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Sale! Sale! Sale! - Extended!

It's our Birthday! And since our Pre-Birthday Sale was so successful we decided to extend it!  So ALL USED / COLLECTIBLE BOOKS are on Sale in July.

Collectible/Used Books 99¢ to $30 are 10% off & $31 & up are 25% off!

This applies to all our books on Biblio.com as well!

So come on in and grab that book you've seen in our shop but couldn't quite justify buying, now is your chance! Treat your shelves with some new-to-you books!

Blind Date With A Book Is Back!

All thru July (We are almost out so come in quick!) - Spend $10 and get a free bag of books!

Remember: No Peeking. No Backsies. And we don't guarantee quality! (In shop purchases only!)

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New Releases!

New Author Signings

Monday September 11th at Noon - J.T. Ellison signs Lie to Me

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. Though, outwardly, they seem to be made for each other, inside lies an ugly truth. Professional jealousy, personal betrayal, brute physicality, lies and sometimes, even outright hate, all abound behind the closed doors. One day Sutton disappears, leaving a note saying to not look for her. As the police investigate, Ethan quickly becomes a target, and all the lies the Montclairs have been spinning for years quickly begin to unravel. JT is one of Fran’s favorite authors.

Tuesday October 3rd at Noon - Martin Limón signs The Nine-Tailed Fox

12th novel with Army ID investigators Sueño and Bascom. The pair are caught between powerful threats – one from a woman said to be behind the disappearance of three GIs from different cities, the other from a power struggle within the Army between two ranking women. The Koreans say the kidnapper is a figure from mythology, a fox who is only masquerading as a human. No mythology at play with the Army politics, just paranoia.

Signed From The Publisher! Reserve Your Book Today!


Tuesday Agust 29th Louise Penny Drops By to sign Glass Houses

So be sure to reserve your copy as soon as possible!

In his 13th book, Chief Superintendent Gamache finds that the case now going to trial is full of moral ambiguities that have him questioning his actions.

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What We've Been Reading

Ian Hamilton - The Princeling of Nanking

Fran Recommends:

At first glance, Ian Hamilton's new "Ava Lee" novel seems to be massive in comparison to the others. And it is longer, but with good reason. When you dive into The Princeling of Nanking, both you and Ava are dropped into two whirlwind situations.

First of all, the Three Sisters group is putting together their first fashion show to introduce the line of clothing that came up in The King of Shanghai. I don't want to say too much about it in case you haven't read that one yet, but things are looking good for everyone, if they can pull this off, and if some big backers show up. Ava happens to have a connection that she wasn't even aware of, and that's a surprise for all of them.

Then she meets up with Xu, one of the triad heads and her good friend, to catch up. It turns out that Xu is being pressured into returning to the drug trade, which he had removed from his organization. But the pressure is coming from a powerful and wealthy family, and Xu can't find a way to say no without losing his own businesses. And if he goes into the drug trade again, the other heads of the triad will not be pleased.

So Ava Lee decides to look for leverage, to get the Tsai family to back off. But it's not that simple, and once again, Ava's back in the game.

The Princeling of Nanking is long because there are a lot of financial trails to follow, and it becomes so complex that Ian Hamilton has included flow charts!

But here's the deal - The Princeling of Nanking is a fast and easy read. You won't get bogged down in the quagmire of who's getting money from whom, it's all about Ava and Xu and their friends. Then too, don't forget the fashion show and all the drama it entails. This is another excellent example of Ian Hamilton's ability to acquaint Westerners with Chinese culture while making the story entertaining and compelling. My only complaint? Not enough time with Sonny. Sometimes secondary characters win our hearts, and I adore Sonny!

If you haven't read the "Ava Lee" series, start with The Water Rat of Wanchai ($16.00, Picador), but be forewarned - there are two titles in this series that are not available in the US (yet, I hope) so you might have to go to Canada or the UK to find The Scottish Banker of Surabaya and The Two Sisters of Borneo. It's totally worth it to track them down, though, because this is a great series!

