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The book opens with a man standing in line to buy a shovel. He's going to use the shovel to dig a grave. Whose grave and why he's digging it will slowly be revealed in this marvelous novel that is one part pulpy noir and one part literary mystery.
If you're curious about the title it comes from one of the character's summarization of the essential noir plot: Plans go wrong, bad things happen, people die.
Cost of the Coffee & Crime event is $5 and reservations are essential.
We've just posted our June MLB Best Sellers so you can see what our customers have been reading over the past month.
Our hardcover bestsellers are topped this month by Karin Slaughter's Broken, the result of a wonderfully successful dinner, talk and signing at the end of the month. We had a sell-out crowd plus a bunch of fans who came by afterward.
Two books with virtual signings were numbers 2 and 3: The Whisper by Carla Neggers and Murder on Lexington Avenue by Victoria Thompson. In both cases the author's sent us signed copies and then promoted the availability via their email lists.
For the second month The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is on the hardcover bestseller list. The first two books in the trilogy are also on the trade paperback bestsellers as they have for I don't know how many months.
Trade paperback sales were led by local author Kathryn Miller Haines with When Winter Returns.
Sophie Hannah is a writer to watch as she gradually gains a US audience. The Wrong Mother landed her on the list. Her event at MLB was simply terrific. She is one of the most entertaining writers we've ever hosted. Fellow writer Nancy Pickard, sadly, didn't make it due to weather in Chicago.
Mass market paperback sales were led by a variety of MLB favorites including Denise Swanson, Elaine Viets and Julie Hyzy. Julie launched a new series with Grace Under Pressure featuring a woman who the curator of a historic home and museum.
Linda Castillo's powerful debut Sworn to Silence features Karen Burkholder the chief of police of a small town in the Ohio Amish country not far from Pittsburgh.
Lots more books to choose from in our June MLB Best Sellers. Please check it out.
New Arrivals for July are about done although we've started to see some early August arrivals. Here are a few:
Jane Haddam has a new one for Gregor Demarkian, the 24th in this series, Wanting Sheila Dead.
Lynn Shepherd turns Mansfield Park upsidedown in Murder at Mansfield Park n which Austen's Fanny Price becomes a spoiled heiress and a murder victim in a case that the transformed Mary Crawford will solve with the aid of a London thief taker.
Norwegian police inspector Konrad Sejer cracks another case in Karin Fossum's The Water's Edge.
New books arrive every day. Check our New Arrivals page often for everything new at MLB.
Here's what you can find at www.mysterylovers.com:
Get ready for summer reading
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
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