Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

29th July
written by ReedenWright

A Reader’s Corner (Louisville KY) has moved to a new location on Frankfort Avenue near the train tracks, which adds them to the popular monthly Trolley Hop run. The store will stay open late once a month to celebrate. Louisville’s own BlackWyrm Publishing will provide a slew of area authors to read from recently published works to help christen the new location this Friday (July 29) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hazard author Selina Fugate will read from her brand new young adult fantasy, The Veil. In this book, a young girl is kidnapped by a crazy necromancer, and forced to die a new horrible death each day. She eventually gains an ally, and discovers that she has magical powers of her own.

Christopher Kokoski will read from his debut novel, just published last week, Past Lives. In this mystery, a Louisville man is implicated in a murder. Hypnosis clears his name, but also reveals that he was a serial killer in a past life. His previous self struggles to come to the fore and complete his life’s work.

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15th April
written by ReedenWright

What happens when a bored Stanford computer science major signs up to play Fortuna, an online role-playing game set in Renaissance Florence?  More than Jason Lind could ever imagine.  Swept up into the highly addictive game, Jason soon loses interest in his mundane surroundings.

Combining high-tech computer gaming with the mystery of who is behind the game, Fortuna (2010, Oceanview) is a virtual reality thriller written by Michael Stevens. What starts as a great escape may only leave Jason trapped in both the virtual past and the real present.

Stevens is a contributing editor for several high-profile web sites in the technology arena in Berkeley CA.  This is his first novel.

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18th November
written by ReedenWright

What would the holiday season be without a new book from the master of horror?  A bleak holiday indeed!  Under the Dome by Stephen King is an epic story of what happens when an entire town is sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.

Another master of the genre has a new book out, too.  Although he died in 2007, Robert Jordan’s epic novel, The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of The Wheel of Time series, has been finished by Brandon Sanderson.  This is the dramatic conclusion to the Wheel of Time series.

A debut novel, The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee, is now out in paperback.  Set in Hong Kong during the outbreak of World War II, and its aftermath 10 years later, the story alternates between the lives of two vastly different women whose destinies are linked by the events of the war.

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs is a heart-warming holiday tale of two people looking beyond the disappointments of the past to the promise of  the future. 

Sandra Brown’s first historical novel, Rainwater, takes place during the Great Depression in Gilead, Texas.  What do you think of the hints offerred in the title and the town name?

Suspense lovers will be interested in Among the Mad: A Masie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear, The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw, The Calling by David Mack, Confessions of  a Demon by S.L. Wright, Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines, and Risk by Colin Harrison.

You can find these titles and all your holiday books and gifts at your local independent book stores, including Park Road Books in Charlotte NC, Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur GA,  A Readers Corner in Louisville KY, Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville NC, and Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh NC.

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24th October
written by ReedenWright

Wyatt’s Revenge (2009), latest novel from H. Terrell Griffin, is an action-packed thriller.  Retired trial lawyer Matt Royal lives on Longboat Key, FL, enjoying his laid-back life when he learns of the execution style killing of his dearest friend, Laurence Wyatt.  Not one to turn his back on friends, Matt decides to find out why he was killed.  And, most importantly, who killed Wyatt.   The trail leads Matt from Florida to Germany and a decades old trail of Nazis and collaborators.  This is the fourth novel in the Matt Royal series.  Wyatt’s Revenge has been chosen as a SIBA OKRA pick.

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5th October
written by ReedenWright

A Quiet Belief in Angels  by R. J. Ellory (The Overlook Press, 2009) has taken the book business by storm.  Whether you are a bookseller or a reader, everywhere you go you hear that you must read this book!   Best-selling author Michael Connelly says, “…Angels is a haunting and beautiful book.  This is a tour de force from R.J. Ellory.”  It is certainly being hand sold by SIBA member stores.  Fraser Dobson from Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC, has raved about it for months.

A Quiet Belief in Angels is a rich, beautifully written novel, at once a mystery and an elegiac tale of a loss of childhood innocence. In 1939, when Joseph Vaughan’s twelve-year-old classmate Alice is brutally raped and murdered, life in his small Georgia town is turned upside down. But as the murderer continues to prey on girls in Augusta Falls, Joseph and his friends form “The Guardians”, a group dedicated to protecting the young girls of his town. His failure and his changing world continue to plague him, and he narrates from present-day New York his continued attempts to find the murderer and deal with his own guilt and loss.

Ellory’s beautifully descriptive language is full of metaphors that evoke the smells and sounds of  this small Southern town, especially for me, as this is the area of my father’s family.  I was stunned when I realized that he had used this very rural and, for me, backwater area as his setting. So, not only did I read the novel for its plot, but as I read futher, to see how respectful he was to the area and its inhabitants.  I am thrilled to say he has been very respectful and very accurate in his portrayal of the landscape and its people.

I do have one caveat for readers of this novel.  It is dark, so very dark.  Just the murders of the young girls are macabre enough, but the tragedies that befall Joseph Vaughan, the narrator of the story, are almost too much to bear. 

This is Ellory’s fifth book and was originally published in 2007 in his native England.  He has had two other novels published since and is working on another book for release in 2010.

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18th August
written by ReedenWright

Two highly acclaimed writers use an unfinished Charles Dickens’ novel , The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as their starting points.  Both also incorporate the writing style popular in Victorian-era literary detective stories.   As Anna Mundow writes in her review for The Washington Post, “Thanks to a subspecies of historical novel–the historical literary thriller–we are no longer surprised when we find,” any literary figure courting danger “in an adventure novel.”

Dan Simmons’ novel, Drood, is narrated by Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone, The Woman in White), one of Charles Dickens’ close friends, collaborator and competitor.  In this novel, Collins is insanely jealous of Dicken’s wildly success career.  Simmons fictionalizes the already fictional Edwin Drood into a real person who plays a cat-and-mouse game with both Dickens and Collins.  Be prepared to read about every detail of Victorian London, as Simmons does extensive research for all his novels.  Drood weighs in with 775 pages!  You will wallow with the characters through the trash-strewn underbelly of the poorest neighborhoods and enter into opium dens of the vilest order. 

In The Last DickensMatthew Pearl’s latest novel, the author incorporates many of the historical events of the last year of Dickens’ life, and adds his fictional touch to the Drood mystery.  His main character, James Osgood, partner in Dickens’ American publishing house, seeks to find the missing six installments of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.   When Daniel Sand, the shop boy sent to pick up the installments at the dock, is killed, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel’s killer.   Pearl’s tale is filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow

Books by these authors can be found at your local independent bookstores, including Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC; Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC;  Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GA; and, Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC.

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29th July
written by ReedenWright

In keeping with the spirit of independent bookstores, here are a few new reads from either independent publishing houses or new authors (or new to me!):

 A Good Man by Larry Baker (ICP Books, 2009)

In Their Blood by Sharon Potts (Oceanview Publishing, 2009)

Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice by Bruce E. Mowday (Barricade Books Inc., 2009)

Little Lamb Lost by Margaret Fenton (Oceanview Publishing, 2009)

Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain (MIRA, 2009)

In Good Faith by Scott Pratt (ONYX, 2009)

Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock (MIRA, 2009)

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