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


WINTER 2004 - 2005






Mon, Dec 6, noon, Martin Cruz Smith signs Wolves Eat Dogs

Sat, Dec 11, noon, Jayne Ann Krentz signs Falling Awake

Fri, Dec 17, noon, Donna Anders signs Afraid of the Dark

Tues, Jan 11, 2005, noon, Jan Burke signs Bloodlines

Sat, Jan 15, 2005, noon, Yasmine Galenorn signs Murder under a Mystic Moon

Tues, Feb 8, noon, Craig Johnson signs The Cold Dish

Wed, Feb 9, noon, Carlos Ruiz Zafon signs the paperback release of The Shadow of the Wind

Mon, Mar 14, noon, Christopher Rice signs Light Before Day

Tues, Mar 15, noon, Tim Dorsey signs Torpedo Juice


Donna Anders, Afraid of the Dark (Dec., Pocket pbo, 6.99). When Jessie Cline moves to a small town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to become Police Chief, she has no idea of the terror that awaits her. Signing.

Yasmine Galenorn, Murder under a Mystic Moon (Jan., Berkley pbo, 5.99). Medium Emerald O’Brien isn’t so sure that the body she stumbled over was killed by a cougar. Signing.

Alan Gold, True Crime (Feb., Berkley pbo, 5.99). First in a new series in which the plots are based on actual true crimes: Lou Tedesco – former minor league ballplayer and investigative reporter - is the food and film critic for an Oregon weekly paper. He’s stumbled on a scoop off his beat – a double murder.

Michael Gruber, Valley of the Bones (Jan., Morrow hc, 24.95). A wealthy oilman falls to his death from his 10th floor Miami balcony. Det. Jimmy Paz (Tropic of Night, Harper, 7.50) finds only one suspect but can’t really buy her guilt – she’s an eerily pious young woman whose confession leads through a bizarre tale of despair and redemption. Soon, people associated with her begin to die and Paz suspects that there is something larger going on. Signed Copies Available.

Kate Kingsbury, Fire When Ready (Dec., Berkley pbo, 5.99). 7th Manor House mystery: when no evidence surfaces that the local munitions factory was destroyed by the German, Lady Elizabeth tries to discern who in the sleepy little community is a saboteur.

Kris Nelscott, War At Home (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). PI Smokey Dalton heads to the East Coast, where a gifted young man he knows hasn’t showed up for school at Yale. In the Summer of 1969, protests over Viet Nam have gotten hotter and the young man has vanished into the war against the war. Signing?

Sharan Newman, The Witch in the Well (Dec., Forge hc, 24.95, Signed Copies 25.95). Her family’s well is going dry and their position and castle depend on finding out why. A mysterious woman seems to be the solution – but is she dead or alive? Also, see Special Interest section.

Ann Rule, Kiss Me, Kill Me: Crime File Vol 9 (Dec., Pocket pbo, 7.99). Signing.

Now in Paperback

Pete Dexter, Train (Feb., Vintage, 13.00). Tammy, Bill & JB recommend..

Michael Dibdin, Medusa (Feb., Vintage, 12.95)

Aaron Elkins, Good Blood (Feb., Berkley, 6.99)

David Farris, Lie Still (Dec., Harper, 7.50)

Richard Hoyt, The Weatherman’s Daughter (Feb., Forge, 6.99). Denson.

Nora Kelly, Hot Pursuit (Jan., iBooks, 6.99)

John J. Nance, Fire Flight (Jan., Pocket, 7.99)

Amanda Quick, Wait Until Dark (Feb., Jove, 7.99)

Sat, Dec 18, 1-3pm – New Local Author Panel – join us as five local authors discuss their recently published debut books:

          Jenny Kanevsky signs her female PI novel, Chosen Quarry.

          Dr. Tom Hopp signs his medical thriller, The Jihad Virus.

          David Zizkin signs his non-fiction account of the streets in The Real Police.

          Milton Ghivizzani signs his legal thriller, Employee of the Year.

          Murdoch Hughes signs his Mexico motorcycle mystery, Murder in La Paz.

Coming this Spring

Aaron Elkins & Gideon Oliver, April

Sue Henry & Jessie Arnold, April

J.A. Jance, Sentenced to Die (the first three Beaumonts in hc for the first time, as an omnibus), March

Phillip Margolin, Lost Lake, March

John J. Nance, Saving Cascadia, March

Ridley Pearson & Lou Boldt, April


Megan Abbott, Die a Little (Feb., Simon & Schuster hc, 23.00). In 1950s Hollywood, a femme fatale masquerades as a perfect housewife well enough to fool her detective husband, but not her suspicious sister-in-law. Think Donna Reed Noir

Bruce Alexander, Rules of Engagement (Jan., Putnam hc, 24.95). A wonderful surprise: at the time of his death Alexander had completed most of what would be his last book. His widow and noted author John Shannon have completed it. One last – his eleventh – with Sir John Fielding.

Donna Andrews, Access Denied (Dec., Berkley hc, 23.95). 3rd in the series with Artificial Intelligence Personality extraordinaire, Turing Hopper. In paper, We’ll Always Have Parrots (Feb., St. Martin's, 6.99).

Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (Feb., Viking hc, 22.95). Lori Shepherd befriends an elderly woman at a retirement home who seems to have no family, only a brother who is long lost. After the woman dies, her apartment is found to be full of priceless antiques. Lori begins to look for her kin. In paper, Aunt Dimity: Snowbound (Jan., Penguin, 7.99).

Jo Bannister, The Depths of Solitude (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Professional finder Brodie can’t find her friend Daniel. Weeks ago they had an argument and, when she wants to make up, he’s nowhere to be found.

M.C. Beaton, Death of a Bore (Feb., Mysterious Press hc, 23.95). A visiting writer forms a writer’s circle. Folks are enthusiastic until he’s found to be a bore. Yeah, but is that really a motive for murder? In paper, Death of a Poison Pen (Jan., Warner, 6.99).

