Seattle Mystery Bookshop

N e w s  l e t t e r

117 Cherry St. Seattle,WA 98104

(206) 587-5737


Bill Farley, Founder /J. B. Dickey, Owner/ Tammy Domike, Manager

Susan Dennis / Sandy Goodrick / Karen Duncan    


Summer 2000



In this issue:

New Northwest Releases                                                                                             

Steve Murray trans. of Mankell                                                                                               

Staff Notes                                                                                                                  

pring Title Raves                                                                                                  

Some Other Summer Releases                                                                                             

Some Summer Paperback Reprints                                                          

Things of Interest

Auction Department     

Edgar Winners 

Upcoming Events 

New from the Northwest


Burl Barer, Murder in the Family (Aug., Pinnacle pbo, 6.50). The true crime account of a 1987 Alaskan case in which a drifter killed his aunt and cousins.  Signing.


Carl Brookins, Inner Passages (July, Top tpo, 14.95). Seattle executive Michael Tanner’s recreational sail up the Inside Passage of Canada turns to horror when his wife is murdered and his boat sunk.   Signing?


Stella Cameron, Glass Houses (Aug., Kensington hc, 24.00). NYPD Det. Aiden Flynn is beguiled by a mysterious e-mail and the British woman who sent it.  She asks for help, and they are soon on a nearly global chase. Seattle area author. Signing.


Margaret Chittenden, Dying to See You (June, Kensington hc, 20.00). Charlie Plato is trying to keep her country-western bar afloat and her attraction to her business partner in check—she  doesn’t need the distraction of a 20th High School Reunion. Washington author. In pb, Don’t Forget to Die (June, Kensingtion, 5.99). Signing.


Carola Dunn, Rattle His Bones (June, St. Martin’s hc, 22.95). The 8th adventure for “meddling crime-solver” Daisy Dalrymple, set in London in 1924.  Eugene, OR, author.  Signing.


James Grippando, Under Cover of Darkness (July, HarperCollins hc, 25.00).  When the wife of a prominent Seattle attorney vanishes, the FBI uncovers hidden links to a cult leader—and a serial killer is at large.  Signing?


Sue Henry, Beneath the Ashes (Aug., Avon hc, 23.00). 7th in the Award-winning Alaskan series with sled dog racer Jessie Arnold and State Trooper Alex Jensen.  Fires and sudden visitors bedevil Jessie as Spring arrives. Signing.


J. A. Jance, The Devil’s Claw (July, Morrow hc, 24.00).  Sheriff Brady’s beloved neighbor and handyman dies, leaving an irate daughter who accuses Joanna of covering up a murder.  Family hostilities lead to a twisting tale of hatred, greed and violence. Seattle author.  Signing.


Tucker Malarky, An Obvious Enchantment (Aug., Random House hc, 22.95). Ingrid Holtz travels the globe, trying to find her missing professor who vanished while tracking the legend of an ancient African King. She’s soon plunged into a world of mystery, romance, magic and crime, where clues lurk in the pages of the Koran.  Debut book from a

Portland, OR, writer. Signing?


Kris Nelscott, A Dangerous Road (July, St. Martin’s hc, 24.95).  Set in Memphis in 1968.  Black PI Smokey Dalton is hired by a young white woman to find out why Smokey was in her mother’s will; and as racial tension mounts in Memphis, his boyhood friend Martin Luther King, Jr. is about to visit. The author lives in Oregon.


Ridley Pearson, Middle of Nowhere (June, Hyperion hc, 23.95). During an unofficial police strike, Seattle cop Lou Boldt tries to keep a lid on things. But a string of robberies and an attack on a female officer start things spinning out of control.  And in pb, The First Victim (June, Hyperion, 7.99). Signing.


Megan Mallory Rust, Coffin Corner (June, Berkley pbo, 5.99). Alaskan bush pilot Taylor Morgan wants to know who murdered one of her fellow pilots.  Signing.


Judith Smith-Levin, Green Money (Aug., Ballantine pbo, 6.50). To Starletta Duvall, the murder of a homeless woman is too close to an elite private school to be a coincidence. Bainbridge Island author.  Signing?


L.L. Thrasher, Charlie’s Web (Aug., Write Way hc, 23.95). Charlie asks Lizbet to help him find a tiny seven-year-old who vanished 20 years ago on Halloween. Oregon author.  Signing?


Valerie Wilcox, Sins of Deception (June, Berkley pbo, 5.99). Kellie Montgomery’s new sailboat charter business hits a snag when one of her customers is arrested for murder. Seattle area author. Signing.


   …and now in paperback:


Catherine Coulter, The Edge (Aug., Jove, 7.99).

Stephen E. Miller, The Woman in the Yard (Aug., Picador, 13.00). Vancouver, WA, author.


Tammy recommends.

Sharan Newman, Cursed in the Blood (July, Forge, 6.99).

James Powlik, Sea Change (Aug., Dell, 6.99).

Greg Rucka, Shooting at Midnight (July, Bantam, 5.99). This author is JB and Tammy’s current obsession.


