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Friday June 23rd at Noon - Iona Whishaw signs Death in a Darkening Mist

Introduced to the local hot springs, retired intelligence operative Lane Winslow is surprised to overhear Russian being spoken. It’s December 1946 and the Cold War is only warming up but, still Russian in Western Canada is rare. When one of the pair is later found murdered in the changing room, Winslow’s knowledge of the language and her background is useful to the police. Second by this British Columbian who uses the experiences of her grandfather and mother in espionage to inform her fiction.

Wednesday June 14th at Noon - Cara Black returns to sign Murder in Saint Germain

In her 17th book, Parisian PI Aimée Leduc works to allay the fears of an old friend. Suzanne thinks she’s being shadowed by a ghost, the spirit of a Serbian warlord her counterterrorism group killed some time ago. Aimee is sure her friend is mistaken until accidents begin to befall other members of the team.

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Michael Connelly - The Late Show

1st in a new series. Renee Ballard is a nightshift LAPD detective who investigates crimes until dawn – when she hands them over to the day shift detectives. She was given the assignment as punishment for filing a sexual harassment complaint against her superior. One night she catches two cases that she doesn’t want to give up – and against her partner’s and department’s wishes investigates these crimes during daylight hours…

Steve Hamilton - Exit Strategy

JB recommends.

Nick Mason is instructed to do the impossible by the man who holds his life in his hands – infiltrate the Witness Protection Program (never been done), locate three men who testified against him, and kill them. Nick’s got no choice but to do it.

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What We've Been Reading

Joshilyn Jackson - The Almost Sisters

Fran Recommends:

I avoided picking this one up for the longest time. I mean, after a while, you just know that after almost a dozen books, a flop is around the corner, right? Law of averages. After last year's knock-it-outta-the-park novel, how could she top it? Still, I couldn't resist. I just love her!

And there you go. Joshilyn Jackson just keeps getting better and better, and her latest book, The Almost Sisters (no idea if we'll get signed copies) just stunned me with its easy brilliance.

Leia Birch is a highly successful comic book artist living in Virginia. Not only has she drawn every character ever created, she's developed a comic book of her own, Violence in Violet, so she's a star in her own right. But after one tequila-soaked night at a Comic Con, she discovers that her one-night-stand with a dashing black Batman has resulted in a burgeoning biracial baby. She debates telling her family, but then her perfect step-sister, Rachel, dissolves into marital trouble, and the word comes up from Alabama where Leia's paternal 90-year-old grandmother seems to be hit with dementia, well, a little unintended pregnancy suddenly doesn't seem worth mentioning. For now.

I cannot, absolutely can not, get over the people Joshilyn Jackson creates. She has not only got a talent for bringing all her people to vibrant life - flaws, strengths, hopes, quirkiness, anger, passion - but her love of the deep South permeates all her work. And it is nowhere more evident than in The Almost Sisters, where Leia is forced to take an unflinching look at who she is and what her child might have to face.

Joshilyn Jackson has that gentle Southern way of bringing harsh realities into focus without being all judgmental and preachy. The Almost Sisters is an incredibly timely book, and Leia's story is one that I'll want to visit again and again. I know she does stand-alones, but man, I'd love to come back and visit the Birches in a few years, see how they're getting on. They're part of my fictional family now.

Cheryl Honigford – Homicide for the Holidays

Amber Recommends:

So here is the thing with this book – you have to look beyond the cover and the title. This book looks like a themed cozy mystery. Which it isn’t. This is a historical mystery whith very strong Golden Age leanings. Meaning? There isn’t anything cute about it.

It is Christmastime in Chicago, 1938, and Vivian Witchell is missing her father. Most especially this year – her mother has another man in the house for the holidays. It’s been eight years since her father’s sudden death and while Vivian doesn’t begrudge her mother the companionship, she still misses her dad. In a fit of nostalgia, she slips into his old study (which hasn’t been changed since his death) to grab an ornament Vivian made for him when she was little. When she opens the frame – a small silver key falls out. A key the whole family hunted high and low for after her father’s death – because it’s to the drawer in his desk – a drawer which hasn’t been opened in eight years. And what Vivian finds in that drawer will change everything she thought she knew about her father.

If you are going to write a historical mystery which tangentially includes notorious crime figures, this book is how you should do it. The author never loses sight of the fact that readers are reading the book for the mystery – not a history lesson. Every historical fact used is deftly woven into the plot so it means something to the characters and moves the plot forward; they never stop the forward progress of the plot. The author also does a great job in using the radio plays (as Vivian is an up-and-coming radio star) to help build the atmosphere of the era in the book. Plus setting this book at Christmas helps give a fresh angle to describing Chicago in the winter time – we already know it will feature snow, ice and frigid temperatures. Therefore the author can use different descriptions of the city than what we normally read. And by the way, she never makes the Christmas refrences sappy, sickly sweet or fluffy. It is a good counterpoint to the harsh truths Vivian discovers about who her father was.

Seriously this book is great and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical mysteries. Now this is a second book in a series and if you read this installment before the first one, The Darkness Knows, there are spoilers (like they tell you who the killer was). I haven’t read that book, yet, but I cannot imagine that the author didn’t do an amazing job. Still, I would recommend reading this book whether you read the first one or not – it is well worth your time!

