Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:44

altMystery writers not only are among the nicest people around but they also are eager to help those in need.

The 14 authors who belong to the award-winning Criminal Minds blog have banded together to offer their support the Humane Society of West Alabama -- a non-profit, all-volunteer, no kill shelter in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Tuscaloosa was one of the cities hardest hit by the tornadoes and storms. The shelter's facilities were not badly damaged but they are in desperate need of supplies and donations. Also, the task of caring for and identifying lost and misplaced pets is overwhelming.

Each of the authors who writes the Criminal Minds blog has donated signed copies of their latest novels to be auctioned off en masse on eBay.

The winner will receive the entire collection, which includes mysteries, thrillers, and paranormal fiction. The group will donate 100% of the final bid to the shelter. The auction ends May 13.

Here's where to place a bid.

Here's what the winner will receive:

Hard Cover
Rock Bottom by Erin Brokovich with C.J. Lyons (signed by C.J. only)
The Curse-Maker by Kelli Stanley
Dead in the Water by Meredith Cole
Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely
Monkology by Gary Phillips
The Last Striptease by Michael Wiley
The Damage Done by Hillary Davidson

Paperback
A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
iDRAKULA by Bekka Black
Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
The Jook by Gary Phillips
Orange County Noir by Gary Phillips
Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Day One by Bill Cameron
Before Cain Strikes by Joshua Corin
Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes
Black Rain by Graham Brown
Black Sun by Graham Brown

Criminal Minds Help Humane Society
Oline Cogdill
criminal-minds-help-humane-society

altMystery writers not only are among the nicest people around but they also are eager to help those in need.

The 14 authors who belong to the award-winning Criminal Minds blog have banded together to offer their support the Humane Society of West Alabama -- a non-profit, all-volunteer, no kill shelter in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Tuscaloosa was one of the cities hardest hit by the tornadoes and storms. The shelter's facilities were not badly damaged but they are in desperate need of supplies and donations. Also, the task of caring for and identifying lost and misplaced pets is overwhelming.

Each of the authors who writes the Criminal Minds blog has donated signed copies of their latest novels to be auctioned off en masse on eBay.

The winner will receive the entire collection, which includes mysteries, thrillers, and paranormal fiction. The group will donate 100% of the final bid to the shelter. The auction ends May 13.

Here's where to place a bid.

Here's what the winner will receive:

Hard Cover
Rock Bottom by Erin Brokovich with C.J. Lyons (signed by C.J. only)
The Curse-Maker by Kelli Stanley
Dead in the Water by Meredith Cole
Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely
Monkology by Gary Phillips
The Last Striptease by Michael Wiley
The Damage Done by Hillary Davidson

Paperback
A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
iDRAKULA by Bekka Black
Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
The Jook by Gary Phillips
Orange County Noir by Gary Phillips
Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Day One by Bill Cameron
Before Cain Strikes by Joshua Corin
Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes
Black Rain by Graham Brown
Black Sun by Graham Brown

Monday, 09 May 2011 19:47

The nominees for this year’s Anthony Awards, which are given at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, have been announced by conference chair, Jon Jordan, and awards chair, John Purcell.

Bouchercon 2011 will be Sept. 15-18 in St. Louis.

Our congratulations to all the nominees.


Best Novel
Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny - Minotaur Books
I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman - William Morrow
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin – William Morrow
The Lock Artist - Steve Hamilton - Minotaur
Faithful Place - Tana French - Viking


Best First Novel
Rogue Island- Bruce DeSilva - Forge Books
The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron - Minotaur Books
Snow Angels - James Thompson - Putnam
Damage Done - Hilary Davidson - Forge Books
Sherlockian, The - Graham Moore - Twelve


Best Paperback Original
The Hanging Tree - Brian Gruley – Touchstone (Simon and Schuster)
Expiration Date - Duane Swierczynski - Minotaur Books
Drive Time - Hank Phillipi Ryan - Mira
Long Time Coming - Robert Goddard - Bantam
Vienna Secrets - Frank Tallis - Random House


Best Short Story
The Frame Maker - Simon Wood - The Back Alley
Homeless - Pat Morin - Mystery Montage
Scent of Lilacs - Doug Allyn – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
Swing Shift - Dana Cameron - Crimes By Moonlight
The Hitter - Chris Holm – Needle
So Much in Common - Mary Jane Maffini - EQMM Sept/Oct. 2010


Best Graphic Novel
Sickness in the Family - Denise Mina – Vertigo Crime
Beasts of Burden – Jill Thompson/Evan Dorkin – Dark Horse
Richard Stark's Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit –Darwyn Cooke - IDW Press
The Chill - Jason Starr – Vertigo Crime
Scalped Vol 6 - The Gnawing - Jason Aaron – Vertigo
Tumor - Joshua Hale Fialkov/ Noel Tuazon - ARCHAIA STUDIOS PRESS