Of Special Note: Henning Mankell is a noted Swedish mystery writer, with eight books in the Kurt Wallander series.  Four of his books have been translated into English and three of those translations were done by Seattle’s Steven T. Murray. Steve is half of the power behind the

local Fjord Press.  The other half is Tiina Nunnally, mystery writer and translator of Smilla’s Sense of Snow.

   Two of Steve’s translations, previously published in hardcover in this country, will be issued in trade paper in August 2000.  They are Faceless Killers (the 1st Wallender) and Sidetracked (the 5th), 14.95 each.  

   Also due in August is The Fifth Woman, the 6th Wallander (hc, 24.95).  We will be having Steve in at that time and will have signed copies of all three available.


Coming this Fall:

Phillip Margolin,Wild Justice. Sept.

Sharan Newman, To Wear the White Cloak. Oct.



Staff Notes

         A reminder: for those of you who want signed copies, we sometimes send books to authors for signatures if they will not be visiting our shop. Because of the additional shipping cost, we charge $1 extra for copies that are signed in this manner. (For example, in this newsletter, books by Marcia Muller, Loren Estleman and Laurence Shames.)  Of course, unsigned copies are also available at the regular price.

    Tammy mentions that new customers may not know that when shipping signed books, we enclose them in mylar dust-jacket covers. There is no charge for this.

     Happy summer reading to you all. Please come in and

see us if  you visit Seattle.


Our Late Recommendations for Spring

   Sometimes we don’t have a chance to read books before the newsletter goes out.  Here are books we would have recommended in the Spring issue had we had the chance, or time, to read them then:

            JB recommends Steven Saylor’s A Twist at the End as a terrific blend of history and fiction as what may be the first documented serial killer case in US history unfolds, in Austin, TX, in 1885. The story follows a young aspiring writer, Will Porter – who will grow into the man we know as O. Henry. Moody and atmospheric with vivid details that bring the time and place alive.  For those who liked The Alienist.


            Tammy recommends Douglas E. Winter’s Run. In a consistently unique voice, gun-runner Burdon Lane tells his story to us - as it happens, dialogue and all - of a run gone bad in NYC and the treachery of his people in DC, "Dirty City.” "Winter's first book is a breathtaking blast of double-crosses and retribution that unravels in stinging layers like a toxic onion"— and JB agrees.  Signed Copies Available.


            Sandy recommends Louise Doughty’s An English Murder, a psychological suspense novel set in a modern English village. Local reporter Alison Akenside investigates a grisly murder; most of the book is an account of the investigation in her voice.  “I found this book compulsively readable, with a dark sense of humor and some very quirky characters.  (My favorite was Miss Crabbe, who is writing a mystery novel about a snail farmer who meets an unpleasant end.)”


Bill recommends Robert B. Parker’s Hugger Mugger.  It’s always rewarding when, after more than 20 years and 26 novels, an author regains the youthful exuberance of his early writing.  This is vintage Spenser, at his smart-mouth best. Signed Copies Available


            Susan recommends Robert Crais’ Demolition Angel “It's not part of his Elvis series and it is amazing. Interestingly, I really never warmed up to any of the characters which would normally mean I wouldn't even have finished it. But, the first chapter of this book is the most compelling first chapter I've ever read and I got sucked in and was sure glad of it” — Bill, Tammy and JB agree. Signed copies June 6th.


            Karen recommends Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews, which does live up to its predecessor, Murder with Peacocks (now in paperback). Also highly recommended: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. The one straight arrow in a long line of felons and con artists goes with her sister to a small town in Ohio to shoot an audition video for a friend. Barely across the city limits, they run a stop sign and crash into a Pillar of the Community, and things go downhill from there.  “Not my usual fare—really a sex comedy with a corpse thrown in for good measure—but well written, terrific fun.” A Few Signed Copies Available.



Some Other Summer New Releases

Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Aug., Bantam hc, 22.95). 5th Jane Austen mystery.


M. C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (June, St. Martin’s hc, 19.95).  The 10th in this amusing series finds Agatha moving to a cottage in Norfolk on the advice of a fortune teller. In pb, AR and the Witch of Wyckhadden (June, St. Martin’s, 5.99). Sandy recommends.


Raymond Benson, Double Shot (June, Putnam hc, 23.95).  007’s sanity is targeted by the head of the criminal Union, after he thwarted their attempt at world domination. In pb, High Time to Kill (June, Jove, 6.99).


Claudia Bishop, Marinade for Murder (Aug., Berkley pbo, 5.99).  8th culinary mystery with the Quilliam sisters.


Nero Blanc, Two Down (July, Berkley tpo, 13.00). Sequel to last year’s popular The Crossword Murder and, like it, a mixture of mystery and crossword puzzles.


Michael Bond, Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation (June, A&B tpo, 9.95). 9th in series (the last one was in ’93). The beloved food critic, and—of course—his ever-faithful hound Pommes Frites, return.


Simon Brett, The Body on the Beach (Aug., Berkley hc, 21.95). In an English seaside village, recently retired Carole Seddon just wants to live quietly and walk her dog.  When she finds a body on the beach, she finds a new purpose – as a detective.


Carole Bugge, Who Killed Dorian Gray? (July, Berkley pbo, 5.99). Mystery editor Claire Rawlings finds trouble when she travels to a Woodstock writers’ colony.


