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Linda T - Store buyer and Queen of Everything (LNT) aka She Who Must Be Obeyed looks forward to:
* urban fantasy, especially kick-ass chicks
* fast-paced chase novels
* good bad guys and bad good guys
* something completely different-surprise me!
* a sense of humor, especially if it's weird and/or a bit twisted

   


Book List

Moth and Spark (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780670015702
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Published: Viking Adult, 2/2014
A kingdom besieged. Dragons enslaved by the Empire. A prince given the power to free them. A young woman discovers she is a Seer. Add in young love, political intrigue, a town of secretive wizards, a sprinkling of magic, a rogue dragonrider, stir it up, and voila! An epic fantasy entitled Moth and Spark. The young lovers, prince Corin and Tam, must both learn how to master their powers in order to save the kingdom of Caithen. Like romance, dragons, and quests? I am recommending this book to those who like the idea of dragon/human bonds similar to the books of Naomi Novik and Anne McCaffrey.

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780805098143
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Published: Henry Holt and Co., 3/2014

As Raymond Chandler once wrote “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.” It is the early 1950’s and Philip Marlowe is back walking the mean streets of Bay City, California. Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) is guiding the quintessential P.I. through a dangerous case involving a seductive young heiress, the black-eyed blonde. She hires him to find her former lover Nico Peterson. We know that the case is not going to be a simple search for a lover gone missing. As Marlowe begins his search, he starts to grasp how far the heiress and her rich Bay City family will go to protect their interests. Full of plot twists to satisfy the most discerning mystery reader, The Black-Eyed Blonde is a sharp, somewhat melancholy, yet compelling novel. To continue in Raymond Chandler’s words “The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor.” Benjamin Black’s Marlowe fits the bill. –Linda


Alienated (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781423170280
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 2/2014

First contact occurred two years ago. Cara Sweeney is grateful for the L’eihr technology that came with the alien encounter. Her mother’s cancer was cured. Now Cara and her family will be hosting a L’eihr exchange student. She envisions her future as bright and shiny, with her blog going through the roof and colleges vying for her attention. Still, she will have to share her home (and bathroom) with an alien.
When Aelyx shows up, she’s confused about her feelings. Sure, he’s the cutest guy she’s ever seen, human or alien, but he’s also cold and annoyingly smart. Soon the town, along with Cara’s classmates, begins an anti-L’eihr campaign, threatening violence toward Aelyx, Cara and her family. Cara and Aelyx are drawn to each other and soon find themselves falling in love. But a plot to have the earth-alien alliance fail threatens not only Cara and her family, but also the future of the entire planet. It’s up to Cara to figure out how to save mankind and the L’eihr’s future too.
Appealing to science fiction and YA readers, a plot with a forbidden love theme involving intergalactic exchange students allows Landers to discuss important issues such as teen romance, peer pressure, trust and acceptance of those a little bit different from ourselves. – Lind
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control (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739048
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Published: Dial, 12/2013

In 2150 genetic manipulation has been forbidden and kids who show genetic “mistakes” are turned over to the government. When Zelia’s chemist father is killed, she and her sister find themselves under scrutiny from some very scary strangers. Zel escapes and finds her way to a safehouse, while her sister Dylia is held captive and used as a human guinea pig for experimentation with sensory weapons. Zel is determined to rescue her sister, with or without the help of her outcast mutant pals. Zel is a great character, a super-smart, science geek with fierce determination who will stop at nothing to save her sister. Control is a smart, fast-paced dystopian adventure with love, betrayal, mutants, auditory ecstasy drugs, science geeks, scary technology and one kick-ass heroine. -Linda


Mr. Wuffles! (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780618756612
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Published: Clarion Books, 10/2013

Mr. Wuffles is a persnickety cat. He ignores all of his cat toys. But when he spots a little spaceship filled with little green aliens, he sees the perfect toy. As a result, the aliens are getting a bit of motion sickness and their spaceship knocked around enough to sustain damage. The aliens take refuge behind a radiator and meet some new small friends. Using symbols as a language, the aliens get the help they need and make new friends too! This picture book with few words and delightful illustrations is my recommended “read” for kids of all ages.

