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  Sandy Goodrick / Cathie van Veen / Janine Wilson / Fran Fuller    


Fall 2004






Sat, Sept 3, noon, Oregon's Gregg Keizer signs The Longest Night

Thurs, Sept 9, noon, Martha Grimes signs The Winds of Change

Sat, Sept 11, noon, Walter Satterthwait signs reissues of his SW mystery series & earlier historical mysteries.

Thurs, Sept 16, noon, Tess Gerritsen signs Body Double

Fri, Sept 17, noon, April Christofferson signs Buffalo Medicine

Fri, Sept 24, noon, Dana Stabenow signs A Taint in the Blood

Sat, Sept 25, noon, Sharon Duncan, Yasmine Gaelnorn and Kate Kingsbury sign their latest books.

Fri, Oct 1, noon, Carola Dunn signs A Mourning Wedding

Tues, Oct 5, noon, Larry Karp signs First, Do No Harm

Mon, Oct 18, noon, Jonathan Santlofer signs Color Blind

Tues, Oct 19, noon, SJ Rozan signs Absent Friends

Sat, Oct 23, noon, Deborah Crombie signs In a Dark House

Mon, Oct 25, noon, Kirk Mitchell signs Dancer of the Thunder Dogs

Wed, Oct 27, noon, James Ellroy signs Destination Morgue

Sat, Oct 30, noon, Greg Rucka signs A Gentleman's Game

Sat, Nov 6, noon, Jane Isenberg signs Hot on the Trail

Wed, Nov 10, noon, Erin Hart signs Lake of Sorrows

Sat, Nov 13, noon - The Rule of Two! Ann Rule signs Green River, Running Red, her account of the Green River Killer Case, and her daughter Leslie Rule signs Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters.

Sat, Nov 20, noon, John Talton signs Dry Heat

For additional information contact Tammy Domike, 206-587-5737

A Word from the Editors

      We get asked if we have earlier books by the authors listed in our newsletters. The answer is a qualified “YES!” While it would be a massive undertaking to list every past book by the authors in each newsletter (just think of the listings for McBain or Block or the Kellermans or Jance or Krentz!), we’ve always assumed you knew that we had them. Perhaps that was an error on our part.

      In the book world, an author’s past books are referred to as their “backlist”. [New books are called “frontlist”.] We try to stock backlist titles that are available, and that’s where the qualified yes comes into play: publishers let so much go out of print so fast that we can’t say for sure that we do have all of any given author’s entire print run. But, as we do stock used books, we’re more likely to have them than other, larger, “big box” stores that stock just newer titles. So, if you read about a book in any of our newsletters that intrigues you, but you want to start with an earlier book--or the author's first--let us know. We’ll tell you what is available and at what price.

      There is one more qualification: if we note that a book is the author’s debut – well, that’s all we've got!


Wild Crimes, Dana Stabenow, ed. (Sept., Signet pbo, 6.50). Wild men, wilder women and the wildest crimes: new stories by authors like Skye Moody, John Straley, Brad Reynolds, as well as Coel, King, Estleman, Rozan and the editor. (See Powers of Deduction in Collections.)

Stella Cameron, Now You See Him (Nov., Mira hc, 23.95). Ellie's quiet life as a bookseller in Toussaint, Louisiana, is ruined when she witnesses a murder. More murders follow; the crimes mimic those in best-selling novels and Ellie becomes a suspect. Seattle area author. In pb, Kiss Them Goodbye (Oct., Mira, 6.99). Signing?

Meg Chittenden, Snap Shot (Sept., Berkley pbo, 5.99). Can the town of Port Findlay, WA, protect a photographer from her past, the killer stalking her, and the man who wants to steal her heart? Signing.

Lowen Clausen, Third and Forever (Oct., Silo Press hc, 25.99). Grace Stevens of the SPD returns in a book that explores issues of race, entitlement, and imperfect justice against a background of big-time college football. Signed and numbered first editions can be reserved. Signing.

Curt Colbert, Queer Street (Oct., Uglytown hc, 24.95). PI Jake Rossiter and Miss Jenkins are called to the most exclusive of Seattle’s gay clubs when the star female impersonator is murdered. Before they can get a crack at the whack, the cops bust in and Jake is spending his birthday in the pokey. First hardcover for this terrific local series. Janine recommends this series. Signing.

Carola Dunn, A Mourning Wedding (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). A wedding turns ugly when the bride’s great aunt is found strangled. Then there is a murder in the conservatory. Signing. In paper, see Holiday Books.

Jane Isenberg, Hot on the Trail (Nov., Avon pbo, 6.99). 7th with NJ college professor and peerless menopausal sleuth Nel Barrett, who looks into the fall of a pigeon enthusiast. The author now lives near Seattle. Signing.

Larry Karp, First Do No Harm (Oct., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). A medical thriller by the local author of the Thomas Purdue music box mysteries. When Martin Firestone tells his father that he's been accepted to medical school, it causes a furor…why? Leo tells Martin a frightening tale of his own father. Signing.

Jayne Ann Krentz, Falling Awake (Nov., Putnam hc, 24.95). Isabel Wright is a dream analyst at a sleep research center. She’s good at her work – perhaps too good. Her boss is suddenly dead, she’s fired and a highly classified government agency is looking for her. In paper, Truth of Dare (Oct., Jove, 7.99). Writing as Amanda Quick, Late for the Wedding (Nov., Bantam pb, 7.99). Signing?

Deborah Morgan, Four on the Floor (Oct., Berkley pbo, 6.50). Seattle antiques dealer Jeff Talbot discovers 4 dead men and an envelope of clues that ties his family to the murders. He goes undercover to collect the facts. Signing?

Laura Manson, A Disposable Man (Nov., Riverwood hc, 23.95). Candace Ehler is a 38-year-old single mom living in Seattle who has struggled to provide a good life for her daughter. When Grace falls under the control of a drug-dealing loner, she fights to get her back. Once Grace is in rehab, Candace goes after the guy. Debut novel by a Spokane writer.

Nancy Pearl, The 2005 Booklust Calendar. See Holiday Gifts.