T. Davis Bunn, The Great Divide (June, Doubleday hc, 22.95). Trying to rebuild his life after a family-destroying car wreck, Marcus Glenwood has settled into his grandfather’s

house in North Carolina, handling the mundane legal matters of the small town. He takes on the case of the Halls, whose daughter has vanished in China while working for a sportswear maker. 


James Lee Burke, Purple Cane Road (Aug., Doubleday hc, 24.95). Dave Robicheaux has never known what became of the mother who abandoned him.  Now, a chance meeting leads him to search for her trail—and those who may hold the secrets. In pb, Heartwood (July, Dell, 7.50). Signing.


Dorothy Cannell, Bridesmaids Revisited (June, Viking hc, 22.95). Ellie is told that her grandmother wishes to get in touch--but Sophia has been dead for decades. In pb, The Trouble With Harriet (June, Penguin, 5.99).


Patricia Carlon, The Unquiet Night (June, Soho hc, 22.00). Nine-year-old Ann was on a picnic with her aunt when rain chased them back to their car. They see a man who suspects that they can connect him to a fresh murder.  As he stalks them in their small Australian town, everyone is caught up in the psychological suspense. In pb, The Price of an Orphan (June, Soho, 12.00). Karen recommends this author.


Paula Carter, Red Wine Goes with Murder (July, Berkley pbo, 5.99). Decorating duo Hillary and Jane head to a prestigious cooking school in Southern France.


Sarah Caudwell, The Sibyl in Her Grave (July, Dell hc, 23.95). Julia’s Aunt Regina, on the advice of a friend, made huge stock profits in record time. The friend’s psychic counselor, Isabella, is found dead soon after.  Was she a true psychic or just trading inside information?  Julia is ably assisted in an investigation by her witty crew of fellow barristers, Selena, Cantrip and Ragwort, and by the indispensable Prof. Hilary Tamar.  After a wait of eleven years, Caudwell’s fans will find this fourth adventure as delightful and well-wrought a tale as her first three, although the pleasure is bittersweet.  Sarah Caudwell died on Jan. 28, of cancer, at age 60. Karen and Sandy recommend.


Lee Child, Running Blind  (July, Putnam hc, 18.95). Women are dying and they have only two things in common: they worked for the military and they all knew Jack Reacher.  This author is an All Staff Favorite.  Signed Copies Available.  In pb, Tripwire (July, Jove, 7.50).


Joyce Christmas, Dying Well (June, Ballantine pbo, 6.50). At Dr. Reeve’s 50th birthday, Lady Margaret is uneasy; both the doctor’s wife and mistress are there and soon her fears are confirmed…


Tom Clancy, The Bear and the Dragon (Aug., Putnam hc, 27.95). Jack Ryan has just been elected President and is faced with trouble in both Russia and China.


Harlan Coben, Darkest Fear (June, Delacorte hc, 23.95). Myron’s college sweetheart reappears with devastating news: her 13-year-old son needs a bone-marrow transplant and the only donor has vanished.


Max Allan Collins, The Hindenburg Murders (June, Berkley pbo, 6.50). 2nd in a series (after The Titanic Murders) set around historic disasters. In pb, Majic Man, in the Nate Heller series (Aug., Signet, 5.99).


K. C. Constantine, Grievance (June, Mysterious Press hc, 23.95). Rugs Carlucci is the unlucky cop who gets the case of a philanthropic steel baron who's killed by a sniper in his own home. The national media descend on the case. Signed Copies Available. In pb, Blood Mud (June, Mysterious Press, 13.95).


Susan Rogers Cooper, Don’t Drink the Water (July, Avon pbo, 5.99). 5th E.J. Pugh is on vacation on St. John with her 3 sisters when a body washes up by the cistern of the quaint, beachfront house.


Patricia Cornwell, The Last Precinct (July, Putnam hc, 26.95). Kay Scarpetta is asked to examine the remains of one of the settlers in Jamestown, and opens up a 400-year-old mystery. In pb, Black Notice (Aug., Berkley, 7.99), also a Scarpetta.


Philip R. Craig, Vineyard Blues (June, Scribner hc, 23.00). An old friend of J.W. Jackson’s comes to visit.  When the cabin in which the bluesman is staying burns down J.W. investigates.  In pb, A Fatal Vineyard Season (June, Avon, 5.99). Favorite series of Sandy’s.


Bill Crider, The Ghost of a Chance (July, St. Martin’s hc, 22.95).  10th in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, set in Blacklin County, Texas.  Is the jailhouse haunted? And in pb, Winning Can Be Murder (July, World Wide, 5.99).


Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, Numa 2 (Aug., Pocket tpo, 16.00). 2nd in this new series.

Dicey Deere, The Irish Manor House Murder (July, St. Martin’s hc, 23.95).  2nd adventure with American Torrey Tunet in Ireland, after her debut in The Irish Cottage Murder, now in pb (June, St. Martin’s, 5.99).  When a wealthy landowner is attacked while he rides through his estate, his granddaughter is suspected.


Nora DeLoach, Mama Pursues Murderous Shadows (June, Bantam pbo, 5.99). When Ruby Spikes died at the Tilly Inn, no one was surprised.  She’d made lots of enemies over the years.  But as Mama and Simone dig into it, they uncover a murder that no one knew existed.  Tammy recommends this series.