-Linda


$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780316226431
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Published: Orbit, 7/2013

Helen and Troy head out on a road trip. Just your average all-American boy (nearly perfect in every way) and your awkward teenage girl (who is a minotaur) along with a three-legged dog embarking on a mission from an ancient god. Helen is worried because she will be so embarrassed to shed in Troy’s classic car or rip the roof with her horns and she can’t get cute shoes that fit her hooves to save her life!  Troy is ever optimistic that all will work out in the end. He doesn’t know about the badass orc bikers on their trail. Or the various challenges they will face at every stop. You know, like a Cyclops and an enchanted Mystery Cottage. Fun as usual from one of my favorite authors. Guaranteed to bring a laugh or two or more!

-Linda


$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062270481
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Published: Harper, 10/2013

Let me hear you say “Hooray, Chee and Leaphorn are back”. Tony’s daughter Anne takes up the mantle to bring a new perspective on a classic  series. Chee’s wife, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette (Bernie) Manualito, is a witness to a shooting and someone she knows is seriously wounded. Her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter. So even though Bernie is ordered to step back, since she is a witness, you know she will be in the thick of this very personal investigation. Intrigue in the world of ancient Indian art and artifacts along with the atmospheric locale of Chaco Canyon add to the rich Southwestern atmosphere of Spider Woman’s Daughter. I am looking forward to the next Bernie adventure.

-Linda


Bad Monkey (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780307272591
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Published: Knopf, 6/2013
Hooray, Carl Hiaasen is back, bringing us a new Floridian tale of mayhem, greed corruption, voodoo, and a deranged monkey. Andrew Yancey is an ex-cop assigned to roach patrol, i.e. restaurant inspector, after being demoted for publicly assaulting his girlfriend’s husband with a vacuum cleaner hose. I won’t say what part of the anatomy was breached. He is asked by the local sheriff to take a severed arm to Miami for DNA testing. He now has the mauled arm in his freezer. The best-laid plans…Real estate monkey business, as well as a pet monkey belonging to a voodoo priestess in the Bahamas, draws Yancey into a crazy unpredictable adventure sure to leave you laughing.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780316221177
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Published: Orbit, 5/2013

Zoe has just moved to New York City, and is looking to start fresh as a travel editor after leaving her old job because of a disastrous affair with her publishing boss. She spots a quirky ad in a dingy bookstore and sees it again in a strange coffee shop. When she meets the person who placed the ad, she is repeatedly told that she’s just not right for the job. Zoe perseveres and is hired to edit a different kind of travel guide—for the undead. As the only human on the job, she must quickly learn about vampires, zombies, death goddesses, and other undead visitors who require a unique approach to tourist spots. Each chapter begins with a quote from the guide, with restaurant recommendations and hotel accommodations (or whatever is needed, like fresh dirt or a nice park). This is a unique and fun addition to urban fantasy, with Zoe ready to jump into the fray when the delicate balance between the undead and the humans is threatened.


$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780316216791
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Published: Mulholland Books, 5/2013
I have always looked forward to reading a new book by David Morrell, knowing it will be scrupulously researched with attention to details, along with fast-paced action, pulling you into the story with a fierce grip. “Must keep reading” you tell yourself at 2 A.M. “To hell with work tomorrow.” Murder as a Fine Art takes us to Victorian London. The story begins with the very accurate retelling of a brutal massacre occurring 40 years earlier known as the Ratcliffe Highway murders. David warns us in the introduction that the description of the slaughter is accurate. He introduces Thomas De Quincey, the famous, or infamous author known for his memoir Confessions of as English Opium- Eater.  DeQuincey also wrote an essay detailing the Ratcliffe Highway murders and becomes a prime suspect in a series of copycat killings mirroring the ones 43 years ago that caused panic in the streets. His efforts to prove his innocence are hampered by his need to chug back the laudanum to function. Fortunately he is accompanied by his daughter Emily, a delightfully outspoken, no-hoop-wearing modern woman, who provides moral and physical support for her father when he is weakened. She also manages to contribute to the investigation led by a Scotland Yard detective and a very likable policeman. We learn about techniques of investigation just beginning to be used by the newly formed Scotland Yard and the changing Victorian London verging on the industrial age. Appealing to those fans of historical crime fiction, of course, but also to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, well-written thriller full of quirky characters and fascinating historical figures.

