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For me, book collecting, is a passion and has nothing to do with logic or rationality. There's just something about holding a book of value in my hands that rings all of my bells.

That's not to say that I keep every book that I receive. Far from it. Every year I cull out books I know I'll never read and have little interest in keeping. Thrifts and a local used bookstore are the recipients of this "largesse. Fortunately I have quite a few arcs and books left over after I send out the ones for review so that I always give my friends and neighbors the books and ask them not to return them.

I never lend books from my 1st edition collection.

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That way I never have to go after a lent book which is embarrassing for both parties. If it is a book I value, I hold onto it with a vice-like grip. And like most book collectors I always have a small Want List that I carry in my wallet so that if I run across a book that might complete a series of books I already have, then I snag it. You see, I have a complete set of Connelly's U. And it is a strange book. The "true" first edition is the U. Copies of the U.

The U. I always wondered how I was going to get that last elusive piece of my Connelly puzzle because I wasn't willing to pay that amount. Last year I tried to pry one out of the hands of a friend in the U. It had a couple of minor defects a slight spine slant, browning pages and a very small, almost unnoticeable water spot on the title page.

It was good enough for me and I bought it, even though that's a lot to spend on a book. The dust jacket is bright and in very good condition. I can fix the spine slant with a book press I have. There's nothing I can do about the page browing because the book was printed on what appears to be very acidic paper. All in all, I am very pleased. It will be worth a lot more than its price when I get it signed, but I think it's major value will be as part of a complete set. So you see, Christmas has already come for me. Dec 16, I've been absent from the site for awhile.

Just not a lot to say. There was a major typo on the cover of the latest issue. It states that Issue 66 is the Summer issue and it should have said the Fall issue. So disregard the season and just go by the number of the issue. I've been hard at work getting Issue 67 out in to keep the post office happy. I've started to lay it out. The cover article is about relatives who write mystery thriller fiction -- either together or separately. Charles Todd will be on the cover. I hope not. If you visit my new and improved website, www.

Michael McGarrity has crafted a richly authentic adventure of rough-hewn men and courageous women set in the hard country of the frontier American Southwest. In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas Plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murdering outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south, hiring on as a hand until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory that forever changes his life.

Spanning the years to , HARD COUNTRY is as much about the expansion of a nation as it is about the search for love, lost family, and new beginnings in the harsh, sun-scorched, sand-blasted beauty of gypsum sands, black lava beds, and towering mountain ranges. It is an epic that infuses the tradition of the great Western novel with historically accurate settings and intelligently drawn characters. Packed with an honest portrayal of the people and events that set into motion range wars, Indian raids, cattle rustling, rough justice, long-standing feuds, murder, and the final closing of the frontier, HARD COUNTRY resonates with a hard-bitten, atmospheric reality.

It is the Western reinvented and enlarged into an historic family saga that above all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest. October 14, I promised a subscriber that I would post a photo of our newest granddaughter Chloe. This photo is my wallpaper on my computer and was taken in a 2-hour photo shoot that Grandma Easter arranged a couple of months ago. I just love it, so I hope no one objects to this personal aside on the website.

I tickle her tummy every morning. We have Bouchercon in St. Louis coming up this week. This will give fans a chance to meet and carry on a conversation in a more relaxed atmosphere than a formal signing line. Some are groups of authors such as the Barry Award winners and the Macavity Award winners whose names will be announced on Thursday night at the Opening Ceremonies. They have all been invited to one of our signing times. One of them, Raymond Benson, is even bringing some booze to give out that should attract a crowd. There is a scheduled time for all attending Severn House authors.

As you are probably aware I've become a big fan of this line, and will be pleased to meet some new authors to the line at our "meet and greet signing. This is an experiment to see how it goes, but if no one shows up at least Mike and I will have some quality time with some of our favorite authors. It is with a very heavy heart that I report on the passing of Enid Schantz.

For many years Enid and her husband Tom operated The Rue Morgue, a mystery bookstore in Boulder, Colorado and one of the most successful in the States. When they sold it a few years ago, they continued to successfully operate the Rue Morgue Press, publishing their favorite mysteries from the s, '40s and 50's. They were a fixture in the bookrooms of many, many Bouchercons and Left Coast Crime conventions they even put on at least one Bouchercon and one Left Coast Crime Convention. For many years Tom and Enid reviewed mystery fiction for the Denver news media. She was the one who gave me a short course on how to tell if a book was a first edition or not.