Greg Rucka, A Gentleman’s Game: a Queen & Country Novel (Sept., Bantam hc, 24.00). Based on his award-winning graphic novel. Rucka creates a novel for Tara Chase, Head of Operations for the British Secret Service Intelligence Service. After a devastating attack on Lodon, Chase learns that there are many forms of betrayal. A new book from the author of the outstanding Atticus Kokiak series. Tammy demands you read this book! Signing.

Ann Rule, Green River, Running Red (Oct., Free Press hc, 26.00). The best true crime writer tells the tale of the longest running serial killer investigation. In paper, Heart Full of Lies (Oct., Pocket, 7.99). Signing.
Leslie Rule, Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters (Aug., Andrews & McMeel tpo,14.95). Her third book of ghost stories from around the country.
Signing with Ann Rule in November – The Rule of Two!

Dana Stabenow, A Taint in the Blood (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Kate Shugak is hired to clear the name of a woman who was convicted of murder 20 years ago. The woman is terminally ill and her daughter wants her name cleared before she dies. Signing.

Kate Wilhelm, The Unbidden Truth (Sept., Mira hc, 23.95). When a music professor offers Barbara Holloway a large retainer to defend a young woman accused of murder, the attorney is intrigued and suspicious. Fran recommends this series.

Northwest Mysterious Youth

Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers (Sept., Disney hc, 17.99). High adventure for readers 10 years and over: an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend Molly fight bands of pirates and thieves in a quest to keep a fantastical secret safe. Signed copies Available!

Now in Paperback

Katherine Beck, Opal: A Life of Enchantment, Mystery and Madness (Nov., Penguin, 15.00). Tammy recommends.

William Deverell, Mind Games (Oct., McClelland & Stuart, 7.95) and The Laughing Falcon (available now, McClelland & Stuart, 7.95).

John MacLachlan Gray, The Fiend in Human (Sept., Griffin, 13.95).

Reissues of Note

Martin Limon, Slicky Boys (Oct., Soho tp, 13.00). 2nd in this terrific series with military cops George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, set in South Korea, as they struggle against crimes, politics and the bureaucracy of the US Army. In this book, they deal with the phantom criminals who kill and steal and slip away unseen. Bill and JB recommend.

Coming this Winter

Donna Anders, Afraid of the Dark, Dec

Kate Kingsbury & the Manor House, Dec

Sharan Newman, The Witch in the Well, Dec


Susan Wittig Albert, The Tale of Hill Top Farm (Sept., Berkley hc, 22.95) Having just moved into her farm in England’s Lake District, Beatrix Potter is busy trying to make friends with her neighbors. As she does that, her animal friends are trying to solve a mystery of their own. Billed as the first in the "Cottage Series of Beatrix Potter."

Marian Babson, Please Do Feed the Cat (Nov., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). A mix of comedy, cats and murder as a cat’s diet leads to mysterious events.

A.C. Baantjer, DeKok and the Geese of Death (Nov., Intrigue tpo, 13.00). 1st new Insp. Dekok in two years: the Dutch detective is certain that the suspect in a double murder is capable of killing, but is also sure that he didn’t commit this crime. The Netherlands' most widely read author – period.

Cynthia Baxter, Putting on the Dog (Sept., Bantam pbo, 6.99). 2nd with Long Island veterinarian Jessica Popper.

M.C. Beaton, The Deadly Dance (Nov., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). Agatha Raisin begins a new phase in her life as she opens a detective agency and goes professional. Her first case is to investigate death threats against the daughter of a wealthy woman. In paper, Agatha Raisin & the Case of the Curious Curate (Oct., St. Martin's, 6.50).

Carol Lea Benjamin, Fall Guy (Sept., Morrow hc, 23.95). When one of the detectives in her 9/11 survivor’s group dies “accidentally” while cleaning his revolver, therapist and PI Rachel Alexander looks into the man’s past after she’s named executor of his estate. Along with her pit-bull Dashiell, she digs into the case.

Michael Blaine, The Midnight Band of Mercy (Sept., Soho hc, 26.00). Based on actual events: Max Greengrass is a pugilist turned reporter. After tripping over a dead cat, he stumbles into a story of an organization of respectable ladies aiming to rid 1890s NYC of its mongrel hordes of felines. This leads him to a nascent eugenics movement.

Gail Bowen, The Last Good Day (Sept., McClelland & Stuart hc, 22.95). 9th with Joanne Kilbourn. While vacationing at a friend’s summer cottage, Joanne visits with a neighbor – a lawyer from the same firm as her friend. After their talk, the lawyer commits suicide. Joanne wants to know why.

Steve Brewer, Boost (Oct., Speck hc, 24.00). Sam Hill steals collectible cars. Cops surround the garage where he’s supposed to deliver the ’65 Thunderbird—but there's a corpse in the trunk with a bullet hole in the forehead. Now Hill is after those who set him up. Signing?

Jay Brida, G.O.P. D.O.A. (Aug., Contemporary Press tpo, 9.00). Power politics, pulp fiction and satire on the eve of the Republican Convention. A fixer named Flanagan is asked to find out why a politician’s mistress disappeared.

Emily Brigthwell, Mrs. Jeffries Stalks the Hunter (Oct., Berkley pbo, 6.50). 19th with the “Victorian Miss Marple."

Ann Rule, Green River, Running Red (Jimmy Buffett, A Salty Piece of Land (Nov., Little Brown hc, 27.95). If Tully Mars had known what he was getting into when he agreed to help find the lost lens of the Cayo Loco lighthouse, he might have just taken a longer nap and missed this crazy adventure. He’s accompanied on his investigation by a cast of lunatics. First editions of this book will have a CD of the title song bound into it. Tammy recommends all of Jimmy B's books!

Jan Burke, Bloodlines (Sept., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). Irene Kelly is drawn into a case she covered when she first became a reporter: the odd report from 1958 of a reporter who claimed to have seen a bloody car buried, a missing heir, the car’s discovery in 1978, and a man who now says he's that missing heir. Signed Copies Available.