Best Critical /Non-Fiction
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks - John Curran – Harper Collins
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads - David Morrell - Oceanview
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies - Steve Doyle - For Dummies
The Wire: Truth Be Told - Rafael Alvarez - Grove Press
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History - Yunte Huang - W. W. Norton & Company


Best Website/Blog
Jen's Book Thoughts - Jen Forbus
Stop. You're Killing Me - Surber/Ulrich
Rap Sheet, The - J. Kingston Pierce
Sirens of Suspense - Chantelle Aimée Osman
Spinetingler - Sandra Ruttan

2011 Anthony Award Nominees
Oline Cogdill
2011-anthony-award-nominees

The nominees for this year’s Anthony Awards, which are given at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, have been announced by conference chair, Jon Jordan, and awards chair, John Purcell.

Bouchercon 2011 will be Sept. 15-18 in St. Louis.

Our congratulations to all the nominees.


Best Novel
Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny - Minotaur Books
I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman - William Morrow
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin – William Morrow
The Lock Artist - Steve Hamilton - Minotaur
Faithful Place - Tana French - Viking


Best First Novel
Rogue Island- Bruce DeSilva - Forge Books
The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron - Minotaur Books
Snow Angels - James Thompson - Putnam
Damage Done - Hilary Davidson - Forge Books
Sherlockian, The - Graham Moore - Twelve


Best Paperback Original
The Hanging Tree - Brian Gruley – Touchstone (Simon and Schuster)
Expiration Date - Duane Swierczynski - Minotaur Books
Drive Time - Hank Phillipi Ryan - Mira
Long Time Coming - Robert Goddard - Bantam
Vienna Secrets - Frank Tallis - Random House


Best Short Story
The Frame Maker - Simon Wood - The Back Alley
Homeless - Pat Morin - Mystery Montage
Scent of Lilacs - Doug Allyn – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
Swing Shift - Dana Cameron - Crimes By Moonlight
The Hitter - Chris Holm – Needle
So Much in Common - Mary Jane Maffini - EQMM Sept/Oct. 2010


Best Graphic Novel
Sickness in the Family - Denise Mina – Vertigo Crime
Beasts of Burden – Jill Thompson/Evan Dorkin – Dark Horse
Richard Stark's Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit –Darwyn Cooke - IDW Press
The Chill - Jason Starr – Vertigo Crime
Scalped Vol 6 - The Gnawing - Jason Aaron – Vertigo
Tumor - Joshua Hale Fialkov/ Noel Tuazon - ARCHAIA STUDIOS PRESS


Best Critical /Non-Fiction
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks - John Curran – Harper Collins
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads - David Morrell - Oceanview
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies - Steve Doyle - For Dummies
The Wire: Truth Be Told - Rafael Alvarez - Grove Press
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History - Yunte Huang - W. W. Norton & Company


Best Website/Blog
Jen's Book Thoughts - Jen Forbus
Stop. You're Killing Me - Surber/Ulrich
Rap Sheet, The - J. Kingston Pierce
Sirens of Suspense - Chantelle Aimée Osman
Spinetingler - Sandra Ruttan

Sunday, 08 May 2011 10:28

altWhen Robert B. Parker died suddenly on Jan. 18, 2010, the best-selling author passed away at his desk, working on a novel.

Parker was 77 and his career spanned more than 45 novels, including his popular series about the Boston private investigator Spenser (39 novels since 1974) and Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone (nine novels since 1997).

Parker had often been called the dean of American crime fiction. In 2002, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Parker's legacy of novels will continue thanks to a deal struck by the Robert B. Parker Estate and his long-time publisher G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Crime fiction novelist Ace Atkins, top, will continue the Spenser series, with the first novel to be published in the Spring 2012.

altMichael Brandman, producer and screenwriter of the CBS-TV “Jesse Stone” movies, will take over the Jesse Stone novels, with the first due out in September 2011.

Having a novelist continue the series of a deceased author isn't exactly new. The characters and plots established in the novels of the late Robert Ludlum and the late Lawrence Sanders have continued under new authors.

But the quality of those legacy novels has been mixed.

But in this case, I think the two authors will bring a fresh perspective to Spenser and Stone.

Brandman has shown a real affinity for Parker's work and has been a long-time collaborator of the author. A Hollywood producer and screenwriter, Brandman along with actor Tom Selleck co-wrote and produced the CBS television movies featuring Selleck as Jesse Stone. Those films include Stone Cold, Night Passage, Sea Change and Death in Paradise. Brandman also produced three adaptations of Parker’s Spenser novels for the A&E network.

Brandman’s first Jesse Stone novel will be Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues, scheduled to be published on September 13, 2011.

altBut I think Atkins' interpretation of Spenser will be the most exciting.