Tim Dorsey, Hammerhead Ranch Motel (Aug., Morrow hc, 24.00).  A dancing weather-dog, sex-crazed co-eds, a shotgun-wielding granny, a killer hurricane and $5 million in drug money on the Gulf Coast.  And in pb, Florida Roadkill (June, HarperCollins, 6.99).


Grace F. Edwards, Do or Die (June, Doubleday hc, 22.95). Harlem’s sleuth Mali Anderson returns from a cruise to find that the singer from her father’s jazz band has been murdered.


Kate Ellis, The Armada Boy (July, St. Martin’s hc, 22.95).  Det. Sgt. Wesley Peterson is called in when an archeologist finds the body of an American veteran in the ruins of an old chapel. By the author of The Merchant’s House.


Howard Engel, There Was an Old Woman (Aug., Overlook hc, 24.95). Benny Cooperman will look into the death of his janitor’s girlfriend if his noisy toilet will be fixed.


Loren D. Estleman, A Smile on the Face of the Tiger (Aug., Mysterious Press, 24.95, signed copies 25.95). Book editor Louise Starr is a ghost from Amos Walker's past. She wants him to find a paperback writer from the ‘50s who's been missing for decades. In pb, The Hours of the Virgin (Aug., Warner, 6.99).


Janet Evanovich, Hot Six (June, St. Martin’s hc, 24.95).  New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s 6th case teams her up with lover and vice-cop Joe Morelli as they hunt her mentor, the mysterious Ranger, wanted for killing a drug runner.  But is Ranger really innocent? In pb, High Five (June, St. Martin’s, 6.99).  Signing. 


Penelope Evans, First Fruit (July, Soho hc, 23.00). 14-year-old Kate Carr considers herself “the luckiest girl in the world.” After all, she is held close by her father, the consuming center of her universe, and she has a firm grip on her circle of friends.  But events and a recurring dream begin to unravel the edges of Kate’s reality, and reveal the deadly truth about both her past and her present.    Karen recommends:  “Riveting psychological suspense.”  In pb, Freezing (July, Soho, 12.00).


Monica Ferris, A Stitch in Time (July, Berkley pbo, 5.99). 3rd needlecraft mystery with cross-stitch pattern.


Bill Fitzhugh, Cross Dressing (June, Avon hc, 23.00). Dan Steele is a jaundiced adman who needs to hide from an enraged copywriter. His twin brother is a do-gooder priest who’s just died. Trading places, Dan finds himself neck-deep in a world of savvy marketing and mass persuasion: organized religion. Tammy recommends. Signing.


Judy Fitzwater, Dying to Remember (Aug., Ballantine pbo, 6.50). 4th with mystery novelist Jennifer Marsh, as her high school reunion turns deadly.


Nicholas Freeling, Some Day Tomorrow (Aug., St. Martin’s hc, 22.95).  A new psychological thriller from the much-praised author. 


Shelley Freydont, High Seas Murder (Aug., Kensington hc, 20.00).  2nd Lindy Haggerty mystery. A ten-day tropical arts tour turns deadly. Like the author, Lindy is a professional dancer and choreographer.


John Gates, Brigham’s Day (June, Walker hc, 23.95). Based on an historical event from 1857 in which 120 people on a wagon trail to California were attacked and slaughtered, attorney Brigham Bybee is assigned to the defense of a young man accused of the crime.  Set in Kanab, UT, the Morman hierachy seems sure of guilt, but Bybee begins to see a set-up.  Debut novel by an attorney who grew up in Kanab.


Anne George, Murder Carries a Torch (July, Morrow hc, 23.00).  The Southern Sisters return for their 7th comic outing. In pb, Murder Shoots the Bull (June, Avon, 6.50).


Philip Goodin, That Sleep of Death (Aug., Carroll & Graf  tpo, 11.95). Debut mystery, set in the Elizabethan theatrical community.  Young actor Nick Revill arrives in London to join the Globe Theatre’s acting company.  His host’s family seems to be acting out their own performance of Hamlet, right down to murder.


Chloe Green, Going Out in Style (July, Kensington hc, 20.00). Debut of a  sassy series set in the fashion world.  Dallas O’Connor is suspected when a new model dies.


Stephen Greenleaf, Ellipsis (July, Scribner hc, 24.00). Someone is sending notes to an author telling her to stop.  The notes don’t say what she is to cease, but they are threatening.  Though he doesn’t like the role, Marsh Tanner is drawn into acting as bodyguard for the alluring writer. Greenleaf’s last book, Strawberry Sunday, was an Edgar nominee.  Signed Copies Available?


Annie Griffin, Love and the Single Corpse (Aug., Berkley pbo, 5.99).  3rd with sister sleuths Hannah and Kiki.


Kate Grilley, Death Dances to a Reggae Beat (June, Berkley pbo, 5.99). Kelly Ryan moves to the Caribbean to manage a top-rated radio station—and finds trouble.


Barbara Hambly, Sold Down the River (July, Bantam hc, 23.95). Freeman Benjamin January is approached by the man who used to own him, and asked to pose as a field hand to find out who’s behind  sinister  events on the plantation.  Karen highly recommends this series.


