This newsletter just went out to bookstores, but there are all kinds of reasons you might want to read about the latest books from Poisoned Pen Press. You can order any of the titles through the Web Store. https://store.poisonedpen.com/
I am fortunate to be Diana Gabaldon’s home bookseller, which means we do a lot of work with her outside of Outlander. Together we recommend two Canadian authors. Susanna Kearsley whose books remind us of Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Kate Morton… Susanna’s Belleweatherpublishes in August (Sourcebooks). And we’re mad fans of Ian Hamilton, our 2018 Writer in Residence, and his Ava Lee Thrillers (House of Anansi, distributed by IPS, like Poisoned Pen Press). I made one of Lisa Gardner, too, with his The Couturier of Milan, but recommend you start with Ava’s The Water Rat of Wanchai (Picador). More double recommendations to come.
Meanwhile for May…
Does your store have this lively cozy?
The 6th investigation by Gunn Zoo keeper Teddy Bentley set on California’s Central coast combines zoo lore and some #MeToo moments in a case full of surprises—and fun.
“Teddy is a spirited, courageous woman, coping with complex problems” (Library Journal) in “Webb’s clever, briskly paced fifth Gunn Zoo mystery…” (Publishers Weekly)
“…The best part here is watching Bentley’s investigative juices start to flow…This one will satisfy multiple audiences.” —Don Crinklaw, Booklist
Or Chapter Two in the career of The Countess of Prague, a series praised by Deanna Raybourn and Tasha Alexander?
Why does Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph command her to investigate the 1889 murder/suicide scandal at Marienbad—where his heir Rudolph and Rudolph’s teen-age mistress died—16 years later?”As always, the author shows readers a fascinating picture of early 20th Century life in Europe and exciting action through memorable characters and skillful prose. Highly recommended to readers of historical fiction or mysteries.”
–Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review
Meet Mapstone in his first case— at a great $9.99 price
“The perfect setting for private eyes used to be the urban jungle, rife with alienation and secrets. More recently, though, such writers as Tony Hillerman and Nevada Barr have opened up regions of landscape, history, and soul previously unexplored by the detective novel. Talton’s summer mystery, a first novel, shows how fertile the desert can be as mystery setting … A stunning debut.” — Booklist (starred review)Pbk: 9781590583777
Or this new thriller by award-winning journalist and Rogue Columnist Jon Talton:
Inspired by the only murder of a US reporter in modern times—The Arizona Republic’s Don Bolles, a crime never fully solved.How does history shamus David Mapstone, back at the Sheriff’s Department, track this cold case with a brand new hot one?
“Talton celebrates investigative reporting… as he delves into the dirty past and politics of the city. The ninth entry in a justly praised series.” — Booklist
For Fans of Golden Age Mysteries
Two Classics by ECR Lorac edited by Martin Edwards
“Lorac (1894–1958) lovingly portrays the lush Devon countryside in this satisfying entry in the British Crime Classics series, originally published in 1946 and featuring observant and dogged Chief Inspector Robert Macdonald of Scotland Yard …”
Originally published in 1937 and also part of Lorac’s Chief Inspector Macdonald series.
“The mystery is so complex, in fact, that Lorac, the pseudonym of Edith Caroline Rivett (1894-1958), requires the services of some aggressively facetious suspects, a low-key lead detective who’s a welcome change of pace, and an army of nondescript and interchangeable satellite police officers. Ah, those were the days.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at CrimeFest
Edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller
Stories by Lee Child (pictured). Jeffery Deaver, Ian Rankin, and a host more …“A remarkable compilation of fresh and unexpected stories from the best in the genre.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“This volume is for red-meat crime fans who love murder, mayhem, and plenty of it.” — Kirkus Reviews
Coming in June …
Darkness Lane is the sequel to Random Road, the May 2017 Library Journal Debut Mystery of the Month.
“Multiple murders and shocking twists are key components in Geneva’s ultimate uncovering of the truth. The flawed but dedicated heroine anchors Kies’ second mystery with a compassion that compels readers to root for both justice and redemption.” — Kirkus Reviews