Be Warned: Though we’ll be open Sunday, if it is dead around 3:30, JB will probably leave to go home to watch THE GAME.
Novelist Robert Harris has called on the BBC to give books more coverage "at a time when they're really fighting like crazy for a bit of space". Let’s hope other news outlets will pay attention to his thoughts.
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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):
A correction from a listing last week: Timothy Williams will be signing a new book. Here’s the blurb from our Winter newsletter:
Wed Mar 18, noon,Timothy Williams signs The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe (Soho hc, $26.95). French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud is assigned to an explosive, political case. A young French woman has been found murdered on a beach, raped and nude, her body had been there three days. It’s an alarming case for a number of reasons – she was a tourist, she was white, no one noticed this poor woman’s body and there is absolutely no clue to her identity. And, of course, with those elements, it turns into a world-wide media circus. 3rd in the series. He’ll also be signing the Soho reissues of his Commissario Trotti series set in Northern Italy.
Sat, April 18, noon, Kate Dyer-Seeley signs Slayed on the Slopes (Kensington pbo, $7.99). 2nd with extreme-sport journalist Meg Reed. She’s on Mt Hood, covering the training of the hardcore and high-altitude rescue squad, The Ridge Rangers. When one is found murdered, Meg wonders who among the small group did it.AND Kate has also begun a culinary series under the pen-nameEllie Alexander. The title of the first, just published, is Meet Your Baker (St. Martin’s pbo, $7.99). This Bakeshop series is set in Ashland, OR.
See the calendar ofall 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.
Yasmine Galenorn, Jan 31, drop-by, time uncertain
Gigi Pandian, Jan 31, drop-by, time uncertain
Burt Weissbourd, Jan 31 at3:00pm
Cara Black, Mar 2
Glen Erik Hamilton, Mar 3
C.S. Harris, Mar 7
Leslie Budewitz, Mar 10
Timothy Williams, Mar 18
Jacqueline Winspear, Mar 24
J.A. Jance, Mar 27
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!
Word of the Week:
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:
Alan Bradley - As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust (Delacorte Press, $25.00)
For the review, go to our website or scroll down!
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On This Date:
Feb 1, 1587 – America’s 1st great real mystery: the Roanoke Colony founded was founded on this date. Later, settlers will vanish without a trace and their fate has never been determined
Feb 1, 1878 – H.C. Bailey was born in London. His Golden Age classics featured Dr. Reggie Fortune, special advisor to Scotland Yard
Feb 1, 1907 - Matthew Head was born in Fort Scott, KS
Feb 1, 1908 – the prolific Leonard Gribble was born in London
Feb 1, 1916 – character actor Bruce Gordon was born in Fitchburg, MA (you’d recognize his face)
Feb 1, 1920 - the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established. Snidely Whiplash cursed.
Feb 1, 1920 – Colin Watson, creator of Insp. Pulbright, was born in Croydon, Surrey
Feb 1, 1929 – Hammett’sRed Harvest was published. From it we get the term ‘blood simple’. If you’ve never read it, you’re missing a treat. It’s been the basis for a number of films, including Yojimbo andA Fistful of Dollars
Feb 1, 1948 – Otto Lang’sCall Northside 777 with Jimmy Stewart, Richard Conte and Lee J. Cobb premiered
Feb 1, 1971 – future fictional serial snuffer Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh
Feb 2, 1877 – early Canadian writer Frank Packard was born. He later creates Jimmie Sale, a safecracker known as the Gray Seal, a cousin to Raffles and The Saint
Feb 2, 1904 – the prolific Frank Gruber was born in Elmer, MN. Known for his colorful characters and bizarre methods of murder, he was also a screenwriter, adaptingThe Mask of Dimitrios for the screen
Feb 2, 1915 – Frank James died a natural death in Clay County, MO
Feb 2, 1922 – Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor was found shot to death. Scandal would end careers over it but no one was ever charged for the murder
Feb 3, 1904 – Charles Arthur Floyd – later nick-named “Pretty Boy” – was born in Adairsville, GA
Feb 3, 1926 – the great pulp illustrator Robert McGinnis was born in Cincinnati
Feb 3, 1927 – multiple Edgar-winner Joan Lowery Nixon was born
Feb 3, 1939 – director Michael Cimino was born NYC. Never seen his terrific heist movieThunderbolt and Lightfoot? Fun movie with a great cast
Feb 3 - P.M. Carlson was born in Guatemala (1930), Paul Auster (who also wrote mysteries as Paul Benjamin) was born in Newark (1947), and Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm (1948)
Feb 3, 1971 –Get Carter premiered in LA. And, at 10:42 that evening, Frank Serpico was shot in the face. (The movie covering these events premiered on Dec 5, 1973)
Feb 4 – Nigel Bruce, who many of us grew up seeing as Dr. Watson, was born in Ensenada, Mexico, of British parents in 1895, “Perry Mason” cast member William Tallman was born in Detroit (1915), Maurice Proctor was born in Lancashire (1915 - His 1954 novelHell Is a City was the first modern police procedural (yes, before Creasy and McBain), Harry Whittington was born in Ocala, FL (1915), – actress and director Ida Lupino was born in London (1918), British thriller writer Peter Driscoll was born in London (1942), Norwegian crime writer K.O. Dahl was born (1958), and Stewart O’Nan was born in Pittsburgh, PA (1961)
Feb 4, 1974 – the SLA kidnapped Patty Hearst
Feb 5, 1788 – Sir Robert Peel, was born in Bury Lancashire. Having served twice as Prime Minister, he also served as Home Secretary in 1822 and, in 1829, oversaw the creation of the Metropolitan Police Department and the modernization of criminal law in Great Britain – thus earning the nickname “Bobbies” for the coppers to this day
Feb 5, 1848 – outlaw and crack-shot Belle Starr was born in Carthage, MO
Feb 5– Edgar-winner and MWA Grand Master Margaret Millar was born in (1915, Kitchener, Ont.), Basil Cooper, creator of Solar Pons (1924, London), Andrew Greeley (1928, Oak Park, IL), Stephen J. Cannell (1941, LA), Susan Hill (1942, Scarborough, North Yorkshire) and Chelsea Cain (1972, Iowa City)
Feb 5, 1948 – private investigator and Academy-award-winning documentarian Errol Morris was born in Hewlett, NY
Feb 5, 1994 – Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers
Feb 5 – a big day for Hollywood babies: John Carradine (1906 NYC), Tim Holt (1918 Beverly Hills), Michael Mann (1943 Chicago), Charlotte Rampling (1946 Sturmer, Essex) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962 Hollywood)
Feb 6 – two big-wig mobsters were born: ‘Lepke’ Buchalter (1897, Manhattan) and New Orleans boss Carlos Marcello (1910, Tunis)
Feb 6, 1922 – “Mr. Steed, we’re needed.” – Patrick McNee was born in London
Feb 6, 1932 – French writer, critic and director François Truffaut was born in Paris
Feb 6, 1939 -The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler’s first novel, was published
Feb 6, 1947 –The Brasher Doubloon was released, the screen version of Chandler’sThe High Window, starring George Montgomery as Marlowe