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Winter 2005/2006 NEWSLETTER

What a Year It's Been!  The Negotiations! The Preparations! The Move! The New Space! The Signings! The Construction! Let's not do this again for 15 years, OK? Kidding aside, it has been a year jammed with changes. We love our new space and, by the reaction of those who knew the old space well, so does everyone. There are some minor tweaks yet to come, but the new space feels comfortable and settled. We thank those who helped with the move and those who have continued to be cheerful and supportive throughout it all.  ~~~ If you haven't had a chance to see the new space, check out the photos on our website: the original site from the first few months of operation in 1990; just before the move last Spring; the move over Memorial Day; and the new space. Like watching a child grow up!

New from the Northwest

Deborah Donnelly, You May Now Kill the Bride (Jan., Dell pbo, 5.99). During a trip to the San Juan Islands, wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid finds herself in the midst of a murder case – as the prime suspect. Signing.

Aaron & Charlotte Elkins, On the Fringe (Jan., Severn hc, 28.95). Golf pro Lee Ofsted, on the Big Island for a quiet wedding, is dragged into the mess of a missing Tiffany trophy and the murder of the golf club's chairman. Their 4th golf mystery and the first since 1997. Signing. In paper, Aaron's, Where There's a Will (Feb., Berkley, 6.99), his 12th Oliver. Also, a reissue of note, Old Bones ( Jan., Berkley, 6.99), his Edgar winning 4th Gideon Oliver.

Robert Ferrigno, Prayers for the Assassin (Feb., Scribner hc, 24.95). 35 years in the future, America has gone through the looking-glass: after a series of small nuclear bombings, most of the former US has become a moderate Islamic republic while the Bible-belt South has become a Christian Nation. The Super Bowl still happens and the Oscars, but residents are called to prayer five times each day. A young historian begins to piece together a different history, a history that points to a violent plan for the future. Signing. Janine recommends.

Clyde W. Ford, Precious Cargo (Jan., Mystic Voyager tpo, 15.95). When a woman's body is raised from the waters of a popular cove, Charlie Noble dives into the case. Second in the new and popular maritime private eye series that Fran & Janine recommend. Signing.

Yasmine Galenorn, A Harvest of Bones (Dec., Berkley pbo, 6.99). 4th with tea shop and psychic Emerald O'Brien. She and friends deal with a house full of supernatural action – whispering plants! Signing

Jane Isenberg, Hot Wired (Dec., Avon pbo, 6.99). Menopausal college professor Bel Barrett goes into action when a cruel "cyber-slam" results in murder. 6th in this funny series. Signing.

J.A. Jance, Force of Evil(Dec., Avon pbo, 7.99). First time in print! Broadcaster Alison Reynolds has lost her job – they wanted a "younger face" - and is divorcing her cheating husband, so there is nothing to keep her in LA. Summoned to Sedona, she's drawn into the mysterious death of a childhood friend.

Kate Kingsbury, Wedding Rows (Jan., Berkley pbo, 6.99). In the 8th Manor House mystery, Lady Elizabeth investigates when a wedding guest is knifed.

Jayne Ann Krentz, All Night Long (Jan., Putnam hc, 24.95). Events from a summer night 17 years ago lead a woman back to her small hometown to face what happened and how it has come back to haunt her. Signing.

Kris Nelscott, Days of Rage(Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). As Chicago prepares for the 1969 trial of the Chicago Eight, Smokey Dalton finds skeletons in the walls that lead to a racial crimes from 50 years before. In paper, War at Home (Jan, St. Martin's, 14.95).

Ann Rule, Worth More Dead: Crime Files vol. 10 (Dec., Pocket pbo, 7.99).

E.C. Sheedy, Over Her Dead Body (Dec., Zebra pbo, 5.99). A dying woman reveals truths about a refuge for abused women. Someone will kill to keep those truths private.  BC author.

Dana Stabenow, Blindfold Game (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). A bold departure for our good friend: a timely tale woven from the present's horrors. In the South Seas, a Russian freighter is hijacked. In the Bering Sea, a Coast Guard cutter patrols Maritime Boundary Line. In DC, a government analyst sees a trail from the plutonium theft he's traced to those events and to that cutter on which his wife serves. Signing . Fran recommends.

Lono Waiwaiole,Wiley's Refrain (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Wiley returns to his roots to chase a killer through Hawaii's dark and mean streets. Signing. Janine and Tammy recommend.

Now in Paperback

Stan Jones,Shaman Pass (Jan., Soho, 11.00).

Steve Martini, Double Tap, (Jan., Berkley, 7.99).

John J. Nance, SavingCascadia (Feb., Pocket, 7.99).

Dave Reichert, Chasing the Devil (Jan., St. Martin's, 6.99). Sheriff's – now Congressman's – account of the Green River Case.

Northwest Audio

Jim French Productions has a variety of new releases that would make nice holiday gifts:

The Adventures of Harry Nile, vol.13. This 2 CD set has 6 episodes, spanning the year from Aug. '52 to '53. $15.95

The Adventures of Harry Nile, vols. 1-4, vols. 5-8, vols. 9-12. Each set is $49.95, comes in a DVD case and is a perfect gift for the mystery fan on the go.

A Christmas Sampler, a single CD that contains one episode from each of the audio drama series – The Adventures of Harry Nile, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Kindaid, The Strangeseeker. A great introduction to all three. $9.95

Coming This Spring

Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, April

Mary Daheim, The Alpine Recluse, Mar.

Robert Dugoni,The Jury Master, Mar.

Michael Gruber, Night of the Jaguar, April

Sue Henry, The Tooth of Time, April

John J. Nance, Orbit,Mar.

New from the Rest

Conrad Allen, Murder on the Oceanic(Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). George Porter Dillmand and Genevieve Masefield set sail again in their 7th case as shipboard detectives. Pseudonym of Edward Marston.

Jennifer Apodaca, Thrilled To Death (Feb., Kensington hc, 22.00). Dating service owner Samantha Shaw looks into the death of a magician. In paper, BatteriesRequired (Jan., Kensington, 6.50).

Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea (Feb., Viking hc, 22.95). After their family is threatened, Lori and the twins are sent to a remote Scottish island. There she finds no safety. In paper, Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (Feb., Penguin, 7.99).

M.C. Beaton, Death of a Dreamer (Feb., Mysterious Press hc, 23.95). 22nd Macbeth. In paper, The Deadly Dance (Jan., St Martins, 6.99), Ms. Raisin, and Death of a Bore ( Jan., Warner, 6.99), McBeth.

William Bernhardt, Capitol Murder (Jan., Ballantine hc, 25.95). Kincaid in DC. In paper, DarkEye (Jan., Ballantine, 7.50).

Eleanor Taylor Bland,A Dark and Deadly Deception (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). 13th with Chicago Det. Marti MacAlister.

Peter Bowen, Nails (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In his 13th book, Gabriel Du Pre deals with many problems, but the most peculiar is a missing girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, and who may or may not be in danger.

Lillian Jackson Braun,The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (Jan., Putnam hc, 23.95). Includes an interview with the author by James Qwilleran. In paper, The Cat Who Went Bananas (Jan ., Jove, 7.99).

Tony Broadbent, Spectres in the Smoke (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In 1948 England, life is austere. Cat burglar Jethro has taken on the job of domestic spy of MI5 in order to prevent a plot to undermine the new Labor party. Signing.

Rita Mae Brown, Sour Puss (Feb., Bantam hc, 25.00). 14th Mrs. Murphy. In paper, Cat's Eyewitness (Feb., Bantam, 7.50).

Leslie Caine, Manor of Death (Jan., Dell pbo, 6.99). 3rd interior design mystery.

Andrea Camilleri,The Smell of the Night (Dec., Penguin tpo, 12.00). Insp. Montalbano is stymied in his investigation of a financial wizard who has vanished with the funds of retirees.

Max Allan Collins Road to Paradise (Dec., Morrow hc, 24.95). 3rd book continuing the tale of Michael from Road to Perdition: now middle-aged in 1973, Michael runs a casino in Reno. Refusing to do a hit, he's framed for the killing and takes to the road with his daughter.

Nancy J. Cohen, Dead Roots (Dec., Kensington hc, 20.00). 7th with Marla Shore, who is headed to a family reunion.

Barbara Colley, Married to the Mop (Jan., Kensington hc, 22.00). 5th with New Orleans house cleaner Charlotte LaRue. In paper, Wiped Out (Dec., Kensington, 6.50)

Beverly Connor, Dead Secret (Dec., Onyx pbo, 7.99). The discovery of decades old bones leads forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon to a murder case that is 70 years old.

Deborah Crombie, Water Like a Stone (Feb., Morrow hc, 23.95). A holiday for Kincaid and James is interrupted by three murders that have connections to the present and the past. In paper, In A Dark House ( Jan., Avon, $7.50). Signing?

Clare Curzon, Last to Leave (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). 18th with Superintendent Mike Yeadings.

Sean Doolittle, Rain Dogs (Jan., Dell pbo, 6.99). An ex-reporter tries to escape it all and winds up on the wrong end of a police investigation.

Linda Fairstein, Death Dance (Jan., Scribner hc, 26.00). Alexandra Cooper follows clues behind the curtain in the NYC theatre world. Signing. In paper, Entombed (Feb., Pocket, 9.99).

Margaret Frazer, The Sempster's Tale (Jan., Berkley hc, 24.95). 15th medieval mystery with Dame Frevisse. In paper, The Widow's Tale (Jan., Berkley, 6.99).  Pseudonym of Monica Ferris, who also wrote as Mary Monica Pulver.

David Fulmer, Rampart Street (Jan., Harcourt hc, 25.00). In his 3rd appearance, Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr looks into the deaths of two wealthy gentlemen on one of Storyville's most seedy streets. In paper, Jass ( Jan., Harcourt, 14.00) 2nd in the Shamus winning series.Favorite of JB's and Janine's  

Ashley Gardner,A Body in Berkeley Square (Dec., Berkley pbo, 7.99). 5th case for Capt. Lacey who investigates a murder in high society.

Lisa Gardner,Gone (Jan., Bantam hc, 25.00). Twisted thrills and psychological shocks.

Brad Geagley, Day of the False King (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). 2nd in this historical series set in ancient Egypt. It's 1154 BC and Semerket, the kingdom's Clerk of Investigations and Secrets is still dealing with problems left from the plot to overthrow the King. While he stopped that plot, intrigue continues. Signing.

Lee Goldberg, The Man with the Iron-On Badge (Nov., Five Star hc, 25.95). A security guard gets to indulge his fantasies when he's asked to follow a wife. He finds out the reality of being a sleuth differs from paperbacks and reruns. Signing. ANDMonk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Jan., Signet pbo, 6.99). First in a series of NEW mysteries featuring the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk.

Tod Goldberg, Simplify (University of Illinois tp, 14.99). 12 short stories, noir-ish and twisted. Lee's brother, and they're the nephews of local author Burl Barer. Signing.

Carol Goodman, The Ghost Orchard (Jan., Ballantine hc, 24.95). Novelist Ellis Brooks is visiting the Bosco Estate to gather atmosphere for a novel she's writing about the events of a 100 years ago: 1893, the wealthy owner brought a medium to help his wife contact their dead children. The séance went terribly wrong and their only remaining child was kidnapped.

Sue Grafton, S is for Silence (Dec.,Putnam hc, 26.95). 34 years ago, her mother put on her finery and left for a party, never to be seen again. The woman wants answers and hires Kinsey to get them. Signed Copies Available.

Sara Gran, Dope (Feb., Putnam hc, 21.95). By 1950, Josephine Flannigan has beat the odds, having grown up hard and on drugs in Hell's Kitchen. But she's clean and out of trouble. Or so she thinks. When a suburban couple asks her to find their missing daughter who has been lost to the world she left, she reluctantly agrees to re-submerge herself to help another. Signed Copies Available.

Pip Granger, No Peace for the Wicked (Jan., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). Trouble comes to 1956 Soho.

