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Saturday January 21st at Noon - Mike Lawson signs K Street

It's been almost a year since Kay Hamilton was fired from the DEA for going rogue. Since then, she's been employed by the Callahan Group, a covert intelligence. Her job description is as dubious as the people she works for, and the undercover mission that nearly killed her in "Viking Bay" has Hamilton questioning the legitimacy of her employers.

When Hamilton arrives at the Callahan Group's K Street office to tender her resignation, she unwittingly interrupts a deadly heist during which the robbers have stolen the company safe and left her boss gravely injured. She knows that Thomas Callahan doesn t keep much cash in the safe the men must have been after something other than money. But before Callahan slips into a coma, he whispers a name that will lead Kay to an organization even more secretive than the Callahan Group: the NSA.

CHANGE!!!!! - Monday September 26th at Noon - J.A. Jance signs Downfall

Due to influences outside our control the Jance signing switched from the original date of Thursday September 15th at Noon! Sorry for the confusion!

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 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

Sophie Hannah – Closed Casket

Signing December 3rd at 4pm

Amber Recommends:

Lady Athelinda has gathered together an interesting array of people for the weekend on her estate. Her daughter and son and their spouses, her invalid secretary and his nurse, her lawyer and two men she’s never laid eyes on before…Inspector Catchpool of Scotland Yard and none other than Hercule Poirot himself (thus an interesting weekend is made)! However neither detective knows precisely why they were invited by this celebrated childrens author invited them! Until Poirot comes up with a theory, a theory which bears fruit, with an unexpected twist even he didn’t see coming!

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot here - but Sophie Hannah Does an OUSTANDING job with this entry into the Poirot Canon!

When I begun this book I’d just finished the 13 Clues For Miss Marple and a whole string of Elizabeth Daly’s so I was in a Golden Age frame of mind. And did she deliver! Her setting is perfect, a small-ish house party where evryone has a motive & opportunity. Then Hannah weaves in Shakespeare into the plot seamlessly – just as Christie did herself any number of times and this addition really made this book shine – it is very clever! Plus Poirot as always is his clever self with a foil worthy of his deductive genius! Plus it has a bit of blood in it – but the bloody violence doesn’t exceed that which was found in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – it adds a nice bit of balance to the mystery. All and all the plot really works and feels like a Golden Age mystery Christie would write!

The Monogram Murders Hannah’s first Poirot novel was good but Closed Casket is GREAT!  I really cannot say enough good things about this book. And I would highly suggest this mystery to anyone who enjoys reading Poirot or great classic mysteries!

Alan Bradley - Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

Fran Recommends:

Flavia is back home!

As we begin Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Out Sept. 20th), it's Christmas-time at Buckshaw Manor, and Flavia is back from her travels abroad, but she's returned to an oddly quiet home. Her father, the Colonel, is in hospital with pneumonia, and his precarious health along with sister Ophelia's break-up with her fiance has left the Manor strangely dark and subdued.

To escape the oppressive darkness - and her annoying cousin, Undine, who is constantly underfoot, Flavia goes to visit the vicar, and is asked to run an errand for the vicar's wife. Flavia, along with her trusty bicycle, Gladys, are more than up to the task. Sadly, the woodcarver whom Flavia is to speak with is unable to receive the message. You see, the poor man is dead, and since he's hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door, Flavia's fine scientific instincts tell her there is much to be investigated here!

Flavia is at her finest, honing not only her chemistry knowledge but now she's employing more of her interpersonal skills, and let me tell you, that makes her a force to be reckoned with! Since her father is out of commission and her sisters don't much pay attention to her, Flavia is left to her own resources more than ever, and she's becoming quite the formidable sleuth.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd is vintage Flavia, and I have to admit that I was tickled to see more of Dogger, whom I adore. Well, doesn't everyone? It's good to see him back in action a bit. And it was lovely to visit with all our old friends at Bishop's Lacy!

I'm interested to see where Alan Bradley goes with this series. It's no spoiler to say that this is a somewhat darker book than some of his others, but I'm actually pleased by that. As Flavia grows up, she learns more about how the world works, and that's going to change her, which keeps her alive and dynamic. Mind you, she's still indubitably our Flavia, at her core as solid as dear Gladys, but she's slowly growing out of the child we first met.

Full marks to Alan Bradley for his deft touch and unwavering ability to capture Flavia as she grows up. Just a little. I really cannot wait for the next one!

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!

 

New Paperback Releases

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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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Be A Rebel - Read A Banned or Challenged Book!

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry and anyone who reads about him will find unforgettable.

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games.

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NY Times Bestsellers

Paula Hawkins - The Girl On The Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life as she sees it is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Sandra Brown - Sting

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother's ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.

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We Can Order Non-Mysteries As Well!

Gene Wilder - Something To Remember You By

Something to Remember You By" begins during the siege of Bastogne, Belgium on Christmas Day, 1944. In a foxhole where he is caring for five American soldiers, innocent but clever young medic Corporal Tom Cole is injured. Convalescing in wartime London, with its dimly lit blackout-compliant restaurants and mad dashes to the Tube station at the sound of the air raid sirens, Cole falls in love for the first time. But is the mysterious Danish girl he meets at the Shepherdess Cafe on the up and up? Cole is a cellist back home in the States, and Anna says she's a monitor at the War Office, scanning radio waves for incoming German planes. But is she? When Cole goes to the War Office one day to surprise his new lover, she's nowhere to be found....