Claudia Bishop, Buried by Breakfast (Dec., Berkley pbo, 6.50). 12th in the Hemlock Falls series: after protestors try to stop the relocation of a Civil War cemetery, their leader turns up dead.

Eleanor Taylor Bland, A Cold and Silent Dying (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). 12th book for suburban Chicago homicide detective Marti McAlister. Her boss dismisses the death of a homeless woman as unimportant, while Marti sees it as a random homicide.


Lawrence Block, All the Flowers are Dead (Feb., Morrow hc, 24.95). Matthew Scudder Returns – that’s all we know about the book. But that’s enough! In pb, The Burglar on the Prowl (Jan., Harper, 7.50). Bill recommends.


Lillian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Went Bananas (Jan., Putnam hc, 23.95). In paper, The Cat Who Talked Turkey (Jan., Jove, 6.99).

Rita Mae Brown, Cat’s Eyewitness (Jan., Bantam hc, 25.00). A statue begins to weep real blood, foretelling bad things for little Crozet, VA. In paperback, Whisker of Evil (Jan., Bantam, 7.50).

Fiona Buckley, The Siren Queen (Nov., Scribner hc, 24.00). A trip to introduce her daughter to a potential suitor also introduces Ursula Blanchard to a potential plot against the crown. In paper, The Fugitive Queen (Dec., Pocket, 13.00).

Jan Burke, Bloodlines (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). Irene Kelly – postponed from Sept 04. Signing.

Andrea Camilleri, Excursion to Tindari (Jan., Penguin tpo, 12.00) 5th with Sicilian Insp. Montalbano. Two unrelated crimes lead him into the heart of his island’s new brutality.

Joanna Carl, The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle (Dec., Signet pbo, 5.99). Hollywood and murder come to Michigan when a film producer decides to turn a local author’s romance novel into a blockbuster. 4th book; includes chocolate trivia like the earlier ones. Alias for Eve K. Sandstrom

Nora Charles, Who Killed Swami Schwartz? (Jan., Berkley pbo, 6.50). Senior sleuth Kate Kennedy looks into the murder at a yoga retreat; who slipped the swami a spiked double espresso? The author has also published as Noreen Wald.

Reed Farrel Coleman, The James Deans (Feb., Plume tpo, 12.00). 3rd in this gritty series. PI Moe Prager is asked by a politician to clear his name. Two years ago, a young intern vanished and whispers about her case have stalled the man’s career.

Max Allan Collins, Road to Purgatory (Dec., Morrow hc, 24.95). The writer of Road to Perdition continues the story: years after his road-trip with his gangster father, and home from fighting in the jungles of the Pacific, Michael O’Sullivan is back in Chicago to continue his war with the Capone mob. See also Reissues of Note.

John Connolly, Nocturnes (Feb., Atria tpo, 12.95). Short suspense stories by the young Irishman, and a novella which features Bird Parker. A new Bird novel will be out in June 05.

Natasha Cooper, Keep Me Alive (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Barrister Trish Maguire gives up her vacation time to help a group of small food-producers fight a supermarket chain. One of her clients seems to be taking a violent approach.

Colin Cotterill, The Coroner’s Lunch (Nov., Soho hc, 23.00). In 1972 Laos, the Communists have taken over. While his wife is an ardent supporter, French-trained Dr. Siri Paiboun is tapped to be the country’s coroner. Though he has no training for the post or supplies for his duties, he’s got curiosity and integrity. His first case involves three bodies in a reservoir – they clearly didn’t drown, they might be Vietnamese, and the case begins to have dire international implications.

Clive and Dirk Cussler, Black Wind (Nov., Putnam hc, 27.95). Pitt teams with his son and daughter to find two WWII Japanese subs that were lost in 1945 while on a mission to the US West Coast with biological weapons.

Rolo Diez, Tequila Blue, translated by Nick Caistor (Jan., Bitter Lemon tpo, 13.95). Biting satire on life and crime in Mexico City – 1st of three – finds life hard for Carlito, a cop who has to turn to crime to finance his investigation activities. Funny and sexy. 1st English translation. Tammy recommends.

P.C. Doherty, The Hangman’s Hymn (Dec., STMP hc, 22.95). Latest in the Canterbury series, here told by the Carpenter.

John Donohue, Deshi (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Martial artist Connor Burke is drawn into the murder investigation of a radical and mysterious martial arts master. The trail of blood leads into the mountains and an elite mountain temple.

Tim Dorsey, Torpedo Juice (Feb., Morrow hc, 24.95). Life on the road is fun for lovable killer Serge Storm, but it gets lonely too. So Serge decides it is time to find a bride. And nothing and no one will get in his way. Signing. In paper, Cadillac Beach (Jan., Harper, 7.50). Favorite author of Tammy.

Selma Eichler, Murder Can Mess Up Your Mascara (Feb., Signet pbo, 6.50). A pharmaceutical exec turns to PI Desiree Shapiro for help.

Anthony Elgin, The Blue Rose (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Debut mystery from the winner of the Golden Trowel Award for best rose garden in 1995 and a member of the American Rose society. Soon after they move into their dream house, deep in the English countryside, the Sheppards discover something growing in their walled garden that defies nature and science. Soon, word leaks out about the discovery and they’re plunged into trouble.

Janet Evanovich, Love Overboard (Feb., Harper pbo, 7.50). Love and adventure on the Maine coast.

Linda Fairstein, Entombed (Jan., Scribner hc, 26.00). While a brownstone in which Edgar Allan Poe once lived is being demolished, a skeleton is found in the wall. Somehow, it seems to relate to a present day rapist case that Alexandra Cooper is working. In paper, The Kills (Jan., Pocket, 7.99).

