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Come and Gone!

Signed Louise Penny - The Nature Of The Beast

9-year-old Laurent is a boy who is always telling big tales – space aliens, trees walking and winged monsters in the woods. No one pays him any mind. He’s an annoying but creative little boy. Then he vanishes. Should one of his stories have been listened to? The retired Gamache is, naturally, involved.

We have them signed and dated on the title page! Louise Penny was nice enough to drop by and sign our books and we even have a couple left over! So come in and grab your copy before they are all snapped up!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Ben Aaronovitch eMysteries

New Author Signings

Saturday September 19th at Noon - Maia Chance Double Signing!

Cinderella Six Feet Under

2nd with Victorian variety hall star Ophelia Flax. Her friend Prudence has vanished but a body is discovered in her family’s deserted Parisian mansion: ball gown, single glass slipper and a dead ringer for Pru. Second and third books from this new Northwest author.

Come Hell or Highball

Lola Woodby is living the carefree life of a society woman in Prohibition America. Then her wealthy husband dies, leaving her a pile of debt. From the penthouse to the flophouse in the time it takes to shake a martini. To make it worse, at her husband’s funeral, one of his chippies asks Lola to do something for her and she’ll be paid a nice chunk of change. This twist thinks Lola’s husband had a certain roll of film… First in a new comic series by this PNW writer.

Saturday October 31st at Noon - Yasmine Galenorn signs Autumn Thorns

In an all-new series, Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead...

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother's house--and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people--and secrets--don't always stay buried.

When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

Signed Copies Coming Soon! - Quantities Limited - Reserve One Now!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Mycroft Holmes

A new Cambridge University graduate, Mycroft Holmes has already become an important figure in political circles. Many rely on his sharp mind which can make logical connections that others miss. This is the untold tale of Sherlock’s smarter brother and the founder of the Diogenes Club, and the events that would cement his place in the center of the Empire’s government. [We’re told these will arrive shortly after the on-sale date of the unsigned copies. HEY – he’s a busy guy!]

Lee Child - Make Me

The 20th Jack Reacher. “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, with sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Michael Connelly - The Crossing

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

New Release Urban Fantasy Mysteries!

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What We've Been Reading

Lilith Saintcrow - Trailer Park Fae

People have been telling me to read Lilith Saintcrow for years, and I finally got around to it. I picked up the first in a new - trilogy? series? - and I see what everyone's been talking about.

In Trailer Park Fae, Saintcrow introduces us to Robin Ragged, a part-fae, part-mortal lady with a couple of gifts that make her special. Robin can Realmake objects, enchant them so they last rather than dissolve after a single use. But more importantly, Robin can sing, and when she does, she can kill. It's possible she can even kill immortals, her gift is so strong.

We also meet Jeremiah Gallow, also fae/mortal mix, with a deadly skill that he's been hiding. And his late mortal wife looked amazingly like Robin. But this isn't a love story, not really, although it will undoubtedly head that way. Instead, it's a novel of treachery and betrayal and mischief, with Robin the pawn and Gallow the unexpected player, one who wasn't expected to join the game, but now that he is, has changed everything.

Trailer Park Fae isn't a book for folks who are new to fantasy. Even with a glossary at the back, Lilith Saintcrow assumes her readers are quite familiar with the whole fae world, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, the Queen of Summer and the King of Winter, the various rules of gift and payment that the fae world demands. She's created a world where trust is more fragile than love and where double-crossing is expected and anticipated.

And she's thrown in two people who have good hearts and honest intentions, but who thoroughly know the rules of the game, and who cannot trust whatever attraction they might feel. Trailer Park Fae is dark and complex and beautifully written, and I'm sorry I haven't come to Lilith Saintcrow's writing before now. I also can't wait until January when the second book comes out!

Kate Locke - God Save The Queen

Genere: Steampunk, Mystery & Creatures

Would I Recommend? Hells Yes!

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: It is 2012 and Queen Victoria still reigns supreme…175 years on. You see when the plague ripped through the population of London (you know the one blamed on rats) a genetic mutation occurred in the aristocracy causing a slightly different royal disease to occur (instead of hemophilia). The mutation caused them to become vampires, werewolves or goblins.

More importantly to our story it also indirectly created half-bloods, children of aristocrats and humans. Who since they are more than a human but less than a full blood are given the job of protecting the aristos; the very best are in the Royal Guard. Enter our intrepid hero Xandra Vardan, a halvie in said guard who is very good at her job. So when her sister Dede goes missing Xandra is more than willing to chase after her. Which leads down the rabbit hole of conspiracies, medical experimentation, assassination and betrayal.

Review: It is not often that a book matches its’ cover - either they are to bland, totally misrepresent what the book is about or for some inexplicable reason contains a spoiler! (Agatha Christie covers I notice are notorious in spoiler flaws) And as a bookseller I am forever telling people not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it just happens - even to the best of us! In this case it was so absolutely grand! The characters are colorful, the mystery fast paced & twisty and no one is really safe! Seriously the best word to describe this book is FUN!

