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Love and survival
National Book Launch
March 20 4:00 PM PDT

Not Myron Bolitar but Windsor Horne Lockwood III, his own book
Signed for us by Harlan
Virtual National Launch
March 15 5 PM PDT
Smith College women go to war in 1917
Virtual March 6 2:15 PM with Karen White & Beatriz Williams

Venice's Brunetti
National Virtual Launch
March 9 1:00 PM
$5.00 fee or purchase to attend

A Matter of Life and Death
Robin Lockwood
March 10 6:00 PM

Irish village cozy
in stock now

Our March Historical Book of the Month
More due in week after next of this acclaimed debut
Please back order

Our March First Mystery Book of the Month
in stock now
A very hot debut

Joe Pickett
in stock now

in stock now
Terrific -- read my review in the March Booknews

Lady Emily
in stock this week

Veronica Speedwell as a kind of Rudolph Rassendyll
in stock this week

Matt Drake
in stock this week
only a few unclaimed

Her Dark Lies
A Rebecca-like Gothic set on a beautiful Italian isle
Virtual event March 29 but on sale next week

True Crime
Kenda is the host of TVs Homicide Hunter
in stock now

The Gray Man
in stock now
Missing and Endangered
Sheriff Joanna Brady
Bisbee, AZ
only 4 left

A Tip for the Hangman
Christopher Marlowe
More in stock this wseek
Archaeologist Ruth Galloway
Due in any time, 5 left
Liam Campbell #5 at last
in stock now
set in Tasmania
Signed UK edition
due in soon 3 left 
The Missing American
Meet Emma Djan
A brand new Edgar nominee
in stock now

Sleep Well, My Lady
Emma Djan #2
Our International Crime Book of the Month
The Shadow Box
Astonishing double art work: dust jacket and book Boards
in stock now 
Before She Disappeared
Starts a series
in stock now

Victorian Mystery
in stock now

in stock now
Carpenter & Quincannon
2 left in stock
Nora Kelly
Signed by both Authors
Comes with fab photo of Doug on horseback
In stock now
American Traitor
Pike Logan & Co
Exciting Taiwan background
in stock now
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Donna Leon
Virtual Book Launch
Tuesday March 9 
1:00 PM
We offer two ways to join this exciting event, Donna's first at The Pen

The purchase of the book is required to attend, or a $5.00 fee. NOT both.

TUESDAY MARCH 9 1:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Donna Leon discusses Transient Desires (Grove $27)
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Signed copies while they last

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3 PM ET; 2 PM CT; 1 PM MT (us); 12 PM PT

Can it be the 30th for Commissario Guido Brunetti? Yes. And it reflects the Venetian policeman's weariness with his job and his city. The focal point is the culture of the Giudecca, its insularity, and a kind of local boss with an iron grip that may be hard to break. It begins when two young American tourists are dropped off at the hospital's dock, one of them seriously injured. Cameras reveal two young men in a boat (naturally) ferried the women there. They are soon identified as a well-to-do young lawyer and his childhood friend, a boatman. 

Patient and persistent inquiry ensues ringing in the coast guard and naval commandos, yet despite the high action finale the pace is a slow burn and in the end, what is accomplished? Leon increasingly goes for ambiguity, reflecting her view I think of a broken city government, maybe of Italy's government. I have to agree with a reviewer who writes, an aging Brunetti, who blames his tightening trousers on the dry cleaners rather than his eating habits, goes about his day: meeting with informants, lunching with colleagues, and dining with his erudite wife and opinionated children. 

Brunetti feels disillusioned with his retired friends, who can talk of nothing but grandchildren, and mournfully accepts that tourism will eventually destroy his beloved Venice. But meanwhile he loves his family, and really, his work.