Postscript: I just blew through the next two Ava Lee books – The Couturier of Milan (out Oct. 3rd) and The Imam of Tawi-Tawi (out Feb. 6, 2018 – Thank you, Ian, for the personalized copy and the note! *swoon* - and I’ll talk about them both closer to the onsale dates, but put these titles in your Must Have list, because wow, are they good! We get some quality time with Sonny in the Milan problem, and Ava is put into a situation that is way out of her knowledge and comfort zone whlile in Tawi-Tawi,which is both exciting and terrifying. You’re going to love them!

But as I was winding down the problem Ava was facing in the Philippines, it occurred to me that I’m goinig to have to go a whole year without a new Ava Lee! However, I console myself that I can re-read them when I need to visit with her again, and I’ll try to be patient while I wait for what happens next!

John Connolly - A Game of Ghosts

Signed Copies - Sold Out!!

JB Recommends:

It is often very difficult to write about the books we’ve read. If it is a new book in a favorite series, we’re far along in that string of books and know the history (well, we mostly remember it) and the difficulty is giving enough of  the story to entice new readers to the author while not giving too much away or boring the hell out of the author’s other fans. Case in point: John Connolly’s A Game of Ghosts.

This is the 15th in his weird and wild Charlie Parker series. This is a series that builds book upon book and you really can’t dip in anywhere; you have to read them in order. If you’ve not read them, they’re hardboiled private eye books that veer into supernatural evil. I wouldn’t call them Urban Fantasy, more haunted noir. They’re beautifully written and enlivened with a mordant wit. And they’re always moving toward some kind of massive clash but we don’t know when, or with whom, that will happen.

As with the last book, there are huge changes afoot: Parker how admits to being afraid of his daughter Sam, whose powers are no always within her control; Angel is sick and Louis is beginning to see things from Parker’s view; and we are beginning to get a glimpse of FBI agent Ross’s larger efforts.

It all makes for a great read, fast for its thickness and jammed with fun – wickedness and heartbreak and killers working for good and evil, nosey neighbors and people with second sight, some who want it and others who don’t. And then there’s the love of two daughters, both of whom do their best to watch over Parker, as do his friends. Where’s it all going? Can’t wait to follow along.

Laurie R. King - Lockdown

Signed First Editions Still Available

Fran Recommends:

Laurie R. King took Alfred Hitchcock’s rules of suspense to heart in her new stand-alone, Lockdown. You suspect you know what’s going to happen – the title’s Lockdown and there’s a picture of a school on the front cover, so it’s not really a spoiler there – so you go into the story knowing something bad will happen.

The ratchet-up, the suspense, comes from the way Laurie R. King builds our knowledge of Guadalupe Middle School in the small California town of San Felipe. Like many small schools in small towns, Guadalupe has seen its share of trouble, not the least the recent disappearance of 11-year-old Bee Cuomo. Linda McDonald is the principal who’s doing her level best to make Guadalupe a good school again, and bit by bit, she’s been succeeding. She’s decided to have a Career Day for the kids, and bring in people to talk about what their jobs really entail.

Meanwhile, across town, a former student is on trial for the shooting death of another of Guadalupe’s students, and as the trial progresses, tensions intensify since the accused has plenty of supporters, as does the surviving sister, a current student.

Told from multiple points of view, we come to know all the players who will ultimately be involved in the incident. Under the surface of small town life, there are plenty of secrets, and some could rip families into shreds.

“She had to be careful. This thespian-voiced Englishman could be some honest-to-God nut case setting a trap for a cop. A backwater town like San Felipe might not shelter as many toxic individuals as a big city, but that didn’t rule anything out.

“When in doubt, take backup.

“And always be in doubt.”

I freely admit I’m an anomaly in the Laurie R. King fanbase in that I tend to prefer her “Kate Martinelli” series over “Mary Russell”. I know! But there you go, that’s how I roll. So when Ms. King told me that a character from one of my favorite Martinelli books - Brother Erasmus, the Fool for God – makes an appearance in Lockdown, well, Amber can tell you that I both squeed AND did a happy dance! I was such a fangirl, it would be embarrassing, except I own it.