Jon Fasman, The Geographer’s Library (Feb., Penguin hc, 24.95). In the 12th C., a burglar loots the king’s geographer’s library of the tools and talismans of alchemy. 900 years later, reporter Paul Tomm investigates the death of a New England professor whose office was jammed with materials about transmutation. As he continues to dig, the reporter finds that the articles missing from the geographer’s library have changed hands many times, and trailing them and their history is dangerous. Debut thriller. Signing?

Jorg Fauser, The Snowman, translated by Anthea Bell (Feb., Bitter Lemon tpo, 13.95). Blum is a luckless German who has found 5 pounds of high quality coke. Soon, he’s pursued by the dealers and the cops in a drug-fueled noir thriller laced with humor and sharp observations of life on the edge of German society. The author – an alcoholic who broke his addiction to heroin at age 30 – was killed at age 43, in 1987, when he was run over by a truck at 4 a.m. on the Autobahn. This book was a bestseller in Germany and this is the first English translation.

Ken Follett, Whiteout (Dec., Viking hc, 26.95). As a blizzard closes in on Dec. 24th, a group of people are bound together by the Scottish storm and by their ties to a deadly virus let loose at local lab.

Margaret Frazer, The Widow’s Tale (Jan., Berkley hc, 22.95). Dame Frevisse deals with a recent widow and her late husband’s greedy relatives. In paper, The Hunter’s Tale (Dec., Berkley, 6.99).

Scott Frost, Run the Risk (Jan., Putnam hc, 19.95). LA Det. Alex Delillo works a set of cases in which none of the evidence seems relevant – a shopkeeper is shot to death, a bungalow is demolished by untraceable explosives, and her daughter is abducted. The author was a writer on Twin Peaks and is the brother of Mark Frost – also of Twin Peaks fame – who wrote a couple of Sherlockian books. Signed Copies Available.

David Fulmer, Jass (Jan., Harcourt hc, 23.00). Following up on his Shamus-winning debut (Chasing the Devil’s Tail, Harcourt, 14.00), Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr looks into the deaths of four of a band’s musicians – the fifth and last living player has vanished. Those in power in Storyville want him off the case. JB and Janine recommend both books.

Leonce Gaiter, Bourbon Street (Jan., Carroll & Graf hc, 24.00). In 1958, a drifter leaves Texas for New Orleans, hoping to change his luck. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman he wronged years ago and is soon entangled in schemes and plots spun by the son of the local crime boss, and lost amidst the drunken crowds and bejeweled costumes.

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, A Window in Copacabana (Jan., Holt hc, 23.00). In the space of a few days, three cops have been shot down. They were unremarkable cops, not well known or liked, and just fair policemen. Insp. Espinosa doesn’t have much to go on. In paper, Southwestly Wind (Feb., Picador, 13.00).

Leslie Glass, For Love and Money (Dec., Ballantine hc, 23.95). Annie Custer leads the perfect life of a working mom and stockbroker, except now she’s been accused of embezzlement. A quarter of a million dollars worth of stock certificates have disappeared. She's used to the chaos of home—now it's come to work with her. A comic novel of high stakes and revenge.

Ann Granger, That Way Lies Murder (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Mitchell and Markby investigate a poison pen campaign in a small town where nothing is at it seems.

Sarah Graves, Tool & Die (Dec., Bantam hc, 22.00). Someone is threatening Jake Tiptree’s new housekeeper.

W.E.B. Griffin, By Order of the President (Jan., Putnam hc, 26.95). After a leased jet is hijacked in Angola and various agencies are tangled in a turf war, the President sends Major Carlos Castillo, an Army Intelligence officer serving with Homeland Security, to look into what is going on and to stop whatever is unfolding. First in a new series.

John Grisham, The Broker (Jan., Doubleday hc, 27.95). A notorious DC power broker is pardoned by a lame-duck President with 14 years to go on his prison term. He’s smuggled out of the country and hidden in Italy. He has serious enemies and, as the CIA watches him, the question is not whether he’ll be killed, but who will get to him first.

Batya Gur, Bethlehem Road Murder (Dec., Harper hc, 24.95). Chief Superintendent Michael Ohayon is called to the scene of a murder in the politically charged Arab Quarter and finds an unfinished romance awaiting him.

Peter Guttridge, A Ghost of a Chance (Jan., Speck Press tpo, 14.00). 2nd comic mystery. Nick Madrid is asked by his only friend in journalism to spend the night in a haunted place. Before he knows it, he’s involved with a body hanging from a tree, pagans, Satanists, seances and a kick-boxing zebra.

James W. Hall, Forests of the Night (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Patrolwoman Charlotte Monroe is known for her near-psychic ability to size up people and situations. When a stranger shows up at her family’s door with a threatening note written in Cherokee hieroglyphics, their lives are turned upside down. And then their troubled daughter vanishes into the Smokey Mountains to join the stranger’s sect. Signing?

Laurell K. Hamilton, A Stroke of Midnight (Jan., Ballantine hc, 23.95). Meredith Gentry faces new and ominous enemies as her dark and erotic encounters grow stronger. In paperback, Seduced by Moonlight (Jan., Ballantine, 7.50).

Gary Hardwick, The Executioner’s Game (Jan., Morrow hc, 24.95). Luther Green, a government hit-man, is given a terrible job -- kill the man who trained him. Luther is bothered by more than the identity of the target: why did the man go rogue in the first place, and why can’t Luther get the answers he needs?

Karen Harper, The Fyre Mirror (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). A pyromaniac is torching portraits of young Queen Elizabeth.

Lee Harris, Murder in Alphabet City (Jan., Ballantine pbo, 6.99). Second whodunit in her new Manhattan series with NYPD Det. Jane Bauer.

Craig Holden, The Narcissist’s Daughter (Feb., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). The young narrator gets it into his head to destroy his boss’s family. Once he meets the guy’s daughter, he begins to realize that they’re drawing him into their own machinations and their unraveling lives. Signed Copies Available. Favorite author of JB’s – he recommends this as a twisted, sexy thriller.

