Tuesday, September 18, 2018

After Bouchercon 2018: Post Two, The Books, Authors Old and New

Although I did buy some books at Bouchercon this year, I actually kept it to a low number, which for me is ten and under.  That doesn't include the Dell Mapback collector books I bought.  I was quite lucky in the number of free books I gathered, and so many of them are ones I really want to read, soon.  Below are pictures of my two book boxes that the UPS service delivered, in the boxes and out.  I wanted to show the pictures of the books in the boxes because this particular group of UPS people did the best job I've ever seen of carefully packing my books.  It's like they actually respected them as the treasures we book lovers know them to be.  So, in talking about the books of Bouchercon 2018, here are the pictures of those I had sent home:

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #1, Unopened

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #1, Opened

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #2, Unopened

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #2, Opened

And, now a bit about the books I had shipped and the books I packed in my own suitcases, the books of Bouchercon 2018 for me.

There were the delights of those authors with whom I'm already familiar and love to read:

Elly Griffiths' The Stranger Diaries  (Thanks, Dom.  You know how I treasure this, your first standalone, which I already love.  I also took the latest Ruth Galloway book, The Dark Angel and a Stephens and Mephisto books, The Blood Card to be signed. )
Sara Blaedel's two recent U.S. publications of Louise Ricks series, The Stolen Angel and The Running Girl  (Completing the Louise Ricks currently available in U.S. now.  The Midnight Witness and The Drowned Girl are out later this year.)
Catriona McPherson's Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses (I'm trying to complete my collection of hardbacks in this series.  I mean, have you seen the awesome covers?)
Nancy Allen's collaboration with James Patterson, Juror #3 (Nancy's enthusiasm is always the best.)
Sarah Pinborough's Cross Her Heart (Thanks, Kristopher.)
Sara Paretsky's Shell Game  (Any book by Sara Paretsky is a great find.)
Lisa Unger's Under My Skin  (This October release has me intrigued.)
Lou Berney's November Road (So happy that there was a good supply of these for attendees. I've started this amazing book, and wow.)
Allen Eskins' The Shadows We Hide (Thrilled to snag one of these.)
Martin Edwards' Foreign Bodies (I purchased this in the book room and then forgot to get Martin to sign it.  Oh, those regrets we return home with.)
G.M Malliet's Weycombe (I haven't read this one by her yet, and I was lucky enough to run into her in the book room and get it signed.)
Hank Phillippi Ryan's Trust Me (I waited until Bouchercon to buy the hard copy, even though I'd already read it, loved it, and reviewed it.  I waited so I could get Hank to sign it.  Guess what didn't happen? Arghhh on me.)
Karen Dionne's The Marsh King's Daughter (Took my hardback there and remembered to get Karen to sign it.  Yay!)
Kristen Lepionka's The Last Place You Look (Took this hardback, too, to get signed.  Saw Kristen, didn't have the book with me.  Had the book with me, didn't see Kristen.  Sigh.)
Eleanor Cawood Jones' A Baker's Dozen (Bought there for Eleanor to sign.  Will try again.)
Anne Cleeland's Murder in Misdirection (The latest in the Doyle and Acton series, to which I'm addicted.)
Aimee Hix's What Doesn't Kill You (Had to get Aimee's amazing debut signed.)
Lucy Burdette's Death on the Menu (Managed to get my favorite Key West series latest book signed by Lucy/Roberta.)
Julia Spencer-Fleming's In the Bleak Midwinter (One of my treasure finds at Mystery Mike's in the book room was a first edition hardback of this book.)
Wendall Thomas' Lost Luggage (Wendall's debut book that I read as one of my before-Bouchercon-reads and had to have signed by Wendall.)

And, there are the delights of authors new to me whose books I brought home:

Jane Willan's The Shadow of Death (This Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn series has captured my attention.)
Lissa Marie Redmond's A Cold Day in Hell (I already have her The Murder Book due out in Feb. 2019 on pre-order.)
Abir  Mukherjee's A Rising Man (Sometimes performance on a panel can really impress.)
Ysra Sigurdardottir's Why Did You Lie and The Reckoning (I'm already familiar with Ysra, but I'm just getting to her books)
Ingrid Thoft's Identity (I've actually been trying to get to Ingrid's books, too, and when I saw this beautiful hardback of Identity, I had to have it.)
Liz Milliron's Root of all Evil (Thanks, Liz/Mary. This cover is one of my favorite of the year.) 
K.J. Howe's The Freedom Broker (Thanks, K.J.  One of the nicest people I met at Bouchercon 2018.)
Amy Stewart's Girl Waits with Gun (Amy and this series are not really new to me, but I haven't read the books yet, and I really want to. Why haven't I done this yet?)
Sherry Harris' I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sherry, I missed getting you to sign it.)
Clare O'Donohue's Beyond the Pale (Again, not a new author name, but new for me getting to her books.  This one looks so good.)
J.D. Allen's 19 Souls (I think I have this at home, but I didn't want to risk it when I had the opportunity to pick it up at Bouchercon.)

Then, there are the authors who will be new reads to me, but for whom I didn't receive the books there. 

