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Saturday July 29th at Noon – Kevin O’Brien signs Hide Your Fear

Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property's dark past . . .

Caitlin's teenage daughter, Lindsay, isn’t fitting in at school. To make matters worse, there are stories about local high school students who’ve disappeared without a trace all star athletes, like Lindsay. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. Personal items go missing, and there are too many accidents . . .

The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers home and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There's no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago….

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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Saturday March 25th - Chevy Stevens drops by to sign Never Let You Go

Lindsey Nash has left an abusive relationship and her ex-husband was sent to jail. She has started over with a new life, her own business, and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?

Thursday April 20th Ann Cleeves drops by to sign Cold Earth

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea.

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died.

New In Urban Fantasy

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What We've Been Reading

Stephen Hunter - G - Man

JB Recommends:

Signing Saturday May 27th at Noon

Stephen Hunter has moved around the Swagger family in time, going from son Bob Lee to father Earl. Now, with G-Man (May., Blue Rider hc, $27), Hunter fills in another layer of the family with a story of Charles, father to Earl and grandfather to Bob - a mystery to Bob as Earl never talked about him and though he was a power in Polk County, AR, where the Swaggers hail from, he left little imprint behind. The book opens with a metal case being unearthed that leads Bob to investigate what happened with Charles in 1934 and provides us with a two-lane story of now and then.

If you know American history a bit you’ll recognize that 1934 puts half of the story in the years of bank robbers and tommyguns - Dillinger’s gang and a man born Lester Gillis, known to us as Baby Face Nelson. The artifacts in the metal case show Charles involved with the hunt for the public enemies but there’s no official record of Charles having been part of it. Why? That’s the story. We learn about Charles and watch him on the hunt just as Bob does and that’s the fun of it. Betrayal, gun smoke, firefights, fast cars and muzzle flashes. All of the characters, heroes and villains, live in a different world, all understanding and accepting the risks.

“This block of small Indiana city on a sunny Saturday morning rotated past the right-side windows as Homer circled, yielding visions of American life that had no meaning to the car’s occupants, its orderliness, its optimism, its regularity and consensus. What drove them collectively was not merely greed to have what wasn’t theirs but the need to be the outlaw, that figure who played by no rules, who was big by his own definition, who dared to flamboyantly grab, and though knowing doom was sure, would revel in reputation and respect until the last cop bullet found its mark and dumped each into the gutter to bleed out, waiting for an ambulance that nobody remembered to call.”

The Swaggers are a family of steely heroes, capable of navigating whatever comes what may even as they grapple with their own flaws and demons. That’s what makes them so damn interesting and fun to follow.

He’s an interesting fellow, having won the Pulitzer Prize as a Baltimore Sun film critic, in addition to writing a shelf of thrillers. Come in and say hello and pick up a signed copy of his new Swagger saga.

J.D. Robb – Echoes In Death

Amber Recommends:

Eve and Roarke are on their way home from a fancy shindig when a naked, bloody woman steps in front of their car. With their quick thinking and even quicker driving they manage to save her – but discover her husband dead in their home - plunging the NYPD detective, Roarke and her team into a brutal new case.

This book is a very fast and absorbing read. The book is very focused on the crime Eve is investigating and on the detective herself. While I know she is the story’s protagonist there is usually more of the side charecters present in the narrative than there was in this installment. However because this book was so laser-focused on catching the killer – you don’t really miss them until you get to the end of the book – and wonder where the heck they were! Robb does mention them, moving their lives forward with news bandied about by other characters, so you are not totally out of the loop.

But as I said you don’t really miss them – the case, book and Eve are so focused and fast paced (there isn’t another word for it) you really don’t notice until the end that they weren’t there. I would recommend this book to any of the In Death fans – Robb (or whoever is writing them now) does a good job in hitting all the right notes in a way which doesn’t make the book feel stale. Which, after 44 installments, is a job of work!

