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Sale! Sale! Sale!

$5 Used Hardcover Sale!

Recently we’ve been given – given! – a couple of collections of books, mostly hardcovers. While this has been very generous, it’s also caused our shelves to be packed. To try to make some room, we’re marking lots of hardcovers on the shelves down to $5 apiece! Alas not every used hardcover.... The only catch? These cannot come back for credit! Great vacation reads – pack them in your suitcase, leave ‘em at the hotel when you’re done! You won’t have to search hard to find them. One pack of labels contains 180. We’ve used two packs already with a third in the works. That’ll be 540 hardcovers at $5 a pop!

For those of you who shop online - we don't have a list for you - but if you email us directly with the books you are looking for we can see if any of the titles on your wishlist are part of the $5 sale!

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New Releases!

New Author Signings

Saturday June 18th at Noon - Bryon Quertermous signs Riot Load

Our signing with Portland’s Bill Cameron just got more crowded!

2nd with newbie novelist Dominick  Prince. With a contract for publication, Prince has time and money and a kid on the way with his college sweetheart. Life is great – if a little boring. So when an old friend (he owes her a favor and really can’t say no) asks for help, Dominick thinks it might be exciting.  The catch is that the help involves stealing a sperm sample from a hospital. What could go wrong? Black humor from this new, noir writer.

Saturday September 10th at Noon - Christina Dodd signs Because I’m Watching

Veteran Jacob Denisov lives alone in his small, darkened home, sleepless, starving, blaming himself for the horrors of the past and waiting for the moment when he gathers enough courage to kill himself. When neighbor Madeline Hewitson drives her car through the front wall of his house, she breaks his house and Jacob's life wide open. She isn't called "Mad Maddie" for nothing. The survivor of a college dorm massacre, a woman accused of her lover's murder, she is haunted by ghosts and tormented by a killer only she can see. Dealing with construction and forced to see the world outside his home, Jacob watches Maddie, recognizes a kindred spirit and wonders is this truly madness, or has someone caught her in a twisted labyrinth of revenge and compassion, guilt and redemption, murder and madness? Washinton State thriller by this local author.

Signed Copies In The Shop Now!

Richard Kadrey - The Everything Box

22000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn t get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he ll get a big promotion. And now it's time . . . .The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity's doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.

Crap.

2015. A thief named Coop a specialist in purloining magic objects steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn t know that his latest job could be the end of him and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him. It's a doomsday device. They think . . .And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.

Stephen King Reissues!

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What We've Been Reading

Seanan McGuire - October Daye Series

Fran Recommends:

So, I’ve jumped into Seanan McGuire’s “October Daye” series – I’m on book five now – so I’ll talk to you once I’ve come back from her life in San Francisco (and wherever else Toby’s adventures take her).

Elizabeth Daly - Henry Gamadge Series

Amber Recommends:

I am currently working my way through Elizabeth Daly’s Henry Gamadge (a biblio and forged documents expert) series and will have more to write about them soon!

Kerry Greenwood - Cocaine Blues

Amber Recommends:

To all the ladies of indeterminate age I have offended - I proffer this apology. Well most of an apology. Definitely in the realm of thirty percent of an apology…

For several years now I have been recommending the Phryne Fisher series to ladies of indeterminate age. The flaw in this recommendation is not in the books themselves, but in basing my recommendation on a review by someone who I thought was trustworthy in their assessments of books (I am seriously readdressing my confidence in their judgment). Meaning? Up until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t read Cocaine Blues myself…

Man, I didn’t know what I was missing! These books are great fun! Cocaine Blues, the first in series, is wonderful. When we meet Miss Fisher, she is approached by an anxious father and mother (family acquaintances) who are worried about their daughter. They think that their daughter’s husband might be poisoning her in order to inherit her money. Miss Fisher, who is at loose ends in England, agrees to the commission and sails to Melbourne (Australia in case you are geography challenged) to investigate.

And investigate she does! Uncovering communists, corrupt cops and cocaine in the execution of her commission - it was one wild ride!

Now this is where I must offer up at least twenty-five percent of an apology. I was under the impression that these books were written in the traditional English cozy style (think Agatha Christie only in Australia), a subgenre famous for its lack of onstage violence or sex and strong language. Well, those of you who have read Miss Fisher must be giggling a little by now - since Miss Fisher breaks all these rules! She has few qualms with following the investigation (or her own fancy) wherever it may lead, whether it is letting a Russian dancer seduce her, perpetrating revenge or cracking a smuggling ring - she does it all on her own terms. Which is great fun to read!

There is swearing, drinking, sex, violence and much more…and yet these books are charming. Greenwood does a great job of dancing on and around the line keeping them both tasteful and shocking - without becoming gratuitous. The main mystery itself is well worked and plotted, perhaps as a veteran reader it is a hair obvious, however all the smaller mysteries are a bit more obscure and well executed. Greenwood also does a great job in creating an array of people whom you become interested in reading about and getting to know better in future installments. I managed to devour the first five of the series in rapid succession before I had to forcibly slow myself down or I would read them too fast!

Here’s where I am offering fifteen percent of an apology to all the relatives and to the ladies themselves (of indeterminate age) who came in looking for nice soft cozies, books where “ah shucks!” is the strongest epithet used and a peck on the cheek considered scandalous. Readers who might have been a bit shocked when they started reading about Miss Fisher’s exploits. Now that I have read these delightful, well polished mysteries I have a hard time even offering up ten percent of an apology! Especially since I find myself in a position where my formerly uninformed opinion of the books was good, now that I have read them my good opinion has been strengthen to great!

