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Thursday May 18th at Noon - Radha Vatsal signs Murder Between The Lines

Elspeth Bright, a gifted student Kitty meets there, dies over winter break—frozen to death in Central Park. Without any other signs of foul play, the doctor and even Elspeth’s family believe that her sleepwalking is the cause of the tragedy. But Kitty isn’t so sure.

Kitty visits the family to pay her respects and meets Elspeth’s mother, Maria Bright, a member of the Congressional Union, a vocal suffrage group. Elspeth’s father, Dr. Bright, is a scientist who serves on the Naval Consulting Board, which evaluates civilian proposals for new naval inventions. One of Elspeth’s friends says she was working on something to do with batteries, and Kitty learns that the inventor, Thomas Edison, has a new battery that will soon be submitted to the naval board for approval. Could Elspeth’s father’s job have anything to do with her death?

Saturday May 20th at Noon - Sam Wiebe signs Invisible Dead

Dave Wakeland is your traditional private eye – talented ex-cop with a nose for trouble and cases that don’t pay for themselves. That’s a real problem now that he’s got a partner and fancy new and expensive offices. His new case will be like that but worse. He’s hired by a terminally ill woman to find her daughter who disappeared a decade ago. His one lead is from an imprisoned serial killer who directs him towards the city’s underworld of thugs. First in a new series by this award-winning Vancouver, BC, writer.

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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

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.

Steve Hamilton - Exit Strategy

JB Recommends:

I really like Steve Hamilton’s The Second Life of Nick Mason. Nice premise (thief is released from prison after 5 years by the power of Chicago’s crime boss with the catch that he has to do whatever is asked of him by the man), interesting characters, smooth plot. Mason’s an interesting guy; he’s not by nature a violent criminal but he’s being forced into being an assassin in exchange for being out of prison. It isn’t in his nature but he has no choice. He has to figure a way out of his bargain with the devil.

My question was how he could turn this into a series as promised. I needn’t have worried.

Exit Strategy opens with a powerful and stunning job given to Nick – infiltrate a downtown highrise and kill a witness being protected by US Marshals. Unlike many crime novels, Hamilton is continually showing the toll this takes on his people. No one is safe, no one is guaranteed to survive any given chapter. This makes the entire book wobble on the edge of suspense, a real treat for us readers.

And while Nick plots to escape his prison, and to carry out his orders, we’re along for the ride, experiencing the horror of Nick’s life and hoping against reason that he can and will escape his new prison. How can Hamilton keep up the suspense? By showing us the boxes every character is in and expanding the number of boxes. It’s a masterful story, with surprises and shocks.

When the first book, The Second Life of Nick Mason is out, start with it. This is a dynamite series that must be read in order.

 

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Collectible Corner: Vintage Paperbacks

Brett Halliday - Blood On Biscayne Bay

Book Condition - Fair

New York: Dell, 1945. First Printing. Paperback.

Dell Book # 268. This is a mapback. Front and back covers are starting to split on the bottom of the book at the hinge, the front cover is creased & the coating is just coming up where the creases are, the back cover has two small chips (one on the spine & the other near the bottom fore-edge corner). The first six pages have small chips along a portion of the bottom page edges. Pages edges are sun faded (worst on the top page edges).

Timothy Fuller - Keep Cool, Mr. Jones

Book Condition - Fine

New York: Dell, 1950. First Printing. Paperback.

Dell Book #594. General light shelf wear and a small very light crease on the back cover.

 

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New In YA Mysteries

Kelley Armstrong - Missing

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve's End is that soon she'll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There's nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They're better off taking a chance elsewhere. What Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree. But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they're all missing?

Robin Stevens -First Class Murder

Four children must uncover the evil Nicholas Rattigan's newest dastardly scheme, wage war with a rival freak show, and deal with a spy who may have infiltrated their happy home. Sam, Philippa, Thomas, and Max have just started to recover from their capture and subsequent escape from Rattigan. But the children's lives don't stay quiet for long.

A slew of bank robberies is terrorizing the city. And when Professor Farnum, the ringmaster of the museum's now immensely popular flea circus, is charged with murder, the search for the real killer uncovers a plot much bigger than any individual crime--a plot that can only be the work of Nicholas Rattigan.

This is the third book in the series and contains even more exciting marvels, such as: A nefarious spy within the museum, a very unfortunate flea circus, the heavenly Georgie Rawls, from the original cast of Last Chance & a beautiful and mysterious tattooed lady.

It continues not to have: A comprehensive review of the top ten toothbrushes, a heaping bowl of sugarless cereal, a long and boring family vacation & A handmade, scratchy wool sweater.

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Felony & Mayhem

Ngaio Marsh - A Grave Mistake

There will always be an England, and in the world of traditional crime fiction, there will always be an Upper Quintern, the sort of Little English Village that is home mostly to the very rich and the servants who make their lives delightful. But Sybil Foster's life is not delightful, even if she does have an extremely talented gardener. Exhausted from her various family stresses a daughter, for instance, who wants to marry a man without a title Sybil takes herself off to a local hotel that specializes in soothing shattered nerves. When she's killed, Inspector Alleyn has a real puzzler on his hands: Yes, she was silly, snobbish, and irritating. But if that were enough motive for murder, half of England would be six feet under.

L.C. Tyler - A Cruel Necessity

England in the year 1657, Oliver Cromwell is in power, and joy has essentially been outlawed. A young lawyer with a taste for beer and pretty women, Grey finds pleasures enough, even in this backwater Essex town, but he'd be wise to keep his amusement to himself: A Royalist spy has been found dead in a local ditch, and Cromwell's agents are eager - distressingly eager - to explain to Grey that this is nothing to laugh about.

 

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Robin McKinley - The Blue Sword

Harry Crewe is a Homelander orphan girl, come to live in Damar from over the seas. She is drawn to the bleak landscape, so unlike the green hills of her Homeland. She wishes she might cross the sands and climb the dark mountains where no Homelander has ever set foot, where the last of the old Damarians, the Free Hillfolk, live.

Corlath is the golden-eyed king of the Free Hillfolk, son of the sons of the legendary Lady Aerin. When he arrives in Harry’s town to ally with the Homelanders against a common enemy, he never expects to set Harry’s destiny in motion: She will ride into battle as a King’s Rider, bearing the Blue Sword, the great mythical treasure, which no one has wielded since Lady Aerin herself.

Legends and myths, no matter how epic, no matter how magical, all begin somewhere.