Lockdown is not a rollercoaster thriller. It builds, step by careful step, to its inexorable end, and if you think Laurie R. King isn’t afraid of doing serious damage to her characters, you haven’t been paying attention. And you will care about these people, even when you don’t trust them. The kids, the teachers, the principal and her husband, the janitor, the cop, the secretary, the overbearing volunteer, they all catch your heart.

And she’s left an opening for a sequel, so I can dream!

 

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Collectible Corner - On Sale!

Randy Wayne White - Sanibel Flats

On Sale - 25% off! You Save $25!

Book Condition - Good / DJ Condition - Good

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990. First Printing. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. THIS IS AN EX-LIBRARY BOOK. On the front paste down page there is a card pocket. The title page and all page edges have a library stamp on them - the top page edges have additional number 7/97 written on the top. The dedication page has Mys W and June 22,1997 written in black ink on it. The boards have shelf wear, the bottom corners are lightly jammed and the spine is rolled and oddly creased. All page edges are sun darkened as well. The DJ is lightly chipped and is shelf worn, has a closed up tear (closed up with the DJ cover) and there is a library call tag taped to the spine. DJ is in a mylar cover.

C.J. Box - Open Season

On Sale - 25% off! You Save $12.50!

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Putnam, 2001. First Printing. Hardcover.

Signed on title page. Light shelf wear to edges, bottom of pages show a number of dents and spine lightly cocked. Front fly leaf upper corner lightly creased and dj is in a mylar cover. Authors debut and 1st Joe Pickett.

 

New In YA Mysteries

Rachel Hawkins - Debutantes & Daggers

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person.

Beth McMullen - Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls

After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail's mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have--at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious--and sometimes painful--results. But Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought--and the answers to her mother's whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks...

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Medieval Mysteries

Ruth Downie - Memento Mori

A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso’s best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the heart. Fearing the wrath of the goddess and the ruin of the tourist trade, the temple officials are keen to cover up what’s happened. But the dead woman’s father is demanding justice, and he’s accusing Valens of murder.

If Valens turns up to face trial, he will risk execution. If he doesn’t, he’ll lose his children. Ruso and Tilla do their best to help but it’s difficult to get anyone—even Valens himself—to reveal what really happened. Could Ruso’s friend really be guilty as charged?

Candace Robb - The Riddle Of St. Leonard's

In the year of our Lord 1369 the much-loved Queen Philippa lies dying in Windsor Castle, the harvest has failed, and the pestilence has returned. In York, the atmosphere of fear and superstition is heightened by a series of thefts and violent deaths at St. Leonard's Hospital, as well as rumors that these crimes are connected to the hospital's dwindling funds. The Master of St. Leonard's, Sir Richard Ravenser, hurries north from the queen's deathbed to summon Owen Archer, soldier-spy, to investigate the scandal before it ruins him.

While his wife Lucie faces the plague-panicked townsfolk at the apothecary, Owen encounters a seemingly random series of clues: a riddle posed by one of the victims at the hospital, a lay sister with a scandalous past, the kidnapping of a child from the hospital orphanage, and a case of arson. The answer to the riddle of St. Leonard's lies in the past, and as Owen's family is caught up in the sweep of the pestilence, he must abandon them to race across the countryside to save the next victim. to follow as news arrives from Rome which will turn the lives, not only of Libertus and his family, but the whole Empire upside down . . .

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Brian Hart Hoffman - The Coupe

The Coupe features signature recipes from the country's best mixologists and barkeeps and embraces the mood and magic that comes from drinking a craft cocktail from this storied glass. The author's personal coupe collection inspired this book, and he offers tips for collecting coupes and styling the home bar. The Coupe also features easy and elegant dessert recipes perfect for serving in coupes, a primer on citrus garnishes, and simple syrup recipes that add depth and flavor to cocktails. Stunning photography accompanies each recipe.

The foreword is written by Patrick Dunne, author of The Epicurean Collector and proprietor of Lucullus in New Orleans, Louisiana, which boasts an international clientele because of its unique emphasis on antiques, art, and objects with a culinary connection.