Sarah Graves, Nail Biter (Dec., Bantam hc, 22.00). 10th Home Repair is Homicide mystery.

Kerry Greenwood, Urn Burial (Dec., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). The peaceful surroundings of an Australian mountain mansion are interrupted when Phryne Fisher's host receives death threats.

Martha Grimes, The Old Wine Shades (Feb., Viking hc, 25.95). Over the course of three nights, Jury is told the story of how a man's wife, son and dog vanished. The man is a brilliant when it comes to the physics of string theory. It's as if the story is supposed to demonstrate the theories. But then the dog returns, and the body is found. Signed Copies Available.

James Grippando, Got the Look (Jan., Harper hc, 24.95). Miami attorney Jake Swyteck may have met his match.

Karen Harper, The Fatal Fashione (Jan., St. Martin'.s hc, 23.95). 8th in the Elizabeth I series. The invention of starch takes the fashion world by storm and leads to murder.  In paper, TheFyre Mirror ( Feb., St. Martins, 6.99).

Lee Harris, Murder in Greenwich Village (Feb., Ballantine pbo, 6.99). 3rd with NYPD detective Jane Bauer.

Janis Harrison,Bindweed (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). MO florist Bretta Solomon looks for the killer of a harmless young man that everyone in town looked after. 6th in the series.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Dear Departed (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). In his 9th appearance, Det. Bill Slider wants to spend more time at home with his pregnant wife-to-be, but a ruthless killer is keeping him on the job.

John Harvey, Ash & Bone (Dec., Harcourt hc, 25.00). A retired male cop and an active female cop have a connection from the past that they both regret. Now, he's drawn back when his daughter goes out of control, and the woman cop feels she's being stalked after a failed arrest. They reconnect to solve their individual problems.

Joan Hess, Malpractice in Maggody (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 23.00). In her 15th case, Police Chief Arly Hanks gets involved when a swanky celebrity rehab center opens.

Greg Iles, Turning Angel(Dec., Scribner hc, 25.95). Penn Cage (The Quiet Game, 7.99) defends his old friend in a murder case, a doctor who had saved his life during a hiking trip when they were boys. In paper, Blood Money (Jan., Pocket, 9.95).

Iris Johansen, On the Run (Dec., Bantam hc, 26.00). A woman's past comes back to her.

Sharon KahnWhich Big Fiver Stole the Chopped Liver? (Dec., Berkley pbo, 6.99). 5th with Ruby, the Rabbi's wife.

Alex Kava, A Necessary Evil (Jan., Mira hc, 21.95). A prequel to her debut novel, A PerfectEvil (6.99, from 2001). FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell tracks a killer of priests. One of Fran's favorite authors.

Jesse Kellerman,Sunstroke (Jan., Putnam hc, 24.95). Debut novel by the son of those famous parents: having worked with her oblivious boss for ten years, Gloria Mendez is hopelessly in love with him. She thinks she knows him well. When he disappears during his annual trip into Mexico, she decides she's the one to find him. What she finds out about his past is he's nothing like what she thought he was. Signed Copies Available.

Michael Koryta, Sorrow's Anthem (Feb., St. Martin'.s hc, 22.95). PI Lincoln Perry's friend tells him it started with money and then got personal. The cops want Ed for arson and murder. When Ed is shot down during the arrest, Perry sets out to discover what lead his friend to that death. Signed Copies Available. Janine recommends the author's debut,Tonight I Said Goodbye (St. Martin's, 6.99).

Linda La Plante, Above Suspicion (Jan., Touchstone tpo, 14.00). Fledgling London copper Anna Travis, the bright and eager young daughter of recently deceased DCS Travis, is hired by DCI Langton, whose murder team has been completely outfoxed by a serial killer with a trail of six murdered prostitutes dating back 12 years. A young actor becomes a suspect and their inquiry expands to include his past movie locations.

Victoria Laurie, A Vision of Murder (Dec., Signet pbo, 6.99). 2nd book with professional psychic Abby Copper.

John Lawton, A Little White Death (Feb., Atlantic hc, 23.00). It's 1963 and Insp. Troy – now Scotland Yard's chief detective – is drawn into a major political scandal. In paper, FleshWounds ( Feb., Grove, 12.00).

John Lescroart,The Hunt Club (Feb., Dutton hc, 26.95). The murder of a judge and his mistress and it at first seems like a crime of passion. But the investigation points to a group of powerful people who wanted the judge to stop meddling in their affairs. Signed Copies Available. In paper, The Motive (Jan., Signet, 7.99).

David Liss, The Ethical Assassin (Feb., Ballantine hc, 24.95). A young FL salesman witnesses a double assassination. Facing the murderer, the 17 year old believes he will be seen as an accomplice and leaves with the killer who is an intelligent extremist and either a reckless animal rights activist or a visionary vigilante. Edgar Winning author.

Michael McGarrity, Nothing But Trouble (Jan., Dutton hc, 24.95). In his 10th book, Chief Kevin Kerney travels to a remote, southwestern part of New Mexico to be an adviser on a film. A body found near the site leads him into a morass of immigration and drug running. Signed Copies Available.

Kasey Michaels, High Heels and Homicide (Dec., Kensington tpo, 14.00). In her 3rd book, mystery writer Maggie Kelly travels to England to watch one of her books be filmed.

Wendy Howell Mills, Island Intrigue (Dec., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). To recover from a cancer scare and the death of her mother, a woman moves to a small Florida Island. There, she's told of the ghost of Walk-the-Plank Wrightly, whose ghost haunts her rose garden. There is more afoot – a family feud creeps into a political campaign.

Shirley Rousseau MurphyCat Breaking Free (Dec., Harper hc, 24.95). The fur flies when Joe Grey, cat PI, is on the case.

Tamar Myers, Grape Expectations (Feb., NAL hc, 19.95). 14th Pennsylvania Dutch culinary mystery. In paper, Assault and Pepper (Jan., Signet, 6.99).