Dennis Lehane - Since We Fell

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JB Recommends:

My hesitations about Dennis Lehane’s new novel, Since We Fell were unwarrented. I’ve enjoyed many of his non-Patrick & Angie books but I remain a die-hard partizan of that series and those people (don’t tell me they’re only characters in a book, they’re real to me). I was worried that his new books would be, I dunno, too tame, too “domestic”, too ordinary. My concern was a waste of time and energy.  Since We Fell is astonishing and jumps to the ranking of Best Book of the Year. Hard to see anything else touching it.

 “Walking into the square for the first time since her wedding day, Rachel had expected palpitations, accelerant in the blood. Yet as she walked up the burgundy carpet under the Fairmont awning, she felt only the slightest uptick in her heart rate before it reset itself almost immediately to normal. Maybe it was the rain that calmed her. With an umbrella over her head, she was just another near-spectral being in dark clothes hidden beheath a cowl of plastic moving through a city of near-spectral beings in dark clothes hidden beneath cowls of plastic. In this kind of rain and murk, she imagined murders were likelier to go unsolved and affairs unpunished.”

The basics of the story are those of Rachel, a woman reared by a crazy mother but who nonetheless became a respected TV journalist. She was being eyed for national work when it all fell apart on location in Haiti – fell apart on the air. Since then she’s been a pariah holded up in her rooms with anxiety attacks that leave her living like a hermit.

Then Brian comes back into her life and he helps her contain her anxiety attacks and regain a life – not her old life but a new life. “I’m trying to get you to see, Rachel, that, yeah, a few people remember that video and a small percentage of those connect it to you when they see you out in public, but it’s a schrinking demographic and it shrinks further every day.” We live in a world of disposable memory. Nothing’s built to last, not even shame.” Then that, too, falls apart and that’s where the story gets really interesting with shocking twists. In true noir form, nothing lasts.

Along the way Lehane laces the book with sharp social commentary about people and relationships which brought Gillian Flynn to mind. They’re very much alike.  On a brief trip out into the world, Rachel witnesses a group of young women. “The third one said, ‘Guys, stop,’ but it came out half lament, half giggle and then the laughter broke from all their pretty-ugly mouths like Friday night Kahlua vomit.” Clear and crisp notes about contemporary America are sprinkled throughout the story and you come across them like unexpected gems glittering in the shadows.

How exactly it falls apart is something you’ll need to experience by reading the book. But along the way Rachel will shed her anxieties. She’ll shed her fears and her past like dirty clothes and come to a new understanding of herself. “She realized now that in Haiti, even before the camp, as far back as Port-au-Prince and the corpses smoldering in the streets and stacked in the parking lot of the hospital, stacked like old cars in junkyards, beginning to swell and balloon in the heat, as far back as then, the truth of their deaths became the truth of her own: We are not special. We are lit from within by a single candle flame and when that flame is blown out and all light leaves our eyes, it is the same as if we never existed at all. We don’t own our life, we rent it.”   Pure, hardcore noir.

 

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Collectible Corner

Frances Crane - The Cinnamon Murder

Book Condition - Very Good

New York: Bantam Books, 1947. First Printing. Paperback.

Bantam Books # 130. Very Light shelf wear to edges, spine is lightly faded and the plastic is peeling from the cover (but this isn't having any effect on the cover art). Otherwise clean and bright.                              

Alisa Craig - The Grub - and - Stakers Move A Mountain

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Doubleday, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Foxing on all page edges, free end & paste down pages and to the top edge of boards. Light shelf wear to edges of boards, tail end of spine has light roll and page edges are some what sun darkened. DJ has light shelf wear to edges, some foxing and a small chip to tail end fore-edge corner. DJ is in a mylar cover.                

 

 

New In YA Mysteries

Patterson & Charbonnet - Crazy House

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.
 
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin. Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:
 
They took the wrong twin.

Melissa de la Cruz - Rise Of The Lost

Deep beneath the waves, King Triton's powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost-keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal's longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can't believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew. A storm is brewing back in Auradon, and when Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay hear that the trident has been washed away, they realize they'll have to find it before anyone from the Isle does. Luckily, they seem to have a talent for locating missing magical objects.

As Uma readies for the high seas alongside Harry, son of Captain Hook, Gil, son of Gaston, and the toughest rogues on the Isle of the Lost, the reformed villains of Auradon devise their own master plan. And with King Ben away on royal business, they won't have to play by all the rules. Using bad for good can't be totally evil, right?

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Award Winning Books

Noah Hawley - Before The Fall

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage.

Catriona McPherson - The Reek Of Red Herrings

On the rain-drenched, wind-battered Banffshire coast dilapidated mansions cling to cliff tops, and tiny fishing villages perch on ledges that would make a seagull think twice. It's nowhere for Dandy Gilver, a child of gentle Northamptonshire, to spend Christmas.

But when odd things start to turn up in barrels of fish with a strong whiff of murder most foul that's exactly where she finds herself. Enlisted to investigate, Dandy and her trusty cohort, Alec Osborne, are soon swept up in the fisherfolks wedding season as well as the mystery. Between age-old traditions and brand-new horrors, Dandy must think the unthinkable to solve her most baffling case yet.

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Michael Crichton - Dragon Teeth

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William's newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West's most notorious characters.