Wednesday, December 31, 2008

An end of an era



Dear loyal readers,


As I look out my window today at the Oxford store at 4:15 pm on December 31, 2008 I see a beautiful if extremely breezy Tred Avon riverscape, and a brilliant setting sun. I also realize that at this minute my husband is shutting the door of Mystery Loves Company in Baltimore for the very last time. Author and crime scene specialist John French was in to say goodbye in Baltimore. He reminded us that he was our first customer in August 1991 and was to be one of our last customers today. Louise Titchener came by with a bottle of bubbly and chocolate for tonight's festivities. It is with a very heavy heart and with many fond memories that we leave Baltimore where we have sold books on Fleet Street (as in "Demon Barber of") in Fells Point for 17+ years.
We have held many "launches" of wonderful mystery series (John's, Tim's, Louise's, Jack's, Laura's, Sujata's and George's) to mention a few, unpacked and shelved thousands of books, sold hundreds of copies of our 100 best mysteries and Chesapeake authors, made tea for hundreds of happy fans of visiting authors, and placed hundreds of kibble in bowls for our store cats Nick and Nora. We also think of those who are no longer with us, who worked long and hard hours to help us do all those wonderful things -- Maurice Simmons, Sue Feder, and Paige Rose. I thank Dotty and Sammi and Tom as well. Please remember them fondly. I do.

The time, however had come to leave Baltimore and continue our life on our beautiful Eastern Shore. We hope you will come and see us in 340 year-old Oxford and our fabulous renovated bank building location. The serene surroundings, and great food and lodging will make you linger long after you purchased your books.

Thank you again for supporting our independent bookstore. We hope to see you soon in Oxford or online at http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/
Happy New Year,
Kathy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Signed first editions make great gifts

Happy Holidays from Mystery Loves Company
Don't forget, we specialize in signed books. They make great presents. Recent ones include DEAD MAN DANCING by Marcia Talley, SIX GEESE A SLAYING by Donna Andrews, WHEN MEMORIES LIE by Deborah Crombie, HARDLY KNEW HER, and WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman, and WHITE NIGHTS by Ann Cleeves. We have signed copies of Chesapeake Crimes I, II, and III. We also have signed copies of older books by Elizabeth Peters, George Pelecanos, Ed McBain, and many, many others. Contact us at mysterylovescompany@gmail.com

