[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Mystery December 2009

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  • Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 08:30:52 -0500

New and Recently Released!

Bryant & May on the Loose: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery - by Christopher 
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Pub Date: 11/24/2009
ISBN-13: 9780553807196
ISBN-10: 0553807196
Mystery. When last we saw our elderly detectives, at the end of The Victoria 
Vanishes, the Peculiar Crimes Unit had been closed. But never fear, fans--thanks
to the discovery of a beheaded body in King's Cross, the members of the London 
group are back! Well, sort of. They don't have money or official status--but
they do have John May champing at the bit to work (he even gets Bryant back on 
the street). In addition to the headless corpse, there's a man wearing a
stag's head abducting people in the same area--obviously, these are cases that 
only the PCU can solve. Publishers Weekly says, "the pacing, prose, planting
of clues and characterizations are all top-notch."
First Chapter

Rizzo's War - by Lou Manfredo
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 09/29/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312538057
ISBN-10: 0312538057
Police Procedural. New partners veteran NYPD detective Joe Rizzo ("There is no 
right, there is no wrong, there just is.") and young and ambitious Mike McQueen
are still trying to figure each other out--and learn each other's ethical 
boundaries. But the duo really learn about each other when a city councilman's
daughter goes missing and they face moral dilemmas, violent bikers, and corrupt 
politicians as they investigate the complex case. Rizzo's War, a "gritty,
gripping first novel" (Kirkus Reviews), is likely to please fans of Joseph 
Wambaugh, as long as they don't mind leaving Los Angeles for Brooklyn.

Locked In - by Marcia Muller
Publisher: Grand Central
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Pub Date: 10/15/2009
ISBN-13: 9780446581059
ISBN-10: 0446581054
Mystery. Imagine what it must be like to be fully conscious but locked in an 
unresponsive body, where the only way you can communicate is via eye blinks.
That's what happens to PI Sharon McCone in her 27th outing when she's shot in 
the head after returning to her office late one night for her cell phone.
Now, as her employees sift through her cases trying to figure out who the 
shooter might be, Sharon lies in a hospital bed listening to their reports as
she struggles to put the pieces of the puzzle together...and stay alive. If you 
want to know more about locked-in syndrome, pick up the bestselling memoir
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Rizzo's war - Manfredo, Lou
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 09/29/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312538057
ISBN-10: 0312538057
Police procedural.  Thrilling debut novel in which NYPD veteran detective Joe 
Rizzo and his new partner Mike McQueen ride together for a year, solving cases,
as Joe imparts his wisdom on the rookie, culminating in the case of a city 
councilman's runaway daughter, who may have evidence of her father's wrongdoing
in her possession.

The Professional: A Spenser Novel - by Robert B. Parker
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Pub Date: 10/05/2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155949
ISBN-10: 0399155945
Crime Novel. Gary Eisenhower has had multiple affairs with married women...and 
he has the recordings to prove it. Now he's blackmailing four of his lovers,
all of them married to wealthy older men. When Boston private eye Spenser is 
hired to stop Eisenhower's extortion attempts, the case turns violent as women
start dying. Fans of Robert B. Parker's previous 36 mysteries featuring Spencer 
know to expect sharp prose and appearances by Spenser's long-term girlfriend
Susan Silverman and his sidekick Hawk. Newcomers may want to start with an 
earlier book in the series, such as Early Autumn. If you've already read all
of the Spenser books, try Robert Crais' Elvis Cole novels.

The Brutal Telling - by Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 09/22/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312377038
ISBN-10: 0312377037
Mystery. In the remote village of Three Pines, Quebec, the body of a murdered 
man is found on the floor of the local bistro/antiques store. To solve the
case, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache carefully sifts through confusing clues, 
goes deep into the woods (where he finds surprising treasures), and crosses
the continent. The critics love this one: Library Journal calls it "superb" in 
a starred review and, in another starred review, Publishers Weekly says
it's "excellent." If you like P.D. James, Elizabeth George, and Donna Leon, try 
the Gamache novels, of which this is the 5th.
Focus on: Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe, widely credited with being the creator of the modern detective 
story, was born on January 19, 1809 and tragically died under mysterious
circumstances just 40 years later on October 7, 1849. Will there be another 
like him? We think we can safely--and sadly--say, "nevermore." Still, we can
enjoy the tales he left behind as well as mysteries where he, one of his books, 
or a Poe-related item plays a role.

