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New Releases!

New Author Signings

Tuesday May 3rd at Noon - Candace Robb signs The Service of the Dead

Start of a new historical series. 14th C. York is rife with political unrest over who should be the rightful king. Recent widow Kate Clifford is a strong-willed 20-year-old recent widow whose attention is devoted to retiring the debts left by her recently-deceased husband. She’s able to buy a guest house and rents chambers to the wealthy merchants who come to town on business – and perhaps a little bit of pleasure. Her rooms are always full and she’s able to begin paying off her debts when one of her lodgers is murdered and his “guest” for the evening vanishes. Before scandal can shut her down, Kate needs to find out what happened and save what she is building from ruin. Local Author!

Saturday February 27th at Noon – Sam Siciliano signs The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The White Worm

A journey to Whitby heralds the start of a new case for Holmes and Dr. Henry Vernier. Their client is in love, but a mysterious letter has warned him of the dangers of the romance. The object of his affection is said to be under a thousand-year-old druidic curse, doomed to take the form of a gigantic snake. Locals speak of a green glow in the woods at night, and a white apparition amongst the trees. Is there sorcery at work, or is a human hand behind the terrors of Diana's Grove? 4th Sherlock adventure from this Portland, OR, author.

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Jo Nesbø - Midnight Sun

A tightly wound tale of a man running from retribution, a renegade hitman who goes to ground far above the Arctic circle, where the never-setting sun might slowly drive a man insane. But if you’re a hitman running from the revenge of a crime lord, you do your best. Companion to last year’s book Blood on the Snow.

Urban Fantasy: Have You Tried....

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What We've Been Reading

Glen Erik Hamilton - Hard Cold Winter

Signing on Saturday March 19th at Noon!

JB Recommends:

There’s always a bit of leeriness about the second book by an author whose first book was a treat. They spent significant time polishing the debut, it was met with praise, and the stakes on the second book were raised. That’s the so-called “sophomore slump”. Some writers fail at it.

Then there’s Glen Erik Hamilton who has skipped from freshman book to graduate level with his second book, Hard Cold Winter.

Book #2 picks up six months after the action of Past Crimes. Van Shaw is still trying to figure out where he fits now that he’s officially mustered out of the Army. He’s been living on money he had and that’s running out. He knows he could pick up illegal work from his grandfather’s old cohorts but he’d rather stay on the free side of the law. Then he gets a call from one of those cohorts – and we’re off.

Willard’s neice has vanished. Though she’s a free spirit, she’s not called in for a few days and has missed work at her uncle’s floating and illegal gambling games. He asks Van to try to find her.

What Van finds in the remote Olympic Mountains is a dead woman and a bear-chewed male corpse. Who exactly were they, what were they up to, what did the other tire tracks left in the snow mean? Quickly we’re into a world of stolen explosives, Russian gangsters, vivid memories from Van’s youth and one of his former Ranger teamates who could be an asset to Van if he’s able to stay sane. It’s clear there are some very scary people behind it all.

“His eyes had the bright, unadulterated terror of a child who is certain that the boogey-man lives in his closet. And who has just seen the closet door move.”  Hamilton’s writing has kicked up a notch – as fine as it was in his debut. He notes of a cigarette, “The busy fans caught the smoke as it trailed upward, yanked it from the air to vanish like a small startled ghost.”

Hard Cold Winter has a complicated plot. But that’s the fun of it. You won’t be the only one confused by the puzzle as the action moves quickly around Seattle, using the city as a vivid setting and nearly as a character. Late in the book, as Van has worked through the story to understand what’s going on and the pieces begin to lock into place, he turns to his buddy Leo to say “If there’s a race for stupid, I’m in the lead.”

It’s a wild ride. I urge you to take it. Chandler once said that the importance of Hammett was that he wrote scenes that had never been written before. Hard Cold Winter  has that freshness to it, due to the characters, the writing, the plot – the whole damn thing. You’ll find yourself speeding through it, impatient to find out how it all will end. One character buckles under the tension. “Said it was like being in the middle of an inhale, waiting for the scream.”

His first book, Past Crimes will be out in paperback Feb 23. For it, he’s just received a Edgar Award nomination for Best First Novel by an American.

It’s only the end of January and I may’ve just read the best book of the year.

Naomi Novik - Uprooted

No one knows where the Wood came from. No one in the valley remembers a time when the Wood didn’t hunt people and envelop whole villages. But everyone knows that the Dragon (an old and powerful wizard) is the one who keeps the Wood at bay and in exchange he takes one girl every ten years to serve him in his tower. Agnieszka was born in a choosing year, but she feels very little fear of being chosen - because her best friend Kasia is the most accomplished girl in her year. Everyone knows Kasia will be the one to leave the valley - until the choosing day when the Dragon makes up his own mind on which girl to take.

It has been a very long time since I have read an epic fantasy novel (there are light mystery elements to it as well) and I am sure glad this was my first foray back into the genre. With aspects of Into The Woods and Beauty And The Beast this book is quickly rising into classic favorite status in my library. Coupled with a unique and well-imagined foe, wizard and chosen one, this book is an absolute joy to read!