Code, Author, Title, Date, Price

bremitts
Brett, Simon, Murder in the Title
1983
$16.00
bremitts2
Brett, Simon, Murder in the Title
1983
$16.00
bresasds
Brett, Simon, Sicken and So Die
1995
$25.00
bresomu
Brett, Simon, Series of Murders
1989
$23.00
brestras
Brett, Simon, Situation Tragedy
1981
$20.00
brestras2
Brett, Simon, Situation Tragedy
1981
$20.00
brestts
Brett, Simon, Shock to the system
1985
$20.00
broeotas
Browne, Marshall, Eye of the Abyss
2002
$23.95
broeotas2
Browne, Marshall, Eye of the Abyss
2002
$23.95
browhots
Brown, Sandra, White Hot
2004
$25.95
browlois
Browne, Marshall, Wooden leg of Inspector Anders
2001 , trade paperback
$12.95
burbangs
Burke, James Lee, Burning Angel
1995 , F/F in mylar
$45.00
burcjuks2
Burke, James Lee, Cadillac Jukebox
1996
$27.00
burcross
Burke, James Lee, Cimmarron Rose
1997
$24.95
burdcjas
Burke, James Lee, Dixie City Jam
1994
$55.00
burhears
Burke, James Lee, Heartwood
1999
$24.95
burhears2
Burke, James Lee, Heartwood
1999
$24.95
burpcans
Burke, James Lee, Purple Cane Road
2000
$24.95
burpcros
Burke, James Lee, Purple Cane Road
2000
$24.95
camillls
Campbell, Robert, In La-La Land We Trust t
1987, Inscribed F/F in mylar
$15.95
canhtmys
Cannell, Dorothy, How to Murder your mother in law
1994
$19.95
canhtmys2
Cannell, Dorothy, How to Murder your mother in law
1994
$19.95
cargravs
Carlson, P. M., Gravestone
1993
$25.00
caubsans
Caunitz, William, Black Sand
1989, F/F in mylar
$18.95
caucgols
Caunitz, William, Cleopatra Gold
1993, F/F in mylar
$20.00
cauecles
Caunitz, William, Exceptional Clearance
1991 F/F in mylar
$20.00
caupigs
Caunitz, William, Pigtown
1996, F/F in mylar
$23.95
caussoms
Caudwell, Sarah, Sirens Sang of Murder
1989, book club w/ jacket fair
$15.00
caususs
Caunitz, William, Suspects
1986, F/F in mylar
$16.95
chedcics
Chesbro, George, Dark Chant in a Crimson Kay
1992
$25.00
chiblats
Child, Lee, Bad Luck and Trouble
2007 Anthony nomination
$26.00
cocbacks
Cockey, Tim, Backstabber
2004
$21.95
cocmihds
Cockey, Tim, Murder in the Hearse Degree
2003
$19.95
coethuns
Coel, Margaret, Thunderkeeper
2001
$22.95
cogigams
Coggins, Mark, Immortal Game
1999
$25.00
cogigams
Coggins, Mark, Immortal Game
1999
$25.00
cohdroos
Cohen, Nancy, Dead Roots
2005
$20.00
conaappps2
Conant, Susan, Creature Discomforts
$22.95
conaapps
Conant, Susan, Animal Appetite
1997
$21.95
concbls
Connelly, Michael, Concrete Blond
1994
$40.00
conccoms
Conant, Susan, Creature Discomforts
$22.95
conctdrs
Connelly, Michael, Chasing the Dream
2002
$23.95
condmtls
Connelly, Michael, Darkness More than Light
2001
$28.00
condmtls2
Connelly, Michael, Darkness More than Light
2001
$28.00
conkkins
Connolly, John, Killing Kind
contmuss
Connelly, Michael, Trunk Music
1997
$30.00
coorohes
Cook, Troy47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers
corglims
Corcoran, Tom, Gumbo Limbo
1999
$25.95
couehous
Coulter, Catherine, Eleventh Hour
2002
$24.95
couehous2
Coulter, Catherine, Eleventh Hour
2002
$24.95
couhbays
Coulter, Catherine, Hemlock Bay
2001
$24.95
cradangs
Crais, Robert, Demolition Angel
2000
$24.95
cradangs2
Crais, Robert, Demolition Angel
2000
$24.95
craislas
Crais, Robert, Indigo Slam
1997
$22.95
craislas2
Crais, Robert, Indigo Slam
1997
$22.95
cretwghs
Crespie, Camilla, Trouble with Going Home
1995, F/F/ in mylar
$22.00
cretwtis
Crespie, Camilla, Trouble with Thin Ice
1993, F/F in mylar
$23.00
crirrbas
Crider, Bill, Ryan Rides Back
1988
$25.00
crobbets
Crosby, Ellen, Bordeaux Betrayal
2008
$25.00
crocchas
Crosby, Ellen Chardonnay Charade
2007
$24.00
crocchas2
Crosby, Ellen, Chardonnay Charade
2007
$24.00
crommurs
Crosby, Ellen, Merlot Murders
2006
crowmlis
Crombie, Deborah, Where Memories Lie
2008 , F/F
$24,95
crowmlis2
Crombie, Deborah, Where Memories Lie
2008, F/F
$24.95
curcjuks
Burke, James Lee, Cadillac Jukebox
1996
$27.00
dambitts
Dams, Jeanne, Body in the Transept
1995
$29.00
dambitts2
Dams, Jeanne, Body in the Transept
1995
$29.00
damdilrs
Dams, Jeanne, Death in Lacquer Red
1999
$22.95
damdotcs
D'Amato, Barbara, Death of a 1000 cuts
2004
$24.95
damggtvs
Dams, Jeanne, Green grow the victims
2001
$23.95
damkapps
D'Amato, Barbara, Killer App
1996
$22.95
damksils
Damron, Carla, Keeping Silent
2001
$23.95
damrwabs
Dams, Jeanne, Red, White and Blue Murder
2000
$23.95
damtpips
Dams, Jeanne, To Perish in Penzance
2001
$23.95
damvivss
Dams, Jeanne, Victim in Victoria station
1999
$23.95
danbgbls
Dancer, Rex, Bad Girl Blues
1994
$25.00
davhofes
Davis, Dorothy Salisbury, Habit of Fear
1987
$25.00
davtcoos
Davidson, Daine Mott, Tough Cookie
2000
$23.95
dawwtbas
Dawson, Janet, Where the bodies are buried
1998
$23.50
dawwtes
Dawson, Jane, Witness to evil t
1997
$21.95
deacdans
Deaver, Jeffrey, Coffin Dancer
1998
$25.00
deaechas
Deaver, Jeffrey, Empty chair
2000
$25.00
deakotis
DeAndrea, William, Killed on the ice
1984
$22.95
deamgras
Deaver, Jeffrey, Maiden's Grave
1995
$22.95
deamgras2
Deaver, Jeffrey, Maiden's Grave
1995
$22.95
diebuacs
Dietz, Denise, Beat up a cookie
1994
$19.95
diecalcs
Dietz, Denise, Chain a lamb Chop
2005
$25.95
diefcfys
Dietz, Denise, Fifty cents for your soul
2002
$24.95
diefcfys2
Dietz, Denise, Fifty cents for your soul
2002
$24.95
doostras
Doolittle, Jerome, Stranglehold
1991
$31.00
dortjuis
Dorsey, Tim, Torpedo Juice
2005
$24.95
doucidds
Douglas, Carole N. Cat in diamond dazzle
1996
$30.95
douciis
Douglas, Carole N, Cat in Indigo Mood.
1999
$27.95
douciis2
Douglas, Carole N., Cat in Indigo Mood
1999
$27.95
doucikcs
Douglas, Carole N. Cat in Kiwi con
2000
$26.95
doucinns
Douglas, Carole N., Cat in a neon nightmare
$24.95
douciqcs
Douglas, Carole N., Cat in Quicksilver caper
2006
$19.95
doucirrs
Douglas, Carole N, Cat in Red Rage
2007
$24.95
doucnois
Douglas, Carole N., Chapel Noir
2001
$27.95
doumlpds
Douglas, Carole N, Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives.
1998
$27.95
dunbwak
Dunning, John, Bookman's wake
1995, 3rd print, jacket 1 inch tear
$22.00
duncous
Dunlap, Susan, Cop out
1997
$22.00
dundats
Dunlap, Susan, Death and Taxes
1992
$23.95
dundawcs
Dunn, Carola, Death at Wentwater Court
1994
$19.95
dunhfals
Dunlap, Susan, High Fall
1994
$23.95
duntdjbs
Dunn, Carola, To Davy Jones Below
2001
$22.95
dymdobms
Dymmoch, Michael, Death of Blue Mountain Cat
1006, shelf worn jacket
$22.95
dymdobms
Dymmoch, Michael, Death in West Wheeling
2006
$24.95
dymfals
Dymmoch, Michael, The Fall
2004
$23.95
dymffris
Dymmoch, Michael, Feline Friendship
2003
$23.95
dymidess
Dymmoch, Michael, Incendiary Designs
1998
$22.95
dymmias
Dymmoch, Michael, M.I.A.
2008
$24.95
dymwtigs
Dymmoch, Michael, White Tiger
2005
$24.95
eardads
Early, Jack, Donato and Daughter
1988
$35.00
earrazzs
Early, Jack, Razzamataz
1985, cover one inch tear
$40.00
ecclotps
Eccles, Marjorie, Late of this parish
1994
$23.00
edwdods
Edwards, Grace, Do or die
2000
$22.95
ehrariss
Ehrman, Kit, At risk
2002
$24.95
ehrcburs
Ehrman, Kit, Cold Burn
2005
$24.95
eidobths
Eidson, Bill, One bad thing
2000
$24.95
elkiclus
Elkins, Aaron, Icy Clutches
1990
$35.00
elkmiqas
Elkins, Aaron, Murder in the Queens Armes
1985
$250.00
emefdaws
Emerson, Kathy L., Face down across western sea
2002
$22.95
emefduws
Emerson, Kathy L., Face down under Wychelm
2000
$24.00
emefsbrhs
Emerson, Kathy L., Face down before Rebel Hooves
2001
$25.95
eritpsis
Erickson, K.J., Third Person Singular
2001
$24.95
estkotcs
Estleman, Loren, King of the Corner
1992
$25.00
estwrivs
Estleman, Loren, Whisky River
1990
$30.00
evaarts
Evans, Mary Anna, Artifacts
2003
$24.95
evarelis
Evans, Mary Anna, Relics
2005
$24.95
evarelis
Evans, Mary Anna, Relics
2005
$24.95
evarelis2
Evans, Mary Anna, Relics
2005
$24.95
evattnis
Evanovich, Janet, To the Nines
2003
$25.95
faibblos
Fairstein, Linda, Bad Blood
2007
$26.00
faibblos2
Fairstein, Linda, Bad Blood
2007
$26.00
farmaas
Farrell, Gillian, Murder and a muse
1994
$25.95
fawimprs
Fawer, Adam, Improbable
2005
$24.95
ferflis
Ferrigno, Robert, Flinch
2001
$24.00
fespogus
Fesperman, Dan, Prisoner of Guantanamo
2006
$25.00
fespogus2
Fesperman, Dan, Prisoner of Guantanamo
2006
$25.00
fessbogrs2
Fesperman, Dan, Small Boat of great sorrows
2003
$25.00
fessbogs
Fesperman, Dan, Small Boat of great sorrows
2003
$25.00
fifbstus
Fiffer, Sharon, Buried stuff
2004
$23.95
fifdgst
Fiffer, Sharon, Dead Guy's stuff
2002, book club ed.
$15.00
fifkstus
Fiffer, Sharon, Killer stuff
2001
$23.95
fifwstus
Fiffer, Sharon, Wrong stuff
2003
$24.95
fitzracts
Fitzhugh, Bill, Radio Activity
2004
$23.95
flodipas
Flora, Kate, Death in Paradise
1998
$28.00
flodipas2
Flora, Kate, Death in Paradise
1998
$28.00
frowibhs
Frommer, Sara, Witness in Bishop Hill
2002
$23.95
fyfdsles
Fyfield, Frances, Deep Sleep
1991, book club ed.
$10.00
garsfams
Gardner, John, Secret Families
1989, jacket mall tear
$25.95
gasvlgams
Gash, Jonathan, Very Last Gambado
