Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Newsy Stuff!

The BBC are indulging us viewers with more foreign crime fiction. In this case it is Danish crime fiction in the shape of The Killing a twenty-part series which takes place over 20 hours. The first two episodes are due to be shown on Saturday 22 January between 9:00pm and 10:50 pm on BBC 4. More information can be found on the BBC website.

The estate of the late Arthur Conan Doyle has authorised an official new Sherlock Holmes story. The novel is due to be published in September and is to be written by author Anthony Horowitz who is best known for his Alex Rider novels and as a director. The full article in the Guardian can be found here.

According to the Bookseller Jonathan Cape has acquired a literary thriller set in an Oxford College. The novel The novel Every Contact Leaves a Trace is by Elanor Dymott and is narrated by Alex, a young London lawyer trying to piece together the mystery surrounding his wife's brutal murder in the grounds of Worcester College, Oxford.

Not strictly crime fiction related but related to the law is the Justice series due to be shown on BBC 4. The episode that may be of interest is “The Highest Court in the Land” where four of the Justices of the Supreme Court talk frankly and openly about the nature of justice and what it means to them. More information can be found on the BBC website.

The saga of Stieg Larsson still continues. According to the Guardian Eva Gabrielsson the late author’s partner is planning on finishing the last millennium novel. The full article can be found here.

According to Book Trade author Pauline Rowson has teamed up with libraries across the south coast to launch the search for the South's best young crime writers in a national competition organised by the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) and sponsored by Crimefest, Britain's international crime fiction convention. More information can be found on Pauline Rowson’s website and the full press release can be found here.

Hodder Editor Sue Fletcher has bought the rights to a debut thriller set in Tokyo by Journalist Su Quinn. More info can be found here.

According to January Magazine talks are in progress over a TV detective series set in bath during Jane Austen’s time. The series which will be 8 one hour episodes have already been written and are due to be filmed next year in Bath. The series will revolve around ex-Bow Street Runner Jack Swann, who moves from London to Bath and will each week confront the city’s villains. Read here for more information. (Thanks to Janet Rudolph at Mystery Fanfare for the above information)

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