Laura Childs, The Jasmine Moon Murder (Sept., Berkley hc, 22.95). 5th entry and first hardcover for the popular Tea Shop mystery series. AND Bound for Murder (Nov., Berkley pbo, 5.99) 3rd in the scrapbook series, set in New Orleans.

Jill Churchill, A Midsummer Night’s Scream (Nov., Morrow hc, 23.95). Jane Jeffry is involved with a small theatre donated by friends to a local university when one of the players is found dead. In paper, Bell, Book, and Scandal (Nov., Avon, 6.99).

Margaret Coel, Wife of Moon (Sept., Berkley hc, 22.95). On the Wind River Rez, an atrocity of the past has resurfaced with a vengeance. Signed Copies Available.

Beverly Connor, Dead Guilty (Sept., Signet pbo, 6.99). Forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon digs into a terrible case –the hanging of three people in a isolated clearing in the Georgia woods.

Susan Rogers Cooper, Lying Wonders (Oct., Worldwide pbo, 5.99). An old girlfriend calls Sheriff Milt Kovak asking for help when her son disappears.

Patricia Cornwell, Trace (Sept., Putnam hc, 26.95). Freelancing from Florida, Scarpetta returns to Richmond at the request of her replacement, and finds nothing is as it was.

Deborah Crombie, In a Dark House (Oct., Morrow hc, 23.95). Scotland Yard's Kincaid and James look into an arson murder and a missing roommate in a mix of marriage and murder. Signing. In paper, Now May You Weep (Sept., Avon, 7.50). Sandy recommends this series.

Diane Mott Davidson, Double Shot (Nov., Morrow hc, 24.95). When Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk, is released from prison and then murdered, Goldy is the number one suspect. Fran recommends. Signed Copies Available.

Lindsey Davis, Scandal Takes a Holiday (Sept., Mysterious Press hc, 24.95). One of Falco’s guilty pleasures is reading the scandal column in the daily paper. When the writer vanishes, he looks into it. In paper, The Accusers (Oct., Mysterious Press, 12.95).

Nelson DeMille, Night Fall (Nov., Warner hc, 26.95). A couple, using their video camera to capture their illicit lovemaking on a Long Island beach, record the downing of an airliner. The couple flees. The crash is attributed to mechanical failure. 5 years later, John Corey and Kate Mayfield suspect a cover-up and reinvestigate the event.

James D. Doss, The Witch’s Tongue (Sept., STMP hc, 24.95). Ute tribal cop Charlie Moon tries to figure out the connection between a museum burglary and the killing of a cop.

Joan Druett, A Watery Grave (Oct., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Debut novel by an award-winning nautical non-fiction writer. It’s 1838 and the US Exploring Expedition might have a murderer on board. Half-Maori/half-American linguist Wiki Coffin is deputized to investigate.

Ruth Dudley Edwards, Carnage on the Committee (Nov., Poisoned Pen Press hc, 24.95). As the judges for a prestigious literary prize chip away at the entries, someone begins to chip away at them. When eccentric Baroness Ida ("Jack") Troutbeck replaces the deceased chairwoman, the investigation takes bizarre turns. 10th in this satiric British series, recommended by Sandy. In paper, Murder in a Cathedral (Nov., PPPress, 14.95), 7th in the series, from 1997.

James Ellroy, Destination Morgue! (Sept., Vintage tpo, 14.00). Fourteen different pieces in this volume: non-fiction and fiction, including three never before published novellas. Mexican featherweights, twisted cops obsessed with actresses, victims of long-unsolved crimes and a profile of the latest perp-walk from a Hollywood celebrity. What you expect and must have from Ellroy. The catalog does him justice: “all true enough to be admissible as state’s evidence…mayhem, machismo and hollow-nosed prose.” Signing.

Janet Evanovich, Metro Girl (Nov., Harper hc, 26.95). New character – Alexandra Barnaby is sent to Florida to find her missing brother: high stakes, hot nights, murder and graft.

Nancy Fairbanks, Holy Guacamole! (Nov., Berkley pbo, 5.99). 6th comic, culinary mystery. At an opera party in Texas, the artistic director eats some bad dip. The scorned soprano mixed it, but says she didn't kill him.

Dan Fesperman, The Warlord’s Son (Sept., Knopf hc, 23.00). In present-day Afghanistan a burned-out war correspondent hopes for one last big story. As the US bombs begin to fall on the Taliban, he and his Pakistani interpreter—who has his own goals—link up with an exiled warlord's expedition to capture the West's biggest target. They're soon caught up in a swirl of warlords, spies and dubious corporate interests. In paper, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows (Sept., Vintage, 13.00). Janine recommends this author.

Sharon Fiffer, Buried Stuff (Nov., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). 4th with antique collector Jane Wheel.

Elaine Flinn, Tagged for Murder (Sept., Avon pbo, 6.50). 2nd appearance with antiques dealer Molly Doyle.

John Francome, Inside Track (Oct., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Out of prison for a crime he can’t remember, former top jockey Jamie Hutchison is hoping his sister, a horse trainer, can help him get back in the saddle. Like Dick Francis, Francome was a champion jockey and his mysteries have been thrilling fans for years.

Jim Fusilli, Hard, Hard City (Sept., Putnam hc, 24.95). Terry Orr does a favor for his daughter: a gifted student friend has disappeared and she asks Orr to find him. In paper, Tribeca Blues (Oct., Berkley, 6.99).

John Goodger, The Druperman Tapes (Nov., STMP hc, 24.95). A Vegas casino group is threatened by a group of thieves – pay us a ransom or else. Steve Forrester, head of security for one of the casinos, tries to head off the trouble. A twisty thrill-ride through Vegas’ underbelly.

Martha Grimes, The Winds of Change (Sept., Viking hc, 25.95). Richard Jury’s case of a murdered 5-year-old girl seems to be tied to the disappearance of another girl three years before. Signing. In paper, Foul Matter (Sept., NAL, 13.95), a non-series about the publishing industry, recommended by Bill and Sandy.

Peter Guttridge, No Laughing Matter (Sept., Speck Press tpo, 13.00). In Montreal to cover a comedy festival, journalist Nick Madrid is surprised when a naked woman flashes by his 14th story window. Landing in the pool, she upsets the hotel management by making a mess in the shallow end. Nick wants to find out if she fell or was pushed. 1st in a comic series.

