Friday, August 30, 2013

New for September

Here are the new releases for September. As a heads up, author John Billlheimer will be visiting the Burbank Public Library in November to discuss his new book.

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star [Darling Dahlias] by Susan Wittig Albert
Black Skies [Erlendur] by Arnaldur Indridason
The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey
Cut to the Bone [Body Farm] by Jefferson Bass
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead [Agatha Raisin] by M.C. Beaton
A Blind Goddess [Billy Boyle] by James R. Benn
A Player To Be Maimed Later [Lloyd Keaton] by John Billheimer
Catch and Release by Lawrence Block
Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do [Jesse Stone] by Michael Brandman
Deadline by Sandra Brown
Never Go Back [Jack Reacher] by Lee Child
Killing Custer [Wind River] by Margaret Coel
The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
The Mayan Secrets [Fargo Adventure] by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry
Deadly Diamonds [Michael Knight] by John F. Dobbyn
Seven for a Secret [Timothy Wilde] by Lyndsay Faye
The Devil Laughed [Moriah Dru & Richard Lake] by Gerrie Ferris Finger
Dick Francis’s Refusal [Sid Halley] by Felix Francis
W Is for Wasted [Kinsey Millhone] by Sue Grafton
The Return  by Michael Gruber
The Devil’s Moon [Brighton] by Peter Guttridge
Hearts of Sand [Gregor Demarkian] by Jane Haddam
Dressed to Kill [Kate O’Donnell] by Patricia Hall
Murder with Mercy [Ellie Quicke] by Veronica Heley
Worthless Remains [Chris Honeysett] by Peter Helton
Killing a Cold One [Woods Cop] by Joseph Heywood
Strangled in Paris [Victor Legris] by Claude Izner
Second Watch [J.P. Beaumont] by J.A. Jance
Detroit Shuffle [Will Anderson] by D.E. Johnson
Bitter River [Bell Elkins] by Julia Keller
A Darkness Descending [Sandro Cellini] by Christobel Kent
The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale
Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton
Alex [Camille Verhoeven ] by Pierre Lemaître
Nightmare Range: The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories by Martin Limón
Beloved Enemy [Jack McClure] by Eric Van Lustbader
Execution [Harry Tate] by Adrian Magson
Christmas Carol Murder [Lucy Stone] by Leslie Meier
The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch
The Sound and the Furry [Chet and Bernie] by Spencer Quinn
Thankless in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
The Tenth Witness [Henri Poincaré prequel] by Leonard Rosen
The Shogun’s Daughter [Sano Ichiro] by Laura Joh Rowland
The Wrong Girl [Jane Ryland] by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Others of My Kind by James Sallis
The Third Eye by Jacqueline Seewald
Mykonos After Midnight [Andreas Kaldis] by Jeffrey Siger
Dark Passage [Hannah Ives] by Marcia Talley
Dime If I Know [Cleopatra Jones] by Maggie Toussaint
Deceived [Hannah Smith] by Randy Wayne White

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Good As Gone

I personally love suspense novels with plenty of action, interesting characters, and exotic locales. Especially if those interesting characters are speeding around European capitals. If you feel that way as well, look no further that Douglas Corleone's debut thriller, Good As Gone.

Simon Fisk is a former U.S. Marshal whose life was shattered six years ago when his young daughter was abducted. That one horrendous act permanently scarred him -- ruining his life, his marriage, and his career. These days Fisk works as a private contractor,tracking down and recovering children abducted by estranged family members. His one rule is he'll never take on a stranger abduction job.

That is until Fisk is "persuaded" to take the Lindsay Sorkin case.  The six-year-old child was taken from her parents' hotel room in Paris. The trail left by her captors leads Fisk into the dark corners and seedy streets of several European cities.  Will he find Lindsay in time?

Douglas Corleone has written a non-stop action thriller with a good many twists and turns. A portion of the action takes place in Poland, an untapped locale for intrigue, I thought. Good As Gone is released August 20th, so pick it up if you want an exciting read for the summer.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

R.I.P. Elizabeth Peters

I was sad to learn that Barbara Mertz had passed away at the age of 85. Mertz wrote more than 35 novels under the pen name Elizabeth Peters, including her most popular series about the feminist Victorian archaeologist Amelia Peabody. She also wrote a number of supernatural gothic suspense novels as Barbara Michaels and two non-fiction books on Egypt under her own name.

Mertz's love of archaeology drew her to to the department of Egyptology at the University of Chicago where she earned a Ph.D at the age of 23. Of course in that day and age, women were expected to marry and have families, not go on archaeological digs.

Barbara's first mystery was Master of Blacktower (1966) that was published under the pseudonym Barbara Michaels. She went on to publish nearly 70 books and a number of short stories.

Check on the Mertz/Michaels/Peters website for a list of books by this wonderfully prolific author. I grew up  devouring all of Barbara's books. While I adored the Amelia Peabody books, some of the stand-alones were particular favorites: The Camelot Caper, Legend in Green Velvet, and The Dead Sea Cipher, to name a few.

In 1998, Mertz received the Grandmaster Lifetime Achievement award from Mystery Writers of America.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Cheese and Murder with Avery Aames

Join us at the Burbank Public Library for a cheese soiree featuring Avery Aames, author of the Cheese Shop mysteries. She will be talking about the latest in her series, To Brie or Not to Brie, while everyone attending can sample a variety of cheeses, crackers and fruits.

If you haven't read any of the books in this delicious cozy series, you are in for a real treat. The Agatha-award winning, nationally bestselling series is a must for any food-lovin' mystery reader. Charlotte Bessette is the owner of  Fromagerie Bessette or, as the locals call it, The Cheese Shop. A quaint, fictional town of Providence, Ohio is the setting for this charming series. Charlotte not only has a discerning nose for cheese but also manages to sniff out mysteries around town as well.

Best of all, the books include yummy recipes. Be sure to check out the recipe for Brie and Blueberry Ice Cream in To Brie or Not To Brie!

In case you didn't know, Avery Aames is also Daryl Wood Gerber. She has a new cozy series that just debuted, The Cookbook Nook Mysteries. The first in the series is Final Sentence. Jenna Hart, an avid reader, admitted foodie, is the new owner of a cookbook store and café in picturesque Crystal Cove, California. Jenna is accused of murder when her college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine, is found buried on the beach. Final Sentence also contains recipes.

If you like mysteries with recipes, check out Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, Several authors share their love of crime...and recipes. If you love Avery Aames, do try out these authors for more good cozies: Krista Davis, Cleo Coyle, Lucy Burdette, Sheila Connolly, Peg Cochran, and Victoria Abbott.

Enjoy the reads, and if you can, do stop by for cheese sampling and mysteries on Tuesday, August 6th.