Snuff: A Novel of Discworld (Mass Market Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780062218865
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Published: Harper, 12/2012
There is always cause for celebration when a new Discworld novel arrives. Snuff features Commander Sam Vines, taking a vacation with Lady Sybil and young Sam to her ancestral home in the country. Not that Commander Vimes wanted a vacation, especially a country holiday, with trees, animals, fresh air and strange country noises unfamiliar to a city dweller. But never fear, soon a corpse will appear and Sam’s vacation will turn into an investigation full of goblins, magic, murder, kidnapping, and poo. Yes, poo. For while Inspector Vimes is investigating the murder of a Goblin girl, young Sam is deep into poo. He has met a children’s author who writes about the different kinds of poo, and young Sam is delighted to find that the country affords many examples of his new infatuation, ready for sample collection. So while Commander Vimes fights Goblin prejudice and a bit of smuggling by local pirates, young Sam is armed with a bucket and considerable determination to collect samples of the local forest creatures' scat, secretly (well, not so secretly) wishing for an encounter with an elephant. What else can I say except enjoy! --LNT

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780451464217
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Published: Roc, 10/2011

Cross-Genre

Reading the introduction to this book, I thought “Yeah, another zombie novel. Ho, hum.” Much to my delight, Petrucha’s novel about zombie P.I. Hessius Mann is a great noir thriller, putting life back into the undead. Mann is convicted of his wife’s murder and sentenced to die. Die he does. When suppressed evidence is revealed and his conviction is overturned, the miracle of modern science allows Mann to be raised from the dead. But modern science is far from perfect. Depending on many factors, including how long a person has been dead, cause of death and trauma to the body, a zombie’s capabilities upon returning to “life” have certain limitations. They eventually run out of gas and go feral. The human population can be rather unsympathetic to the zombie’s plight. When Mann is hired to locate a lower-functioning zombie who is heir to a large fortune, the whole idea of “zombie rights” rears its ugly undead head. With this provocative idea in mind, Petrucha brings to life a unique blend of horror, thrills, intrigue and danger to Dead Mann Walking. I can truthfully say that this is indeed my favorite zombie P.I. novel.

– Linda


Dodger (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062009494
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: HarperCollins, 9/2012
Welcome to Terry Pratchett’s version of Victorian London, where a guttersnipe by the name of Dodger can rise up out of the sewers to become a (sort-of) gentleman. Dodger gets by as a tosher, one who scours the sewers searching for treasures washed into the murky depths from the busy streets above. One day he rises from a drain to rescue a damsel in distress and finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving the girl’s identity and powerful foes that want her dead. Dodger is soon in the thick of things, partnering with reporter Charlie Dickens and social reformer Henry Mayhew, grappling with Sweeney Todd over a haircut, and hobnobbing with Benjamin Disraeli and Sir Robert Peel. Dodger is an appealing hero, kind enough to issue a warning about “Richards” (cockney slang involving certain dangers from “Richard the Thirds” rhyming with…) while giving the upper crust a tour of the sewers. A well-researched setting, great characters, sly jokes (of course!), action and adventure, and hopefully, true love, make Dodger simply irresistible.

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781616951702
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Soho Crime, 10/2012
This sequel to The Boy in the Suitcase finds Copenhagen Red Cross nurse Nina Borg and her daughter fighting for their lives against terrorists and a deadly illness. The trouble begins inside an abandoned Soviet military hospital building in Hungary, where Tamas and Pitkin are scavenging for anything in salable condition. A fissure in the wall from a recent earthquake has opened up the previously sealed off basement. They have found a dangerous prize next to an oddly bright yellow and black sign. The object seems oddly warm to the touch. Maybe it could be worth something on the black market. A possible buyer in Copenhagen brings the boys and their toxic prize to Denmark. Nina gets involved when she is asked to check on some sick kids by Peter Erhardsen, a fellow volunteer helping the homeless, who is taken violently ill by a strange malady that has also affected a group of Roma families living in an abandoned garage. Soon Nina is involved with terrorists, sex traffickers and Copenhagen’s counter-terrorism unit while battling radiation sickness and kidnappers. Invisible Murder is totally scary with it’s “this could happen to you and there’s nothing you can do about it” terrorist threat and dirty bomb scenario.

