Louise Penny on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition

On the August 26th broadcast of CBC radio’s the Sunday Edition there was an interview with international bestselling crime author (and fellow Canadian) Louise Penny.  In it the author talks about her new Chief Inspector Gamache novel, The Beautiful Mystery.  I haven’t read it yet but I definitely will.  It’s set in an isolated monastery in which all of the monk inhabitants have taken a vow of silence (excluding Gregorian chanting of course) – quite a challenge for a murder investigation!

The interview was a part of the Sunday Edition’s ongoing beach reads series – books of all kinds by Canadian writers that are good bets for an enjoyable summer read.  At the end of the interview it was mentioned that Louise Penny’s first Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Still Life, is going to be made into a tv movie.  Check out the press release details here on Louise’s blog.  Here’s hoping that the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) does as fine a job with it as the BBC or ITV might.

Interesting Note:  The interviewer asked Louise Penny what she’s reading this summer.  She recommended non-fiction crime novel The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.  The novel, by Kate Summerscale, is about one of the first great Scotland Yard detectives and the 1860 murder case that ruined his career.  ITV made a series based on the novel.  I’ve neither read the book nor seen the series but an endorsement from Ms. Penny is enough to encourage me to give both a try.

Interesting Note 2:  This evening I’m actually going to go hear Louise Penny give a reading from A Beautiful Mystery.

Interesting Note 3:  For more interviews, info, links, etc. featuring Canadian and international authors check out The Next Chapter – a CBC Radio program hosted by the very charming Shelagh Rogers.

Crime/Mystery TV News — Flavia de Luce and Lewis

Award winning Canadian author Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries have been optioned by Sam Mendes of Neal Productions (think Call the Midwife).  See details here.

A clever, poison mad, lonely 11-year-old girl sleuth, a 1950s English country house setting… What could be better?  This project will probably be some time in the making but I think it could be really good.  Definitely something to look forward to.

In Lewis news…

If you’re not already watching, the latest season of Lewis is currently (July 2012) being shown on PBS on Sunday nights.  In a recent interview Laurence Fox (Detective Sergeant Hathaway) said that the next series of the show will be the last one – so enjoy it while you can!

If you’ve never watched the show I’ll say that while some critics may feel that the plots get a bit needlessly involved, I could watch Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway just sit and drink beer by a river all day long, let alone wander through the beautifully lit byways of Oxford for a bit of crime solving.

In related news, and as balm to the upcoming loss of Lewis, Endeavour, the Morse prequel that aired earlier this month on PBS, has been commissioned by ITV for a four episode series so we won’t have to give up on the Morse/Lewis universe entirely.  Of course (of course!) there are always the original Colin Dexter novels to turn to as well.

Any Lewis or Flavia fans out there?