Dense, well paced and complicated, I cannot properly explain how engrossed I became in the book. While this type of story, something along the lines of a fairy tale or legend isn’t new - Novik breaths new life into this story telling tradition. How? Well to begin with, there isn’t a single damsel in distress - everyone needs saving somewhere along the lines - witches, warriors, wizards and a Queen. No one type of character is left tied to the railroad track waiting for their knight in shining armor to save them. Secondly, not all of the foes which are encountered are supernatural and no one is truly shiningly good or utterly bad. You understand their motives and can related to what happened - making me feel connected to the people I was reading about. Lastly I enjoyed the fact each character evolved in their relationships with the other characters. No one was static (well except for those who died, but that isn’t unexpected) anyone and everyone who encountered the Wood never left the meeting unchanged.

It’s funny the more I like the book the harder it is for me to write about it! But trust me, this book is well worth your time and energy.

The paperback is coming out on March 1st!

Gregg Hurwtiz - Orphan X

Fran Recommends:

The first word that comes to mind after reading Gregg Hurwtiz's new novel, Orphan X is "slick". This is not a bad thing.

Evan Smoak was brought into the Orphan Project when he was twelve. At that time, his handler told him he was part of a special group, and that he, Jack, would never lie to Evan, who would henceforth be known as Orphan X. Orphans were trained as covert assassins, infiltrators, special ops individuals who do all those things we know the government has done but we'd really rather not think about.

However, once trained and working, Orphan X is given an assignment he refuses, and from that point on he has been out of the project and off the grid, working to help those who cannot help themselves. He's known as the Nowhere Man. Then one of his rescue missions goes sideways, and suddenly Evan Smoak is beset on all sides, and he doesn't even know if his training will be enough to save him.

Gregg Hurwitz is a powerful writer and Orphan X is no exception. I can see why it's already been optioned for film; Hurwitz writes screenplays and his sense of pace and timing is spot-on. And he's obviously researched long and hard to get all the bits and pieces into place to make Orphan X as sleekly honed as it is. He pushes right up to the edge of  believability but stops gracefully short so that everything just works.

And if you're the sort who cheats, don't bother. The twists keep coming so that right up until the very end, you can't be sure who to trust and what the truth might really be.

Orphan X is the first in a series, and I suspect this is a series everyone will be into. It's fast, the characters are developed and complex, and the possibilities that Gregg Hurwtiz has left open for Evan are a delightful tease. I can't wait to see where he takes us next!

 

Stephen Greenleaf eMysteries

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Collectible Corner

Dick Francis - Trial Run

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

London: Michael Joseph, 1978. First UK edition. Hardcover.

Light shelf wear, bottom outer corners slightly jammed, light rubbing to jacket.

Veteran horseman Randall Drew travels to Mosow to help the Russian royal family--but ends up caught in a world of jealousy, sabotage, and murder.

 

Dick Francis - In The Frame

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Harper & Row, 1976. First American edition. Hardcover.

Light shelf wear, ends of spine slightly rolled, top edge a bit jammed, light soiling to page edges; jacket shows light wear to edges, ends of spine more so, as well as liquid stain to lower edge [reddish color on inside of paper, not as visible on outside], darker liquid stain to top edge of front panel, artwork bright and clean.

Charles Todd is an English painter well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses at the racetrack. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art--the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked--and a prime suspect.

When Todd discovers a connection between recent burglaries and people who bought horse paintings, the racetrack lover finds himself in the biggest race of his life as he works to clear his cousin's name and trap a ruthless killer before the killer traps him.

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YA / Middle Mysteries

Marissa Meyer - Stars Above

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

Dan Wells - Bluescreen

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni a smart device implanted right in a person's head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, but she lives on the net going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it's Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen a virtual drug that plugs right into a person's djinni and delivers a massive, nonchemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

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More YA Mysteries!

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Mystery Lover's Kitchen Mysteries

Leslie Budewitz - Guilty As Cinnamon

Springtime in Seattle's Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper's Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approach, she's sure to win over the public. Even better, she's working with several local restaurants as their chief herb and spice supplier. Business is cooking, until one of Pepper's potential clients, a young chef named Tamara Langston, is found dead, her life extinguished by the dangerously hot ghost chili a spice Pepper carries in her shop.

Now stuck in the middle of a heated police investigation, Pepper must use all her senses to find out who wanted to keep Tamara's new cafe from opening before someone else gets burned.

Avery Aames - For Cheddar Or Worse

It's time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette's cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.

Even though any love for Lara by her friends curdled long ago, Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin's inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend's name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara's ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara's past casts a tainted pall on the festival's future.

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Jackie Bennett, SBT & Andrew Lawson - Shakespeare's Gardens

"Shakespeare's Gardens" is a highly illustrated, informative book about the gardens that William Shakespeare knew as a boy and tended as a man, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April 2016. This anniversary will be the focus of literary celebration of the man's life and work throughout the English speaking world and beyond. The book will focus on the gardens that Shakespeare knew, including the five gardens in Stratford upon Avon in which he gardened and explored.
 
From his birthplace in Henley Street, to his childhood playground at Mary Arden's Farm, to his courting days at Anne Hathaway's Cottage and his final home at New Place - where he created a garden to reflect his fame and wealth. Cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, these gardens are continually evolving to reflect our ongoing knowledge of his life. The book will also explore the plants that Shakespeare knew and wrote about in 17th century England: their use in his work and the meanings that his audiences would have picked up on - including mulberries, roses, daffodils, pansies, herbs and a host of other flowers. More than four centuries after the playwright lived, whenever we think of thyme, violets or roses, we more often than not still remember a quote from the 39 plays and 154 sonnets written by him.