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Stephenie Meyer - Twilight & Life And Death

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight!

This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer. Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover "flip book," this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear.


New Releases

New Author Signings

Saturday January 23rd at Noon - Gigi  Pandian signs The Masquerading Magician

Fran loved the first one, The Accidental Alchemist!

2nd in this new series. Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She’d much rather be gardening and exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon—but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn’t able to unlock the alchemy book’s secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.

When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show that reminds her of her youth, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland’s past, and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.

Saturday November 14th at Noon - Stephanie Gayle signs Idyll Threats

Idyll, CT, police chief Thomas Lynch patrols a town where crime barely exists. Secrets are kept private. When a dead woman is found on a golf course, he immediately understands he has a personal problem. He had seen her just hours before she died but to admit that would mean revealing his secret. Can he solve the case – and keep the job he loves – without coming out of the closet?


Signed Copies Coming Soon!

David Baldacci - The Guilty

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity, and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The result is the start of a nightmare.

Donna Leon - The Waters of Eternal Youth

15 years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown, only surviving thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood, unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he couldn't remember a thing.

Now, at a fundraising dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patronessthe girl's grandmotherasks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti's not sure what to do. If a crime was committed, it would surely have passed the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and a willingness to fulfill the wishes of a guilt-wracked older woman, who happens to be his mother-in-law's best friend, he agrees. Brunetti soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a case.

New Releases: Urban Fantasy


What We've Been Reading

Ben Aaronovitch – Midnight Riot

Amber Recommends:

I owe finding this series to one of our long time customers who placed an order for these books, which isn’t unusual – except for the fact she doesn’t usually read this style of mystery. I know she has excellent taste in books, so I figured I would give the first book a whirl and see if I liked them. Turns out that I loved every page, so I owe a thank you to a certain English lady who ordered this series last year! (And yes when we order books for people we nose through them occasionally to see if we have missed a brilliant author! And by nose I mean read the back of the book, just for claritys sake!)

When Constable Peter Grant is guarding a crime scene with fellow Constable Leslie May he encounters a witness to the crime. The problem is the witness is corporally challenged, meaning? A ghost saw the whole thing… But when you are just starting your policing career, you don’t want to tank it right away by telling your superiors about a witness with dubious existence problem, but that’s just what Grant does through a set accidental circumstances. And of course that’s when his budding career takes a turn for the weird….

I cannot tell you how funny this book is! Peter Grant has such a snarky sense of humor and unique perspectives on life and London that there’s never a dull moment. This is one of the only magical police procedurals I have come across and it does a great job in balancing these two elements. And like Peter’s personality it wanders a bit (the other books are a bit more streamlined, but the first book has a lot for the reader to process so it wanders) but everything - even the tangents - are relevent. Another great feature is the fact these books follow the rules of fair play, meaning you have a fair chance of guessing the culprit and lays all the facts of the mystery before you (and don’t introduce plot devices in the last ten pages which manage to save the day – the solution is cleverly laid before - sometimes on page two – and then utlized again later) and Aaronovich still manages to fool his readers. Another great feature of this series is there is a larger multi-book plot along side each individual book plot. As you can guess there isn’t much I don’t like about the series….the only thing I can think of is there aren’t enough of them!

I would unreservedly recommend this series to any urban fantasy reader looking for something a bit different provided you enjoy reading books set in our modern day London, can handle the discovery that almost anyone has the ability to perform magic provided they are trained up and have more than just a few creatures vying to keep/defend their own patch of London.

David Lagercrantz - The Girl in the Spider’s Web

JB Recommends:

I have the same reaction when I hear of any author being engaged to continue a series started by a dead author. At least one of the corners of my mouth is pulled back – maybe both – in that “ohIdunnoaboutthis” grimace. Sometimes it’s warranted. Sometimes it works out well.

Case in point: David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the “Girl Who” books by Stieg Larsson. I was surprised and delighted with his addition. I really liked Larsson’s trilogy. I didn’t find it too dark or violent. Considering the subject matter, they were as dark and bloody as they should have been. I enjoyed everything about them and can tell you I thought Lagercrantz did a fine job capturing the characters, the tones, the themes, and the pacing of those books for his continuation, The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

Computers are, of course, central to the book. Not just hacking the questions of advanced computers and artificial intelligence. That vein is juxtaposed against the mysteries of the human brain – in this case, the unique talents of autistics. There’s Salandar’s pursuit of her father’s crime empire whose web (hence the spiders of the title) reaches far – and that web infiltrates the other web – the internet.

All of the usual suspects from the trilogy are there, as is the anger coursing through the background, anger and hatred aimed at women and the anger and fury the women and men send back in return.

Salandar may not be in a lot of the action but she’st here throughout and it is her book. I hope Lagercrantz does more. It was great to be back in the offices of Millenium and Lisbeth’s computer.

I was completely caught up in it.


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Collectible Corner

Sue Grafton - "F" Is For Fugitive

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1989. First Edition. Hardcover.

Signed on title page. Top of pages slightly darkened. Some minor rubbing to dj, in mylar dust-jacket wrapper

When Kinsey Millhone first arrives in Floral Beach, California, it's hard for her to picture the idyllic coastal town as the setting of a brutal murder. Seventeen years ago, the body of Jean Timberlake a troubled teen who had a reputation with the boys was found on the beach. Her boyfriend Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, but he escaped.