The Pale Blue Eye - by Louis Bayard
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Pub Date: 06/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9780060733988
ISBN-10: 0060733985
Historical Mystery. Edgar Allan Poe is a young West Point cadet and an aspiring 
poet in The Pale Blue Eye--but he quickly becomes a sleuth when macabre
happenings occur on campus. A dead cadet who'd had his heart removed is 
discovered, and retired NYPD detective Gus Landor is asked to look into things.
He agrees but feels he needs an inside source and asks the intelligent and 
observant Poe for aid. The two are soon dealing with more bodies...and more
missing hearts. Schedule a chunk of time to read this one--the conclusion is so 
thrilling that "at novel's end, the reader may want to start again from
the beginning" (Kirkus Reviews).

The Bookman's Wake - by John Dunning
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
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Pub Date: 03/01/1996
ISBN-13: 9780671567828
ISBN-10: 0671567829
Mystery. What's that tapping at former Denver cop and current book store owner 
Cliff Janeway's door? It's another ex-cop--who hires Janeway to collect a
female fugitive who's supposedly stolen a valuable limited edition of Edgar 
Allan Poe's The Raven. But after Janeway meets the supposed crook, he doesn't
think she's guilty and so sets about discovering the truth--a task that has him 
digging into the decades-old deaths of the rare book's publishers. If you're
mad for Poe and old books, check out this 2nd in a series (after Booked to 
Die)--author and bookseller John Dunning combines a behind-the-scenes look at
the book trade with a well-plotted mystery.

In a Strange City: A Tess Monaghan Mystery - by Laura Lippman
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Pub Date: 10/01/2002
ISBN-13: 9780380810239
ISBN-10: 0380810239
Mystery. In the Baltimore graveyard where Edgar Allan Poe is buried, the 
anonymous "Poe Toaster" has appeared--cloaked and face covered--on Poe's 
every January since 1949 in order to place three red roses and a partial bottle 
of cognac on the famed author's gravesite. Private detective Tess Monaghan
attends the strange ritual one year, but she gets more than she bargained for 
when two Poe Toasters show up...and one shoots the other. Then, someone starts
leaving roses and cognac on Tess's doorstep. In a Strange City is the 6th book 
in a series and a New York Times Notable book.

The Poe Shadow: A Novel - by Matthew Pearl
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Pub Date: 07/10/2007
ISBN-13: 9780812970128
ISBN-10: 0812970128
Historical Mystery. In 1849 Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe dies and is buried in an 
unmarked grave. When Quentin Clark, a young lawyer soon to be engaged, discovers
that his favorite author's final days were marked by a series of bizarre 
circumstances and that questions exist about his death, he is inspired by Poe's
fictitious detective, C. Auguste Dupin, to start his own investigation. With 
little regard for his career or nuptials, he travels to Paris to enlist the
aid of the French detective who was Poe's real-life inspiration for Dupin. If 
you want to learn more about Poe, reading The Poe Shadow is an entertaining
way to do so.
First Chapter

The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales - by Edgar Allan Poe
Publisher: Modern Library
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Pub Date: 05/23/2006
ISBN-13: 9780679643425
ISBN-10: 0679643427
Classic Short Stories. If you want to enjoy reading something Poe-related, 
there's always the delightful option of reading a short story by the master 
After all, even other authors were impressed by his detective stories; Sir 
Arthur Conan Doyle said that Edgar Allan Poe's tales were "splendid" and called
them "a model for all time." In The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Poe's detective 
Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin appears for the first time as he investigates
a double murder in Paris--the bodies of two women are found in a locked room, 
the neighbors give conflicting reports about what they heard, and the police
have arrested a man who appears to be innocent of the crime.
First Chapter

An Unpardonable Crime - by Andrew Taylor
Publisher: Theia
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Pub Date: 03/30/2004
ISBN-13: 9781401301026
ISBN-10: 1401301029
Historical Mystery. Between 1815 and 1820, young Edgar Allan Poe lived in 
England while his adoptive stepfather worked on setting up a London branch of
his import/export business. Author Andrew Taylor uses this fact as the setup 
for this "stunning mystery" (The Washington Post). In An Unpardonable Crime
(which has also been published as The American Boy), Poe and his English 
schoolmaster become caught up in an intricate series of bizarre and deadly 
beginning with the death of another pupil's wealthy father. Written in the 
style of 19th-century novels like those by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens,
this fascinating mystery won the 2003 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.
First Chapter

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