Parnell Hall, And A Puzzle to Die On (Oct., Bantam hc, 24.00). A birthday party for the Puzzle Lady is ruined when a body is thrown onto the cake from the second floor library stacks. In paper, With This Puzzle, I Thee Wed (Sept., Bantam, 6.99).

Laurell K. Hamilton, Incubus Dreams (Sept., Berkley hc, 22.95). Anita Blake is after a vampire serial killer targeting strippers. In pb, Cerulean Sins (Sept., Penguin, 7.99).

David Handler, The Burnt Orange Sunrise (Oct., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Trapped by an ice storm, odd-couple Berger and Mitry find themselves with a locked room murder. In paper, The Bright Silver Star (Oct, St. Martin's, 6.99). Sandy and Janine recommend.

Erin Hart, Lake of Sorrows (Oct., Scribner hc, 24.00). Pathologist Nora Gavin is called to a desolate industrial site in the Irish midlands. A long-buried body has been unearthed that shows wounds from the country’s pagan ritualistic past. A second body is found, a fresh murder, bearing the same type of wounds as the older one. The first in this series, Haunted Ground (Pocket Books, pb, 7.50), was nominated for many awards. Signing.

Ken Harvill, Kill Whitey (Nov., Uglytown hc, 24.95). A mob war has broken out in Butcher’s Harbor. An Eastern-bloc group is challenging the entrenched Irish gang. The only hope for the Lynch mob is the estranged son of the leader who passes his time selling oddball pills and potions. While he’s eager to rejoin the family, is he willing to pass any line to save it? Acid-noir comedy.

Steven F. Havill, Convenient Disposal (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). 11th installment in the Posada County series. A middle school feud leads to murder.

Reginald Hill, Good Morning, Midnight (Oct., Harper hc, 24.95). Pascoe and Dalziel investigate the suicide of a businessman who shot himself at his desk with his office door locked. Something about it doesn’t seem right…In paper, Death’s Jest-Book (Sept., Avon, 7.99).

Tony Hillerman, Skeleton Man, (Nov., Harper hc, 25.95). What appears to be a simple trading post robbery is linked to a missing passenger from a plane crash 50 years ago – a passenger who had a briefcase of diamonds. In paper, Sinister Pig (Nov., Harper, 7.99).

James Hime, Scared Money (Oct., STMP hc, 22.95). Captain Spur agrees to help the CIA with a missing persons case and Deputy Thomas investigates a drug shooting. The cases wouldn’t appear to be connected – at first. In paper, The Night of the Dance (Sept., STMP, 6.99). Janine recommends this Edgar-nominee.

Dolores Johnson, Taking the Wrap (Nov., STMP hc, 23.95). 7th case for dry-cleaner sleuth Mandy Dyer. A friend’s coat disappears, then is found on a corpse.

Stuart Kaminsky, Now You See It (Nov., Carroll & Graf hc, 25.00). In his 24th case, Toby Peters gets mixed up with matinée idol Cornel Wilde and the great magician of his day, Harry Blackstone.

Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Double Homicide: Santa Fe (Oct., Warner hc, 23.95). Writing together for the first time, the dynamic duo begin a new series: two separate short novels, set in the same city, published in one volume. This series will be published in a reversible format, with a “front cover” for each story. And in pb, Jonathan Kellerman, The Conspiracy Club (Nov., Ballantine, 7.99).

Diana Killian, Verse of the Vampyre (Oct., Pocket pbo, 6.50). As Halloween nears, Romantic poets expert Grace Hollister and antiques dealer Peter Fox look into a vampire-like murder. 2nd in the English Lake District series.

Michael Koryta, Tonight I said Goodbye (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 21.95). Winner of the 2003 SMP/PWA Prize for Best First PI Novel. A PI is found dead in his Cleveland home, his wife and daughter missing. His elderly father hires two PIs to find the females. The last line in the girl’s diary is the book’s haunting title.

Janet LaPierre, Death Duties (Sept., Perseverance Press tpo, 13.95). 8th in the Port Silva series. The Patience Smith Investigations Agency looks to clear a 30-year-old accusation of pedophilia.

T.J. MacGregor, Total Silence (Oct., Pinnacle pbo, 6.99). Psychic Mira Morales and her FBI fiancée Wayne Shepard return in the Edgar-winning series.

Claire Matturro, Skinny-Dipping (Nov, Morrow hc, 23.95). Debut of a breezy, funny Florida series. Lilly Rose Cleary is a tough partner in a Sarasota firm that specializes in defending fat-cat physicians in malpractice cases, a obsessive-compulsive heath-nut who has the penchant for finding dead bodies. After successfully defending a client in a kayak whiplash case, she’s attacked at her office door. Who would want to harm a tofu eater?

Archer Mayor, The Surrogate Wife (Oct, Mysterious Press hc, 24.95) A hostage situation uncovers a murder weapon from one of Joe Gunther’s first cases, a case that was never solved. The case has haunted him and, what is worse, the weapon is found in so easily that it seems he should have found it before – and solved the case when it was fresh. In paper, Gatekeeper (Oct., Warner, 6.99).

Michael Mewshaw, Island Tempest (Sept., Putnam hc, 25.95). Frank Pitchard has been living a quiet, depressed life: his wife died after he was downsized by corporate raiders. Living on an island off the Florida coast, he’s exposed to all kinds of oddities: a trophy wife, currently between husbands, has given him binoculars to get him interested in birding, and his elderly next door neighbor sits in his wheelchair, on his deck, with a revolver in his hand.

Kirk Mitchell, Dancer of the Thunder Dogs (Nov., Berkley hc, 23.95). After thirteen years of Federal law enforcement work, Emmett Parker returns home a hero, planning to recuperate, only to be accused of murdering his best friend. Fran recommends. In paper, Sky Woman Falling (Nov., Berkley, 6.99). Signing.