After all this time, Bailey's finally been captured. Believing in his son's innocence, Bailey's father wants Kinsey to find Jean's real killer. But most of the residents in this tight-knit community are convinced Bailey strangled Jean. So why are they so reluctant to answer Kinsey's questions? If there's one thing Kinsey's got plenty of it's persistence. And that's exactly what it's going to take to crack the lid on this case. As Kinsey gets closer to solving Jean's murder, the more dirty little secrets she uncovers in a town where everyone has something to hide and a killer will kill again to keep the past buried...

Sue Henry - Murder On The Iditarod Trail

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1991. First edition. Hardcover.

Signed on title page. author's debut book and first in the Jesse Arnold series. Light shelf wear to edges, pages lightly darkened and faint soiling in areas, ends of spine rolled and spine slightly cocked; dj shows minor rubbing in areas and top of spine slightly rolled. In mylar dj protector.

Only the toughest and the most able come to compete in this annual torturous test of endurance, skill, and courage. Now, suddenly and inexplicably, the top Iditarod contestants are dying one by one in bizarre and gruesome ways. Jessie Arnold, Alaska's premier female "musher," fears she may be the next intended victim, but nothing is going to prevent her from aggressively pursuing the glory and the rewards that victory brings.

Dedicated State Trooper Alex Jensen is determined to track down the murderer before more innocent blood stains the pristine Alaskan snow. But Jensen's hunt is leading him into the frozen heart of the perilous wild that Jessie Arnold knows so well -- a merciless place far from any vestige of civilization, where nature can kill as fast as a bullet...and only the Arctic night can hear your final screams.


YA/Kids Mysteries

Mercedes Lackey - Hunter

Fran Recommends

It’s inevitable, I suppose, that people will compare Mercedes Lackey’s new series beginning with Hunter to The Hunger Games, and it’s true, on a superficial level, they have a lot in common. Post-apocalypse living, a girl with special talents going from living in the back of beyond to the center of civilization to prove herself.

But where The Hunger Games were great, rambunctious fun (and make no mistake, I thoroughly enjoyed them!), Hunter is more complex, more meaty, more subtle and I suspect it won’t be wrapped up in a trilogy. Mercedes Lackey has built a great world, and it would be a shame to limit it to just a few books.

Joyeaux Charmand is a Hunter. After the Diseray, the change of the old world into the current one, Othersiders broke through and took over our world, bringing all the old stories from myth and fairy tale to life, and flooding the world with magic. But they also loosed the Hounds, otherworldly creatures that can bond to a person, become partners in a very real way, and the Hounds are dedicated to hunting down Othersiders.

Joy grew up on a mountain in what was the Rockies, and she was trained by the best Masters of all disciplines. But life on the Mountain isn’t known to those who live in Apex and to stay undetected, a Hunter needs to be sent from the surrounding neighborhoods; it’s been a long time since one has come from this quadrant, and people are beginning to wonder what’s up. Joy is chosen to go to Apex since all Hunters are required to report there; besides, her Uncle is very high in the government, and he wants her near him.

Obviously there are troubles and turmoil, political machinations and all kinds of action. But there’s a subtle and powerful message that Ms. Lackey is interweaving in her story about the nature of friendship, of trust, of duty that makes Hunter the beginning of what I suspect will be a powerful, possibly classic, series.

Hunter isn’t a great book. It’s a very good book. But I think the series is going to be epic.


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John Connolly - Night Music

Well this book is out now, but it is to great not to feature!

A decade after "Nocturnes" first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly, bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers featuring private investigator Charlie Parker, gives us a second volume of tales of the supernatural. From stories of the monstrous for dark winter nights to fables of fantastic libraries and haunted books, from a tender account of love after death to a frank, personal, and revealing account of the author's affection for myths of ghosts and demons, this is a collection that will surprise, delight--and terrify.

Night Music: Nocturnes 2 also contains two novellas: the multi-award-winning The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository and The Fractured Atlas.

Daniel O'Malley - Stiletto

Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:
The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...
The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.


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Eliza Cross - 101 Things To Do With Bacon

Bring home the bacon!

Everybody loves bacon, and these delicious recipes feature it in much more than just breakfast dishes. You'll find new twists on old favorites as well as inventive new recipes for salads, soups, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees, and even desserts Try Asparagus, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Pizza; New England Clam Chowder; Bacon, Egg, and Colby Cheese Quesadillas; Bowtie Pasta with Broccoli and Bacon; Crispy Fried Rice; and Savory Bacon Smokies.

Eliza Cross - 101 Things To Do With Pumpkin

Celebrate the flavor of pumpkin year-round with the sweet and savory recipes found in 101 Things To Do With Pumpkin. Easy to prepare and oh-so-delicious, you’ll enjoy making Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Crispy Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll-Ups, Pumpkin Toffee Blondies, Pumpkin Crunch Cheesecake, Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes, and more. 101 recipes feature beverages, breakfasts, breads, soups, dinners, sides, cookies, desserts and sweets—plus helpful cooking tips.