Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Louise Penny - World Tour Kickoff at McIntyre's

The multi-award-winning author's kickoff for The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel will be at McIntyre's Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro on August 27, at 6:30. This is a ticketed event – please call McIntyre’s for details at 919.542.3030.

Mystery Authors Coming to Quail Ridge Books

Quail Ridge Books is in the Ridgewood Shopping Center in Raleigh (along with Whole Foods). 

As with any events, if you're driving a distance, call the store to confirm 919.828.1588.

Friday, July 18, 7:30 pm
Author of Poacher's Son 
PAUL DOIRON, Bone Orchard
“Excellent . . . a murder case with some truly wicked twists.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sunday, August 3, 3:00 am
Author of The Philadelphia Quarry
HOWARD OWEN, Parker Field
In this third Willie Black novel our flawed, ink-stained hero is back, a reporter who seems to do his best work when he’s chasing a story nobody else wants.

Thursday, August 14, 7:30 pm
MARGARET MARON, Designated Daughters
The continuing adventures of Deborah Knott and and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant
There will be an encore lunch-time event on Tuesday, Sept 9

Tuesday, August 26, 7:30 pm
ACE ATKINS, The Forsaken: A Quinn Colson mystery
 A retired U.S. Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, returned to his hometown as newly elected Sheriff.  An intriguing and appealing heroe, who “has a quick wit, a strong sense of honor, and radiates sex appeal”

Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm
PETER LOVESEY, The Stone Wife
The latest in the Peter Diamond series.  "A perfectly realized murder mystery." ~ Wall Street Journal

Thursday, September 25, 7:30 pm
SARAH SHABER, Louise's Blunder
The 4th Louise Pearlie mystery

Thursday, June 26, 2014

THE OTHER WOMAN - ebook on Sale

The Other WomanJust in this morning: Hank Phillippi Ryan's The Other Woman ebook is on sale for a very limited time.

Check out your favorite ebook vendor, but remember most independent booksellers offer Kobo.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LOUISE'S WAR - 1st in Series

Image of Sarah R. Shaber


For all you folks who absolutely must read from the beginning of the series, Sarah Shaber's Louise's War is now available in e-book for just $3.99 from the publisher just in time to read the first three entries in the Louise Perlie series before the fourth, Louise's Blunder hits the shelves. This World War II series is definitely not to be missed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shamus Award Nominations

Thanks to the fabulous Janet Rudolph for sending the listing of the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award Finalists 2014 Private Eye Writers of America. Janet's great blog always contains the latest information.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014


Shamus Award Finalists 2014: Private Eye Writers of America

PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA SHAMUS AWARD FINALISTS 2014 for works published in 2013. Winners will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California on Friday, November 14. Congratulations to all!

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL
Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan
The Mojito Coast by Richard Helms
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
The Good Cop by Brad Parks
Nemesis by Bill Pronzini

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL
A Good Death by Christopher R. Cox
Montana by Gwen Florio
Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen
Bear is Broken by Lachlan Smith
Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK P.I. NOVEL
Seduction of the Innocents by Max Allan Collins
Into the Dark by Alison Gaylin
Purgatory Key by Darrell James
Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish
The Honky Tonk Big Hoss Boogie by Robert J. Randisi

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY
“So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane in The Strand Magazine
"The Ace I" by Jack Fredrickson in EQMM
“What We Do” by Mick Herron in EQMM
“Extra Fries” by Michael Z. Lewin in EQMM
“The Lethal Leeteg” by Hayford Peirce in EQMM

BEST INDIE P.I. NOVEL
Murder Take Three by April Kelly and Marsha Lyons
A Small Sacrifice by Dana King
No Pat Hands by J.J. Lamb
State vs. Lassiter by Paul Levine
Don’t Dare a Dame by M. Ruth Myers
- See more at: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/#sthash.gL1H913D.dpuf

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Molly on Mysteries at Cameron Village Library

Thanks to Barbara McGeachy, I'll present a "Molly on Mysteries" program at the Cameron Village Library on Thursday, June 19 at 2:00. I've been giving these programs, first at the Eva Perry Library in Apex, then at the Cary Library, and, most recently, at the Page-Walker Cultural Arts Center in Cary. We're unable to continue at the Page-Walker in the summer months because they need the space for kids camps.

For the uninitiated, I used to have a theme for each program, but since I've gotten lazier in my old age, I just talk about books and authors I've read since the last program. Giving these programs gives me validation for lying back in my recliner and reading all afternoon (or all day?). I just have to get ready to talk about mysteries…

If you'll scroll down a couple of posts, you'll see the terrific line-up of guest authors I'll bring to several venues in the Triangle area. (I didn't think you'd bother to scroll down, so I'm copying the schedule here!)

