INDEPENDENT BOOKTORE DAY! MAY 2ND
Mark you calenders now because you don’t want to miss out! A whole host of great activities for book junkies are happening around the Puget Sound Area! (for more info check out their FB or Twitter page or our blog!)
For you competative types there is The Bookstore Challenge: Visit all 17 participating bookstores on May 2nd, get their stamps in your passport & turn the passport in at the last bookstore you visit…. And YOU WIN 25% OFF ALL YEAR IN ALL 17 BOOKSTORES! And become an Indie Bookstore Champ!
For you less competative types: Visit 3 or more book stores on May 2nd and be entered to win all kinds of great prizes – The Grand Prize is $425 in gift certificates ($25 GC from each of the 17 participating stores, including us!)
For those of you who only want to visit us! We will have Blind Date with a Book! Come in and purchase $10 or more & grab a bag of books!
If you’re a local mystery fan, here’s something different to do for entertainment:
Thurs, May 7, 7:30pm, Black Dog Café, 8062 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie
Mr. Hohm will be reading from Ruth Rendell, Bill Pronzini, and others. No reservations are required, no entrance fee (donations suggested), dinner and drinks available.
Links of Interest:
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
New Signings (with authors who will be visiting the shop):
Tues, June 30, noon, local writer Ingrid Thoft signs Brutality (Putnam hc, $26.95). In her 3rd appearance, Boston PI Fina Ludlow accepts a case outside of the family firm. A former soccer star was attacked and left hospitalized. She’d been suing her college, charging them will neglect that left her with cognitive brain injuries. Was she attacked to stop the legal action? Adele highly recommends this author.
Tues, July 7, noon, Roger Hobbs signs Vanishing Games (Knopf hc, $25.95) In the South China Sea, three experienced pirates are sent to intercept a smuggler and take a bag of sapphires worth a fortune. On board the boat, one finds a treasure they weren’t told about and the simple heist goes wrong and bloody. The woman who set up the crime wants the one survivor found and answers. She reaches out to the one guy who can do that and who won’t turn her down – the Ghostman. [While Roger lived in Portland when Ghostman was written, he now lives in Seattle!]
Thurs, July 9, noon - Don Winslow signs The Cartel (Knopf hc, $26.95), sequel to his opus Power of the Dog. In 2004, the former leader of the entire Mexican drug universe is doing time in a US prison, Mexican cartels have carved up his world and exist in a tenuous peace, while former DEA agent Art Keller, the man who captured him, is tending bees in a NM monastery. All of the peace is shattered when the patron, Adan Barrera, arranges to be transferred to a Mexican prison. Unprecedented violence and chaos erupts.
Sat, October 31, noon, Yasmine Galenorn signs Autumn Thorns (Jove pbo, $7.99) In an all-new series, Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead. “Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother's house--and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people--and secrets--don't always stay buried.
When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.”
[A Reminder: Reserving ahead of time – such as in next few days – is HIGHLY recommended. For the most part, we’ll be ordering only enough for those who reserve. You don’t have to pay until you pick it up or we mail it. Ask us to hold a copy for you!]
Signed Copies to Reserve (the authors will not be here for a formal signing or we’ll be getting the copies from other sources):
Yasmine Galenorn - Flight From Death (Berkley, pb, $7.99) Drop By Signing on Saturday July 11th This is set in Yasmine’s popular “Otherworld” world, but it has nothing to do with her ongoing series. So far…
“I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting... When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we're on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.”
[Quantities of signed copies for these books will be very limited. Reserving ahead of time – such as in next few days – is HIGHLY recommended. For the most part, we’ll be ordering only enough for those who reserve. You don’t have to pay until you pick it up or we mail it. Ask us to hold a copy for you!]
See the calendar of all currently-scheduled events on our website. The website calendar contains plot synopses. At the bottom of it is the updated, complete list of signed copies that we’ll be getting from other sources. Click Here.
Kate Dyer-Seeley, April 18
Greg Iles, April 28
Steve Martini, May 12
Allison Leotta, May 19
Tina Connolly, May 23
Ace Atkins, May 27 – 12:30!
Craig Johnson, June 20
Roger Hobbs, July 7
Don Winslow, July 9
Yasmine Galenorn, July 11 Drop-by!
Carola Dunn, June 27
Mike Lawson, July 11
Jenny Milchman, July 30
Kevin O’Brien, Aug 1
Richard Kadrey, Aug 25
Yasmine Galenorn, Oct 31
And there are always more on the way!
Remember, too, that while it is always fun to come in and meet the author in person, that isn’t always possible. So reserve a signed copy to be mailed to you or for you to pick up later. Those who reserve in advance get the copies in the best condition!
They’re available in Whatever Denomination You Want ~
They Don’t Expire ~
You can Order Them by Phone, e-mail or through the Website, and we can Mail them directly to the Recipient if you’d like~
Perfect for all sorts of occasions.
