Fiction Review

The Enchanted Garden at Winterthur

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Today, we have some beautiful pictures to share. These are from Winterthur, the Dupont Estate in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley. It’s the Enchanted Garden. It might be fun to share the photos with the children in your life, and talk about this enchanted world. Pictures are courtesy of Barbara Peters.

Botanicals - Witch's house in the enchanted forest
The Witch’s House from the Enchanted Forest
Botancials - Witches' house 2
The Witch’s House


Botanicals - Magical Toadstools
The Magical Toadstools in the Enchanted Forest
Botanicals - Magic Toadstools 2
The Magic Toadstools
Botanicals - Maypole
A Maypole in the Enchanted Garden
Botanicals - Maypole 2
The Maypole
Botanicals - Upside down tree
The Upside-down Tree in the Enchanted Forest
Botanicals - The Story Corner
Wouldn’t you love to spend time in the Story Corner?
Botanicals  Bird's nest for kids
The Bird’s Nest even has eggs for kids
Botanicals Azalea Woods
This is part of the Azalea Woods. Aren’t they stunning?

Botanicals Azaleas 2

Botanicals Azaleas 3

Botanicals Old Growth

Botanicals Bluebell Woods
From The Bluebell Woods

We hope you enjoyed the enchanting tour of Winterthur’s gardens.

Ace Atkins & Spenser

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Ace Atkins is the current author of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels. He recently appeared at The Poisoned Pen to discuss the latest book in the series, Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn.


The audience turned out to hear Atkins talk about writing about the beloved character, Spenser.

Ace's audience

Ace Atkins and bookstore owner Barbara Peters discussed the books, and fielded questions from the audience.

Ace and Barbara

One man who came for the signing seems particularly happy to get Ace Atkins’ signature.

Ace and young man

If you’d like a signed copy as well, they’re available through the website –

Elevengedden & The 2015 Nebula Awards

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Elevengedden is coming June 1, a multi-author SciFi event hosted by Kevin Hearne. Here are the details.

So, if you’re excited about that event, you may be interested in the 2015 Nebula Awards, presented today in Chicago. Here are the winners.


Winner: Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)


Winner: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (


Winner: ‘‘Our Lady of the Open Road’’, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)

Short Story:

Winner: ‘‘Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers’’, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Winner: Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

C. J. Cherryh is the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Nancy Drew, L. Frank Baum & the Girl Detective

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Intrigued by the title? What does L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books have to do with mysteries featuring girl detectives? You’ll have to read the article, “The Secret History of the Girl Detective”, from Smithsonian, to find the answers.

Secret of the old Clock

Unknown History & Agatha Christie

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Have you heard the podcast Unknown History yet?  Quick and Dirty Tips now brings us Unknown History, a new podcast for history buffs and those of us who appreciate a fun, quirky story. One of those stories is “The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie”,

The story is excerpted from When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain by Giles Milton, which is the basis for the Unknown History podcast. We can order the book, if you’re interested.

“Agatha Christie never spoke about the missing eleven days of her life and over the years there has been much speculation about what really happened. What did Christie tell reporters about her disappearance?” To find out the answer, listen to the full episode of the new podcast, Unknown History, on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. – See more at:

Playbill’s Murders in Musical Theatre

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This is just too good not to share. Playbill recently ran an article by Talaura Harms and David Gewirtzman called “An Illustrated Guide to Methods of Murder in Musical Theatre”. It’s a fun tour through ten musicals, everything from “Sweeney Todd” to the recent hit, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”. Check it out!

Camille Perri & LS Hilton – Photos & Livestream

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You may have noticed that Camille Perri’s The Assistants was the most recent Hot Book of the Week.


Perri was here, and we have autographed copies of the book available.

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Camille Perri

Perri was joined by LS Hilton. You might have heard of her latest book, Maestra. Naturally, we have autographed copies of that as well.


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LS Hilton

We hope you take time to watch some of the Livestream events from the bookstore. This was another program that’s available.