A Gentleman's Murder by Christopher Huang (I briefly met Christopher and can only say that I wish I'd had a day to sit and talk with him. Ordered this book as soon as I got home.)
A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (How did I miss Paula?  Will be ordering this book.)
In Stangers' Houses by Elizabeth Mundy  (On a panel I attended and kept time for, sounds very interesting)
The Detective's Daughter (the Detective Daughter's series) by Lesley Thomson (Domenica de Rosa's/Elly Griffiths' fellow British author traveling with Dom and who, along with Dom, brightened every day for me.  I had ordered Lesley's first book in this series and took it to Bouchercon for her to sign it.) 
Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver (I suddenly realized I was talking to him at Aimee Hix's author table during the Librarians' Tea and at least got his beautiful author card.)
The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson (Meeting James was definitely one of the highlights of this Bouchercon, and I have to thank Kaye Wilkinson Barley for steering me in his direction with her love of his writing.)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

After Bouchercon 2018: Post One, In Search of Treasures

It is almost a week since Bouchercon 2018 closed up its books, and all we lovers and creators of mystery and crime stories said our fond farewells until we meet again, probably in a book venue over mystery and crime.  Today's post isn't my recap.  That will come in a couple of days.  This post is about my treasure hunt.  Each Bouchercon I try to find something in the Book Room that is special, maybe just special to me, but something outside the ordinary of my enthusiastic new book buying.  This year I had two special finds, and it should come as no surprise that Mystery Mike's was the vendor where I discovered my treasures.

I'm always on the hunt for first editions or even some second edition of books that I've loved to read, and I'm still trying to finish out replacing some paperbacks in favorite series with hardbacks.  I hit gold this year when my eyes fell upon a hardback of Julia Spencer-Fleming's first book in the Rev. Clare Fergusson  and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, a series I adore, and In the Bleak Midwinter was a first edition.  Woohoo and dance for joy!  But, my surprise didn't end there.  The book was already flat-signed, and when I asked Julia to add my name to the title page, she cautioned me that I might not want her to do that, that she had seen a first edition of it worth a pretty penny lately.  Did I mention that this hardback first edition of In the Bleak Midwinter was in mint condition?  Oh, dear Julia, thank you for your advice.  Here is a picture of this treasure:

My second find is actually a series of finds, something I had no idea existed.  In New Orleans, I bought a vintage pocket size Penguin book and loved it, so I wanted to try to find another one this year.  Again, at Mystery Mike's what drew my eye were several small tubs of vintage Dell paperbacks, small "pocket" size books started in production in 1942 and made in this small, convenient size that mimicked Dell's rival paperback publisher, Pocket Books.  In the front of one tub were some Agatha Christie's, and upon turning them over, there were these fabulous maps of either a room or a building or even St. Mary Mead's village.  I was beyond giddy.  I love maps in books, and maps, colorful and vintage, well, if I could have turned cartwheels I would have.  But, there weren't just Agatha Christie's in these magical tubs, I found several Margaret Millars and some others.  I bought them all!  All, that is, except for the one that was $100.  I decided that it was too expensive, but now I'm wishing that I'd splurged.  However, I am more than happy with the collection I now have sitting on my shelf.  I still have them in their plastic wraps, which is how they will probably stay.  I will no doubt at some point take them out and look at them, but for now, I want to keep my babies safe and undisturbed.  And, read to the end of this post, past my pics, to a couple of links to a fascinating article you won't want to miss on these vintage collectibles.  I think I have a new obsession.

All of the Dell Mapbacks I Bought, Fronts and Backs:

Just the Agatha Christie Mapbacks, Fronts and Backs:

The Non-Agatha Mapbacks, Fronts and Backs:

How lucky am I that J. Kingston Pierce just did a magnificent article on the Dell Mapbacks for CrimeReads, tracing their history and explaining the different kinds, which include Floor Plans, Birds-Eye View, and Regional Representations.  He includes great, clear illustrations of each kind, and I was excited to learn I had a copy of one, Made Up to Kill by Kelley Roos (pen name for husband and wife, Audrey Kelley and William Roos).  Here's the link to that fascinating article:


And, Pierce expands on the examples of the Mapbacks in his article on the blog Killer Covers, with pictures of fifteen additional mapbacks and their illustrators that didn't fit in the confines of the CrimeReads piece.   So, here is that link:


Thursday, August 30, 2018

September Book Releases: Find a Comfy Chair

September 2018

The Frangipani Tree by Ovidia Yu (Sept. 4th, print edition, Kindle is already out)
Cross Her Heart: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough (Sept. 4th)
In Her Bones: A Novel by Kate Moretti (Sept. 4th)
Solemn Graves (Billy Boyle WWII Mystery, #13) by James R. Benn (Sept. 4th)
The Man Who Came Upton by George Pelecanos (Sept. 4th)
An Act of Villany: An Amory Ames Mystery by Ashley Weaver (Sept. 4th)
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards (Sept. 6th)
Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen (Sept. 10th)
A Borrowing of Bones: A Mystery by Paula Munier (Sept. 11th)
Hitting the Books (A Library Lover’s Mystery, #9) by Jenn McKinlay (Sept. 11th)
Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit (A Kopp Sisters Novel) by Amy Stewart (Sept. 11th)
Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook (Sept. 11th)
Burning Ridge (Timber Creed K-9 Mystery, #4) by Margaret Mizushima (Sept. 11th)
Lethal White (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling (Sept. 18th)
Button Man by Andrew Gross (Sept. 18th)
Bess Crawford #10  (Sept. 18th)
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness (Sept. 18th)
Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy: How My Little Goats Taught Me Huge Lessons about Life by Leanne Lauricella (Sept. 18th)
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Sept. 18th, was out in UK in Feb. as The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)
A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery) by Jude Deveraux (Sept. 18th)
The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #4) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Sept. 18th)
Transcription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (Sept. 25th)
Treacherous is the Night (A Verity Kent Mystery, #2) by Anna Lee Huber (Sept. 25th)
Squirm by Carl Hiaasen (Children’s Book) (Sept. 25th)