Greg Iles, Blood Memory (Feb., Scribner hc, 24.95). Suspended after blackouts and panic attacks occur at crime scenes, forensic expert Cat Ferry returns to her childhood home. There, she discovers that the murder of her father happened in the house, not in the garden as she remembered. As she begins to forensically reconstruct that crime, events at her job draw her back.

Lee Irby, 7,000 Clams (Jan., Doubleday hc, 23.95). Postponed from Spring 04: a small-time bootlegger finds a handwritten IOU and heads to Florida to cash it in. The problem is that others want the money and the leverage. Gangsters, molls, hustlers, gamblers, psychos and Yankee fans— the IOU was written by Babe Ruth, and he's at Spring training.

Renay Jackson, Shakey’s Loose (Dec., North Atlantic Books tpo, 14.95). Ambitious new players fight for control of Oakland’s drug trade. The author won the Chester Himes Award, the top prize at the annual Chester Himes Black Mystery Writers Conference.

Craig Johnson, The Cold Dish (Jan., Viking hc, 23.95). Though he’s been the Sheriff for 24 years, Walt Longmire faces perhaps his most explosive crime: a man is found shot dead near Wyoming’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation and it is assumed, at first, to be a hunting accident. Then it is revealed that he was one of four white teenagers who were convicted of the rape of a young Cheyenne girl years before. They got off with a light sentence. Is someone now taking their own justice? Debut thriller. Signing.

Linda O. Johnston, Sit, Stay, Slay (Jan., Berkley pbo, 5.99). New series: canned from her LA law firm, Kendra Ballantyne is now a free-lance pet-sitter and part-time sleuth.

Stuart Kaminsky, The Last Dark Place (Dec., Forge hc, 23.95). Abe Lieberman is bringing a prisoner back from Arizona when the killer himself is killed.

Jonathan Kellerman, Twisted (Nov., Ballantine hc, 26.95). While trying to focus on a vicious gang slaying, Hollywood Det. Petra Connor is presented with a theory both outlandish and terrifying: that a psycho has been stalking the streets, unknown and unchallenged, for over a decade. If she is to believe it, can she find the killer? Petra was last seen in A Cold Heart (Ballantine, 7.99).

Lee Charles Kelly, To Collar a Killer (Dec., Avon pbo, 6.99). Maine kennel owner Jack Field has been ingeniously framed for murder.

John Lescroart, The Motive (Jan., Dutton hc, 25.95). Dismas Hardy delves into a case that intersects the highest points of society and politics. In paper, The Second Chair (Jan., Signet, 7.99)

Randye Lordon, Son of a Gun (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). NYC PI Sydney Sloan looks into the case of a boy given up for adoption years ago. He might be the shooter in an attack on a friend who is a NYPD captain.

Ed McBain, Alice in Jeopardy (Jan., Simon & Schuster hc, 25.00). A widow’s children are missing and a ransom demand arrives asking for the same amount that the widow got for her husband’s boating accident. Signed Copies Available.

Jill McGown, Unlucky for Some (Jan, Ballantine hc, 22.95). DCIs Lloyd and Hill deal with a hostile press after a series of apparently motiveless crimes.

G.A. McKevett, Murder a la Mode (Jan., Kensington hc, 2.00). In her 10th case, plus-sized PI Savannah Reid hunts a murderer on the set of a reality TV show. In paper, Cereal Killer (Dec, Kensington, 6.50).

Adrian McKinty, Hidden River (Jan., Scribner hc, 24.00). A disgraced Irish cop, once a rising star whose career was ruined by 6 months on the drug squad, travels to America to find the murderer of his high school love. Trying to kick his habit, he’s wanted by cops on both sides of the Atlantic for answers in their cases. Signed copies Available.

D.R. Meredith, Tome of Death (Feb., Berkley pbo, 5.99). Librarian Megan Clark unravels the case of two bodies in one grave: one a skeleton and the other a Comanche mummy from 100 years ago. 4th in the series.

J Milligan, Jack Fish (Jan., Soho hc, 23.00). The title character is a secret agent for the Elders of Atlantis who has been sent among the Topworld to find an enemy of their state and spear him. As he struggles to adjust to living with the breathers, he finds that the air breathers are as alien to one another as they are to him.

John Mortimer, Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders (Dec., Viking hc, 24.95). Looking back half a century, Rumpole’s first case is told. In paper, Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Dec., Viking, 14.00).

Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat Cross Their Graves (Jan., Harper hc, 24.95). Tomcat sleuth Joe Grey looks into the murder of a retired ‘40s movie star. The only witness was her cat. 9th in the series. In paper, Cat Fear No Evil (Jan, Harper, 6.99)

Tamar Myers, Assault and Pepper (Feb., NAL hc, 19.95). At the annual church chili supper, Rev. Schrock is murdered when someone puts peanut butter into his serving. Who knew about his allergy and wanted him dead? 13th in the Pennsylvania Dutch series. In paper, Thou Shalt Not Grill (Jan., Signet, 6.50).

Barbara Nadel, The Ottoman Cage (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). When a brutal murder occurs in one of Istanbul’s tonier districts, Insp. Ikmen is sent to investigate.

Robin Paige, Death at Blenheim Palace (Feb., Berkley hc, 23.95). A murder from 1154 is the subject of a book by Kate Sheridan. Blenheim Palace seems to not want the mystery solved. In paper, Death in Hyde Park (Feb., Berkley, 6.50).

Barbara Parker, Suspicion of Rage (Feb., Dutton hc, 24.95). A honeymoon trip to Havana for Miami lawyers Connor and Quintana becomes a messenger service for the CIA.

P.J. Parrish, A Killing Rain (Feb., Pinnacle pbo, 6.99). A routine case for Det. Louis Kincaid turns grisly when it takes him into the Everglades and a hunter of humans.

