytelling as Laurie R. King shows in her "e-novella" Beekeeping for Beginners.

Back in 1994, King imagined a meeting between 15-year-old Mary Russell and the retired Sherlock Holmes in the brilliant The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

It was an inspired meeting that lead to Russell and Holmes becoming partners and, through the 11 novels, a devoted couple. The Pirate King, the latest novel in the series, comes out in September.

But even the best stories can be revisited.

In the "e-novella," Beekeeping for Beginners gives a new and exciting twist to the Russell-Holmes meeting.

Beekeeping for Beginners goes on sale July 6 in e-book format. There's no denying that e-books are taking over and I think offering a short story or "e-novella" electronically is a brilliant piece of marketing.

The Beekeepers Apprentice was nominated for the Agatha best novel award and was deemed a Notable Young Adult book by the American Library Association.

The Beekeepers Apprentice also is a personal favorite. I would have loved to have had this novel when I was a teenager. The Beekeepers Apprentice shows an intelligent, confident young woman -- a girl power for the ages.

But The Beekeepers Apprentice cuts across all ages and it works perfectly well for adult readers.

Sunday, 03 July 2011 10:19

altHere's what the mystery fan can look forward to on TV this month.

RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT, July 11 at 10 p.m.) Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) return for the second series in this police procedural based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.

THE CLOSER (TNT, July 11 at 9 p.m.) This will be the final season for Kyra Sedgwick as the unorthodox, and very polite but determined, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. But we won't be done with this L.A. police squad. The Closer will spin off a new series about Mary McDonnell’s Captain Raydor.

DAMAGES (DirecTV, July 13, at 9 p.m.) Glenn Close's legal barracuda returns for the fourth season.

ZEN (PBS, July 17, at 9 p.m.) Michael Dibdin's series about Aurelio Zen makes its three-episode debut. The good news is that it's shot in Rome. The better news is it stars Rufus Sewell.

Photo: The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick and Jon Tenney. TNT photo

July Mystery Tv Offerings
Oline Cogdill
july-tv-offerings

altHere's what the mystery fan can look forward to on TV this month.

RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT, July 11 at 10 p.m.) Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) return for the second series in this police procedural based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.

THE CLOSER (TNT, July 11 at 9 p.m.) This will be the final season for Kyra Sedgwick as the unorthodox, and very polite but determined, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. But we won't be done with this L.A. police squad. The Closer will spin off a new series about Mary McDonnell’s Captain Raydor.

DAMAGES (DirecTV, July 13, at 9 p.m.) Glenn Close's legal barracuda returns for the fourth season.

ZEN (PBS, July 17, at 9 p.m.) Michael Dibdin's series about Aurelio Zen makes its three-episode debut. The good news is that it's shot in Rome. The better news is it stars Rufus Sewell.

Photo: The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick and Jon Tenney. TNT photo

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 10:51

All month, I have been amused by The Duffer Awards.

OK, so they may not quite be in the same league as the prestigious Edgars, the Anthonys or the Agathas.

But how can you not love an award that is subtitled: "Legendary Characters, Ridiculous Awards."

Started by Alafair Burke, the Duffers also are a cool way of kicking off buzz about her new novel, Long Gone, which is her first stand-alone work.

In Long Gone, the manager of a new art gallery arrives at work to find the gallery stripped bare as if it never exitsted and a dead body on the floor.

But back to the Duffers and how they work. The Duffers pit two crime fiction characters "matched head-to-head" against each other. As Alafair says on her blog, these are "very, very serious award categories like Most Likely to Win a Hot Dog Eating Contest and Odd Couples Most Likely to Win on Amazing Race."

altThe Duffers are simply for fun and, apparently, will become an annual event. I sure hope so.

And the readers are the winners because Alafair has been giving away books and more on her web site.

As Alafair says on her blog, "I think crime fiction characters need these kinds of very, very serious awards."

Here's a few examples:

Most Likely to Marry His Ex-Wife
Mickey Haller (Michael Connelly) v. Jesse Stone (Robert B. Parker)

Most Likely to Make a 15-mile Detour for Good Junk Food
Tess Monaghan (Laura Lippman) v. Kinsey Milhone (Sue Grafton)

Most Badass Sidekick
Bubba Rogowski (Dennis Lehane) v. Clinton "Skink" Tyree (Carl Hiaasen)

The Duffers, by the way, are named after Alafair's French bulldog, Duffer, at left, who is an absolute cutie.

Duffer Awards Have Bite
Oline Cogdill
duffer-awards-have-bite

All month, I have been amused by The Duffer Awards.

OK, so they may not quite be in the same league as the prestigious Edgars, the Anthonys or the Agathas.

But how can you not love an award that is subtitled: "Legendary Characters, Ridiculous Awards."

Started by Alafair Burke, the Duffers also are a cool way of kicking off buzz about her new novel, Long Gone, which is her first stand-alone work.

In Long Gone, the manager of a new art gallery arrives at work to find the gallery stripped bare as if it never exitsted and a dead body on the floor.

But back to the Duffers and how they work. The Duffers pit two crime fiction characters "matched head-to-head" against each other. As Alafair says on her blog, these are "very, very serious award categories like Most Likely to Win a Hot Dog Eating Contest and Odd Couples Most Likely to Win on Amazing Race."

altThe Duffers are simply for fun and, apparently, will become an annual event. I sure hope so.

And the readers are the winners because Alafair has been giving away books and more on her web site.

As Alafair says on her blog, "I think crime fiction characters need these kinds of very, very serious awards."

Here's a few examples:

Most Likely to Marry His Ex-Wife
Mickey Haller (Michael Connelly) v. Jesse Stone (Robert B. Parker)

Most Likely to Make a 15-mile Detour for Good Junk Food
Tess Monaghan (Laura Lippman) v. Kinsey Milhone (Sue Grafton)

Most Badass Sidekick
Bubba Rogowski (Dennis Lehane) v. Clinton "Skink" Tyree (Carl Hiaasen)

The Duffers, by the way, are named after Alafair's French bulldog, Duffer, at left, who is an absolute cutie.