I worked closely with them on the Denver Bouchercon because they twisted my arm to produce the program book. Where Enid was quiet and softspoken, Tom could often be bombastic. But it worked for them and they were an inseparable duo. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom at this most difficult time. Enid will be sorely missed. August 11, E-mail your order to: george deadlypleasures.

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Jan Fabel returns to the Hamburg murder squad to track down a horrifying killer. In the dark and slimy streets of Wapping a prostitute is beaten half to death, a not uncommon fate in late 18th century London. So begins this gripping tale set in in the Port of London: a cruel villain holds sway over the underworld.

His name is Boylin. His face is scarred by lime and his back by the two hundred lashes he received following a naval court martial. He holds Captain Tom Pascoe responsible for his suffering. They meet again when Pascoe becomes River Surveyor for the newly formed marine police. They've had orders to investigate a sudden fall in government revenue that is affecting the nation's ability to fight the war against Napoleon and stem the rising tide of Irish rebellion. Pascoe knows that Boylin is behind it, but he can't prove anything, yet.

But her quest for the truth has brought her into contact with some very dangerous people who want to silence her — permanently. Spring England is a powder keg of rumour and fear. Plague rages, famine is rife, the ageing Queen's couriers scheme: Elizabeth's Golden Age is truly tarnished.

Meanwhile Spain watches and waits - and plots. Into this turmoil a small cart clatters through the streets of London, carrying a deadly load. It is the first in a wave of horrific bombing attacks on the Dutch immigrant community that will change John Shakespeare's life for ever. Driven on by cold rage, Shakespeare's investigations will take him from magnificent royal horse races to the opulent chambers of Black Luce's brothel, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe, and from the elegant offices of master tactician Robert Cecil to the splintering timbers of an explosive encounter at sea.

As Shakespeare delves ever deeper, he uncovers intricate layers of mystery and deception that threaten the heart not only of the realm, but of all that he holds dear. October Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing.

Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine…. Nice to see Steve Hamilton and S. Watson nominated twice. Liked both their books a lot. DP 65 is done and I'm within hours of sending it to the printer.

My Marine son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter Chloe have been home on leave and I'm driving back to California with him on July 4th to help him move apartments. I'll be back on the 7th and I hope to mail the issue on July 8th. Sorry about the delay. This issue has been very difficult for me for some reason. I just couldn't get a block of time free to dive into it. If I understand Larry Gandle's cryptic text message correctly, here are the winners:. It's time to vote for the Barry Awards. Deadline is this Saturday, April 30th. A couple of authors are coming out with e-book only short stories.

April, 28, Brett Battles has a new, excellent thriller out in his "Cleaner" series. Highly recommended. He also has joined the crowd of authors who are publishing some of their works as e-books only. For all the reported ills of the crime fiction publishing world, they still seem able to publish many more good books than I have time to read.

April 7, Just click on the titles below to read the stories:. Yes, Raymond Chandler! Who would think that the long-dead master of crime fiction would be making news in ? It had been the crime thriller writer's wish to be buried alongside Cissy Chandler, who died in But because he left no instruction for what to do with her ashes after his death in , it has taken more than five decades to bring them together. More than literary fans gathered on Monday to see a grave marker unveiled to commemorate their reunion.

With the help of John Wayne's lawyer daughter Aissa, he persuaded a Los Angeles judge in September to approve a reburial. Cissy Chandler's ashes -- previously stored at a nearby mausoleum in a shed with garden tools - arrived in a caravan of vintage cars as a band played When the Saints Go Marching In. A priest from St. Guests included US actor Powers Boothe, who played Chandler's most famous creation, private eye Philip Marlowe, on television in the s.

The character was memorably brought to life by Humphrey Bogart in the classic s film adaptation of his novel The Big Sleep. Maggie and Mary attended and said that the ceremony was wonderful. The actor, Powers Boothe, spoke for a long time and read passages of Chandler that were wonderful. It would have been fabulous to have the program recorded. First Loren Latker and Ann Lipscomb Hill, who arranged for this ceremony to take place, spoke, then the attorney John Wayne's daughter that filed the petition and got court approval to move Cissy spoke, then Judith Freeman who wrote about Raymond and Cissy spoke, then Powers Boothe Marlowe in the movies spoke for the longest time.