Bob Morris, Bahamarama (Oct., STMP hc, 21.95). Debut novel by a noted writer from the Southeast. After 2 years in prison on trumped-up charges, former Dolphins linebacker Zack Chasteen heads to the Bahamas to win his girlfriend back. But she’s missing and another old boyfriend has been murdered. Zack allies himself with a colorful group of Bahamians to find the woman and the killer. Praised by Hiaasen as “...sly, smart, cheerfully twisted…”

Carol O’Connell, Winter House (Sept., Putnam hc, 24.95). Mallory looks into what at first appears to be a simple case: a burglar has been surprised and killed with an ice pick. Then it turns out that the homeowner is the most famous missing person in NYC history. The woman vanished 60 years ago, when her family was wiped out - by someone with an ice pick. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Dead Famous (Sept., Berkley, 7.99). JB and Janine recommend this author.

Alan Parker, The Sucker’s Kiss (Oct., STMP hc, 23.95). A novel from the writer, producer and director: After the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, young Thomas Moran embarks on the career of pick pocket. As he masters his craft, the novel follows him through the Depression, Prohibition, and the search for a slice of the American pie.

Robert B. Parker, Melancholy Baby (Sept., Putnam hc, 24.95). PI Sunny Randall is looking for a troubled young woman’s birth parents and the case has echoes in her own life. In paper, Stone Cold (Oct., Berkley, 7.99).

T. Jefferson Parker, California Girl (Oct., Morrow hc, 24.95). The Becker brothers have grown up since the murder of a girl in 1968. One is a homicide cop, one is a minister trying to perform miracles and one is an ambitious reporter – and each has his own reasons to find peace with this murder from their youth. Janine recommends. In pb, Cold Pursuit (Sept., Harper, 7.99).

Michael Pearce, A Dead Man in Trieste (Nov., Carroll & Graf hc, 25.00). From the author of the notable Mamur Zapt mysteries comes a new series: Seymour of the Special Branch is just the kind of man for any job – an outsider able to blend in where ever he is needed and, in the era of British power at the beginning of the 1900s, he’s needed at many of their embassies.

Anne Perry, Shoulder the Sky (Sept., Ballantine hc, 25.95). In April 1915, chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the slaughtered youth of England. On one rescue foray into no-man's land, he makes an unexpected find: a hated journalist is found dead in a trench's puddle, killed not by enemy fire but by one of his own countryman. Joseph is afraid he might know the killer. In paper, No Graves as Yet (Sept., Ballantine, 7.50).

Ian Rankin, Witch Hunt (Sept., Little Brown hc, 19.95). The Witch is a female assassin wanted by the world’s elite police. Three cops are on her trail as she closes in on her latest target; if successful, she will cause world-wide political chaos. A stand-alone thriller by the author of the Edgar-Winning Rebus series – and a new Rebus, Fleshmarket Alley, in 2/05.

Lev Raphael, Tropic of Murder (Sept., Perseverance Press tpo, 13.95). 6th in the popular academic series with gay professor Nick Hoffman. A battle over a department chair drives Nick and his partner Stefan to an island vacation where their serenity is interrupted by death.

Ben Rehder, Flat Crazy (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). 3rd comic mystery set in Blanco County, TX. Some kind of unidentified wild creature is on the loose. Is it the legendary chupacabra or ordinary murder? The Denver Post says “Imagine Carl Hiaasen with a Texas accent.”

Ruth Rendell, The Rottweiler (Nov., Crown hc, 25.00). A string of murders has left a small enclave of London on edge. The victims lived there, and trinkets taken from the women begin to show up in a neighborhood antique shop. The first victim had bite marks on her neck, leading the papers to dub the kill "the Rottweiler." In pb, The Babes in the Wood (Oct., Vintage, 13.00), her latest Wexford.

Gillian Roberts, Till the End of Tom (Nov., Ballantine hc, 22.95). Amanda Pepper deals with the death of a Philly blue blood found dead at the base of her school’s staircase. Why was he in the building and did he fall? In paper, Claire and Present Danger (Nov., Ballantine, 6.99).

Caroline Roe, Consolation for an Exile (Nov., Berkley hc, 23.95). In the Spring of 1355, it is time for Yusef to leave the house of Isaac and return home, to a family that believes him to be dead. 6th in the medieval Spain series. In paper, A Poultice for a Healer (Nov., Berkley, 6.50).

S.J. Rozan, Absent Friends (Sept., Delacorte hc, 24.00). In a departure from her multi-award winning series, Rozan crafts a thriller about seven childhood friends, the death of one of them in the Twin Towers, a reporter’s suicide and a search for answers. Janine and Bill HIGHLY recommend. Signing.

Jonathan Santlofer, Color Blind (Oct., Morrow hc, 24.95). His second thriller with art historian - and ex-NYC cop - Kate McKinnon, set in the Manhattan art scene. Signing.

Steven Sidor, Skin River (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Debut thriller in which a Wisconsin tavern owner, trying to start anew and forget his past, finds a missing woman's hand and is plunged back into his past as well as a harrowing present. Signed Copies in Nov.

Indra Sinha, The Death of Mr. Love (Nov., Morrow hc, 24.95). A novel of the doomed love triangle involving an Indian playboy, his married English lover and her jealous Indian husband, based on a notorious murder case from the 1950s Bombay.

Martin Cruz Smith, Wolves Eat Dogs (Nov., Simon & Schuster hc, 25.95). Arkady Renko investigates the death of one of Russia’s new oligarchy: a billionaire businessman has seemingly jumped to his death. The investigation of demons and international plots leads Renko to the dead zone of Chernobyl.

Troy Soos, Burning Bridges (Oct., Kensington pbo, 6.99). 3rd mystery set in 1900s NYC with editor Marshall Webb and reformer Rebecca Davis.

Jessica Speart, Blue Twilight (Sept., Avon pbo, 6.99). 7th with Fish and Wildlife Agent Rachel Porter, as she looks into the disappearance of a biologist who was searching for a rare blue butterfly.

Dominic Stansberry, Chasing the Dragon (Oct., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Embittered ex-cop Dante Mancuso is now working for The Company, a shadowy security concern in San Francisco. His first assignment takes him to his old turf of North Beach and the life he left behind.