Word of the Week:
stool pigeon (n.) A "police informer," 1859, American English; earlier "one who betrays the unwary (or is used to betray them)," 1821, originally a decoy bird (1812); said to be from decoys being fastened to stools to lure other pigeons. But perhaps related to stall "decoy bird" (c. 1500), especially "a pigeon used to entice a hawk into the net". (thanks to etymonline.com)
You can browse our collectable and hard-to-find books, as well as signed copies from earlier author events, on Biblio.com. You do not have to place an order through them, especially if you’re a long-time customer and we have your ordering info. Just email us to order.
What We’ve Been Reading:
My 52 Weeks With Christie: Classics Corner - Margery Allingham
Book: Kate Locke - God Save The Queen (Orbit hc, $16.99)
Genere: Steampunk, Mystery & Creatures
Would I Recommend? Hells Yes!
Summary: It is 2012 and Queen Victoria still reigns supreme…175 years on. You see when the plague ripped through the population of London (you know the one blamed on rats) a genetic mutation occurred in the aristocracy causing a slightly different royal disease to occur (instead of hemophilia). The mutation caused them to become vampires, werewolves or goblins.
More importantly to our story it also indirectly created half-bloods, children of aristocrats and humans. Who since they are more than a human but less than a full blood are given the job of protecting the aristos; the very best are in the Royal Guard. Enter our intrepid hero Xandra Vardan, a halvie in said guard who is very good at her job. So when her sister Dede goes missing Xandra is more than willing to chase after her. Which leads down the rabbit hole of conspiracies, medical experimentation, assassination and betrayal.
Review: It is not often that a book matches its’ cover - either they are to bland, totally misrepresent what the book is about or for some inexplicable reason contains a spoiler! (Agatha Christie covers I notice are notorious in spoiler flaws) And as a bookseller I am forever telling people not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it just happens - even to the best of us! In this case it was so absolutely grand! The characters are colorful, the mystery fast paced & twisty and no one is really safe! Seriously the best word to describe this book is FUN!
Xandra is an odd combination of temper, snark and impatience who walks a very fine line with the reader, skating just this side of the line of being consumed by said flaws which would have rendered her (and subsequently the book) unreadable. However Locke does a great job in balancing her, keeping her someone we can root for through the entire story. This is what I really enjoyed about this book, no character is all bad or all good - everyone is a mix. While you and/or Xandra may loath or despise someone, there is always something which keeps them from being completely repugnant. Being able to keep this balance is difficult but Locke does a great job, which allows everyone in the book to have a surprising amount of depth.
Locke also does a great job in resolving the mystery presented in God Save The Queen while giving tantalizing hints of a much larger and sinister conspiracy in which Xandra finds herself at the heart of. Which is why I went out and immediately purchased the next two books in this series!
I am not sure this book will ever win an award - however it will keep you thoroughly entertained and is well worth reading for the sheer sake of fun.
My 52 Weeks With Christie: A.Miner©2015
The only good thing about air travel any more is that you do get plenty of time to read. Otherwise…
Craig Johnson’s Dry Bones (Viking hc, $27.95) was a joy, just like all of his other books. This one seems to be a bridge book. He’s taking us and the characters somewhere else, somewhere darker, I think, in a book to come. It all has to do with a certain knife-wielding hotshot from a couple of books ago – and I’ll leave it there.
Dry Bones puts Walt and crew into the legal thicket of invaluable archeological finds and who has rights to them versus who lays claims to them. The book opens with an oddly comic scene at a fishinghole with Omar throwing rocks at turtles. It fairly quickly turns serious and the story continues to ricochet between the two – as only Craig can pull off – for the remainder of the book. All of the usual suspects are here – Henry, Lonnie, Dog, Cady, Vic, Lucien - as well as some too long missing – Double Tough, Chief Long, Omar as mentioned. There’s a mix of new folks who are peppered in with the regulars as the population of Absaroka County gets continually filled in.
There’s ear-splitting thunder storms, truck-denting hail, flash floods, childhood memories of an abandoned mine, and self-doubting questions of spirits in the storms.
Boy Howdy. Makes me want to start re-reading them all again, for the fourth time.
Signing - Sat, June 20, noon.
On the other hand, Mike Lawson’s House Rivals takes DeMarco far out of his comfort zone (really, if he even has one) and plants him down in the upper Great Plains. Mahoney’s sent him West to help the granddaughter of an old war buddy. She’s fighting the corruption fostered by a slippery rich guy who is into “energy extraction”.
DeMarco, of course, understands nothing about what is going on – except for the corruption. Joe understands that very well.
Pretty quickly, things get ugly and it becomes a personal crusade for him. The fun is watching him shake things up with his “own” FBI agent intow and aghast at his antics. When your boss is John Mahoney, a guy can pretty much do what he thinks is right, and DeMarco’s sense of justice is his guide, and it’s as sharp and sure as ever.
To some extent, DeMarco is up against his polar opposites – fixers who work for the tycoon. The reason DeMarco understands the corruption is that what they do is not so far from what he does, and that is the moral edge of the book. There are a few times in the story where others refer to DeMarco as a thug and he resents it. He doesn’t see himself as one. So the question becomes is corruption in the eye of the beholder? I don’t think so, I don’t think Lawson or DeMarco think so, but it is an interesting and dangerous knife edge. Glad DeMarco is our guide.