Then the Episcopal Priest spoke. Then everyone went around the plot while the priest put her down into the hole and said prayers. All the time the Dixieland Band played wonderful songs. The lady on the keyboard is the daughter of a BIG mystery collector Maggie knows him and her father went to Raymond's original funeral. They explained about her ashes being in a storage room with equipment at Cypress Cemetery. By law they could have thrown out the ashes after one year but they still had them after all these years. Lots of people dressed in period clothing which was wonderful. There were a large portion of the people from out of San Diego and out of State.

By the way, we saw Marlowe Powers Boothe leaning against his car waiting for the driver smoking a cigarette. Not being shy, we asked if it was appropriate for him to sign the program. Therefore we all got his signature on the program. I am pleased to announce the Barry Award Nominations.

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I'm setting an early deadline for voting: April 30, Bouchercon is a month earlier this year and I want to have plenty of time to invite winning authors who aren't signed up for Bouchercon. He is coming out with a sequel. Here's what Declan Burke said on his blog about it:. Quoth the blurb elves:. So, on balance, my answer to both questions is a cautious yes. Only time, that perfidiously gravel-throated canary, will tell … ". This series is billed as a Young Adult series, but we've all found out that adults can enjoy it just as much.

Feb 5, I'm a big fan of British TV crime dramas. Here in the U. I found interesting this column in the lastest newsletter from the Whodunit mystery bookstore in Winnepeg, Canada:. The Field of Blood based on the Denise Mina novel about a would-be journalist who becomes entangled in a murder case.

Denise Mina is a little dark for me but I know she has many fans among our customers. The private eye is played by Jason Isaacs. Vera , based on the novels of Ann Cleeves, featuring detective inspector Vera Stanhope. Macmillan have reissued a number of the titles in this series with covers showing scenes from the series. Brenda Blethyn plays the lead character. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is based on the true-crime book by Kate Summerscale about murder in a Victorian country house. Shooting for this series, which starts with the second novel Vendetta , began in Italy last Spring.

In the U. The Dilys Award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of the first specialty bookstore of mystery books in the United States. The award will be presented at Left Coast Crime in March. Larry Gandle is one of my best friends, as well as being my Assistant Editor. Opposites attract -- he tries to keep me from being too positive about certain books and I try to keep him from being too negative.

We're good for other that way. We usually only get to spend a couple of days together per year at a mystery convention. But he is in nearby Park City today and I'm going up to spend the afternoon and evening with him and his medical buddies. He's in the midst of his annual reading of the Edgar Award nominees.

It seems to be a concensus favorite and should be nominated for many awards. We are in the final stages of the Barry Award nominations process and I should have the results for everything but the Barry Short Story Award sometime next week and I will announce them on this site at that time. We are getting them out a couple of months earlier this year so that we can invite winning authors to Bouchercon if they haven't signed up already. Last year, by the time I had the winners determined and invited the winning authors it was too late to change their schedules.

We missed out on Alan Bradley, John Hart and Philip Kerr, all of whom said they would have attended if they had gotten notice earlier. This has been a primary source for my news of the mystery fiction world. But I can understand that Sarah's life has taken on a new direction and she won't have the time to devote to the blog.

And I think she is a bit burned-out. I wish Sarah well with her writing and her new "almost full-time" job as the News Editor for Publishers Marketplace. She does recommend the following sites to visit: " The Rap Sheet , of course. Jen's Book Thoughts. Detectives Beyond Borders. Crime Always Pays. And the great Jiro Kimura's The Gumshoe Site , which I firmly believe will be the last crime fiction website standing, outliving everybody. The winners will be selected by ballot at the convention. We are delighted to announce the nominees for books published in The Lefty has been awarded for the best humorous mystery novel since This year's nominees, in alphabetical order, are:.

Eva Gabrielsson, the longtime partner of the Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, says in a new memoir that she wants to secure the rights to complete Mr. According to Agence France-Presse, which obtained a copy of the memoir, scheduled for publication in France, Norway and Sweden next week, Ms. Gabrielsson says that she and Mr. Editor's note: It has long been reported that Eva is in possession of Stieg's laptop that contained the unfinished manuscript of the elusive 4th book in the series, but that she wasn't going to do anything with it because under Swedish law she didn't have any rights to the book because she and Stieg weren't legally married.

