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  Sandy Goodrick / Erin O'Donnell / Cathie van Veen    


Winter 2002-2003






Author Appearances

Notes from the Head Elf

New from the Northwest                               

A Reissue of Note

New NW Paperbacks

New NW Books Coming This Spring

New from the Rest   

Signed Hardcovers from England                         

New Paperbacks                              

Coming This Spring                              


Shamus Award Winners                              

Reissues of Note

Holiday Gift Ideas

Things of Interest

Staff Lists of Favorite Books Read in 2002 - From JB, Cathie, Sandy, Tammy, Bill, & Erin




Wed, Dec 4, noon, John Ridley signs The Drift and Conversations with the Man.

Sat, Dec 7, noon, Ron Lovell signs Murder at Yaquina Head..

Wed, Dec 11, noon, Carola Dunn signs Mistletoe and Murder.

Thurs, Dec 12, noon, Jan Tissot signs Keiki.

Sat, Dec 14, noon, Lowen Clausen signs Second Watch..

Wed, Dec 18, noon, Donna Anders signs In All the Wrong Places and Ann Rule signs Every Breath you Take - and on Jan 16, noon, they return for Ann to sign Last Dance, Last Chance: Crime Files Vol 8..

Sat, Jan 11, noon, local writer Jim Fielder signs Slow Death.

Fri, Jan 17, noon, Susan Wittig Albert signs Indigo Dying..

Sat, Jan 18, noon, Candace Robb signs The Cross-Legged Knight. .

Thurs, Jan 23, noon, Robert Ferrigno signs Scavenger Hunt.

Sat, Jan 25, noon, Rhys Bowen signs Death of Riley.

Mon, Feb 3, noon, Helen Knode signs Ticket Out.

Thurs, Feb 6, noon, Linda Fairstein signs The Bone Vault.

Tues, Feb 18, noon, Peter Robinson signs Close to Home.


Just in time for Holiday Shopping, the Seattle Mystery Bookshop will begin carrying movies. Over the last few years, interest in Film Noir has grown, mirrored in the large number of books about the films, the look and their posters. Seems like an obvious step to offer the movies as well. It isn’t possible to stock them all – Out of the Past and Double Indemnity are out of print, for now – but we plan to have a representative selection of the classics from their earlier days as well as their modern counterparts. So if you’re looking for The Maltese Falcon or Chinatown on DVD, let us know. If you want to know what we’re stocking, let us know. If you want something that we’re not stocking, or would like VHS instead of DVD, we’ll be happy to order it for you.


Donna Anders, In All the Wrong Places (Dec., Pocket pbo, 6.99). The popular host of a shopping network becomes a target for a maniac. Is it an obsessed fan, or something more? Signing.

Larry Brooks, Serpent’s Dance (Feb., Signet pbo, 6.99). A woman investigates her sister’s death and falls into an erotically charged affair with her secret lover – a man possibly guilty of murder. By trying to trap him, has she walked into the same trap that snared her sister? Signing?.

Lowen Clausen, Second Watch (Dec., Watershed hc, 25.99). Katherine Murphy (from First Avenue hc, 21.95, pb 5.99) is partnered with Officer Grace Stevens patrolling the Ballard neighborhood. A sadistic murder leads them to be enlisted by the Sex Crimes Unit, and sends them deep into the dark territory of human evil. We will have signed and numbered limited editions of the book in addition to a signing. Signing.

Carola Dunn, Mistletoe and Murder (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Christmas in 1923 finds Daisy taking a break from her writing to spend time with family at an old Cornish estate – only to find them all trapped with family secrets, old resentments and a killer. Signing.

Robert Ferrigno, Scavenger Hunt (Jan., Pantheon hc, 24.95). Slap magazine reporter Jimmy Gage looks into the death of an ex-con director, recently released from prison for murdering a teenager seven years before. The director had asked Jimmy to help him get his screenplay – about a director set-up for murder – read by the right Hollywood people. Signing.

Jim Fielder, Slow Death (Jan., Pinnacle pbo, 6.50). True crime account of David Ray, thought by the FBI to be the most prolific serial killer in US history. Signing.

Kate Kingsbury, Dig Deep for Murder (Dec., Berkley pbo, 5.99. The Manor House lawn has been turned into a victory garden, but Lady Elizabeth’s festivities are crushed when a corpse is unearthed.

Jayne Ann Krentz, Light in Shadow (Jan., Putnam hc, 24.95). An Arizona interior designer has a unique specialty: she redesigns the homes of the recently divorced. When one of her clients seems to be hiding a dark secret, she enlists PI Ethan Truax to find the truth. Signing?

Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City (Feb., Crown hc, 25.95). Set against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, this novel traces the evil genius of H.H. Holmes and how the madman and the Fair led America into what it was to become in the new Century. Signing? As an interesting aside, Erin’s husband, Phil Mudgett, is a great-great nephew of H.H. Holmes, whose real name was Mudgett. We hope to have an event with Mr. Larson signing, and he and Phil discussing the ancestral Mudgett.

Steve Martini, The Arraignment (Jan., Putnam hc, 25.95). After a good friend is gunned down with a client, Paul Madriani takes on a client who seems to be at the edge of that case – more to unravel that murder than to defend the client. Signing.

Sharan Newman, Heresy (Dec., Forge hc, 24.95, Signed Copies 25.95). Catherine LeVenduer is a woman with strong bonds to her society, her church and her family. To what lengths will she go to protect them from her family’s darkest secret?

Steve Oliver, Dead Men (Nov., Dark City tpo, 13.95). Just out of prison, Jack Starr is prepared to enter his sunset years leading a simple life in his downtown Spokane hotel and working as a security guard. Stumbling upon a pistol that has already taken a life puts his plans, as well as his life, in jeopardy. Signed Copies Available.

Candace Robb, The Cross-Legged Knight (Jan., Mysterious Press hc, 23.95). US release of the 8th Owen Archer has Archer stuck between feuding noblemen. Signing.

Ann Rule, Last Dance, Last Chance (Jan., Pocket pbo, 7.99) Crime Files Vol. 8.

Alan Siporin, Fire’s Edge (Nov, Wounded Bear hc, 22.00) Oregon NPR fixture’s first novel, a politically charged suspense novel concerning the prejudice and intolerance of hate crimes. Signed Copies Available. [First listed in our Winter ’00-’01 issue, his original publisher folded, and the book is just now out.]