1990
$40.00
bremitts
Brett, Simon, Murder in the Title
1983
$16.00
bremitts2
Brett, Simon, Murder in the Title
1983
$16.00
bresasds
Brett, Simon, Sicken and So Die
1995
$25.00
bresomu
Brett, Simon, Series of Murders
1989
$23.00
brestras
Brett, Simon, Situation Tragedy
1981
$20.00
brestras2
Brett, Simon, Situation Tragedy
1981
$20.00
brestts
Brett, Simon, Shock to the system
1985
$20.00
broeotas
Browne, Marshall, Eye of the Abyss
2002
$23.95
broeotas2
Browne, Marshall, Eye of the Abyss
2002
$23.95
browhots
Brown, Sandra, White Hot
2004
$25.95
browlois
Browne, Marshall, Wooden leg of Inspector Anders
2001 , trade paperback
$12.95
burbangs
Burke, James Lee, Burning Angel
1995 , F/F in mylar
$45.00
burcjuks2
Burke, James Lee, Cadillac Jukebox
1996
$27.00
burcross
Burke, James Lee, Cimmarron Rose
1997
$24.95
burdcjas
Burke, James Lee, Dixie City Jam
1994
$55.00
burhears
Burke, James Lee, Heartwood
1999
$24.95
burhears2
Burke, James Lee, Heartwood
1999
$24.95
burpcans
Burke, James Lee, Purple Cane Road
2000
$24.95
burpcros
Burke, James Lee, Purple Cane Road
2000
$24.95
camillls
Campbell, Robert, In La-La Land We Trust t
1987, Inscribed F/F in mylar
$15.95
canhtmys
Cannell, Dorothy, How to Murder your mother in law
1994
$19.95
canhtmys2
Cannell, Dorothy, How to Murder your mother in law
1994
$19.95
cargravs
Carlson, P. M., Gravestone
1993
$25.00
caubsans
Caunitz, William, Black Sand
1989, F/F in mylar
$18.95
caucgols
Caunitz, William, Cleopatra Gold
1993, F/F in mylar
$20.00
cauecles
Caunitz, William, Exceptional Clearance
1991 F/F in mylar
$20.00
caupigs
Caunitz, William, Pigtown
1996, F/F in mylar
$23.95
caussoms
Caudwell, Sarah, Sirens Sang of Murder
1989, book club w/ jacket fair
$15.00
caususs
Caunitz, William, Suspects
1986, F/F in mylar
$16.95
chedcics
Chesbro, George, Dark Chant in a Crimson Kay
1992
$25.00
chiblats
Child, Lee, Bad Luck and Trouble
2007 Anthony nomination
$26.00
cocbacks
Cockey, Tim, Backstabber
2004
$21.95
cocmihds
Cockey, Tim, Murder in the Hearse Degree
2003
$19.95
coethuns
Coel, Margaret, Thunderkeeper
2001
$22.95
cogigams
Coggins, Mark, Immortal Game
1999
$25.00
cogigams
Coggins, Mark, Immortal Game
1999
$25.00
cohdroos
Cohen, Nancy, Dead Roots
2005
$20.00
conaappps2
Conant, Susan, Creature Discomforts
$22.95
conaapps
Conant, Susan, Animal Appetite
1997
$21.95
concbls
Connelly, Michael, Concrete Blond
1994
$40.00
conccoms
Conant, Susan, Creature Discomforts
$22.95
conctdrs
Connelly, Michael, Chasing the Dream
2002
$23.95
condmtls
Connelly, Michael, Darkness More than Light
2001
$28.00
condmtls2
Connelly, Michael, Darkness More than Light
2001
$28.00
conkkins
Connolly, John, Killing Kind
contmuss
Connelly, Michael, Trunk Music
1997
$30.00
coorohes
Cook, Troy47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers
corglims
Corcoran, Tom, Gumbo Limbo
1999
$25.95
couehous
Coulter, Catherine, Eleventh Hour
2002
$24.95
couehous2
Coulter, Catherine, Eleventh Hour
2002
$24.95
couhbays
Coulter, Catherine, Hemlock Bay
2001
$24.95
cradangs
Crais, Robert, Demolition Angel
2000
$24.95
cradangs2
Crais, Robert, Demolition Angel
2000
$24.95
craislas
Crais, Robert, Indigo Slam
1997
$22.95
craislas2
Crais, Robert, Indigo Slam
1997
$22.95
cretwghs
Crespie, Camilla, Trouble with Going Home
1995, F/F/ in mylar
$22.00
cretwtis
Crespie, Camilla, Trouble with Thin Ice
1993, F/F in mylar
$23.00
crirrbas
Crider, Bill, Ryan Rides Back
1988
$25.00
crobbets
Crosby, Ellen, Bordeaux Betrayal
2008
$25.00
crocchas
Crosby, Ellen Chardonnay Charade
2007
$24.00
crocchas2
Crosby, Ellen, Chardonnay Charade
2007
$24.00
crommurs
Crosby, Ellen, Merlot Murders
2006
crowmlis
Crombie, Deborah, Where Memories Lie
2008 , F/F
$24,95
crowmlis2
Crombie, Deborah, Where Memories Lie
2008, F/F
$24.95
curcjuks
Burke, James Lee, Cadillac Jukebox
1996
$27.00
dambitts
Dams, Jeanne, Body in the Transept
1995
$29.00
dambitts2
Dams, Jeanne, Body in the Transept
1995
$29.00
damdilrs
Dams, Jeanne, Death in Lacquer Red
1999
$22.95
damdotcs
D'Amato, Barbara, Death of a 1000 cuts
2004
$24.95
damggtvs
Dams, Jeanne, Green grow the victims
2001
$23.95
damkapps
D'Amato, Barbara, Killer App
1996
$22.95
damksils
Damron, Carla, Keeping Silent
2001
$23.95
damrwabs
Dams, Jeanne, Red, White and Blue Murder
2000
$23.95
damtpips
Dams, Jeanne, To Perish in Penzance
2001
$23.95
damvivss
Dams, Jeanne, Victim in Victoria station
1999
$23.95
danbgbls
Dancer, Rex, Bad Girl Blues
1994
$25.00
davhofes
Davis, Dorothy Salisbury, Habit of Fear
1987
$25.00
davtcoos
Davidson, Daine Mott, Tough Cookie
2000
$23.95
dawwtbas
Dawson, Janet, Where the bodies are buried
1998
$23.50
dawwtes
Dawson, Jane, Witness to evil t
1997
$21.95
deacdans
Deaver, Jeffrey, Coffin Dancer
1998
$25.00
deaechas
Deaver, Jeffrey, Empty chair
2000
$25.00
deakotis
DeAndrea, William, Killed on the ice
1984
$22.95
deamgras
Deaver, Jeffrey, Maiden's Grave
1995
$22.95
deamgras2
Deaver, Jeffrey, Maiden's Grave
1995
$22.95
diebuacs
Dietz, Denise, Beat up a cookie
1994
$19.95
diecalcs
Dietz, Denise, Chain a lamb Chop
2005
$25.95
diefcfys
Dietz, Denise, Fifty cents for your soul
2002
$24.95
diefcfys2
Dietz, Denise, Fifty cents for your soul
2002
$24.95
doostras
Doolittle, Jerome, Stranglehold
1991
$31.00
dortjuis
Dorsey, Tim, Torpedo Juice
2005
$24.95
doucidds
Douglas, Carole N. Cat in diamond dazzle
1996
$30.95
douciis
Douglas, Carole N, Cat in Indigo Mood.
1999
$27.95
douciis2
Douglas, Carole N., Cat in Indigo Mood
1999
$27.95
doucikcs
Douglas, Carole N. Cat in Kiwi con
2000
$26.95
doucinns
Douglas, Carole N., Cat in a neon nightmare
$24.95
douciqcs
Douglas, Carole N., Cat in Quicksilver caper
2006
$19.95
doucirrs
Douglas, Carole N, Cat in Red Rage
2007
$24.95
doucnois
Douglas, Carole N., Chapel Noir
2001
$27.95
doumlpds
Douglas, Carole N, Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives.
1998
$27.95
dunbwak
Dunning, John, Bookman's wake
1995, 3rd print, jacket 1 inch tear
$22.00
duncous
Dunlap, Susan, Cop out
1997
$22.00
dundats
Dunlap, Susan, Death and Taxes
1992
$23.95
dundawcs
Dunn, Carola, Death at Wentwater Court
1994
$19.95
dunhfals
Dunlap, Susan, High Fall
1994
$23.95
duntdjbs
Dunn, Carola, To Davy Jones Below
2001
$22.95
dymdobms
Dymmoch, Michael, Death of Blue Mountain Cat
1006, shelf worn jacket
$22.95
dymdobms
Dymmoch, Michael, Death in West Wheeling
2006
$24.95
dymfals
Dymmoch, Michael, The Fall
2004
$23.95
dymffris
Dymmoch, Michael, Feline Friendship
2003
$23.95
dymidess
Dymmoch, Michael, Incendiary Designs
1998
$22.95
dymmias
Dymmoch, Michael, M.I.A.
2008
$24.95
dymwtigs
Dymmoch, Michael, White Tiger
2005
$24.95
eardads
Early, Jack, Donato and Daughter
1988
$35.00
earrazzs
Early, Jack, Razzamataz
1985, cover one inch tear
$40.00
ecclotps
Eccles, Marjorie, Late of this parish
1994
$23.00
edwdods
Edwards, Grace, Do or die
2000
$22.95
ehrariss
Ehrman, Kit, At risk
2002
$24.95
ehrcburs
Ehrman, Kit, Cold Burn
2005
$24.95
eidobths
Eidson, Bill, One bad thing
2000
$24.95
elkiclus
Elkins, Aaron, Icy Clutches
1990
$35.00
elkmiqas
Elkins, Aaron, Murder in the Queens Armes
1985
$250.00
emefdaws
Emerson, Kathy L., Face down across western sea
2002
$22.95
emefduws
Emerson, Kathy L., Face down under Wychelm
2000
$24.00
emefsbrhs
Emerson, Kathy L., Face down before Rebel Hooves
2001
$25.95
eritpsis
Erickson, K.J., Third Person Singular
2001
$24.95
estkotcs
Estleman, Loren, King of the Corner
1992
$25.00
estwrivs
Estleman, Loren, Whisky River
1990
$30.00
evaarts
Evans, Mary Anna, Artifacts
2003
$24.95
evarelis
Evans, Mary Anna, Relics
2005
$24.95
evarelis
Evans, Mary Anna, Relics
2005
$24.95
evarelis2
Evans, Mary Anna, Relics
2005
$24.95
evattnis
Evanovich, Janet, To the Nines
2003
$25.95
faibblos
Fairstein, Linda, Bad Blood
2007
$26.00
faibblos2
Fairstein, Linda, Bad Blood
2007
$26.00
farmaas
Farrell, Gillian, Murder and a muse
1994
$25.95
fawimprs
Fawer, Adam, Improbable
2005
$24.95
ferflis
Ferrigno, Robert, Flinch
2001
$24.00
fespogus
Fesperman, Dan, Prisoner of Guantanamo
2006
$25.00
fespogus2
Fesperman, Dan, Prisoner of Guantanamo
2006
$25.00
fessbogrs2
Fesperman, Dan, Small Boat of great sorrows
2003
$25.00
fessbogs
Fesperman, Dan, Small Boat of great sorrows
2003
$25.00
fifbstus
Fiffer, Sharon, Buried stuff
2004
$23.95
fifdgst
Fiffer, Sharon, Dead Guy's stuff
2002, book club ed.
$15.00
fifkstus
Fiffer, Sharon, Killer stuff
2001
$23.95
fifwstus
Fiffer, Sharon, Wrong stuff
2003
$24.95
fitzracts
Fitzhugh, Bill, Radio Activity
2004
$23.95
flodipas
Flora, Kate, Death in Paradise
1998
$28.00
flodipas2
Flora, Kate, Death in Paradise
1998
$28.00
frowibhs
Frommer, Sara, Witness in Bishop Hill
2002
$23.95
fyfdsles
Fyfield, Frances, Deep Sleep
1991, book club ed.
$10.00
garsfams
Gardner, John, Secret Families
1989, jacket mall tear
$25.95
gasvlgams
Gash, Jonathan, Very Last Gambado
1990
$40.00

