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June 22nd Matthew Sullivan drops by to sign Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookshop

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

April 24th at Noon Jennifer McMahon signs Burntown

Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as Burntown.

Eva Sandeski, known as Necco on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered.

Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called Snake Eyes, Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive.

There are the fire eaters, mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river's edge, practicing a kind of soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called the devil's snuff; there's Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then there's Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life.

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Saturday April 15th Renee Patrick drop by to sign Dangerous To Know

Los Angeles, 1938. Former aspiring actress Lillian Frost is adjusting to a new life of boldfaced names as social secretary to a movie-mad millionaire. Costume designer Edith Head is running Paramount Pictures wardrobe department, but only until a suitable replacement comes along. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal, a real-life incident in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood.

Lillian attended the Manhattan dinner party at which well-heeled guests insulted Adolf Hitler within earshot of a maid with Nazi sympathies. Now, secrets the maid vengefully spilled have all New York society running for cover and two Paramount stars, Jack Benny and George Burns, facing smuggling charges.

Edith also seeks Lillian's help on a related matter. The emigre pianist in Marlene Dietrich's budding nightclub act has vanished. Lillian reluctantly agrees to look for him. When Lillian finds him dead, Dietrich blames agents of the Reich. As Lillian and Edith unravel intrigue extending from Paramount's Bronson Gate to FDR's Oval Office, only one thing is certain: they ll do it in style.

Thursday April 20th Ann Cleeves drops by to sign Cold Earth

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea.

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died.

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What We've Been Reading

Patricia Briggs – Silence Fallen

Amber Recommends:

It all started when Mercy’s step-daughter stabbed her in the back. Well, to be fair, they were playing a pirate MMO – but still – and it probebly wouldn’t have happened except for Mercy’s propensity for baking chocolate chip cookies when she was knocked out of the game! When Mercy discovers that someone ate all the eggs and half of the chocolate chips (shocking! In a house filled werewolves who notoriously have big appetites – someone ate some of her ingredients…) she decides to hit the convenience store (the “shop and rob”) for supplies. Which begins Mercy’s inadvertaint European adventure – filled with near death experinces, vampires, power plays, a pilot named Matt Smith, and Adam in the thick of diplomatic relations.

This was a fun page turning read - a great installment in the Mercy Thompson series. It furthers our knowledge of Marsilia, Wulfe and Stefan – and gives us a fair peek into the runnings of the European packs and seethes, all the while adding to Mercy’s reputation for causing chaos for those who hate her – well and for those who love her - fortunatly it tends to be less destructive for them. To be fair.

I would recommend this book to any and all who enjoy reading the Mercy series. You will like it as much as I did. Briggs structured this novel a bit differently than she has any of the other books in the series which adds a newish element making this book feel fresh – which encourages the reader to devour it whole. If you haven’t read anything in the Mercy series – I suggest you read the first book Moon Called before tackling this one (actually I recommend reading all of them - to be honest) so you have a good footing in the world. Then just dive in. But as a warning, you do get the most out of this series if read in order! Enjoy!

Philip Kerr - Prussian Blue

JB Recommends:

Following on the heels of The Other Side of Silence, someone from Bernie Gunther’s past comes back to haunt him in person. It’s 1956 and the East German secret police want Bernie to travel to London to kill a female British agent he danced with in the last book. While Bernie has hard feelings for the woman, he’s not an assassin. He flees the Stasi group and takes off for Germany.

Philip Kerr’s new Gunther thriller, Prussian Blue as with most of the recent novels in this hardboiled and historical series, splits its time between Bernie’s present and his past. One of the Stasi agents is a former colleague he worked with on a dangerous case in April of 1939, just months before the war started. Someone has been killed by a sniper at a new retreat that’s been built for Hitler. It’s just a couple of weeks before The Leader’s birthday and, well, the high fiends in control want the murder solved – now. Known for his doggedness and talent as a detective, Gunther is sent down to Bavaria to find the killer. What he finds is rampant corruption, betrayal, treachery, and suspicion. How to do you find one killer amongst a small mountain town populated with them?

The book flips back and forth between his efforts in 1939 and his desperation to leave France without being caught by the police or the Stasi who have put out the word that he’s a killer. What’s a fellow to do? Crack wise and keep moving.

It’s hard to pin a target on your back when you’re in motion.

