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Saturday July 23rd at Noon - Ellie Alexander signs Caught Bread Handed

4th with Ashland, OR, baker Juliet Capshaw. Though distracted by her ex who is trying to win her back, Jules and her staff are swamped with orders from a new account. But before they can get far into the new order, the owner of Ashland’s newest restaurant is found murdered. Author is otherwise known as Kate Dyer-Seeley.

Thursday September 15th at Noon - J.A. Jance signs Downfall

In her 16th book, Joanna Brady’s private life is complicated. With a baby on the way, her mother and stepfather recently slain, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal. But her professional life is anything but sedate. Two women have died in separate falls from a peak near town. Were they connected somehow? Were both accidents? If not, why kill someone all the way up there?

Signed Copies In The Shop Now!

Seanan McGuire - Every Heart A Doorway

Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children: No Solicitations, No Visitors, No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost.

Sam Sykes - The Mortal Tally

Cier'Djaal, once the crowning glory of the civilized world, has gone from a city to a battlefield and a battlefield to a graveyard. Foreign armies clash relentlessly on streets laden with the bodies of innocents caught in the crossfire. Cultists and thieves wage shadow wars, tribal armies foment outside the city's walls, and haughty aristocrats watch the world burn from on high.

As his companions struggle to keep the city from destroying itself, Lenk travels to the Forbidden East in search of the demon who caused it all. But even as he pursues Khoth-Kapira, dark whispers plague his thoughts. Khoth-Kapira promises him a world free of war where Lenk can put down his sword at last. And Lenk finds it hard not to listen. When gods are deaf, demons will speak.

Urban Fatasy New Releases

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What We've Been Reading

Anne Buist - Medea's Curse

Fran Recommends:

Anyone who's been paying any sort of attention to the mystery world in the past few years knows that there are various types of noir mysteries available now. Mostly they're set in specific places, like our own much beloved Seattle Noir but there are types that are not location-specific, and debut author Anne Buist falls right into the category of "tart noir", the type of twisted, troubled mystery that is driven by an equally twisted and troubled heroine.

And in Natalie King's case as presented to us in Medea's Curse (July 12th trade paperback original) driving is certainly the operative word considering Natalie's primary mode of transportation is a Ducati motorcycle that's far too large for her. She's an Australian forensic psychologist who's also the member of a rock/cover band and whose idea of a long-term relationship involves her shrink but no long-term lovers. And she's dogged, intense and bipolar.

She's juggling a couple of cases. One involves a woman who confessed to killing her daughter and is in jail, and the other also involves a woman with dead children, but Georgia maintains all three deaths were accidents. Oh, and then there's the young woman who's been referred because of potential abuse in her past.

Medea's Curse is brilliantly written about some incredibly difficult situations. Anne Buist has over 25 years experience in perinatal psychology and has worked closely with protective and legal services with regard to domestic violence and children in danger, and her expertise shines through. It's the sureness with which she writes about the psychological aspects of everyone involved, including Natalie's own condition, that makes this book hit with such an impact. It's not a book for everyone, not by a long shot, but for those who prefer a darker story, Medea's Curse is exactly what you want.

Max Allan Collins - Better Dead

JB Recommends:

Better Dead is the new Nate Heller book from Max Allan Collins. 18th in this terrific series that mixes a fictional private eye with real crimes, real historical figures, and real events. Here’s how we wrote it up for the Spring newsletter: “The Red Scare is at full throttle and a Chicago PI is trying to work both sides of the fight. McCarthy’s scorched earth tactics have sickened Heller but a client is a client. At the same time, a leftist group lead by Dashiell Hammett asks for help proving the Rosenbergs are innocent. If this wasn’t complicated enough, McCarthy wants Nate to find out what the CIA has on him. It is a time of paranoia and backstabbing and A-1 Investigations outta Chi is in the heart of it.”

The book is split in two – in the first part, Heller works to find evidence that will cause a new trial for the Rosenbergs. In the second, he tangles with the CIA over mind-control experiments, the MKULTRA program that used unwitting civilians and employees as guinea pigs. This is just before McCarthy turns to attacking the Army, the move that doomed him.

Heller deals with the Rosenbergs, McCarthy and Roy Cohn, Betty Page and Dash Hammett - and Frank Olsen, a CIA official who died under strange circumstances. There are goons, guns and gals, paranoia and puzzles, rough stuff and romance as Heller navigates his way through this ugly period at our mid-Century, both in DC and NYC.

Better Dead is great, lurid, hardboiled fun!

 

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Collectible Corner

Jeffery Deaver - The Bodies Left Behind

Book Condition - New / DJ Cover - New

New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2005. First printing. Hardcover.

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. First printing. Hardcover.

Signed and dated ("11/09/08, two days before the publication date) on title page. a stand-alone thriller set in up-state Wisconsin. In mylar dj protector.

When a night-time call to 911 from a secluded Wisconsin vacation house is cut short, offduty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table and drives up to Lake Mondac to investigate. Was it a misdial or an aborted crime report?

Brynn stumbles onto a scene of true horror and narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. She and a terrified visitor to the weekend house, Michelle, flee into the woods in a race for their lives. As different as night and day, and stripped of modern-day resources, Brynn, a tough deputy with a difficult past, and Michelle, a pampered city girl, must overcome their natural reluctance to trust each other and learn to use their wits and courage to survive the relentless pursuit.

