Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Minotaur Trade Paperbacks

Where have I been? Somehow, I missed the fact that St. Martin's Press is publishing gorgeous trade paperbacks under the Minotaur name. These paperbacks are out at least a year after the hardcovers, so they're not for the reader who must have a book the instant it comes out. But, these are perfect for the library market. We often have to replace hardcovers that are lost or wear out. And, honestly? Some of the trade paperbacks hold up better than some hardcovers nowadays. Affordable replacement copies for the library, in the $13.99-$15.99 range. Just perfect.

So, quick summaries of the latest Minotaur trade paperback releases, since I never knew they existed.

Black Ship is the seventeenth Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn. In 1925, the Honourable Daisy Dalyrmple Fletcher, her husband, and their infant twins move to a larger house, in what appears to be a idyllic setting. But, a dead body is followed by rumors of bootleggers, gangers, and an international smuggling operation.

Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Paris takes Charlie Howard, the globe-trotting mystery writer and professional thief, to Paris, where he is caught up in an outrageous heist, just when his literary agent decides it's time they met.
The charming thief soon finds everything out of control.

It's back to Paris for Claude Izner's Murder on the Eiffel Tower. When a woman collapses and dies at the new Eiffel Tower in 1889, bookseller Victor Legris can't accept the official explanation of her death. As he investigates, the deaths begin to multiply.

Stuart MacBride's Flesh House brings to light decades of secrets and lies, when a brutal killer goes missing, and body parts that show up in Aberdeen kick off Scotland's largest manhunt in twenty years.

It must be French month at Minotaur since Pierre Magnan takes readers to Provence in The Messengers of Death. Commissaire Laviolette is brought out of retirement to investigate when a Mlle Veronique is found murdered. A letter left in an unused mailbox leads to a bizarre crime.

For the last two books, we move east. Water Touching Stone is the sequel to Eliot Pattison's Edgar award-winning novel, The Skull Mantra. Since Water Touching Stone originally came out in 2001, libraries may need replacements for the story of Shan Tao Yun, a former Beijing police inspector. Exiled to Tibet, he searches for justice when a revered teacher is slain, and her students are murdered. With an eight-year-old mystery, you might have missed this book entirely.

Laura Joh Rowland takes readers to Japan in 1700 in The Fire Kimono. The strife between Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective, and his enemies, has escalated. Suddenly his mother is implicated in criminal activity, and Sano has three days to clear her name.

England, France, Scotland, Tibet and Japan. I was impressed with the quality of the books, and just wanted to share the world as presented by Minotaur trade paperbacks this month.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Isn't it sad that hardbacks aren't holding up well these days? They're so expensive, you'd think they would!

These trade paperbacks sound really interesting--and I like being an armchair traveler. :)

Mystery Writing is Murder

♥Jen♥ said...

I love trade paper. I'm still the sucker for the hardcovers, but trade paper is far, far nicer than mass market!

le0pard13 said...

I'd never heard of the Sano Ichiro novel series. I'm definitely going to check them out, now. Thanks, Lesa

Lesa said...


It is sad that hardcovers don't hold up. The glue just doesn't hold up, and certainly not in Florida's humidity, or Arizona's heat.

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Jen. Trade paper is terrific.

Lesa said...

You're welcome le0pard13. I love to introduce people to books and authors they haven't met!

Cathy said...

One summer day here in Phoenix, I left my hardcover book in the car while I went in to work. When I came out during my lunch break, it was to the pieces of book sitting on the car seat. I've never left a book in the car again!

Lesa said...

Isn't it disheartening, Cathy, to see books fall apart like that? Our patrons bring them back after only 1 or 2 uses, saying they didn't do anything, and they're right. They didn't do anything to harm the book.

meen said...

I did know they did trade paperbacks, although I didn't know them under that name. Over here those paperbacks often come out at more or less the same time as the hardcovers and are called the export edition, or something like that. When ordering for the library I often try to limit myself to those export paperbacks. It helps with the small budget, and like you say, they seem to last better than the hardcovers.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Marleen.

You were 1 up on me. I agree, they do last longer, and certainly help with the budget!

holdenj said...

If your pic is any indications, these are some nice looking books! Thanks for adding a few new titles to my list...I got a chuckle out of all the French ones, you'd think they'd be tripping over one another!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Holdenj - They are some very nice books. I kept a few, and brought a couple in for the library. France must be a popular location!