The Arthur Ellis Awards

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The Arthur Ellis Awards were just announced this week. Crime Writers of Canada present the Arthur Ellis Awards (named after the working name of Canada’s official hangman) to recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing. Awards are presented in six categories for works in the crime genre published for the first time in the previous year by authors living in Canada, regardless of their nationality, or by Canadian writers living outside of Canada.

Derrick Murdoch Award – Christina Jennings

Best Crime NovelThe Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey

Best First Crime NovelStrange Things Done by Elle Wild

Strange Things Done

Best Crime NovellaRundown by Rick Blechta

Best Crime Short Story – “A Death at the Parsonage” by Susan Daly, The Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime

Best Juvenile/YA Crime BookMasterminds by Gordon Korman

Best Crime Nonfiction BookA Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story by Jeremy Grimaldi


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Do you remember this book? Here’s the synopsis.


“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.


Now, here’s the link to the latest news. For all of those who loved the book, some of the cast of Downton Abbey are in the process of filming the movie. http://bit.ly/2rYuHcd

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is already in production in the U.K. with Lily (James) in the lead role as journalist Juliet Ashton, who becomes intrigued by a secret book society established during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War Two.”

While you wait for the movie, you can always pick up a copy of the book through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2rYuea1

Hot Book of the Week – Steve Hamilton’s Exit Strategy

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Exit Strategy

Steve Hamilton was just here on book tour for Exit Strategy, and his latest novel is The Poisoned Pen’s Hot Book of the Week. Here’s the summary.

In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life, as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission…

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them.

But first he has to find them—they’re ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified “deep black” locations by an battalion of heavily armed U.S. marshals charged with protecting them—and the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man.

As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason’s next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself.

In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.


We have signed copies! If you would like to order any, they are available through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2qUeM06

Edan Lepucki and Bookstores

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If you’re reading this post, you’re undoubtedly a fan of bookstores. So is Edan Leducki, author of Woman No. 17.

Woman No. 17

She recently did a short video talking about two subjects – bookstore shopping and her favorite punctuation mark.  http://bit.ly/2qnYbm8

Edan Lepucki


Here’s the description of Lepucki’s Woman No. 17.

New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17 “reads like a Hollywood HIlls film noir.”  Seattle Times
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

Woman No. 17 can be ordered through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2rWdsaI

Joseph Finder, Boy and Writer

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Long before Joseph Finder was the author of The Switch, he was a boy who fell in love with one author’s book.


Finder tells that story in a recent article for Publishers Weekly. http://bit.ly/2qTZCGtIt’s the story of an author who cared enough to answer a young boy, answers that inspired him.

You can read the article. You can also meet Joseph Finder at The Poisoned Pen on Saturday, June 17 at 2 PM when he’s on book tour for The Switch. You can pre-order a signed copy of the book through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2qThvY5

Here’s the description of The Switch.

A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Timesbestselling author Joseph Finder’s timely, electrifying new thriller.

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn’t notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it’s too late. Tanner’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.

When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she’s come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0—and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it’s too late.

When Will fails to gain Tanner’s cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed.  He turns to an unscrupulous “fixer” for help.  In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still—and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.

Jo Nesbø at The Poisoned Pen

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Jo Nesbø, author of The Thirst, just appeared at The Poisoned Pen. You can watch the event on Livestream here. https://livestream.com/poisonedpen/events/7348078


Here’s the summary of the book.

#1 International Best Seller

In this electrifying new thriller from the author of Police and The Snowman, Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims . . . on Tinder.

The murder victim, a self-declared Tinder addict. The one solid clue—fragments of rust and paint in her wounds—leaves the investigating team baffled.
Two days later, there’s a second murder: a woman of the same age, a Tinder user, an eerily similar scene.
The chief of police knows there’s only one man for this case. But Harry Hole is no longer with the force. He promised the woman he loves, and he promised himself, that he’d never go back: not after his last case, which put the people closest to him in grave danger.
But there’s something about these murders that catches his attention, something in the details that the investigators have missed. For Harry, it’s like hearing “the voice of a man he was trying not to remember.” Now, despite his promises, despite everything he risks, Harry throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away.

“Exceptional . . . Nesbo depicts a heartbreakingly conflicted Harry, who both wants to forget the horrors he’s trying to prevent and knows he has to remember them in all their grim detail.”
Publishers Weekly

Jo Nesbo event

Even if you weren’t one of the happy people in the audience, shown here with the author and his book, you can get a signed copy of The Thirst. Look for it in the Web Store.


Colson Whitehead, On Writing

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Colson Whitehead is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and National Book Award winner, The Underground Railroad.

Underground Railroad

Here’s what Whitehead had to say about his early writing.

Colson Whitehead


Now, if you’re interested in a copy of The Underground Railroad, they’re available through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2q7ebVP