Monday, May 30, 2016

LET'S GET COZY! DON'T GO HOME: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
DON'T GO HOME
A Death On Demand Mystery
BY CAROLYN HART
NOW IN PAPERBACK!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon—and former Broward’s Rock resident—Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review.

As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget—especially after the author turns up dead.

Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith’s cast of characters—and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing—Annie’s not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carolyn Hart was a child in Oklahoma during World War II. She drew on those memories to write her Agatha Award winning LETTER FROM HOME.

Hart's early memories of huge black headlines in the newspapers led her to major in journalism and work briefly as a reporter before turning to fiction. She is the author of 36 mysteries. In LETTER FROM HOME, she explores the impact of a crime on a small Oklahoma town in the summer of 1944 and on the life of 13-year-old Gretchen Gilman.

LETTER FROM HOME was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers and was named a Best Book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly.

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty-one previous Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, and the Bailey Ruth series, starring an impetuous, redheaded ghost. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City.

Photo credit: Robert H. Taylor, University of Oklahoma


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

LET'S GET COZY! RIPPED FROM THE PAGES: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

  
RIPPED FROM THE PAGES
A Bibliophile Mystery
BY KATE CARLISLE
NOW IN PAPERBACK!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma….

Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune—and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body.

A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader’s grandfather, Anton, among them.

As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise—did Anton hide these items to protect them, or did he steal them for himself? Who is the mysterious man left for dead inside the cave? But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.

A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America®. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY KATE CARLISLE:

                    
                      
                       


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

ARE YOU LISTENING: THURSDAY'S CHILDREN: A PREVIEW

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  THURSDAY'S CHILDREN
A FRIEDA KLEIN MYSTERY
READ BY BETH CHALMERS
BY NICCI FRENCH

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
The electrifying fourth book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein Mystery series.

Frieda Klein is uninterested in catching up on old times when her former classmate, Maddie Capel, shows up at her door—until she hears about Maddie’s troubled daughter, Becky. The teenager claims she was raped in her own bed one night while her mother was downstairs. Her assailant left her with a warning: “Don’t think of telling anyone, sweetheart. Nobody will believe you.” And no one does—except Frieda.

Becky’s story awakens dark memories of an eerily similar incident in Frieda’s own past that she’s been avoiding for decades. When Becky is found hanging from a beam in her bedroom, Frieda returns home, seeking out her old high school friends to ask what they remember about the night that prompted Frieda to leave town for good. But confronting the ghosts of the past turns out to be more dangerous than she ever expected. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
NICCI FRENCH is the pseudonym for the internationally bestselling writing partnership of suspense writers Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. They are married and live in Suffolk and London, England.
Photo: © Annemarieke van den Broek

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY NICCI FRENCH:
                 

                 
              
 PRAISE FOR THURSDAY'S CHILDREN :
“You’ll ache for Frieda as she tears open old wounds and cheer when she finally shows signs of healing from her lacerations.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This visceral read tackles a sensitive subject with empathy, anger, and grace. A skillfully woven plot and deftly drawn characters complement the central mystery, which engages and satisfies while developing the series arc.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Complex psychological suspense at its best.” 
—Booklist (starred review)

“Fierce, fascinating and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.” 
—Val McDermid, bestselling author of Splinter the Silence



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ARE YOU LISTENING? SWEETBITTER: A PREVIEW

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 SWEETBITTER
READ BY ALEX McKENNA
BY STEPHANIE DANLER  

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
These are the words that introduce us to Tess, the twenty-two-year-old narrator of Sweetbitter—and you will never again read a debut coming-of-age novel as stunning as this one.

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. This begins the year we spend with Tess as she starts to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing, and privileged life she has chosen, as well as the remorseless and luminous city around her. What follows is her education: in oysters, Champagne, the appellations of Burgundy, friendship, cocaine, lust, love, and dive bars. As her appetites awaken—for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging—we see her helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle. With an orphan’s ardor she latches onto Simone, a senior server at the restaurant who has lived in ways Tess only dreams of, and against the warnings of coworkers she falls under the spell of Jake, the elusive, tatted up, achingly beautiful bartender. These two and their enigmatic connection to each other will prove to be Tess’s most exhilarating and painful lesson of all.