Monday, December 1, 2008

Art Guild of Oxford Sale and Show a Hit


Hi,

We have added an art show to our bookstore in Oxford MD at 202 S. Morris Street. Our fabulous Art Guild of Oxford opened its show at our Oxford store the day after Thanksgiving with fifty pieces of art in various media. The opening attracted nearly one hundred visitors. The show and sale continues until Dec 31, 2008.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kathy's Favorite Reads of 2008

Dear Readers,
Here are my favorite reads for 2008 in no particular order. I'd love to hear from you.
Kathy
Mystery Loves Company
www.mysterylovescompany.com


The Likeness by Tana French
White Nights by Ann Cleeves
Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
Roanoke by Margaret Lawrence
Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason
Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin
Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Delvarva Review


Dear all,

Yesterday we hosted a reading and reception of the Delmarva Review authors and poets.

The photo taken at our Oxford store at 202 S. Morris Street in Oxford MD includes myself and six writers from the Review's inaugural issue, and two Reviewboard members (John Elsberg, editor of Bogg literary magazine, and MalaBurt, managing editor of the Review).
From Left to Right: You, Gary Hanna (Delaware), Sue Ellen Thompson (Oxford),David Foster (Oxford), John Elsberg (Virginia), J. Wesley Clark (Annapolis),Kelley Katharine Malone (Easton), Gail Comorat (Delaware), and Mala Burt(St. Michaels).

We have very few of the initial issue, but there will be more next year. The deadline for submissions and criteria are located at their web site http://www.delmarvareview.com/

Best,

Kathy

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Baltimore store closing; Oxford store to remain open

Dear ones,
PS: don't miss the 25% off sale Baltimore store only.
(A special note from Kathy Harig, owner of Mystery Loves Company bookstores).

On December 31, 2008 after much deliberation, Mystery Loves Company will consolidate its business and close its store in Baltimore at 1730 Fleet Street which we opened in 1991.
The Oxford store which has been extremely successful will continue to be open year round at 202 S.Morris Street in Oxford (410-226-0010) featuring mysteries, Chesapeake books and local authors.
Personal Customer Service - We will continue to accept special orders, answer mysterious questions, give book advice and give personal service to our loyal customers around the country via phone, fax, and email or through our secure, full service web site www.mysterylovescompany.com
Monthly Newsletter - We will continue to send out our monthly six page catalog/newsletter via email or snail mail as well as frequent updates on our blog www.mysterysalon.com
Radio Broadcasts - We will continue our weekly broadcast at WCEI radio Fridays at 96.7fm.
Author events - We will continue to take a major role in serving the Baltimore Washington and Eastern Shore area with mystery author events and special projects, as well as appearances at malice domestic in may and the Baltimore Book Festival in September. We will continue to feature and showcase our talented local authors with signings in the Oxford store and at other venues such as schools, libraries, festivals, community centers and other venues.
Reading Groups - We will continue to support local reading groups with 20% their book purchases.
Relationships with Special Groups - Our special event relationship will continue with the three local Brandeis University library groups, the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and the chesapeake chapter of Sisters in Crime. In February 2009 we will be the dealer for the Bay to Ocean writers conference at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD.
Credit and Gift Certificates - Those who have credit or a gift certificate with us, can either use the credit by December 31, 2008 at the Baltimore store, continue the credit and use it at our Oxford store or at www.mysterylovescompany.com, or receive a check for the full amount.
Baltimore Only Sale - November 1, 2008 we will begin a 25% off sale of our stock in the Baltimore store only. More information about the sale will be available at our blog and on our web site and on the store answering machine. If you have particular books you would like us to search our Baltimore inventory for, call 410-276-6708 during our hours posted on the answering machine or email us at mysterylovescompany (at) gmail.com
If you haven't experienced the serenity and beauty of our Oxford store, now's the time to visit our beautiful waterfront town which celebrates its 340th anniversary in 2009. We promise you Eastern Shore hospitality and a great little book store.
Finally, we appreciate all of our truly loyal Baltimore authors & customers. We have loved serving you in Fells Point. We hope we can continue to deserve your loyal support. We have experienced many satisfying and unique experiences, and have been proud of our reputation for supporting local mystery authors.
If you have any questions please call 410-226-0010 in Oxford, 410-276-6708 in Baltimore or email us @ mysterylovescompany (at) gmail.Com
Once again, thank you for making Mystery Loves Company in Fells Point such a wonderful experience for these seventeen years.
Hope to see you soon in Oxford.
Best,
Kathy

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ann Cleeves pre-Bouchercon event & B'Con

Hi.
Just a reminder about the great event we are co-hosting at the Enoch Pratt Central Library 400 Cathedral Street Tuesday evening October 7 at 6:30 pm. Ann Cleeves is the award-winning British author of the Shetland Islands' mysteries Raven Black and White Nights. We will be selling her books following a fun presentation with four suspects and you as the sleuth. Don't miss it. Here are all the details:
http://www.prattlibrary.org/calendar/atpratt.aspx?id=24270

Please stop by and see us at Bouchercon. Here's a preview in the Howard County Times
http://www.explorehoward.com/events-entertainment/11880/get-clue/

and one in the Examiner Blog. Thanks, Robin
http://wwww.examiner.com/x-1007-Baltimore-Book--Blog-Examiner~y2008m10d2-Mysterious-Baltimore

Then if that weren't enough you can go to www.charmedtodeath.com to see all the mayhem to be had in Baltimore this week.