The UK Signed edition: Transient Desires (Heinemann $42)
Only 5 left to preorder
The March Booknews
Part 1

Here is the link to the first of two MARCH BOOKNEWS

Here is the link to the FEBRUARY BOOKNOTES

And use the share feature with both to reach out to readers you know.
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Enjoy conversations from our storied past:

AND more new conversations: 

CJ Box
Tasha Alexander/Deanna Raybourn
Don Bentley/Jack Carr (previewing The Devil's Hand, his April book launching here 
April 12 -- please reorder now)
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Tips on our Virtual Events
The times listed are Mountain Standard Time UNTIL March 14.

When Daylight Savings kicks in March 14, the times we list will be Pacific Daylight Time. It begins with Harlan Coben in our calendar..

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We try to start them on time at the hour posted. You can sign it a bit early and wait for it to start. Or join later.

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You can listen to them in a subsequent podcast

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The Videos go back for some years. Watch those posted to You Tube on your Smart TV. It's a nice change from a small screen

Britain's Elly Griffiths
Friday 1:00 PM
Elly Griffiths discusses The Postscript Murders (Houghton $25)
Our March British Crime Book of the Month is replete with the delightful humor that characterizes Edgar winner Griffiths' Ruth Galloway Mysteries which I adore. And she won the Edgar for her first Harbinder Kaur investigation: The Stranger Diaries ($15.99).

Here she takes a leaf from Anthony Horowitz, (and even Agatha Christie) in a clever plot that begins with the death of a 90-year-old woman with a heart condition in Shoreham-by-Sea, that should not be suspicious, right? But her devoted associates --home healthcare worker Natalka, café owner and ex-monk Benedict, and former broadcaster Edwin residing in the same elder care facility as Peggy --suspect foul play when they find mystery novels dedicated to Peggy, references to her as a "murder consultant," and a postcard with a disturbing note.

Much to Detective Sergeant Harbinger Kaur unease, the trio head to a literary festival in Aberdeen to buttonhole the postcard recipients and learn more about Peggy's relationship to them. Soon writers wind up dead, and Kaur is forced to continue her investigation.

"Bibliophile genre fans will enjoy the insider's look at publishing and relish the intoxicating, often intoxicated, milieu of the festival. "All readers will devour the cleverly constructed story, replete with Griffiths' trademark engaging prose, well-placed humor, and always-endearing characters." -Booklist Starred Review. 

There are some parallels to Richard Osman's bestselling 2021 Edgar-nominated The Thursday Murder Club as well.
Arkady Martine
SciFi/Fantasy with Pat King
Friday 6:30 PM
Arkady Martine in conversation with Pat King
Martine discusses A Desolation Called Peace (Tor $26.99)
Teixcalaan # 2

"Martine spins a dizzying, exhilarating story of diplomacy, conspiracy, and first contact in the powerhouse sequel to her Hugo Award-winning debut, A Memory Called Empire ($18.99).

Mahit Dzmare has returned home to Lsel station after a brief, eventful stint as ambassador to the empire of Teixcalaan, but now Teixcalaanli warships are moving into formation against the terrifying aliens that live beyond a nearby jumpgate. When Nine Hibiscus, the leader of the warships, requests a trained diplomat to aid in alien relations and avoid conflict, Mahit's former liaison and love interest, Three Seagrass, assigns herself the job--and drags Mahit along with her. 

But there are factions on Lsel and in Teixcalaan who would benefit from an endless war and who work to undermine their negotiations. Martine effortlessly balances several points of view-including the idealistic 11-year-old imperial heir, Eight Antidote-to provide a vivid window into a struggle over the question of who gets to be counted as a person. Martine's aliens are viscerally unsettling and utterly believable, and she deploys them masterfully to underscore themes of colonization, assimilation, and cultural violence. This complex, stunning space opera promises to reshape the genre."--PW Starred Review

Chris Whitaker with 
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Saturday 1:00 PM
SATURDAY MARCH 6 1:00 PM Virtual US launch
The UK's Chris Whitaker in conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan
Whitaker discusses We Begin at the End (Holt $27.99)
Excellent film news just arrived

"The UK's Whitaker, the award-winning author of Tall Oaks and All the Wicked Girls.  has upped his game with this emotionally charged page-turner. This is dramatic storytelling at its best, full of layers of intrigue and complex personalities. Whitaker's ravishing, pulse-raising suspense illuminates how we fall prey to our own fierce desires for connection."

