Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
There's a reason December isn't a big publishing month. It's hard to find enough time to read. I do have a stack of Christmas books, but they're all November releases. In fact, I only have four December releases at home. So, I'll combine the treasures in my closet with December's forthcoming books. Let me know if I missed a December title you're waiting to read!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Since much of the audience was made up of book club of retired librarians from Albuquerque, New Mexico the evening that Mary Anna Evans appeared at Poisoned Pen, Barbara Peters, owner of the store reminded everyone of the recognition that book went on to receive. Artifacts won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Mystery. It was also named a Best Adult Mystery with YA Appeal by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates).
Mary Anna said her books have been popular in schools. She was a little leery about writing Effigies, set in Mississippi, where she was from, because she didn't know if she'd be welcomed back. But, she was met with open arms. She was invited to speak on the Choctaw reservation about how to use her books in the schools, and the tribe bought copies of Effigies for every kid in the school.
Evans' latest book, Strangers, is the sixth in her series, and she's working on the seventh. The books feature Faye Longchamp, an archaeologist. In the first book, she's an aspiring archaeologist and an accidental sleuth. The books are a blend of mystery, archaeology, romance and history. Barbara Peters said think of Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss books.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Congratulations to the winners of the zoo mysteries. Cindy D. from Mesa, AZ will received Betty Webb's The Koala of Death. Ann Littlewood's Did Not Survive will go to Holly G. from Pine Hill, NJ. I'll put the books in the mail tomorrow.
But, she's still a reader, and the last time I sent her mother a box of books, she asked if there was one for her. Not that time, but this book will be coming soon, Elizabeth. I hadn't read any of Meg Cabot's books in the Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series until this one. Blast from the Past is book six, but you don't have to have read earlier ones to love Allie. Why does a girl who wants to be a veterinarian/actress, has two brothers, and lives in an older house within walking distance of a school remind me of Elizabeth?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This first mystery has everything going for it. Savannah and Zach Stone are an attractive couple who work well together as sleuths. It's not far-fetched to have a professional in Zach, accompanied by his wife when he's on a consulting job. At the moment, the series is set in North Carolina, but the job of consultant presents great opportunities for cases in other locations. And, the side story about Savannah's family was an extra treat.
I hope A Deadly Row marks the start of a series that will flourish, allowing Savannah and Zach to take consulting jobs for years.
Casey Mayes' website is http://www.caseymayes.com/
A Deadly Row by Casey Mayes. Berkley Prime Crime, ©2010. ISBN 9780425236413 (paperback), 304p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I have copies from both the author and the publisher. They sent them in hopes I would review this book.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I may have missed one connection, but I always learn so much from Mary Anna Evans' Faye Longchamp mysteries. Evans' skillfully uses archaeology as her own tool to tell us about forgotten history, and forgotten people. At the same time, she gives us a couple we've learned to care about, Faye Longchamp-Mantooth, and her husband, Joe. I hope they have a long history together in archaeological mysteries.
Mary Anna Evans' website is http://www.maryannaevans.com/
Strangers by Mary Anna Evans. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2010. ISBN 9781590587423 (hardcover), 250p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested my Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher, since I wanted to read and review it.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Donnelly's task force was expected to handle the investigation. However, Chief Campbell became a partner in the case when she insisted on protecting her town. She pointed out she knew the citizens. But, she couldn't protect everyone from a killer determined to spread terror. And, she and Donnelly reluctantly accepted Goll as part of their case when the killer seemed to target him to receive messages.
Death Notice by Todd Ritter. St. Martin's Minotaur, ©2010. ISBN 9780312622800 (hardcover), 336p.
FTC Full Disclosure - Library book
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Congratulations to the three people who won copies of Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. I'll be mailing the books today to Pearl E. from Albuquerque, NM, Shirley N. of Columbus, OH, and Linda B. from Bridgewater, VA. And, Emily G. from Canal Fulton, OH won the dog book collection from Hatchette Book Group. They'll be sending Emily's books.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Busy, busy day. We got ready to open the library, and then I left for a city meeting today. Then, I went to a managers' meeting to practice for tonight's meeting. Back to my branch to do a television interview to run tonight. It's on the value of libraries to families. Had a great patron who talked about how important libraries are to her and her four kids. And, tonight I'm at the Main Library for a library board meeting. The managers are doing a presentation - A Day in the Life of Public Service Staff. If it's me, it's running around. It's a fun presentation, with great pictures.
So, I'm not here, and have no time for a book review tomorrow. I'll kick off a new contest and announce the winners of the Dewey's Nine Lives contest. So, stop by, enter to win the books, and I'll have a book review for you on Saturday. Promise!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wendy Francisco's website is http://www.wendyfrancisco.com/. And, if the video doesn't show on the blog, check it out on YouTube. Just search for GoD and DoG.
GoD and DoG by Wendy Francisco. Center Street, Pub Date: 2010. ISBN 9781599953793 (hardcover), 48p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested the book from Hatchette since I'm giving away a copy of it.