Don't forget to come to the store.

www.mysterylovescompany.com

Mysteriously yours,
Kathy


Mysteriously yours.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Favorite author @NBF Hear podast

One of my favorite authors Peter Robinson, recently did a podcast for the National Book Festival September 27, 2008. If you missed it, you can hear Peter interviewed at http://www.loc.gov/podcasts/bookfest08/podcast_robinson.html

Peter will also be attending Bouchercon http://www.charmedtodeath.com/ ,
signing his new book FRIEND OF THE DEVIL and talking about his next book ALL THE COLORS OF DARKNESS to be released in the US February 2009. Peter says in the podcast this next Banks novel is even darker than FRIEND.

Hope to see you all at Bouchercon, and let us know if you cannot attend and would like signed copies from any of the 422 authors attending this year in Baltimore.

Best,
Kathy @ MLC
http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tom Bonsall memorial service

Hi,
Kevin Lowery asked me to remind you that Baltimore author Tom Bonsall's memorial service will be on September 20th at 11a.m. At St. John's Huntingdon, 3009 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218. Tom was a writer of many works of non-fiction and won the Malice Domestic prize for his mystery. Tom also frequently attended Mystery Writers of America meetings and the Malice Domestic convention in May.
--Kathy

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Activities in Oxford





I promised in my monthly newsletter that I would have a great picture of Oxford to entice you you come to three upcoming Oxford Events. This was taken from the dock behind our store during last year's Oxford regatta by author Donna Andrews.





Saturday, August 9 is The Oxford Regatta and Artists in the Park. The artists will be selling art to benefit the Oxford Heritage efforts for our 340th anniversary from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The regatta, of course will be on the Tred Avon behind our Oxford store. We will be assisting the authors by selling Oxford T-shirts to benefit the cause.




Saturday August 16 Mystery Loves Company hosts author Ellen Crosby as she signs her third Virginia wine mystery THE BORDEAUX BETRAYAL from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Ellen will have Virginia wine to share.




Saturday, September 21 is the Oxford Ice Cream Social in Town Park overlooking the Tred Avon.




More information can be found on http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/ .



Hope to see you there.


Kathy










Monday, July 28, 2008

ANN CLEEVES SIGNING


Although we are busy preparing to be dealers at Bouchercon in October, we couldn't turn down a chance to meet and co-sponsor a signing with Ann Cleeves, British crime author and winner of last year's most prestigious award The Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for her mystery RAVEN BLACK.




On Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 pm, at the Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St. Baltimore MD, Ann signs her newest Shetland mystery WHITE NIGHTS featuring Detective Jimmy Perez. "Raven" was about darkness and winter, and the Viking festival on the islands. "White" is about light and the long summer days that turn into white nights when the sun never sets. In this one Jimmy and his artist friend investigate the strange occurrences at a gallery opening. They go back to the past of the gallery owner and her folk music legend son. If you don't schedule a trip to the Shetlands after reading Ann's books, you are immune to atmosphere in a crime novel.



Please email us at mysterylovescompany at gmail dot com to order a copy of WHITE NIGHTS signed or personalized.

We're just thrilled she's coming to Baltimore.


To see all the other Bouchercon events October 9-12, 2008 see http://www.charmedtodeath.com/

Happy Summer reading,

Kathy

Monday, June 30, 2008

JULY AUTHOR EVENTS IN OXFORD




Hi,



Just a reminder that we have two fab author events in at our Oxford MD store at 202 S. Morris St 410-226-0010 in July:



Saturday, July 12 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm we have Ellen Byerrum signing her new Crime of Fashion mystery featuring Lacey Smithsonian ARMED AND GLAMOROUS. Lacey signs up for private eye school to augment her dead end job as a fashion critic in DC. We'll be serving yummy refreshments and wine.

Saturday July 19 from 1:00 p 3:00 pm award-winning author Donna Andrews returns to Oxford to sign her humorous Meg Langslow mystery COCKATIELS AT SEVEN. Meg and her new husband become parent early when a toddler is dropped off at their doorstep by a friend of Meg's. When the mom doesn't return, Meg has a missing person and a toddler and, did we mention, a flock of cockatiels on her hands. As always, you'll be entranced by her crazy extended family.
You can pre-order these and any in print mystery from us.
Hope to see you in Oxford.
Happy Fourth of July reading.
Kathy


Saturday, June 28, 2008

MARCIA TALLEY'S DEAD MAN DANCING



Marcia Talley informs us that her newest Hannah Ives mystery Dead Man Dancing will published in the fall 2008 from Severn House in hardback. You can, of course, pre-order the book from us and have it signed and personalized. Just email us at mysterylovescompany at gmail.com

Here's what Marcia has to say about Dead Man Dancing:

"Hannah Ives knows what it means to be a survivor, but will ballroom dancing be the death of her?

Driving a wedge between Ruth and her fiancĂ©, Hutch, is not what Hannah intends when she recommends J & K Dance Studios to her sister. Ruth is determined to shine on her wedding day, but when Kay Giannotti, the svelte, stunning half of J & K, floats across the floor to greet Hutch with a kiss, it’s clear this isn’t the first time they’ve met. Setting jealously aside, Ruth dazzles the instructors with her footwork, and Jay Giannotti charms the couple into auditioning for Shall We Dance?, a TV talent show.Then Ruth is sidelined by a brutal attack, and Hutch is partnered with Melanie, whose deafness is no bar to success.

The couple is waltzing to a win, until a ruthless killer turns the competition into a blood sport. Hannah steps in, and the dancing gets down and dirty. Jealous partners, pushy mothers, brats in rhinestones, hired thugs … will Hannah discover who is capable of murder before the final tango?"

Thanks Marcia. We can't wait to read the book.

That's all for now.
Happy summer reading from Kathy at Mystery Loves Company
www.mysterylovescompany.com

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Souls on Fire Author John French

Hi,
Here's what John French, Baltimore CSI expert extraordinaire says about his collection of Gray Monk stories Souls on Fire that have just been published:

"Written with a nod to the pulp tradition of The Shadow, Souls on Fire tells of one man's violent crusade for justice and of the cost to him and those around him." Thanks for posting it. John
.
John has written many short stories published in several anthologies as well as a novel
The Devil in Harbor City.

All are available at Mystery Loves Company, 1730 Fleet St., Baltimore MD 21231.
1-800-538-0042.

Be well,
Kathy

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Gray Monk by Baltimore's John French


Dear all,

John French is an old friend of ours at Mystery Loves Company and has a new collection of his short stories called "Souls on Fire" about The Gray Monk, a Shadow like figure who solves crimes outside the "system."

Here's a photo from the cover. We'll have John tell us something about his book next.

The book is available on our web site www.mysterylovescompany.com for $16.00 or by emailing us at mysterylovescompany at gmail .com


Best and Happy Father's day

Kathy

Monday, June 2, 2008

Chesapeake Crimes 3 launch

Here is the notice about the CC3 launch from Barb prez of Sisters in Crime -Chesapeake:

LAUNCH OF CHESAPEAKE CRIMES 3
Friday, June 6, 2008
Event runs from 7-9 pm. Doors open at 7 pm.
The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda MD 20815301-654-8664.

You are cordially invited to the official launch of CHESAPEAKE CRIMES 3, the third installment in the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes mystery series. This anthology features 15 short stories, most by chapter authors, and all set in the Chesapeake Bay region. At the launch party, the authors will discuss the murder and mayhem in their stories. We'll save plenty of time at the end for questions, answers and mingling. Booksellers from Mystery Loves Company will be on hand to sell, and the authors will be available to sign, copies of CHESAPEAKE CRIMES 3. Co-editor Donna Andrews will moderate. Admission is free.
Anthology authors are: Mary Ann Corrigan, Carla Coupe, Meriah Crawford, Barb Goffman, Sasscer Hill, Mary Ellen Hughes, K. B. Inglee, Peggy Jaegly, Clyde Linsley, C. Ellett Logan, G. M. Malliet, Carolyn Mulford, Jayne Ormerod, Shelley Shearer, and Marcia Talley. Most are expected to attend.
Wine and cheese will be served. To ensure we have enough, please let us know if you (and friends) plan to attend. RSVPs requested by May 29th to Sandy Balintfy (301-949-6446 or sandy_balintfy@hotmail.com) though late RSVPs and walk-ins are welcome.
**** Note: The location (as well as time and date of this event) has changed from information previously published on the chapter website. ****

DIRECTIONS: From DC: North on Wisconsin Ave. into Maryland. Pass Bradley Blvd. Make 2nd Right onto Walsh St.

From Baltimore, Silver Spring and East: South on 95 to 495. West on 495 to Conn. Ave. South on Conn. to Bradley (Rte 191). Turn Right. Go about 1 mile. Right onto Wisconsin Ave. Go two blocks. Right on Walsh St.

From 270: South on Wisconsin Ave. Cross East-West Hwy (Rte 410). Go 5 blocks. Left on Leland. Just after Gaylord's Lamps, right into parking lot. Go as far south as possible in lot.
From Potomac & VA Beltway: East on River Rd toward Washington. Left on Goldsboro Road. At end, Right on Bradley Blvd. Drive about 1 mile. Left on Wisconsin Ave. 2nd Right on Walsh St.

Parking: Public parking lot directly across street from Writer's Center. Meters effective Mon-Fri, 9 am-10 pm & strongly enforced. Metered street parking is also available.

By Metro: Red Line to Bethesda station, exit via elevator. Right (south) on Wisconsin Ave. Cross Wisconsin (east side). Walsh Street less than 10-minute walk on left.

You can order the book signed by emailing me at mysterylovescomany(at )gmail.com

Thanks and see you there,
Kathy
http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Anthony nominations

Hi and happy summer,
Here are the Anthony nominations to be awarded @ the Baltimore Bouchercon October 9 - 12, 2008.

Best Novel:
James Lee Burke-Tin Roof Blowdown- Simon and Schuster
Lee Child – Bad Luck and Trouble Delacorte Press
Robert Crais- The Watchman Simon and Schuster
William Kent Krueger-Thunder Bay Atria
Laura Lippman – What the Dead Know William Morrow

Best First Novel:
Sean Chercover- Big City, Bad Blood William Morrow
Tana French- In the Woods Viking Adult
Lisa Lutz-The Spellman Files Simon and Schuster
Craig MacDonald- Head Games Bleak House Books
Marcus Sakey- The Blade Itself St. Martin Minotaur

Best Paperback Original:
Megan Abbott- Queenpin Simon and Schuster
Ken Bruen and Jason Starr – Slide Hard Case Crime
David Corbett- Blood of Paradise Ballantine Books
Robert Fate- Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues Capital Crime Press
P.J. Parrish- A Thousand Bones Pocket

Short Story:
Rhys Bowen- Please Watch Your Step- (The Strand Magazine-Spring 07)
Steve Hockensmith-Dear Dr. Watson- (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Toni L. P. Kelner - How Stella Got her Grave Back - (Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner) for Ace Hardcover
Laura Lippman- Hardly Knew Her - (Dead Man’s Hand edited by Otto Penzler) for Harcourt
Daniel Woodrell -Uncle – (A Hell of A Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir edited by Megan Abbott) for Busted Flush Press

Critical Work:
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley Penguin
The Essential Mystery Lists Compiled by Roger Sobin Poisoned Pen Press
The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction – Patrick Anderson Random House
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction- Christiana Gregoriou Palgrave MacMillan

Special Services:
Jon and Ruth Jordan- Crime Spree Magazine
Ali Karim- Shotz Magazine
Maddy Van Hertbruggen- 4MA
Sarah Weinman- Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
Judy Bobalik- for being one of the best friends and supporters of mystery writers anywhere

Web Site:
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind- Sarah Weinman
Rap sheet/January Magazine –J Kingston Pierce
Murderati – A Writer’s Blog
Stop You’re Killing Me-Stan Ulrich & Lucinda Surber
Crime Fiction Dossier- David Montgomery

Good luck to all,
Best,
Kathy

Friday, May 2, 2008

Edgar Winners are announced

Hi,
Last night May 1, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in NYC The Mystery Writers of America announced the Edgar winners:
They are:
BEST NOVEL: John Hart for DOWN RIVER
BEST FIRST NOVEL: Tana French for IN THE WOODS
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL: Megan Abbott for QUEENPIN
BEST CRITICAL/ BIOGRAPHICAL: Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley for ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
BEST SHORT STORY: Susan Straight for "The Golden Gopher" L. A. NOIR

Read all the award winners and Sarah Weiman's first ever live blog from the Edgar Award Celebration @http://mysterywriters.org/?q=blog

Congratulations to all,

Best,
Kathy Harig
Mystery Loves Company

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Agatha Awards announced

We’re back from Malice Domestic and here are the Agatha Award Winners 2008.
Congratulations to all!

BEST NOVEL: Louise Penny, Fatal Grace (St. Martins)

BEST FIRST NOVEL: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Prime Crime (Harlequin)

BEST NON-FICTION: Dan Stashower, Arthur Conan Doyle (Penguin)

BEST CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT: Sarah Masters Buckey, Light in the Cellar (American Girl)

BEST SHORT STORY: Donna Andrews, “A Rat’s Tale” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], September/October 2007)

Will post the Edgars when they are announced.
Best,
Kathy

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Germantown event April 16

Hi,
Just wanted to clarify an event that will be taking place Wednesday, April 16 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the MCPL Germantown branch 19840 Century Blvd in Germantown MD. It is co-sponsored with the Montgomery College Library. Featured speakers are Donna Andrews, Marcia Talley, Dan Stashower and Ellen Crosby. For more information visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/libraries/BranchInfo/gt.asp
Mystery Loves Company will be selling books at this event. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

ELLEN CROSBY'S NEWEST WINE MYSTERY




On Saturday August 16, 2008 from 2-4pm. Ellen will be visiting our Oxford Maryland store, 202 S. Morris St, for a wine and cheese event and signing of her new paperback of Chardonnay Charade and new hardback of Bordeaux Betrayal. Come to the beautiful waterfront town of Oxford and spend the afternoon with Ellen discussing wine mysteries set in Virginia. Read more at www.ellencrosby.com
Call us at 410-226-0010 if you would liek to order signed copies.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Reminder Laura @ Spoons


Just a reminder of the location of the Laura Lippman signing next week "Have Latte with Laura Lippman" Tuesday, March 11, 8:30am at Spoons Coffeehouse, 24 E. Cross Street in Baltimore. Mystery Loves Company will be selling books. If you need copies signed or personalized, give us a heads up before then @ mysterylovescompanyatgmaildotcom. You can also order direct at http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/

IRISH MYSTERIES AND MYSTERY WRITERS

Here, as promised is my list of IRISH MYSTERIES AND MYSTERY WRITERS.
(Representative Title or Series Character) Series characters are in italics
Compiled 2008, Revised 3/06/08 Kathy Harig-Mystery Loves Company Booksellers
http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/
Let me know if I left off your fave.
Happy St. Patrick's Day,
Kathy

