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Murder Will Out: The Godfather of Goth

John Cusack will portray Edgar Allan Poe, the "godfather of goth" in the upcoming movie The raven. Author Edgar Allan Poe forms a reluctant partnership with a police detective to catch a murderer who kills his victims by following elements of Poe's stories. Alice Eve plays Poe's love interest, Alice, and Luke Evans plays the police detective. The film is directed by James McTeigue. The raven is due in the theaters in March 2012.

Murder Will Out: Prequel to "Inspector Morse"

PBS' Masterpiece Mystery has announced a prequel to the Inspector Morse series will be aired in 2012. Shaun Evans will star as Morse. The working title is "Endeavor". If you haven't watched this wonderful series nor read the Inspector Morse books by Colin Dexter, do so! Last Bus to Woodstock published in 1975 introduces Morse.

Opening September 16

James Sallis' 2005 neo-noir novel, Drive is coming to a theater near you this September. A stunt driver for movies, Driver finds more excitement as a wheelman during robberies, but when a heist goes sour, a contract is put on his head, and Driver's survival skills go into high gear.

Author Talk: Harry Dolan

Local author Harry Dolan will be at Nicola's Books with his second mystery which features his main character David Loogan from his first novel. Dolan will talk about his latest Loogan story Very Bad Men on Monday, July 18th at 7:00PM.

Wine & Mystery Book Discussion Recess

The Vintner's Wine and Mystery Book Discussion group has recessed for the summer.

Book discussions will resume on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes is the September reading selection. Copies of this book will be available after Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for a copy.

The group's 2011-2012 book discussion titles and dates will be available here in August.

Murder Will Out: 2011 Macavity Nominations Announced


Mystery Readers International has announced this year's nominations for an Macavity Award. The winners will be announced at Boucheron 2011, the World Mystery Convention which will be held in St. Louis this September. Janet Rudolph's blog, Mystery Fanfare has the complete list of the nominations for Best Mystery, Best First Mystery, etc.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is a legal thriller featuring Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. He is asked to defend a rich man arrested for assault. Getting justice proves to be deadly and risky.

Murder Will Out: Nero Wolfe Awards 2011 Nominees Announced

The New York based organization, The Wolfe Pack, announced the nominees for this year's Nero Wolfe Award.   The winner will be announced at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Black Orchid Banquet held the weekend of December 2 -4 in New York City.  The finalists are:

Lilian Jackson Braun's Passing

Lilian Jackson Braun, author of the "Cat Who…" mysteries featuring Koo and Yum-Yum, crime-solving cats died the age of 97. Ms. Braun grew up in Massachusetts but became a long-time Michigan resident. For several years, she wrote a column for the Detroit Free Press. Ms. Braun's light, humorous mysteries have been translated into 16 languages, distributed worldwide, and sold in the millions. Beginning in 1990, Braun’s books reached the prestigious New York Times best-seller list for 20 consecutive years.

Murder Will Out: Arthur Ellis Awards 2011 Announced

Bury Your Dead: Book JacketThe Crime Writers of Canada announced the winners of this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead won for Best Crime Novel and The Debba by Avner Mandelman was chosen Best First Crime Novel.

Book Club Choices: June 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. To reserve a Book Club in a Bag kit for your group, contact Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.

Prodigal summer: a novel [kit] by Barbara Kingsolver

The red tent [kit] by Anita Diamant

Join us for "Proof" at Vintner's Winery on June 21st

Our book discussion title is Proof by Dick Francis. Tony, a young wine merchant, is enlisted for his wine tasting expertise to solve a liquor scam. Unfortunately, the liquor scam leads to murder and the total theft of the watered down vintage stock of wine and scotch which was less than "proof". As the story moves from the world of twelve year old scotch to three year old thorougbred horses, Tony is hurled headlong into the path of a murderer's heartless vengeance.
Register to join us from 7:00-8:00PM on Tuesday June 21st at Vintner's Winery, on Lilley, south of Joy Rd. in the Golden Gate Shopping Center. Ask for a copy of the book at the Adult Reference Desk.

Murder Will Out: The 2011 Agatha Awards Announced

A complete list of the Agatha Christie Awards 2011 winners and nominees is available at Malice Domestic.

Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Best Non-fiction: Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Sept./Oct. 2010
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith