New Arrivals Oh yes, we have new arrivals. Mysteries and more mysteries. It’s what happens when you go to a mystery convention.
note: we saw and got a lot of self published books. People who self publish need to proof, proof and then do it again, or better yet, use an editorial service!
I’ll start off with the books in the convention book bags. Between us we’ll read maybe two-thirds of these. Also in the bags there’s always an old issue or two of a mystery mag. These are from 2011.
Billy Boyle by James R. Benn [SOHO Crime 2006 mass market paperback, new] – mystery. Set in World War II, first in an eight book series.
Buried by Kate Watterson [TOR 2014 mass market paperback, new] – mystery. Third in Detective Ellie MacIntosh series.
Dove Season by Johnny Shaw [Amazon Encore 2010 trade paper, new] – mystery. Debut novel.
Evil in All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson [Forge 2013 trade paper, new] – mystery. Psychological thriller, author’s third novel.
Jail Coach by Hillary Bell Locke [Poisoned Pen Press 2012 hardcover, new] – mystery. First in Jay Davidovich series.
Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland [Kensington Books 2014 trade paper, ARC, free] – mystery. Author’s second mystery novel.
Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva [Forge 2014 hardcover, new] – mystery. Hard-boiled.
Not all book bags are packed with the same things, so there is always a swapping table where people can put books they don’t want and pick up other ones they do. We swapped out our duplicates and picked up these.
Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin [Felony & Mayhem Vintage, 2007 paperback, new] – classic mystery. Originally published in the U.K. in 1948
Zoo Station byDavid Downing [SOHO Crime 2007 paperback, new] – mystery. “A John Russell World War II spy thriller”.
What You Wish For by Janet Dawson [Perserverence Press 2012 trade paper, new] – mystery. Suspense novel by the author of the Jeri Howard series.
And then there are the books we paid cold hard cash for. The four Barbara bought first, then the four I bought.
Bone Pit by Bette & J.J. Lamb [Two Black Sheep Books 2013, new] – mystery, third in series. Barbara bought this after seeing Bette Lamb on a panel. Barbara has already read this. She liked the book but all of the typos and mistakes that an editor should or would have caught drove her crazy.
Cold Morning by Brenda Chapman [Dundurn 2013 mass market paperback, purchased new] – mystery. Bought based on Thursday morning panel. Second adult novel by author of several YA mysteries.
House of Cuts by June Gillam [Gorilla Girl Ink 2013 paperback, purchased new] – mystery. Gillam was on the first panel Barbara attended and she bought this just after.
Secret Thoughts by H.S. Clark [Grand Media 2012 paperback, new] – mystery. A medical thriller. Barbara saw Clark on a panel and was intrigued.
Nightcrawlers by Bill Pronzini [Forge 2005 hardcover, used] – mystery. The 30th in the Nameless series, one I didn’t have.
Tip of A Bone by Christine Finlayson [Adventure Publications 2013 trade paper, new] – mystery. First novel, set on the Oregon coast, the author intrigued us at her panel. Looks very interesting.
Death Before Compline by Sharan Newman [Bagwyn Books 2012 paperback, new] – mystery. Historical mystery short story collection. Newman is an excellent writer and I like historical mysteries, so I got this seven story collection.
That’s the listing of the books we brought home from Left Coast Crime. We became aware of other authors whom we’ll search out at the library, but it will be a while before we need to do that, these will keep us busy for a while.
I finished the second volume of Liaden Universe short stories before we left for LCC, and started A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake, his 1935 first novel, which I finished in Monterey. It was old-fashioned but fun. I read Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger which I enjoyed and will be seeking the 2nd in that series. Before I start on another novel, I’ll read some short stories.
Barbara finished William Kent Krueger’s Northwest Angle (very good indeed) in Monterey. She went on to finish Bone Pit by the husband and wife writing team of Bette and J.J. Lamb, which was good but plagued with typos and insufficient editing, and finished House of Cuts yesterday.
What new did you get, what have you been reading?