It looks like now she may be "negotiating" with Stieg's estate to get some literary rights to that 4th book. I just hope that it was close to being finished by Stieg before he died, so that a lot of it doesn't have to be written by someone else. January 24, The Great Recession is continuing to have a negative effect on mystery bookstores. Those that haven't gone out of business struggle competing against big chain discounting, the internet and now e-books.

January 19, I sent out the first phase of the Barry Award nominations last night. I come up with an initial list and the committee suggests additions and subtractions. On my initial list I have six of the same books that are nominated above. I usually have some snarky criticism of the Edgar nominations, but I can't complain this year. They are pretty good lists. I've finally gotten some free time. It seems like I've been on that I Love Lucy conveyer belt unable to keep up with the chocolates flowing out since before the last Bouchercon in October of last year.

My goals are to catch up on reading and I've been able to read some good books in the last couple of weeks and to get the next issue of DP out in early February to get back on schedule. This next issue is like the one we did two years ago where the entire staff writes about their favorite books of the last two years, a book that surprised them and a favorite oldie that shouldn't be relegated to the Library of Lost Books.

I've already gotten nine excellent submissions with four to go. It's my kind of article with lots and lots of suggestions for good reading. I think you will really like it. He returns with the Butcher's Boy who is living a quiet married life, as a retired assassin, with his wife in England. He is attacked and manages to kill the three men. Then he goes in search of who is behind the threat. I loved this book and read it in two sittings. His best novel in many a year. My reading experience was a bit different than normal because I downloaded the book as an e-book from a site called netgalley.

Each download must be approved by the publisher, but if you are on their review lists already that is no problem. This will work for me, but not all of my reviewers so I'll still need the physical advance reading copies to send out to the DP staff, but Larry Gandle who also has a IPad is really grooving on this. The wave of the future. We might even save a tree.

I also read the two James Swain books mentioned a couple of posts ago see below. They were very, very enjoyable reads. If you have been following the Tony Valentine series, you'll have to find a way to read them. If you don' t have an IPad or a Kindle, you'll have to borrow one from someone who has. January 14, Sad news. Two of my favorites in the mystery fiction field have passed on. The Grand Dame of mystery editors, Ruth Cavin, influential in the careers of so many of the current crop of mystery writers, succumbed to lung cancer at age I would always enjoy chatting with her at Bouchercons.

We had a long-running schtick: I would ask her what her favorite book was that year that she edited. She would always reply with a twinkle in her eye, "I love all of my books and authors. They are all good. But you might want to try He is an Edgar-winner and was a working private eye before starting his writing career 40 years ago. I met him once at a Bouchercon and was immediately impressed at how cheerful and friendly he was.

He also told great stories and he was someone with whom I wish I could have spent much more time. Merry Christmas everyone. Thanks for all your support in One of my favorite series is the Tony Valentine series by Jim Swain. There hasn't been one for a few years since Jim switched to the Jack Carpenter series in Mystery Mike Mike Bursaw called me this morning. He was quite excited with his find. That's the good news. The bad: they are Kindle-only books so their reading audience will be limited. And there is also a new Jack Carpenter e-book as well. There is a site for reviewers and booksellers to download advance copies of upcoming titles from various publishers.

It is called www. I've just signed up for it and downloaded a Steven Havill novel which I'm reading in anticipation of seeing him at this year's LeftCoast Convention. It is a Butcher's Boy novel and I've already finished it. I simply couldn't put it down. I came to it with fairly low expectations since I hadn't cared too much for Perry's last two or three books, but I was very, very pleasantly surprised. It is one of his all-time best and I know I'm going to give it an A rating. It caught my eye because the author's name is Patrick Easter. A review copy is on it way to me. Hope it is good. Don't want to give a negative review to someone with the same patronym.

Plot: A gripping tale set in in the Port of London: a cruel villain holds sway over the underworld. December 23, Here are a few:. Casey, Kathryn. Minotaur: St. As Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong investigates the ritualistic killings of prize cattle, a four-year-old boy is kidnapped, and a hurricane heads straight for Houston.

Riveting suspense and nifty plot twists in an outstanding series. The execution of a man convicted of killing a famous concert violinist draws blind violin teacher Daniel Jacobus into an impromptu investigation.