Charlaine Harris, Shakespeare’s Trollop (Aug., St. Martin’s hc, 23.95).  Latest in series with Lily Bard, cleaning lady and karate expert in small town Arkansas.


Joan Hess, A Conventional Corpse (June, St. Martin’s hc, 23.95).  13th with bookseller Claire Malloy.  Farberville hosts a mystery convention and Claire has to run it. Eccentric authors, including one who brings her cat, and an unpopular editor prove difficult— then one of the guests dies and the cat disappears. Sandy says, "Fun!".


Stephen Hunter, Hot Springs (June, Simon & Schuster hc, 25.00). New to the State Patrol, Earl Swagger is enlisted to help clean up the wide-open criminal resort of Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the Summer of 1946.


Jon A. Jackson, La Donna Detroit (June, Atlantic hc, 24.00). Sgt. Mulheisen returns, as the Detroit Mob seems to be reaching a deceptive peace.  Also out in the series, Dead Folk and Man with an Axe (tps, 12.00). Signing, we hope.


Iris Johansen, The Search (June, Bantam hc, 24.95). ATF agent Sarah Patrick and her rescue dog Monty are the best.  They’ll need to be when a billionaire pulls strings to get them assigned to the case of a missing scientist. By the author of The Killing Game (Bantam, 6.99).


Julie Kaewert, Unsolicited (Aug., Bantam pb. 5.99). A hardcover in ’94, and now finally in paperback for the first time, this is the first in the popular bibliomystery series.


Jamie Katz, A Summer for Dying (Aug., Avon pbo, 5.99). Boston lawyer Dan Kardon gets mixed up with pro-basketball and real estate, in this follow-up to the Shamus-nominated Dead Low Tide.


Faye Kellerman, Stalker (Aug., Morrow hc, 25.00).  Rookie Cindy Decker is used to a cop’s life, but her father is not used to his daughter being a cop—especially once she is being stalked. In pb, Jupiter’s Bones (July, Avon, 7.50).


Daniel Klein, Kill Me Tender (July, St. Martin’s hc, 22.95). Elvis Presley goes into action when presidents of his fan clubs begin dying all over Tennessee.


Barry Maitland, The Malcontenta (Aug., Arcade hc, 24.95).  2nd in the award-winning British series with Sgt. Kathy Kolla and her Scotland Yard mentor David Brock.  When Kathy investigates a suspicious suicide at a health spa, Brock goes undercover as a patient.  In pb, The Marx Sisters (July, Penguin, 6.99).  Karen can’t recommend this author highly enough, and Sandy agrees.


Michael McGarrity, The Judas Judge (July, Dutton hc, 23.95). 5th Santa Fe mystery with Sheriff Kevin Kerney. Signed Copies Available. In pb, Hermit’s Peak (Aug., Pocket, 6.99).


Kirk Mitchell, Spirit Sickness (July, Bantam hc, 23.95). BIA officer Emmett Parker and the FBI’s Anna Turnipseed investigate the murder of a Navaho cop and his wife. 


Margaret Moseley, A Little Traveling Music, Please (July, Berkley pbo, 6.50). Book rep Honey Huckleberry can’t find her accountant or her savings.


Marcia Muller, Listen to the Silence (July, Mysterious Press hc, 23.95, signed copies $24.95). After the death of her father, McCone finds her adoption papers. Tracking her biological parents, she finds herself in Idaho's Flathead reservation. Someone doesn't want the past re-opened.  In pb, A Walk Through the Fire (July, Warner, 6.99).


Katy Munger, Bad to the Bone (June, Avon pbo, 5.99). 4th with ex-con and unlicensed PI Casey Jones.


BarbaraNeely, Blanche Passes Go (July, Viking hc, 22.95). Blanche returns home to Farleigh, NC, and to childhood nightmares and new crimes. Tammy recommends.


Leslie O’Kane, The School Board Murders (June, Ballantine pbo, 6.50). 5th Molly Masters, whose father is a suspect.

Perri O’Shaughnessy, Move to Strike (Aug., Dell hc, 23.95). Lake Tahoe lawyer Nina Reilly is losing sleep over her latest case: her son’s friend, a 16-year-old girl, is accused of stealing from her uncle, a prominent plastic surgeon, and then killing him with a samurai sword. And in pb, Acts of Malice (June, Dell, 7.50).


Elizabeth Peters, He Shall Thunder in the Sky (May, Morrow hc, 25.00).  Newest adventure in the Amelia Peabody series.  Archeologists Amelia and her husband and children encounter a new set of problems as the excavation season of 1914-1915 brings WW I to the Middle East. Signed and numbered copies, while they last.


Thomas Powers, The Confirmation (June, Knopf hc, 25.95). In what should be an easy walk to be confirmed Director of the CIA, Frank Cabot’s world begins to unravel as he’s forced to confront secrets from his past.


Bill Pronzini, Crazy Bone (Aug., Carroll & Graf hc, 23.00, signed copies 24.00). “Nameless” is suspicious in a case when $50,000 in life insurance is refused – can someone really be too rich and beautiful to care?