Martin O'Brien, Jacquot and the Waterman (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). In Marseilles, Insp. Jacquot investigates a series of murders – young women found submerged in water. First in the series – first US release – by a longtime British travel writer.

Robin Paige, Death on the Lizard (Feb., Berkley hc, 24.95). 12th Edwardian mystery. In paper, Death at Blenheim Palace (Feb., Berkley, 6.99).

P.J. Parrish, An Unquiet Grave (Feb., Pinnacle pbo, 6.99). Louis Kincaid is called to the scene of an abandoned sanitarium that is being bulldozed.

Rebecca Pawel, The Summer Snow (Feb., Soho hc, 23.00). Fear of Communists is strong in 1945 Spain. Summoned weekly by a rich, elderly woman, the police begin to ignore her tales of threats. Lt. Leon is sent in when she indeed is found murdered. In paper, The Watcher in the Pines (Feb., Soho,12.00). Janine raves about this Edgar winning series.

Randall Peffer, Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues (Dec., Intrigue hc, 24.00). A mysterious fire kills a notorious playboy mobster and the chief suspect is his drag queen lover. Michael DeCastro is appointed by the court to defend Tuki, but her defense leads him back to the tenderloin zone in Bangkok. The author has written many things, including a number of travel guides. In paper, Killing Neptune's Daughter ( Nov., Speck, 14.00), a psychological thriller set on Cap Cod.

Joanne Pence, Red Hot Murder (Feb., Avon pbo, 6.99). 13th culinary mystery with Chef Angie Amalfi.

Arturo Perez-Reverte, Purity of Blood (Jan., Putnam hc, 23.95). 2nd with Captain Alatriste. In paper, Captain Alatriste (Jan ., Plume, 14.00), soon to be a movie with Viggo Mortenson.

Twist Phelan,Spurred Ambition (Jan., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). While rock climbing, Hannah Dain runs into an anti-Indian protest that turns violent. Signed Copies Available? In paper, Family Claims ( Dec., Poisoned Pen, 14.95).

Ann Purser, Theft of Thursday (Feb., Berkley pbo, 6.99). In her fourth case, housecleaner Lois Meade is asked to look into the poisoning of the new choirmaster. Traditional British series of increasing popularity.

J.D. Robb, Memory in Death (Jan., Putnam hc, 24.95). 23rd with NYC cop Eve Dallas. In paper, Origin in Death (Feb., Berkley, 7.99).

Gillian Roberts, A Hole in Juan (Feb., Ballantine hc, 23.95). 13th with Philadelphia English teacher Amanda Pepper. In paper, Till the End of Tom (Jan.,Ballantine, 6.99).

Priscilla Royal, Sorrow Without End (Jan., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). On the Anglican coast, in the autumn storms of 1271, a crusader's body is found with a dagger in its chest. On the dagger is a strange cursive design. Is it a clue to the killer or a deception?

Perri O'Shaughnessy, Sinister Shorts (Jan., Delacorte hc, 21.00). Short stories.

Walter Satterthwaite, Perfection(Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Sarasota is about to explode when a serial killer begins to target overweight woman.

Maggie Sefton, Needled to Death (Dec., Berkley pbo, 6.99). 2nd case for knitter Kelly Flynn.

Barbara Seranella, An Unacceptable Death (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In her 8th novel, the happiness and stability that Munch Mancini has worked so hard to achieve is destroyed with one phone call. Signing. See Meeting Across the River in Other Gift Ideas

Sharon Short, Hung Out to Die (Feb., Avon pbo, 6.99). 4th comic mystery with small-town laundromat owner Josie Toadfern.

Charles Todd, A Long Shadow(Jan., Morrow hc, 23.95). On New Year's Eve, Insp. Rutledge finds a brass casing like those he saw in the war. Another, identical casing points toward unfinished business from the Great War.

Peter Tremayne, The Leper's Ball(Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). 15th mystery of ancient Ireland with Sister Fedelma. In paper, The Haunted Abbot (Jan., Signet, 6.99). ANDAn Ensuing Eviland Others ( Jan., St. Martin,s tpo, 14.95), a book of short stories.

Robert W. Walker, City for Ransom (Jan., Avon pbo, 6.99). First in a new series with Insp. Alastair Ransom, set at the turn of the Century.

Paula Woods, Strange Bedfellows (Jan., Ballantine hc, 23.95). 4th with African American LAPD detective Charlotte Justice.

Coming This Spring

Robert Crais, Mar., John Dunning, May, David Handler, Mar., Carolyn Hart,April, Pete Hautman, April, Tony Hillerman, May, Craig Johnson, Mar., John Mortimer , Mar., T.J. Parker, Mar., Anne Perry, Mar., Thomas Perry, Mar., Elizabeth Peters, April, Bill Pronzini,Mar., Lisa Scottoline, April, David Skibbins, April, Alexander McCall Smith, Mar., Barbara Vine, Mar., Jill Patton Walsh, April, Randy Wayne White, Mar.

Now in Paperback

Nevada Barr, Hard Truth (Feb., Berkley, 7.99).

Rhys Bowen, In Like Flynn (Dec., St. Martin's, 6.99).

Michael Connelly, The Closers (Feb., Warner, 7.99). Bill & JB recommend.

John Connolly, Black Angel (Feb., Pocket, 7.99).

Robert Crais, The Forgotten Man, (Jan., Ballantine, 7.99).

Jerrilyn Farmer,The Flaming Luau of Death (Dec., Avon, 6.99).

Joanne Fluke, Peach Cobbler Murder,(Feb., Kensington, 6.99).

Victor Gischer, Suicide Squeeze, (Jan., Dell, 6.99).

Leslie Glass, For Love and Money (Feb., Ballantine, 6.99).

Batya Gur Bethlehem Road Murder (Dec., Harper, 13.95).

Jane Haddam, The Headmaster's Wife (Feb., St. Martins, 6.99).

James W. Hall, Forests of the Night (Dec., St. Martin's, 6.99). Tammy & JB recommend.

Gary Hardwick, The Executioner's Game (Jan., Harper, 7.50).

Tony Hillerman, Skeleton Man, (Feb., Harper, 7.99).

Tami Hoag, Kill the Messenger (Feb., Bantam, 7.99).

Rupert Holmes, Swing(Jan., Random House, 13.95). Fran recommends.

Stuart Kaminsky, The Last Dark Place (Dec., Forge, 6.99). Lieberman.

Henning Mankell, Before the Frost (Feb., Vintage, 13.00).

Neil McMahon, Revolution No. 9 (Jan., Harper, 7.50).

T. Jefferson Parker, California Girl (Feb., Harper, 7.99). Edgar Winner. Janine recommends.

Thomas Perry, Pursuit AND Dead Aim (Feb., Random House, 13.95 ea.).

Preston/Child,Dance of Death (Jan., Warner, 7.99).

Bill Pronzini, Nightcrawlers(Jan., Forge, 6.99). Nameless

Ian Rankin, Fleshmarket Alley (Feb., Little Brown, 6.99).

J.D. Rhoades,The Devil's Right Hand (Jan., St. Martin's, 6.99).

Rick Riordan, Mission Road (Feb., Bantam, 6.99). Janine recommends.

Michael Robotham, Suspect (Jan, Vintage, 7.99). Janine recommends.

John Maddox Roberts, SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates (Feb., St. Martin's, 12.95).

Caroline Roe,Consolation for an Exile (Dec., Berkley, 7.99).

Robert Wilson,The Vanished Hands (Jan., Harcourt, 14.00). Janine recommends.

Reissues of Note

Warren Murphy and Molly Cochran, Grandmaster(Sept., Forge, 14.95). Edgar winner for Best Paperback Original in 1985.

Charles WillefordThe Shark-Infested Custard (Dec., Vintage, 12.00).


Philip J. Caraaher, The Adventure of the New York Ripper (Sept., Infinity Publishing, 14.95). Terror walks the streets of NYC in 1893 as a series of murders looks to be the work of Jack. Posing as a Scotland Yard detective, Sherlock Holmes aids the investigators. Based on real historical crimes.

Steve Hockensmith, Holmes on the Range (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). It's been tough time for cowboys in 1893 Montana. Two brothers count themselves lucky to be hired on at the secretive Bar-VR spread. They keep entertained by reading Sherlock Holmes stories in Harper's Weekly. When a fellow hand is found murdered, they decide to put their "deducifyin'" skills to work.

Michael Kurland, Empress of India (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). A secret shipment of gold is stolen and Holmes, brought in by the government, claims only one man could have pulled off the theft. Knowing himself to be innocent and knowing he will get no peace until he can prove it, Moriarty sets to find the culprits.

The Ghosts of Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Greenberg, Lellenberg and Stashower, eds (Feb., Carroll & Graf tpo, 16.95). New stories with a supernatural bent. Included is an original essay by Caleb Carr about the Holmsean legacy. Postponed from 2/05.

Now in Paper

Michael Chabon The Final Solution (Dec., Harper, 12.95).

Sherlock Holmes: The Early Years, Michael Kurland, ed. (Feb., St. Martin's, 14.95).

From Overseas

A.C. Baantjer, Dekok and the Death of a Clown (Dec., Speck tpo, 14.00). Dekok, while investigating a jewel theft, is called to the scene of a drowned clown.

Massimo Carlotto, The Goodbye Kiss (Jan., Europa tpo, 14.95). After years on the run, an unscrupulous womanizer returns to Italy where he is ready to do anything, including murder, to gain the veneer of respectability. A bestselling noir writer in Europe who himself is an ex-con who was once on the run.

Didier Daeninckx, Murder in Memoriam (Jan., Serpent's Tail tpo, 15.00). During the Parisian protests of 1961, a young history teacher was killed. Insp. Cadin investigates when, 20 years later, the man's son is murdered in Toulouse. First published in France in 1984.

Kjell Eriksson, The Princess of Burundi (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Winner of the Swedish Academy Crime Writer's Award for Best Mystery: even though she's on maternity leave, Insp. Ann Lindell is called when a jogger finds a mutilated body in the snow.

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, Pursuit (Feb., Holt hc, 23.00). In his 5th appearance, when his daughter vanishes, a troubled psychiatrist comes to Insp. Espinosa for help. One of his patients is the main suspect. In paper, A Window in Copacabana ( Feb., Picador,14.00)

Ismail Kadare, The Successor (Feb., Arcade hc, 24.00). Part mystery, part history, part political thriller, based on actual events: the man who had been handpicked to succeed the hated Albanian dictator is dead. Did he die by his own hand or others?

English Imports

Michael Jecks, The Butcher of St. Peters (Nov., Trafalgar, 9.99).

Janet Neel,Ticket to Ride (Dec., Allison and Busby hc, 25.95). Eight bodies in a shallow grave lead to a case involving human trafficking and immigration. One of Sandy's favorite authors.

Small Mystery Presses

            Bitter Lemon

Friedrich Glauser, In Matto's Realm (Jan., tpo, 13.95). In the second Sgt. Studer book, he looks for the murderous escapee from an insane asylum.

Hans Werner Kettenbach,Black Ice (Feb., tpo, 13.95). The author didn't start publishing until he was 50. A dozen books later, and now 75, all of his books have been made into films. A small town heiress falls to her death. Everyone but one of her employees views it as a terrible accident.

______Felony & Mayhem

Jonathan Valin, The Lime Pit (Dec., 14.95). First of the Harry Stoner, Cincinnati PI novels, from 1980. Bill recommends.

Shipping Late January, all 14.95.
Robert Cullen, Soviet Sources, top-notch espionage from a Newsweek reporter, from 1992.

Edmund Crispin, Holy Disorders, 2nd with Prof. Fen, from 1945. Sandy recommends this author.

Jonathan Gash,The Judas Pair, 1st Lovejoy, 1977.

Anton Gill, City of Dreams, 2nd in Ancient Egypt, from 1993.

Caroline Graham, Death of a Hollow Man, the 2nd Insp. Barnaby, from 1989. Bill & Sandy recommend.

Paul Mann,The Ganja Coast, the 2nd with India sleuth George Sansi, from 1995. Tammy recommends.

            Hard Case Crime

Donald Hamilton, Night Walker (Jan., 6.99). First published in 1954, and in the UK as RoughCompanion. Noir by the author of the Matt Helm books.

Ed McBain, The Gutter and the Grave (Dec., 6.99). Ex-cop, Bowry bum Matt Cordell investigates a double homicide that involves a beautiful woman and an old nemesis. Originally published in 1958 under the name Curt Cannon. Before he died, McBain made changes to the text and signed off on the proofs.

Charles Williams, A Touch of Death (Feb., 6.99). First published in 1954. By the author of Dead Calm. When Lee Scarborough came across the brunette sunbathing topless in her back yard, getting involved in a heist was the last thing on his mind.

______Midnight Ink

Sue Ann Jaffarian, Too Big to Miss (Feb., tpo, 13.95) Odelia Grey is an unabashedly plus-sized woman in a skinny world. When her activist friend commits suicide on a web-cam, Odelia's live of regularity is forever altered; she is compelled to find out what happened.

            Rue Morgue

Pamela Branch, The Wooden Overcoat (Jan., 14.95). From 1951, "members of a club for wrongfully acquitted murderers are concerned when an amateur appears to be killing off it's members" – a great write-up by Tom and Enid.

Pamela Branch, Lion in the Cellar (Feb., 14.95). Comic crime novel about an axe-murdering grandmother, a Wax Museum, her granddaughter and a stuffed lion. From1951.

        Stark House 2-in-1 trade paperbacks

Benjamin Appel, Brain Guy/Plunder (Nov., 19.95). Appel grew up in NYC's Hells Kitchen, and Brain Guy – his first novel from 1934 – is set right in the heart of it. This Depression-era tale of a young gangster on the rise is matched by Plunder – from 1952 – in which two AWOL GIs attempt to cash in on the rape of the post-WWII Manila: gangsters in uniform.

Malcolm Braly, Shake Him til He Rattles/It's Cold Out There (Jan., 19.95). Shake is a post-Beat tale set in San Francisco's North Beach involving a young sax player

and the vengeful narc who continually dogs his trail. First published in 1963. Cold is the story of an ex-con trying to make it on the outside, and all the crazy people who make his (and their own) life hell. First published in 1966.

Stephen Marlowe, Violence is My Business/Turn Left for Murder (Dec., 19.95). Violence is a Chester Drum mystery set in Washington D.C. Drum was a character that Marlowe wrote many books about in the 50's and 60's--a globetrotting investigator--and this is considered his best one. First published in 1958. Turn Left is about a man who is caught between two gangster factions, and the moral decisions he has to make in order to survive. First published in 1955. The book features a new intro by Marlowe.


Thou Shalt Not Kill, Anne Perry, ed. (Dec., Carroll and Graf tpo, 15.95). 15 works based on Biblical stories by the likes of Barnard, McCrumb, Douglas, Lovesey, Robinson, Hill and Newman.

The Mammoth Book of Vintage Whodunits, Maxim Jakubowski, ed. (Feb., Carroll & Graf tpo, 13.95). A collection of short mystery gems from before what we think of the Golden Age by authors not generally thought to have written mysteries. Authors include Dumas, de Maupassant, Pushkin, Dickens, Stephenson, Henry, Twain, Kipling, and a few who are seen to be early masters – Hornung, Lupin, Collins and, of course, Poe.

Murder Through the Ages, Maxim Jakubowski, ed (Feb., iBooks tpo, 13.95). Short historical stories by authors such as Lovesey, Davis, Tremayne, Gregory, Doherty, Keating, Morson and Marston. Some have been previously published and some are brand new.

The Adventure of the Missing Detective, Gorman and Greenberg, eds (Jan., Carroll & Graf tpo, 15.95). 25 of the year's Finest crime and mystery stories, by authors including Barnard, Pronzini, Lippman and Collins.

Greatest Hits: Original Stories of Hitmen, Hired Guns and PrivateEyes, Robert J. Randisi, ed. (Dec., Carroll and Graf hc, 25.00). Authors include Block, Deaver, Collins, Hall and Child.

D.C. Noir, George Pelecanos, ed, (Feb., Akashic tpo, 14.95). Contributors include Grady, Beane, Patton, Kelley, and the editor.

Murder at the Foul Line,Otto Penzler, ed (Jan., Mysterious Press hc, 24.95, tp, 13.95). Basketball's fatal fouls by players Block, Deaver, King, Pelecanos, Lupica and Rozan. Original stories.

Special Interest

Paul Doherty, The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303 (Dec., Carroll and Graf hc, 25.00). The true story of the first great bank heist – the plot to steal the royal valuables.

Walter Mosley, The Wave (Jan., Aspect hc, 22.95). Another fantastic vision of the near future: a man is awakened by what he thinks has to be a prank call. After all, how could his father call, having been dead for Years? In his pursuit of the truth, he'll be touched by The Wave. AND Life out of Context (Jan., Nation tpo, 12.95). A political meditation that urges African-Americans to abandon the Democratic party and form their own in order to affect the social changes that are needed.

Charles Addams, Happily Never After (Feb., Simon & Schuster hc, 20.00). A refreshing alternative to the sweetness foisted upon us by Valentine's Day – classic cartoons.

2006 Calendars

Vicious and Delicious wall calendar (12.95) film noir femme fatals.

The Reading Woman wall calendar (13.99) women reading as a painter's subject

Charles Addams wall calendar (13.99) classic New Yorker covers

Edward Gorey Gashlycrumb Tinies wall calendar (13.99), Gorey Cats mini calendar (6.99),

A Gorey Year box calendar (12.99) and Neglected Murderesses & the Deranged Cousins engagement calendar (14.99)

Booklust 2006 calendar (11.95) more from Nancy Pearl!

Jack Vettriano 2006 wall calendar (13.99), pocket calendar (8.99) noirish paintings.

Classic Movie Posters wall calendar (13.99). TheMalteseFalcon and others.