If there’s one fault to the book – and, really, there isn’t – is that Emma does not appear in the story. I don’t think I’m giving anything away. There’s really no place for her this time out.
But, Mike – you owe us a mess of Emma in the next story.
House Rivals (Atlantic Monthly hc, $25) is the 10th in the DeMarco series, as fine and smooth a series of thrillers as you are ever going to find. Though Mike lives here in Seattle, the series is based in DC. Looking for a confident and cynical series of books about how power is used and abused in American? Read Mike Lawson. Now. They’re a hellovalotta fun.
Signing – Sat, July 11, noon.
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On This Date:
April 17, 1918 –William Holden (JB’s nominee to be Phillip Marlowe) was born O’Fallan, IL
April 17, 1920 – Roger Ormerod was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
April 17, 1911 – A strange figure in Dallas in 1963, White Russian George de Mohrenshildt was born in Mozyr, Russia
April 17, 1959 – Sean Bean was born in Handsworth, England
April 17, 1977 – 6th of the Son of Sam shootings
April 18, 1857 – Defense attorney Clarence Darrow was born in Ohio
April 18, 1891 – Future Los Angeles crime boss Jack Dragna was born in Corleone, Sicily
April 18, 1902 – Denmark was the first nation to adopt fingerprinting as a legal means of identifying criminals
April 18, 1922 – Barbara Hale (TV’s Della Street, Perry Mason’s secretary) was born in Dekalb, IL
April 18, 1938 – The first issue of “Action Comics” hits the newsstands and, faster than a speeding bullet, Superman flies into the American imagination
April 18, 1947 – Sometimes good guy, sometimes bad guy – but always great - James Woods was born in Vernal, UT
April 18, 1983 – Jack Reacher was injured in the Beirut embassy bombing
April 19, 1869 – Melville Davisson Post was born. His Uncle Abner was one of the earliest and best amateur American sleuths in fiction. A reoccurring character, the shyster Randolph Mason, lends his name years later to another fictional lawyer with the first name Perry
April 19, 1902 – Harold Blundell was born in Heywood, Lancashine. He wrote prolifically as George Bellairs
April 19, 1903 – Future Untouchable leader Eliot Ness was born in – where else - Chicago
April 19, 1946 – The Blue Dahlia, screenplay by Raymond Chandler, premiered
April 19, 1952 – Military officer, essayist and analyst Ralph Peters was born. He wrote a superb series of Civil War mysteries under the pen name Owen Parry
April 19, 1967 – The James Bond spoof Casino Royale premiered with David Niven as Sir James Bond
April 19, 1995 – American-born terrorists in the heartland: Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City… difficlut to believe it’s been 20 years!
April 20, 1941 – actor Ryan O’Neal was born in LA
April 20, 1949 – Jessica Lange was born in Cloquet, MN. We include her for role in The Postman Always Rings Twice.
April 20, 1999 – Columbine. More American-born terrorists
April 21, 1861 – Sir Basil Thomson was born in Oxford. Not only did he serve as a diplomat, governor of Dartmoor Prison and head of the Scotland Yard’s CID division during The Great War, he also wrote mysteries
April 21, 1907 – David Alexander was born in Shelbyville, KY
April 21 – Three great and popular British writers: Gladys Mitchell (1901, Cowley, Oxford), Alistair MacLean (1922, Glasgow – though April 28th is also cited) and John Mortimer (1923, London)
April 22, 1707 – Future co-founder of the Bow Street Runners, novelist and magistrate Sir Henry Fielding was born
April 22, 1891 – Ferdinando Nicola Sacco was born. He and Vanzetti commited the robbery that sent them to their execution in 1920
April 22, 1912 – Bram Stoker died
April 22, 1931 – Canadian writer Ted Wood was born in England
April 22, 1937 – Jack Nicholson was born in NYC. Chinatown comes 37 years later
April 22, 1940 – Edgar winner William Hefffernan was born in New Haven
April 22, 1943 – Janet Evanovich was born
April 22, 1948 – “Barney Blake, Police Reporter” premieres on NBC and the network will claim it was the first regularly scheduled crime series on TV
April 22, 1966 – Jeffery Dean Morgan was born in Seattle. Watchmen comes about forty years later
April 23, 1895 – Edith Ngaio Marsh was in New Zealand. In 1942, at age 47, she published her first of 32 Insp. Roderick Alleyn mysteries
April 23, 1901 – Early hard-boiled writer and MWA Grand Master George Harmon Coxe was born
April 23 – Two classic crime movies premiered: Public Enemy (1931) and Touch of Evil (1958)
April 23, 1934 – The Dillinger gang shot it out with the Feds at the Little Bohemia Resort in Manitowish Waters, WI
April 23, 1937 - Convict and Edgar-winner E. Richard Johnson was born in Printice, WI
April 23, 1939 – Future $6 million man Lee Majors was born in Wyandotte, MI
April 23, 1968 – Timothy McVeigh was born. He was just past his 27th birthday when he blew up the Murrah Building
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!