Mario Puzo, Omerta (June, Random House hc, 25.95). The final chapter in the late author’s landmark Mafia trilogy.


David Ramus, On Ice (June, Pocket hc, 23.95) An innocent man being sent to prison, Ben Hemmings is caught between the crooked FBI agent who framed him and the mob boss he knows in the slammer. 


Ian Rankin, Death Is Not the End (June, St. Martin’s hc, 11.95).  A hardcover editon of a novella that appeared earlier as a paperback.  His high-school sweetheart calls Inspector Rebus to help find her missing son, last seen at a bar owned by mob-linked gangsters.  This follows up a sub-plot from Dead Souls (Aug., St. Martin’s, 6.50).


Kathy Reichs, Deadly Decisions (Aug., Scribner hc, 25.00). Tempe Brennan is drawn into a strange case: teenagers killed hundreds of miles apart and whose deaths are, somehow, connected to outlaw motorcycle gangs. In pb, Death du Jour (Aug., Pocket, 6.99).


Barrie Roberts, Sherlock Holmes and the Devil’s Grail (June, A&B tpo, 9.95). Holmes and Watson perceive Moriarty’s henchman Drew behind threats and a kidnapping.


Gillian Roberts, Helen Hath No Fury (July, Ballantine hc, 23 .00). The day after a book club discusses a fictional heroine’s suicide, Helen falls to her death.  Though it’s declared a suicide, Amanda Pepper isn’t so sure. 10th in the Anthony-Award-winning series set in Philadelphia.  And in pb, Adam and Evil (June, Ballantine, 6.50).


Les Roberts, Indian Sign (Aug., St. Martin’s hc, 23.95).  Latest with Cleveland PI Milan Jacovich.  A Native American tribal historian is murdered and his great-granddaughter is kidnapped.


Beth Saulnier, Distemper (June, Warner pbo, 6.50). After the awful events detailed in her first adventure, Reliable Sources (pb, 6.50), gen-X reporter Alex Bernier would like to rest.  But a serial killer has begun to stalk the coeds in her Ivy League, upstate New York town.


Laurence Shames, The Naked Detective (June, Villard hc, 22.95; signed copies 23.95). When trouble arrives in the form of the obligatory blonde, Pete Amsterdam finds it useless to explain that his PI license is just a tax dodge.  Helping her gets him mixed up with an odd lot: Lefty Ortega and his nympho daughter, the shady people on a Key West gambling ship, and a lissome yoga teacher.   And in pb, Welcome to Paradise (June, Ballantine, 6.99).  Favorite series of Tammy’s.


April Smith, Be the One (July, Knopf hc, 24.00). At last, a new novel by the author of the staff favorite and Best of the ‘90’s North of Montana.  Cassidy Sanderson is a scout for the LA Dodgers. On a trip to the Dominican Republic, two men change her life: an 18-year-old phenom and a seductive developer.  Soon, back in LA, all three are entangled in blackmail, violence and deception in the high-stakes atmosphere of major league sports and finance.  Signed Copies we dearly hope.


Peter Moore Smith, Raveling (July, Little Brown hc, 23.95). 20 years ago, Pilot's little sister vanished. Now, he's come back home to care for his aging mother. His own mental health has been rocky since the unsolved mystery and now, looking into it, he begins to mistrust reality. Debut novel.


Sarah Smith, A Citizen of the Country (Aug., Ballantine hc, 24.95). Concluding book in “the Vanishing Child Trilogy.”  In the Flanders region of France, Count du Monde marries a young heiress and hopes to repair his fortunes.  Owner of a famous horror theatre, he hopes to cast his bride in his first film.  But, as the cast assembles at Monfort castle, disasters befall them. And in pb, The Knowledge of Water (Aug., Ballantine, 6.99).


Jessica Speart, Border Prey (June, Avon pbo, 5.99). US Fish & Wildlife agent Rachel Porter is tipped that someone is smuggling primates over the Mexico/Texas border.


Leah Stewart, Body of a Girl (Aug., Viking hc, 23.95). Olivia Dale is a young Memphis crime reporter.  As summer heats up, she is drawn into the case of a young murder victim who seemed just like her, only wilder, and she confronts her own darker instincts. Debut novel.


Denise Swanson, Murder of a Small-Town Honey  (July, Signet pbo, 5.99). Debut of a humorous small-town midwest series with school psychologist Skye Denison.


Doug Swanson, House of Corrections (Aug., Putnam hc, 24.95). A late-night call from a friend leads Dallas PI Jack Flippo into trouble – psycho ex-wives, washed-up reporters and flaming yachts. 5th in a favorite series of Bill’s.


Robert K. Tannenbaum, True Justice (Aug., Pocket hc, 24.95).  Butch and Marlene square off over an ugly national murder case involving a 15-year-old girl—then it gets worse, and personal. And in pb, Act of Revenge (June, Harper, 7.50).


Carol Thurston, The Eye of Horus (Aug., Morrow hc, 24.00).  Hired by the Denver Museum’s Egyptology department to create forensic displays, medical illustrator Date McKinnon stumbles on an ancient mystery:  the mummy of a young girl who had been injured and has a man’s skull between her knees.  An ancient puzzle faced with modern technologies.


