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Tuesday September 20th at Noon - Amy Stewart signs Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Now that she’s proven her worth as a deputy sheriff, Constance Kopp must work hard to show that her success is no fluke. Now she’ll match wits with a wiley con man. During her investigation, she’ll meet a number of other young professional women who cheer her on. Sequel to her noted debut, Girl Waits with Gun.

Saturday October 8th at Noon - Maia Chance signs Teetotaled

After her philandering husband died and left her penniless, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could her deceased husband's secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan. Her only comforts were chocolate cake, dime store detective novels, and the occasional highball (okay, maybe not so occasional). But rent came due and Lola and Berta were forced to accept the first job that came their way, leading them to set up shop as private detectives operating out of Alfie's cramped love nest.

Now Lola and Berta are in danger of losing the business they ve barely gotten off the ground work is sparse and money is running out. So when a society matron offers them a job, they take it even if it means sneaking into a health farm. But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility and Grace's future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises. Lola and Berta are promptly fired. But before they can whiz off the health farm property, they find themselves with a new client and a new charge: to solve the murder of Grace's future mother-in-law.

Signed Copies Coming Soon!

Michael Connelly - The Wrong Side Of Goodbye

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking aserial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.

Urban Fantasy New Releases

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What We've Been Reading

Christina Dodd - Because I'm Watching

Signing September 10th at Noon

Fran Recommends:

There are some authors whose names you see all the time but you never read them, for one reason or another. I always associated Christina Dodd with romantic suspense - heavy on the romance part - and it's generally not my cup of tea, although of course I'm an avid fan of J. D. Robb. So there you go.

I picked up Because I'm Watching, and I am now kicking myself up and down the street. Yeah, judging  books/covers, that whole litany applies here, and I'm a goofball.

Madeline Hewitt has gone through more than anyone should have to. She and her college roommates were assaulted, and two years ago, her fiancee was murdered. She's come to Virtue Falls, WA, to see if she can find a quiet place to put herself back together. Jacob Denikov is hailed as a war hero, but he's hiding in his darkened house, working up the nerve to kill himself. Then Maddie drives her car into his living room, and that begins a chain of events that will have a lasting effect on the entire town.

Okay, a couple of things. First of all, Because I'm Watching is part of a series that is apparently set in Virtue Falls, and I wasn't aware of that so now I've gotta back-fill. I'm good with that. And I can definitively say that Because I'm Watching stands on its own. But it's obvious there's backstory there I should have, and now I want to have it. So there's that.

Then too, there's romance, sure, but it's not the driving force behind the story, and what a story it is! Twists, turns, and an edginess I honestly didn't expect. I was ready for something cozier, and Because I'm Watching is definitely not a cozy read. There's no dripping gore but there's no shying away from the evil and pain that's out there.

And then, I have to admit it - it's been a long time since I developed a huge crush on a character, but Christina Dodd's created one I just want to spend more time with. No, I'm not telling who. Read it and guess.

So there you have it. Mea culpa, I should have been reading the Virtue Falls series all along. No idea about her other series but this one is definitely two thumbs up!

NOTE: We’re concentrating on Christina Dodd’s “Virtue Falls” series here. If you want any of her other books signed, please let us know in advance so we can have them in! Thanks!

P.J. Tracey - The Sixth Idea

Fran Recommends:

Monkeewrench is back!

If you're a fan of P. J. Tracy's great group of computer geeks and a couple of feisty cops, then this is the best news ever! If you haven't read any of P. J. Tracy's series, it's high time you started - begin with Monkeewrench because otherwise you won't quite get how much everyone's changed when you read The Sixth Idea. And wow, are things changing!

The Twin Cities are alight with the sparkly lights of Christmas, and all should be merry and bright. But a chance meeting in an airplane is the beginning of a series of crimes that may have international consequences. Chuck Spencer is on his way to meet an online friend for the first time. His seatmate, Lydia Ascher, is terrified of flying, so they chat to keep her mind off the whole process, and in the course of their discussion, it turns out they have something in common. Sixty years ago, Chuck's father and Lydia's grandfather were involved in the building of a bomb in the secret deserts of New Mexico. Chuck has created a website to bring family members of those people in touch with each other. In fact, that's why he's flying to Minneapolis; a new friend has invited Chuck up to talk about their families' history.

The effects of that chance meeting will take the Monkeewrench gang and their cop buddies, Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth on the trail of killers and kidnappers, all of whom seem to be highly protected. What was idle speculation in the Cold War era may have suddenly come to fruition, and there's no telling who wants it, or who's willing to keep it hidden.

You'll read The Sixth Idea in one sitting. You won't be able to help yourself. It's a fast book, all our friends are back, and the events that bring them all together are horribly plausible. My one real complaint about the book is that there wasn't enough of Annie and Roadrunner, darn it! But everything else is pitch perfect and brilliantly twisted together. P. J. Tracy has (have?) created people who are magnetic and wonderful, and now I need to re-read the whole series again, because this visit with them was far too fleeting! Darn it, ladies - write faster!