Richard Stark, Nobody Runs Forever (Nov., Mysterious Press hc, 23.95). Parker finds himself once again on the run when a meeting between friends and strangers ends with the death of a stool pigeon. To make money for the run, he accepts a small town bank job with shaky inside info. Bill recommends, but suggests you read others in the series first.

Jon Talton, Dry Heat (Oct., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). In the New West, Deputy Mapstone concentrates on solving crimes from the past: forty years ago, an FBI agent was killed and the crime was never solved. Now, his badge has turned up on the body of a dead homeless man. Signing.

William G. Tapply, Bitch Creek (Sept., Lyons Press hc, 22.95). After a lightning strike obliterated his memory, Stoney Calhoun has had to reinvent himself. Drifting, he lands in Maine as a fishing guide. When a colleague is murdered, he begins to look into the crime and discovers he is a trained investigator and the discovery of clues becomes a discovery of his past. First in a new series by the noted author of the Boston-based Brady Coyne books – the latest of which, Shadow of Death (Nov., St. Martin's, 6.99), is in paper

Aimee and David Thurlo, Blood Relations (Nov., Forge hc, 23.95). Second with nightwalker Navajo cop, Lee Nez. In pb, Second Sunrise (Nov., Tor, 6.99) and Bad Faith (Nov., 6.99).

Margaret Truman, Murder at Union Station (Oct., Ballantine hc, 24.95). A former hit man and government informer is murdered in the capital’s transit center.

Elaine Viets, Dying to Call You (Oct., Signet pbo, 6.50). 3rd in the Dead End Job series. Working as a telemarketer, Helen thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line.

Sue Walker, The Reunion (Oct., Morrow hc, 24.95). Debut novel by a respected BBC investigative journalist: long ago, they met as troubled teens incarcerated in an experimental home. Now, 20 years later, they're all leading respectable and peaceful lives - until a killer begins to stalk them.

Valerie Wilson Wesley, Dying in the Dark (Sept., Ballantine hc, 22.95). In her seventh appearance, PI Tamara Hayle is haunted by a dead woman who was her childhood friend. The woman’s son wants the death investigated and it means revisiting her own past to get some answers.

F. Paul Wilson, Crisscross (Oct., Forge hc, 24.95). 8th Repairman Jack mystery, the anonymous mercenary who can fix any problem, supernatural or otherwise.

John Morgan Wilson, Moth and Flame (Oct., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Working on a booklet for the City of West Hollywood, Benjamin Justice uncovers a web of jealousy, greed and deceit. In paper, Blindeye (Nov., St. Martin's, 14.95). Edgar-winning series.

Mark Winegardner, The Godfather Returns (Nov., Random House hc, 26.95). From a proposal chosen in an international competition, this novel is set in 1955 and expands on a line from the final chapter of Puzo's original: "The bloody victory of the Corleone Family was not complete until a year of delicate political maneuvering established Michael Corleone as the most powerful Family chief in the United States." This new novel is the story of that year.

David Wolstencroft, Good News, Bad News (Sept., Dutton hc, 23.95). George and Charlie are friends, both set to retire from a British spy agency. Their last mission: they are to assassinate someone – each other. It occurs to them that some orders are meant to be disobeyed and, as they look for answers, secrets within the agency threaten more than two retiring agents. Debut novel by an award-winning British TV writer, creator of Spooks, aired in the US as MI-5.

Kim Wozencraft, Wanted (Sept., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Two wronged women, one a cop and one a bystander to a robbery, form an alliance to escape jail and find justice.


MC Beaton, Death of a Bore, Feb

Max Allan Collins, Road to Purgatory, Dec

Tim Dorsey & Serge Storm, Feb

Linda Fairstein, Entombed, Jan

David Fulmer, Jass, Jan

Batya Gur, Bethlehem Road Murder, Dec

Henning Mankell & Linda Wallander, Feb

Rebecca Pawel, The Watcher in the Pine, Feb

Peter Robinson & Insp. Banks, Feb

Minette Walters, Disordered Minds, Dec

Robert Wilson, The Vanished Hands, Jan


Bruce Alexander, The Price of Murder (Sept, Berkley, 6.99). The last Alexander.,

Louis Bayard, Mr. Timothy (Nov, Harper, 13.95). Tammy recommends.

Stephen Booth, Blind to the Bones (Sept, Pocket, 7.99)

Jeffrey Deaver, Twisted (Nov, Pocket, 7.99). Short stories.

Leslie Glass, Over His Dead Body (Nov., Ballantine, 6.99)

Sarah Graves, Mallets Aforethought (Nov, Bantam, 6.99)

James W. Hall, Off the Chart (Sept, St. Martin's, 6.99). Tammy recommends.

Charlaine Harris, Poppy Done to Death (Sept, Worldwide, 5.99). Aurora.

Carolyn Hart, Letter from Home (Oct, Berkley, 6.99)

P.D. James, The Murder Room (Nov, Vintage, 13.95). Dalgleish.

William Landay, Mission Flats (Nov, Dell, 7.50). Bill, Fran, Janine & JB recommend as one of the great debuts of 2003.

John LeCarre, Absolute Friends (Nov, Back Bay, 13.95)

Laura Lippman, Every Secret Thing (Sept, Avon, 7.99)

David Liss, A Spectacle of Corruption (Nov, Ballantine, 14.95)

Ed McBain, The Frumious Bandersnatch (Oct, Pocket, 7.99). 87th Precinct.

Val McDermid, The Distant Echo (Oct, St Martins, 6.99)

Eddie Muller, The Distance (Oct, Uglytown, 14.95). Shamus Award Winner. Janine recommends.

Sara Paretsky, Blacklist (Sept, Signet, 7.99)

Dan Simmons, Hard as Nails (Sept, St Martins, 6.99). Favorite author of Janine’s.

Charles Todd, The Murder Stone (Sept, Bantam, 6.99)

Timothy Watts, Grand Theft (Oct, Signet, 6.99). Bill & JB recommend.


Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto: A Series of Unfortunate Events #11 (Sept., Harper hc, 11.99). A submarine, a determined villain with a stylish girlfriend, mushrooms and a message from a lost friend…

The Reader’s Guide to Lemony Snicket, Lois H. Green (Oct., Griffin tpo, 9.95). The ultimate companion to the popular series.

Bruce Hale, Murder, My Tweet (Oct., Harcourt hc, 14.00). Blackmail and killer robots and Chet Gecko’s partner – Natalie Attired – has vanished. Goodness! Also, Chet Gecko’s Big Box of Mystery (Oct., Harcourt, 14.85), the first three adventures for Chet and Natalie in a boxed set, and includes a free Chet Gecko sticker!


Michael Chabon, The Final Solution (Nov., Harper tpo, 16.95). Deep in the countryside, an 89-year-old beekeeper has no contact with the locals. Into his solitude comes a mute German boy with his parrot. While the boy can’t speak, the parrot emits a mysterious string of German numbers. Are they Nazi codes, a Swiss bank account, something simpler, or more sinister? Line drawings decorate the text. Signed Copies Available. Pulitzer-winning Chabon is married to mystery author Ayelet Waldman.

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, edited and with preface and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, and an introduction by John Le Carré (Nov., Norton hc 2 vol. boxed set, 75.00). This edition reassembles the 26 short stories in order of publication and provides a wealth of biographical and historical detail, including reprints of over 700 illustrations.

Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years, Michael Kurland ed. (Nov., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Stories exploring the period after the Reichenbach Falls incident, by authors such as Rhys Bowen, Carolyn Wheat, Peter Beagle and Bill Pronzini.

Now in Paper, Carol Nelson Douglas, Femme Fatale (Nov., Forge, 7.99). Irene Adler.


Michael Jecks, The Tolls of Death (Nov., Headline pb, 9.95). 17th in the richly atmospheric Medieval mystery series with former Knight Templar Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock.


      A new London-based press, Bitter Lemon Press, begins selling in the US. They are dedicated to publishing literary crime and noir novels from Europe and Latin America. For their first season, they’ll publish four books – two books in this newsletter and two more in our Winter issue - and promise to increase to a book a month starting next Spring:

Friedrich Glauser, Thumbprint, translated by Mike Mitchell (Sept., tpo, 13.95). The death of a traveling salesman in Switzerland seems open and shut, but that appearance is an illusion. First published in 1936, it is one of five written by the man after whom the Swiss mystery award is named.

Gunter Ohnemus, The Russian Passenger, translated by John Brownjohn (Sept., tpo, 14.95). Contemporary novel, part Russian mafia thriller, road-movie adventure and love story that ties Germany and Russia together.



Frances Crane, The Turquiose Shop (Sept., Rue Morgue tp, 14.95). Set in a fictionalized Taos, NM, this book introduces art gallery owner Jean Holly and husband-to-be Det. Pat Abbott in 1941. Over the next 20 years, there would be 26 more mysteries in this series, all with colors in the titles. The series begins with the murder of a tramp and a lovely senorita.

Katherine Farrer, The Missing Link (Oct., Rue Morgue tp, 14.95). By the wife of an Oxford don, first published in 1952. An infant daughter is snatched from her pram and Scotland Yard sends in DI Richard Ringwood to investigate. He knows the girl’s Oxford parents and is equally at ease trading witticisms in Latin with the dons or exchanging pleasantries in the Romany tongue with the local gypsies. Also, The Cretan Counterfeit (Nov., Rue Morgue, 14.95), from 1954, has Ringwood involved in a case prompted by an oddly phrased obituary.

Brian Garfield, Hopscotch (Sept., forge, 14.95). Winner of the Edgar for Best Novel of 1976.

John Le Carré, his first two George Smiley books, in hardcover and with new introductions: Call for the Dead (Oct., Walker hc, 18.00), forward by P.D. James – the first Smiley, from 1961; A Murder of Quality (Oct., Walker hc, 18.00), foreward by Otto Penzler – the second Smiley, from 1962. These are also Le Carré’s first two books.

Robert Wilson, Blood is Dirt and A Darkening Sky (July, Harcourt, 14.00 ea.). The 3rd, from 1997, and 4th, from 1998, with Bruce Medway, British expatriate in West Africa, troubleshooter and fixer. Janine raves about this series.


From the Rue Morgue catalog:

Lucy Cores, Painted for the Kill (May, tp, 14.95). "This sparkling mystery-comedy of manners was first published in 1943 and is set at a very exclusive and very expensive Manhattan beauty salon. Two of the salon’s more cynical employees, exercise director Toni Ney, and her boyfriend, publicity director, Eric Skeets, lend a hand to Captain Andrew Torrent, a ballet-loving homicide detective, when the “French Lana Turner” is murdered while undergoing a facial."

    AND, Corpse de Ballet (June, tp 14.95; first published 1944). "Toni Ney’s life has changed quite a bit since the events of Painted for the Kill. She’s now writing an exercise column (the photo of her in a scanty exercise outfit is being carried around by a lot of GIs, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, Eric Skeets, now a brand new second lieutenant waiting to go overseas) for a New York newspaper as well as serving as that paper’s ballet reviewer. When a famous ballet dancer’s long-awaited return to the stage ends in murder, Toni is on hand and once again in a position to offer an insider’s point of view to Captain Torrent."

Constance & Gwenyth Little, The Black House (June, tp, 14.00). First published in 1950. "Henry Debbon showed up for work on time—and learned to regret that punctuality very quickly. His lawyer boss appointed him as bodyguard to his beautiful red-haired daughter. Guarding that body turned Henry into a reluctant hospital patient and later an unwilling host at his country house. This house had been left to him by an eccentric aunt who had painted it completely black. In the dead of winter Henry’s sudden guests were frozen stiff—then terrified when some genuine stiffs showed up."

    AND, The Black Piano (April, tp, 14.00). First published in 1948. "Dick accused Jane of murdering his fiancee. Jane knew she didn't kill the girl, but she strongly suspected that Dick, who was her husband, had tried to murder her by pushing her off a bridge. Of course, that was when she was called Gloria and before the plastic surgeon changed her into a real beauty so that she could go home and investigate her own murder." There's a black piano in here somewhere, in another of the Little sisters' wacky plots.

