Member Blogs Archive > October 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Poisoned Chalice Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tom's aunt asks him to come and look into a local murder.  He brings his detecting companion and they start asking questions and seeing what they can see.  They get answers but it doesn't tell them who the killer is...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.One thing they notice is that the victims had complained to the bishop about the current priest in their church.  Some people think their deaths are an act of God.  Tom and Frances don't agree.Tom and Frances are in love, but Tom Read More
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    Happy Halloween! (A Changing Faces Book) by Nathan Thoms, Pintachan

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a fun book for little ones.  As they turn the pages the pictures on the page change...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published.Even I found this fun to read.  There's a ghost looking at you through the cover.  When you open the book, the ghost turns grey and fades away...There are five "scary" illustrations like this in the book.  I liked the one where the witch disappears and a black cat takes her place.  It looks good in her hat!Books make a great Halloween gift.  They last Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of Bram Stoker and His Horror Classic, Dracula

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the history of the horror novel, some works have come alive in popular imagination. One of these is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818); almost everyone is familiar with the plot regardless of whether they've read the book. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is similarly ubiquitous. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire legend, his classic work has defined and popularized the myth across continents and generations. We all know who Dracula is, but what about Stoker? Who was the man who made "vampire" a household name? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The war is finally over and he's come to retrieve his daughter and nephew.  He doesn't expect them to be afraid of him...Bethany House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Cameron doesn't like Gwen because the children love her.  His daughter loves her and is scared of him.  How's he going to fix that?The man who, with his gang, wiped out the wagon train and killed his brother is still around and still trying to kill them.  He wants no witnesses.  When he Read More
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    Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her sister is getting ready to go to America.  Her parents and a matchmaker have found her a husband that she will meet as they get married.  Mei Ling has accepted the fact that there is no choice in the matter.  They are in bad financial condition and they need less mouths to feed.  But she's very unhappy when her sister gets ill and they send Mei Ling in her place.  She doesn't want to go but she must...Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Mei Ling is Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Celebrating the (Literary) History of America's Presidents

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Presidents are famously men of letters: educated, erudite, and charismatic. John Adams (whose birthday we celebrate today), Thomas Jefferson, and other founding fathers established their reputation by contributing to beautifully written documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Midsummer Mayhem: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There is going to be a live performance at the house down the lane.  Pru has never seen the gardens because the grounds are fenced and locked.  But the gardener there has walked off because of the crowd and the disruption and Pru has been asked to fill in.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 6th.Pru works on figuring out which plants and trees to use.  She also works on playing matchmaker between an estranged couple.  All is going fairly well until one of the actors is found dead.  Read More
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    The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    They want to develop the hilltop above their bed and breakfast and they are trying to buy everyone below it out.  Emily has no desire to sell the bed and breakfast.  Her mother is thinking maybe they should and go elsewhere to make more money.  Then Emily's best friend who is like a father to her falls from a house he re-roofed.  He never regains consciousness and passes away.  Emily thinks he was murdered...BQB Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.It gets Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    From a Friend in Pittsburgh

    Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:02:12 Permalink
    Here is part of an email I just received from a Friend in Pittsburgh, sharing thoughts from his city on the book community andfund raising for victims or… a donation in the ABAA’s collective name to ACLU or Everytown for Gun Safety in America, or wherever (Anti-Defamation League, and Moms Demand Action)… people should think about their communities and how they could get more involved, from giving blood to getting out the vote.Continue reading From a Friend in Pittsburgh at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Unquiet Souls (a DS Gus McGuire Case book #1) by Liz Mistry

    Sun, 28 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's still recovering from knife wounds where he was trying to prevent the death of a woman and her child.  He survived but his friend with mental issues didn't.  Now he's trying to recover from the impact on his mind, too.  If  only he could go back to work...Bloodhound Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The subject matter is not very pleasant but the police action makes up for it.  Almost by accident, the police run across a home housing children that Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