Stephanie Danler intimately defines the crucial transition from girl to woman, from living in a place that feels like nowhere to living in a place that feels like the center of the universe. She deftly conjures the nonstop and purely adrenalized world of the restaurant—conversations interrupted, phrases overheard, relationships only partially revealed. And she evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, the fragility and brutality of being young in New York with heart-stopping accuracy. A lush novel of the senses—of taste and hunger, seeing and understanding, love and desire—Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the transformation and wisdom that come from our experiences, sweet and bitter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
STEPHANIE DANLER is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School.
Photo: © Nick Vorderman
          
 PRAISE FOR SWEETBITTER:
“Stephanie Danler arrives on the literary scene with a fully-fledged, original voice that’s wry, watchful and wise beyond its years—acutely attuned to the pleasures of the senses and to the desperate stratagems of self-invention among young urban seekers. Sweetbitter is a stunning debut novel, one that seems destined to help define a generation.”—Jay McInerney

“I loved this novel so, so much. It’s rare that a book conveys with such unerring precision what it’s like to be newly arrived in New York—the story itself, but also tiny throwaway details like the sudden authority of the blue sky at dawn after staying up all night, or your bones bracing themselves for what comes next, or the exact mood of a Manhattan bar at three in the morning. I’ve never seen these things described so brilliantly before. Tess is a remarkable narrator: vulnerable and tough and smart, but more than that, she’s inspiring and riveting. This book belongs with all the great essential young-female-in-New York classics.”
—Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink and The Great Man

“Gorgeous, sensual prose and a page-turning plot line that casts a spell down to the very last sentence of the final page…tantalizing in all the right ways”
—Refinery29

“A book that’ll stay glued to your hands as you race through the pages in one sitting.”
—Elle 

MY THOUGHTS:
I love books about food and chefs. SWEETBITTER appears to fill all those requirements to make for a tasty read. I believe this will be jump up and be a best seller this summer. Can't wait to get to it!

Monday, May 23, 2016

LET'S GET COZY! A FATAL CHAPTER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
A FATAL CHAPTER
A Booktown Mystery
BY LORNA BARRETT
NOW IN PAPERBACK

ABOUT THE BOOK:
New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park…

While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

INCLUDES RECIPES!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pseudonym: Lorraine Bartlett.
Lorna Barrett is the nom de plume of author Lorraine Bartlett.
Lorraine's other alter ego, L.L. Bartlett, writes psychological suspense and the Jeff Resnick mystery series.
She's done it all, from drilling holes for NASA to typing scripts in Hollywood, and lives a life of crime in western New York.
Her first sales were to the confession magazine market. In all, she's sold nine short stories, including one on Amazon Shorts.
The Booktown Mystery series concerns a mystery bookseller who deals in rare, out-of-print, and used books. What does "L" know about bookselling? A little. She, too, has sold used books.
Authors are split on the whether "used" bookstores are good for building their careers. From a reader's perspective, they're a great way to find new authors or find out-of-print books by their favorite authors. Sadly, authors make no money from the sales of used books—and this is a business where unless you're Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or John Grisham, you aren't going to make enough money from your writing career to cover the mortgage and groceries. So it's a catch-22.
Tricia Miles, the owner of the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore that's the heart of the Booktown Mysteries, also sells new books, thus helping current "real" authors (who are mentioned in the Booktown Mysteries) stake out some kind of living, as well as keeping "alive" the works of long-dead authors.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

ARE YOU LISTENING: I LET YOU GO: A PREVIEW

I LET YOU GO
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I LET YOU GO
READ BY NICOLA BARBER AND
STEVEN CROSSLEY
BY CLARE MACKINTOSH 

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl... “a finely crafted novel with a killer twist.” (Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train)
 
On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .
 
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I’d written it . . . a stellar achievement.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years on the police force in England and has written for The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, and other publications. A columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine, she is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in the Cotswolds with her family. She is the author of I See You and I Let You Go.

NEXT FROM CLARE MACKINTOSH:
 PRAISE FOR I LET YOU GO:
“Chilling, compelling, and compassionate.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Astonishingly good.”
— Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Make Me

“On the level of the movie The Sixth Sense for its cleverness…This kind of sharp, cunning writing makes one eagerly look forward to Mackintosh’s next novel.”
—Shelf Awareness

“An intense psychological thriller…[that] revels in surprises and twists…Outstanding.”
—The Associated Press
“You’ll be shocked by the twist in the middle of I Let You Go—just don’t spoil it for everyone else!”
—PopSugar

“Jaw-dropping…the kind of book that sticks in the reader’s mind well after the final sentence.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event. It makes a good match for fans of Sophie Hannah and Erin Kelly.”
—Library Journal (starred review)

MY THOUGHTS:
I just have a brief note on I LET YOU GO because I am not finished with it. It is actually going on a trip with me so I have been saving it. BUT I read about this book back a while and it wasn't out in the US as yet. I found it for sale in the UK and bought it and had it shipped from there. That is about the best recommendation I can give it at this point as I rarely buy that many books and certainly not from the UK. I think it won't disappoint. I since have received an audio copy as well from Penguin Random House Audio so will have both on my short trip. I hope others seek it out and let me know how you like it. 
 

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