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A safety inspector probes a fatal mining disaster in Hazard, KY, that may not have been an accident. This outstanding debut boasts vivid details, insider knowledge of the mining industry, spot-on characterizations, and an engrossing mystery. Poisoned Pen. Her family of police officers and busybody relatives add comic relief in this cozy debut. Severn House.

Sugawara attempts to help an abused boy, reconnect with his wife, come to terms with the death of a son, and solve a murder. Eleventh-century Japan is a perfect setting for this perceptive sleuth and complex crime novel. The murders of three women, each with a dueling sword, preoccupy year-old Laotian coroner Siri Paiboun in a mystery that has it all-a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting. Despite being suspended from the Garda for failing to prevent what could have been the fatal shooting of a visiting former U.

Armand Gamache. Railroad security agent Hook Runyon must help transport a trainload of dangerous mental patients from California to Oklahoma in a rough-edged s historical that evokes both Chandler and Hammett. I'm sending DP 63 to the printer this morning and hope to mail it later this week. Sorry for the delay, but life has not been co-operating lately.

The roller-coaster didn't stop after the wedding. Will try to get the next issue out sooner than three months from now to catch up. As I got to the end of the issue I discovered that I had left out the Recent Paperbacks of Note column and rather than go back and re-arrange and delete other columns I decided to publish that column on this site for now. I will include it in the next issue along with updates. To see it, go to: Recent Paperbacks of Note. First there was Bouchercon, then my son's graduation from Marine Boot Camp, then all the activities surrounding his wedding last Monday.

Michele and I are very proud of him and very happy about his choice in a bride. All went well, but I'm somewhat exhausted. Now to get Issue 63 out! The rumors were correct. No speaking role. Just back from Bouchercon. San Francisco was wonderful -- the convention well-run, so congratulations to the committee and to Rae Helmsworth. The hotel was spacious and well-suited for a Bouchercon crowd. I will provide a more detailed report soon. Here are the award winners:. Rozan Minotaur. James Alfred A. Knopf — Winner L. Best P. I'm off to Bouchercon next Wednesday, October Hope to see some of your there.

I'll be helping to man Mystery Mike's bookseller table in the dealer's room on Friday and Saturday while he goes to a family wedding. Come by and say hello if we don't cross paths beforehand. One of America's Best Kept Secrets. Minotaur published his last novel here in the U. Plot: Shannon Fairchild, a brilliant but alienated young woman, loses her parents in a horrific double murder — then discovers that they were not her parents. Propelled by the dying words of the woman who reared her, Shannon sets out on a mission to find her birth parents and warn them that someone is after them — someone much more dangerous than the FBI.

As she unearths long-buried secrets while trying to stay one step ahead of a shadowy killer, she feels the passions of the tumultuous Sixties being reborn, and she now knows that nothing is more dangerous than someone willing to die for a cause. More than a couple of decades ago I was a big fan of a trilogy written by Wessel Ebersohn which featured South African prison psychologist Yudel Gordon. The books had plots surrounding the then Apartheid of South Africa.

They were very well written and I was sad that the author didn't continue the series -- until now. Another surprise on the doorstep. The publicity materials bill it as "the first in a new series. I can see doing a cover article on the subject in a year or two. I love the feel and heft of a good book. I like to manually turn the pages and view my bookmark to see how far I've gotten in my pleasure-filled journey through the tome. I really love collecting them and seeing them on my shelves.

I have a hard time seeing myself reading a book on one of these new-fangled e-book readers such as Kindle or the I-Pad. But my clever wife just got a Kindle and really enjoyed reading Stieg Larsson's first two books on it. For the third she resorted back to my hard copy and complained that the big book was too heavy. So I think she is already a fan of the Kindle vs. Michele is an expert at doing deals on the Internet and as a result I'll be getting an I-Pad for almost nothing don't ask -- it's too complicated to replicate.

Libraries and collectors will still demand hardcover books and e-book readers won't proliferate as fast as dvd players did, so there will still be a market for the paperback book as well, but we might as well get used to it -- the e-book is now here to stay, although I suspect that there will be some wars regarding format compatibility for awhile until one or two formats come out on top think vhs vs. The I-Pad already has partially solved that by offering a free Kindle app so I-Pad readers can access their Kindle-format books and read them on the I-Pad.