Rebecca Pawel, The Watcher in the Pine (Feb., Soho hc, 24.00). In 1940s Spain, Carlos Tejeda’s first independent command is a small mountain village. He and his wife arrive to find no one to welcome them, and that his predecessor was murdered amidst smuggling and rebel activity. In paper, Law of Return (Feb., Soho, 13.00). Second and third in the Edgar-winning series.

Joanne Pence, Courting Disaster (Dec., Avon pbo, 6.99). 12th with chef/sleuth Angie Malfi sees her own engagement party endangered by crime.

Ann Purser, Weeping on Wednesday (Feb., Berkley pbo, 5.99). 3rd with British village cleaner Lois Meade, who has hired the daughter from a reclusive family. Strange letters and omens begin, putting everyone on edge.

Jonathan Rabb, Rosa (Feb., Crown hc, 24.95). In the aftermath of WWI Berlin, Kripo Det. Insp. Hoffner and his assistant Fichte take little notice of the political changes around them as the socialists take control. When a series of murders take place in the slums and four women are found, each with identical markings, they’re troubled when the state political police take an interest in the case.

Ian Rankin, Fleshmarket Alley (Feb., Little Brown hc, 22.95). Rebus thinks he’s seen it all until he’s called to the red light district, where flesh is sold by sex-workers and by those who supposedly help refugees. In paper, A Question of Blood (Jan., Warner, 6.99).

Richard Rayner, The Devil’s Wind (Feb., Harper hc, 24.95). Las Vegas in the ‘50s is booming, man, and not just in growth: the Atomic Energy Commission is testing A-bombs just 60 miles away. Ambition, mobsters, money and revenge mix in an explosive and deadly way.

J.D. Rhoades, The Devil’s Right Hand (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 21.95). Gulf War vet Jack Keller lives a fairly uneventful life as a tracker of bail jumpers in North Carolina. Events take a turn for the worse on his latest assignment, as he finds others after his target – a cop who has few morals or ethics and two locals who are blinded by rage and out for revenge. Debut mystery.

John Maddox Roberts, SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). Decius is assigned the task of ridding the Mediterranean of pirates. To do this, he must humor a certain princess from Egypt. And in paperback, SPQR VIII: The River God’s Vengeance (Feb., St. Martin's, 13.95).

J.D. Robb, Survivor in Death (Jan., Putnam hc, 23.95). In NYC of 2059, Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of an ordinary family and protects the one survivor. In paper, Visions in Death (Feb., Berkley, 7.99).

Peter Robinson, Strange Affair (Feb., Morrow hc, 24.95). While Banks is in London dealing with the disappearance of his estranged brother, Det. Annie Cabbot’s investigation of the murder of a young woman leads back to someone close. Soon, the separate investigations collide. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Playing with Fire (Jan., Avon, 7.50).

Christopher Rice, Light Before Day (Feb., Miramax hc, 23.95). A young LA journalist loses his magazine job and hires on as an assistant to a noted mystery writer. They join forces when the young guy’s ex-lover is the victim of a serial killer and hunt for the murderer. Third novel by the son of Anne. Signing.

Stella Rimington, At Risk (Jan., Knopf hc, 24.95). British Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle understands the warning from her government’s Joint Counter-Terrorist Group: an attack will be carried out soon by “an invisible," a native who can pass undetected by the intelligence community. Liz believes she has figured out the target, but how can she find the “invisible”? Debut novel by a member of MI5 since ’65, and director general from ’92 to ’96.

Priscilla J. Royal, Tyrant of the Mind (Dec., Poisoned Pen Press hc, 24.95). In the winter of 1271, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal travels to her father’s Welsh castle to help save her sick nephew. While they save him, someone else dies, and her father is accused of the crime.

Walter Satterthwait, Cavalcade (Feb., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In 1923, two Pinkerton agents are sent to Munich to look into the assassination attempt on a German politician. What appears to be a straightforward crime turns murky – the politician’s last name is Hitler.

Gerald Seymour, The Unknown Soldier (Feb., Overlook hc, 24.95). Mistakenly released from Guantanamo, the world’s most deadly terrorist vanishes into the vast desert of Saudi Arabia. Can Western intelligence agents find him before he can strike again?.

Daniel Silva, Prince of Fire (Feb., Putnam hc, 25.95). Gabriel Allon is called back to Israel after terrorists get hold of his dossier. He’s drawn back into the world of secrets that he’s foresworn. Signed Copies Available.

Barbara Burnett Smith, Bead on Trouble (Jan., Berkley pbo, 5.99). New series from the Purple Sage author: retired Texas stateswoman has started her dream business – she's opened a bead shop. She hadn’t planned on sleuthing as a sideline. Includes tips and patterns!

Brad Smith, Busted Flush (Feb., Holt hc, 24.00). Civil War buffs and con men collide in this wickedly funny story of old-time relics and modern greed. Smith has been described as a rural Hiaasen.

Boris Starling, Vodka (Feb., Dutton hc, 25.95). In 1991 Russia, the Soviet Union has just collapsed, the lines for goods are still long, and a power vacuum sets brutal Mafia gangs to war. An American banker, Alice Liddell, has come to help the most famous distillery privatize and finds herself in the midst of a bizarre series of murders and the endless battle for power at every level of society.

David Terrenoire, Beneath the Panamanian Moon (Jan., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). A private Panamanian resort advertises for a piano player who also has experience as a soldier with overseas special operations. John Harper, oddly enough, can fill that job, and he’s soon up to his ivories in American mercenaries and Columbians. A debut thriller with a sharp sense of humor.

Aimee and David Thurlo, Thief in Retreat (Dec., STMP hc, 23.95). Sister Agatha looks into the situation of a closed monastery. In pb, the debut, Bad Faith (Nov., STMP, 6.50).

Charles Todd, A Cold Treachery (Jan., Bantam hc, 25.00). Insp. Rutledge is confronted with an ugly crime deep in the frozen Lake District: a family of five has been slaughtered and the youngest son is missing. There is no trace of the boy or the killer. Rutledge must search the past quickly to find the boy before the killer does.

Louise Welch, Tamburlain Must Die (Feb., Canongate hc, 18.95). An Elizabethan murder mystery starring Christopher Marlowe, a man with just 72 hours to live. London is a city on edge — war and plague threaten. In the country to write, Marlowe is summoned back to the capital when his fictional creation begins to raise hell. By the author of the acclaimed The Cutting Room (tp,13.00), recommended by Janine.

Minette Walters, Disordered Minds (Dec., Berkley pbo, 10.00). A councilor and an anthropologist re-investigate the controversial murder conviction of a 20-year-old who is mentally retarded. They’re unprepared for the disturbing facts they uncover and the personal demons unleashed.

Robert Wilson, The Vanished Hands (Jan., Harcourt hc, 25.00). Recovering from the effects of his last case, Javier Falcon investigates a suspicious suicide in the wealthy outskirts of Seville. There is no clear evidence in the death and his investigation is just beginning when two more suicides occur – one of them a fellow cop. Janine recommends this author.


Boris Akunin, Murder on the Leviathan (Feb., Random House, 12.95). Bill and Janine recommend.

Sarah Andrews, Earth Colors (Jan., St. Martin's, 6.99)

Marion Babson, The Cat Who Wasn’t a Dog (Dec., St. Martin's, 6.50)

Linda Barnes, Deep Pockets (Jan., St. Martin's, 6.99)

Nevada Barr, High Country (Feb., Berkley, 7.99)

James Carlos Blake, Handsome Harry (Feb., Harper, 13.95). Tammy and JB recommend this author.

Rhys Bowen, For the Love of Mike (Dec., St. Martin's, 6.99)

James Lee Burke, In the Moon of Red Ponies (Feb., Pocket, 7.99)

Jodi Compton, The 37th Hour (Jan., Dell, 6.99)

Jeffrey Deaver, Garden of Beasts (Feb., Pocket, 7.99)

John Dunning, The Bookman’s Promise (Feb., Pocket, 7.99)

Jerrilyn Farmer, Perfect Sax (Jan., Avon, 6.99)

Victor Gischler, Pistol Poets (Jan., Dell, 6.99)

Charlaine Harris, Shakespeare’s Counselor (Feb., Berkley, 5.99)

Janis Harrison, Reap a Wicked Harvest (Jan., STMP, 6.99)

Joan Hess, Muletrain to Maggody (Jan., Pocket, 6.99)

Joe R. Lansdale, Sunset and Sawdust (Jan., Vintage, 13.00)

Henning Mankell, The Return of the Dancing Master (Feb., Vintage, 13.00), Bantam, 6.99)

Walter Mosley, Man in my Basement (Feb., Warner, 13.95)

George Pelecanos, Hard Revolution (Feb., Warner, 6.99). JB recommends.

Rick Riordan, Southtown (Jan., Bantam, 6.99). Janine recommends.

Barbara Seranella, Unpaid Dues (Dec., Pocket, 6.99)

Ray Shannon, Firecracker (Feb., Jove, 7.99) (aka Gar Anthony Haywood)

Daniel Silva, A Death in Vienna (Feb., Signet, 7.99)

April Smith, Good Morning, Killer (Dec., Pinnacle, 6.99). JB recommends this terrific sequel to North of Montana (Fawcett, 6.99).

James Swain, Loaded Dice (Jan., Ballantine, 6.99). Tammy recommends.

Laura Wilson, Telling Lies to Alice (Jan., Dell, 6.99)

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind (Jan., Penguin, 15.00). Janine and Bill highly recommend. Signing.


Now in Paper Special Notice

Alexander McCall Smith, The Full Cupboard of Life (Jan., Anchor, 11.95) and, for the first time in AMERICAN paperback, the three Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld novellas: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (all Jan., Anchor, 10.95). Coming in April, the US hardcover of In the Company of Cheerful Ladies. (See also Special Interest.)


Coming this Spring

Boris Akunin, The Turkish Gambit, March

Donna Andrews & Meg Langslow, March

Nevada Barr & Anna Pigeon, April

Cara Black & Aimee Leduc, March

Michael Connelly & Bosch, May

John Dunning & Cliff Janeway, March

Bill Fitzhugh & Rick Shannon, April

Elizabeth George & Insp. Lynley, March

Robert B. Parker & Spenser, March

Owen Parry & Maj. Jones, March

George Pelecanos, Drama City, March

Anne Perry & the Pitts, March

Elizabeth Peters & Amelia, April

David Rosenfelt, & Andy Carpenter, May

James Swain & Tony Valentine, March

P.J. Tracy, Dead Run, April

Donald Westlake & Dortmunder, April

Don Winslow, Power of the Dog, April

Randy Wayne White & Doc Ford, March



Martin Davis, Mrs. Hudson and the Spirit’s Curse (Dec., Berkley tpo, 13.00). While Watson and Holmes look into one aspect of a man who claims to be under a curse, their housekeeper sets out to look into other areas of the case.

Carole Nelson Douglas, Spider Dance (Dec., Forge hc, 24.95). Irene Adler is drawn back to the land of her birth to uncover her forgotten past.

The Ghosts of Baker Street, Greenberg, Lellenberg and Stashower, eds (Feb., Carroll & Graf tpo, 13.95). All new stories in which Holmes and Watson confront crimes and the supernatural.

Reissues of Note

Eric Ambler, The Light of Day (Dec., Vintage, 12.00). A small-time con man is caught up in a big international caper. Basis for the film Topkapi.

Constance & Gwenyth Little, The Black Smith (Feb., Rue Morgue, 14.00). Head nurse Judith Onslow has a rich cast of suspects when the “Black Smith” roams the halls of her hospital late at night. Another classic from the queens of comic cozy, published in 1950.


Margaret Scherf, The Gun in Daniel Webster’s Bust (Dec., Rue Morgue, 14.95). It’s Christmas time in NYC and murder nearly ruins the festivities at Emily’s Lentenment Decorating Shop. First published in 1949, Scherf would go on to be considered one of the finest comic mystery writers of the mid-Century. Rue Morgue will be publishing more. One of Bill’s all-time favorite authors.

Kelley Roos, The Frightened Stiff (Jan., Rue Morgue, 14.95). First published in 1942, this was an early entry in a series with newlywed couple Jeff and Haila Troy. Moving into their Greenwich Village apartment, they find a body in their garden. For fans of snappy-patter and merry mysteries. Another of Bill’s all-time favorite authors!


Max Allan Collins, Neon Mirage (Jan., iBooks, 6.99). 4th Nate Heller, with Bugsy Siegel and the founding of Vegas.

Robert Crais, Sunset Express (Jan., Ballantine, 7.99).

Ross Thomas, Chinaman’s Chance (Jan., St. Martin's, 14.95). The first Wu and Durant from 1978.

Peter Lovesey, Bloodhounds (Dec., Soho, 13.00). 4th Peter Diamond.

Gregory McDonald, Fletch and the Man Who (Dec., Vintage, 12.00).



Dangerous Women, Otto Penzler, ed. (Jan., Mysterious Press hc, 24.95). Stories of femme fatales from the best in the biz: Connelly, Jance, Connolly, DeMille, Leonard, Lippman, McBain, Mosley, Rankin, Rozan and others.

Masters of Mysteries: Vintage Detective & Crime Stories, Martin Radcliffe, ed. (Dec., Dufour hc, 34.95, tp 18.95). While Collins, Doyle and Dickens are the most well-known of the Victorian and Edwardian mystery pioneers, they were hardly alone. They are joined in this survey by Bennett, Pemberton, Morrison, Rohmer, Le Queux and others.

The Mammoth Book of Short Spy Novels, Bill Pronzini, ed. (Feb., Carroll & Graf, 12.95). 13 novellas from the masters, including Fleming, Maugham, Charteris, Doyle and Gardner, spanning 75 years of espionage.

Murder in Vegas, Michael Connelly, ed (Jan., Forge hc, 24.95). 22 new stories set in America’s oasis of sin by authors such as Rozan, Wessel, McClendon, Healy and Swain.

Special Interest Items

Sharan Newman, The Real History behind the Da Vinci Code (Jan., Berkley tpo, 14.00). By the Oregon medieval historian, a comprehensive, encyclopedic, A-Z historical volume about the facts behind the Da Vinci code: the figures, the groups and the events.

Alexander McCall Smith, The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa (Dec., Pantheon hc, 20.00). A beguiling collection of African tales from Zimbabwe and Botswana. These are tales the author heard as a boy in Zimbabwe, and stories he told to his own children.

Vanessa McMahon, Murder in Early Modern England (Dec., St. Martin's hc, 29.95). Stories of murders, investigations and punishments in the 17th Century.

Donald H. Wolfe, The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder that Transfixed Los Angeles (Feb., Regan hc, 25.95). Another solution to what could credibly be called the second most famous unsolved American murder case: the mobster who killed her, the major public figure with whom she was having an affair, corrupt police detectives and a “shadowy doctor”. 16 page photo insert.

Nathaniel Rich, San Francisco Noir (Jan., Little Bookroon hc, 17.95). Using photographs and period film stills, this survey of films based in the city of hills – from The Maltese Falcon to The Conversation. A guide to the films and the locations in which they were shot.

Michael Connelly, Crime Beat: Selected Journalism 1984-1992 (Jan., Vascik Pub hc, 30.00). With a foreword by Connelly, this book presents his reporting, as he hones the style that would make him a best-selling writer of fiction – the depth of character, atmosphere and eye for detail. Short tales of true life, the victims, culture, perps and cops. A limited number will be available; reserve one.


Holiday Gift Ideas - all currently available

Scene of the Crime: Photographs from the LAPD Archive (Abrams, large format hardcover, 35.00). Introduction by James Ellroy. This haunting collection presents the photos without any text. At the end of the book, the photos are explained with what info is available. In many, there is no case history, no explanation of the people or the events that lead to the crime.

The Da Vinci Code Illustrated, Dan Brown (Doubleday hc, 35.00). The popular novel with illustrations, photos and maps of the places, art and images mentioned in the novel, and woven into the story in full brilliant color in the text where you need to see them. This is the version we all needed when we first read it.

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard, (Morrow hc, 25.95). Five decades of western fiction – including the first story he ever published – by this master of many genres.

Men’s Adventure Magazines, (Taschen large format soft cover, 39.99). Illustrated history of post-war men’s adventure magazines. The text is by Max Allan Collins and his long-time collaborator George Hagenauer. Lurid, sleazy and amusing.

Film Noir, (Taschen, large format soft cover, 19.99). Richly illustrated look at film noir, using still publicity photos and behind the scene pics. Movies are considered by category – plot or character, for instance – rather than year of release. A treat for mystery movie fans.

The Incredible World of Spy-Fi, Danny Biederman (Chronicle, large format soft cover, 19.95). The sub-title says it all: Wild and Crazy Spy Gadgets, Props, and Artifacts from TV and Movies. Chapters on Bond, U.N.C.L.E., West (Honey and James are covered), as well as I-Spy, Avengers, Get Smart. The serious and the spoofs.


