Nightmare or fondest dream? US Tourist Locked Inside London Bookshop
Any bets on what the most tasteless Halloween costume will be this year? Actually, it won’t be a costume but people will look as if they’re sweaty and coughing…. Don’t shake hands with them!
Rest In Peace
We say vios con dios to Elizabeth Peña, an actress of great range and long career. She appeared in many crime shows on the tube (“Cagney & Lacy”, “Hill Street Blues”, “L.A. Law”) as well as in the movie theatre (Blue Steel, Lone Star, Rush Hour). She was funny in some, commanding in others but always added interesting dimensions to the works.
Born on Sept 23rd, 1959 in Elizabeth, NJ, she never had a chance to escape performance. Her parents were deeply involved in the theatre, her father being a playwright, actor, director and novelist. Her film debut came in 1979 and she worked steadily, as an actress and director, until her death on Oct 14 of natural causes, after a brief illness.
If you'd like to see one of her best roles AND a really creepy movie perfect for this time of year, find Jacob's Ladder, 1990, with Tim Robbins. CREEPY AND FREAKY!
Gift Certificates: 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.
Links of Interest:
In case you’re always wondering just what we mean by the different tags we give styles of mysteries, here’s a handy list: Crime fiction dictionary: from Cozies to Hick Lit and everything in between
Ace Atkins explores the possibility of a spy conning an extraordinary number of people, including our own government.
Here’s a video of David Simon talking about how he came to create “The Wire”
Maia Chance will be signing here Saturday, Nov. 15 at noon. Want to know more about her and her new book? The Jungle Reds interviewed her, and there’s an excerpt from Snow White Red Handed included. Check it out and then reserve your copy!
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)
Wed, Jan 14, noon, Jeanne Matthews signs Where the Bones are Buried (Poisoned Pen tp 14.95, hc 24.95 by special order). In her 5th adventure, Dinah Pelerin’s peaceful life in Berlin with boyfriend, Thor, is jeopardized when her Seminole mother, Swan, comes to visit carrying a headful of blackmail schemes and lies. When they result in murder, Swan is the obvious suspect and it is up to Dinah, like it or not, to get her mom out of it. 5th in the series from this local writer.
Tues, Mar 3, noon, Glen Erik Hamilton signs Past Crimes (Morrow hc, $26.99). Van Shaw broke with his training as a professional thief when he was 18 and became an Army Ranger. He hadn’t had any contact with his grandfather – his teacher – for a decade. Now he’s received a message in Gaelic from his grandfather asking him to come back to Seattle. When he arrives, he finds his grandfather mortally wounded. Though he vowed to stay away from that lawless world, he recognizes that he’ll have to use the skills he learned as a child – and in the military – to find justice. Debut by a man who grew up on the waterfronts of the Pacific Northwest, this is the launch of the tour for the book.
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.
Urban Waite, Oct 21
John Connolly, Nov 10
Fuminori Nakamura, Nov 12
Maia Chance, Nov 15
Timothy Hallinan, Nov 18
F. Paul Wilson, Nov 19
Bernadette Pajer, Nov 29
Phillip Margolin, Dec 11
Jayne Ann Krentz, Jan 6
Tracy Weber & M.A. Lawson, Jan 10
Thomas Perry, Jan 16
Pamela Christie, Jan 17
Yasmine Galenorn, Jan 31
Burt Weissbourd, Jan 31 at 3:00pm
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!
Our website has a Wish List capability. If folks want to know what you’d like for a given holiday or birthday, it is easy to point people to our website. Amber has put together a dandy blog post explaining it and how it works.
Word of the Week
panic (n.1) "mass terror," 1708, from earlier adjective (c.1600, modifying fear, terror, etc.), from French panique (15c.), from Greek panikon, literally "pertaining to Pan," the god of woods and fields, who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.
In the sense of "panic, fright" the Greek word is short for panikon deima "panic fright," from neuter of Panikos "of Pan." Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. Panic button in figurative sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting. Panic attack attested by 1970. (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
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52 Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
This Week: The Bard
One thing you can count on when you begin a Jasper Fforde book is that it will be chock full of memorable characters. And surprises.
The Eye of Zoltar (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, $16.99), the third in The Chronicles of Kazam series - following The Last Dragonslayer (HMH, $7.99) and The Song of the Quarkbeast (HMH, $7.99) - runs off in several directions at once, and they're all fascinating. Jennifer Strange, indentured orphan and manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, has already accomplished a great deal, but her skills are put to the test when The Mighty Shandar (who never gives refunds) insists that she find the missing Eye of Zoltar, a powerful magic gem. Of course, no one knows where it is or if it even really exists, but Jennifer must find it or a horrible fate will befall Colin and Feldspar, the last dragons.
I can't say more without giving too much away, except that we get to meet a whole new set of people. Jennifer's only companion is Perkins; the rest of the crew must stay home. But the people that Jennifer and Perkins meet along the way, including a spoiled princess, an intrepid guide, and various hungry beasts, will charm you to no end.
I had been afraid The Eye of Zoltar would complete the series but no, this opens the doorway to an incredible adventure, and I can't wait to see what comes next. My only regret is that there wasn't enough Quarkbeast in it, but I feel confident that in upcoming books, there will be plenty of Quarkbeast action.
If you're looking for a fun, fantastical series, this is it. Ignore the fact that it's considered Young Adult (unless you are a young adult, in which case, carry on), and simply immerse yourself in the fabulous, magical world that Jasper Fforde has created!
