MURDER BY THE BYE
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Although Murder by the Book, Portland Oregon’s mystery bookstore closed its doors in April 2013, there is a next chapter for MBTB. The website will continue under the guidance of former store manager Jean May. Both the monthly newsletter and the list of new titles published each month will still be available and soon the website will expand to offer more information and reviews. Although we will no longer be selling books, we will be providing the latest news from the world of mystery and crime fiction. And who knows? Maybe we’ll throw in a little advice from time to time.
And now, time for books!
Broken Harbor ($16.00) Tana French’s fourth book is out in paperback and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve been recommending her atmospheric Irish mysteries since 2007’s In the Woods. Although not a series in the traditional sense, her stories are connected by her use of a character who may have been on the sidelines in a previous book and now steps to the center of the action. Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy of the Dublin Murder Squad has been assigned a high profile triple homicide but he’s not worried, he’s got the highest solve rate on the squad. The case proves challenging for many reasons, especially because it centers on an area known to Mick from his troubled childhood.
Jane Casey’s The Reckoning ($14.99), marks the return of London’s DC Maeve Kerrigan. Last seen in The Burning, Maeve is now investigating the murders of suspected sex offenders. To the public the killer is a hero of sorts, taking care of a problem that society struggles to address. However Maeve is a police officer and her job is to catch the murderer.
In The Last Girl ($24.99), Maeve is in charge of a case where members of a wealthy defense
Spies and their secrets:
A Delicate Truth ($27.95) by John Le Carre is the latest in a long line of spy stories told by a
A trio of paperbacks when you want your mystery on the
As always, Victorian Inspector Witherspoon depends on his loyal (and clever) housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries to help him solve a perplexing case in Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide ($7.99) by Emily Brightwell. This cozy series has been delighting fans for ten years.
Death Comes Silently ($7.99) by Carolyn Hart is the latest in her long running Death on Demand series which features mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Annie Darling. Things are slow at Annie’s bookstore Death on Demand which just gives her more opportunity to pursue her other passion, amateur sleuthing.
The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry ($7.99) by Ann Purser, is the fourth in an English series featuring Ivy Beasley, a cranky retiree who dabbles in detection with the help of the other residents of her assisted living home.
*Just out in paperback, these nominees for the Edgar Award for mystery writing:
which was called “ … Crime Noir 101, as taught by the best of its current practitioners.” by Janet Maslin, New York Times. Lehane has led readers down the streets of Boston, both in the present day and in the past, ventured into an asylum set on a mysterious island, and now takes us to the Gulf Coast during Prohibition. This is the tale of Joe Coughlin, a brash young man who sets out to make his mark in the criminal world first as a thief and eventually as a wildly successful rum runner. WINNER! (updated 5/2/13)
Finally, Midnight in Peking ($16.00) by Paul French is nominated for Best Fact Crime. Based on
years of research this true crime based tale is set in 1937 China. As the Japanese prepare to invade Peking, a young Englishwoman’s woman’s body is
discovered at the base of a watchtower. The city is already panicked and the two detectives (one British and one Chinese) in charge of the investigation are under pressure to solve the case quickly.WINNER! (updated 5/2/13)
*Edgar Award winners will be posted to the website
after May 2nd.
A special treat for fans of Hard boiled mysteries:
Book group to continue!
Yippee! Our book group led by local author Lori L. Lake will continue to meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Barbara Tom, one of the former owners of Murder by the Book will choose the book to be discussed each month (yay!).
However the location for our meeting has changed.
We will meet at the Belmont Branch Library (1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.)
Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Before the Poison
After the death of his wife, Chris Lowndes decides to return to the Yorkshire Dales after twenty-five successful years spent in Hollywood composing film scores. He buys a quaint older home deep in the country and soon becomes obsessed with a crime that occurred there over fifty years ago. Robinson is best known for his series featuring Inspector Banks which recently aired on PBS.
Can’t make it to this month’s meeting? Check the website after May 28th to see what we’re reading next and to get the scoop on what folks thought of Before the Poison.
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