This  #1 Indie Next Pick for March, set largely in 2005, examines the repercussions of a fatal accident decades earlier on the residents of Cape Haven, a tourist town on the California coast. At 15, Vincent King was sent to a men's prison for hitting and killing seven-year-old Sissy Radley while joyriding. Now, 30 years later, Vincent is being released. His childhood friend, Walker -- Cape Haven's police chief -- hopes that Vincent, and the town, can finally begin healing. But soon after Vincent's return, Star Radley, a single mother and Sissy's older sister, is found murdered in her home. With Vincent as the prime suspect, Chief Walker and Duchess, Star's 13-year-old daughter and self-proclaimed outlaw -- with the moxie of Harriet the Spy -- each launch their respective quests for the truth. 

"Powered by extraordinarily deep character development and an impressively intricate plot, this novel is simultaneously a murder mystery, a love story, and a heartbreaking tragedy. The existential agony is palpable throughout, but so, too, is the hope at the end. Whitaker has upped his game with this emotionally charged page-turner. This is dramatic storytelling at its best, full of layers of intrigue and complex personalities."
Lauren Willig with
Karen White
Beatriz Williams
Saturday 2:15 PM
Lauren Willig in conversation with Karen White and Beatriz Williams
Willig discusses Band of Sisters (Morrow $27.99)

Signed books available

Leave it to the imaginative and resourceful Willig to draw upon the real experiences of the Smith College Relief Unit--in World War I, a change up from the flood of WWII novels we are experiencing. 

"In 1917, Smith graduate Kate Moran joins fellow alumnus Emmie Van Alden to travel to France and help villagers whose lives have been upended by an earlier German occupation. The unit, composed of 17 women, resides in army barracks near an abandoned chateau in Grecourt, where they provide locals with food, medical care, and education. 

The villagers' lack of bare necessities is eye-opening for the Smith women, many of whom have led privileged lives. Kate, meanwhile, remains sensitive about her humble beginnings-she gained admission to Smith through a scholarship-and becomes upset when she discovers that Emmie paid for her trip to France. (Emmie had told her they were funded by donations from Smith alumnae). As the war rages on and the German army once again advances on Grecourt, Kate and Emmie's friendship grows stronger when they reveal their deepest insecurities to one another. Willig expertly uses historical details in her seamless, well-plotted tale. This will entice readers from the very first page."-PW, a review that says it as well as I can. 

This gem is a generous read at 500+ pages.
Britain's SJ Bennett
with Lesa Holstine
Monday 1:00 PM
MONDAY MARCH 8 1:00 PM Virtual US Book Launch
SJ Bennett in conversation with Lesa Holstine
Bennett discusses The Windsor Knot (Morrow $27.99)

Our March Cozy Crimes Pick of the Month

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted when a guest is found dead in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene suggests the young Russian pianist strangled himself, but a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play was involved. The Queen leaves the investigation to the professionals--until their suspicions point them in the wrong direction.

 Unhappy at the mishandling of the case and concerned for her staff's morale, the monarch decides to discreetly take matters into her own hands. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian and recent officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen secretly begins making inquiries while she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb. A great cast of characters and a wonderful sense of setting make a fun and entertaining read.

The Indie Next Pick says, As charmingly and convincingly portrayed by SJ Bennett, the Queen is an astute observer whose decades of experience serve her well in this role.
Graham Brown
(Clive Cussler)
National Book Launch
Monday 6:00 PM
MONDAY MARCH 8 6:00 PM National Book Launch
Graham Brown discusses Fast Ice (Putnam $29), his last full collaboration with Clive Cussler

Signed books available, short personalization requests due End of Day March 6 

In the "gripping 18th NUMA Files novel, climate expert Cora Emmerson, while doing research in Berlin, comes across references to a 1939 German expedition to Antarctica that discovered a lake heated by geothermal energy containing a strange green algae that seemed to cause water to rapidly freeze. 