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Books and Decay, maintained by Amber – interesting photos with literary quotes to match
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On This Date
Oct 19, 1936 – the multi-talented actors Tony Lo Bianco was born in Brooklyn (1936), Michael Gambon was born in Dublin (1940), John Lithgow was born in Rochester, NY (1945) and John Favreau was born in Queens (1966)
Oct 19 - birthday of David John Moore Cornwell (aka John Le Carre, 1931, Dorset) and Andrew Vachss (1942, NYC), Dick Lochte (1944, New Orleans)
Oct 20, 1883 – future writer of suspense and espionage George Valentine Williams was born in London. In his spare time he was also a journalist, actor and screenwriter
Oct 20, 1905 - birthday of Frederic Dannay who, along with his cousin Manfred Lee, created and wrote as Ellery Queen
Oct 20 – Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was born in Austria-Hungary (1882, we know him as Bela Lugosi) the late, great Jerry Orbach was born (1935, The Bronx), George Wyner (1945 Boston, “Hill Street Blues” and “Nero Wolfe”), Bill Nunn (1953, Pittsburgh, PA) and Viggo Mortensen (1958 NYC)
Oct 20, 1934 – the diminutive Michael Dunn was born in Shattuck, OK. He may not have been tall but he played important people: Dr. Miguelito Loveless on “The Wild Wild West” and Mr. Big, head of KAOS on “Get Smart”. Besides acting, he was a talented singer and pianist and a philanthropist
Oct 20, 1951 – Eliot Pattison was born
Oct 20, 1973 – “The Saturday Night Massacre” takes place, as Nixon flailed away trying to save himself
Oct 20, 1981 – members of the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground kill two cops and a guard during an armored car robbery. One of the guards who survived his wounds would die twenty years later on Sept 11th
Oct 21, 1921 – President Warren G. Harding gives the first speech by a sitting president condemning lynching in the South
Oct 21, 1926 - Roderic Jeffries was born in London
Oct 21, 1954 – James Bond first appears on the screen in a CBS TV adaptation of Casino Royale with Barry Nelson starring as American agent ‘Jimmy Bond’. Peter Lorre played the villain Le Chiffre. One of the producers of that show went on to co-create ‘The Wild Wild West’
Oct 22, 1866 – birth of the blue-blooded playboy author E. Phillips Oppenheim in London. He would publish 116 novels and 39 short stories. His most well known book was published in 1920, The Great Impersonation
Oct 22, 1910 – Dr. Crippen was convicted of murder
Oct 22, 1934 – Pretty Boy Floyd was shot down
Oct 22 - Ann Rule, Grand Mistress of True Crime, was born (1935, Lowell, MI) and Lowen Clausen – retired cop, Ballard-invester and Nebraska farmer/gentleman was born (1948)
Oct 22, 1938 – the hugely talented Derek Jacobi was born in London
Oct 22, 1969 – US premiere of Marlowe, the James Garner adaptation of Chandler’s The Little Sister
Oct 22, 1998 – Eric Ambler died
Oct 23rd is the birthday of screenwriter and hard-boiled novelist Jonathan Latimer (1906) and screenwriter/director/Edgar-winner Michael Crichton (1942) – both in Chicago, Jean Stubbs (1926, Denton, Lanchaster), and Peter Turnbull (1950, Rotherham, Yorkshire), director Sam Raimi (1959, Royal Oak, IL) and former prosecutor and TV personality Nancy Grace (1958, Macon, GA)
Oct 23, 1935 – the “Chophouse Massacre”, a good, old-fashioned Mob rub-out as The Commission hit Dutch Schultz after he asked permission to hit presecutor Thomas Dewey
Oct 23, 1960 – premiere of a great American movie about a group of hardboiled gunmen hired by a town to rid them of a gang of pillaging mobsters: John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven
Oct 23, 1976 – 2nd Son of Sam shootings and Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds was born in Vancouver, BC
Oct 23, 1981 – Stefano Baldi and Susanna Cambi become the 7th and 8th victims of The Monster of Florence
Oct 23, 1992 – Reservoir Dogs premiered
Oct 23, 2002 – over 40 Chechen terrorists overtook a theatre in Moscow and took roughly 700 civilians hostage
Oct 24, 1903 – future G-man Melvin Purvis was born in Timmonsville, SC
Oct 24, 1905 – Lenore Glen Offord was born in Spokane. She also wrote as Theo Durrant
Oct 24, 1917 – thriller writer Ted Allbeury was born in Cheshire. His experience in British Intelligence during WWII informed his novels
Oct 24, 1918 – Helen Nielsen was born in Roseville, IL
Oct 24 – births of Michael Avallone (1924, NYC) and Ann Cleeves (1954, Hereford)
Oct 24, 1934 – the first Nero Wolfe, Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout, is published
Oct 24th is the birthday of Bob Kane, creator of Batman (1915, NYC), twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, British gangsters and maniacs (1933, London), F. Murray Abraham (1939, who played the man who claimed to have murdered Mozart, Pittsburgh, PA) and Kevin Kline (1947, St. Louis, who starred in Wanda with Cleese), Robert Pickton, BC pig farmer and serial killer (1949, Port Coquitlam, BC), and Meredith Hunter (1951, Alameda County, CA) who, when he is 18, will be murdered by Hell’s Angels at the Rolling Stones’ concert in Altamont, CA
Oct 24, 1962 – Frankenheimer’s adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate premiered
Oct 24, 1973 – “Kojak” premiered
Oct 24, 1985 – the international ‘The Pizza Connection’ narcotics trial begins in NYC
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!