Red, White, and Blood (Mass Market Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780515153033
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Published: Jove, 11/2012
While the President is on the campaign trail, the President’s Vampire, Nathaniel Cade, and sidekick Zach Barrows are on the trail of an ancient evil targeting those Cade is sworn to protect. Cade is after the Boogeyman, a centuries old entity he had fought and put down (unfortunately, not permanently) in the past. He’s baaack (cue eerie music) and badder than ever, and his target is the President of the United States. No one in his path, including staff, campaign workers, reporters, the secret service, and the president’s daughter is safe from the relentless pursuit of this unstoppable monster. Cue the bloodbath. Culminating in a totally kick-ass duel on (yes, I’ll tell you) Air Force One, I give the battle a hearty “GET OFF MY PLANE” two thumbs up for action, explosive violence, and clever use of Air Force One technology. Good to the very last page.

Raylan (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062119476
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 12/2012
Reading instructions: Pick up Raylan, settle down in a comfy chair, enjoy the ride. My praise for Raylan, a collection of three interlinked stories featuring Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens, is totally “justified”. Make the stories even easier on your mind’s eye by picturing Timothy Olyphant in the role as Raylan. Each of the three stories involves a very unique bad gal. Layla is a nurse who has come up with a very unique kidnapping scheme involving human organs. Carol Conlan is a viperous vice president of M-T Mining, ready willing and able to deal with coal miner problems any way necessary, including shooting a man who's standing in profit’s way. Then there’s Jackie Nevada, a college student who can outplay anyone at the poker table, and hopes to outplay Raylan, or at least participate in some interesting foreplay, depending on the flop, the turn and the river. Will she have the winning hand? Bottom line…snappy dialog, quirky characters, true grit, totally justified.

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780316093538
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Published: Orbit, 2/2013

What’s a spineless (literally), conquering warlord to do once a planet’s inhabitants have been subjugated? Emperor Mollusk, conqueror and now benevolent ruler of Earth, is bored. He, his loyal pet ultrapede Snarg, and his tough Venusian army commander Zala are hanging out at his lair on Dinosaur Island, experimenting with the earth’s polarity when a new challenge rears it’s ugly head, er, make that brain. No body, just a brain. The Sinister Brain and his nefarious brain gang, the Council of Egos, are fervently plotting to take over the universe. Luckily, Emperor Mollusk has plenty of weapons hidden under his tentacles. That about sums up the plot. Plenty of crazy action, with skewed science, a cool death ray, and robots that definitely don’t follow the rules, Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain is for readers that like their science fiction pulpy. Similar to John Zakour’s Plutonium Blonde.


The Rook (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780316098809
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Published: Back Bay Books, 10/2012
Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas wakes up in a London park with no memory of who she is. Never mind that she is surrounded by bodies clothed in lab coats and wearing rubber gloves. Luckily, there is a note in her coat pocket with the salutation “Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine” and signed “Love, Me”. She’s given a red pill, blue pill choice and decides to go down the rabbit hole. Following the instructions left by her former self, she reports to work with the idea of finding her true identity and discovering who wants her out of the picture. But that job! Myfanwy is an executive, a Rook, in a super-secret organization, the Checquy Group, that keeps the world safe from supernatural threats. The Checquy Group has sort of an X-men feel, with kids attending a school to help them develop their powers, and a hierarchy of agents doing fieldwork, fighting various supernatural forces. The former Myfanwy was a shy, awkward girl, unsure of her supernatural powers and happy to stay in her office, organizing the Group. The new Myfanwy is still unsure, but is not satisfied to hide in her office, waiting for her enemies to come back and finish her off. Using the copious notes and files left by her former self, her confidence grows and she begins the transformation from shy office girl to kick-ass agent. With a backstory told in the unique form of letters and notes, totally unexpected creepy yucky monsters, and surprising plot twists, The Rook makes for a great supernatural spy thriller. Marketed as “On Her Majesty’s Supernatural Secret Service”, Myfanwy is a force to be reckoned with ... and there’s room for a sequel.

