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What is New and Shiny in 2007 - Finally

What am I looking forward to in 2007? Let me tell you.....

Steve Hockensmith - On the Wrong Track
His first was a good... not great... blend of historical, Holmes, and western fiction.

Adrian Mckinty - The Bloomsday Dead
His first book was flat out brilliant. This is the third book in the Michael Forsythe series. Need to read the the second in the series the The Dead Yard soon. 2005's Hidden River was pretty good as well.

Marcus Sakey - The Blade Itself
Some buzz here. I know nothing about the book other than it is coming out soon.

Chris Grabenstein - Whack-A-Mole
Highly entertaining series that has just the right touch of seriousness.

Dennis Lehane - [Untitled Historical Boston Novel]
I ain't holding my breath on this one. But man, I can't wait.

Sean Chercover - Big City, Bad Blood
Another Chicago author that is getting great reviews. It is also a reminder that I need to read Eugene Izzi.

Robert Crais - The Watchman
People! A Joe Pike novel. Mixed feelings about this one. Pike ranks up there with Clete Purcell and Raymond 'Mouse' Alexander. Great character, but do I really want to see behind the sunglasses?

Michael Robotham - The Night Ferry
Just finished his first book Suspect. I like the London locales so I'm excited for this new book. Inspector Ruiz is back for a third time but as supporting character again.

Maureen Jennings - The Journeyman to Grief
For my money the best historical series out there. Great stuff.

James O. Born - Field of Fire
Florida crime fiction can take up a whole wing in a library. I have never really cottoned to it. Still I liked his first book Walking Money. This is non-series or a new series.

Some of these books are already out, and the rest (save the Lehane) are out by the summer. Release schedules for anything after May is pretty sparse. I'll try and revisit this later in the year.


Iden Ford said…
I passed your comments on to Maureen and she was very pleased to say the least. Her 13 episode television series starts filing the same day her new book is releaased. I will put lots of stuff up on my blog as the fiming goes along. The series will air in Canada in 2008 entitled "The Detective Murdoch Mysteries". Granada Interntational is the distributor (the handle Helen Mirren and Prime Suspect) So hopefull there will be a US broadcaster as well. Filming commences May 1 and finishes end August. There will be an episode based on Let Loose the Dogs, Murdoch novel #4. Otherwise these are all original stories not written bt Maureen, but based on her characters. We have seen 9 script outlines so far and we like the direction the show will take.
thanks again,

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