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Wednesday June 17th at Noon - Jon Talton signs High Country Nocturn

8th David Mapstone. A cache of diamonds is stolen in Phoenix. The prime suspect is former Maricopa County Sheriff Mike Peralta, now a private investigator. Disappearing into Arizona's mountainous High Country, Peralta leaves his business partner and longtime friend David Mapstone with a stark choice. He can cooperate with the FBI, or strike out on his own to find Peralta and what really happened. Mapstone knows he can count on his wife Lindsey, one of the top good hackers in law enforcement. But what if they ve both been betrayed? Mapstone is tested further when the new sheriff wants him back as a deputy, putting to use his historian's expertise to solve a very special cold case. The stakes turn deadly when David and Lindsey are stalked by a trained killer whose specialty is suiciding her targets.

The deeper Mapstone digs into the world of sun-baked hustlers, corrupt cops, moneyed retirees, and mobsters, the more things are not what they seem. Ultimately, Mapstone must risk everything to find the truth. High Country Nocturne is an ambitious, searing, and gritty novel, with a fast-paced story as hard-edged as the stolen diamonds themselves.

Tuesday September 8th at 11am - J.A. Jance signs Dance of the Bones

A convict that Sheriff Brandon Walker put away years before now insists Walker clear him. To do that, the retired Walker will have to travel to the wet Northwest, where he’s introduced to a State cop now out of a job – a guy named Beaumont. First pairing for these two.

Signed Copies Coming Soon!

Louise Penny - The Nature of the Beast

9-year-old Laurent is a boy who is always telling big tales – space aliens, trees walking and winged monsters in the woods. No one pays him any mind. He’s an annoying but creative little boy. Then he vanishes. Should one of his stories have been listened to? The retired Gamache is, naturally, involved.

Daniel Silva - The English Spy

Stretched topless upon the foredeck, drink in hand, her flawless skin baking in the sun, was the most famous woman in the world. And one deck below, preparing an appetizer of tuna tartare, cucumber, and pineapple, was the man who was going to kill her. . . .She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family, beloved for her beauty and charitable works, resented by her former husband and his mother, the Queen of England. But when a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, British intelligence turns to one man to track down her killer: legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon.

Gabriel's target is Eamon Quinn, a master bomb maker and mercenary of death who sells his services to the highest bidder. Quinn is an elusive man of the shadows "a whisper in a half-lit chapel, a loose thread at the hem of a discarded garment" but fortunately Gabriel does not pursue him alone. At his side is Christopher Keller, a British commando turned professional assassin who knows Quinn's murderous handiwork all too well.

The English Spy moves at light speed from the glamorous island of Saint Barthelemy to the mean streets of West Belfast to a cottage atop the cliffs of Cornwall that Gabriel holds dear. And though he does not realize it, he is stalking an old enemy a cabal of evil that wants nothing more than to see him dead. Gabriel will find it necessary to oblige them, for when a man is out for vengeance, death has its distinct advantages.

New Release Urban Fantasy Mysteries!

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What We've Been Reading

Gail Carriger - Prudence

Amber Recommends:

Genre: Steampunk & Mystery

Summary: The last time we’d seen Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama was at the end of Timeless when she was a toddler who was not overly fond of her name. It’s now twenty-something years later and we meet her again, she still doesn’t like her name but has learned to live with it…mainly by using a nick-name - Rue.

The other thing she’s learned to work with/around is all of her parents, especially Dama (Lord Akeldama, our dandy vampire rogue) who is beginning to feel that Rue may benefit from some travel - to widen her horizons - and India is just lovely this time of year. The fact that he’s having some trouble with the locals over his tea interest and believes Rue may be able to sort things out…Well that’s just a bonus!

Review: This is a terrifically fun book to read!

