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 MYSTERY! Newsletter Spring 2004
Oh dear. I never realized what a terrible lot
of explaining one has to do in a murder!

     -- Agatha Christie, Spider's Web (1956)


In this issue:



Another Summer of MYSTERY!

In a hot new summer line-up, "the nation's foremost oasis for whodunits" (The Los Angeles Times) delivers its unique brand of murder and mayhem. Seasoned sleuths, dogged detectives, and amazing amateurs return to PBS on Sunday, July 11, 2004. To learn exactly when MYSTERY! will air on your local PBS station, customize your schedule.

July 11 (premiere) & July 17 (encore)
A Thief of Time (120 minutes)
An archaeologist turned pottery poacher thinks she has cracked the secret of the vanished Anasazi when she herself vanishes. When other poachers start dropping dead, Leaphorn and Chee must piece together a case as complicated as the mysteriously decorated pots that the killer covets. Wes Studi (Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans) and Adam Beach (Smoke Signals, Windtalkers) reprise their roles as Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee. Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold) and Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves) guest-star. Longtime Hillerman fan Robert Redford is again executive producer and Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) returns as director of this Southwestern whodunit, shot on location throughout New Mexico.

July 18 - August 8
Foyle's War II

Michael Kitchen (Reckless, Oliver Twist) returns as the dogged detective chief inspector for four new cases in Foyle's War II. Also staring Honeysuckle Weeks (A Dark Adapted Eye) as Foyle's snappy young driver, Samantha "Sam" Stewart, and Anthony Howell (Wives and Daughters) as his physically and emotionally wounded assistant, Detective Sergeant Paul Milner.

July 18 Fifty Ships (90 minutes)
July 25 Among the Few (90 minutes)
August 1 War Games (90 minutes)
August 8 The Funk Hole (90 minutes)

August 22 - August 29
Inspector Morse

Two classic episodes featuring Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse (John Thaw) and his sidekick Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately)

August 22 Masonic Mysteries (from Series Five) (120)
August 29 Infernal Serpent (from Series Four) (120)

And coming this fall, more Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Stay tuned for more details.



Prime Suspect Returns

Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness
Sundays April 18 and 25, 2004, at 9 pm

(Check local listings.)

Emmy Award-winner Helen Mirren returns as tough-talking, single-minded Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison. This time, she investigates the brutal torture and murder of a young Bosnian Muslim woman -- and learns, the hard way, that her determination to deliver justice for victims at all costs conflicts sharply with the politics of her new high-ranking position as overseer of all murder investigations. The Toronto Star called Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness, "...one of the best thrillers in the series... Mirren has never been more mesmerizing." For more information, visit Masterpiece Theatre Online.



Mysterious People

Adam Beach (A Thief of Time) is among the latest actors to jump into the fray of television's pilot season, joining the ABC drama "Countdown," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama, from Graham Yost (Boomtown), follows a SWAT team's response to major crises in real time.

Keith Carradine (Coyote Waits) plays the legendary gunfighter and scout Wild Bill Hickok in HBO's Deadwood, a western set in the eponymous South Dakota town in 1876.

Peter Fonda (A Thief of Time) returns to television in a CBS adaptation of Anne Tyler's novel Back When We Were Grownups. the movie centers on Rebecca Davitch (Blythe Danner), a 53-year-old single mother and grandmother, and the cast of her colorful family around her.

Dominic Monaghan (Hetty Wainthropp) recently enjoyed the success of the last installment of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, which won eleven Academy Awards this past February. He can be seen next in three movies: Spivs, the story of three grifters on the streets of London's East End; The Purifiers, the story of a crime-fighting martial arts club; and Shooting Livien, a dark psychological drama about a disturbed New York musician.

Look for Robert Redford (A Thief of Time) in this summer's The Clearing, which was featured at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Redford plays Wayne Hayes who, with his wife Eileen (Helen Mirren), lives the American Dream, having raised two children and built a successful business. When Wayne is kidnapped by an ordinary man, Arnold Mack (Wllem Dafoe), and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned upside down.

Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) appears in the upcoming independent film Dear Frankie, the story of nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie, who writes him imaginary letters from his estranged father. Due out in June, the movie also stars Emily Mortimer (Lovely and Amazing, Bright Young Things), Gerard Butler (Tomb Raider 2, Phantom of the Opera) and Jack McElhone (Young Adam) as Frankie.

This summer Wes Studi (A Thief of Time) will appear in The Alamo, a historical drama detailing the 1835-36 Texas revolution before, during, and after the famous siege of the Alamo.



MYSTERY! Authors

Author P.D. James is back with a new Adam Dalgliesh mystery, Murder Room (Knopf). In a quirky museum devoted to England between the two world wars, the founder's three children fight over its tenuous future. When one of them is brutally murdered, a family dispute devolves into a murderous spree. Most disturbingly, all of the murders echo the notorious crimes featured in the museum's most popular gallery, the Murder Room. For Dalgiesh, who is called into to solve the crime, the search for the murderer is complicated by the "precarious joy" he has found with Emma Lavenham, a Cambridge professor he met in Holy Orders (2001).

In Elizabeth George's (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) A Place of Hiding, forensic scientist Simon St. James and his wife, Deborah, are called to an isolated island in the English Channel where an old friend of Deborah's, China River, stands accused of killing the island's wealthiest benefactor, Guy Brouard. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon find that seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide.



Edgar Nominees Unveiled

The Mystery Writers of America has released its nominations for this year's Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2003 The winners will be announced Thursday, April 29, 2004, at the 58th annual Edgar Awards gala in New York City. For more information about the awards and organization, go to the Mystery Writers' Web site at http://www.mysterywriters.org.



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