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The Private Eye Writers of America have announced the Shamus Nominees for 2010. This award for private eye novels is given in the categories of Best Novel, Best First and Best Paperback Original.
In an interesting sidelight we have nominations for Best Novel for Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini who are husband and wife. I think this is the first time that a married couple has had a face-off over a Shamus Award. If anyone knows of an earlier occurrence I'd be interested in hearing.
Marital competitiveness aside you'll find an interesting assortment of titles in the Shamus Nominees for 2010 among them perhaps some authors you'd like to try.
The winners will be announced during Bouchercon Oct. 15.
If you'd like a peek at what our customers were reading during the previous month then the MLB Best Sellers for August is the place to go.
In a first for our list we've got the same book atop both the hardcover and trade paperback lists. This distinction goes to one-time local author Dennis Palumbo who's debut Mirror Image was published simultaneously in both formats. At his publication party we had a complete sell out of both editions putting him at number 1 for hardcovers and number 2 for trade paperback.
For trade paperbacks Dennis was beaten out by The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford due to a book club buy. This book has garnered considerable praise and quite a following among book clubs with the tale of a friendship between a Japanese-American and an Anglo before and during WW II.
Signed books by Laura Lippman and Carl Hiaasen showed up on top-selling hardcovers along with Victoria Thompson and Nancy Martin.
You'll find the complete list at MLB Best Sellers for August.
We're so happy that Jennifer Crusie will be back at MLB on Friday, September 24 at 7 pm. She'll be talking about and signing her hilarious new novel Maybe This Time. Her first book written without a collaborator in six years the new one is a return to the funny, romantic and sweet novels that first endeared us to Jenny. Better yet, this one has a few ghosts to spice up the mix.
Give us a call or email to let us know if you'll be joining us for a fun evening.
We're pleased to announce that John Sandford will be visiting MLB on Sunday September 26 for a talk and signing at 2 pm. He'll be here with his latest Virgil Flowers novel Bad Blood.
We're holding the event at the Oakmont Carnegie Library and tickets are $5.
Our spectacular September wraps up on the very last day of the month with Louise Penny on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 pm. Louise will make her very first US stop for her new book, Bury Your Dead, at MLB and we're already expecting a very full house.
Louise is the author of a splendid series of mysteries beginning with Still Life that feature Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec along with his ensemble of police colleagues. For the most part the books take place in the village of Three Pines although this new book takes place in Quebec City and includes a good bit of fascinating local history.
The Louise Penny talk and signing will take place in the store and is free. Please email or call 412-828-4877 if you can attend.
If you can't make it we'll be happy to get you a signed copy (personalized if you wish) of Bury Your Dead.
Once again we've received a bonanza of British titles. Here are some highlights:
We've got several new Edward Marston titles. The Silver Locomotive Mystery is the latest in his Victorian railroad detective series. The King's Evil is a newly available reissue of the first of his Restoration-era mysteries with architect Christopher Redmayne.
We mentioned previously the British editions of Jack Kerley's mysteries with Mobile, Alabama cop Carson Ryder. We've received editions of the first three books starting with The Hundredth Man along with Blood Brother and In the Blood which are the fourth and fifth never published in the US.
Finally, a new Charlie Priest book by Stuart Pawson: A Very Private Murder.
New Arrivals of US titles also include some popular authors including Mary Anna Evans with two Faye Longchamp books, a new Icelandic mystery from Arnaldur Indridason and a paperback of Christopoher Fowler's latest Bryant and May mystery
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:
Come visit us at facebook.com/mysterylovers where you can join the 830 folks who are already our fans. We've got some comments about Tuesday's wonderful event with violinist and author Gerald Elias.
Fall evenings are coming--get your TBR pile ready
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
Did we mention that we won a Raven Award?
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