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Note: I'm afraid that our increasingly weekly email will suffer a slight interruptin in service next week as we leave for a long-anticipated vacation in the Outer Banks. No email Friday July 15 or 22.
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Our July Staff Picks are an excellent way to find some vacation reading for the upcoming months. Everything from cozy to thriller, suspense to humor and past to present can be found on our latest list.
With summer vacation, whether at home, at the beach or in the woods, what better entertainment for the whole family than a jigsaw puzzle. We've got a nice assortment of brand-new puzzles that brighten up your week or the whole summer.
Please note that we cannot send jigsaw puzzles by Media Mail and they are not therefore eligible for Free Shipping. We'll send them Priority or Parcel Post and charge you $4.50 shipping.
As a result of the tireless work of the Comma-kaze Squad, the June-July MLB News is now available in a new and improved version with 82% fewer typos. You can download it, in full color, from the website.
If you receive the News in the mail it went to the post office today.
After receiving hundreds of responses to our ebook survey and after many conversations both in person and via email with customers we've concluded that we simply must be in the ebook business.
We anticipate being able to sell you ebooks probably beginning sometime in August. We will be able to sell you ebooks if you have any sort of ereader other than a Kindle. Prices will be competetive with other online sellers.
We have further details of our plans as well as background information on various ebook alternatives on the website. Our thanks to the many customers who took the time to write to us about ebooks.
We welcome Thomas Kaufman back to MLB for a Coffee & Crime event on Saturday, July 9 at 10 am. Tom is here with the second of his novels to feature Washington DC investigator Willis Gidney, Steal the Show.
The author breakfast starts at 10 am and the cost of $5 includes continental breakfast, talk and signing. Reservations are essentiail.
Kathy Haines will celebrate publication of her new novel, The Girl Is Murder, on Saturday, July 9 at 2 pm.
We'll be opening an old-fashioned soda fountain, complete with root beer and cream soda, to mark the publication of Kathy's new mystery set in wartime New York and featuring teen sleuth Irish Anderson.
Be sure to stop by and pick up copies for yourself, your favorite teen and your library.
New Arrivals are full of July books including new titles by Lisa Lutz, James McClure, Kathryn Miller Haines, Gregg Hurwitz, Chris McEwan and many others.
Also just in, signed copies of Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich.
We expect loads more July books to arrive today and Monday so check back often.
Be sure to check our New Arrivals for the latest in new books on our shelves.
We've received a terrific assortment of New British imports this week with several new series for your enjoyment.
First up is The Missing,a debut by Jane Casey. A teenage girl has gone missing and it is her teacher, Sarah Fletcher, who finds her body in woods. Police suspicion is aroused because 16 years ealier Sarah's brother went missing and they believe she had a role in both cases. Casey followed up The Missing with The Burning which introduced the character of Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan who is on the trail of a serial killer.
Next, veteran Stephen Booth has a new book for DS Ben Cooper and DI Diane Fry who face off against a home invasion squad who are wreaking havoc in the district in The Devil's Edge.
Lastly, Mercy is the debut book in English by Jussi Adler-Olson and it introuduces Danish detective Carl Mork. Mork has just returned from duty after a shooting that left one colleague dead and another paralyzed. Needless to say, is attitutude towards his work is not positive. Through a series of political maneuvers he ends up the head (and sole detective) of a department for cold cases. The case he takes on is the disappearance of a prominent member of parliament who disappeared from a ferry crossing to Germany. A wonderful character, plenty of wry humor, terrific suspense--all the elements for a great read.
Also in a Scandinavian vein, The Killer's Art is Mari Jungstedts fourth book with Sweden's Inspector Anders Knutas.
Here's what you can find at www.mysterylovers.com:
We're over the 1,200 fan mark. How cool! Glad so many of you like to stop by our page. Check out the pictures from our wonderful Craig Johnson event, thanks to Steve Bucci, our official photographer.
Come visit us at facebook.com/mysterylovers where you can join the 1,211 folks who are already our fans.
Looks like summer may finally be here--ahh, time to read!
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
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