Michael Slade, Death’s Door (Dec., Onyx pbo, 6.99). DeClercq and Special X are looking at a case of the incineration of 8 people in Britain, the murder of two Canadian customs officers over the smuggling of a body in a stolen casket, the local porn king and a group of depraved porn collectors and the dumping of deformed bodies into the local waters.

Frank Smith, Acts of Vengeance (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95. When a fellow DCI is attacked and nearly killed, DS John Tregalles and the others rush to find the perp before the job can be finished. BC author.

Graham Thomas, Malice Downstream (Dec., Ballantine pbo, 6.99). Though on vacation, Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell steps in to investigate when the body of a wealthy member of the River Test Fishing Club is found in the weeds along the shore. 5th in the series by BC, Candian, author.

Jan Tissot, Keiki (Nov., Parhelion tpo, 14.00). A Seattle law student, interning with a Hawaiian attorney, gets caught up in the tension between preservationists and developers in old town Maunaloa. The author is a local law professor. Signing.

Andrew Vachss, The Getaway Man (Feb., Vintage tpo, 11.00). Only after a stint in the joint does Eddie learn his true calling – being a getaway driver. Now driving for J.C., he’s pulled between the heist master who is planning one last job, and Vonda, J.C.’s girlfriend, who is after her own “getaway man." Signing.

A Reissue of Note

Richard Hugo, Death and the Good Life (Nov., Univ. of Idaho Press, 13.95). The noted poet wrote just one novel and it is a terrific mystery. Set in Montana and Oregon, it is a must read.


William Dietrich, Dark Winter (Dec., Warner, 7.99)

Earl Emerson, Vertical Burn (Feb., Ballantine, 7.50)

Robert Ferrigno, Flinch (Jan., Vintage, 13.00)

Fredrick Huebner, Shades of Justice (Jan., Signet, 6.99)/p>

Sharan Newman, To Wear the White Cloak (Jan., St. Martin's, 6.99)

Candace Robb, A Spy for the Redeemer (Jan., Mysterious Press, 12.95)

Ann Rule, Every Breath You Take (Dec., Pocket, 7.99)


Earl Emerson, Into the Inferno, Mar.

Phillip Margolin, Ties that Bind, Mar.

John J. Nance, Skyhook, April

Steve Oliver, Moody in Winter, Mar.

Greg Rucka & Atticus, July (OK, that’s not Spring, but we HAD to mention it.)

Jess Walter, Land of the Blind, Mar.


Catherine Aird, Amendment of Life (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). DCI Sloan returns to deal with a puzzling case: a body is found in the dead center of a Tudor-era maze.

Susan Wittig Albert, Indigo Dying (Jan., Berkley hc, 22.95). Herbalist China Bayles is in Indigo, TX, to teach a workshop, but is drawn into a murder case after the murder of a man whose potential sale of mineral rights would have killed the town. Signing. In paper, Bloodroot (Jan., Berkley, 6.99).

Conrad Allen, Murder on the Carolina (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Ship detectives take on their 3rd case for the Cunard Line – latest in this historical series from the prolific Mr. Marston.

Donna Andrews, Crouching Buzzards, Leaping Loon (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Meg Langslow is helping out at her brother’s software offices when the resident practical joker is discovered not to be joking this time and really is dead on top of the morning’s mail.

Sarah Andrews, Killer Dust (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Forensic geologist Em Hansen teams with NASA to investigate a mysterious dust cloud heading toward Florida.

Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (Mar., Viking hc, 22.95). What is supposed to be a holiday turns deadly when the late Earl’s will is read and a family erupts.

Jo Bannister, True Witness (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). The police believe that a young man who died at a pier was killed by a serial killer who went unpunished a decade before--but the only witness to the death is convinced that they’re wrong.

Nevada Barr, Flashback (Feb., Putnam hc, 24.95). At a post in the Dry Tortugas, Anna Pigeon’s past and present collide – her great-great-aunt lived at the fort when it was a military prison, and her letters seem to bridge the time from the Civil War to Anna’s current problems. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Hunting Season (Feb., Berkley, 6.99).

M.C. Beaton, Death of a Village (Feb., Mysterious Press hc, 23.95). In his 18th appearance, Hamish MacBeth investigates the village of Stoyre and why people are leaving in large numbers. In paper, Death of a Celebrity (Jan., Warner, 6.99). AND, Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). Agatha is feeling down (abandoned by her husband), so a spot of murder is just what she needs: the curate has been found dead in the vicar’s study.

James Carlos Blake, Under the Skin (Feb., Morrow hc, 25.95). 1930s saga that rages on both sides of the Rio Grande, as Jimmy Youngblood – the bastard son of an infamous Mexican revolutionary and bodyguard for Galveston’s crime lords – falls for the young wife of a vengeful Mexican warlord. In pb, A World of Thieves (Jan., Harper, 12.95). Rapidly becoming a favorite of Tammy and JB’s for the beauty of his writing and the vividness of his characters and their rough criminality. Too bad his paperbacks are so expensive – it cuts down on the broadness of his sales.

Eleanor Taylor Bland, Windy City Dying (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Afro-Am homicide detective Marti MacAlister confronts extreme personal demons from her own past after someone comes looking for her long-dead husband.

Lawrence Block, Small Town (Feb., Morrow hc, 24.95). In a city reeling after 9/11, one of our National Treasures writes about the city he knows and loves so well, giving us a crime novel dealing with a lawyer who prefers murder trials, a folk art dealer who is exploring her own sexuality, a charismatic ex-commissioner of police who is reaching his own breakdown, and a writer on the verge of a breakthrough – and a mass murderer waging a one-man war against the city. Signing.

Rhys Bowen, Death of Riley (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Having finally thrown off the shackles of the Old World in her debut, Murphy’s Law (Dec., St. Martin's pb, 6.50), Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is an apprentice to a NYC private investigator. Her happiness is shattered when her boss is murdered, and the case leads her toward the fateful events of the 1901 Exposition in Buffalo, NY. In pb, Evans to Betsy (Feb., Berkley, 6.50), 6th with Constable Evans. Signing.

Lillian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Brought Down the House (Jan., Putnam hc, 23.95). 25th Cat Who!!! In pb, The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (Dec., Jove, 6.99).

Rita Mae Brown, Hotspur (Dec., Ballantine hc, 24.95). Though she may be in her 70s, Jane Arnold hasn't lost her love of the Hunt or her ability to read the value of a horse or a man. When the bones of a woman who vanished 20 years ago surface, she uses her talents to unravel the old mystery. In pb, Catch as Cat Can (Feb., Bantam, 7.50).

Ken Bruen, The Guards (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Stinging from his unceremonious ouster by Ireland’s national police force – the Guards – Jack Taylor is nursing beers in Galway when a stunning woman asks him to use his known talent for finding things. First US publication for an author noted for his grit, violence and humor – a sharp debut.

Fiona Buckley, A Pawn for a Queen (Dec., Scribner hc, 24.00). In her 6th adventure, royal confidential agent Ursula Blanchard finds out that her cousin Edward has been arrested while on a mission to Mary, Queen of Scots, a situation that is full of political problems for her Queen, Elizabeth I. In paper, Queen of Ambition (Dec., Pocket, 6.99).

James Lee Burke, White Doves at Morning (Nov., Simon & Schuster hc, 25.00 Signed Copies 26.00). The noted crime author tells a different, non-crime story: a saga of violence, intrigue and romance, set against the Civil War and Reconstruction, and drawn from his own family’s history.

Andrea Camilleri, The Terra-Cotta Dog (Nov., Viking hc, 19.95). 2nd of the internationally bestselling mysteries with Sicilian Insp. Montalbano, following The Shape of Water (Nov., Penguin pb, 5.99), the first in the series and the first to be released in the US. Signed Copies Available of the new hc.

Stephen Cannell, Hollywood Tough (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Back on the LAPD after his successes in The Viking Funeral, Shane Scully is soon undercover investigating a criminal scheme to take over the movie business.

Laura Childs, Shades of Earl Grey (Jan., Berkley pbo, 5.99). 3rd with Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning, who is finally invited to a social event that she doesn’t have to cater – but murder still follows.

Tim Cockey, Murder in the Hearse Degree (Feb., Hyperion hc, 22.95). 4th humorous mystery with Hitchcock Sterling. In paper, The Hearse Case Scenario (Feb., Hyperion, 7.99).

Nancy J. Cohen, Body Wave (Dec., Kensington hc, 22.00). Beautician Marla Shore (an amateur sleuth with “style”) is asked by her ex-husband for a favor – he’s been arrested for the murder of his third wife and needs Marla’s help. Signed copies available.

Barbara Colley, Death Tidies Up (Feb., Kensington hc, 22.00). When one of her clients is caught up is a long-forgotten murder, New Orleans maid Charlotte LaRue cleans up the mess. Signed Copies Available.

Susan Conant, The Dogfather (Feb., Berkley hc, 22.95). Dog trainer Holly Winter has been hired by a wise-guy who has killed so many people that the FBI has lost track. In pb, The Wicked Flea (Feb., Berkley, 6.99).

Susan Rogers Cooper, Lying Wonders (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). Oklahoma Sheriff Milt Kovak finds the body of a missing girl at the headquarters of a religious sect.

Tom Corcoran, Octopus Alibi (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Photographer Alex Rutledge finds trouble comes in threes: his friend’s sister is killed, a close friend is dead and the mayor has killed himself. One of Tammy's Florida Faves.

Robert Crais, The Last Detective (Feb, Doubleday hc, 24.95) Postponed from Summer ’02, this book will deal with Elvis as LA Requiem dealt with Joe Pike. Signing. In paper, Indigo Slam (Feb, Ballantine, 7.99). 1st time in US paperback.

Michael Crichton, Prey (Nov., Harper hc, 26.95). Deep in the Nevada desert, in a state-of-the-art corporate lab, 8 people are trapped by the predatory swarm of micro-particles that they created, an organism that gets stronger and more numerous by the hour.

Jeanne M. Dams, Sinning out of School (Jan., Walker hc, 23.95). Dorothy Martin has her table set for Thanksgiving dinner when she’s notified that the schoolteacher hasn’t showed up, and she's asked to look after a 9-year-old whose father has been murdered.

Claire Daniels, Body of Intuition (Dec., Berkley pbo, 6.99). Series debut with alternative healer Cally Lazar, in what is being billed as “Karma Crime."

Paul Doherty, Corpse Candle (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). 12th Hugh Corbett.

Tim Dorsey, Stingray Shuffle (Feb., Morrow hc, 24.95). To his cast of delightfully depraved creations (Serge Storms, Paul the Passive-Aggressive PI, The Don Johnson Experience and others) Dorsey mixes in new lunatics as they ride Amtrak’s Silver Stingray and get caught up in a Murder Mystery Weekend. Signed and inscribed copies available. In pb, Triggerfish Twist (Feb., Harper, 6.99). Another Florida Fave of Tammy's.

Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes, Full Tilt (Feb., St. Martins pbo, 7.99). Sequel to the re-worked Full House, also accomplished with friend and fellow author Hughes. The publisher’s catalog gives us no plot.

Linda Fairstein, The Bone Vault (Jan., Scribner hc, 26.00). Alex Cooper is at the convergence of big money and high culture when the body of a murdered researcher is found in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus during the opening of a controversial exhibit at the Met. In paper, The Dead House (Jan., Pocket, 7.99). Signing.

Jerrilyn Farmer, Mumbo Gumbo (Feb., Morrow hc, 23.95). In her first hardcover appearance, caterer Maddie Bean is hired as a writer for a hit gourmet game show to replace someone who disappeared. While dealing with the needs of the show, she looks into the missing writer's case. Signing.

Monica Ferris, Hanging by a Thread (Jan., Berkely pbo, 6.50). 6th needlework mystery. Craft shop owner Betsy Devonshire is out to solve a 5-year-old murder case that refuses to die.

Ken Follett, Hornet Flight (Dec., Dutton hc, 26.95). In June 1941 three lives concerned in the war are intersecting – a British intelligence analyst who believes the Germans are further along with radar than her bosses are willing to admit; an 18-year-old Dane who has seen something odd and must tell someone; and a collaborating Danish cop who thinks he’s just struck upon an idea that will please the Nazis and get him a promotion.

Margaret Frazer, The Bastard’s Tale (Jan., Berkley hc, 22.95). Finding herself in the royal court, Dame Frevisse sees that the thickest walls cannot keep out threats. In pb, The Clerk’s Tale (Dec., Berkley, 6.99).

Brian Freemantle, Kings of Many Castles (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Worldwide television viewers are horrified by an assassination attempt on the Russian and US presidents. The captured gunman is the son of one of Britain’s most notorious defectors. Charlie Muffin doesn’t believe the official story.

Eric Garcia, Matchstick Men (Dec., Villard hc, 22.95). Roy and Frankie are con artists who complement one another. Frankie has plans for a tricky score, but Roy is distracted when he finds out he's the father of a teenage daughter—and she wants in on the plan.

Bartholomew Gill, Death in Dublin (Jan., Morrow hc, 24.95). The last Peter McGarr novel, in which the Inspector deals with a case at Dublin’s Trinity College when the treasured Book of Kells is stolen. The author died in an accident at his home on 7/4/02. A reissue to note: The Death of an Irish Consul (Dec., Avon, 6.99), re-titled reissue of the 2nd in the series, McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy.

John Gilstrap, Scott Free (Feb., Atria hc, 25.00). Estranged parents must reunite to find their son, lost in a small plane crash. While they share the goal, all of their “issues” resurface, and the son is endangered by the stranger who has rescued him.

Carol Goodman, The Seduction of Water (Jan., Ballantine hc, 23.95. Academic Iris Greenfeder is frustrated with her life, as it goes nowhere fast. Her mother was a noted novelist who died a sad death 30 years ago. Returning to the Catskills where her mother lived, she hopes to write her mother’s biography and find her mother’s final manuscript, mysteriously missing these three decades. In pb, Lake of Dead Languages (Jan., Ballantine, 13.95), her noted debut from last year.

C. L. Grace, A Maze of Murders (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Latest Kathryn Swinbrooke, from the pen of the prolific Mr. Doherty.

Ann Granger, A Restless Evil (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Twenty years ago, as a rookie investigator, Alan Markby couldn’t break the case of The Potato Man, a serial rapist lurking in Stovey Woods. Now, house-hunting with Meredith Mitchell in the area, he finds out that old bones have been discovered in the Woods, and it all opens up for him once again. Favorite series of Sandy’s.

Chloe Green, Fashion Victim (Dec., Kensington hc, 22.00). Texas fashion stylist Dallas O’Connor is on a balmy Caribbean island for a music video shoot – and so is a killer.

W.E.B. Griffen, Final Justice (Jan., Putnam hc, 26.95). Latest in the Philadelphia Badge of Honor series.

Lauren Haney, Flesh of the God (Feb., Avon pbo, 6.99). A prequel to the Ancient Egyptian series, detailing Lt. Bak’s first investigation.

Karen Harper, The Thorne Maze (Feb., St. Martin's hc. 23.95). 5th Elizabethan mystery.

George Harrar, The Spinning Man (Feb., Putnam hc, 24.95). Hitchcockian thriller in which a man, loved and trusted by family and friends, is brought in for questioning after a high school cheerleader vanishes. As the circumstantial evidence builds, suspicion deepens.

Janis Harrison, A Deadly Bouquet (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In her 4th adventure, Missouri florist Bretta Solomon is arranging the town’s biggest wedding. When the wedding’s landscaper and hairdresser die on the same day, she suspects villainy. In pb, Lilies that Fester (Dec., St. Martin's, 6.50).

Simon Hawke, Much Ado About Murder (Dec., Forge hc, 23.95). 3rd tale of Shakespeare and Smythe, sleuths. In pb, The Slaying of the Shrew (Dec., Tor, 6.99).

Daniel Hecht, City of Masks (Jan., Bloomsbury hc, 24.95). Based in Seattle, parapsychologist Cree Black and her partner travel to New Orleans to aid a woman who is being threatened in her 150-year-old mansion.

Jack Higgins, The Graveyard Shift (Dec., Berkley pbo, 7.99). Originally published under his pseudonym Harry Patterson in 1965, this is the first of Higgins's cop thrillers with Nick Miller that have never been published in the US, and the first of three that this press will issue.

William Hoffman, Wild Thorn (Dec., Harper hc, 24.95). Charley LeBlanc returns to the place of his birth and is drawn into corruption and intrigue.

Hazel Holt, Mrs. Malory and Death by Water (Jan., Signet pbo, 5.99). 13th with this “modern Miss Marple” who is sorting through the estate of a recently departed friend, an investigating journalist. Mrs. Malory begins to think that pollution was the story and the weapon.

Victoria Houston, Dead Frenzy (Feb., Berkley pbo, 6.50). 4th Loon Lake fishing mystery, as bass fishing tournament and a biker convention bring trouble to the sleepy town.

Bill James, Naked at the Window (Dec., Norton hc, 23.95). Harpur & Iles fight drug barons for control of the city.

Maureen Jennings, Let Loose the Dogs (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 24.95. Det. William Murdoch hasn’t seen his hated father in 22 years but is shocked to find that Harry has been convicted of murder and is soon to be executed. Father pleads with Son that he is innocent and asks for help. 4th in 1890s Toronto.

Stuart Kaminsky, Not Quite Kosher (Dec., Forge hc, 23.95). 7th with Chicago cop Abe Lieberman.

Toni L.P. Kelner, Wed and Buried (Feb., Kensington hc, 22.00). New mom Laura Fleming can’t say no when her Aunt Maggie’s husband, Big Bill, is in trouble. Signed Copies Available. 8th in the series.

Michael Killian, A Grave at Glorieta (Jan., Berkley hc, 22.95). Union Agent Harrison Raines finds that his informant has been murdered and his partner is accused of the crime.

Ross King, Domino (Nov., Walker hc, 26.00). In the hurly-burly world of 1770s London, a young artist is adrift and out of his league amidst the gilded world he wishes to conquer. Suspense and menace in the art and opera worlds.

Helen Knode, The Ticket Out (Jan., Harcourt hc, 24.00). Film critic Ann Whitehead is sick of her job for a counterculture rag in LA. But a dead film grad in her bathtub complicates her life – soon a disgraced LAPD cop, the dead woman’s missing film script, two killers and a 1944 murder complicate it all further. Debut novel by a writer married to some guy named Ellroy… Signing.

William Kent Krueger, The Devil’s Bed (Feb., Atria hc, 24.00). President Clay Dixon knows the best chance he has for re-election is his popular wife Kate, who is set to desert him. When her father is injured on the family farm, the Secret Service begins to suspect that she’s being lured into a trap. Signed Copies Available.

Joe R. Lansdale, A Fine Dark Line (Jan., Mysterious Press hc, 24.95). For young Stanley Mitchell, 1958 turns from adventure to terror, as he finds a hidden packet of love letters and meets the town’s movie projectionist--a retired cop--and begins to learn about the ugly reality of life in his small town. In paper, Captains Outrageous (Jan., Mysterious Press, 12.95), the latest Hap and Leonard mystery.

Elmore Leonard, When the Women Come out to Dance (Jan. [but releasing on Nov 19?!], Morrow hc, 24.95). For a change, a book of shorter works, with two novellas and a selection of short stories. In pb, Tishomingo Blue (Dec., Harper, 7.99).

Ed McBain, Fat Ollies’s Book (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 25.00). After arresting a crooked book publisher, Fat Ollie decides to write his own crime novel. But, while catching a case in the 87th, the manuscript is stolen.

Jill McGown, Death in the Family (Feb., Ballantine hc, 22.95). While on maternity leave, DCI Judy Hill becomes involved in a baby's kidnapping while DCI Lloyd works on a puzzling murder. Soon, the cases are intertwined. One of Sandy's favorite authors.

G.A. McKevett, Death by Chocolate (Jan., Kensington hc, 22.00). 8th Savannah Reid, in which the full-figured PI is hired to protect the “Queen of Chocolate," the star of the Gourmet Network, who has been receiving death threats. Signed copies available. In pb, Peaches and Screams (Dec., Kensington, 6.50).

Walter Mosley, Six Easy Pieces (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). As the title tells, here are 6 new interconnected Easy Rawlins short stories in one volume. The publisher is also republishing each of the Rawlins novels in trade paperback, and includes one of these stories with each novel. Does each story then fit the time of the novel with which it is included? The catalog doesn’t say. Signing?

Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat Seeing Double (Jan., Harper hc, 24.95). Felines Joe Grey and Dulcie jump into two cases when a building contractor’s wife is shot with her husband’s gun and a bomb nearly destroys the police chief’s wedding.

Tamar Myers, Custard’s Last Stand (Feb., NAL hc, 19.95). Col. George Custard is murdered by someone who didn’t think his plan for a 5 star hotel in their little town was such a grand idea. In pb, Gruel and Unusual Punishment (Jan., Signet, 5.99).

P.J. Parrish, Thicker Than Water (Jan., Kensington pbo, 6.99). 4th with Floridian detective Louis Kincaid, who is investigating a recent crime and whether it has anything to do with a 20-year-old crime and the convict who was just released from prison. Latest in the series that included the Edgar-nominated Dead of Winter.

James Patterson, Four Blind Mice (Nov., Little, Brown hc, 27.95). Alex Cross returns in another bestselling thriller.

Matthew Pearl, The Dante Club (Feb., Random House hc, 24.95). A series of grisly murders rock Boston in 1865, and all seem inspired by scenes from Dante's Inferno. An elite group of Dante scholars, led by O. W. Holmes and H.W. Longfellow, tackles the case.

Joanne Pence, If Cooks Could Kill (Dec., Avon pbo, 6.99). 10th culinary mystery with chef/sleuth Angie Amalfi, who does her work in the Bay Area.

Thomas Perry, Dead Aim (Dec., Random House hc, 24.95). Robert Mallon’s quiet life is consumed with sinister secrets and deadly hatreds after he stops to help a woman he doesn’t know on the beach. In pb, Pursuit (Jan., Ballantine, 7.50). [Next Summer, Butcher’s Boy and Metzger’s Dog will be reissued – finally – in trade paperback.]

Gerald Petievich, The Sentinel (Feb., Berkley pbo, 7.50). After a 10 year absence, the former secret service agent returns with a new thriller: a White House agent is murdered and another is framed for it.

Richard Price, Samaritan (Jan., Knopf hc, 25.00). A successful TV career in LA behind him, Ray Mitchell returns to the NJ ‘hood where he grew up, hoping to contribute positively to it. But a savage beating leaves him slipping in and out of consciousness in the hospital and it is up to Det. Nerese Ammons – who knew him when they were kids – to get him to talk about it and tell who did it. Signing?

Bill Pronzini, Spook (Jan., Carroll & Graf hc, 25.00, signed copies 26.00). Nameless returns!!! Can’t keep a good man down…

Andrew Pyper, The Trade Mission (Feb., Scribner hc, 25.00). On a business trip to Brazil, a translator and her two millionaire bosses are kidnapped by paramilitaries. While being held for ransom, each faces their own demons and has to cope with the results.

Ian Rankin, Resurrection Man (Feb., Little Brown hc, 23.95). After having messed up badly, Rebus is sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops. There, he’s caught between dirty cops and a group assigned to look into the case he botched. In pb, The Falls (Feb., St. Martin's, 7.50).

J.D. Roberts, Portrait in Death (Feb., Berkley pbo, 7.99). 16th Eve Dallas.

David Roberts, Hollow Crown (Jan., Caroll & Graf hc, 24.00). The 3rd Corinth/Browne mystery is set against the Abdication Crisis and the rise of fascism.

Peter Robinson, Close to Home (Feb., Morrow hc, 24.95). Insp. Banks has never forgiven himself for his role in the disappearance of his best friend in the Summer of 1965. Now, 35 years later, bones are unearthed that may answer questions and Banks’ own long- buried guilt comes to the surface. Signing.

Steven Saylor, Have You Seen Dawn? (Feb., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). Returning to Amethyst, Texas, to care for her aging grandmother, Rue Dunwitty sees a poster in a store window for the missing Dawn, and knows that her small hometown is no longer as safe as it was when she left.

James Siegel, Derailed (Feb., Warner hc, 23.95). Fast-paced page-turner with twisting surprises: a volunteer professor, teaching a prison writing class, becomes fascinated with an anonymous prisoner's weekly writings. It becomes obvious that these are not fictional tales but the prisoner's own story, which will not end well. Tammy recommends.

Daniel Silva, The Confessor (Feb., Putnam hc, 25.95). The lives of three men from three countries are entangled in an international thriller of long buried secrets. In pb, The English Assassin (Mar., Signet, 7.99).

Susan Slater, Flash Flood (Dec., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). Dan Mahoney runs into murder, conspiracy, fraud and love while investigating mysterious cattle deaths in New Mexico.

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, She’s Not There (Feb., Holt hc, 25.00). FBI agent Poppy Rice is on vacation, recovering from wounds she received in her last adventure – Love Her Madly – when she discovers the body of a murdered girl, a girl who attended a Summer camp for overweight teenagers. The girl’s face haunts Poppy – it was frozen in a scream. JB says: Jerry Ford recommended Smith to me and he was absolutely right. Her books are witty and mature, with terrific writing and brain-spinning twists. Try her, she’s great.

Patricia Sprinkle, Who Left that Body in the Rain? (Dec., Signet pbo, 5.99). Georgia magistrate MacLaren Yarbrough investigates the death of a family friend and finds out dark secrets she’d rather not know.

Olen Steinhauer, The Bridge of Sighs (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In 1948 Soviet-territory of Eastern Europe, rubble still clogs the streets, and 22-year-old Emil Brod has gotten his dream job – serving his country by investigating murders for the People’s Militia. The academy never trained him to deal with the peculiar politics of the homicide department in the new Cold War. Debut by an American author now living in Italy.

Wallace Stroby, The Barbed-Wire Kiss (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Harry Rane retired from the NJ State Police after getting shot 2 years ago. Now, he just gets by. A childhood friend asks for help – he’s into the local mob boss for big money. Harry goes to talk to Fallon, the boss, and discovers something unsettling; Fallon is married to Harry’s teenage girlfriend who was pregnant with Harry’s child when she ran away. Debut thriller.

Carston Stroud, Cuba Strait (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 25.00). Ex-cop Rick Broca has a sweet job – technical consultant to a Hollywood producer. For the last few months he’s taken care of the guy’s boat in Florida. After he rescues a man from a plane that crashed during a storm, he and the guy are intercepted by a boat carrying artillery. Based on an actual international incident, this thriller gives us a deadly maze of intrigue, espionage and even a hint of Santerian voodoo. Newest thriller by the author of last year’s masterful Black Water Transit (6.99).

Jon Talton, Camelback Falls (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). Historian turned deputy David Mapstone can’t remain academic in the face of a sniper’s attack on the sheriff. Debut.

Simon Tolkein, Final Witness (Jan., Random House hc, 24.95). After a wealthy woman is murdered by intruders in her isolated manor house, her son convinces the police that his father’s beautiful assistant sent the killers – but he is known for his overactive imagination, and he has reasons to lie. Debut novel by the grandson of the famed author.

Helen Tursten, Detective Inspector Huss (Jan., Soho hc, 25.00). One wintry night in Goteborg, Sweden, Det. Insp. Irene Huss is called to the scene of an apparent suicide: a wealthy financier, connected to the powers that be, has landed on the sidewalk outside his luxurious apartment complex. Huss – wife, mother and judo champion – is soon convinced this was a staged crime, and her suspects come from a motorcycle gang, skinheads, neo-nazis, all types of Sweden’s disaffected. The author is compared to P.D. James in her native country, and this is the first English translation of her work, done by former resident Steven Murray, who has also translated Henning Mankell.

Robert Upton, The Big Tour (Dec., Berkley pbo, 6.99). Upton returns with Amos McGuffin and a new golfing character: Duff Colhane, who has won his first PGA tournament. Instead of celebrating, he’s in the Miami Federal jail.

Judith van Gieson, Land of Burning Heat (Feb., Signet pbo, 5.99). A secret from the Spanish Inquisition is discovered, unleashing murder, and Claire Reynier is caught up in the fresh horror.

Sterling Watson, Sweet Dream Baby (Nov., Sourcebooks hc, 22.00). Twelve-year-old Travis is sent to live with relatives in rural Florida, and nothing is what it was like in Omaha. Cruising the small town with his 18-year-old Aunt Delia, to the tunes of the times on the radio, he comes to believe her safety is in his hands, a belief that forces him to grow up fast and leads to trouble. [Warning: this is a twisted story, but JB & Tammy recommend it.] New Southern-noir from the author of the 1994 classic Deadly Sweet, which is out of print.

Betty Webb, Desert Wives (Jan., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). Years after being shot by her mother and left largely without memory, Lena Jones returns to Utah and is forced to confront her past when she infiltrates a group of polygamists to solve a murder. Signing.

Robert Wilson, The Blind Man of Seville (Jan., Harcourt hc, 26.00). Det. Insp. Javier Falcon is transfixed by a horrible murder. A photo at the crime scene leads him to read his dead father’s journals, an artist he’d never known well. The pieces of the crime’s puzzle fall in place as more victims are discovered, and a missing piece of the journal brings Javier to the center of the case.

K.j.a. Wishnia, Blood Lake (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Visiting relatives in Ecuador, NYC PI Filomena Buscarsela’s dirty politics from her revolutionary past come back to haunt her. In pb, Red House (Dec., St. Martin's, 6.50).


All books are first come - first served, so reserve ASAP.

Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots (July 2003, Hodder hc, 38.95). 3rd Tuesday Next novel.

Ian Rankin, A Question of Blood (Aug 2003, Orion hc, 38.95). Brand new in the John Rebus series.

Minette Walters, Fox Evil (Nov 2002, MacMillian hc, 35.95). War veteran Nancy Smith returns to find mysterious in-fighting in her small town.


Suzanne Chazin, Flash Over (Feb., Jove, 6.99)

Reed Farrel Coleman, Walking the Perfect Square (Feb., Plume, 6.99)

Lindsey Davis, The Course of Honor (Feb., Mysterious Press, 12.95)

James Doss, White Shell Woman (Dec., Avon, 6.99)

John Grisham, The Summons (Dec., Dell, 7.99)

Denise Hamilton, The Jasmine Trade (Dec., Kensington, 6.99). Edgar-nominee for 2001

Mo Hayder, The Treatment (Dec., Dell, 7.50)

Carl Hiaasen, Basket Case (Jan., Warner, 7.99)

Craig Holden, The Jazz Bird (Jan., Pocket, 6.99). On JB’s Best list of ‘01

Stephen Hunter, Pale Horse Coming (Dec., Pocket, 7.99). Ditto!

John Katzenbach, The Analyst (Feb., Ballantine, 7.99)

Norman Kelly, Black Heat (Dec., Avon, 6.99)

Laurie R. King, Justice Hall (Feb., Bantam, 6.99)

Jane Langton, The Escher Twist (Jan., Penguin, 6.99)

David Lindsey, Animosity (Feb., Warner, 7.99)

Mary Logue, Glare Ice (Dec., World Wide, 5.99)

Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Bonfire (Feb., Avon, 6.99)

Anne Perry, Southampton Row (Feb., Ballantine, 7.50) Pitts

Ruth Rendell, Piranha to Scurfy (Dec., Vintage, 12.00). Short stories.

Stephen White, Warning Signs (Jan., Dell, 7.99)

Laura Wilson, My Best Friend (Jan., Dell, 6.99). Erin highly recommends.


Richard Barre & Wil Hardesty, April

Tom Brady, White Russian, April

Lee Child & Jack Reacher, May

Michael Connelly & Harry Bosch, April

Jeffery Deaver & Lincoln Rhyme, March

Loren Estleman & Amos Walker, April

Bill Fitzhugh, Heart Seizure, March

Jonathan King & Max Freeman, April

Laurie R. King, Keeping Watch, March

Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island, April

John Maxim & Bannerman, March

Robert B. Parker & Spenser, March

George P. Pelecanos, Soul Circus, Signing!

Anne Perry & the Pitts, April

Elizabeth Peters & the Peabodys, April

Rick Riordan, Cold Springs, April

John Maddox Roberts & SPQR VII, April

Laura Jo Rowland, The Dragon King’s Palace, April

April Smith, Good Morning, Killer, May

Jill Paton Walsh & Lord Peter!!!, March


My Sherlock Holmes, Michael Kurland, ed., (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). 13 original stories, all told from the point of view of a side character from the original Holmes cannon, by authors such as Cara Black, Barbara Hambly and Peter Tremayne. In pb, The Great Game (Feb., St. Martins, 13.95).

Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose, Donald Thomas, (Nov., Macmillan pb, 10.95). A collection of short case files from Watson.


The Shamus Awards are given to the best private eye fiction each year. The awards are announced at each Bouchercon. The winners this year, for books published in 2001 are:

Best Novel: Reflecting the Sky, S.J. Rozan

Best First Novel: Chasing the Devil’s Tail, David Fulmer (see JB’s Best list)

Best Paperback Original: Archangel Protocol, Lyda Morehouse

Congratulations to the winners, and to Curt Colbert, our local nominee for Rat City, up for Best First.


Eric Ambler, Judgement on Deltchev and Journey into Fear (Dec., Vintage, 12.00 ea.)

Fredric Brown, Hunter and Hunter: the Ed and Am Hunter Novels, Pt.1 (Nov, Stewart Masters Pub. hc, 29.99) Four complete novels, including the Edgar Winning The Fabulous Clipjoint, The Dead Ringer, The Bloody Moonlight and Compliments of a Fiend.

Ian Fleming, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love and Moonraker (Dec., Penguin, 13.00 ea)

Constance & Gwynith Little, The Black Shrouds (Nov., Rue Morgue Press, 14.00). More wackiness, originally published in 1941.

Edward Marston, Fair Maid of Bohemia (Nov., Poisoned Pen tp, 14.95). Lord Westerfield’s Men leave for a performance in Bohemia just as a plague strikes London. They are relieved until murder occurs among the troupe.

Keith Miles, Green Murder (Dec., Poisoned Pen tp, 14.95). A pro golfer is caught up in scandal and intrigue during a posh Australian golf tournament.

James Sallis, Moth and Black Hornet (Jan., Walker tp, 8.95). 2nd & 3rd Lew Griffin. Great writer, great series.

Paco Ignacio Taibo, Some Clouds (Dec., Poisoned Pen tp, 14.95). A Mexico City inspector teams up with a mystery novelist to investigate the near-murder of a childhood friend.

Ross Thomas, Out on the Rim, the first Wu & Durant, and Briarpatch, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1984 (Jan., St. Martin’s tp, 13.95 ea.).


What do you give the mystery fan who reads everything new the minute it comes out? Always a problem...Here are some possibilities for them—or for yourself, if someone is asking you what you want:

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life, Conrad & Schulz, eds. (Writer’s Digest hc, 19.95). 180 comic strips with Snoopy at this typewriter, mingled with 32 essays by best-selling writers addressing Snoopy and their own views on writing. Includes Cussler, Leonard, Grafton, McBain and many others. As charming as you’d imagine.

The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era for Film Noir, Eddie Muller (Overlook hc, 50.00). Large coffee table book jammed with full-color reproductions—a must for film buffs and collectors. A limited number of Signed Copies Available, mid-Dec!

They Died in Vain, Jim Huang, ed. (Crum Creek tpo, 13.00). By the same folks that brought us 100 favorite Mysteries of the Century, this is devoted to “overlooked, under-appreciated and forgotten mystery novels,” nominated by the shops that make up the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

The World’s Finest Mystery & Crime Stories: Third Annual Collection, ed. by Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg (Forge, tpo 17.95). A substantial volume of great mystery short stories, as well as interesting essays on the year in mystery and lists of awards.

The Detective and the Investor: Uncovering Investment Techniques from the Legendary Sleuths, Robert G. Hagstrom (Texere hc, 24.95) Like the famous sleuths of literature, the author shows how investors should gather facts, analyze them, sort through conflicting info and factor in human behavior to reach a solid conclusion. Detectives include Holmes, Brown, Wolfe, Dupin, Cadfael, Queen, Poirot, Scarpetta and Marlowe.

Topics Entertainment is a local outfit that produces a variety of audio works. Think about:

The Adventures of Harry Niles (cassettes only, 29.95). Locally-produced radio adventures of PI Harry Niles. 16 programs on 8 tapes.

Private Eyes (cassettes only, 39.98). 5 shows from 10 classic series, including Nero Wolfe, Richard Diamond and Michael Shayne.

Great Detective Radio Shows (cassettes 29.95, cds 34.95). 16 golden age programs, including The Adventures of Sam Spade, Boston Blackie, Casey Crime Photographer, Dragnet and others.

Sherlock Holmes Radio Mysteries (cassettes 29.95, cds 34.95). 16 new Holmes adventures.

Best of Sherlock Holmes (cassettes 29.95, cds 34.95). Unabridged performances of three Doyle books, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four and Valley of Fear.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (cassettes 29.95, cds 34.95). Unabridged productions of 13 Doyle short stories.

Finally, we have to toot our own horn, of course. We have shop T-shirts and sweatshirts — red lettering on black, or black lettering on red — in all sizes (tees are 15.00, sweats are 25.00). We have our shop canvas tote bags—black shop name on one side, red question mark on the other—large enough for a normal-sized hardcover to lie flat at the bottom (don’t you hate a bag that makes you put your books in sideways???—ours are 10.00). And then, of course, the reliable standby: our distinctive red Gift Certificates. You can get them in any denomination, enough for a couple of paperbacks, a healthy stack of hardcovers, or in an amount to match your lucky recipient (23 Holidays together, how about $23, or $230??). What we do many times during the Holidays is take a phone number, send the certificate to the recipient and the receipts to the giver. Easy and simple for any of your gift giving.


Walter Mosley, What Next: An African American Initiative Toward World Peace (Feb., Black Classic Press hc, 16.95). A call to action and a commonsense approach to the challenges facing us all after 9/11.

A Goodfella’s Guide to New York, by Henry Hill (Mar., Prima tpo, 12.95). A personal tour through the Mob’s notorious haunts, by the subject and narrator of that famed story. I don’t think we should expect him to do much personal publicity…

Mary Higgins Clark, Kitchen Privileges (Nov., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). Memoir of her life, from her childhood in the Depression through her rise as the Queen of Suspense.

Much Ado About Murder, Anne Perry, ed. (Dec., Berkley hc, 23.95). Shakespearean mystery stories by a large group — Deaver, Douglas, Barnard, Newman, Marston, Frazer, Brett, Doherty, Robinson Tremayne, and the editor.


JB's list

Richard RhodesWhy They Kill, a non-fiction examination of why killers kill.

Mary-Ann Tirone SmithLove Her Madly, one of the funniest twists I’ve ever read.

Steve Thayer - The Wheat Field, wonderfully bent.

James Carlos BlakeA World of Thieves, great writer, great story.

Owen ParryHonor’s Kingdom, terrific series.

Phillip KerrDark Matter, a favorite author back to writing a wonderful story.

Carol O’ConnellCrime School, a writer who never fails to amaze.

James W. HallBlackwater Sound, great writing

David FulmerChasing the Devil’s Tail, jass & blood in Storeyville.

Nicola GriffithStay, the best writing, the best book of the year.

Cathie's list

This being my first list, as I’ve only been here since June, I thought it would be helpful to introduce myself by mentioning some of the mysteries that I’ve most enjoyed in the past:

Dorothy Cannell – Ellie Haskell series

Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Aaron Elkins – The Dark Place

Laurie King – Mary Russell series (as well as the original Holmes stories)

Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird

Dorothy Sayers – Gaudy Night

A few titles that I’ve particularly enjoyed since coming to work here are:

Charlaine Harris – Dead Until Dark and Living Dead In Dallas

Sparkle Hayter – What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

Ruth Rendell – The Fallen Curtain And Other Stories

Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

Ayelet Waldman – Nursery Crimes

Sandy's Favorites

C. J. Box, Savage Run. Surpassing a great debut in Open Season, Box continues his prize-winning series with Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett.

Tom Bradby, The Master of Rain. Atmospheric, noirish tale set in 1926 Shanghai.

Stephen L. Carter, The Emperor of Ocean Park. Family secrets and political intrigue among the nation's black elite.

Lee Child, Without Fail. Another gripping thriller with enigmatic hero Jack Reacher.

Barry Eisler, Rain Fall. Debut thriller introduces a modern-day samurai in the character of a Japanese-American living in Tokyo.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock, Social Crimes. Scandal and suspense in the New York social world.

Michael Innes, The New Sonia Wayward. Classic British piffle.

Nora Kelly, Hot Pursuit. Contemporary London comes alive in Kelly's latest academic plot with historian Gillian Adams.

Randy Wayne White, 12 Mile Island. One of Tammy’s Florida Faves, my first meeting with Marine biologist Doc Ford and his eccentric crew.

Tammy's list

S. V. Date - Black Sunshine

Dave BarryTricky Business

John RidleyThe Drift

Scott PhillipsThe Walkaway

Randy Wayne White12 Mile Island

Steve ThayerThe Wheat Field

Donald E. WestlakePut a Lid on It

Carsten StroudBlack Water Transit

Michael ConnellyChasing the Dime

Bill's Favorite Books of the Year

This was a banner year for books by Northwest authors, so I give honorary first position in my top ten list to: All new books by Northwest authors. As to the rest:

5 perennial favorites who scored again in 2002:

Lee Child, Without Fail

Michael Connelly, City of Bones

Loren D. Estleman, Something Borrowed, Something Black

Jon A. Jackson, Badger Games (marred only by the absence of the series star, Det. Sgt. “Fang” Mulheisen)

Richard Stark, Breakout

3 new discoveries:

Rain Fall, by Barry Eisler

An Eye for Murder, by Libby Fischer Hellman

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson (see New from the Northwest)

One I should have discovered long ago:

Pictures of Perfection, by Reginald Hill (Dana Stabenow ordered me to read this, and she was right)

Erin's Top 10

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Incredible; every bit as good as you’ve heard.

Angel Rock by Darren Williams. Odd, dreamlike mystery. Twin peaks in the Australian outback.

Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones. The events of the 1980 Atlanta Child Murders from the point-of-view of the victims’ peers.

Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins. Reissue of the original stark and brilliant graphic novel.

Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid. First in the Carol Jordan/Tony Hill series. Best Serial killer novel I’d ever read until…

Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid. Sequel to Mermaids and now the best.

Last Temptation by Val McDermid. Great book to round out the series thus far, focusing on Carol Jordan doing undercover work in Germany.

Gun Monkeys by Victor Gischler. Yet another charming noir from Uglytown.

Acid Row by Minette Walters. Wonderfully tense book about a riot in a housing project.

Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flannagan. A warm and quirky story of a brutality in a Tasmanian prison colony.



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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