Thanks to all who sent notes about the loss of Bill Farley. We have to agree with the many who rightly said that it is not just us the staff who’ve suffered the loss. It’s all of us, all fans of mysteries and books. The man was a walking resource of authors and plots and suggestions of who to read. His kind cannot be replaced by others or by algorithms.
But in the face of such a great loss there is only one option:
Doing what he taught us to do.
Office Of Fair Warning:
We’ll be closed Saturday/tomorrow for the Fourth of July!
We will be back to normal hours again on Sunday!
Up the Rebels! Down with the Crown!
SALE! SALE! SALE!
The week of July 18th – 25th, we’re having a sale 25% off used books that are $25 and up. That includes any used book in the shop – general used hardcovers and collectibles – as well as those we’ve listed on Biblio. So, whether you’re local or “not in commuting distance”, you can browse the shelves for the gems you’ve been looking for.
What could make this better? Starting on the 18th, it’s the return of Blind Date with A Book! Yes, once again we’re overwhelmed with advanced reading copies so you get to benefit. Spend $10 and pick a bag of free books to take home with what you buy.
Links of Interest:
According to the NYTimes, on July 14, when Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman goes on sale, Mary Badham will read from it and To Kill a Mockingbird. This article explains how to watch her reading as it is live streamed.
Interesting story involving local author Boyd Morrison: Malta is about to become the hot setting for America's latest crime bestsellers
Don Winslow wrote an open letter to Congress and the President. Why not read it and then come in at noon on July 9th and discuss it with him?
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):
Sat, Sept 5, noon, Julie Weston signs Moonshadows (5 Star hc, $25.95). Photographer Nellie Burns is an adventureous soul in 1920s Idaho. Out one evening making photos of moonlight on the snow, she discovers a body. She records it on a plate but before she can report it, the body and the negatives disappear. She determines to find the body, her negatives, and the killer. Debut novel by a former Seattle lawyer who now lives in Idaho.
Sat, Sept 12, noon, K. K. Beck signs Tipping the Valet (Perseverance Press tpo, $15.95). With a talent for bad timing, young Tyler Benson is ensnared in cases of auto theft and murder at Alba, an upscale Seattle restaurant where he parks cars. First, there‘s a body in a parked car, and then shots are fired at a tech zillionaire. A gang of inept Russian thugs have targeted Tyler, too. If all of that isn’t weird enough, Italian beauty Flavia Torcelli and even Tyler‘s stunningly unsuccessful father seem somehow connected to the crimes. The more Tyler tries to sort things out, the more the guilty he looks.
[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!]
See the calendar of all currently-scheduled events on our website and the website calendar contains plot synopses. Click Here.
Roger Hobbs, July 7
Don Winslow, July 9
Yasmine Galenorn, July 11 Drop-by!
Mike Lawson, July 11
Christine Carbo, July 18
Jenny Milchman, July 30
Kevin O’Brien, Aug 1
P.F. Chisholm, Aug 7
Richard Kadrey, Aug 25
J.A. Jance, Sept 8
Maia Chance, Sept 19
Peter May, Sept, 26
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.
Word of the Week:
mourn (v.) Old English murnan "to mourn, bemoan, long after," also "be anxious about, be careful" (class III strong verb; past tense mearn, past participle murnen), from Proto-Germanic *murnan "to remember sorrowfully" (cognates: Old Saxon mornon, Old High German mornen, Gothic maurnan "to mourn," Old Norse morna "to pine away"), probably from PIE root *(s)mer- "to remember" (see memory); or, if the Old Norse sense is the base one, from *mer- "to die, wither." Related: Mourned; mourning. (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:
Sandy Tremont is quietly satisfied with her life. Her husband, Ben, is working hard and they have a great home in the country near the Adirondacks, their 15-year-old daughter, Ivy, is going through typical teenager sullenness but is doing well in school and is generally a good kid, and their rescue dog, Mac, isn't quite as limber as he used to be, but he's still got his great. devoted all-mutt heart. Things are good.
But Sandy's been keeping a secret. She's kept it so deeply hidden for so long that it almost feels like it doesn't exist anymore, and she's good with that. Until he breaks out of prison and decides he's got a score to settle with her before he vanishes into the world.
Jenny Milchman has a solid talent that makes her characters live. They are all complex and complete and even her bad guys have something redeeming about them - and in this case, there's one very good bad guy. Trust me, it'll make sense when you read the book! But what matters is that you care what happens to these people. They're not super-sleuths, they're not tormented geniuses, they're not otherworldly. They're just ordinary folks who find themselves in trouble, and that's where Jenny Milchman excels. If you've enjoyed her other books, I know without a doubt you'll enjoy As Night Falls. It certainly kept me up until 3:00 in the morning!
We have two Tumblr blogs, in addition to our regular shop blog:
Hardboiled, maintained by JB – pulp covers, film noir and other images of crime and mystery!
Reviews and Events – just what it sounds like!
Words of Wisdom:
"Advice is a cheap commodity some seek it from me about crime - I know one thing for sure - if you want to make crime pay - go to law school."
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!