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Wednesday June 7th at Noon - Casey Karp signs The Ragtime Traveler

Completing the Ragtime series begun by his late father, Larry Karp. Ragtime music expert, Alan Chandler, is confused. One moment he was sitting in his hotel room in Sedalia, MO, and the next moment, he’s standing inside the famous Maple Leaf Club, it’s 1899 and Scott Joplin is playing the piano. What happens next involves a duffle bag filled with some of Joplin’s missing music and a chase across the country to authenticate the music.

Saturday June 10th at Noon - Christina Carbo signs The Weight Of Night

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana's Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crewmember is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county's lead crime scene investigator, and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely.

The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time.

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Don Winslow - The Force

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All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is "the King of Manhattan North," a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force." Malone and his crew are an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he's spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He's done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean--including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city's history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Dennis Lehane - Since We Fell

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Rachel Childs has retreated into herself after brutal reporting jobs lead to a ugly public breakdown. The neighborhood dive bars are where she’s found. Her life begins to brighten when she meets Brian, a rougish businessman who accepts her and encourages her to get back in the world. Her progress is endangered when she sees something she shouldn’t have – or thinks she did. In her condition, she’s not sure. And that’s even more dangerous.                                                       

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What We've Been Reading

Donald E. Westlake - Forever And A Death

JB Recommends:

It’s billed as his last novel, as well as his “lost thriller”. I hesitate to believe it is his last. Who knows what may be found in a closet or desk. But “lost thriller” – that is fair.

The author in question is Donald E. Westlake. The book is Forever and a Death and it began its life as a James Bond screenplay. I recommend you to read it as it is great fun, but I would also urge you to read the afterword by Jeff Kleeman first. From his early years, Kleeman was a fan of Bond and Westlake. Eventually he became involved with the people who did the Bond movies and he convinced them to let Westlake take a crack at a 007 screenplay. Obviously, nothing came of it but his afterward is an interesting telling of how it all happened. It gives nothing away about the plot or end of the story.

Forever and a Death is about a wealthy developer who felt wronged by the Chinese during their takeover of Hong Kong from the British. His solution is to destroy the city using a new technology. See? In the tradition of the Bond movies, an evil rich genius plots great destruction. And what a great plan it is! Who will thwart his dastardly plan? Well I’m not going to give you that much detail. It is from here that the book moves away from a 007 story to something uniquely Westlakian.

This is serious Westlake, not funny Westlake. The book is told in alternating chapters, those of the plotter and those of who don’t know exactly what he’s up to, but know it will be something terrible if he cannot be stopped.

The book is fun and engrossing, and was perfect for a round-trip flight to the Great Plains. It’s got glitz and grime, really bad bad guys and really good good guys. It uses Southeast Asia well, moving from open ocean to islands, Australia to Hong Kong, it doesn’t shy away from killing off significant characters – that adds to the suspense – and it’s fun watching the heroes put the pieces together to stop the disaster.

Is it the final Westlake? Who knows? Clearly it does qualify as a lost novel and thank heaven it was found!

Great Summer reading!

Let’s hope there are more to be found and we’ve not yet seen the “last Westlake”.

Seanan McGuire - Magic for Nothing

Fran Recommends:

When I started reading Seanan McGuire's "InCryptid" series, I was delighted with the voice of the protagonist, Verity Price, and I wasn't sure I was ready for another voice when the story was told from her brother, Alex's, point of view, but that turned out to be delightful too.

However, I was really looking forward to the series as told by Annie (Antimony Timpani Price) because, as the youngest, her attitude was portrayed by her brother and sister as a solo player, more dangerous than the others, and wickedly imaginative. Everything I want in a protagonist, right?

But Annie's so much more, and in Magic for Nothing, I fell for her perspective in a big way. Annie is sassy and smart and funny and clever, but she's also much darker and deeper than her sister and brother, and I found that darkness really appealing. Where there was a lightness in the earlier books, almost a comic-book view of the world, in Magic for Nothing, Seanan McGuire explores a lot of the more complex and thought-provoking sides of her characters, to great effect.

Because of what has happened recently - you've got to read these books in order for it to make sense, but Verity gets in a fight on national television, blowing things wide open - Annie is the only one who is capable of infiltrating the Covenant of St. George, the organization from whom the Price/Healy's defected generations ago. She's got the skills, she's got the smarts, and because of her looks, she's unexpected.

At the end of Magic for Nothing, I found myself frustrated because there has GOT to be something after this, and I don't want to wait to find out what happens next! This is not a happily-ever-after ending, and I'm pleased about that. Bad things happen to both good and bad people, and Annie discovers a lot about herself. Us being along for the ride? That's just our good luck.

I swear, everything Seanan McGuire writes is fabulous! Any of her books, pick one up and go. You won't be disappointed, pinky-swear!

Patricia Briggs - Silence Fallen

Fran Recommends:

You know how I say that you should read books in series order? I stand by that.

However.