Mystery Writers Tour

Get ready for fun! We've got a great group coming to the Triangle area in June: Maggie BarbieriHannah Dennison, and Kate Carlisle. We'll be having panels, book sales, signings, and conversations. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 7, 2:00
McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village

Sunday, June 8, 3:00
Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

Sunday, June 8, 7:00
SearStone, Cary (Reservations are requested 866.261.1814)

Monday, June 9, 2:00
North Regional Library, Raleigh

Monday, June 9, 7:00
Page Walker Cultural Arts Center, Cary

Tuesday, June 10, 10:30
West Regional Library, Cary

Tuesday, June 10, 2:00
Cameron Village Library, Raleigh

Y'all come!

Please plan to join me at one or more of these events. Everything is free and open to the public—and sometimes I give away books!

The photo below is from the Malice Domestic panel I moderated. We had a lot of fun with "Grits and Graveyards"!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bouchercon 2014 Anthony Nominees

So many great books nominated. So many of the authors are friends. How on earth will I cast my vote?!!?!?!?!

Check out this list and decide what you'd do.



· 2014 ·
Long Beach, CA
BEST NOVEL
  Suspect - Robert Crais [Putnam]
  A Cold and Lonely Place - Sara J. Henry [Crown]
  Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger [Atria]
  The Wrong Girl - Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge]
  Through the Evil Days - Julia Spencer-Fleming [Minotaur]

BEST FIRST NOVEL
  Yesterday’s Echo - Matt Coyle [Oceanview]
  Ghostman - Roger Hobbs [Alfred A. Knopf]
  Rage Against the Dying - Becky Masterman [Minotaur]
  Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight [HarperCollins]
  The Hard Bounce - Todd Robinson [Tyrus]

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
  The Big Reap- Chris F. Holm [Angry Robot]
  Purgatory Key - Darrell James [Midnight Ink]
  Joyland - Stephen King [Hard Case Crime]
  The Wicked Girls - Alex Marwood [Penguin]
  As She Left It - Catriona McPherson [Midnight Ink]

BEST SHORT STORY
  "Dead End" - Craig Faustus Buck [Untreed Reads]
  "The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository" - John Connolly, Bibliomysteries [Mysterious Bookshop]
  "Annie and the Grateful Dead" - Denise Dietz, The Sound and the Furry: Stories To Benefit the International Fund for Animal Welfare [Amazon Digital]
  "Incident on the 405" - Travis Richardson, Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble [Macmillan]
  "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants" - Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION WORK
  Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes - Maria Konnikova [Viking Adult]
  The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines - Cate Lineberry [Little, Brown]
  All the Wild Children - Josh Stallings [Snubnose Press]
  The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War - Daniel Stashower [Minotaur]
  Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense - Sarah Weinman, ed. [Penguin]

BEST CHILDREN'S OR YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
  The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau [Houghton Mifflin]
  Escape Theory - Margaux Froley [Soho Teen]
  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library - Chris Grabenstein [Random House Children’s Books]
  Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy - Elizabeth Kiem [Soho Teen]
  The Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure - Penny Warner [Egmont USA]

BEST TV EPISODE TELEPLAY, FIRST AIRED IN 2013
  The Blacklist - Pilot by Jon Bokenkamp - Sept. 2013 [Davis Entertainment, NBC]
  Breaking Bad - "Felina" by Vince Gilligan - Sept. 2013 [AMC]
  The Fall - "Dark Descent" by Allan Cubitt - May 2013 [Netflix Original]
  The Following - Pilot by Kevin Williamson - Jan. 2013 [Warner Bros. Television, FOX]
  Justified - "Hole in the Wall" by Graham Yost - Jan. 2013 [Warner Bros. Television, FOX]

BEST AUDIO BOOK
  Hour of the Rat - Lisa Brackmann - Tracy Sallows, narrator [Audible]
  Man in the Empty Suit - Sean Ferrell - Mauro Hantman, narrator [AudioGO]
  The Cuckoo’s Calling - Robert Galbraith - Robert Glenister, narrator [Hachette Audio]
  Crescendo - Deborah J Ledford - Christina Cox, narrator [Audible]
  Death and the Lit Chick - G.M. Malliet - Davina Porter, narrator [Dreamscape Media]

Mystery Writers Tour

Get ready for fun! We've got a great group coming to the Triangle area in June: Maggie Barbieri, Hannah Dennison, and Kate Carlisle. We'll be having panels, book sales, signings, and conversations. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 7, 2:00
McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village

Sunday, June 8, 3:00
Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

Sunday, June 8, 7:00
SearStone, Cary (Reservations are requested 866.261.1814)

Monday, June 9, 2:00
North Regional Library, Raleigh

Monday, June 9, 7:00
Page Walker Cultural Arts Center, Cary

Tuesday, June 10, 10:30
West Regional Library, Cary

Tuesday, June 10, 2:00
Cameron Village Library, Raleigh

Y'all come!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Mary Stewart Obituary

A pioneer in writing "anti-namby-pamby" women characters, Mary Stewart has died at age 97. Her obituary was in the May 15 edition of The Guardian.