Adcock, Thomas - Drown All the Dogs
Allen, Liz - Deborah Parker, Solicitor
Baker, Keith - Inheritance
Banville, John - Freddie Montgomery
Bateman, Colin - Divorcing Jack
Black, Benjamin - Quirke
Black, Ingrid - Saxon and Grace Fitzgerald
Bowen, Rhys - Molly Murphy
Brady, John - Sgt. Matt Minogue
Bringle, Mary - Man in Moss Colored Trousers
Bruen, Ken - Jack Taylor
Collins, Michael/ Dennis Lynds - Dan Fortune
Connolly, John - Charlie "Byrd" Parker
Crofts, Freeman Wills - Insp. Joseph French
Daniel, Mark - Ireland and Horses
Deere, Dicey - Torrey Tunet
DuBois, Theodora - Shannon Terror
Dublin Noir - Ken Bruen ed., Various authors
Edwards, Ruth Dudley - Robert Amiss & Jack Troutbeck
Eickhoff, Randy Lee - Fallon's Wake
Faherty, Terence - Owen Keane
Fallon, Ann C. - James Fleming
Gill, Bartholomew - Chief Insp. Peter McGarr
Great Irish Stories of Murder & Mystery - ed. Peter Haining
Greeley, Andrew - "Blackie" Ryan & Nuala Ann McGrail
Hamilton, Lyn - Celtic Riddle
Hart, Erin - Nora Gavin & Cormac Maguire
Higgins, Jack - Dougal Munro & Jack Carter; Liam Devlin; Nick Miller; Sean Dillon
Hughes, Declan - Ed Loy
Keating, H.R.F. - Insp. Ghote & DCI Harriet Martens
Kiely, David - Angel Tapes
Lehane, Con - Irish-Am. Bartender McNaulty
McEldowney, Eugene - Stone in the Heart
McGinley, Patrick - Trick of the Ga Bolga
McInerny, Ralph - Andrew Broom & Father Roger Dowling
McKinty, Adrian - Hidden River
Murder Most Celtic, by Greenberg - Various Authors
Murder Most Irish - ed. by Ed. Gorman- Various Authors
O'Marie, Sister Carol Ann - Sister Mary Helen
Petit, Chris - Psalm Killer
Pim, Sheila - Her Irish Gardening Mysteries
Sansom, Ian - Case of the Missing Books
Seymour, Gerald - Journeyman Tailor
Tremayne, Peter - Sister Fidelma
Trocheck, Kathy H. - Irish Eyes
Yeats is Dead - Joseph O'Connor, ed. - Various Authors

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Agatha Award Nominees Announced!

The Nominees for Agatha Awards-Malice Domestic XX have been announced. Winners will be announced April 26, 2008 at the Malice Domestic XX. Congratulations to all nominees. If you would like signed copies of any of these books, please contact Mystery Loves Company www.mysterylovescompany.com before April 15th. MLC will be dealers at the Malice Domestic XX Convention. For more details about the Con please see http://www.malicedomestic.org/

BEST NOVEL
THE PENGUIN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH Donna Andrews, St. Martin's Minotaur
HER ROYAL SPYNESS Rhys Bowen, Penguin Group
HARD ROW Margaret Maron, Grand Central Publishing
A FATAL GRACE Louise Penny, St. Martin's Minotaur
MURDER WITH RESERVATIONS Elaine Viets, NAL

BEST FIRST NOVEL
A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH Charles Finch, St. Martin's Minotaur
A REAL BASKET CASE Beth Groundwater, Five Star
SILENT IN THE GRAVE Deanna Raybourn, Mira
PRIME TIME Hank Phillippi Ryan, Harlequin

BEST NON-FICTION
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: A LIFE IN LETTERS Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley, Penguin Press
THE OFFICIAL NANCY DREW HANDBOOK Penny Warner, Quirck Productions

BEST SHORT STORY
"A RAT'S TALE" Donna Andrews, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sept/Oct, 2007
"PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP" Rhys Bowen, The Strand Spring, 2007
"CASINO GAMBLE" Nan Higginson, Murder New York Style. L & L Dreamspell
"DEATH WILL CLEAN YOUR CLOSET" Elizabeth Zelvin, Murder New York Style. L & L Dreamspell

BEST CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT
A LIGHT IN THE CELLAR Sarah Masters Buckey, American Girl
BRAVO ZULU, SAMANTHA! Kathleen Benner Duble, Peachtree Publishers
COVER-UP: MYSTERY AT THE SUPER BOWL John Feinstein, Knopf (Random House)
THE FALCONER'S KNOT Mary Hoffman Bloomsbury, USA Childrens' Books
THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS R.L. LaFevers, Houghton Mifflin

Happy Reading,
Kathy
Mystery Loves Company Booksellers

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fesperman makes CNN "Flight Reading"

Hi,
Just noticed that Baltimore crime writer Dan Fesperman's newest offering THE AMATEUR SPY has made it on CNN's recommended list for Flight Reading when your plane has been delayed.
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/fsb/0802/gallery.flight_reading.fsb/2.html
But we don't recommend you wait until your plane is delayed to open it.
Way to go, Dan
Kathy

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Follow up to Ben Schutz obit

A wonderful 1996 photo appeared in the February 17 Washington Post with an appreciation of D.C. author Ben Schutz by JoAnn Goslin entitled "Ugliness He Saw Inspired empathy in Writing, Life." The article is terrific, but the photo is to die for. Pictured in crime writer shades are:Benjamin M . Schutz, Jan Adkins,James Grady, Mark Olshaker, John Weisman, David Corn and George Pelecanos. See for yourself @
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/16/AR2008021602357.html

Such great talent all in one photo. The Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area is truly blessed with crime writers.

Long may Chesapeake crime writers rule!
Kathy

Latte with Laura Lippman @ Spoons

Come have Latte with Laura Lippman March 11, 8:30am at Spoons Coffeehouse, 24 E. Cross Street in Baltimore. Mystery Loves Company will be selling books. If you need copies signed or personalized, give us a heads up before then @ mysterylovescompanyatgmaildotcom. You can also order direct at http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/
Laura sends the following precis about her newest--ANOTHER THING TO FALL.

"P.I. Tess Monaghan collides -- literally -- with Hollywood on the Patapasco when she blunders into a shot early one morning. She has no interest in life behind-the-scenes on a television show, but the executive producer is adamant that he needs her for security. He's right: It's not long before someone is killed at the production office. Unfortunately, as Tess discovers, these Hollywood types lie for fun and profit. "

That's all for now,
Kathy

Monday, February 18, 2008

Andy Straka at Mystery Writers of America

Andy Straka will be the speaker at Mystery Writers of America chapter dinner on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., March 11, at Embassy Suites@ Chevy Chase Pavilion, Chevy Chase, MD. Mystery Loves Company will be there selling books.

Andy sends the following about his new book RECORD OF WRONGS, in which he "takes a hiatus from his popular Pavlicek series in RECORD OF WRONGS, a brisk, page-turner in which a former college security guard, freed from prison after DNA exoneration, balks when asked to join in a search for the real killer by the white mother of the student he was convicted of raping and murdering."

If you would like one personalized and can't attend let us know @ mysterylovescompanyatgmaildotcom

Leighton Gage - Blood of the Wicked

Valentine's Day 2008 Leighton Gage dropped by Mystery Loves Company to chat about his debut novel, "The Blood of the Wicked", a mystery set in Brazil. Recognition includes a star in Library Journal and a very favorable mention in The New York Times. Leighton writes from the tour: "Thanks to you and Tom for giving me such a warm reception at Mystery Loves Company. I loved your shop, loved the neighborhood, and loved the material you gave me about Poe’s last days. I’m also going to take your advice and visit the Oxford area the next time I’m in Maryland." Sample the first chapter of "Wicked" on his website: http://www.leightongage.com/ You can order Leighton's book at http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/

Friday, February 8, 2008

Leighton Gage event 2/14/08

I wanted you to know that author Leighton Gage will do a drive by stock signing at our Baltimore store 1730 Fleet Street around noon on Valentine's Day February 14, 2008. Leighton will be signing BLOOD OF THE WICKED (Soho Press) a mystery revolving around the death of a Brazilian bishop. Federal policeman Mario Silva does the investigating. But the crux of the material is about the cultural divide, even war, between those with land and those without. We hope you can join us and meet Leighton. We'll try to have the appropriate Brazilian coffee brewed. Let us know if you would like to have signed copies.

Take care,
Kathy

Hot books on a winter's day

It is a brilliant winter day here on the banks of the Tred Avon River in Oxford. We have had a run in Oxford, even before St. Patrick's Day, I might add, on Patrick Taylor's two wonderful books AN IRISH COUNTY DOCTOR and AN IRISH COUNTRY VILLAGE. Most think they are crosses between ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL and Jan Karon's books.

We're giving you a heads up on three big books for March:

THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING by Joshilyn Jackson is an astonishing book about ghosts in suburban Georgia and other skeletons that families try to hide. The style is extremely personal and mesmerising. On a moonlight night, Laurel, sees a ghost of her daughter's friend at the foot of her bed. She is taken by the ghost to her own backyard swimming pool and the girl's dead body. The very eclectic family rallies round to support one another in their grief. But soon the story takes on a whole new pace, as secrets, elderly family members , and an unreal town called DeLop surface. The writing goes from hysterically funny to chilling in a sentence. I was up all night finishing it. I was privileged recently to hear the author read from her work, which made the book that much more personal. Ms. Jackson is a talent to be reckoned with.

