[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Mystery October 2009

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  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 07:55:20 -0400

New and Recently Released!

Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Novel - by Sara Paretsky
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Pub Date: 09/22/2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155932
ISBN-10: 0399155937
Mystery. Interested in learning more about Chicago, President Barack Obama's 
hometown? Let V.I. Warshawski show you around--as always in her outings, the
toddlin' town is "vividly characterized, as are its politics and ethnic and 
cultural conflicts" (Booklist). In Hardball, the 14th book to feature V.I.,
she is hired to track down a man who disappeared 40 years ago, after the city's 
1966 race riots. While working the case, V.I. unearths skeletons in the
city's closet...and possibly in her own family's. If you're interested in more 
books in which the heroine is concerned with social issues, try Marcia Muller's
well-done Sharon McCone novels.

Hemingway Deadlights - by Michael Atkinson
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 08/18/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312379711
ISBN-10: 0312379714
Historical Mystery. Ernest "Papa" Hemingway is living in Key West in 1956, 
nursing booze and a broken ankle. But when the police come knocking to tell him
that an old drinking buddy has been harpooned and that he tried to call 
Hemingway just before he died, he feels an obligation to the man. So even though
he's sporting a cast, he decides to figure out what happened--this decision has 
him traveling to Cuba, meeting Che and Fidel, and dealing with the CIA
and the FBI. This "tasty cocktail of suspense, sex, laughs, and literature" 
(Library Journal) is a first novel that many Hemingway fans will drink up.
First Chapter

Inherent Vice - by Thomas Pynchon
Publisher: Penguin Press
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Pub Date: 08/04/2009
ISBN-13: 9781594202247
ISBN-10: 1594202249
Crime Novel. You'll be forgiven for wondering what in the world a book by 
Thomas Pynchon, the reclusive National Book Award-winning author of Gravity's
Rainbow, is doing on a list of mysteries. But his latest fits the bill 
admirably. In 1960s California, marijuana-smoking detective Doc Sportello agrees
to help an ex-girlfriend. It seems her real estate tycoon boyfriend is being 
set up by his wife and her lover, who want the billionaire out of their way.
Can Doc get to the bottom of a tripped-out case that is more twisted than an 
in-progress tie-dye t-shirt? Library Journal calls Inherent Vice "brilliant"
and says that "the resolution is as crisp as Doc is laid-back."

City of Silver: A Mystery - by Annamaria Alfieri
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 08/04/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312383862
ISBN-10: 031238386X
Historical Mystery. In 1650 Peru, in the midst of the Spanish Inquisition, the 
city of Potosí has been minting coins that are not pure silver--leading to
an upcoming visit from the Grand Inquisitor. Meanwhile, at the local convent, a 
young girl is dead. Even though some call it suicide, Mother Maria Santa
Hilda disagrees and--controversially--allows her to be buried in sacred ground. 
Now, in order to save her job and her life, the abbess must prove that
the girl was murdered. If you love complex historical fiction and locked-room 
mysteries, you'll take a shine to this debut novel.
First Chapter

The Silent Hour: A Lincoln Perry Mystery - by Michael Koryta
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 08/04/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312361570
ISBN-10: 0312361572
Mystery. Can murderers be rehabilitated? Alexandra Cantrell, a mafia princess, 
and her husband, Joshua, thought that they could be--and to that end they
opened up Whisper Ridge, a sort of halfway house for parolees. But the estate 
sits abandoned now, and the Cantrells have been missing for 12 years. So
why is Parker Harrison, a former Whisper Ridge resident, contacting Cleveland, 
Ohio, private investigator Lincoln Perry now? In this 4th outing, the answer
to that question leads to many more as the already complicated case becomes 
even more so. Kirkus Reviews says that The Silent Hour has "feisty plotting
and the most memorable prose since Chandler."
First Chapter

New Tricks - by David Rosenfelt
Publisher: Grand Central
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Pub Date: 08/06/2009
ISBN-13: 9780446505871
ISBN-10: 0446505870
Mystery. Wealthy Paterson, New Jersey, lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn't have to 
work for a living--but he occasionally takes cases that interest him, and those
usually involve dogs. In New Tricks, his "excellent" (Publishers Weekly) latest 
outing, Andy finds himself in possession of Waggy, an adorable Bernese
Mountain puppy at the center of a dog custody case. Waggy's a fine dog, except 
that people around him seem to end up murdered. Newcomers as well as old
fans (who'll enjoy seeing golden retriever Tara and girlfriend Laurie) will 
enjoy this 7th book in the Andy Carpenter series.
Focus on: The Supernatural

