Monday, June 30, 2008



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.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


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

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

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Souls on Fire Author John French

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.

Be well,

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 for $16.00 or by emailing us at mysterylovescompany at gmail .com

Best and Happy Father's day


Monday, June 2, 2008

Chesapeake Crimes 3 launch

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

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 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 )

Thanks and see you there,

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,