Now here’s the fly in the ointment….You don’t have to read the Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless, Changeless, ect.) in order to read this book. However I think you get significantly more out of this book if you put in the extra bit of time and do read them. Why? The core of the crew of The Custard Protocol (i.e. Prudence) are the children of the key players in The Parasol Protectorate series. It is seriously entertaining to read how our original series characters are filtered through the eyes of their children - who really only have the vaguest of notions about who their parents are outside of being their parents. Ivy’s children haven’t a clue how she became a vampire. Rue has zero clue how much of a hellion her mother was/is - and how alike they really are. Quesnel Lefoux? Just as French, inscrutable and as mad an inventor as his mother…

In addition to just watching this entertaining child/parental dynamic, we also meet some other very old friends again, which makes me hope that we will see more of the old crew again in the second book in Imprudence (the cover art for the book is finished, however Carriger says the book isn’t written yet so the release date the publisher has of January 2016 is a bit plastic at moment). Now while there are hints of the old, Rue and her crew are their own people and find their way into new and unique trouble. Which is really fun to read!

Carriger does stick with her general formula - an outrageous lead, with a lady-like(ish) best friend, plus a love interest and a massive amount intrigue & ingenuity. While these standard elements appear in this entry in the canon, Carriger spins the story with a sufficient amount of new material that the formula doesn’t distract from the reading.

Overall this is an amusing book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading!

Would I Recommend To A Friend: Yup!

Rating: 4/5

My 52 Weeks With Christie: A.Miner©2015

Richard Kadrey - Sandman Slim

Signing August 25th at Noon - Reserve Your Copy Today!

Amber Recommends:

Summary: Richard Stark is a man on a mission. Revenge.

In a bid to boost their power, Stark’s frenemies sent him to Hell eleven years before in a trade with creatures unknown. However Stark’s talents which were considerable on earth prove to be unusually useful in Hell and Stark becomes very difficult to kill. Which proves advantageous since Stark becomes the most feared assassin in Hell. What keeps him there is the assurance that the woman he left behind, the love of his life, is safe so long as he does as he is told.

When she is brutally murdered by one the circle which sent him to Hell, Stark will stop at nothing to make sure they all pay. If he also happens to save the world, a punk tiki bar and a video store - well that’s just icing on the cake.

Review: When my brother was little he had a bit of a tough time. When he was five he looked like a seven or eight year old, so when he acted like a five year old people would always get a bit testy with him - because they didn’t think that he was acting his age. Which was crap, but strangers didn’t realize that, they just thought he was misbehaving. I find myself remembering these incidents while I was reading Sandman Slim, because Stark was 19 when he was sent to Hell, where he was beaten, raped and fought in vicious arena battles. Survival was the name of the game for him for eleven years, emotional growth not so much. So when he emerges from Hell a cynical thirty year old, his impulse control isn’t high, patience is non-existent and big picture focus just isn’t there.

So when I was reading his exploits I constantly felt like hitting Stark upside the head and saying, “Dude, seriously chill the hell out! Make a plan!” But of course this is fiction and I am not a Jursification agent so he can’t hear me. Stark constantly is making the wrong choices in his quest for revenge. Unable to avoid the temptation of the seemingly easy mark even when it puts others in danger - he can only see his target, which at times makes this book a bit difficult to read. I am rooting for Stark to take his revenge out on these sadistic people, but he just can’t quite seem to get it together to do so. He’s gained power and knowledge while working in Hell; he just hasn’t gained the maturity to know you don’t always have to beat, blow-up or muscle your way to your goals. This is where he reminds me of my brother from all those years ago - his friends all want him to take a more subtle approach to his raison d’etre but they don’t realize he doesn’t possess the maturity (or impulse control) to do so.

That is both why I loved and hated this book at the same time and the reason why I will work my way through the rest of the series. I want to seem him hone his rage into something fine and controlled, instead of the blunt instrument it is now. I want to see him save the world just once on purpose. And I want to know why Stark’s called ‘Sandman Slim’! While Sandman Slim feels a touch slow in its doling out a lot of information, you need in order to understand how Heaven and Hell interact, how magic works in this version of our world and why we should care about Stark’s fate. All in all I really liked it and I cannot wait to read the next book!

Would I Recommend To A Friend: Without a doubt!

