Orphan Black – Another Original Drama Coming to BBC America

Following on the heels of the critical and ratings success of BBC America’s historical crime drama, Copper, comes Orphan Black.

The premise of the BBC America/SPACE co-production is as follows:  A street-wise orphan witnesses a suicide and decides to take over the dead woman’s identity.  It helps that the two women are so similar that they could be identical twins.  Of course the truth (or the beginning of the truth) is much more bizarre.  The dead woman is our heroine’s clone and suddenly she is in the midst of a dangerous, murky conspiracy.  She must uncover the truth about her own identity and past while staying a step ahead of the assassin on her trail.


Orphan Black is not being promoted as a crime drama – it will be broadcast as part of the network’s Supernatural Saturdays and the idea of human cloning is at its foundation – however as one of the producers says:  “Orphan Black has the perfect blend of excitement, mystery and action.”

A loner, underdog heroine with a past shrouded in mystery, a twisty conspiracy, an assassin on the loose…  I’ll certainly be giving it a chance.

The show is slated for release in spring 2013.  As we get closer and promos and teasers are released I’ll pass them on.

Note:  Copper fans will be pleased to know that BBC America has already renewed the show for a second season.

New Sources for Reissued Classics and Translated French Crime Novels

I’ve been known to spend hours searching online for some hard to find edition of an out-of-print crime novel – wading through descriptors like fine, edgeworn, foxed, price clipped, etc. in search of that single bright, tight copy.  Not everyone has the time, patience, or desire for such obsessive activities.  Fortunately, there are an increasing number of places to track down these novels in eBook form.

Here are two such sources that I’ve recently come across:

1) The Murder Room – This site, launched by the Orion Publishing Group, is dedicated to making classic, hard to find, or out-of-print crime novels available in eBook form.  The site is fairly new but already has some 100 or so books available.  The Murder Room also has interesting articles, news, competitions, etc. that should appeal to crime fiction fans.

2)  Le French Book – This is a new eBook publisher that will focus on making French novels (especially crime novels) available in translation.  Many people, myself included, are familiar with only a few French crime authors, Fred Vargas chief among them.  Le French Book wants to change that.

I’m particularly interested in Treachery in Bordeaux, the first in The Winemaker Detective Series.   There are apparently already 20 books published in the series in France!  There’s also a tv adaptation that looks quite promising.  Let’s hope someone picks it up for subtitle presentation.

Does anyone know of any other sources for out-of-print or hard to find crime novels?