Saturday July 5th at Noon - Yasmine Galenorn signs Night’s End
In this final book in the Indigo Court series, newly crowned Fae Queens Cicely and Rhiannon have embraced their destinies and claimed their thrones. But Myst is rising once more, and now, at the helm of her armies, she begins her final assault on the Golden Wood. As Fae, vampires, and magic-born alike fall under the tide of blood, Cicely and her friends must discover a way to destroy the spidery queen before they—and their people—face total annihilation.
Tuesday April 15th at Noon - Kelley Armstrong signs Sea of Shadows
Start of a new young adult trilogy. Twins Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Trained in combat and the secret rites of the spirits, they took up their duties at 16 and now lead annual trips to the Forest of the Dead to pay respects to those whom died. The mythic shadow stalkers now prove themselves to be not mythic this year and the sisters are separated. On their own, they will each try to drive the shadow stalkers from the world of the living.
Harlan Coben - Missing You
It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as
NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she
feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades
come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff,
the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.
Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past
tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches
out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into
suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light,
in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.
As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with
Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation
that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former
fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago
has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her
own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before,
and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
James Lee Burke - Wayfaring Stranger
It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old
Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and
Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A
confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the
rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile.
Ten years later, Second
Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain
death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman
named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.
Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel,
return to Texas to seek their fortunes.
There, they enter the domain
of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart--a former
Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader
over the South Pacific--and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who
is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be
the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman
Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that
shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that
lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.
Jenny Milchman - Ruin Falls
Signing May 22nd at Noon
Last year, Jenny Milchman swept the critics with her debut, Cover of Snow (Ballantine, $15.00), so I was curious about how she intended to follow it up; could she maintain the quality of writing. Second books, you know?
She knocked this one out of the park.
In Ruin Falls, Liz Daniels and her family are on vacation, going to visit Liz’s husband’s family in southern New York State. Because it’s so hot and the kids, Reid – age 8, and Ally – age 6, are fretful and restless, they decide to stay over at a hotel and reach Paul’s family refreshed the next day. The fact that Paul doesn’t seem to be excited about seeing his parents is a minor worry to Liz. Cool air and a pool are too enticing to pass up.
The next morning, Liz wakes up to find the children are missing. She and Paul search everywhere, call the police, but the children have simply vanished. As the day progressed, Liz becomes more and more frantic while Paul becomes more stoic. But then, partway through the afternoon, Paul vanishes too; he’s taken the children and disappeared.
Left on her own – the police can’t help because there’s no real crime; Paul has the right to his children since there’s no custody question – Liz has to find out where Paul and the children have gone, and why he’d take them like that.
In both Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls, Jenny asks the question, how well do we really know anyone? Everyone has secrets; what can a person do when their lives are turned upside down by those most trusted?
Jenny Milchman's talent lies in creating characters you care about, ordinary people doing ordinary things who find themselves in situations that any of us could experience: suicide, loss of a child, a deeply controlling family member. And she brings that blossoming fear to life in ways that anyone can relate to, making her books relentlessly page-turning and her novels completely compelling.
Agatha Christie - A Caribbean Mystery
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52
Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
Series: Miss Marple
Miss Marple is on holiday! Staying at the Golden Palm Hotel in
(obviously) the Caribbean. Her days are filled with sunshine, sand and
conversation -- all very nice, and frightfully monotonous, tedious and
boring. Until a fellow traveler tells her a story about a husband who
repeatedly murders his wives. Just before Major Palgrave produces the
picture of the black widower to prove the story’s veracity, he
unexpectedly changes the subject and shoves the picture back into his
wallet, much to the dismay of Miss Marple.
The next day the Major is found dead, and Miss Marple is suspicious.
Is she making mountains out of mole hills? Seeing a murder at the Golden
Palm, just because she it a bit bored? Or was the old soldier murdered
to keep him quiet?
was a fantastic mystery! In fact this is my third favorite in this
series, preceded by The Moving Finger and Nemesis and followed by Murder
at the Vicarage. I enjoyed reading about the partnership between her
and Mr. Rafiel. Plus I loved reading the old tricks she uses to
gathering information - a new method was revealed here and was fun to
read. Another insight given to us is how Miss Marple perceives herself,
as she identifies with Nemesis, a Greek god who avenges crimes (a lot
like justice) and from whom there is no escape. I think is a great
description of her, is it not?
