I seldom talk about TV shows here, but Investigation Discovery's new series, Hardcover Mysteries, pairs two of my favorite subjects, history and mystery. The series debuts on Monday night, October 11, at 9 PM ET. And, if you're a fan of thrillers, you'll get to see some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors discuss the true crime stories that inspired them. Over the course of this first season, the series will feature David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs, Linda Fairstein, Sara Paretsky, Lisa Scottoline, and Joseph Wambaugh. "Each episode of Hardcover Mysteries pairs an author with a real-life case close to their heart, whether it inspired one of their own creations, mirrors the themes presented in their bestsellers or resonates with their personal life story." That's all I need to tell you, right? Or, would you like to see the trailer for the series? www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TU_I73P-r8
But, I have more to tell you. I was fortunate to be able to preview the first episode. David Baldacci is featured in a story of sex, politics, secrets, and murder, "Death in D.C." in October 1964. It's not surprising that the author of Absolute Power is intrigued with the murder of Mary Meyer. The episode synopsis says, "In 1964, Mary Meyer, a DC socialite married to a CIA director, was found murdered on a path near her home. ... Mary kept a secret diary, which detailed an affair with President Kennedy, and lead to many conspiracy theories implicating the CIA. It also formed the partial basis for David Baldacci's first best-seller, Absolute Power."
The show reenacts the murder while Baldacci, reporters, lawyers, and others analyze the case. Since Mary Meyer was Ben Bradlee's sister-in-law, he is one of the people interviewed, along with attorney Robert Bennett.
Here's a teaser for Monday night's show, a show broken down into "Chapters." www.youtube.com/watch?v=or6S_JN2agY. I found Hardcover Mysteries intriguing. It's just up my alley. And, I'm looking forward to future episodes to see if they all follow the formula with the "Chapters" and authors. Fans of the authors, and true crime as it relates to thrillers, might want to pre-order the series from iTunes, iTunes.com/HardcoverMysteries.
Some of our favorite thriller and crime authors, true crime, and history. I think Hardcover Mysteries might be a hit with those of us who are avid readers of the genre. Watch for it on Monday nights, if you like this combination.
And, if you're a fan of the first author in the series, David Baldacci, you can watch a short clip of him at a Library of Congress event, www.investigation.discovery.com/videos/hardcover-mysteries-meet-the-authors-david-baldacci-getting-out.html. I even have an autographed copy of David Baldacci's Deliver Us From Evil to give away. If you'd like to enter to try to win, send your name and mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest will only run until Tuesday morning, Oct. 12 at 6 AM PT. I'll select a winner, using a random number generator, and the winner will be notified.
Good luck! And, I hope you get a chance to watch Hardcover Mysteries on Investigation Discovery on Monday night.