So what happens when our favorite writers publish certain titles as e-books only!!! Start saving your sheckles. September 15, Please e-mail me with your choices at george deadlypleasures. A recent sign-up who I'm anxious to meet is William Dietrich. Once again, I had trouble getting copies of the next Reviewed to Death title. They didn't come when promised and I had to call and e-mail to get them -- two weeks late. So contributors -- be aware that they are on the way to you now. I've extended the deadline to get the review back to me to October 1.

In his Editorial entitled, "Mysteries, Thrillers, And The Verities of the Heart," Mecham even attempts to distinguish between mysteries and thrillers: "Mysteries and thrillers are not the same things, though they are literary siblings. Roughly put, I would say the distinction is that mysteries emphasize motive and psychology, whereas thrillers rely more on action and plot.

Some mysteries are thrillers and some thrillers are mysteries, but not all mysteries are thrillers and not all thrillers are mysteries. On the last page of the issue there is a very interesting comparison of books vs e-books. In reading a news clip about it, I learned that its founder, Mr. He is looking into forming an investment group to buy a controlling interest in the company.

He has said that he is not interested in buying the company, but some doubt it. To me this looks more like a re-arranging of ownership than a panic sale. I don't buy a lot there but I look alot and do research for the magazine there. August 7, What happened to the good ol' days of five or six books per short list?

As of now he doesn't plan to read the short lists. Too many books to get through in a short time. Some of these books seem older than and the explanation is that this award looks at books published in paperback editions in July 29, I'd be very interesting in hearing what your favorites of are.

Please email me at george deadlypleasures. I'm hard at work laying out DP Excuse the delay. With my son going into the Marines I had a very hard time concentrating. But I'm back in form now. Will get the arcs early next week and send them out. I always ask DP readers to read along with us, but never get any feedback as to if they do. If you do read either of these two books when they come out, let me know. There are some really good stories here. I highly recommend you take the time to read at least a few of them.

I just finished the Brendan DuBois one which was a sheer delight. If you have a smartphone and get caught in a long line, read one of them while you are waiting. Personal Note: there's a lot going on with my family right now. Particularly with my year-old son Jordan. A couple of months ago he signed up to be a Marine and because of the backlog of recruits right now he was scheduled to go to boot camp Camp Pendleton in October of this year. About a week ago two big things happened. Jordan got engaged to his girlfriend Ali no relation to Prince Ali Karim of mystery fandom fame and he got a chance to go early to bootcamp.

He leaves for boot camp on Monday the 19th of July. Boot camp is 13 weeks and parents are expected to attend a parent's day on Thursday and the graduation on Friday. If he leaves next Monday which looks pretty certain right now then his graduation will be the Friday of Bouchercon and the wedding the following week.

I know that his graduation is much more important than Bouchercon but can't help being frustrated by the apparent timing conflict. True mystery fans will understand and be sympathetic. As of right now it looks like I'll arrive at Bouchercon around on Friday. I haven't been able to concentrate on anything this last week lots of family get-togethers to say goodbye to Jordan , meeting Ali's parents, etc. So it looks like this upcoming issue of DP will be a little late. July 12, My mother. Every time I publish a new book, I duly deliver one to her, and then the ritual starts.

Nowadays, it takes about two weeks before the call comes. Long silence. Did they feel as guilty? Remember an author by the name of Jack Kerley? Then he seemed to have dropped off the scene. I just assumed that he had lost his contract and had stopped writing. Not so. He's just not published here in the U. There are four more novels in the Carson Ryder series, published in the U. HarperCollins, 6. Plot: Soon after witnessing the escape of violent psychopath Bobby Crayline from prison, Alabaman detective Carson Ryder takes a rare break in the mountains.

But his vacation is interrupted when an anonymous phone call summons him to the scene of a grisly murder. With more savage killings, and the heavy-handed FBI only inflaming the situation, Ryder and local detective Donna Cherry sift through the increasingly bizarre clues. Is there more than one killer on the loose? It is down to Ryder to unearth horrors from the past that others believe should remain buried…. There are always critics no matter how hard we try -- because when it comes to tastes and likes and dislikes we all differ.