Staff Lists of Favorite Mysteries Read in 2004


I’ve mentioned most of these in prior newsletters, so I’ll just list them here, by author:

James (not J.R.L.) Anderson, The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks

Lawrence Block, The Burglar on the Prowl

G. M. Ford, Red Tide

Charlie Huston, Caught Stealing

David Rosenfelt, Open and Shut (and First Degree, and Bury the Lead)

S. J. Rozan, Absent Friends

Dylan Schaffer, Misdemeanor Man

Lisa Scottoline, Killer Smile

James Siegel, Derailed

Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), Nobody Runs Forever


Jess Walter’s Citizen Vince

Ridley Pearson’s Cut & Run

Greg Rucka’s A Gentleman’s Game

P.J. Tracy’s Monkeewrench and Live Bait

Brian Wiprud’s PipSqueak

Penn Jillette’s Sock

Lowen Clausen’s Third & Forever

Robert Ferrigno’s The Wake-Up

T.R. Pearson’s True Cross


J. R. L. Anderson, Death in the Channel (1976)

Desmond Bagley, The Tightrope Men (1973)

Robert Barnard, Death of a Mystery Writer (1978) and The Skeleton in the Grass (1987)

Katherine Beck, Bad Neighbors (1996)

Ruth Dudley Edwards, The Anglo-Irish Murders (2000) and Carnage on the Committee (2004)

Gerald Hammond, Dog in the Dark (1989), Give a Dog a Name (1992) and Twice Bitten (1998)

Hazel Holt, The Silent Killer (2004)

Iain Pears, The Bernini Bust (1992)

Barbara Paul, But He Was Already Dead When I Got There (1986)

June Thomson, Not One of Us (1972) & Death Cap (1973)

Susan Wolfe, The Last Billable Hour (1989)


      Since this is my first year here, I had to scramble to catch up, and there are so many good authors, so many good books, and not nearly enough time! So I broke my list down into Debuts/Stand-Alones and Authors. There's no order to these.


Rule of Four by Caldwell/Thomason - This is an intelligent and articulate puzzle, and it's not for everyone but I loved it.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay - How wonderful to have a serial killer as the protagonist!

Absent Friends by SJ Rozan - The whole city of New York in the aftermath of 9/11 is almost a person in this amazing story, and it made me cry.

How I Paid for College by Marc Acito - A light and incredibly funny summer in New Jersey, where one of the key characters is a statue of Buddha.

Califia's Daughters by Leigh Richards a/k/a Laurie R. King - As with all things, when Ms. King tries something new, she's successful, and her futuristic novel about a women-driven society is no exception.


Chuck Logan - A Minnesota author I've always enjoyed. His current novel, After The Rain, brings home the question of the price you'd be willing to pay to stop terrorists.

Lowen Clausen - I'd never read any of his, and now I'm a dedicated fan. Third and Forever touches on many timely topics!

Lee Child - I started with his latest, The Enemy, and now I've joined his cheering section.

Michael Connelly - Need I say more? In preparation for The Narrows, I re-read The Poet and it has the hallmark of a truly great book.

PJ Tracy - A duo I'd never even heard of, but Monkeewrench grabbed me and now I love their writing.

      That's ten, but then what about John Dunning and Diane Mott Davidson and Kathy Reichs and...oh bother. Next year, next year.


Lee Child's The Enemy - simply the best Reacher to date, a prequel that fills in many of the blanks in Reacher's past, a combination thriller/police procedural written in Child's very visual style.

Charles Huston's Caught Stealing - gets my vote for best debut of 2004. Free flowing dialogue, super violent (not for the squeamish), edgy.

Jeff Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter - a police department blood spatter analyst who hates the sight of blood, doesn't understand why women find him attractive and moonlights as a serial killer. But he only kills the really bad guys...dark humor at its best.

SJ Rozan's Absent Friends - the post 9/11 book, an exquisite story of friendship, betrayal and loss and what it really means to be a hero.

Lono Waiwaiole's Wiley's Shuffle - even better than last year's debut. Hard-boiled and brutal but full of hope with characters you will love and hate.

Dylan Schaffer's Misdemeanor Man - a reluctant public defender is assigned a case that should be a slam dunk, which would allow him to pursue his true passion -- his Barry Manilow band. A revealing look at the legal system and a humorous view of family dynamics and dysfunction.

Robert Ferrigno's The Wake Up - a great story about a "wake up call" that turns ugly. Ferrigno never disappoints with his plots and oftentimes quirky characters.

Gunter Ohnemus' The Russian Passenger - translated from German, a fast paced thriller - and a love story. A taxi driver helps his fare escape from the Russian mafia with millions of their money. Stream of consciousness writing at its best.

Maggie Estep's Gargantuan - the sequel to Hex, wonderful use of multiple points of view tells the story of murder at the racetrack, with a group of characters you won't forget.

Ridley Pearson's The Body of David Hayes - the latest Lou Boldt offering, much more than a thriller, with Boldt coming face to face with the consequences of his wife's betrayal.


Lee Child’s works: after enjoying Enemy, I re-read all of the Reachers in order.

David Rosenfelt: all three books – funny and inventive.

James Ellroy’s Black Dahlia: a classic that has lost no power over time. Need to re-read more of his books as it has been at least a decade since I first read them.

Michael Connelly’s The Poet - masterpiece

Lono Waiwaiole’s Wiley’s Shuffle: even better than his outstanding debut.

Michael Simon’s Dirty Sally: wonderful debut. One of the two best.

Charlie Huston’s Caught Stealing: the other best debut.

Robert B. Parker’s Double Play: two of my favorite things in one book – crime and baseball!

Carl Hiaasen’s Skinny Dip: about time to re-read him too.

Mark Winegardner’s The Godfather Returns: just great Family entertainment.

Chuck Hogan's Prince of Thieves: smooth, vivid writing.

And two biographies that set their subjects in their times with vivid, well-drawn portraits: David Peitrusza’s Rothstein (the gambler who fixed the World Series) and Dary Matera’s Dillinger.


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