    Sun, 28 Oct 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Olivia is coming home for Christmas for the first time in many years.  She's a doctor and has been working in Africa on epidemic currently.  Since she's coming back to Britain she has to stay in quarantine for a week.  That means her family must, too.Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.It's hard enough spending a day with family when everyone has grown older and has their own interests.  Benjamin Franklin said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  Read More
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    Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin

    Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's chasing down two robbers, first by car, then by foot.  When one pulls a gun on him, he shoots back.  He kills the shooter but they find no gun at the scene.  Suddenly the cop finds himself under fire for shooting an unarmed boy.  His fellow cops believe him and think the second suspect took the gun with him.  The administration is trying climb further up the ladder and is ready to sacrifice him.  The cop is between a rock and a hard place...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

    Sat, 27 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    "Kick" Kennedy played sports with her brothers, learned to dress well while shopping with her mother, and learned about politics through conversations with her father.  One thing she didn't know that much about was love...Penguin Random House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.I was in eighth grade when President Kennedy was shot and killed.  The Kennedy family was charmed but had several moments of sorrow.  This story is about one of the Kennedy's I was not familiar with.  Kick was an Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Do No Harm: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery by Dawn Eastman

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's been beaten up and ends up in the emergency room.  Katie checks him out, patches him up, and asks him what happened and finds out he just got out of jail.  It seems some of the locals still think he's guilty even though he denies it and has served his sentence.  When she offers to be his doctor, she doesn't imagine it will put her in the middle of murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 11th.People are stalking him.  A young high schooler dies Read More
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    Yeast of Eden by Sarah Fox

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wally Fowler moves in as the waffle king and he's competition for the pancake shop.  When he comes in her shop and talks his up, Ivan, the chef, sends him on his way.  Not much later he's found dead in his shop.  Almost everybody hated him but who killed him?Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.When Marley's best friend, Lisa, becomes a suspect, Marley starts looking for another suspect.  There are plenty around.  She even suspects innocent people for a while.  Then there's another murder.  Will she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Literary Look at Hillary Clinton

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Hillary Clinton’s resume is an impressive one. Secretary of State. Democratic Party Presidential nominee. First Lady. Lawyer. Advocate. Author. Her life and work has been scrutinized thoroughly—as is the case with most politicians and public figures—in countless books, articles, and op-ed pieces. Whether you agree or disagree with Clinton’s political beliefs, it is difficult to argue with her impact on politics, the country, and the literary landscape over the past several decades. Today, we’d like to explore a few of the books written by Hillary Clinton. Read More
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    Deadly News by Jody Holford

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Molly wants to spruce up the paper with better reporting and more info people will read.  Most of her employees don't say much, but Vernon isn't going along with it and he says so...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.Molly forces him to go visit one of the town's prominent citizens to get a personal touch in the story.  He takes a day off.  The next day he doesn't show up.  She goes to check on him and finds him dead...She worries that her assignment got him Read More
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    Hazelet's Journal: A Riveting Alaska Gold Rush Saga by John H. Clark

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's been a successful businessman but then the economy turns and he loses everything.  He's heard of gold in Alaska and decides to go get a stake so he can start another business.  The first thing he learns is that the weather doesn't always cooperate and it's hard work!BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 26th.This is written in journal form and is from the man who dared this dangerous journey.  He misses his family, gets depressed at how little gold they find, and works hard at recovering from Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Louis Slobodkin

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Caldecott Medal has stood as a pinnacle of excellence and achievement in the field of book illustration for eighty-one years. Caldecott-winning books have long been sought after by teachers, parents, libraries, and collectors. Illustrators talented enough to be awarded the medal receive esteem from their contemporaries and often can rest assured that their work will be remembered. Not many awards can claim such wide recognition outside of the scope of their field, but the Caldecott Medal is truly well known and its importance is acknowledged even outside of the world of children's literature. Continuing our celebration of these incredible Read More
  • from HCBooksOnline Blog

    Gift Idea No. 5 – Folio Society Limited Editions

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 04:18:25 Permalink
    Gift Idea No. 5 – Folio Society Limited Editions   All titles chosen to become Folio books are the finest in their genre and all are treated to extremely high production standards, but those selected for their Limited Editions Collections are, quite simply, exceptional. Great works of literature or history become great works of art. […]The post Gift Idea No. 5 – Folio Society Limited Editions appeared first on HC Books. Read More
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    A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Worm is out making his rounds in the neighborhood when he sees a beautiful woman.  He begins following her until two men show up and grab her.  He's got to save her so he goes home and tries to convince the old accountant to go with him.  Squeaky would rather not, but there's no changing worm's mind...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Squeaky uses his many contacts to find out who they are and what they are doing.  They're after Read More
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    The Way Back by Bill Whiting

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    His wife has died, his son lives far away, and he hates living alone.  When his son asks him to invest some money in a new enterprise, he does.  When it fails, he loses his house.  So he has to go to a nursing home...Troubador Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up.  Now I'm getting older and see some signs on me that I saw on them.  (Wrinkles for example.)  I enjoy chatting Read More
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    Harold Pinter: Playwright, Actor, Cricketeer, Nobel Prize Winner

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    This month, we celebrate Harold Pinter, whose varied career spanned over fifty years. Born on October 10, 1930, the Nobel laureate was more than a legendary writer. He was also a political activist, actor, director, and cricketeer. Read More
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    The 2018 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:53:00 Permalink
    Some of you may not know this, but our fearless leader Vic Zoschak Jr., owner of Tavistock Books, is the current President of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America. In our eyes there could be no more fitting president, as Vic has always spent a great deal of time, his finances, and effort to ensure that […] Read More
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    You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her husband have separated because all he is interested is work and he's not being loving with her.  She still loves him and hopes to get him back.  She just wants him to make some changes.  Having a cop tell her he was found dead is just unbelievable...Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The description doesn't sound like him but when she and her father go to check, there's no doubt.  This sends her oldest boy into a spin and Read More
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    The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries Book 1 by Susan Slater

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ben comes home to spend some time with his grandmother and learn more about his Indian heritage.  He certainly didn't expect Indian legends to come true.  When they decide to expand the cemetery, the legend says making it bigger will cause deaths to fill it.  Unfortunately, that seems to be true...The author and Columbine Publishing shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published.It starts with elders dying and then the disease hits the younger ones, too.  It's a form of respiratory illness and it takes little time from onset to death.  They Read More
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    Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was snowing out and Virgil drove off a bridge.  He would have been down at the bottom in his car if a man hadn't been scavenging on the bank and saved him.  He still has some problems with words and thoughts, but he's alive.Grove Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Virgil lives in a fairly small town where everybody knows everyone else.  When he finds a stranger in town, he introduces himself.  Rune is an older man who builds kites and who Read More
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    A Picture of Murder: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery by T E Kinsey

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    A group of actors and the director have come to town to show off a moving picture.  It's a Halloween theme and the locals are all excited to see it.  There is a religious group who is protesting the picture because it has a witch in it and it's evil with most of the actors dying.  People try to ignore them.  But when actors do start to die, they become part of the several prospects for murder...Amazon Publishing UK and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Lady Hardcastle has the Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Doris Lessing!

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    When it comes to literature, Doris Lessing has her hand in every dish.  She claims the titles of novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and biographer – if anyone proves that it’s possible to do it all, and well, it’s Lessing.  She won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with the David Cohen prize in 2001. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    What is a personal library, anyway?

    Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:41:38 Permalink
    My cheap book list was a great success, selling 88%. I have blisters from wrapping packages, and my Media Mail stamp is just about worn out, but the cheap book lovers on my list are quite happy. To them I say, “Stay tuned! There will be more such lists as I clean out the stable in preparation for this winter’s move across the street.” In fact, I’ve spent the past few days thinning out my secondary collections of personal books – two carloads to the thrift shop so far. Continue reading What is a personal library, anyway? at Ten Pound Read More
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