Rating: 4.5/5

My 52 Weeks With Christie: A.Miner©2015

Tina Connolly - Ironskin

Fran Recommends:

I have an overwhelming fondness for gothic tales. The down-on-her-luck governess, the child in need of help and protection, the mysterious and aloof master of the house, all out on the moors where something dreadful is going to take place? Love it, have since I was a teen. And I know it's contrived and cliched but it still makes me happy. Give me spunky, intrepid Jane Eyre and brooding Mr. Rochester over Catherine and Heathcliff any day. (Heresy to some, I know, but that's how I roll.)

So when I realized, within the first chapter of Tina Connolly's Ironskin (Tor $14.99, signing Saturday, May 23rd, noon) that not only was this a gothic tale but that its very bones were Jane Eyre's story, you can imagine how delighted I was. And somewhat nervous. I love Jane Eyre, and I hoped Ms. Connolly could do her justice.

And she does! Oh my yes. You've got Jane Eliot, Edward Rochart and his daughter, Dorie, in a crumbling house on the moors. Perfect! Adding in fey magic could have taken the story in a strange direction, but it actually brought new life to a classic story line, and I was quite pleased. I can't wait to read the next two books in the trilogy, just to see how it all works out.

Now, in all fairness, this isn't the book that Tina Connolly is coming in to sign. I haven't read Seriously Wicked - yet - but I will, and it sounds like huge fun. Here's what the blurb says:

This book contains:

1 sweet boy-band boy

1 dragon who lives in an RV garage

1 demon who occasionally imitates Elvis

1 hidden phoenix that’s going to explode on Halloween

1 witch who just wants to run the whole city, sheesh, is that too much to ask?

1 girl named Cam trying to fix it all

It's a 21st century mother/daughter situation with magic, ancient spells and high school drama. Honestly? It sounds like huge fun! I can vouch for Ms. Connolly's storytelling skills, so I bet this is going to be another good one!

Don Winslow - The Cartel

Signing July 9th at Noon - Reserve Your Copy Today

JB Recommends:

Don Winslow’s books are always terrific. But there are two that are a step above terrific, and he’ll be here to sign them.

Back in 2005, he published The Power of the Dog, an opus about the bloody drug violence along the US/Mexico border. He concentrated on three figues – Art Keller of the DEA and the Barrera brothers who run the most powerful cartel south of the border.  It was a heartbreaking book, following these characters as stand-ins for larger horror of the drug war. The toll the war takes on them and their loved ones mirrors the toll it has taken on the countries.  One reviewer refered to it as a ‘biblical’ saga, and I think that’s right. If it were to have been filmed, it would have to have been tackled by Lean or Coppala.

Now he’s returned to this despoiled and destroyed land with The Cartel, and the personal war between Keller and Adán Barrera. Both carry on a crusade to stop the other with any means possible and to kill the other in the end. Can they? The book is filled with scheming and maneuvering, with double-crosses and duplicity, as they dance toward one another, lying to themselves and deceiving anyone they need to to meet their ends. Around them swirls the corruption and infighting endemic to such a battle. As the leaders take their worlds into warfair, the collateral damage is catastrophic, inevitably.

The wonderment of the book is that these two figures are neither angels nor demons. It is a remarkable achievement that Winslow has crafted such fully sculpted humans out of words. And his words are clear and cutting, leaving no one – not Mexico and not the US – spared of guilt for the death and horror. About a narcothug’s send-off he writes:“Alberto’s funeral was ridiculous, a display of hypocrisy that would have made a Louisiana televangelist blush.”

The Cartel covers the last decade of the border’s war on drugs – the kidnappings, the beheadings, the bombings and firefights. Death and destruction and doom. Storylines will sound familiar to you if you’ve been paying attention to the news. There’s a nauseating déjà vu to the book in that as bad as things are as the novel opens, you know it is going to get much, much worse. No one can get out of the horror. No one can escape.“Satan can only tempt you with what you already have.”  There is just too much money at stake, too much power, and too much hatred.

