New Trade Paperbacks in Store - New Feature!

Thursday Aug 04 2011
by Whodunit

One of the many problems at our store is our lack of space to display all of our new books.  This drawback is particularly noticeable with the new trade paperbacks, of which there are constantly increasing numbers.  One of our solutions will be to display the new trades "verbally" online.

Carter, Stephen L., Jericho’s Fall  (Vintage, 2009, $18.95 Can.): Stephen Carter is an award-winning African-American novelist. This book does not exploit his heritage as have his recent works, but instead joins the large number of spy/thriller books that are so popular with the American audience. There is nothing particularly distinctive about this book, which is squarely in the tradition of Helen MacInnes. There is an attractive heroine, who is catapulted into the middle of a world of international intrigue almost against her will.  She bears a secret that could change the world, and everyone is out to get her. Carter writes well, and he certainly knows how to ramp up the suspense. There is a satisfying ending.

Doherty, Paul, The Mysterium (Headline, 2010, 24.99 Can).  Paul Doherty is one of the most prolific of historical crime novelists, writing a number of series set in different times and climes.  The reader knows he will get a well-plotted story and a reasonable approximation of a bygone age.  This one is set in 14th-century London and features Sir Hugh Corbett.  Can we say more?

Fesperman, Dan, The Arms Maker of Berlin (Vintage, 2009, $17.95 Can.):  Dan Fesperman is the author of a number of highly acclaimed international thrillers that have found a cult audience in this store and others.  This one is about Nat Turnbull, an academic whose mentor dies in jail in possession of an explosive Secret Service Archive from World War II.  Some of the archive is incomplete.  Nat is dispatched by the FBI to Germany to track down the missing material.  He must contend with the usual assortment of competitors, including a beautiful woman who may be a spy, an international arms dealer, and others.  If you like intrigue set in contemporary Europe with a historical background,  you will appreciate this one.  Fesperman is an experienced thriller writer of considerable capabilities.

Gardiner, Meg, The Liar’s Lullaby (Harper Collins, 2010), $22.95 Can.)   Meg Gardiner is an American thriller writer with two series on the go.  One features psychological profiler Jo Beckett, who is faced with the unlikely task of figuring out what killed a night-club singer who is the ex-wife of the President.

Garcia-Roza, Luiz Alfredo, Alone in the Crowd (Picador, 2009, $18.00 Can)   One of the parts of the world relatively ignored in crime fiction is Latin America, particularly stuff written by the Latinos themselves. This book features the Brazilian cop Inspector Espinosa.  The plot is intriguing.  An old woman tries to speak with the inspector at his office, but he is out and she goes away.  Two hour later she is dead, and Espinosa must work out whether she was pushed or fell in front of the bus that killed her.  Highly atmospheric and satisfying stuff.

Haines, Kathryn Miller, When Winter Returns (Harper, 2010, $16.99).  Kathryn Miller is an American writer with a varied set of experiences in the theatre.  This is her fifth book featuring Rosie Winter.  It is set in the eastern United States in 1943, in the midst of wartime.

Harris, Joanne, Blueeyed Boy (Doubleday, 2010, $26.95 Can.).  Harris is a British writer who has written a number of crime books, as well as cooking books.  She doesn’t have a series.  This book is set in Yorkshire and involves Internet impersonation in a thriller style.

Harrison, Cora, The Sting of Justice (Pan Books, 2010, $14.99 Can).  Cora Harrison is an Irish writer of historical crime, setting her work in early 16th-century Ireland in the years before the English invaded.   This period has hardly been overworked by either novelists or historians.   This is the third book featuring her detective, who is a lady judge or investigating magistrate.

Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, Fell Purpose (Severn House, 2009, $18.95 Canadian).  British writer Harrod-Eagles’ Bill Slider is one of the favourite cops of many customers in this store.  This one appears after a long hiatus.

Hewson, David, The Blue Demon (Macmillan, 2010, $19.99 Can.)  David Hewson is a British writer whose character, detective Nic Costa, works in contemporary Italy.   This one is set in Rome on the eve of a G8 summit meeting and involves a mysterious group linking itself to the ancient Etruscans.  

Howard, Jonathan R., Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Anchor, 2009, $17.50 Can.)   Jonathan Howard is an American computer specialist, who has worked for many years in the game industry.  This book stars a scientist who makes two deals with the Devil.  In his second one, he has a year to persuade 100 people to sell their souls or he will be damned forever.  This off-the-wall novel will not appeal to everybody, but for those who like their adventure tongue-in-cheek, it should be very popular.