--LNT


Poison Flower (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780802155115
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Published: Mysterious Press, 2/2013
The new Thomas Perry book finds our heroine, Jane Whitefield, a Seneca woman who helps people disappear, caught in a world of trouble. Poison Flower begins with Jane helping wrongly convicted prisoner James Shelby escape from custody at the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. He has been imprisoned for murdering his runaway wife. He does escape, but crooks posing as cops who are working for the real killer are in pursuit. Jane and James are on the run, and are soon joined by a woman hiding from an abusive ex-husband. I won’t give away more of the plot except to say it involves kidnapping, torture, cross-country pursuits, and revenge. Unrelenting suspense, a skillful and passionate warrior woman, and a nerve-racking climax makes Poison Flower a must read.

--LNT


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781590585429
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Poisoned Pen Press, 1/2012
The sequel to Pest Control, written way back in 1997, finds our hero Bob Dillon, his wife and daughter, and Klaus (the main hit man from Pest Control), living in a remote part of Oregon under new identities. As in Pest Control, Bob is attempting to find an environmentally friendly way to exterminate bugs by experimenting on a genetically altered superbug that will attack and kill household creepy crawlies. Unfortunately, like in Pest Control, his mistaken identity as an “Exterminator” or hit man still chases him. Presumed dead by their enemies, Bob and Klaus are outed when the government takes interest in their work and recruits both to create a killer flying bug armed with spider venom for use by the military. They move to L.A. and mayhem follows. A CIA operative, a priest on a hunger strike, some militant Christians who want to bring on the apocalypse, a Bolivian drug lord and the assassins he sends to kill our heroes, and a possible movie deal propel Bob, Klaus, Bob’s wife and their super-smart daughter to the brink of annihilation. But they have a clever plan! Read The Exterminators and find out how they manage to crawl-or fly like a killer bug- out of this mess. If you have not read Pest Control, I recommend doing so, but it is not necessary for following this plot. I read it long ago and forgot most of the tale, but Bill inserts enough backstory to bring us along on the rollercoaster ride that is The Exterminators. Perfect for fans of the Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey brand of hilarious, twisted humor and mayhem.

 

–LNT

Also in Trade Paperback.

 


$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781452102559
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Chronicle Books, 8/2011
Give the Gift of Communication, Wookiee style! How to Speak Wookiee: A Manual for Inter-Galactic Communication by Wu Kee Smith includes 10 key phrases in Wookiee dialect. A sound module voiced by Chewbacca (for proper pronunciation) is guaranteed to make a child laugh and possibly drive parents crazy! Better than a drum set. Chronicle Books.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781616951696
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Published: Soho Crime, 9/2012
For those who like their mysteries Dark and Danish! Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse in Copenhagen, is asked to do a favor for an old friend. Karin leaves Nina a key to a train station locker, and when Nina retrieves the suitcase in the locker, she finds a little boy inside, naked, barely alive and obviously drugged. She encounters a violent man at the train station lockers, leaving her confused, afraid, and hesitant to contact the police. She sets out to discover the boy’s identity and the reason he’s being smuggled into the country. You can look forward to a suspenseful thriller with intriguing characters, a surprising twist and definitely a sequel with nurse Nina.

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781936467167
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vantage Point, 9/2011
It’s just not fair! Con man Todd Gleason is righteously PO’d that Elise Procopio, wife of millionaire Henri, just won the lottery. What to do? Todd decides to follow Henri and Elise when they take off for a London vacation to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. He has a plan to bilk them of their newfound riches and a bit of the old money too, if all works out. Well, of course it won’t. The best laid plans and all that. Things immediately go wrong for Todd when, arriving at the apartment he plans to rent, he finds a very fresh corpse and sirens drawing near. Todd is now running from the law. Mix in mobsters, a hitman, a gorgeous (and smart) dame named Brandy Alexander, Todd’s pet frog Toad along with lots of twists and turns and a frenetic pace and I’ll bet you will find London Frog a delightful caper.