Winslow spares no one – not the gunmen, not the cartel lords, not the DEA, not the police, the governments, the users, and not us readers. He shows us what has happened and, inevitably, what will continue. There’s no past or future, in The Cartel, there is just whatis.“He’s heard it said that life is a river, that the past flows downstream. It isn’t true – if it flows, it flows through the blood in your veins. You can no more cut yourself away from the past than you can cut out your own heart.”

Read The Cartel, it’s a killer of a story, beautiful, bloody and belligerently brave. It will be in your face and in your head where it deserves to be. But read The Power of the Dog first. Read it now so you can start reading The Cartel as soon as he’s signed your hardcover.

 

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Collectible Corner

Arthur W. Upfield - The House Of Cain

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Good

San Francisco: Dennis McMillan, 1983. First edition. Hardcover.

Reissue of the mystery first published in 1929 one of 1,00 printed (unnumbered). Spine is cocked, tail end of spine has faint rolling, all page edges have very faint soiling, five fore-edge paged have a small shallow dent and a different three fore-edge pages have a small shallow dent, and slight shelf wear to tail edge of boards. The gilt on the cover and spine is very shiny, the red boards are very bright as are the paste-down pages and free endpaper. DJ has light shelf wear to edges mainly to top edge around spine and corner s. DJ is in a mylar cover.

Arthur W. Upfield - A Royal Abduction

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

San Francisco: Dennis McMillan, 1984. First edition. Hardcover.

One of 400 printed (unnumbered)., introduction by Tony Hillerman. Spine is lightly cocked, both ends of spine have light rolling, top corner of the front board next to the hinge has a dent which is a half inch in length and an eighth of an inch deep, The dent has also caused the front paste down page to have a small corresponding crease. There is light soiling to top page edges, and tail end page edges have a very light tan discoloration down the center third of its pages as well as light soiling to them, one tail edge page corner has a small crease and there is faint shelf wear to tail edge of boards. Tan color of the boards is still bright and the gilt on the cover and spine is still very shiny. DJ has light shelf wear to edges, mainly to corners and spine, very faint/ minimal rubbing and a small trace of soiling to top of spine. DJ in a mylar cover.

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YA Mysteries - Alice In Wonderland

Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland And Other Tales

Delve into this stunning gift edition boasting the complete collection of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Tales and original, iconic illustrations by John Tenniel.

The next edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Tales features the writings of Lewis Carroll, the master of puns, puzzles, and fantasy that have been delighting adults and children alike for over 150 years.This volume is comprised of both Alice books (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass); the nonsense poems, including "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky"; the novels Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded; and essays and other miscellaneous writings of this prolific writer.

For Lewis Carroll fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition with an elegantly designed cloth binding features a slipcase, ribbon marker, and a new introduction by Lori Campbell.

Rachel Shane - Alice In Wonderland High

Will this Mad Tea Party put Alice in hot water?

Alice is rebellion-ready, eager to save the world and come into her own. Led into a secret society of young eco-vigilantes at school, she feels like she's in wonderland, until one of the cool kids tries to frame Alice for all the illegal pranks they've pulled. Can Alice find out the gang's secret before she ends up in jail?

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Cozies Coming On June 2nd!

Krista Davis - The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company's CEO, Joe Merano and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it's a chocolate lover's dream But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly. As if that wasn t enough, Sophie's been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone's trying to send her a message and if she's next on a chocoholic's hit list.

Sheila Connolly - Privy To The Dead

Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, has something to smile about thanks to a generous donation from a major Philadelphia developer who's willing to help update their museum. But renovations have barely begun when a man is struck by a car in front of the building and killed. The victim is a construction worker who found a curious metal object while excavating an old privy in the museum's basement. Nell thinks the death is somehow connected to the Society, and her suspicions are confirmed when an antiques expert reveals a link between the objects from the cellar and a fellow staff member's family. Now Nell must unearth a mystery with ties to the past and the present. Because when someone is willing to kill over scrap metal, there's no telling what they'll do next .

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Felicia Day - You're Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)

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The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet geeks and Goodreads book clubs. After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons,” Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star. Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.