Aunt Dimity's Death - by Nancy Atherton
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Pub Date: 11/01/1993
ISBN-13: 9780140178401
ISBN-10: 0140178406
Cozy Mystery. Lori Shepherd is down on her luck--she's divorced, broke, and 
still grieving over her mother's death. To comfort herself, she has a stuffed
bunny and her mother's "Aunt Dimity" stories--but Lori soon finds out from 
lawyers that the indomitable Dimity wasn't made-up like she'd assumed. Dimity
was a rich English lady, recently deceased, and she's named Lori in her 
will--though strings are attached. Leaving Boston for the Cotswolds, Lori 
that even though Dimity has died, she has not passed on. Readers who enjoy 
English villages and eccentric characters will relish this charming series,
of which this is the 1st entry.

Pride and Prescience, or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy 
Mystery - by Carrie Bebris
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Pub Date: 05/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9780765318435
ISBN-10: 0765318431
Historical Mystery. Ever wondered what happened to Jane Austen's Elizabeth 
Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy? Pride and Prescience, the 1st in a series, has
them turning sleuths! When Caroline Bingley, Elizabeth's former rival for Mr. 
Darcy's affections, becomes engaged to an American almost overnight and begins
to act oddly (she's found wandering alone in an unsavory part of town at 
night), Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy investigate. Austenophiles who enjoy a bit of
the supernatural will delight in this visit with old friends. If you'd like to 
see Jane Austen herself acting as detective, check out Stephanie Barron's
mystery novels.
First Chapter

Three Sisters: A Charlie Moon Mystery - by James D. Doss
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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Pub Date: 10/30/2007
ISBN-13: 9780312364595
ISBN-10: 0312364598
Mystery. Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon deals with the murder of a woman 
who appears to have been mauled by a bear, even though she died in bed. 
from the victim's two sisters, one of whom is a celebrity TV psychic (who was 
able to predict the death of a fan but not her sister), adds to his troubles.
But with the help of his Aunt Daisy--an Ute shaman who gets some of her 
information from spirits--and his friend, police chief Scott Parris, Charlie 
for answers as more dead bodies appear. Fans of Native American detectives and 
witty mysteries should check out the Moon series; this is the 12th and The
Shaman Sings is the 1st.
First Chapter

Grave Sight - by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Berkley
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Pub Date: 09/26/2006
ISBN-13: 9780425212899
ISBN-10: 0425212890
Paranormal Mystery. Though Charlaine Harris is best known as the author of the 
Sookie Stackhouse novels (which HBO's True Blood is based on), she also writes
about another young Southern woman with supernatural talent. When Harper 
Connelly was 15 years old, she was struck by lightning--while she didn't die,
she did gain the ability to locate dead people and "see" their last moments. 
Now she earns a living using her cadaver-finding skills, and aided by her
stepbrother-manager Tolliver, she travels around the U.S. helping the living 
find answers. The 4th book to feature Harper, Grave Secret, is due out at
the end of October.

Already Dead: A Novel - by Charlie Huston
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Pub Date: 01/31/2006
ISBN-13: 9780345478245
ISBN-10: 034547824X
Hardboiled Fiction. New York City private detective Joe Pitt is a vampire and a 
bit of a loner--he's not a member of a vampire gang, and his human girlfriend
doesn't even know he's an immortal. In Already Dead, it's suggested that he 
find the missing teenage daughter of a prominent New York family (the patriarch
knows leaders of a powerful vampire cult) and figure out who's spreading a 
zombie virus around the city. This "irresistible and fiendishly original take
on the vampire myth" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is the violent 1st in 
a blood-soaked series that now numbers five (the latest, My Dead Body, was
published earlier this month).
First Chapter

Prayer of the Night Shepherd: A Merrily Watkins Mystery - by Phil Rickman
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
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Pub Date: 11/30/2004
ISBN-13: 9780330490337
ISBN-10: 0330490338
Mystery. Anglican priest and single mother Merrily Watkins lives near the Welsh 
border where she's also the deliverance consultant (aka exorcist) for her
area (every English diocese has someone who investigates supposedly paranormal 
activity). In Prayer of the Night Shepherd, Jane's teenaged daughter starts
her first job, as a chambermaid at a Victorian mansion-turned-hotel that has a 
dark history and which the owners claim inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
Baskerville Hall. Though this is the 6th book in this series, readers can start 
here (The Wine of Angels is the 1st). Sherlock Holmes fans will salivate
over this look at the Baskerville hound's beginnings.

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