A former journalist who was a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, Atkins was 27 years old when his first novel was published. Crossroad Blues was the first of four novels about Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned blues historian at Tulane University.

But Atkins, the author of nine novels, found a real niche in his historical fiction such as White Shadow, about the 1950s murder of a Tampa mobster, Devil's Garden about the 1920s comedian Fatty Arbuckle and Infamous, which looked at the 1930s gangster Machine Gun Kelly.

altAtkins' novel The Ranger, due out in June, will debut his Quinn Colson series. Colson is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who returns home to north Mississippi to fight corruption on his home turf.

Then it's on to Spenser.

Atkins said he has been a fan of Parker's novels since high school.

"Reading Spenser is what inspired me to become a crime novelist," Atkins said. "Years ago, my mom waited in a long line at a booksigning in Atlanta to get a copy of Double Deuce signed by Parker for my 21st birthday. The inscription he wrote is when I first learned Bob's nickname was Ace. It's still one of my prized possessions. For me and a ton of readers, Spenser occupies that fourth chair at a table shared by Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Lew Archer. There are plenty of imitations but only one Spenser.”

Parker's last few completed novels were published posthumously by Putnam. The final work, Sixkill, the 39th entry in the Spenser series will hit the bookstores on May 3.

Parker also wrote several well-received westerns and other crime and suspense works. He created the female detective Sunny Randall for actress Helen Hunt who wanted him to write a part for her to play. Although the movie version was never filmed, his publisher the character and asked Parker to continue the series, according to the New York Times.

Ace Atkins to Continue Spenser Novels
Oline Cogdill
ace-atkins-to-continue-spencer-novels

altWhen Robert B. Parker died suddenly on Jan. 18, 2010, the best-selling author passed away at his desk, working on a novel.

Parker was 77 and his career spanned more than 45 novels, including his popular series about the Boston private investigator Spenser (39 novels since 1974) and Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone (nine novels since 1997).

Parker had often been called the dean of American crime fiction. In 2002, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Parker's legacy of novels will continue thanks to a deal struck by the Robert B. Parker Estate and his long-time publisher G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Crime fiction novelist Ace Atkins, top, will continue the Spenser series, with the first novel to be published in the Spring 2012.

altMichael Brandman, producer and screenwriter of the CBS-TV “Jesse Stone” movies, will take over the Jesse Stone novels, with the first due out in September 2011.

Having a novelist continue the series of a deceased author isn't exactly new. The characters and plots established in the novels of the late Robert Ludlum and the late Lawrence Sanders have continued under new authors.

But the quality of those legacy novels has been mixed.

But in this case, I think the two authors will bring a fresh perspective to Spenser and Stone.

Brandman has shown a real affinity for Parker's work and has been a long-time collaborator of the author. A Hollywood producer and screenwriter, Brandman along with actor Tom Selleck co-wrote and produced the CBS television movies featuring Selleck as Jesse Stone. Those films include Stone Cold, Night Passage, Sea Change and Death in Paradise. Brandman also produced three adaptations of Parker’s Spenser novels for the A&E network.

Brandman’s first Jesse Stone novel will be Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues, scheduled to be published on September 13, 2011.

altBut I think Atkins' interpretation of Spenser will be the most exciting.

A former journalist who was a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, Atkins was 27 years old when his first novel was published. Crossroad Blues was the first of four novels about Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned blues historian at Tulane University.

But Atkins, the author of nine novels, found a real niche in his historical fiction such as White Shadow, about the 1950s murder of a Tampa mobster, Devil's Garden about the 1920s comedian Fatty Arbuckle and Infamous, which looked at the 1930s gangster Machine Gun Kelly.

altAtkins' novel The Ranger, due out in June, will debut his Quinn Colson series. Colson is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who returns home to north Mississippi to fight corruption on his home turf.

Then it's on to Spenser.

Atkins said he has been a fan of Parker's novels since high school.

"Reading Spenser is what inspired me to become a crime novelist," Atkins said. "Years ago, my mom waited in a long line at a booksigning in Atlanta to get a copy of Double Deuce signed by Parker for my 21st birthday. The inscription he wrote is when I first learned Bob's nickname was Ace. It's still one of my prized possessions. For me and a ton of readers, Spenser occupies that fourth chair at a table shared by Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Lew Archer. There are plenty of imitations but only one Spenser.”

Parker's last few completed novels were published posthumously by Putnam. The final work, Sixkill, the 39th entry in the Spenser series will hit the bookstores on May 3.

Parker also wrote several well-received westerns and other crime and suspense works. He created the female detective Sunny Randall for actress Helen Hunt who wanted him to write a part for her to play. Although the movie version was never filmed, his publisher the character and asked Parker to continue the series, according to the New York Times.