Sue Grafton - "G" Is For Gumshoe

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Fine

New York: Henry Holt, 1990. First printing. Hardcover.

Signed on the title page. Top of front board has a small dent, tail end of boards have faint shelf wear and top page edges have faint soiling. One small spot on the top edge of DJ, on the spine, has a light jamming. DJ in mylar cover.

When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, it's not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. But a girl's gotta pay her bills. Kinsey finds Agnes in a hospital. Aside from her occasional memory lapses, the octogenarian seems fine. And frightened. Kinsey doesn't know what to make of Agnes's vague fears and bizarre ramblings, but she's got her own worries. It seems Tyrone Patty, a criminal she helped put behind bars, is looking to make a hit. Setting in motion a harrowing cat and mouse game . . .

Then Agnes dies of an apparent homicide, and Kinsey realizes the old lady wasn't so senile after all maybe she was trying to tell her something? Now Kinsey's determined to learn the truth . . . even if it kills her.

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New YA / Middle Mysteries

Rick Yancey - The Last Star

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Emma Pass - Acid

Amber Recommends:

The Agency For Crime Investigation And Defense, or as they are better known – ACID, seized power and slowly turned the UK into a police state, where they have absolute power over the country and every individual living in it. They tell you who to marry, when to have kids, where you will live, what your job is - they have sensors in your home - they have rules for everything and mandatory meetings to attend. Any dissidence is quickly squashed through the most brutal means, because once ACID notices you their eyes rarely shift away. And should you be arrested…..it is unlikely you will be seen again.

Jenna Strong knows this better than anyone, but her crime wasn’t seditious - she confessed and was convicted of killing her parents. She is the youngest person ever to be tried/convicted and sent to prison (an adult one of course) since ACID seized power. Jenna was only fifteen. Then, two years into her eighty year sentence, a rebel group breaks her out of jail, gives her a false identity, a new face and fake life partner. Why? Because they believe she may be able to help them bring down ACID and in turn they will help her remember what really happened the night she murdered her parents.

This book is a thriller. If you are looking for a fast-paced story filled with twists, turns and surprises, I would recommend this book for you. To help keep the pace quick, Pass uses a number of writing devices like emails, news bulletins, “hand written” notes, and the like which quickly bring the reader up to speed without bogging down the storyline with extra text. They also help to enhance the police state atmosphere Pass works to foster in her reader’s minds.

While ACID’s premise isn’t necessarily the most unique, recent titles like Matched, Divergent and The Hunger Games (for that matter if you go far enough back Brave New World fits, but I think it serves as inspiration rather than being a derivative- but I digress) all have similar elements. But the difference between ACID and the others boils down to the seriously furious pace it has. Jenna starts out tough - her two years in prison bled out any softness in her character. The book is less convoluted (because it’s a single book rather than a series) and in some ways is more brutal.

Why should you read it? ACID is fun, interesting, a fast-paced YA thriller which delivers precisely what the back cover blurb claims. If you have a slightly reluctant reader who needs something to grab ahold of them, I think this might be their book (it is very female centric so a reluctant male reader may balk at the book). If Pass keeps this book a stand-alone title, you will never feel wanting in the ending of ACID; however there is enough wiggle room that a follow up may be possible sometime in our future! And that would be very exciting!

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Clerical Mysteries

Peter Tremayne - The Second Death

Ireland, A.D. 671. It is the beginning of the summer season and the Kingdom of Muman is preparing to celebrate the Great Fair of Cashel. It is an extravagant nine days of contests, food, and endless entertainment. Circumstances have led Fidelma and Eadulf far and wide across the kingdom, and they have been absent from the Great Fair for many years.

But, for once they haven't been called away from Cashel, and are eager to enjoy the festivities - that is, until the last wagon in a group traveling to the fair catches on fire. The driver dies and it appears that the driver was a woman disguised a boy, for reasons unknown. Eadulf, upon further inspection, finds an even more disconcerting discovery - a rotting corpse in back of the wagon. Now, with only a week left to the fair, it is up to Fidelma and Eadulf to solve the mystery in time.

Alys Clare - A Shadowed Evil

Sir Josse d'Acquin and Helewise are summoned to Southfire Hall, where Josse's elderly uncle, Hugh, lies dying, surrounded by his children. But the pair soon discovers that Hugh's ill health is not the only cause of distress in the house, and the longer they remain there, the more they feel that something is very wrong . . .

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Joanna Shupe - Magnate

New York City's Gilded Age shimmers with unimaginable wealth and glittering power. The men of the Knickerbocker Club know this more than anyone else. But for one titan of industry, the business of love is not what he expected. Born in the slums of Five Points, Emmett Cavanaugh climbed his way to the top of a booming steel empire and now holds court in an opulent Fifth Avenue mansion. His rise in stations, however, has done little to elevate his taste in women. He loathes the city's "high society" types, but a rebellious and beautiful blue-blood just might change all that

Elizabeth Sloane's mind is filled with more than the latest parlor room gossip. Lizzie can play the Stock Exchange as deftly as New York's most accomplished brokers--but she needs a man to put her skills to use. Emmett reluctantly agrees when the stunning socialite asks him to back her trades and split the profits. But love and business make strange bedfellows, and as their fragile partnership begins to crack, they'll discover a passion more frenzied than the trading room floor