Trevanian, Hot Night in the City (June, St. Martin’s hc, 24.95).  A collection of stories, in several genres.


Margaret Truman, Murder at Foggy Bottom (July, Random House hc, 24.95).  Three plane crashes can’t be a coincidence:Max Pauling, an investigator for the State Department, is soon embroiled in a case that includes bird watchers, the Russian black market and a militia group with misunderstood motives. 


Ayelet Waldman, Nursery Crimes (June, Berkley hc, 21.95). Former public defender Juliet Applebaum is deep into motherhood, dealing with her daughter’s very competitive Hollywood preschool.  When the principal is killed in a hit-and-run, she wonders if someone is taking the competition too seriously.


Valerie Wilson Wesley, The Devil Riding (June, Putnam hc, 23.95). Tamara Hayle goes undercover in the casinos of Atlantic City to track a runaway teen.


Chassie West, Killing Kin (July, Avon pbo, 5.99). 3rd with African-American DC cop Leigh Ann Warren.


Penn Williamson, Mortal Sins (June, Warner hc, 23.95). Set in New Orleans,  in 1927. Chief Investigator Daman Rourke is trying to help Hollywood sex goddess Remy Lelourie, who's found next to the body of her Creole husband. Evidence mounts against her, until more murders rock the city.


Barbara Jaye Wilson, Hatful of Homicide (Aug., Avon pbo, 5.99). 5th with Greenwich Village milliner Brenda Midnight. 


John Morgan Wilson, The Limits of Justice (July, Doubleday hc, 22.95). Ben Justice is approached by the daughter of a late Hollywood star.  She wants Justice to disprove

many of the unsavory details in a new exposé, but Justice finds her dead before he can even begin the investigation.  Edgar-winning series.


k.j.a. Wishnia, The Glass Factory (June, Dutton hc, 23.95). 3rd with street-smart Latina cop Filomena Buscarsela, introduced in the Edgar-nominated 23 Shades of Black.

Valerie Wolzien, This Old Murder (July, Ballantine pbo, 6.50). 5th with contractor/sleuth Josie Pigeon.


Stuart Woods, The Run (June, Harper hc, 26.00).  Georgia’s Governor Will Lee is thrust into the national campaign well before he is ready and sinister forces are against his run.


Qui Xiaolong, Death of a Red Heroine (June, Soho hc, 25.00). Like the author, Insp. Chen is a published poet.  As head of Shanghai’s Special Case Squad, he’s expected to give special care to the cases that have political shadings.  To solve the latest murder, he must call upon the influence of a former lover, as the politics of the city – and the country – are changing.


Mark Richard Zubro, One Dead Drag Queen (July, St. Martin’s hc, 22.95).  Bombs destroy a health clinic, injuring volunteer Tom Mason; his lover thinks the bombings are part of a murder plot. And in pb, Drop Dead (July, Griffin, 12.95).  Paul Turner series.




Some Summer Paperback Reprints


Rennie Airth, River of Darkness (Aug., Penguin, 6.99). 2000  Edgar Nominee. Karen recommends.

Russell Andrews, Gideon (June, Ballantine, 6.99).

Marion Babson, The Company of Cats (July, St Martins, 6.99)

Alice Blanchard, Darkness Peering (Aug., Bantam, 6.99).

Gwendoline Butler, Coffin’s Game (July, World Wide, 5.99).

Margaret Coel, The Lost Bird (Aug., Berkley, 6.50).

John Connolly, Every Dead Thing (July, Pocket, 6.99).  JB highly recommends.

Dianne Day, Death Train to Boston (July, Bantam, 5.99).

Peter Dickinson, Some Deaths Before Dying (July, Mysterious Press, 13.95).

Stephen Dobyns, Boy in the Water (July, St. Martin’s, 6.99).

Vince Flynn, Transfer of Power (June, Pocket, 6.99). Susan recommends.

Caroline Graham, Faithful Unto Death (Aug., St. Martin’s, 6.50). Karen recommends.

Parnell Hall, A Clue for the Puzzle Lady (July, Bantam, 5.99).

Rick Hanson, Extreme Odds (Aug., Kensington, 5.99).

Greg Iles, The Quiet Game (July, Signet, 6.99). Susan and Karen recommend.

Bill James, Lovely Mover (Aug., Norton, 7.95).

John Katzenbach, Hart’s War (Aug., Ballantine, 7.50).

Laurie R. King, O Jerusalem (June, Bantam, 6.50). Mary Russell. Karen recommends.

Virginia Lanier, Ten Little Bloodhounds (Aug., Avon, 6.50).

Miriam Grace Monfredo, Must the Maiden Die (Aug., Berkley, 6.99).

Bill Moody, Bird Lives! (June, World Wide, 5.99).

Carol O’Connell, Shell Game (Aug., Berkley, 6.99).  Mallory and magicians.

Owen Parry, Faded Coat of Blue (Aug., Avon, 6.99). All-staff raves.

Phyllis Richman, Murder on the Gravy Train (July, Avon, 5.99).

John Ridley, Everybody Smokes in Hell (Aug., Ballantine, 14.00).

Peter Robinson, In a Dry Season (July, Avon, 6.99). 2000 Edgar Nominee.