*Spoilers contained in this paragraph!* Christie
used plot device in this mystery that she’d used in The Mirror Crack’d
From Side To Side, with better results here, I think. The device: a look
(or someone gazing) over another’s shoulder. Doesn’t sound like much
does it? However in the Mirror Crack’d this look identified the motive
for the murder of Mrs. Babcock and hinted at who committed it. In A
Caribbean Mystery, this look identifies a murderer, seals one of his
victim’s fates and helps Miss Marple catch her killer. This device
allows Christie to give a clue to her detectives and readers without
giving away the whole enchilada. I think it is a clever way of imparting
important information while at the same time obscuring it!
The use of rumor was another interesting method of misdirection
Christie used in A Caribbean Mystery to lead us astray, naking Miss
Marple’s job of sorting fact from fiction more difficult. “It’s like
seeing ghosts….You never meet the chap who’s seen the ghost himself.
It’s always the second cousin of his aunt, or a friend of a friend.”
(pg. 125), the spread of misinformation by the murderer helped to
obfuscate their crime. Miss Marple initially felt misgivings about her
idea of the Major being murdered, due initially to these rumors. Seeking
out the root of the rumors and unable to find one helped strengthen her
belief that a crime had been committed, also allowing Christie to
obscure both the initial murder and method of the crime from both Miss
Marple and her readers.
Did you ever wonder what people used as bandages before Johnson &
Johnson? I didn‘t really, as the Band-Aid brand has been around since
before I was born (they were invented in 1920 if you are a stickler for
details). Until an offhanded comment by Miss Marple, “Like putting
cobwebs on a cut?” (pg. 38) made me wonder, as I’d never heard of doing
such a thing. My colleagues on the other hand had, and didn’t think this
was overly strange. Evidentially spider webs are rich in vitamin K
which helps with clotting and a natural antiseptic which helps fight
infection. Apparently this technique is has been around since before the
Greeks, Romans and even Shakespeare mentions it.
Now onto a complete tangent…While reading about spider web bandages, I
also learned there are such things as spider web paintings. Yes, it is
exactly like it sounds - webs are collected, cleaned layered treated
and framed -- then someone paints on them. Less than 100 of these
miniature paintings are known to exist. Who on earth thought of this?
The answer - 16th century Austrian monks. Or at least they were the
first to have surviving pictures made from this material. Leading to the
question, who wakes up in the morning and decides to try painting
spider webs? Perhaps spider webs are the secret ingredient to the moving
portraits in the Harry Potter series! Adding a layer or two of charmed
webs to the canvas to bring your subject to life….maybe those monks
weren’t so crazy after all…..But I digress.
All in all, I found this a pleasurable mystery to read, spider webs and all!
“Conversations with you might be dangerous.” (pg. 139)
This is the only Miss Marple mystery solved on the international stage.
It is also the only Miss Marple which possesses a direct sequel,
Nemesis…But I will get to that book in just a couple of weeks.
Cheating: Cheating once again was averted, due mainly to the fact I really enjoyed reading the mystery!
Dana Stabenow - Blindfold Game
Book Condition - New / Dust Jacket - New
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2006. First
Edition. Hard Cover.
Signed and dated ("1/17/06") on title
page. Edgar winning author's stand-alone thriller of international
intrigue and national security. In mylar dj protector.
||Michael Connelly - Blood Work
Book Condition - As New / Dust Jacket Condition - As New
New York: Little, Brown & Co., 1998.
First printing. Hardcover.
Signed on the title page. Dj
in mylar cover.
Carl Hiaasen - Skink -- No Surrender
Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she
takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his
cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed
ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track
Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the
state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and
Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in Double Whammy,
and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character,
appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled
to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he pursues his own unique
brand of swamp justice. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a
missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.
Ridley Pearson - Kingdom Keepers: The Inside
The Kingdom Keepers' senior year in high school is almost over. For
more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long
behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit
at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn
Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat
Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless
group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected
comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of
victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers
have one last chance to preserve the heart of the
Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.
Deborah Harkness - The Book Of Life
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book
in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana
Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to
face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at
Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with
one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet
to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its
missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume,
Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring,
past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and
university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science,
from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the
couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
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Kim Harrison - The Undead Pool
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic--earth, ley
line, even the forbidden demon magic--and that knowledge has saved her
life more than once. But now something--or someone--is attacking
Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly
wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.
pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable
magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire
masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it
becomes all-out supernatural war.
The only way to do so is
through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils--for
magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.
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