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Saturday October 8th at Noon - Maia Chance signs Teetotaled

In their 2nd comic outting in Prohibition NYC, Lola Woodby and her Swedish cook Berta haven’t had a job in months and their Discreet Retrieval Agency is in danger. No clients, no cash. Luckily a job is offered in the nick of time; a society matron hires them to sneak into a health farm and steal a diary. That’s simple enough, but going without cocktails and chocolate cake?!? Oh the shocking sacrifices one must make.

Thursday October 13th at Noon - Leslie Budewitz signs Killing Thyme

3rd in her Pike Place Market series. In town for a visit, Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece’s mother is poking around the market when she sees a woman she knew years ago but who vanished without a trace. Now, here she is, with a new name. Within days the woman is murdered. Who is trying to cover their tracks?

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Michael Connelly - The Wrong Side Of Goodbye

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Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter.

A reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Desperate to know whether he has an heir, he hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story.

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the dangerous foes he has ever faced.

Carl Hiaasen - Razor Girl

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A woman who crashes cars as an insurance scam, a NYC Mafiosi with a fondness for tropical attire, a guy who make money stealing sand and selling it for “beach restoration”, a Wisconsin accordionist who has transformed himself into a redneck TV reality star, a lawyer whose gotten hooked on the chemical junk he’s trying to defend in court, and a ex-cop who is looking for one big bust to get him off restaurant (roach patrol) inspection and back into the big leagues… in short, everything we dream for in a Carl Hiaasen satirical romp.

Urban Fantasy New Releases


What We've Been Reading

Elizabeth Daly - Dangerous To Know

Amber Recommends:

A woman who led an extraordinarily boring life has disappeared without a trace, which has completely flumoxed the police, her family and New York City. Until Macloud, the woman's father's law partner, asks his friend Gamadge to take a look into things and see if he can do what everyone else has failed at - finding Alice Dunbar. Gamadge, being at loose ends because his wife and son are off in the country, decides to take a quick look and soon finds himself hip deep in boring relatives, unmet expectations and jilted lovers.

While this book is only billed as a novella (as it is 170 pages long) it is worth your time! This mystery is well thought out, tight in execution and lovely in its solution. It is no secret that I find Elizabeth Daly's mysteries wonderful to read and this book is no exception. I think the brevity of a novella worked well for her, as it did for many Golden Age authors, it made her mystery stronger as the need for adding red herrings and false leads were limited. But I must stress, the book doesn't feel like a novella - it feels like a full length novel - Gamadge never feels rushed. Just like every other installment - Gamadge takes his time, making sure he is solid in his observation and investigations before accusations are made.

Just trust me if you like any of the four Queens of Crime, you will like these books and you should buy them post-haste! Trust me!

Carol O’Connell - Blind Sight

Fran Recommends:

The other day, JB wondered if perhaps Kathy Mallory might be losing her edge, becoming a bit more like an actual normal human.

Having just finished Carol O’Connell’s latest Mallory novel, Blind Sight, I can guaranted that no, Mallory’s the sociopath we all know and love, and fear just a bit. She is definitely The Law.

And her goal is catching the man who has cut out the hearts of four people – including a nun – and left the bodies on the lawn of Gracie Manor. But more than that, a twelve-year-old boy is missing. Jonah is the nephew of the murdered nun, and he’s blind. Mallory will do whatever it takes to get him back. Whatever. It. Takes.

I read Blind Sight in a Vicodin haze from a tooth extraction, and I couldn’t wait for the fuzziness and/or pain to subside to finish it. I had to know! This is a dangerous book – once you start, you won’t be able to stop. Carol O’Connell is at her finest, and I was completely captivated. I’ll have to go back and read it without brain-fog since I know I missed out on some of the complexities, but hey, there are wose things to have to “suffer” through than re-reading a great book, right?

Ian Hamilton - The King of Shanghai

Fran Recommends:

I can't say too much about the plot of The King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton since I don't want to spoil anything that has happened in previous books. I will say that Ava Lee's new partnership with May Ling Wong is more successful than the financially cautious Ava Lee is comfortable with, but there are some thrilling prospects out there and she can't deny their worth. Still, she's ready to dive in and explore the options, when she's contacted by an old friend of Uncle's, a Triad leader named Wu.

Ava Lee wants nothing to do with the Triad, but she has to respect Uncle's connection so she agrees to the meeting. What happens there may change her entire world, if she can survive it. Suddenly financial risks seem like the least of her worries.

Ian Hamilton has built a series that has wonderful people and a resiliency that can survive the loss of a major player and continue on, keeping the same sensibilities and feel while completely upending the world he's created. Not all authors can pull that off, but in Ian Hamilton, we have a genuine talent, and his love of the people and places he's created shines through.

If you haven't read this series, if you thought the idea of a half-Chinese/half-Canadian financial accountant sounds boring, then let me encourage you strongly to rethink that idea and pick up The Water Rat of Wanchai and I promise you'll race through the series. It really is one of my favorites and I can't recommend Ava Lee highly enough!


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Collectible Corner

John Dunning - The Bookman's Promise

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Very Good

New York: Scribners, 2004. First printing. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Both top and tail ends of the spine are rolled. There is minor shelf wear to the tail edge of boards, and the top edge of the back board has a shallow dent. There is a small shallow dent to the tail end pages (smaller than the head of a pin in size). DJ has light shelf wear to edges and is in a mylar cover.

John Dunning - The Sign Of The Book

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Very Good

New York: Scribners, 2005. First edition. Hardcover.

Signed on title page. Light shelf wear, ends of spine slightly rolled. DJ in mylar cover. 4th in his sublime biblio series with bookman Cliff Janeway.

Working from his store on seedy Colfax Avenue, Janeway doesn't have enough of those days, but he's not complaining. Things are looking up because of his new partner and friend, lawyer Erin d'Angelo. So when Erin asks Janeway for a favor, it's hard to say no. She wants him to go over the mountain to the small town of Paradise where a former good friend, Laura Marshall, is in jail, accused of killing her husband. What happened at the Marshalls' remote mountain home? Did Laura kill Bobby, or is she trying to protect her oldest son? And where were the three children when the shooting occurred? What did they see?


Read Banned Books! Kids/Ya

Louise Fitzhugh - Harriet The Spy

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

John Green - Paper Towns

Edgar Winning Book! When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they re for Q.


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Stieg Larsson - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes

Volume I includes the early novel A Study in Scarlet, which introduced the eccentric genius of Sherlock Holmes to the world. This baffling murder mystery, with the cryptic word Rache written in blood, first brought Holmes together with Dr. John Watson. Next, The Sign of Four presents Holmes's famous seven percent solution and the strange puzzle of Mary Morstan in the quintessential locked-room mystery.

Also included are Holmes's feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the chilling The Adventure of the Speckled Band, the baffling riddle of The Musgrave Ritual, and the ingeniously plotted The Five Orange Pips, tales that bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.


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J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship Of The Ring

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in THE HOBBIT. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.