FRIEND OF THE DEVIL by Peter Robinson. Peter is my favorite author. There, I have said it. My favorite book is IN A DRY SEASON. So when another Robinson is due, I get very excited. For some reason the book's American release has been delayed until February 26, 2008. This one has two cases and two detectives Bank and Annie Cabot. I can't wait.

AN INCOMPLETE REVENGE by JacquelineWinspear. Due to a slump in business in London, Maise Dobbs, private eye, is happy to have a case in a small town in Kent. Billy Beale, her employee, and his family are helping out with the hops harvest near the town. The fortunes of the Beale family and her own personal relationships entwine. But soon she suspects a very dark secret about the town. Mysterious fires and a murder occurs and a member of the gypsy community helping with the harvest is accused. As always, Maisie's relationships with her father, her former employer and fellow employees during the Great War figure prominently in the story.

As always you can order online from www.mysterylovescompany.com

Enjoy,
Kathy

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Oxford Countdown 2/05/08

Many of you know I have a weekly radio program on WCEI fm 96.7 http://www.wceiradio.com/morningshow.html where I announce our Oxford store weekly bestsellers and give recommendations on what to read next. Here is this week's list.

AT NUMBER 5 IS THE PALE HORSE BY DELAWARE AUTHOR CHARLES TODD. A MURDER IN THE COUNTRY BRINGS SCOTLAND YARD DETECTIVE IAN RUTLEDGE TO A SMALL DESOLATE TOWN WHERE THE RESIDENTS HAVE SECRETS WORTH HIDING.

LIFE IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BY THE LIPPSONS IS OUR NUMBER 4 BOOK. THIS WONDERFUL BOOK EXPLORES ALL THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE BAY.

SUE GRAFTON GIVES US OUR NUMBER 3 BOOK -- T IS FOR TRESPASS FEATURING SLEUTH KINSEY MILHONE.

OUR NUMBER 2 BOOK IN OXFORD THIS WEEK IS BODINE'S CHESAPEAKE BAY COUNTRY. A PICTORIAL WONDER OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS ABOUT EVERYTHING CHESAPEAKE BY THE MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY A. AUBREY BODINE.

FINALLY AT NUMBER 1 IS THE BIRTH OF VENUS BY SARAH DUNANT. A RENAISSANCE PAINTER IS SMITTEN WITH THE DAUGHTER OF A CLOTH MERCHANT.

THREE NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK ARE THE QUEST BY WILBUR SMITH, PART OF HIS EGYPTIAN SERIES IN PAPERBACK, AND SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY FEATURING LADY JULIA GREY BY DEANNA RAYBOURN.

WANT TO GET IN THE POLITICAL MOOD? TRY THE HISTORY BUFF'S GUIDE TO THE PRESIDENTS BY THOMAS FLAGEL.

You can find all of these and more at http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/

Happy Super Tuesday, Kathy

Friday, February 1, 2008

PASSINGS

Mysteryland lost three dear souls in January, Margaret Truman, Ed Hoch and Virginia author Benjamin Schutz.
Margaret Truman may or may not have written her Capital Crimes novels. Expert Jon Breen says it was Donald Bain. But she is credited with loving mysteries, as was her mother, the First Lady, Bess Truman. We'll see if Margaret left a "trunk of manuscripts" as Elliott Roosevelt did. You can read Mr. Breen's thoughts on the Truman and Roosevelt matters @
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/001/886tuxmk.asp?pg=1

Ed Hoch was a giant in the field of the mystery short story with close to one-thousand written. With his white tuft of hair, and beaming face, he was easily spotted at mystery conventions and equally revered by mystery writers and readers. I last saw him at the Edgars Banquet in 2007. I remember sitting next to Stephen Saylor at an earlier Edgars Banquet in 1993 when Stephen won the Robert L. Fish Award for short story writing. I asked him if all novelists could write a short story. Stephen thought that short stories were another genre entirely, and not easily written by every novelist. Edward Hoch surely knew his craft. Enjoy yourself with an Edward Hoch story today.

Finally, we come to Ben Schutz, a member of the local DC metro writers scene for many years, and the Shamus and Edgar winner for his DC mysteries featuring P.I. Leo Haggerty. The reason I was in New York in 1993 at all was that Ben invited Paige Rose and me to sit at his table at the Edgars. That night his short story "Mary, Mary, Shut The Door" won the Edgar. A forensic psychologist, Schutz was very much at home in the criminal mind. His books were riveting and sometimes disturbing. His recent lecture at The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MWA was thought-provoking and insightful. His was a great talent and it was a even greater pleasure to have known him.
Mysteriously yours,
Kathy
Question: Do you read (buy) mystery anthologies? What do you like about the medium of the short story. What is your favorite short story?

SUGGESTIONS FOR PLEASURABLE READING

It is a really rainy day and you need a book to read. Well I am here to help with two historical mysteries.
First there's ANATOMY OF DECEPTION by Lawrence Goldstone ($24.00) A corpse of a young woman baffles the doctors and interns in a morgue of a Philadelphia hospital. One intern believes that he knows the woman’s identity and that many of the others knew her too, but realizes her death could ruin their reputations. So begins a wonderfully engaging, suspenseful medical mystery set at the beginnings of the modern age of medicine. Its main characters are well-known to students of medicine and art in Philadelphia and Baltimore including famed surgeon Dr.William Osler, co-founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital William Stewart Halsted, and artist Thomas Eakins. Goldstone has created a mystery as compelling as THE ALIENIST. It will be interesting to see the reaction to this book in Baltimore. The book was painstakingly researched and Goldstone made use of Dr. Osler’s works and papers. Highly Recommended.

Coming February 26, 2008 is A FLAW IN THE BLOOD ($24.00) by Stephanie Barron. This one I have been waiting to tell you about since I read a review copy ages ago. A man and a female doctor are hounded by the security forces of Queen Victoria in the suspenseful historical mystery with a real shocker of an ending. Barron (aka Francine Matthews) is the author of the best-selling mysteries featurng Jane Austen as the sleuth. Her research on this one is fascinating and will send you to books or the computer to see how much is "real" and how much is "embellished." Since there are hundreds of books on Victoria and her Consort it is not difficult to track some down, but the details in Barron's book have been, shall we say, "hidden in plain view." The main characters are very well-drawn and engaging, and I'd like to see a sequel, if the characters dare show their faces in England. You've noticed I didn't want to give too much away. Discover the fun for yourself. A delight from start to finish.

You can find these an more at www.mysterylovescompany.com

I'd love to hear your comments and reviews on these and other crime and mystery novels.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Special Discount to "Mousetrap"

SPECIAL MLC DISCOUNT TO THE MOUSETRAP. The Mousetrap, a play by Agatha Christie, debuts at Spotlighters Theater, 817 St. Paul St. in Baltimore and runs through February 3, 2008. Performances are Friday & Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm, with one Thursday performance, January 31 at 8pm. Tickets are available at www.spotlighters.org. Spotlighters would like to offer a special discount to patrons of Mystery Loves Company, an additional $3 off each ticket! You can order their tickets online at www.spotlighters.org - just click on tickets and use Discount Code - "MT-MLC". You'll get an additional $3 off of the $18.00 regular ticket or the $15.00 student and senior (over 60) ticket.

Welcome Mystery Lovers

Welcome to our new blog for Mystery Loves Company Booksellers. As you may know we have two stores which specialize in mysteries in Maryland. One in Fells Point in Baltimore founded in 1991 and a second one in the 325-year-old town of Oxford on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We also have a full service web site http://www.mysterylovescompany.com/. We see this blog as an opportunity to broaden our range and invite our favorite authors to introduce themselves and share their writing with you. You'll find news, book reviews, and mystery events and you'll be able to comment and join the discussion. We hope you'll find the blog helpful when you're looking to find what to read next. Mysteriously yours, Kathy