Our Spring Newsletter is nearly ready for release. Crossing those Ts and dotting those pesky eyes has been completed. They’ll soon be in the mail, available here in the shop and up on the website. Promise!
Sales! Sale! Sale! Last Weekend!!
But don’t think there’s nothing going on for you who come in the shop: Fridays and Saturdays in Feb, Fran and Amber will be allowing you to Roll the Dice Discount to get a discount on your entire cost of books. Possible discounts range from 1% to 20% (these are special dice you see). The discount does not apply to sales tax or to shipping.
AND,the last weekend for the Blind Date With A Book – that perfect date that will surprise and (we hope!) delight you, and there are no calories involved! There are still some great book bags available. A $10 reduction in our inventory on the shelves gets you one of these great surprises, so come on in and get yours!
Used Books In!
Another week of used books – big runs of John Dickson Carr (and some Carter Dickson, Brett Halliday, Leslie Ford, Mignon Eberhardt, Alistair MacLean, Sax Rohmer, Frank Kane and Mickey Spillane paperbacks.Lots and lots of great pulp covers throughout all of these runs (Aarons and Prather, etc.) Let us know if you’re looking for something. Maybe we have it!
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:
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):
Tuesday April 28, noon, Greg Iles signs The Bone Tree (Morrow hc, $27.99). 5th novel with Penn Cage. Lawyer Cage learns that his battles with the evil men who control the racial evil in Mississippi did not end when he defeated Brody Royal [Natchez Burning (Mar., Harper, 9.99)]. FBI Special Agent John Kaiser informs him that someone else has been pulling the strings from the shadows and is now is after Cage.
Tues, May 12, noon, Steve Martini signs The Enemy Inside (Morrow hc, $27.99). Paul Madriani comes to the defense of a young man accused of vehicular homicide. The guy is a friend of Paul’s daughter, swears he had only one drink but can’t remember anything about the accident. To make it worse, the victim was a nationally known attorney whose clients were the most powerful people in the country. To say she knew where the bodies are buried is an understatement. Madriani is suspicious about the simplest details of the accident.
Tues., May 19, noon, Allison Leotta signs A Good Killing (Touchstone hc, $25.00). Prosecutor Anna Curtis returns to her Michigan hometown after her sister is accused of killing their high school coach, a man who was a hometown hero. Curtis will have to switch sides, from prosecution to defense and finds that everyone in town thinks her sister is guilty and that they have no allies.
Signed Copies to Reserve (the authors will not be here for a formal signing or we’ll be getting the copies from other sources):
Robert Crais – The Promise – Has been Postponed until November 5th! We are still going to be getting signed copies, but just a bit later than we thought!
[Quantities of signed copies for these books will bevery 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 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.
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
Mary Daheim, April 11
Kate Dyer-Seeley, April 18
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:
Bribe (v.) Late 14th C., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old Frenchbriber "go begging," from bribe.
Bribe (n.) Late 14th C., "thing stolen," from Old Frenchbribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14th C., compare Old Frenchbribeor "vagrant, beggar"), frombriber,brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (compare Bretonbreva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15th C. (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:
Last week, JB told you about Glen Erik Hamilton’s debut, Past Crimes (Morrow hc, $26.99,signing March 3rd at noon), and let me tell you, he’s absolutely right.
To recap, Van Shaw grew up under the rough and criminal tutelage of his grandfather, the respected but feared Dono Shaw. Van knew the tricks of heists, scams and crimes large and small but at the end of high school, he broke with Dono and ran away to join the army. Now an Army Ranger, Van has added a new raft of talents to his arsenal but believes he’s left his past in Seattle well behind him.
Then he receives a cryptic message from Dono, the first communication between them in years and sent in a way that lets Van know he is needed back in Seattle. So home he goes.
Past Crimes is action packed, that’s true, but it’s more than a heist novel. Van has to come to terms with who he really is, and he finds himself walking a very thin line between the folks he knows from his criminal past with Dono and his desire to stay out of the criminal world in the life he’s now built. The people we meet along the way are also a mixture of good and bad, like any of us. Okay, some of these folks are more honestly criminal than anyone I know, but in a way, that makes them more interesting!
But I have to admit that I was enchanted by the way Hamilton uses Seattle as a character in Past Crimes. I know these places, a lot of them anyway, and he captures the feeling of being in Seattle beautifully. I was talking to a couple of folks here in the shop about it while I was reading it, and at one point, I said something about a crime in the book taking place on Capitol Hill, and the response was basically, “Break in of car? Or house?” Well, house, now that you mention it. Then I commented about a dive bar with a bad band, and someone else observed, “Well, THAT never happens here!” and we all laughed.
This is quite the promising debut, and one I honestly think is going to be a solid hit. Because it’s labeled a “Van Shaw novel”, I’m hoping we’re going to see more of the folks inGlen Erik Hamilton’s world, and I hope he stays close to Seattle for most of them
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