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781616950804
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Soho Crime, 6/2012
This is the 11th Inspector Peter Diamond mystery and if you have never read any books in this series, Stagestruck will do nicely. Going behind the scenes at Bath’s Theatre Royal, we catch a glimpse of the backstage and backstabbing world of theatre rivalries. The Theatre Royal is in danger of closing, suffering from financial troubles. The owners come up with the brilliant idea of hiring fading pop star Clarion Calhoun to act in their next production. This will bring in the crowds, but there may be a problem. Can she act? The curtain goes up to a sold out crowd, but Clarion is on stage for only a minute or two when she begins screaming and tearing at her face. She is rushed to the hospital, disfigured from caustic drain cleaner found in her face powder. Further complications develop, bringing Detective Diamond in to investigate a possible murder. Diamond has suffered a life-long fear of theatres, his phobias adding to the complexities of this case. After all, he’s dealing with actors, and they are experts at masking their feelings. Throw in a few theatre ghost sightings, some dead tortoiseshell butterflies (a precursor to tragedy), and the irritating Sergeant Dawkins tagging along to “help”, and we have an entertaining classic whodunit. Signed copies of Stagestruck are available. --LNT 

The President's Vampire (Mass Market Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780515150414
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Jove, 3/2012
Nathaniel Cade, vampire, took a blood oath 140 years ago to protect and serve his country. He’s a state secret, he’s a predator, and he’s still going strong, protecting us from unspeakable monsters (but we’ll speak of them) accompanied by his sidekick Zach Barrows. In Blood Oath, the monsters are the humans, not the zombie soldiers they’ve created from stitching together the body parts stolen from our dead soldiers returning for burial. In The President’s Vampire, are the monster mutated Snakeheads our enemies, or those who created them? Again, the real horror lies with the method to the madness. I loved both of these books. You’ve got to love a book that blames those missing White House tapes on a super-secret vampire serving his country. --LNT

Satori (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780446561914
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 3/2012
Way back in 1979, I read Trevanian’s Shibumi. I loved the adventure and intrigue, the almost supernatural skills displayed by assassin Nicholai Hel, along with Trevanian’s snarky sense of humor. Hel is fluent in seven languages, a master of a form of martial arts called "naked kill," has a deep knowledge of Eastern cultures, including the ancient Japanese game of Go and in possession of "proximity sense" that enables him not only to know when someone approaches him but to sense how that person is feeling. Who better to continue Hel’s story than Don Winslow? He has written a prequel, so you can start here if you haven’t read Trevanian. Satori takes place in the early 1950s, with Hel just released from jail for the murder of his mentor. The CIA offers him a deal he can’t refuse: in return for freedom, money and a neutral passport, go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China. Pretty much a suicide mission. But, of course, things are much, much more complicated than Hel is lead to believe, including his involvement with the lovely and mysterious Solange, his trainer in Western ways. Will our superspy survive this insane assignment and achieve his life goal of Satori, understanding and harmony with the world?

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780312658908
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 1/2011
OK, are we burned out yet on zombie apocalypse stories? Well, my surprising answer is a hearty NO! Madeline Roux has written a unique, funny, and thrilling adventure with a twist. Her heroine, Allison, is trapped, just like the title suggests, facing a zombie outbreak. She works in a chain bookstore, Brooks and Peabody, and is trapped along with her manager and four others in the break room. These back rooms, for those not in the know, are usually depressing enough already. But being trapped with nothing but Mountain Dew and nacho flavored Doritos to consume is a real challenge. Allison turns to her laptop and uses the military emergency wireless network to start a blog. While she and her companions face orange lips and fingers, along with a caffeine high, Allison reaches out to others, finding comfort and much needed information about the world outside the stifling break room, which by the way, lacks adequate reading material for being in a bookstore. Allison is desperate to find information about her mother, and soon realizes that she and her companions will have to venture out to face the ravenous, but slow moving zombies and the sometimes even more dangerous humans. Luckily, Allison’s axe wielding skills improve with time and practice. I highly recommend this unique take on the popular zombie genre.