Xandra is an odd combination of temper, snark and impatience who walks a very fine line with the reader, skating just this side of the line of being consumed by said flaws which would have rendered her (and subsequently the book) unreadable. However Locke does a great job in balancing her, keeping her someone we can root for through the entire story. This is what I really enjoyed about this book, no character is all bad or all good - everyone is a mix. While you and/or Xandra may loath or despise someone, there is always something which keeps them from being completely repugnant. Being able to keep this balance is difficult but Locke does a great job, which allows everyone in the book to have a surprising amount of depth.

Locke also does a great job in resolving the mystery presented in God Save The Queen while giving tantalizing hints of a much larger and sinister conspiracy in which Xandra finds herself at the heart of. Which is why I went out and immediately purchased the next two books in this series!

I am not sure this book will ever win an award - however it will keep you thoroughly entertained and is well worth reading for the sheer sake of fun.

 

New Releases

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Collectible Corner

Jasper Fforde - The Well Of Lost Plots

Book Condition - As New / DJ Condition - Fine

New York: Viking Press, 2003. First American edition. Hardcover.

One slight dent to the top of four pages, slight shelf wear to bottom and tops of boards. Signed “Jasper” on tipped in page as well as being signed and dated “Jasper 24.02.04” on the title page. Publisher’s round, gold “Signed Copy” sticker on front panel of dust jacket, in protective mylar cover.

Also Included: - Color postcard “Unicorn Sanctuary”, Code: TNU 076. US TN-3, Feb 2004. - Color postcard “Eject-o-Hat Technical Bulletin”, Code: TNU 078. US TN-3, Feb 2004. - One US promotional self adhesive bumper sticker with “Thursday Next making the world safe for fiction!” printed across it on a blue background. - One promotional book mark laid in for the American release of The Eyre Affair on one side and Lost in a Good Book on the other

Jasper Fforde - Lost In A Good Book

Book Condition - Very Good.

London: Nel, 2002. First UK trade paperback edition. Paperback.

1st print. Slight scuffing to both front and back covers, top left corner of spine slightly jammed, slight shelf wear to page edges. Signed on title page “Jasper”.

Also Included: - One US promotional self-adhesive bumper sticker with “Lost in a Good Book” printed like the US cover in yellow against a grey background, VG (one ripple at the top of the sticker in the middle). - One US promotional self-adhesive bumper sticker with “Thursday Next making the world safe for fiction!” printed across it on a blue background. - Two US promotional self-adhesive sticker name tags “Jurisfiction Prose Resource Operative Agent:_______ www.thursdaynext.com” printed on the front with the image of the maze book in the background. - One promotional bookmark laid in for the American release of The Eyre Affair on one side and Lost in a Good Book on the other.

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YA Mysteries - Exciting New Releases

Betsy Cornwell - Mechanica

Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her Mechanica to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother's knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There's a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

Jane Casey - Hide And Seek

It's Christmastime in Port Sentinel, the tiny English town where Jess Tennant has been living for more than a year now. Jess wasn't sure how she felt about moving to Port Sentinel when her mom dragged her there right in the middle of high school, but even Jess has to admit the town has completely outdone itself for the holidays. There's a Christmas market complete with a mini ice-rink and fairy lights, and the bare trees stand stark against the sky.

But for Gilly Poynter, one of Jess's classmates, the Christmas season is anything but magical. She's disappeared, leaving behind only her diary and a lot of questions. Has she run away from her unhappy home, or has something more sinister happened? And will Jess be able to find her before it's too late?

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More YA Mysteries!

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Cozies Coming Next Week!

Victoria Abbot - The Marsh Madness

Jordan works hard to improve Vera Van Alst's collection of classic detective stories. So when Chadwick Kauffman heir to the Kauffman fortune offers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea. The next day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to read that Chadwick has died in a fall from the grand staircase at Summerlea. But when the picture in the paper is of a different man, it becomes clear that the ladies are victims of a scam. And they ll have to unmask the imposter fast, because someone is trying to frame them for murder

Erika Chase - Law And Author

Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla's life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they question the motives behind this sudden reunion. After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews's backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before, but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator. It's up to the book club to uncover the real story . . . before another victim is written into the plot.

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More Cozies Coming Next Week...

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Molly Makes - Papercraft

The team behind Mollie Makes magazine has brought together all their favorite papercrafters in a range of impressive disciplines from paper-cutting to paper maché. They share their tips, stories and beautiful projects, inspiring us all to pick up an old book, a newspaper or a vintage map and get creative. Paper is a great material - it is readily available, inexpensive, very adaptable, and comes in hundreds of types, weights, colours and textures. Many of the projects in this book, such as cards and giftwrap, origami, pom poms, wreaths, garlands, and bunting only need simple measuring and cutting skills, and with a section on making your own paper from scratch, you can ensure that all your papery creations are truly unique - just like you…

With simple projects requiring only the basic kit of paper, glue gun and craft knife, as well as more complicated ideas using decoupage, quilling, pop-ups and lino stamps, there is plenty to keep you busy. In fact, you could say we've got paper craft all wrapped up!