John Mersereau, Murder Loves Company (July, tp, 14.95). From 1940. "James Yeats Biddle, a youngish professor of horticulture, is horrified when two very rare olive trees are killed during the 1940 San Francisco Exposition on Treasure Island. Reporter Kay Ritchie and homicide inspector Angus McDuff are a bit more concerned with the murder of two Japanese laborers, whose bodies were hurled from a speeding automobile heading to the island on the Bay Bridge. Kay drags Prof. Biddle, who is quite be-smitten with her, into a hunt for the murderer. It’s a fascinating portrait of San Francisco on the eve of World War II as well as an early example of the use of horticulture in mystery fiction.”


Elizabeth George, A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (July, Harper hc, 24.95). 26 previously published stories from the masters, past and present, including Allingham, Brand, Sayers, Gordimer, Jance, March, Muller, Paretsky, Walters and others.

Brooklyn Noir, Tim McLoughlin, ed. (July, Akashic tpo, 15.95). The punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy, with stories by the likes of Hamill, Offit, Estep, Niles, Kelly and others.

Fifty Best Mysteries, Eleanor Sullivan ed. (July, Carroll & Graf tpo, 15.00). Selection of the best short mystery stories from the last 60 years.


Steve Hodel, Black Dahlia Avenger (June, Harper, 14.95). This paperback issue includes a new chapter, detailing 1950 DA documents and photos that have not been available to the public.

Elmore Leonard, A Coyote’s in the House (June, Morrow hc, 15.95). A first for the master: a children’s book for ages 10 and up features the adventures of three dogs who roam the mean alleys of Hollywood.

Randy Wayne White, Last Flight Out: More Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fishing (June, Lyons, 14.95). Third collection of columns from the noted adventure and mystery writer. Signing.



Hazel Holt, Mrs. Malory and the Silent Killer (March, Signet pbo, 5.99). Excellent cozy, up to Holt's usual high standards.

Christine Poulson, Murder is Academic (April, STMP hc, 23.95). Debut with Cambridge instructor Cassandra James. Interesting characters and a good sense of place, in an intriguing plot.


I’ve re-read three classics and have been gratified to see how powerful they remain: Michael Connelly’s The Poet, Lee Child’s Killing Floor, and James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia.


Boris Akunin, Murder on the Leviathan (Random House hc, 21.95. First announced as a Feb. release and described in our Winter 2003-04 Newsletter, then postponed to April.) What a delightful discovery! A classic whodunit by a Russian man who writes like Agatha Christie! Set in 1878, translated from the Russian.

Gary Disher, The Dragon Man (see page 3). Another traditional whodunit, set in modern day Australia.

    And I thoroughly enjoyed Donald E. Westlake’s latest laugh-out-loud Dortmunder novel, The Road to Ruin, but how surprising is that?


    We’re always getting asked by folks to find them a mystery that ____________ (fill in the blank). It may be a setting, it may be an era, it may be more arcane. One of Bill’s aims for this shop has always been to be a resource for all types of inquiries, and people always have seemed to feel comfortable asking us for all manner of specifics and peculiarities.

    One person wanted mysteries with luggage on the cover (this got us to looking at a lot of titles beginning, “The Case of the …”). Another wanted any dealing with teeth or dentistry. Occasionally we’re asked for a mystery without a murder. One that stumped us was a mystery that featured an accordion. It is almost like playing “Stump the Band” on the old Carson Show. We’re going to start tossing a few of them into our newsletters and newzines, partly as amusement and partly to see if anyone else can answer ones we can’t.

    This being summer, we’re sure to get requests for mysteries “set” in a certain way. So here are some to consider or to start off your thinking:

    On your summer travels, you might like a book that features your mode of transportation. Traveling by ship? Try James W. Hall’s Buzz Cut, Ruth Rendell’s No Night Is Too Long, Peter Lovesey’s The False Inspector Dew. There is no shortage of boating mysteries – sail or cruise. (If you’re cruising to Alaska, surely you’ll want to take along J.P. Beaumont, in J.A. Jance’s Birds of Prey.) Going by plane? Try Ridley Pearson’s Hard Fall or any of John Nance’s books – they always have a neat mix of legal and political issues along with the flying. Traveling by rail? Dick Francis has a nice trans-Canada thriller, The Edge, and Seicho Matsumoto’s Insp. Imanishi Investigates concerns a train that vanishes.

    Once you get there, perhaps you’ll be outdoors. There are any number of series that take place in resort areas – such as Philip Craig and Cynthia Riggs who have Martha’s Vineyard series – or take place on a beach – Valerie Wolzein’s latest, Death in a Beach Chair, or Kem Nunn’s surfing mysteries. There are a number of underwater thrillers – scuba diving, deep sea archeology, treasure hunting. Perhaps you’ll be outside, but away from the crowds. All of Nevada Barr’s books take place in National Parks and CJ Box’s character is a Game Warden in Wyoming. There are a number of Civil War mysteries, in case your travels carry you to battlefields – Owen Parry, Miriam Grace Monfredo or Ann McMillan.

    Going abroad? To France – in addition to the classic Simenon, try Cara Black or Sebastien Jasprisot. Italy – try Michael Dibdin, Andrea Camilleri or Magdalen Nabb as well as Donna Leon. Scandinavia – besides Henning Mankell and Sjowall/Wahloo, there’s Liza Marklund and Helene Tursten. Scotland – besides Ian Rankin, try Val McDermid or Denise Mina. Japan – look at Sujata Massey, Akimitsu Takagi and Isaac Adamson. China – Eliot Pattison or Qiu Xiaolong. We could go on and on. We’ve named some authors and some titles, but keep in mind that these just scratch the surface – gardening, sports, South America, South Seas, Africa…

    Chances are, where ever you go this summer, however you get there, whatever you hope to do when you arrive, there are mysteries to fit the trip and to complement your vacation. Just ask us.



Mail and phone orders for these or any other books are welcome.  We often have signed copies of Northwest authors, and other authors who visit the shop.  Prices subject to change without notice.  Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104.  Phone:  (206) 587-5737.



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