Deanna Raybourn – A Perilous Undertaking

Amber Recommends:

Veronica and Stoker (her friend and partner in crime) are at sixs and sevens after their expedition with Lord Rosemorran was thwarted by a large tortoise. Yes, a very large tortoise who resembles a large slowly lumbering boulder caused much vexation in the household – after his lordship tripped and broke his leg over her. Thus Veronica and Stoker are stuck in London with nothing to do, other than cataloguing and sorting his lordship’s collection – not nearly as much fun as going to Fiji!

Veronica’s life is never dull for long. Princess Louise (Her Royal Highness of England and her unacknowledged Aunt) engineers a meeting with Veronica to ask a favor – as she is desperate. A friend of hers is about to hang for a murder she knows he didn’t commit. She asks Veronica (and by extention Stoker) to prove his innocence before he swings in a weeks time. In return, Louise promises a Meeting with the Prince of Wales in return for Veronica’s labors….

This was such a fun book! The lepidoptery (the study of butterflies) was a bit lighter in this installment than in A Curious Beginning (which was neither good or bad – as I loved reading about the butterflies, Raybourn did a great job of making her subject entertaining and helped to reveal the character of Veronica). While it was still included – the main focus here was on the shenannigans the uppercrust of London society got up to in the bedroom. While Queen Victoria’s mourning of the Prince is legendary and the guarding of one’s virture even more important under her influence – it still didn’t prevent bed hopping. In this case, a peer whose mistress was murdered, then he was convicted of the crime and a princess desperate to prove his innocence.

The book was funny, light and filled with sly barbs about past and present society. All I can say is that I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes fun historical reads (with mostly accurate history). If you like Gail Carriger (without the Steampunk, Werewolves and Vampires) or Rhys Bowen (with a more scandelous bent and firmer protagonists) I think you would enjoy this book.

You don’t have to read A Curious Beginning to read this book – as Raybourn catches you up in the beginning – but it would add depth to the character to do so! I promise it is worth your time!

 

New Paperbacks

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Collectible Corner

Ian Rankin -  The Black Book

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Very Good

New York: Otto Penzler, 1994. First American edition. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Fifth in the John Rebus mystery series. Spine has light rolling to top edge of spine, light shelf wear to edges of boards. DJ has light shelf wear to edges and light rubbing. DJ in mylar cover.

Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh's seed Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body--with a bullet in its head--is found amongst the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would rather he let sleeping dogs lie. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. Ane he knows that to solve the case, he'll have to peel back layer upon layer of unspeakable secrets to arrive at the truth. . .

Ian Rankin - Hide & Seek

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Fine

New York: Otto Pensler Books, 1990. First American edition. Hardcover. Very Good/fine.

Second book in the Rebus series. The spine has a light roll on the top and tail edges, and faint shelfwear to edges of boards. DJ has light shelf wear. DJ in mylar cover.

 

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New In YA Mysteries

Brittany Cavallaro - The Last Of August

Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson's growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte's beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate--after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring--the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Dan Wells - Ones And Zeros

Overworld. It's more than just the world's most popular e-sport--for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it's a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.

Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean anything--a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems--rife with corruption, infighting, and danger--and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.

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New & New in Paperback

Miranda James - Twelve Angry Librarians

Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren't bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie's old nemesis from library school.

It's been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he's still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone's skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset...
But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library...

Clover Tate - Blown Away

Emmy is finally living her dream. She's moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse's colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening--until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach.

The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he's been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy's best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn't have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery's freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Bob's Burgers: Charbroiled

You'll lick your lips with this latest helping of the Belcher family, the stars of Fox Television's fan-favorite animated sitcom! Those delightful little scamps Tina, Gene, and Louise are always daydreaming of a life far from the reality of the family restaurant, whether they become boy-crazy martial artists, mutated chinchillas, or the knights of King Arthur's court! Satisfy with ample portions of hilarity, cooked to perfection by the fine folks at the Emmy Award-winning studio Bento Box Entertainment!