But it is always a surprise to me when we come up with the final lists of nominees because the committee as a whole doesn't think like I do as an individual. Someone called "kathy d. But in the mystery of the decade, I think several heavy-hitters are absent. Of course, any reader of mystery fiction will think that some "heavy hitters" have been left off. I don't do this with other Barry Award nominations, but with the Best of the Decade, here are the titles on our long list that didn't make the cut:.

That would have made a pretty good list of Best of the Decade as well. If I had been choosing the list all by myself I know that the Reg Hill would be at the top of my list. I would also have included the Fforde and the Indridason. But that is why we do it by committee -- to get some concensus. June 11, Anyone who is a subscriber or a reader of Deadly Pleasures can vote for the Barry Awards. You can do it right now by e-mailing your choices to me at george deadlypleasures.

Here are the Barry Award Nominations — finally. Please read through to the bottom as I have made a number of comments regarding them and the future nominating process. Comments: 1. Good lists due to contributions of committees. Thanks to all for another year of great work. If you like thrillers, with lots of action, you should pick up a copy. It is my fault that we got these nominations out so late this year.

That is to be the first to announce nominations in , even beating the Edgar Award nominations. That would mean that we would have to get started in January, That would also require the committee members to pay closer attention to their reading and to the general buzz about books during — perhaps even keeping a running list of suggested titles for awards as we go along.

I want to thank Maggie Mason for all the help in tallying votes and finalizing the nominations. It was a great help and much appreciated. Hope to see many of you at Bouchercon. Henning Mankell was on the flotilla of humanitarian aid for Gaza that was intercepted by Israeli forces, resulting in some deaths.

It is thought that Henning Mankell was not killed in the action, but confirmation of that has not yet been forthcoming. He is safe. June 1, Interest in Bouchercon San Francisco, October is starting to heat up. The convention's list of attendees is being updated every week and the list of authors is getting more and more interesting and impressive. Here are some of the attendees from the U. I would include Lee Child in that group but somehow I think of him as American now.

Also lots of cozy mystery writers. I always get excited to meet authors I haven't met previously. It's also nice to connect with writers I haven't seen in many years such as Steven Saylor trying right now to set up lunch with him and Robert Crais. At the end of the Madison Bouchercon I shared a ride to the airport with Denise Mina that was totally delightful. I hope to spend a few minutes with her, but inasmuch as she's a guest of honor that may be difficult.

But of course, Bouchercon just wouldn't be the wonderful experience it is every year without spending time with great friends in the fan world. I hope that Ali Karim will be able to make it this year. His business is booming and he has been working around the clock. Perhaps by then he'll take a much deserved break. And a trade paperback of a book published only in the U.

If you are interested, please e-mail me: george deadlypleasures. Postage will be at cost. May 25, Here is the first drip. Hard choice. CWA Dagger in the Library given to an author for a body of work, chosen by librarians :. Simon Beckett R. At the same time, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Yea r will be announced, and we congratulate the long list of nominees, announced last week. I've just finished another wonderful reading experience. Plot: From humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter's son, Wolf Hadda has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams.

A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there is a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter.

And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth -- and with the truth, revenge. I can't find any U. July 22nd. May 18, Trying to finish up DP Other work and a nasty cold have interfered. I've decided on putting Deon Meyer on the cover. Larry Gandle has already given me a oral review of it and he liked it a lot. It also got a starred review in each of the four library journals. If any of you wish, you may submit a review of it to me and I will consider printing it with the staff's reviews.

April 30, It's Edgar Award time. Larry Gandle called from the Awards ceremony with the following:. I'm very happy with the John Hart win. I think he's probably the best author to come along in a number of years. Each book a gem. Haven't read the other two winners so cannot comment, but Larry will in the upcoming issue of DP. Stay tuned. April 29, Jefferson Parker.

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. The Lefty Award for a humorous mystery. The Bruce Alexander Award for a historical mystery set before The Panik Award for L. Richards St. The first Bouchercon I attended was in Pasadena, California in A fantasy, period-set movie from Disney with a cast filled with familiar faces from historical and costume dramas.

Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.

Outlander: Seasons Oh happy day! If this is your first time watching this excellent romantic period drama about an English combat nurse from who is swept back in time to , a word of caution: the final two episodes in Season 1, volume 2 have scenes that are really hard to watch, and sensitive viewers should avoid them. Suddenly, Claire is transported to and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives.

