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.
Friday May 9th at Noon - William Dietrich signs The Three Emperors
After surviving the Battle of Trafalgar, Ethan Gage becomes
swept up in odd events: the “Egyptian priestess’ Astiza and her son have
been imprisoned by a reclusive and dangerous mystic while a dwarf
alchemist is conducting experiments in the occult in Prague.
Saturday June 7th at Noon - Kate Dyer-Seeley signs Scene of the Climb
Just out of
journalism school, Meg Reed bluffs her way into writing for Northwest
Extreme magazine out of Portland, OR. Her first assignment is to cover a
climb up the dangerous Angel’s Rest. When one of the climbers falls to
his death, she’s got a new story – accident or murder?
Chelsea Cain - One Kick
Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America's hearts when she
was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself
unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents
to the test.
Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and
bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the
average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she
mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape
from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without
making a sound--all before she was thirteen. Kick has trained
herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and
an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a
proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down
missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two
children--he won't take no for an answer.
With lives hanging in the
balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined
herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are
hidden in one of the few places she doesn't want to navigate--the dark
corners of her own mind.
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.
Mike Lawson - Rosarito Beach and House Reckoning
I’ve just finished a dynamite double-header from Mike Lawson: Rosarito Beach and House Reckoning. Better than a day at the ballpark!
Rosarito Beach (a few signed 1sts still available) follows DEA agent Kay Hamilton in her quest to take down the head of a Mexican cartel. Kay is not a likeable person. She’s brusque and short tempered and absolutely single minded. But she’s very good at what she does. The fun in the book is that odd events keep thwarting her plans and she’s forced to continually improvise. She’s very good at that, too.
Like the DeMarco novels, there’s a good deal of cynical humor to the book. I think it stands right up there with the work of Don Winslow and it’ll be interesting to see if he continues with Hamilton as a lead character. Hope he does.
House Reckoning won’t be out until mid-Summer and is his usual outstanding DeMarco tale. We know from past books that Joe’s father was a mob enforcer who was killed a couple of decades ago, before Joe began working for Mahoney. Now DeMarco’s been told who pulled the trigger. And Joe resolves to achieve vengeance.
The problem is that the guy who pulled the trigger is now a big shot and Mahoney doesn’t want Joe to do anything. Politics! Joe doesn’t listen, of course – lots of twists and turns, and Emma, thank god. Lawson writes great women.
But that doesn’t really say much…every facet of the books and every character is terrific.
Both are destined to be high on my Best of 2014 list.
David Handler - The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb
Mitch Berger and Des Mitry are back!
In his latest book, The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb, David Handler lets us see some of Dorset’s past. Newly elected selectwoman, Glynis Fairchild-Forniaux has decided that historic Dorset Street must be repaved, since it hasn’t been since 1967. There is all manner of opposition, especially from Dorset’s aristocracy, including newly defeated selectman Bob Paffin. But Glynis will not be denied and the road is ground down to prepare it.
But the paving grinds to a sudden halt when a body is discovered over the asphalt, and judging from the clothing, it’s Bob Paffin’s older brother, Lance, who has been missing and presumed dead in a boating accident. And when was that? Suspiciously, in the summer of 1967…
And to bring even more pressure on resident trooper Des Mitry, her father, The Deacon, is taking an interest. So with mounting pressure to make this go away, Des and Mitch have to figure things out in a hurry.
Filled with the colorful characters that David Handler has led us to expect along with great film references, The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb is absolutely fun and charming, and fans of this series are going to want it right away.
“The newsroom was so crowded with people that Mitch felt as if he’d just walked into a color-drenched remake of Front Page Woman, a zippy little 1935 Warner Brothers newsroom drama helmed by Michael Curtiz. All that was missing were Bette Davis, George Brent and the zippy. There was no zippy.”
Let me state once more for the record that I am sorely put out that the first books in this series are not available. Without the background, the history of these people and this town, someone picking up The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb won’t understand how great it is that Des gets most – not all, but most – of Mitch’s movie references, or why Buzzy makes some of the choices he does, or why Glynis is so shocked. Darn it, publishers, let us have the first NINE in paperback, please! Thank-You!