Pirate Latitudes (Mass Market Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780061929380
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Harper, 10/2010
Ahoy maties, get ready to buckle your swash. The manuscript for this pirate, make that privateer, tale was found as a complete manuscript after Michael Crichton’s death in 2008. Pirate Latitudes is set in 1665 in the Caribbean. Captain Charles Hunter decides to go after a Spanish galleon and its cargo of riches moored in the bay of a small island near Jamaica. The governor of Jamaica approves the venture, so technically, Captain Charles will not be stealing the treasure (pirateering = death by hanging), but privateering (making a profit off an enemy of England). What ensues is an adventure caper on the high seas, filled with lusty pirates, a kick-ass female warrior, a nasty villain (or two), a hurricane and, yes, a sea monster. Release the Kraken!

Impact (Mass Market Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780765356970
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Forge Books, 12/2010

I let my husband read Impact first because the cover had a fiery ball of flames hurtling toward earth and I thought, oh yeah, another apocalyptic meteor collision. Call Bruce Willis and full speed ahead to save the world. But my husband said, “Hey, this is great. I think you’ll really like it.” Blast it. Right again! Impact IS a blast! We’ve got three scenarios. First up is former CIA operative Wyman Ford, last seen in Blasphemy, checking out radioactive gemstones mined in Cambodia. Over in Maine, college dropout and frustrated astronomer Abbey Straw spots a meteor landing near one of the many small islands near her home. She wants to cash in by selling fragments on e-bay, so she and girlfriend Jackie begin a search for the impact crater. And then there’s the angry red planet. Gamma rays from Mars? Mark Corso, a Mars mission technician at the National Propulsion Facility gets hold of some very classified and dangerous data. How do these three occurrences tie together? Well, I’m not telling, so you’ll have to read Impact to find out. There are several reasons why I loved this story. The two women searching for the impact make a great team. While they are hunting down the point of impact, a psycho who wants in on the action, even though he doesn’t know what the action might be is chasing them! Wyman Ford kicks ass over in Cambodia in a totally moral way. And the mysterious gamma rays along with a High resolution NASA image revealing a feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars reveal some unique surprises about this Impact.

--LNT (and hubby Jan Tonnesen)


A Nameless Witch (Mass Market Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780765354587
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Tor Books, 8/2008
It’s a tough life when you are born beautiful, immortal, and with a bit of an appetite for human flesh. Her parents’ solution was to toss her in the basement until, at 18, Ghastly Edna, a wise old witch, rescues her. Edna is an excellent teacher of the ins and outs involving witchy decorum. When Ghastly Edna is murdered, our Nameless Witch sets out on a quest to avenge her death. Her stalwart companions include our heroine’s familiar, a vicious, demonic, but lovable killer duck named Newt. Watch out for that deadly beak, those slashing wings, and his sarcastic wit! Also along, when not being distracted by filthy and dusty roads, is Penelope, her trusty broom. Penelope can sweep with a vengeance! Joining the group is a kindhearted troll called Gwurm. He is endlessly entertaining our troop by juggling his various body parts, like his toes, which seem to pop on and off with some frequency. When they arrive at Fort Stalwart, our Witch encounters love, true love, in the noble countenance of the White Knight. Their plight is doomed from the start. What better set-up for true love conquering all, even a witch who craves flesh, but as a light snack, and a knight who must remain pure, no matter how lip-smackingly soft and curvy the flesh of his true love. Oh, but first they must deal with the invading goblings sent by Soulless Gustav, a sorcerer with delusions of grandeur and a desire to destroy the world. You just know he’s the source of all the bad stuff, including Ghastly Edna’s death, and must be dealt with, but soon! And yes, it’s true that I was laughing so hard I had to stop reading and step away from the book. If you can conquer the challenge of enjoying reading a tale so much it HURTS, pick up A Nameless Witch. I dare ya!

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ISBN-13: 9780385343497
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Published: Bantam, 1/2010
A precocious teen girl loves chemistry. She helps Dad solve a murder while plotting to make her sister's lips explode with a new lipstick formula. Gotta love it.