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THAT’S RIGHT, WE’RE FOR SALE! Email or call the shop for more information about price, inventory and such.

We’re not closing – keep breathing! – but we are for sale, so a lot of our inventory is being reduced with that in mind.

Going Forward:

- Used books and collectables: 40% off

- New books (not new releases): 25% off

- Special Orders & New Releases (any book published in 2017) are not part of the sale

- Outstanding credit slips and unused gift certificates must be used by August 31st.

- Special orders will have to be paid for in advance.

- We will be filling current orders for new releases through August & Signings in September.

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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.

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What We've Been Reading

Christina Dodd - The Woman Who Couldn't Scream

Fran Recommends:

I hope I'll be here to put Christina Dodd's newest "Virtue Falls" novel, The Woman Who Couldn't Scream in your hands but even if I can't, you need to pick this one up.

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream picks up less than a week after the shooting at the Oceanside Cafe that injured both newly elected Sheriff Kateri Kwinault and the cafe's owner and community leader, Rainbow Brightwing. Kateri's still sore, but she's doing better than Rainbow, who isn't expected to live, so the chance to catch the guys who did it has the entire Virtue Falls police force chasing the Terrances, father and son, up a twisty mountain road at high speeds, and of course things go wrong.

Add to that, one of Ketari's oldest friends, someone she knew from her years growing up in Baltimore, has reappeared. Merida's changed in many ways, the most obvious being the fact that she can't speak. Merida's gotten in the habit of typing, "I am mute, unable to speak. PLEASE DON'T SHOUT. I am not deaf." on her tablet, generally to no avail. And Merida's got an agenda, one that she's diligently pursuing while she hides in Virtue Falls. However, the small town isn't the sanctuary Merida has hoped for, and Kateri gets drawn in as someone starts stalking Merida.

I have to say, I want to live in this town! Christina Dodd has created a great little seaside town on the Kitsap Peninsula, and I think I'd feel right at home there. Granted, like Cabot Cove, there's a lot of violence which is kind of a shame, but with the resolute Virtue Falls sheriff's department on hand, I'd feel safe. In all seriousness, Christina Dodd has a flair for creating characters that are truly three dimensional. They've got quirks, likes and dislikes, strong personalities, and enough individuality so that I feel like I'd know them if I passed them on the street.

The other thing that I really like about these books is the fact that there are a rotating set of characters. The immediate protagonist and the surrounding group of people change, but there's a core of folks that I've come to count on, not just Kateri. From Stag Denali, to the folks at the cafe, to Mrs. Golobovitch who looks after Kateri's cocker spaniel, Lacey, I may not like them, but I know them and feel at home there. Creating characters and places like this is the hallmark of a truly skilled writer, and I believe you'll enjoy Christina Dodd's books as much as I do!

J.T. Ellison - Lie To Me

Signing on September 11th at Noon

Fran Recommends:

“You aren’t going to like me very much.”

That’s how J.T. Ellison’s latest thriller, Lie To Me begins, and it ramps up from there.

“Of course it’s my fault. I chose this path.”

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s lives seem to be absolutely perfect. Two world-reknowned authors who’ve built a life together, obviously head over heels in love with each other, it just doesn’t get better than this.

“But I also know right from wrong. I know good from evil.”

Then Sutton goes missing, and of course, everyone looks to the husband first – standard procedure, after all – and it turns out that they’ve got some ugly secrets they’ve been hiding, both from the public and each other.

“I may be compelled to ruin the lives in front of me, but I could walk away if I wanted.

“Couldn’t I?”

It’s no secret I’m a long-time fan of J. T. Ellison (and I’m so jazzed about finally getting to meet her, you have NO idea!) so I knew I was in for a tautly told tale that would spin in all kinds of different directions. If you’ve read any of her work, you know how she can leave all the clues in plain sight and still blindside you.

“Truly, deep down, you are going to despise me. “

There will be the inevitable comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and insofar as top-notch writing and breathless suspense go, those comparisons are on the mark. Lie To Me will keep you turning pages long into the night.

“I am all the bad things that happen to you.”

But oh, as always, it’s the people who draw me in, and J.T. Ellison has a particular talent of making each character, no matter how seemingly trivial, into a complete person, and it’s easy to keep everyone clear because they’re all so powerfully created.

“You’re mine now. You are powerless against me. So don’t bother fighting it.”

She’s right. You are. Holy cats, you want to read this book!

 

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Collectible Corner - On Sale 40% off!

Sue Grafton - "A" Is For Alibi

Save $160 Dollars!

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Henry Holt And Company, 1982. Second Printing. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Boards have very faint shelf wear to tail end edge of boards, light darkening to page edges and spine is lightly rolled. DJ has faint shelf wear - mainly to tail end edge and very faint darkening to edges of fly leaves. DJ is in a mylar cover.

A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she's got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she's out on parole and needs Kinsey's help to find the real killer.

When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer and sharper than she imagined.

Julia Spencer-Fleming - In The Bleak Midwinter

Save $120 Dollars!

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition -Very Good

New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002. First printing. Hardcover.

Light shelf wear to book. Authors debut and winner of the 2001 St. Martins/Malice Domestic Award. Signed on title page, in mylar dj protector.

 

New In YA Mysteries

Paula Stokes - Ferocious

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter—finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?

Michelle Schusterman - Olive And The Backstage Ghost

All great theaters have their ghosts. . . . After Olive Preiss freezes during a theater camp audition, she flees in despair. She finds herself at Maudeville, a beautiful old theater that she's never noticed before. She enters, goes onstage, and sings her song. "Thank you for that lovely audition, darling," comes a voice from the shadows. "I believe I have just the part for you."

Olive is thrilled to work with Maude Devore, the glamorous actress who owns the theater, and her eclectic cast of misfits. Yet gradually there are signs that Maudeville isn't exactly what it seems. Sometimes--just for a moment --it feels wrong. As opening day approaches, Olive's doubts and fears grow. But no matter what, this show must go on... and o... and on...

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Old Staff Favorites

Kate Locke - God Save The Queen

Amber Recommends:

It is 2012 and Queen Victoria still reigns supreme…175 years on. You see when the plague ripped through the population of London (you know the one blamed on rats) a genetic mutation occurred in the aristocracy causing a slightly different royal disease to occur (instead of hemophilia). The mutation caused them to become vampires, werewolves or goblins.

More importantly to our story it also indirectly created half-bloods, children of aristocrats and humans. Who since they are more than a human but less than a full blood are given the job of protecting the aristos; the very best are in the Royal Guard. Enter our intrepid hero Xandra Vardan, a halvie in said guard who is very good at her job. So when her sister Dede goes missing Xandra is more than willing to chase after her. Which leads down the rabbit hole of conspiracies, medical experimentation, assassination and betrayal.

It is not often that a book matches its’ cover - either they are to bland, totally misrepresent what the book is about or for some inexplicable reason contains a spoiler! (Agatha Christie covers I notice are notorious in spoiler flaws) And as a bookseller I am forever telling people not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it just happens - even to the best of us! In this case it was so absolutely grand! The characters are colorful, the mystery fast paced & twisty and no one is really safe! Seriously the best word to describe this book is FUN!

Xandra is an odd combination of temper, snark and impatience who walks a very fine line with the reader, skating just this side of the line of being consumed by said flaws which would have rendered her (and subsequently the book) unreadable. However Locke does a great job in balancing her, keeping her someone we can root for through the entire story. This is what I really enjoyed about this book, no character is all bad or all good - everyone is a mix. While you and/or Xandra may loath or despise someone, there is always something which keeps them from being completely repugnant. Being able to keep this balance is difficult but Locke does a great job, which allows everyone in the book to have a surprising amount of depth.

Locke also does a great job in resolving the mystery presented in God Save The Queen while giving tantalizing hints of a much larger and sinister conspiracy in which Xandra finds herself at the heart of. Which is why I went out and immediately purchased the next two books in this series!

Paul Krueger - Last Call At The Nightshade Lounge

Amber & Fran Recommend:

Baily Chen has spent the bulk of her life in school, obsessing about school and listening to her parents talk about school. But what is she to do now? School is over she’s back home in Chicago (living with her parents) with her newly minted Ivy League business degree and slim prospects. But - and I must stress this but, Baily’s found a way to stall her parents’ considerable push towards power suits, a corner office and an expense account….Baily is now the smartest barback at the Nightshade Lounge.

However, within the first week she discovers there is something weird going on with the bartenders she works with (well more weird than working with your best friend with whom you hooked-up one drunken night before you left for college and subsequently rejected afterwards – awkward). Like taking suspiciously long smoke breaks when they don’t smoke and coming back a bit scuffed up. Or partaking of the occasional drink while on the job? Just perplexing! And when Bailey accidently discovers the boozy truth of what’s happening – her quest to find her first corporate job will pale by comparison.

If you are looking for a fun summer book to read while sipping a Long Island Ice Tea this is the book for you! Cocktails, magic, demons and a conspiracy fill the pages of a book which I found to be a lively read, making me laugh about a time of life (finishng school and trying to figure out what to do next) when many mistakes are made and everything is in transition and awkward (almost worse than puberty because you expected to “have a plan”)… And this period in life is often filled with alcohol-based shenanigans – and in our heroine’s case (other than the birdbath incident) these shenanigans unexpectedly help her find her way or at least the trailhead to the path she will walk for (at least this portion) of her life. Which includes a bit of ass kicking- which I think is always a nice bonus!

But what I think adds to the book is the fact they have recreated the bartender’s bible – The Devil’s Water Dictionary – entries throughout the book telling us how to make the cocktails our heroes imbibe, their properties and histories. Now these enties should not be skipped as they contain clues to the mystery you are reading. Plus the tongue in cheek entries are just entertaining!

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Terry Pratchett - Thief Of Time

Everybody wants more time, which is why on Discworld only the experts can manage it -- the venerable Monks of History who store it and pump it from where it's wasted, like underwater (how much time does a codfish really need?), to places like cities, where busy denizens lament, "Oh where does the time go?"

While everyone always talks about slowing down, one young horologist is about to do the unthinkable. He's going to stop. Well, stop time that is, by building the world's first truly accurate clock. Which means esteemed History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd have to put on some speed to stop the timepiece before it starts. For if the Perfect Clock starts ticking, Time -- as we know it -- will end. And then the trouble will really begin...