Cora goes to Antarctica, where she collects ice core samples containing the algae. She alerts the National Underwater and Marine Agency, for which she once worked, that she has made a find that has the power to "remake the world." Weeks later, as Cora heads home, a vessel disguised as an iceberg crashes into her ship. Unknown attackers kill the crew and steal Cora's samples. Cora survives to join the subsequent investigation by NUMA's Kurt Austin and sidekick Joe Zavela, which leads them to Ryland Lloyd, an environmentalist who believes climate change actually benefits the planet in the long run. No surprise, Lloyd turns out to have a hidden agenda related to the ice. 

The suspense builds as the NUMA team races to avert global catastrophe. This is another classic Cussler action thriller."-PW.

Our March Paperback Picks
Deaver, Jeffery. The Goodbye Man
Griffin, Laura. Flight
Hamilton, Glen Erik. A Dangerous Breed
Hepworth, Sally. The Mother-In-Law
Lustbader, Eric Van. The Nemesis Manifesto
Paris, BA. Bring Me Back
Perkins, S C. Lineage Most Lethal
Sandford, John. Masked Prey
Shelton, Paige. Stolen Letter
De Castrique, Mark. Fatal Scores
Feeney, Alice. His and Hers
Jones, Stephen Graham. The Only Good Indians
Penman, Sharon Kay. The Land Beyond the Sea
Quinn, Kate. The Rose Code
Steinhauer, Olen. The Last Tourist
Viskic, Emma. Darkness for Light
Wrobel, Stephanie. Darling Rose Gold
Our March Books of the Month
Please remember: we read all the book club books BEFORE we select them for each month. No algorithms are at work here, just dedicated readers and  booksellers.

Email to join or with questions. It's never too late to sign up for an exciting mystery box. 

The Crime Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
Staples, Will. Animals
British Crime Book of the Month One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Griffiths, Elly. The Postscript Murders
Cozy Crimes Book of the Month One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Bennett, SJ. The Windsor Knot
Fantastic New Fiction Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
Cantor, Jillian. Half Life
First Mystery Book of the Month Club One Signed hardcover First per month
Andrews, Alexandra. Who Is Maud Dixon?
Historical Fiction Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
Penner, Sarah. The Lost Apothecary
International Crime Book of the Month One Unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Sten, Camilla. The Lost Village
SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month
One hardcover or paperback per month signed when possible
Neuvel, Sylvain.A History of What Comes Next
Our March Calendar

Elly Griffiths discusses The Postscript Murders (Houghton $25)
Our March British Crime Book of the Month
Arkady Martine in conversation with Pat King
Martine discusses A Desolation Called Peace (Tor $26.99)
Teixcalaan # 2
SATURDAY MARCH 6 1:00 PM Virtual US launch
The UK's Chris Whitaker in conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan
Whitaker discusses We Begin at the End (Holt $27.99)
Lauren Willig in conversation with Karen White and Beatriz Williams
Willig discusses Band of Sisters (Morrow $27.99)
Smith College women go to France in WWI
Signed books available
MONDAY MARCH 8 1:00 PM Virtual US Book Launch
SJ Bennett in conversation with Lesa Holstine
Bennett discusses The Windsor Knot (Morrow $27.99)
Our March Cozy Crimes Pick of the Month
MONDAY MARCH 8 6:00 PM National Book Launch
Graham Brown discusses Fast Ice (Putnam $29), his last full collaboration with Clive Cussler
Signed books available, short personalization requests due End of Day March 6

TUESDAY MARCH 9 1:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Donna Leon discusses Transient Desires (Grove $27)
Commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice
The purchase of the book is required to attend, or a $5.00 fee
To join by the $5.00 fee CLICK HERE