So here it is - To all the ladies of indeterminate age & their families I have offended by offering an excellent book (Cocaine Blues) which did not follow the conventions of the fiction I thought I was suggesting - I offer five percent of an apology and the assurance that in the future I will place a caveat (ie. telling them its lack of coziness) on this great series when I place Cocaine Blues in their hands and tell them they should read it!

 

New Historical eMysteries

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Collectible Corner

Donald E. Westlake - The Busy Body

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Random House, 1966. First printing. Hardcover.

Inscribed on FFE ("7/3/76 Nick & Bette, Here's something American from the expatriate (A year from now, Oi'll 'ave ter talk loike this.) Don W."). Shelf wear to edges, original blue coloring to tops of pages has been badly faded and blue boards have faded at edges. Dust jacket shows rubbing and wear in spots, wear to ends of spine, price clipped. In protective mylar dj cover..

Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Houghton Mifflin, new. First American edition. Hardcover.

Light stamp from former library and small spot of glue on FFE, light traces of tape from past dj protectors on paste downs but, otherwise, it does not look like an ex-library copy. Shelf wear to edges, ends of spine rolled, previous owner’s name written on FFE, small ochre stains to half-title and title page/jacket shows creasing in places, ends of spine rolled and small chipping to bottom edge, spine has faded) cover illustration by Lorraine. Final Marlowe novel, an American classic and winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, in mylar dj protector. ide, Kinsey realizes the old lady wasn't so senile after all and maybe she was trying to tell her something? Now Kinsey's determined to learn the truth even if it kills her.

Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

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New YA / Middle Mysteries

Gwenda Bond - Lois Lane: Double Down

Amber Recommends:

Roots, ties, a general sense of belonging – things Lois Lane never really experienced before; as an Army brat her family moved around too much for these bonds to form. But now in Metropolis, she is weaving her life into the larger tapestry of the city and trying to make it better. But it has been two weeks since her and her friends on the Daily Scoop (the teen version of The Daily Plant) exposed the corrupt gaming company and their unauthorized experiment on her classmates… and Lois is chafing at having to work on a puff piece for the paper. Spotlighting the work an artist and classmate is doing to trying and revitalize a neighborhood everyone has given up on. But you never know when a story will find you! During Lois’s interview, her best friend’s twin sister (The Queen Bee of her high school – the twin, not Lois’s friend) steps out of a cab and collapses on the sidewalk. She’s looking for a doctor who sampled her DNA two years before, gave her a syringe full of something and told her to be on the lookout for some rather oddly specific side effects. This chance encounter leads to a frame job, a mad scientist, mobsters and Lois’s second big story for her editor!

I devoured this book in one sitting! I don’t know how Bond does it, but she takes thrilling comic book-esque plots - novelizes them - and makes them feel plausible. Double Down is a well plotted fast paced mystery which does not rely on the comic canon in order to make it work – which is really is a great feature. So you don’t have to have read extensively (or any at all for that matter) in the comic realm in order to understand what’s going on (I’m not sure if you get more out of the books or not – as I fall into the former group). Bond does really well in making Lois into her own person, without being lost in the shadow of Superman and the issue of really how did a pair of glasses disguise Clark Kent’s alter ego so well?

But this series starts before she is an ace reporter for The Daily Planet – right now she is sixteen and trying to cut her teeth in the newspaper business – while trying to figure out what is means to belong somewhere. Superman is present as well in the series – but once again before the cape and spandex come out of the closet. Right now he is her semi-mysterious (as he will tell her many things, but not his name) online friend…

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading Double Down and Fallout!  These are fantastic mysteries which stand on their own merit. If you have a reluctant girl reader who likes any of the comic book based shows – Smallville, Green Arrow or The Flash, I think this would be a great series for them, or for someone looking for books in a similar vein. I would recommend these two books to them without any hesitation!

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More New YA/Middle Mysteries

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New In Cozies!

Hazel Holt - Mrs. Malory And Death Is A Word

Sheila’s friend, larger-than-life Eva Jackson, has returned to the village of Taviscombe after losing her husband, Alan. A foreign correspondent, Alan reported on dangerous stories around the world from Libya to Afghanistan—but the cause of his death was more mundane: kidney failure in a London hospital. Still, he led a storied life, and much of his past lies in his writings, papers, and books now boxed away in Eva’s garage.

After Eva decides to compile a book of Alan’s unpublished works, a fire mysteriously breaks out in the garage. Then Eva meets a suspicious end, leading Sheila to wonder if there’s a killer at large in their charming Devon countryside . . .

Betty Hechtman - Seams Like Murder

Knitting and crocheting books are selling like crazy at the bookstore where Molly works, so to keep the customers coming, she sets up a series of classes where the Tarzana Hookers can pass on their skills to others: a Yarn University. The only problem is the teacher of the most popular seminar Sheila is getting a massive case of stage fright about being in front of a crowd.

To ease Sheila's nerves, the Hookers plan a practice class at crocheter CeeCee's mansion. But before the lesson begins, Molly and the gang stumble upon a dead body in the apartment above CeeCee's garage. Now, Molly must unravel the clues to find a killer quickly or school might be out forever...

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More New Cozies!

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Cynthia D. Sweeney - The Nest

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, The Nest, which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest's value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.