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Tuesday June 30th at Noon - Ingrid Thoft signs Brutality

In her 3rd appearance, Boston PI Fina Ludlow accepts a case outside of the family firm. A former soccer star was attacked and left hospitalized. She’d been suing her college, charging them will neglect that left her with cognitive brain injuries. Was she attacked to stop the legal action? Adele highly recommends this author.

Tuesday July 7th at Noon - Roger Hobbs signs Vanishing Games

In the South China Sea, three experienced pirates are sent to intercept a smuggler and take a bag of sapphires worth a fortune. On board the boat, one finds a treasure they weren’t told about and the simple heist goes wrong and bloody. The woman who set up the crime wants the one survivor found and answers. She reaches out to the one guy who can do that and who won’t turn her down – the Ghostman.

Thursday July 9th at Noon - Don Winslow signs The Cartel

The sequel to his opus Power of the Dog. In 2004, the former leader of the entire Mexican drug universe is doing time in a US prison, Mexican cartels have carved up his world and exist in a tenuous peace, while former DEA agent Art Keller, the man who captured him, is tending bees in a NM monastery. All of the peace is shattered when the patron, Adan Barrera, arranges to be transferred to a Mexican prison.

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Yasmine Galenorn - Flight From Death

Drop By Signing on Saturday July 11th - Reserve Your Copy Today!

I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting... When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we're on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

Fun Urban Fantasy Mysteries!

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What We've Been Reading

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.

My 52 Weeks With Christie: A.Miner©2015

Craig Johnson - Dry Bones

Signing - Saturday June 20th at Noon.

The only good thing about air travel any more is that you do get plenty of time to read.           Otherwise…

Craig Johnson’s Dry Bones was a joy, just like all of his other books. This one seems to be a bridge book. He’s taking us and the characters somewhere else, somewhere darker, I think, in a book to come. It all has to do with a certain knife-wielding hotshot from a couple of books ago – and I’ll leave it there.

Dry Bones puts Walt and crew into the legal thicket of invaluable archeological finds and who has rights to them versus who lays claims to them. The book opens with an oddly comic scene at a fishinghole with Omar throwing rocks at turtles. It fairly quickly turns serious and the story continues to ricochet between the two – as only Craig can pull off – for the remainder of the book. All of the usual suspects are here – Henry, Lonnie, Dog, Cady, Vic, Lucien - as well as some too long missing – Double Tough, Chief Long, Omar as mentioned. There’s a mix of new folks who are peppered in with the regulars as the population of Absaroka County gets continually filled in.

There’s ear-splitting thunder storms, truck-denting hail, flash floods, childhood memories of an abandoned mine, and self-doubting questions of spirits in the storms.

Boy Howdy. Makes me want to start re-reading them all again, for the fourth time.

Mike Lawson - House Rivals

Signing – Saturday July 11th at Noon.

On the other hand, Mike Lawson’s House Rivals takes DeMarco far out of his comfort zone (really, if he even has one) and plants him down in the upper Great Plains. Mahoney’s sent him West to help the granddaughter of an old war buddy. She’s fighting the corruption fostered by a slippery rich guy who is into “energy extraction”.

DeMarco, of course, understands nothing about what is going on – except for the corruption. Joe understands that very well.

Pretty quickly, things get ugly and it becomes a personal crusade for him. The fun is watching him shake things up with his “own” FBI agent intow and aghast at his antics. When your boss is John Mahoney, a guy can pretty much do what he thinks is right, and DeMarco’s sense of justice is his guide, and it’s as sharp and sure as ever.

To some extent, DeMarco is up against his polar opposites – fixers who work for the tycoon. The reason DeMarco understands the corruption is that what they do is not so far from what he does, and that is the moral edge of the book. There are a few times in the story where others refer to DeMarco as a thug and he resents it. He doesn’t see himself as one. So the question becomes is corruption in the eye of the beholder? I don’t think so, I don’t think Lawson or DeMarco think so, but it is an interesting and dangerous knife edge. Glad DeMarco is our guide.

If there’s one fault to the book – and, really, there isn’t – is that Emma does not appear in the story. I don’t think I’m giving anything away. There’s really no place for her this time out.

But, Mike – you owe us a mess of Emma in the next story.

House Rivals is the 10th in the DeMarco series, as fine and smooth a series of thrillers as you are ever going to find. Though Mike lives here in Seattle, the series is based in DC. Looking for a confident and cynical series of books about how power is used and abused in American? Read Mike Lawson. Now. They’re a hellovalotta fun.

 

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Collectible Corner

Raymond Chandler - The Little Sister

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. First American edition. Hardcover.

Ends of spine rolled and slight lean to spine, reddish cloth clean and bright with image of woman-handled dagger on front cover/dj shows wear to edges, a few small chips and closed tears, spine faded, price clipped) cover illustration by Artzybasheff clean and bright in mylar dj protector. 5th Marlowe novel.

A movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.

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.

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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YA Mysteries! Modern Classics

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

For the first time, J. K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley -- a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry -- and anyone who reads about him -- will find unforgettable.

Garth Nix - Sabriel

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.

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April 22nd is Earth Day - Wildlife Mysteries

Sandi Ault - Wild Inferno

Only One Signed Copy Left!

When wildfire erupts on a patchwork of land including the Southern Ute Reservation,  Jamaica Wild is sent to find an old Ute man named Grampa Ned, who has vanished. Jamaica risks danger to go after him, but the fire crowns and torches through the area, forcing her to run for her life. As she escapes, Jamaica discovers a firefighter smoldering and wavering on the side of the road. The man, part of a hotshot crew that is trapped in the burn area, sputters a cryptic message to Jamaica before losing consciousness.

Soon, the fire threatens an encampment of Puebloans doing ceremony atop Chimney Rock, celebrating a rare and sacred celestial phenomenon. Among them is Jamaica's medicine teacher, Momma Anna, and her wolf, Mountain. As the fire rages out of control and a stalker makes attempts on her life. Jamaica must work to ensure that the Native Americans and her beloved wolf are safe while she tries to discover what happened to both Grampa Ned and the burning man. What was Grampa Ned doing on the mountain before he was murdered—and why didn’t the burning man stay with his crew? What would make them risk incineration in a wild inferno?

Joseph Heywood - Harder Ground

A treasure chest of stories for Joseph Heywood fans, featuring the women game-warden colleagues of his mystery series star Grady Service. With Heywood's trademark ability to capture the eccentric characters of the Michigan wilderness, his wonderful ear for dialogue, and his vivid descriptions of hunting, fishing, and outdoorsmanship, these stories will delight Heywood fans and entice any reader who loves stories about the great outdoors or law-and-order. The game wardens in these stories not only have to contend with poachers, drug smugglers, and violent criminals, but they must also confront the challenges of being women in a wilderness law enforcement fraternity traditionally dominated by men.

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More Wild Mysteries!

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We Can Order All Most Anything! For Example:

Kate Bolick - Spinster

"Whom to marry, and when will it happen--these two questions define every woman's existence." So begins "Spinster," a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why- she--along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing--remains unmarried.

This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. "Spinster" introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless--the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life.

Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, "Spinster" is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers us a way back into our own lives--a chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor.