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  For a list of signed books from author appearances in previous months, click on: Current Signed Books. To read about the authors and books presented at "M" during previous months, click on: Events Archive.


(Knopf, $27.50)
Monday, August 1
drop-by signing only

Booklist starred: "Extraordinary ... a historical novel set in 19th Century Puerto Rico, featuring a high-handed, strong-willed woman determined to escape her boring upper-class future in Spain... The issues of social caste, slavery, and sex roles make this a fascinating read. It's an outstanding story, full of pathos, tropical sensuality, and violence... Storytelling genius." Publishers Weekly starred: "Santiago brings passion, color, and historical detail to this Puerto Rican Gone with the Wind... The richness of her imagination and the lushness of her language will serve saga enthusiasts well." And from Library Journal: "the multitalented author of When I Was Puerto Rican offers a big, bold novel... Highly recommended."  Buy now

CHRIS EWAN (Author) and
SIMON VANCE (Audio Book Narrator)

The Good Thief's Guide to Venice
(Minotaur, $24.99)
Tuesday, August 2
at 7:00 PM

Brighton-born SIMON VANCE is an actor and the narrator of dozens of books, whose career started as a newsreader and presenter for BBC Radio 4. Most recent among his many awards and nominations was finalist for the 2010 Audies Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.

Amsterdam, Paris, Vegas, and now ... Chris Ewan's series turns to Italian adventure - in La Serenissima, no less! "Now a resident of Venice, thief and mystery author Charlie Howard promises his long-suffering literary agent ... that he'll devote himself professionally only to his Michael Faulks burglar novels in Ewan's hilarious yet suspenseful fourth caper novel (after 2010's The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas). Charlie's resolve to give up crime is put to the test when, in the middle of the night, an attractive cat-burglar steals his autographed first edition of The Maltese Falcon, which he uses as his inspiration, and leaves a flyer in its place, the first of several crumbs he must follow to ascertain the burglar's true motivation... Ewan can turn a Wodehousian phrase on occasion, and his taut plotting adds substance to his considerable style," said Publishers Weekly.  Buy now

Northwest Corner
(Random House, $26.00)
Wednesday, August 3
drop-by signing only

The newest from the author of Reservation Road. Starred review from Kirkus: "Stark and deeply affecting ... readers will grow to care deeply about whether and how [the characters'] lives can be redeemed." And Publishers Weekly said: "[Schwartz is] exceptional at describing the chemistry of desire, creating emotional tension, and making his characters feel more like flesh and blood than fictional constructs. Imaginative and taut, Schwartz’s writing is seamless and infinitely inspired." Library Journal concluded: "A well-crafted selection, ideal for readers with a taste for moral ambiguity ... those who haven't yet discovered this powerful writer are in for a treat."  Buy now

Silent Enemy
(Putnam, $25.95)
Tuesday, August 9
at 7:00 PM

"Young's riveting follow-up to The Mullah's Storm is an airborne version of the movie Speed... Soon after takeoff from Afghanistan, Maj. Michael Parson, the pilot of a giant C-5 Galaxy flying patients injured in a terrorist bombing to Germany for medical care, receives the message that there's a bomb on board and it's set to go off if the plane descends to a lower altitude. Aviation thriller aficionados will cheer, and readers of any genre will gnaw their fingernails to the quick." said Publishers Weekly. A must read for fans of military thrillers written by an Air National Guardsman whom Vince Flynn called "one of the most exciting new talents in years." Thomas W. Young has logged nearly 4,000 hours for the Air National Guard in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere.  Buy now

The Twelfth Enchantment
(Random House, $26.00)
Thursday, August 11
at 7:00 PM

The Edgar, Macavity, and Barry Award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Paper returns with his new historical novel. "David Liss takes readers on a light-hearted romp through Regency England... With an adroit mix of fact and fantasy, Liss casts heroine Lucy Derrick into a world of industrializing mill towns, mysterious enchantments, ghostly dogs, undead fairies, Luddites, and even Lord Byron and his legions of lovesick women. Charged with gathering the scattered pages of an alchemical manuscript, Lucy’s adventures teach her that appearances can be deceptive - and delightfully so. Liss’s deft touch with historical subject matter and his ability to craft tremendously appealing characters makes this a thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying read," praised Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches.  Buy now

Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains
(Minotaur, $23.99)
Tuesday, August 16
at 7:00 PM

"Agatha Christie meets Upstairs, Downstairs in McPherson's charming fifth interwar whodunit featuring Edinburgh sleuth Dandy Gilver (after 2008's The Winter Ground). One morning the aristocratic detective opens a letter from Walburga Balfour, who writes, "My husband is going to kill me, and I would rather he didn't," said Publishers Weekly. Library Journal said: "With witty dialog and low-key humor, McPherson's series is a great choice for Jacqueline Winspear, Carola Dunn, and Amy Patricia Meade fans. A strong traditional offering with sly humor, a love of dogs, and not too much violence. A real contender for the Agathas!" And Kirkus concluded: "McPherson's charmingly witty heroine once again keeps you guessing while you enjoy the historical tidbits."  Buy now

Thirteen Million Dollar Pop
(Doubleday, $24.95)
Thursday, August 18
at 7:00 PM

The bestselling author of City of the Sun returns with his third novel featuring enigmatic private investigator Frank Behr. Library Journal said: "Hired to protect prominent businessman-turned-political candidate Bernard 'Bernie Cool' Kolodnik, private investigator Frank Behr proves his worth by saving Kolodnik when an attempt is made on his life. But he's really not sure what happened when those automatic weapons started blazing, and he's even more suspicious when the police hush up the incident. Levien has Edgar and Shamus nominations to his credit and seems to be building. Thriller fans should definitely investigate." And Kirkus called it "A professional-grade auctioneer..."  Buy now

The Magician King
(Viking, $26.95)
Wednesday, August 24
drop-by signing only

"Now a king in the magical land of Fillory, Quentin embarks on a quest to save the universe in Grossman's searing sequel to The Magicians (2009, etc.). It's been two years since Quentin assumed one of Fillory's four crowns along with Eliot and Janet, fellow graduates of the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, and Quentin's high-school friend Julia, a Brakebills reject who managed to acquire magical powers on her own... Echoes from The Chronicles of Narnia, in particular The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, continue to reverberate, but Grossman's psychologically complex characters and grim reckoning with tragic sacrifice far surpass anything in C.S. Lewis' pat Christian allegory," said Kirkus. Lev Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine. He is also the author of the international bestselling novel Codex, the creator of the Time blog Techland, and a graduate of Harvard and Yale.  Buy now

Bye Bye, Baby
(Forge Books, $24.99)
Friday, August 26
at 7:00 PM

"Set in 1962, Collins's excellent 13th novel featuring Chicago PI Nate Heller (last seen in 2002's Chicago Confidential) finds Heller ... looking into the death of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. The book's first half covers the movie star's last two months... By the time a drug overdose claims her, there's no shortage of people who wanted her dead. Heller, Monroe's sometime lover, who refuses to buy the official line that she committed suicide, steps on powerful toes with his usual tenacity and stubbornness to reach the truth. Collins convincingly portrays the real-life players in the drama, who include Jimmy Hoffa and Frank Sinatra. Readers with a taste for hard-boiled romance will hope that more Heller is in the offing," offered Publishers Weekly.  Buy now

Did Not Finish
(Crème de la Crime, $28.95)
Saturday, August 27
at 2:00 PM

The first book in the Aidy Westlake series set in the high-octane world of motor racing (and written by an Anthony Award-winning author who is both a former competitive race car driver along with occasional real life PI). When Derek Deacon threatens to kill Alex Fanning, his championship rival, rookie driver Aidy Westlake doesn’t put much stock in it. He sees it as typical of the intense competitiveness and aggression in their world. But when Fanning dies after making contact with Deacon’s car during a race, a conspiracy ensues and Aidy is drawn into a world of fraud, organized crime, and murder while he searches for the truth.  Buy now

"M" is for Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM

"M" has its own Book Club that meets once a month in the store. This month the group will discuss The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. If you have never attended, and are interested, just drop us an email. Please note: This is not a signing and the author will not be present. For further information click on Book Club notice.  Buy now



Wednesday, September 7 at 12:00 PM: LAURIE R. KING - Pirate King  Buy now

Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 PM - DOUBLE AUTHOR EVENT: ELLEN CROSBY - Sauvignon Secret  Buy now and DENISE HAMILTON - Damage Control   Buy now

Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM: CHERYL CRANE - Bad Always Die Twice  Buy now

Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 PM: KELLI STANLEY - City of Secrets  Buy now

Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM: RHYS BOWEN - Naughty in Nice  Buy now

Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 PM: ERIN MORGENSTERN - The Night Circus  Buy now

Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 PM: ANDREW GROSS - Eyes Wide Open  Buy now

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 PM: GIANRICO CAROFIGLIO - Temporary Perfections  Buy now

Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM: WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER - Northwest Angle  Buy now

Sunday, September 25 DROP BY: DAVE BARRY & RIDLEY PEARSON - Bridge to Neverland  Buy now

SUMMER PREVIEW: (in alpha order)


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