The Princess Weiyoung — Season 1 In Chinese with English subtitles. Available May 9. Revolutionary Road This can be intense, but should please DiCaprio and Winslet fans. Frank and April Wheeler always see themselves as far-removed from the conventionality of suburbia. Yet that is exactly what creeps up on them when they buy a house in Connecticut. He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while she, as a s homemaker, yearns for fulfillment and passion. Rebelling against the torpor of their lives, the couple plan an escape that may push them to their limits. Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Yates.

War Horse Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, live on a farm in the British countryside. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home. Available May 4. Period Dramas Added in April.

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So has the 14th century set Season of the Witch , though it got really poor reviews. A Fortunate Man A gifted but self-destructive young man leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for the metropolitan Copenhagen of the s. In Danish with English subtitles. Available April A Little Chaos A female landscape gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which puts her in the centre of the court of King Louis XIV, where secrets and sadness are buried beneath the glamour.

Bonnie and Clyde Their crimes quickly spiral from petty theft to bank robbery, but tensions between the couple and the other members of their gang—hapless driver C. Set during the Depression era. Available April 1. The Great Battle Kingdom of Goguryeo, ancient Korea, The ruthless Emperor Taizong of Tang invades the country and leads his armies towards the capital, achieving one victory after another, but on his way is the stronghold of Ansi, protected by General Yang Man-chu, who will do everything possible to stop the invasion, even if his troops are outnumbered by thousands of enemies.

Available April 8. The Hateful Eight: Extended Version Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all. Starring Samuel L. The Imitation Game In during the Second World War, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma — which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable.

King Kong In New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady. Kon-Tiki The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in , in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

A stylish mix of documentary and lavish historical epic chronicles the turbulent, violent reigns of Commodus, Julius Ceasar, and Caligula. Once beloved by the troops and people alike, Caligula shocks Rome by ruling with the cruel depravity and debauchery that make him infamous. Available April 5. The Sapphires In , four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war as their all-girl group The Sapphires travels to Vietnam to entertain the US troops.

Set beginning in Sherlock Holmes Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England. Set in Valkyrie At the height of WWII, a group of German officers hatched a plot to assassinate Hitler and seize control of the military command in order to end the war. Period Dramas Added in March. The lavish costume drama set during the regency of Louis XV centers on a wealthy widow who is tossed aside by her lover; expect a beautifully filmed movie filled with scheming, revenge, and its share of plot twists.

Christopher Robin Christopher Robin — now a family man living in London — receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life. Set before, during, and after the Second world War. Available March 5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a young warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, the period drama combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film.

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The result is something truly unexpected: romantic, emotionally powerful entertainment. Available March 1. Doubt Nicholas school. When a fellow nun tells Sister Aloysius that Father Flynn may be paying too much personal attention to the student, Sister Aloysius begins a personal crusade against the priest — despite her lack of evidence. Available March 7. Emma While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love. Emma is a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends.

Eugenie Nights: Season 1 The more she fights her feelings, the stronger they grow. Available March The Highwaymen The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. Lady J Thrusts are made and parried, while the technique of the participants is admirable; their footwork is nimble and their ripostes artful. Madame de La Pommeraye has retired into virtual seclusion following the death of her husband, only to find herself being wooed by the dashing Marquis de Arcis.

Events develop in the most surprising ways, and Madame seizes an opportunity provided by a new acquaintance, the young mademoiselle of the title. Everything in this film is in its tidy place, except the emotions that threaten to disrupt the regulated order of society. Mouret does a superb job of setting up his film, and then gently draws blood with a series of deft jabs, precisely delivered.

Not rated, but contains mature themes. In French with English subtitles. Available March 8. Most Beautiful Thing The year is , the first Bossa Nova chords are being played, and Rio de Janeiro is the place where everyone wants to be. But as soon as meek Malu arrives in the city, she discovers that she was abandoned and robbed by her husband.

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Everything seems lost, but circumstances lead her to encounter new friends, new rhythms and a new version of herself, with the courage to fulfill her dream of opening a music club, and becoming an independent woman. In Portuguese with English subtitles. The Notebook In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man. Resurrection: Ertugrul Season 3. A 13th-century Turkish warrior agrees to fight the enemies of a sultan in exchange for land when a good deed endangers his clan.

In Turkish with English subtitles. Saving Mr. Banks In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna.

The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs.

Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop, and he opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.