D. R. Schanker, A Criminal Appeal (June, Dell, 5.99). 1999 Edgar Nominee

James Tully, The Crimes of Charlotte Brontë (Aug., Carroll & Graf, 12.95).

Minette Walters, The Breaker (Aug., Jove, 7.50).




New Hardcovers Coming This Fall:

Lawrence Block, Hit List.  Nov.

Jan Burke, Flight.  Sept.

Caleb Carr, Killing Time.  Sept. Future-set mystery.

Carolyn Hart, Sugarplum Dead. Nov.

Elmore Leonard, Pagan Babies. Sept.

Laura Lippman, Sugar House.  Sept.

Sharyn McCrumb, The PMS Outlaw. Oct.

Peter Robinson, Cold Is the Grave. Oct.




Things of Interest


    Andre Schiffrin, The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read (Aug., Verso hc, 23.00). Part memoir, part history, written by a man whose father co-founded Pantheon and who worked in publishing from 1956 to the recent past. The title tells the tale.


   Mary H. Manhein, The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist (July, Penguin, 11.95). Head of the Louisiana State University lab, Dr. Manhein chronicles 20 years dealing with the perplexing mysteries of bones: Civil War skeletons, alleged witchcraft, and crimes of political intrigue.


   Crime Through Time III, edited by Sharan Newman (June, Berkley pbo, 6.99). Short works by Bruce Alexander, Peter Lovesey, Margaret Coel, Peter Robinson and others.


   Jeffery Deaver, Manhattan Is My Beat (June, Bantam, 6.99). New edition of Deaver’s first Rune book. The delightful Rune, a Holly Golightly character who looks like a street urchin, is sharp as a tack. The death of one of her video store’s clients leads her decades into the past.  Bill HIGHLY recommends this series.


   NYPD: The Inside Story of New York’s Legendary Police Department, by Thomas Reppetto & James Lardner (Aug., Holt hc, 27.50). An insider look at the biggest, “baddest” police force,  from its founding in 1845 to now.


   Rex Stout, An Officer and a Lady and Other Stories (June, Carroll & Graf, 5.99). Early works from magazines, 16 tales never before in book form.


   They Wrote the Book, Helen Windrath, ed. (June, Spinster tpo, 12.00). Essays on writing mysteries by US and UK authors, including Marcia Muller, Abigail Padgett, Barbara Paul, Ellen Hart and Val McDermid.



Auction Department


    The Spring auction item was a 1st ed. of Rex Stout’s Too Many Clients.  The starting bid was $55.  The winning bid was $155.

    There are two Summer auction items: each is a mysterious grab bag of galleys.  Galleys, or ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) are those hardcover-sized paperbacks that the publishers send out in advance of the book so reviews can be ready.  We have a set of 6 Northwest authors' galleys, and a set of 6 “National” authors' galleys.  All are unread and signed by the author. Dates of them range from ’97 to this year.  AND WE AREN’T GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT THEY ARE – but trust us, they’re the good stuff.   Bids for each set start at $40, and close on July 1st.  Be sure to tell us for which set you are bidding. To review how the auction works:

¨        Any time before July 1, you give us your bid.  Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and telephone number.

¨        Bids may be submitted in person, by phone, by mail or e-mail.

¨        Any bid for less than the minimum will be disregarded.  One bid per customer.

In case of a tie, the bid received earliest will win.



The Edgar Winners

Winners of the Edgar Awards for best book published in 1999 in the following categories were:


Best Novel—Jan Burke, Bones

Best First Novel by an American Author—Eliot Pattison, The Skull Mantra

Best Paperback Original—Ruth Birmingham (aka Walter Sorrells), Fulton County Blues

Best Critical - Daniel Stashower, Teller of Tales, a biography of Conan Doyle.




Tues., June 6, A Double-Header:


                 At noon,  Robert Crais signs

                                  Demolition Angel.  

And at 2:30, John Sandford signs

                     Easy Prey


Sat., June 17, noon, Carola Dunn signs

                                  Rattle His Bones

Wed., June 21, noon, Megan Mallory Rust signs

                                   Coffin Corner,

Sat., June 24, noon, Valerie Wilcox signs

                                  Sins of Deception

Sat., July 1, noon, Bill Fitzhugh signs

                               Cross Dressing

Sat., July 8, noon, J. A. Jance signs

                               The Devil’s Claw

Tues., July 11, noon, Janet Evanovich signs

                                    Hot Six

Wed., July 12, noon, Ridley Pearson signs

                                   Middle of Nowhere

Thurs., Aug 3, time TBA, James Lee Burke signs

                                         Purple Cane Road



When Bill opened Seattle Mystery Bookshop in 1990, he didn’t really mark a specific day as Day One.  Over the years, he’s tended to take July 1st as our Anniversary.  That means that this July 1st will be our Tenth Anniversary. In a time when small, independent bookshops are having a hard time, we’re doing well.  And that is thanks to you. 

     So, what are we doing to mark our 10th Anniversary?  Selling books, answering the phone, checking in books, answering e-mails, wrapping books…the usual. 

      Most of all, we want to thank you for your support, which makes it all possible—and Bill, for starting it all.


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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