          Other Gift Ideas – besides the Jim French CDs mentioned at the end of the Northwest section, and the calendars, we have a wide range of possible gifts for the mystery lover on your list:

John Berendt'sThe City of Falling Angels (signed 1st printings, 25.95). The new book by author of the phenomenally popular Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It deals with the destruction of the Venice Opera House.

Behind the Mystery (Hothouse hc, 29.95). Interviews with 18 mystery authors by Stuart Kaminsky about their work and accompanied with photos of where they live and work. Authors include Spillane, Hillerman, Block, Connelly, Paretsky, Grafton and Leonard.

Alexander McCall Smith'sNo. 1 Ladies Detective Agency gift box (64.75) contains the first five of the beloved series. Got a friend or young reader you'd like to start on these?

Meeting Across the River (tpo,14.95). 20 stories inspired by one of Springsteen's songs, noirish and varied. Authors include Steve Hamilton, CJ Box, Barbara Seranella, William Kent Krueger, and our copies are signed by contributors Greg Hurwitz, Eddie Muller and local Renaissance man Randy Michael Signor.

Dashiell Hammett'sLost Stories (reg. hc, 24.95, ltd ed. slipcased hc, signed by the publisher and Joe Gores, 149.95). Stories either never before anthologized or out of print for decades. Includes one set in Pioneer Square.

Richard Layman, Discovering Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon and Same Space (tpo, 19.95). photos, movies stills and reproductions of various things Hammett.

Nancy Drew Fold and Stamp Stationary (7.95) for sleuths of all ages, as are the NancyDrew postcard sets (9.95) both decorated with original cover art. The postcard sets are perfect for stocking stuffers, about the size of a deck of playing cards. 

Another stocking stuffers could be Philip Marlowe's Guide to Life (14.95), a sharp little hardcover with quotes on life, living and, of course, love.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts for Booklovers (2.99) A dandy thin paperback jammed with fun – award winners, birthdays, websites, definitions – all in less than 100 pages.

Still looking for some thing special? Stop in and quiz us. We have lots of signed copies of the staff favorites listed below, collectables from the Farley Stout Collection, and our shop caps, mugs and book bags. You can look at those on our website and look over past newsletters for gift ideas too – you can even give a gift subscription to the newsletter! And GIFT CERTIFICATES! Any denomination and they don't expire!

 Staff Favorites from 2005


All the Flowers Are Dying, Lawrence Block.  Matt Scudder and Elaine are not just fictional characters, they're good friends of mine, and when they're threatened, I'm on edge.  I could hardly sit still through this.

Prince of Thieves, Chuck Hogan.  JB put me onto this compelling and rather touching tale of a bank hold-up gone wrong. Moral: trust JB's recommendations.

Suspect, Michael Robotham. Janine led me to this one, a very subtle case of a psychologist with an enigmatic patient.  Boffo finish. Guess I'd better trust her recommendations, too. 

The Ice Harvest, Scott Phillips. JB and others have been urging me to read this for a long time.  They were right: it's still delightfully nasty after all these years.

Amagansett, Mark Mills. I found this one myself, simply by judging a book by its cover, and the trade paperback at that.  I've never seen the hardcover.  An atmospheric story with a strong sense of people, plot, and place (Long Island, NY).

Sudden Death, David Rosenfelt.  Fourth in series with nice-guy lawyer Andy Carpenter.  One of the best new series of the decade, and it keeps getting even better with each book.

Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear.  Second appearance of Maisie Dobbs after her eponymous debut, this time with more of a whodunit element.  Another good new series.

The Inside Ring, Michael Lawson. Political intrigue (the President's inner security wall has sprung a leak). The most assured first novel I've read in a long time.

Breach of Trust, D. W. Buffa.  More political intrigue, this one involving the Vice-President, in the well-established, excellent series with attorney Joseph Antonelli. A 2004 release I somehow missed last year.

Little Black Dress, Loren Estleman.  Hit-man hero Peter Macklin tries unsuccessfully to prevent a gunfight during an author signing event at his mother-in-law's bookstore.  Not exactly a biblio-mystery, though.

Watch Your Back!,Donald E. Westlake. Talk about well-established! John Dortmunder has been planning comically unsuccessful capers for many years.  Both character John and author Don are still in top form.

   Well rats, my top ten list has eleven entries already, and I haven't even mentioned One Shot, Lee Child, or The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly , or a bunch of others.  This was a really good year for mysteries.


Don Winslow, Power of the Dog

Lee Child, One Shot

Alice Ferney, Angelina's Children

Joshilyn Jackson, gods in Alabama

Greg Rucka, Private Wars

Clyde W. Ford, The Long Mile

Lief Enger, Peace Like a River

Brian Wiprud, Stuffed

Bill Fitzhugh, Highway 61 Resurfaced

Walter Mosley, Cinnamon Kiss

     Janine's Top Ten (OK, Top Eleven) Best Reads of the Year:

The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow

One Shot, by Lee Child

The Blood Dimmed Tide, by Rennie Airth

Amagansett, by Mark Mills

Killing Rain, by Barry Eisler

Suspect, by Michael Robotham

First Drop, by Zoe Sharp

Private Wars, by Greg Rucka

The Inside Ring, by Michael Lawson

Beneath a Panamanian Moon, by David Terrenoire

The Devil's Right Hand, by JD Rhoades


An issue of our newzine and our last newsletter carried the first seven books with extended write-ups…

Dark Harbor by David Hosp - signed firsts available

gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson - signed firsts available

The Inside Ring by Mike Lawson - signed firsts available

Eight of Swords by David Skibbins - signed firsts available

Brian Freeman's  Immoral

Elizabeth Becka's Trace Evidence - signed copies available

Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure - signed copies available

but, since then, I've added these to the list:

Randall Hick's The Baby Game- signed copies available

Clyde W. Ford'sThe Long Mile - signed copies available


Alexander McCall Smith,The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004). First in series with Isabel Dalhousie, a thoughtful Edinburgh lady who edits the Journal of Applied Ethics and brings her intelligence to bear on the small puzzles of daily life.

