BLOG UPDATE 12/4/2011: Late last week we reported that Judi McCoy, who had been hospitalized since the end of November, was awake and responding. Sadly, this is not the case. A note on her Facebook page reads: “Judi is still in a coma, but does open her eyes frequently. Readers, fans, and fellow-authors are asked NOT TO SEND ANY FLOWERS OR WELL WISHES to Judi at this point, as she will not realize what has come to the hospital for her.”
Mystery author Martha Grimes has just been named the 2012 Grand Master Award recipient by Mystery Writers of America. Each year, the award goes to a writer who has both contributed to the genre and consistently produced high-quality works of mystery fiction. When Grimes receives her award this spring at The Edgar Awards Banquet hosted by Mystery Writers of America, she will be joining a group of authors that includes Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and more recently, Mary Higgins Clark, Dick Francis and Stephen King. Today we’re taking a look at Grimes’ career to see just why she won this year’s Grand Master award.
Thriller author Mark Greaney's popular series introduces readers to the legendary covert operative Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man. The series third, Ballistic, was recently released and there are plans in the works to bring the adventure to the big screen. (Brad Pitt is on board to play the titular Gray Man.) Today we sit down with Greaney for a chat about his globetrotting spy, the research he does to bring the series to life and how the author feels about the film adaptation that is currently underway.
RT BOOK REVIEWS: Your spy, Court Gentry, is a living legend. What would he credit as a key to his success as a covert operative?
The Los Angeles Times has published their first e-book, A Nightmare Made Real, based on staff writer Christopher Goffard’s popular series of articles about Louis Gonzalez III, a Las Vegas man accused of kidnapping, torturing, and sexually abusing the mother of his child.
Expanded from Goffard's original series of articles, the book provides an in depth look at the investigating detective and the defense teem, a more complete examination of the evidence from the case and also how the author, Goffard, was tipped off about the story. Offering an expansive survey of this gritty murder case, A Nightmare Made Real is ideal for any fan of true crime stories.
This book marks the first in the LA Times’ venture into digital publishing, and the company plans on releasing between eight and ten new titles digitally within the upcoming year. The books will range in length and type, from recipe anthologies to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism.
Q.R. Markham’s debut novel Assassin of Secrets was recalled by publisher Little, Brown and Company yesterday when it was revealed that several passages in the book were lifted from other sources. Assassin of Secrets, a spy thriller featuring CIA operative Jonathan Chase, was released just last week and readers immediately noticed sections of the story from other authors' works.
Little, Brown president Michael Pietsch said in a statement: "We take great pride in the writers and books we publish and tremendous care in every aspect of our publishing process, so it is with deep regret that we have published a book that we can no longer stand behind. Our goal is to never have this happen, but when it does, it is important to us to communicate with and compensate readers and retailers as quickly as possible."
The publisher has since pulled all copies of the book from online and brick and mortar stores. They have also given the promise that customers who purchased the novel can return it to the seller for a full refund.
Which crime writer would you like to see immortalized? Maybe you are a Val McDermid fan or you read Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver or Jeff Lindsay. Or perhaps Stuart MacBride, Tess Gerritsen or Kathy Reichs gets your heart pounding. Of course there is also Mark Bellingham, Peter James or Harlan Coben. Sure all ten of these authors turn out terrific fiction, but only one will have the distinction of having a morgue named after them.
You read that right — based on fan voting, one of these authors will be commemorated by having the morgue at the University of Dundee's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) named in their honor. Readers can participate by logging onto www.millionforamorgue.com to vote for whichever author they feel deserves the recognition. Every vote costs a pound (equal to about $1.60) and all of the money will go towards building a brand new, state-of-the-art morgue.
Are you thinking about picking up Claim of Innocence, the latest Izzy McNeil novel by Laura Caldwell, but aren't up to date with the characters in the series? No worries — the author has written up a "cheat sheet" on Izzy and her crew along with some never before revealed secrets about the characters. Also, Caldwell's agent, Amy Moore-Benson, weighs in on what she loves about the series. And after meeting the characters, don't miss your chance to win a copy of Claim of Innocence.
IZZY McNEIL - Izzy is a sexy, smart, redheaded Chicago lawyer who moonlights as a private detective after her fiancé disappears and her client is killed. She adores her family members, has a penchant for old Chicago dive bars and is constantly trying to stop swearing ("I think it sounds crass when other people swear. The problem is I think it sounds great when I do it.")
In the second book in Carol K. Carr’s Madam of Espionage series, the author has her heroine, India Black, spend Christmas in the Scottish highlands protecting Queen Victoria from a death threat. But don’t expect this mystery to have the lavish, sumptuous feeling of nobility enjoying a royal retreat that one might expect from this setting. This is a historical like no other!
Morgan: Forget pomp and circumstance, there is absolutely nothing glamorous about the characters in India Black and the Widow of Windsor.
Whitney: Exactly. We see them in all their smelly, dirty, sneezy glory.
Morgan: And the story’s heroine, India, is a culprit of the “uglification” of the era. From calling Queen Victoria, Vicky, to insulting Prime Minister Disraeli’s clothing, India takes these historical figures, so often put on a pedestal, down a few (hundred) notches.
Whitney: And it’s not like India is one of their own, either. She’s the madam of a London brothel!
BLOG UPDATE 10/27/2011: Otto Penzler's digital imprint from MysteriousPress.com has just launched! In order to celebrate the new line (and their new website), Mysterious Press is giving away three free e-books to one lucky Twitter user who follow them @eMysteries between now and November 2nd. The winner will receive The City When it Rains by Thomas H. Cook, Rilke on Black by Ken Bruen and The Mordida Man by Ross Thomas.
Today mystery author Joanne Fluke shares an RT-exclusive short story about her heroine Hannah Swensen's holiday celebration and three recipes for you to try at home!
The weather was perfect, crisp and cold with a light blanket of freshly fallen snow. The house smelled like chocolate from the Bourbon Brownies I'd made for the adults and the Double Chocolate Puff Cookies I'd baked for the kids. I'd been cooking since five in the morning and now I was sitting at my downstairs neighbor's kitchen table, having a cup of coffee while she basted the turkey. We were celebrating Thanksgiving together. The kids were at the skating rink with their grandparents, the husbands were watching football, and in a few hours, we would be feeding twenty-five guests.