Prussian Blue is the 12th in this superb, Chandlerian series. I would recommend that you read the first three first (March Violets/1936, The Pale Criminal/1938, and A German Requiem/1947).  After them, you can skip around as that’s what Kerr does, moving Bernie backwards and forwards in time, inserting him into historical events and amongst historical figures. The stories are told with great wit and great heartbreak as we know where it is all going. As per Chandler’s dictum, Bernie’s the best man in his own world and a good enough man for any other.

Anne Bishop – Etched In Bone

Amber Recommends:

Humans and Others in the Lakeside Courtyard are working hard to regain their equilibrium in the aftermath of the Elders brutal justice. A new normal is finally starting to assert itself – when the Elders once again threaten. Only this time it is the peace of the Courtyard and the continued existence of humans which balances on the knife point. The Elders have come to Lakeside to study the humans and the smaller Others – to see how they work together and how to spot the humans who wish further harm to the terra indigene. Fate seems to have consired to help them – in the form of Lieutenant Montgomery’s manipulative brother. Giving the Elders a new kind of predator to observe – tying Simon’s paws – as they won’t allow him to drive Jimmy from the Courtyard.

I really enjoyed reading this book - once again immersing myself in the lives of some of my favorite characters. Perhaps this book wasn’t quite as focused as the first three – the building of tension and focus on the machinations of this new kind of predator wasn’t quite as honed. That being said, Bishop’s atmospheric writing style was in full force in this book and was wonderful to read. She furthered many of the Courtyard residents’ personal stories and an unresolved mystery. All of which makes me curious where Bishop will take the series next. As she’s stated that while Simon & Meg’s story may be concluded this isn’t the last installment in the Others series!

All in all I would highly recommend reading this book if you’ve loved the rest of the series. When I finished the book I felt satisfied with the ending – well disappointed that I will have to wait a whole ‘nother year (at least) for a new installment , especially since I finished this book in about a day and a half (none of my chores got done on my day off) – I don’t think you will be left wanting when this book is concluded. BTW if you like urban fantasy and haven’t read Written In Red yet – you must! You will be hooked on this series – but they should be read in order.

 

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Collectible Corner

Craig Johnson -  The Cold Dish

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Near Fine

New York: Viking , 2005. First Printing. Hardcover.

Signed and dated on the title page, "2.8.05". Faint shelf wear to edges of boards, tail end corners are just this side of bumped and tail end of spine is faintly rolled. DJ has faint faint shelf wear and is clean and bright otherwise in a mylar cover.

After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle. With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.

Louise Penny - Still Life

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Very Good

New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006. First Printing. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Light shelf wear to edges of the boards, top front & back fore-edge corners is lightly bumped and the spine is rolled. DJ has faint shelf wear and corresponding light bumps to the top fore-edges of both front and back corners.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

New In YA Mysteries

Bryce Moore - The Memory Thief

Twin brother and sister Benji and Kelly wander off at the local county fair after witnessing their parents argue. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called The Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange old man inside named Louis. The old man shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see other memories Louis has collected from people over the years. Benji quickly realizes the ability to take memories could help his parents stop fighting with each other, and he asks Louis to teach him how to become a "memory thief." But Louis isn't the only person with the ability to show and manipulate memories. There's also the mysterious Genevieve, a Memory Thief with much more nefarious motives.

Benji learns how to manipulate memories himself, but having that power comes at a cost to his family, and possibly to his own mind as well. Genevieve's powers get out of control as she steals more and more memories from people in town--including Benji's sister, Kelly. Benji must learn to use this newfound power, as he is the only one able to stop Genevieve.

Sage Blackwood - Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott's School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel's behavior becomes the least of her problems. Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a crossboy-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her--but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?

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Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess - The Painted Queen

Egypt, 1912--Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters' bestselling, beloved mystery series.

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word---Murder---before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: -Judas.- Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin--someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for Emerson--Where were you?---pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamuun.

Rhys Bowen - On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck A chance to see Belinda and please the queen as I seek her permission to relinquish my claim to the throne so I can marry Darcy. Only that's as far as my good fortune takes me. I soon discover that Mummy is attending the villa party and she has her own secret task for me. Then, Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of a world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner I shouldn't be all that surprised when one of my fellow guests is murdered and my Italian holiday becomes a nightmare...

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Linda Sejic - Blood Stain Vol. 2

Amber loves the first volume of this series - and cannot believe the second will let you down! She will let you know shortly if you need a review before reading this fun/creepy series! Upon arriving to her new workplace, and meeting her new boss under some rather unflattering circumstances, Elly tries desperately to leave a good impression first day on the job. The only problem is-- both she and her new employer seem to be clueless as to what her job is supposed to be.