Jardine, Quintin, Blood Red (Headline, 2009, $24.99 Can.)   Quintin Jardine is a very popular Scottish crime writer who has run three series, starring Bob Skinner, Oz Blackstone, and Primavera Blackstone.  Primavera is the deceased Oz’s wife, who in this novel has retired to Spain, where she must contend with the mysteries and gossip of a small Catalan village on her way to solving the death of a powerful local politician.

Johnson, Craig, The Dark Horse (Penguin, 2010, $17.50 Canadian).   Craig Johnson is an American author who sets his crime in Wyoming.  This is the fifth installment of a series featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire.  Many customers admire Johnson’s lean prose and western setting.

Johnson, Denis, Nobody Move (Harper, 2010, $15.99 Canadian).  Denis Johnson is an American author who has won book prizes and a journalism award.  This is his entrant in the crime/thriller category.  It is written in the tradition of Elmore Leonard, following the adventures of small-time crook Jimmy Luntz and his girlfriend, as they search for a couple of million bucks while trying to stay alive.  

Kalogridis, Jeanne, The Devil’s  Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici (St. Martin’s, 2010  C$17.99)  A big thick historical novel set in the city of Florence in the middle of the Renaissance.  There is not much sense of mystery but plenty of crime.

Lowry, Elizabeth, The Bellini Madonna (Picador 2010 C$18.00) .In the tradition of Iain Pears’ various art mysteries, this one by a new author  features a clapped-out art historian and layers within layers of details and clues and whatever.

MacBride, Stuart, Dark Blood (HarperCollins,, 2010, $19.99 Can.)  Stuart Macbride is a Scottish writer who has been touted as the successor to Ian Rankin.  Aberdeen is not Edinburgh and Logan McRae is not John Rebus, but the bleakness of the Scottish urbanscape and Scottish character are familiar enough.

Martin, Andrew, Last Train to Scarborough (Faber, 2009, $18.00 Can.)  Andrew Martin is an English writer who evokes Edwardian Britain in his stories featuring the railway detective Jim Stringer.  This is the sixth in the series.  Not quite “steam punk”, but the steam bit is quite authentic.

Pattison, Eliot, The Lord of Death (Soho, 2009, Can. $16.95).  Shan Tao Yun is a Chinese cop who has been exiled to Tibet for political reasons.  This is the sixth in a series that began with Skull Mantra and has become a bit of a cult classic in this shop.  You will learn something about modern Tibet from this series.

Patterson, James, and Maxine Paetro, Swimsuit (Grand Central, 2010, $17.99 Can.)  Arguably the king of mass production publication, Patterson writes with a variety of collaborators in a familiar American thriller style.  If you like American thriller, Patterson’s your man.

Pears, Iain, Stone’s Fall (Vintage, 2009, Can. $22.00).  British writer Iain Pears’ art mysteries are very popular with our customers.  This latest novel is not about art, but about the death of an arms dealer, in which the truth plays against several generations of international finance.

Pintoff, Stefanie, In the Shadow of Gotham (Minotaur, 2010, $17.99 Can.).   A debut novel which won a First Crime Novel competition, this one is set in NYC at the turn of the twentieth century and features the usual angst-ridden detective.

Robertson, Imogen,   Instruments of Darkness (Headline, 2009, $14.99 Can.)  Another debut novel set in Britain in the late 18th century, this one involves a Great Hall, a noble heir, and plenty of twists and turns.  Robinson, Peter, ed., The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, vol. II (Penguin, 2010, $22.00 Can.).  An anthology of stories by the current crop of hot writers, some of whom are actually Canadian.

Solares, Martin, The Black Minutes (Black Cat, 2010, $17.95 Ca.)  A debut novel from Latin America. (Mexico, actually)  Like most novels from that continent, it is resolutely post-modern and noir.

Stanley, Michael, The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (Harper, 2010, Can. $16.99).  Michael Stanley is actually a team of two South Africans who, like Alexander McCall Smith, set their detective to work in Botswana, thus inviting comparisons as to authenticity and credibility.  Readers can decide for themselves.

Templeton, Aline, Dead in the Water (Hodder, 2009, Can. $14.99).  Aline Templeton is a British writer.  This is the fifth in her series featuring DI Marjory Fleming.  This time she must solve a cold case that confounded her late policeman father.  

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