Georgette Heyer,Why Shoot a Butler? (1933) and A Blunt Instrument (1938).  Sometimes on a cold, wet day it's just nice to sit inside and read about a big country house with a butler and an eccentric entourage. Charles McCarry,Old Boys (2004).  Paul Christopher's cousin, Horace Hubbard, coordinates a search for Paul after his mysterious disappearance. Interesting retired spies go to interesting and exotic places.

Ken Follett, Whiteout (2005).  Medical suspense set in a remote area of Scotland—a blizzard, a deadly virus and family discord in an old Victorian mansion.

Michael Innes,The Daffodil Affair (1942).  Impossible to describe, but deliciously fun.

Elizabeth Ferrars,Alive and Dead (1974).  A good traditional mystery by a reliable author.

Peter Lovesey,The Circle (2005).  When a member of a writers' club dies, speculation is irresistible.

Peter Dickinson,Death of a Unicorn (1984).  A debutante inadvertently lands a job at a British version of The New Yorker magazine, and wonders, as she grows older, if the events of her employment were as she imagined at the time.

Ann Granger,Say It with Poison (1991). Foreign service consul Meredith Mitchell returns to England for the wedding of her godchild, and finds herself in the midst of a country-house murder in a scenic Cotswold village.

Lee Child, One Shot (2005). Up to his usual standard: great!

Hazel Holt, Mrs. Malory and No Cure for Death (2005). An annual favorite, a trusty treat.


To be honest, I didn't get much reading done this year of new books. Authors you would expect to find on my Best of the Year list aren't here because I didn't get them read. What I DID read were some choice books:

James Carlos Blake'sUnder the Skin

Lee Child's One Shot

James W. Hall'sForests of the Night

Robert Ferrigno'sThe Wake-Up

Lawrence Block'sAll the Flowers Are Dying

Jess Walter'sCitizen Vince – charming – 2nd best of the year

Michael Lawson'sThe Inside Ring  & Tom O'Neill'sShark Tank – two great debuts.

Don Winslow's Power of the DogBest of the Year, maybe Janine is right to say Best of the Decade. It's that damn great.

But I DID read a lot of Nero Wolfe, and they were all terrific!

Changes in Publishing

You may have noticed in the shop or in the newsletters that some paperbacks have a new, higher price: $9.99. The publishing world calls these "enhanced mass markets". We're not sure what to call them. For a couple of years, publishers have been decrying the decline of sales in mass market paperbacks – the handy pocket-sized books that most of us think of as "paper-backs". At first, they told us that the mass market would disappear and be replaced with large format trade paperbacks because it was difficult to keep a mass market in print, while the economics of trade paperbacks meant that the books could be printed in smaller numbers and therefore the book could be kept in inventory longer. They quickly put the lie to that as they let the trade paperbacks go out of print as fast as they had the mass markets. Now, they tell us that the enhanced is the answer. They say that baby boomers need them for the larger print, slightly larger pages and are easier to read. Hummmm….   If you haven't seen these, they're the same width as a mass market, so they can fit in the same displays – the racks at the grocery store and drug store where paperback bestsellers are made. But they're thicker and about ¼ inch taller, which means that they don't fit on shelves the same and don't fit in some displays. AND they're more expensive. Will they last? Who knows. Many of the publishers are thrilled with them and forecast more, while other publishers are now converting some of their trade paperbacks to mass market. Go figure. Will the enhanced paperback "work"? That is up to you, the buyer and reader. If they sell, we'll continue to stock them and publishers will continue to print them over other forms of paperbacks. After all, they print what you buy. What we CAN predict is that more and more small presses will emerge to take the slack created by the major publishers continuing to cut their lists. These small presses will continue to print some of the most exciting new crime and mystery fiction and reissue old favorites and dependable classics.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Like us! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!! – the Crew


Books to die for, selected monthly by IMBA, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Go to find the mystery bookstore near you, where you can find these and just about any other mystery you can think of.    

Who better to pick the best mystery books of the month than the people who run mystery bookstores?
Each month, the 60 quirky stores that make up IMBA submit their favorite recent reads to a rotating editor who then trims the list to five. The general rule is that the book must be published within a three-month period. However, since mystery booksellers don't really like rules, they created a category called "the one that nearly got away" to  include books that fall outside that period.  Every selection is a gem that otherwise might have been lost among the more than 100 mysteries published each month.           

Go to, or see our display in the shop.   

117 Cherry St.
Seattle, WA, 98104


Sat., Dec. 3, noon, Lee Goldberg signs The Man with the Iron-On Badge. AND his brother Tod Goldberg signs Simplify.

Mon., Dec. 5, noon, Lono Waiwaiole signs Wiley's Refrain.

Thurs., Dec. 8, noon, Greg Rucka signs Private Wars.

Sat., Dec. 10, noon, Jane Isenberg signs Hot Wired.

Sat., Dec. 17, noon, Yasmine Galenorn signs Harvest of Bones.

Sat., Jan. 7, noon, Jayne Ann Krentz signs All Night Long.

Tues., Jan. 17, noon, Dana Stabenow signs Blindfold Game.

Tues., Jan. 31, 3pm, Linda Fairstein signs DeathDance.

Wed., Feb. 8, noon, Brad Geagley signs Day of the False King.

Thurs., Feb. 16, noon, Barbara Seranella signs An Unacceptable Death.

Sat., Feb. 18, noon, Deborah Donnelly signs You May Now Kill the Bride.

Sat., Feb. 25, noon, Aaron & Charlotte Elkins sign On the Fringe.

Wed., Mar. 1, noon, T. Jefferson Parker signs The Fallen.

 Mail and phone orders for these or any other books are welcome. We can special order non-mysteries as well. Gift certificates are available in any denom-ination, can be ordered by phone or e-mail, and are a great present for the local mystery fans on your list. We can send it to them for you, whether you live here or not.

Visit our website for our full calendar of scheduled author events, our past newsletters, and a link to a listing of available signed copies.

Copies in the best condition go to those who reserve in advance. Dust jacket protectors are put on all signed books that are shipped out.

Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.

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