Agatha Christie - The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side
AKA: The Mirror Crack’d
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52
Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
Series: Miss Marple
a charity fundraiser in St. Mary Mead one of the guests, Heather
Babcock, suddenly dies. It turns out a lethal overdose was the cause of
death, administered by a cocktail meant for the hostess (and famous
actress) Marina Gregg. Miss Marple, under orders from Doctor Haydock,
sets out to unravel this mystery before the murderer strikes again!
enjoyed revisiting St. Mary Mead and meeting up with Mrs. Bantry again
and reading about the new mystery she found herself investigating with
her old friend Miss Marple. Thick as thieves they were! The Mirror Crack’d
made me a bit nostalgic, since I knew this is the last mystery set
exclusively in St. Mary Mead. While this is not my absolute favorite of
the Miss Marples (The Moving Finger and Nemesis
hold that title) I did enjoy reading this installment, a nice solid
mystery to sink into! The slightly ambiguous ending gave me something to
think about after I shut the book, which is something I always savor.
This book also holds an important insight into Miss Marple. She
begins to worry that with the proliferation of new homes & families,
supermarkets and the general replacement of the old guard -- her
insights and deductions will no longer be accurate. Her confidence is
rattled until she gives her companion the slip (which I think speaks to
Miss Marple’s formative years, since she circumvented Miss Knightly
easily without ever raising her suspicions. How much practice did she
have, in pulling off a plan like this with such ease?) and discovered,
“The new world was the same as the old…the human beings were the same as
they always had been.” (pg. 14), thus allowing her to move forward with
confidence with proof that times and clothes may change, but people?
They remain the same. Without this reaffirmation, she might not have
gone on to solve some of her most difficult cases, such as Nemisis.
Forty years had passed in Christies’s writing career by the time she
wrote The Mirror Crack‘d, long enough for the accusation - it is always
the least likely person in the story who committed the crime - to
surface. In this quote, “…How about your dogsbody, your dear Miss
Knight? What about her having committed the crime?….Why should she have
done such a thing?…Because she’s the most unlikely person…” (pg. 230), I
think Christie is poking fun at herself and her critics. This
accusation, I believe, is completely without merit - Christie plays fair
with her readers. The one time president and founding member of the
Detection Club, I think she might have been called out if she didn’t.
Pitting her mind against her readers, it is not her fault that often the
wrong conclusion is made due to red herrings, false trails or
overlooked clues. And yet this idea persists….
Larry Karp - Scamming The Birdman
Book Condition - New
Toronto: Worldwide, 2001. Mass Market.
Mass Market Paperback.
Signed on title
page. Author's 2nd mystery with music boxes and Thomas Purdue.
"Autographed Copy" sticker on front cover.
||Raymond Chandler - The Little Sister
Book Condition - Very Good / Dust Jacket Condition - 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.
April Henry - The Body In The Woods
Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent
her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides
his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her
eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her.
three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are
teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find
instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger,
fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he
can strike one of their own.
Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman - Blonde Ops
Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking,
sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern
for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world’s top
fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a
coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace
Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome
for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes
Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite
so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is
determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with
bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the
tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a
thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who
are both vying for her heart.
Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the
mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time?
2013 Best First Novel Winner:
Chris Pavone - Expats
In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled
with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and
skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous,
life-defining secret—one that's become so unbearable that it begins to
unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another
American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting
suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself
looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is
catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of
the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so
thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
One Winner and Five 2014 Edgar Nominees
We Can Order Almost Anything! For Example....
Alice Hoffman - The Museum Of Extraordinary Things
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The
Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that
thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the
Mermaid in her father's "museum," alongside performers like the Wolfman,
the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night
Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit
trees in the woods off the Hudson River.
The dashing photographer is
Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's
Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor's apprentice.
When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York
following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes
embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman's disappearance
and ignites the heart of Coralie.
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