TUESDAY MARCH 9 5:00 PM Baseball!
Emily Nemens in conversation with John Shea and Larry Siegel
Nemens discusses The Cactus League ($17)
Shea discusses Willie Mays "24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid" and Rickey Henderson's autobiography "Off Base: Confessions of a Thief
Phillip Margolin discusses 
A Matter of Life and Death (St Martins $27.99)
Robin Lockwood legal thriller
Signed books available
Joel Rosenburg in conversation with Kyle Mills
Rosenburg discusses The Beirut Protocol (Tyndale House $27.99)
Military fiction

TIME CHANGE MARCH 14: from here all our events are PDT

MONDAY MARCH 15 5:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Harlan Coben discusses Win (Grand Central $29)
Signed books available
Australia's Candice Fox in conversation with Adrian McKinty
Fox discusses Gathering Dark  (Forge $27.99)
St. Patrick's Day Party
Carlene O'Connor discusses Murder in an Irish Bookshop (Kensington $27)
Irish Village Mystery #7
Signed books in stock

The Pen presents debut authors Julie Carrick Dalton, Nancy Johnson, Sarah Penner
Dalton discusses Waiting for the Night Song (Forge $26.99)
Signed books still available
Johnson discusses The Kindest Lie (Harper $27.99)
Signed bookplates available
Penner discusses The Lost Apothecary (Park Row $27.99), our March Historical Fiction Book of the Month
Signed books available

Mark De Castrique discusses Fatal Scores (Poisoned Pen $15.99)
Sam Blackman, Asheville, NC, private eye

Hardboiled Crime discusses discusses another story in Arnold Han's 3 Steps to Hell (Stark House $23.95)

SciFi Friday discusses Leigh Bardugo, The Ninth House ($17.99)
Croak & Dagger discusses John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold ($16)

SATURDAY MARCH 20 4:00 PM Virtual book launch
Lisa Scottoline' first historical, Eternal (Putnam $28),  set in WWII Rome
Signed books available

MONDAY MARCH 22 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Jacqueline Winspear discusses 
The Consequences of Fear (Harper $27.99)
Maisie Dobbs
And her Edgar nominated memoir, This Time Next Year Well Be Laughing (Soho $20)
Signed books available for both titles

Alma Katsu in conversation with Michael Koryta
Katsu discusses Red Widow (Putnam $27)
Signed books available

NOTE: We are scheduling an event with Dean Koontz in conversation with Michael Koryta, probably before or after Koryta's conversation with Katsu. Watch this space
Nicola Derobertis-Theye discusses The Vietri Project (Harper $27.99)
Signed bookplates available 

Australia's Sulari Gentill and Emma Viskic
Gentill discusses Shanghai Secrets (Poisoned Pen $15.99)
Rowland Sinclair
Viskic discusses Darkness for Light (Pushkin $14.95)
Deaf PI Caleb Zelic
Jillian Cantor in conversation with Nuala O'Connor
Cantor discusses Half Life (Harper $28)
Our March Fantastic New Fiction Book of the Month
Signed books available
O'Connor discusses
MONDAY MARCH 29 5:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Allison Brennan in conversation with JT Ellison
Brennan discusses Tell No Lies (Mira $27.99)
Ellison discusses Her Dark Lies (Mira $28.99)
Signed books available for both
MONDAY MARCH 29 6:15 PM National Book Launch
Will Staples discusses his fiction debut Animals (Blackstone $27.99)
Signed books available
Cara Black in conversation with Rhys Bowen
Black discusses Three Hours in Paris ($16.95)
Bowen previews her April novel The Venice Sketchbook (Lake Union $24.95/$14.95)
Signed books in April for Bowen
Ellen Crosby discusses The French Paradox (Severn $30)
Signed books available
Erica Ruth Neubauer discusses Murder at Wedgefield Manor (Kensington $26)
Signed books available

THURSDAY APRIL 1 Virtual Book Launch
Paula Munier in conversation with Margaret Mizushima
Munier discusses The Hiding Place (St Martins $27.99)
Signed books available

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominees

A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
These Women by Ivy Pochoda

The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Lakewood: A Novel by Megan Giddings
The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy, 1) by N. K. Jemisin
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (translator)
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