If you've never read pick up  Patricia Briggs' work and you pick up her latest "Mercy Thompson" novel, Silence Fallen, you'll be just fine. She explains who everyone is and what's going on so that you won't feel left out, although you will want to go back and read the whole series.

"I'm a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos."

We find Mercy on her way to get the fixings for chocolate chip cookies when she's kidnapped. Adam and the pack can't find her, and the amount of blood in the totaled SUV means Mercy is badly hurt. Eventually, Mercy turns up in Milan, and later ends up in Prague, with Adam and a bunch of others racing off in a diplomatic mission to get her back. Or kill anyone who gets in their way. Either one works.

Silence Fallen is written from both Mercy’s and Adam's viewpoints, and the notes to you, the reader, at the beginnings of every chapter are very important. They're notes to you from Mercy, and she's trying to be sure you understand what's going on, and what the timeline is.

Part of the brilliance of Patricia Briggs' writing is her wry humor in addition to her magnificent characters. She's created a world that's entertaining and always uncertain, so it's easy to relate to events even if you've never been kidnapped and sent out of the country. Despite the grim and scary events that happen, Silence Fallen has a sassy joy that makes the events we experience with both Mercy and Adam fantastically entertaining. And Patricia Briggs does touch on some deeper emotions and events that can make you think, so please don't dismiss this as a fluffy book. It isn't.

Oh, but it IS very good, and I think you'll enjoy the daylights out of it.

 

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Collectible Corner: Vintage Paperbacks

Philip MacDonald - Mystery Of The Dead Police

Book Condition - Very Good

New York: Dell, 1958. First Printing. Paperback.

Dell great mystery library #19. Cover art by Seymour Chwast. Light shelf wear to edges (mainly around spine), covers creased at hinges and top page edges & spine faintly faded.

Jonathan Latimer - Headed For A Hearse

Book Condition - Good.

New York: Dell, 1957. First Printing. Paperback.

Dell Great mystery library book # D196 (or the sixth volume depending what number you look at). Light shelf wear to edges of covers. The spine is creased, lightly sun faded and has an odd ripple to it (but I don't see an evidence of it getting wet). Top page edges are sun faded and the inside ages are darkened.                                     

 

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New In YA Mysteries

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman - The Unbreakable Code

Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there's the coded note he drops at a book event. Then they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What's most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers an arson fire.

As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can t ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist. The clock is ticking as the arson fires multiply, and Emily and James race to crack the code of a lifetime.

Sarah Jean Horwitz - Charm and Grit: The Wingsnatchers

Aspiring inventor and magician's apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier's show a tomato's throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances, she'll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much-needed boost against the competition. But Carmer and Grit soon discover they're not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine - and the combination can be deadly.

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Mollie Cox Bryan - No Charm Intended

Settling into her new life and career in small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, Cora Chevalier is preparing to host a -wildcrafting- retreat at her Victorian home. But a specter hangs over the venture when beloved local nanny Gracie Wyke goes missing. Amidst leading their guests in nature hikes, rock painting and making clay charms, Cora and her business partner, Jane, team up with Gracie's boyfriend, Paul, to launch their own investigation into her disappearance when the local police prove unhelpful.

Cora and her crafters take Paul in, believing he is in danger and not the suspect police have made him out to be. However as they uncover new clues and a body turns up at a local abandoned amusement park, Cora and Jane begin to question their decision. With more questions than answers arising, is Cora crafty enough to untangle a knot that could put an innocent in jail--and permanently destroy her reputation?

Penny Richards - Though This Be Madness

1881, Chicago. Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself--both as a novice detective and as a woman in a man's world. Ordered to once again work with Lilly, Cade needs to redeem himself for conduct unbecoming to a Pinkerton--a grief-driven drunken brawl. As if their forced partnership wasn't bad enough, the agents must pose as husband and wife servants in the troubled household of a wealthy New Orleans family. An acting challenge if ever there was one...

The elderly matriarch of the Fortenot family is convinced her grandson's former widow has been unjustly committed to an insane asylum by her second husband. She believes the man is attempting to wrest the family fortune away from his new wife. Soon, behind the beautiful facade of the Fortenot mansion, the detectives uncover secrets, betrayal, voodoo curses--and murder. Even as Lilly and Cade chafe against their roles, they must work together to expose the true villain of this tragedy before the hapless widow faces her final curtain call.

 

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Betty Crocker - Outdoor Cooking With Betty

An authentic reproduction of a cookbook classic from 1961, packed with retro appeal. Illustrated with delightful period line drawings and color photos, Betty Crocker's Outdoor Cooking with Betty is a charming look back at outdoor dining in the 1960s. This hardcover reprint features 200 tried-and-true recipes for barbecues, picnics, camping trips, and boating excursions-including Beef Tenderloin Roast, Grilled Lobster Tails, and French Fried Onion Rings-plus expert tips on barbecue equipment and techniques. There are even illustrated instructions for an authentic "Down-East" clambake. Following in the bestselling footsteps of previous Betty Crocker Facsimile Editions, this nostalgic guide to outdoor cooking and entertaining is sure to be a hit.