Elizabeth Daly - Unexpected Night

Amber Recommends:

Twenty minutes to twelve on June 25, 1939 finds Henry Gamadge playing bridge with the Barclay household while vacationing in Maine. The exact time is very important to some relatives of the Barclay’s who have just arrived for a brief visit before heading off to their hotel (the same one Gamadge is staying at). Among the new arrival’s number is Amberley Cowden, a very sick young man who in twenty minutes time will gain control over a very large inheritance. Amberley makes it past midnight without any problems. The next morning finds a much different situation when Amberley is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff….Was it foul play or a tragic accident due to his heart condition? This is what Gamadge needs to figure out!

You know you’ve read to many golden age, locked room detective novels in a row when you start applying their slightly sinister logic to people in real life! Which is exactly what happened to me in the shop a few weeks back…

While working I witnessed one family member trying to persuade another not to purchase anymore books because “she’d spent enough money on books already” (like there is such a thing!). The absolute first thought which popped into my head at this statement was, “What? Is she trying to protect her inheritance?” (as the book buyer was just a touch older). My thought was absolute nonsense and I felt completely silly assigning such a motive to a real life event - but on the upside it did make me stop and laugh at myself!

The important take away here is the fact that this idea flitted through my head at all! Which (I think) is a tribute to how convincing Daly’s writing is (as I’d just finished one, well maybe three of her books in a row) - she makes you see and really understand the motivations of her characters. Why the “poor relations” in Unexpected Night were so keen to make sure Amberley made it to his landmark birthday and the very real tussle over the monetary legacy left when he died (I am not spoiling anything for you here, I promise). You understand why each of the suspects had a reason why Amberley dying at just the right moment could make or break them. She makes her motives feel ordinary, everyday to the point - my conclusion felt like a natural one to make. Which was demonstrated by my poor befuddled mind leaping to such an outrageous deduction while watching the book drama unfolding in the shop. Speculation on inheritance seemed to be logical conclusion on why someone shouldn’t be making a larger book purchase….right?

Plus Daly’s ability to create such a well thought out means and method to her mystery set a very enjoyable pace in Unexpected Night. I was never sure when a pertinent fact was going to crop up, so I felt compelled to read well into the night to make sure I wasn’t going to stop right before a crucial event! I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed another pure mystery series this much since I finished my last Marple on March 18, 2014!

 

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Collectible Corner

Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Very Good

London: Orion Books, Ltd., 1997. First UK edition. Hardcover.

New York: Houghton Mifflin, new. First American edition. Hardcover.

Light stamp from former library and small spot of glue on FFE, light traces of tape from past dj protectors on paste downs but, otherwise, it does not look like an ex-library copy. Shelf wear to edges, ends of spine rolled, previous owner’s name written on FFE, small ochre stains to half-title and title page/jacket shows creasing in places, ends of spine rolled and small chipping to bottom edge, spine has faded) cover illustration by Lorraine. Final Marlowe novel, an American classic and winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, in mylar dj protector.

Raymond Chandler - The Little Sister

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Cover - Very Good

New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. First American edition. Hardcover.

Ends of spine rolled and slight lean to spine, reddish cloth clean and bright with image of woman-handled dagger on front cover/dj shows wear to edges, a few small chips and closed tears, spine faded, price clipped) cover illustration by Artzybasheff clean and bright in mylar dj protector. 5th Marlowe novel. A movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.

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Can't Wait For The Library? Buy Your Copy Here! YA Edition

Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow impossible though it seems they may still be alive.

Victoria Aveyard - Red Queen

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard a growing Red rebellion even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.

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More YA Must Reads!

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The Top 8 Most Translated Mystery Authors - See What The Fuss Is All About!

#1: Agatha Christie - Partners In Crime

Dame Christie Wins The Gold With 7,318 Translations!

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance.

Their first case is a success the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of "Any case solved in 24 hours"?

#2: Stephen King - Salem's Lot

The Silver Medal Goes to King With 3,364 Translations!

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.

#3: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes

The Bronze Medal Goes to Doyle With 2,513 Translations!

Since his first appearance in "Beeton's Christmas Annual" in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Volume I includes the early novel A Study in Scarlet, which introduced the eccentric genius of Sherlock Holmes to the world. This baffling murder mystery, with the cryptic word Rache written in blood, first brought Holmes together with Dr. John Watson. Next, The Sign of Four presents Holmes's famous seven percent solution and the strange puzzle of Mary Morstan in the quintessential locked-room mystery.

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Shakespeare & North - Romeo And/Or Juliet

In this choose-your-own-path version of "Romeo and Juliet," you choose where the story goes every time you read What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? "What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?" Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, lots of epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionable decision-making by very emotional teens. All of the endings there are over a hundred feature beautiful illustrations.

Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns, and more than a billion possible storylines, "Romeo and/or Juliet" offers a new experience every time you read it. You can choose to play as Romeo or Juliet (obviously) but you can also play as both of them, or as Juliet's nurse, or, if you're good, you can even unlock a fourth playable character That's right. We figured out how to have unlockable characters in books. Choose well, and you may even get to write the world's most awkward choose-your-own sex scene.