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    Series: A Helen Grace Thriller
    Eeny Meeny DI Helen Grace 1 M. J. Arlidge
    9781405914871 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date: July 01, 2014
    $16.99 CAD 5.09 x 7.77 x 1.06 in | 464 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Michael Joseph
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      ’This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo’ Judy Finnigan

      ’What a great premise!’ Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek

      Eeny Meeny is the rocket-paced serial-killer thriller debut from M. J. Arlidge. Eeny Meeny was a Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2014 pick.


      The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.

      Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.

      Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

      Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors - living calling cards - who hold the key to the case.

      And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die…

      Introducing M. J. Arlidge’s Detective Inspector Helen Grace, Eeny Meeny is an electrifying début, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider. Fans of James Patterson and Mo Hayder should pay attention.

      Praise for M.J. Arlidge and the DI Helen Grace series:

      ’M. J. Arlidge has created a genuinely fresh heroine in DI Helen Grace’ Daily Mail

      ’Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent’ Sun

      Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years.Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek

      ’Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless’ Sunday Sport

      Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs. Mesmerizing!’ Lisa Gardner

      ’A gripping debut…D.I. Helen Grace is a flawed but winning heroine…and, boy, the pages fly by’ USA Today

      ’A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller that’s sure to become another bestseller’ Huffington Post

      M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and, most recently, the hit ITV show Innocent. In 2015 his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number-one bestseller.

      His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue, Hide and Seek and Love Me Not. Down to the Woods is the eighth DI Helen Grace thriller.

      In 2019 he published a standalone thriller, A Gift for Dying.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      M. J. Arlidge has created a genuinely fresh heroine in DI Helen Grace . . . he spares us none of the dark details, weaving them together into a tapestry that chills to the bone—Daily Mail

      With an orchestration of tension that is always sharp and cinematic, M. J. Arlidge's debut novel grabs the reader by the throat—Barry Forshaw, Crimetime

      Eeny Meeny is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo—Judy Finnigan

      It's amazing—Richard Madeley

      This taut, fast-paced debut is truly excellent—The Sun

      A macabre, theatrical thriller that gripped me with every twist—Woman and Home

      Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs. Mesmerizing!—Lisa Gardner

      Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet—Will Lavender

      What a great premise!...EENY MEENY is a fresh and brilliant departure from the stock serial killer tale. And Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek

      A gripping debut ... D.I. Helen Grace is a flawed but winning heroine ... and, boy, the pages fly by—USA Today

      A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller that's sure to become another bestseller—Huffington Post
  • 2
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    9780385665834 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: November 10, 2009
    $21.00 CAD 5.15 x 7.99 x 1.02 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Anchor Canada
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      Winner of the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger

      A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family.

      The summer of 1950 hasn’t offered up anything out of the ordinary for eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce: bicycle explorations around the village, keeping tabs on her neighbours, relentless battles with her older sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, and brewing up poisonous concoctions while plotting revenge in their home’s abandoned Victorian chemistry lab, which Flavia has claimed for her own.

      But then a series of mysterious events gets Flavia’s attention: A dead bird is found on the doormat, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. A mysterious late-night visitor argues with her aloof father, Colonel de Luce, behind closed doors. And in the early morning Flavia finds a red-headed stranger lying in the cucumber patch and watches him take his dying breath. For Flavia, the summer begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw: “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

      Did the stranger die of poisoning? There was a piece missing from Mrs. Mullet’s custard pie, and none of the de Luces would have dared to eat the awful thing. Or could he have been killed by the family’s loyal handyman, Dogger… or by the Colonel himself! At that moment, Flavia commits herself to solving the crime — even if it means keeping information from the village police, in order to protect her family. But then her father confesses to the crime, for the same reason, and it’s up to Flavia to free him of suspicion. Only she has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim’s identity, and a conspiracy that reaches back into the de Luces’ murky past.

      A thoroughly entertaining romp of a novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is inventive and quick-witted, with tongue-in-cheek humour that transcends the macabre seriousness of its subject.
      Alan Bradley was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. After receiving an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan, where he remained for twenty-five years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.

      Soon thereafter, Bradley became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. His children’s stories were published in The Canadian Children’s Annual and his short story “Meet Miss Mullen” was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature.

      For a number of years, Bradley taught scriptwriting and television production courses at the University of Saskatchewan. His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries. His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio, and his lifestyle and humour pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.

      Alan Bradley was also a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings. There, he met the late Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on the classic book Ms. Holmes of Baker Street (1989). This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as “a firestorm of controversy.”

      Bradley’s next book, The Shoebox Bible (2006), has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr. God, This is Anna. In this beautiful memoir, Bradley tells the story of his early life in southern Ontario, and paints a vivid portrait of his mother, a strong and inspirational woman who struggled to raise three children on her own during tough times.

      In July of 2007, Bradley won the Debut Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers’ Association for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009), the first novel in the series featuring eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce. The award brought international attention to Bradley’s fiction, and Sweetness and the two additional novels currently planned for the Buckshaw Chronicles will be published in more than ten countries.

      Alan Bradley lives in Kelowna, B.C., with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2009, Winner
      "Sure in its story, pace and voice, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie deliciously mixes all the ingredients of great storytelling.The kind of novel you can pass on to any reader knowing their pleasure is assured."
      — Andrew Pyper, author of The Killing Circle

      "A wickedly clever story, a dead true and original voice, and an English country house in the summer: Alexander McCall Smith meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Please, please, Mr. Bradley, tell me we'll be seeing Flavia again soon?"
      — Laurie R. King, New York Times bestselling author of The Game

      “One of the hottest reads of 2009.”
      The Times (U.K.)

      “Alan Bradley brews a bubbly beaker of fun in his devilishly clever, wickedly amusing debut mystery, launching an eleven-year-old heroine with a passion for chemistry — and revenge! What a delightful, original book!”
      — Carolyn Hart, Anthony and Agatha award-winning author of Death Walked In

      “Alan Bradley’s marvelous book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, is a fantastic read, a winner. Flavia walks right off the page and follows me through my day. I can hardly wait for the next book. Bravo.”
      — Louise Penny, acclaimed author of Still Life

      Praise from the CWA Dagger Award judges:

      “The most original of the bunch, I think, with a deliciously deceptive opening which really sets the tone of macabre fun. Flavia is a wonderful creation, along with the rest of her eccentric family, and makes for a highly engaging sleuth. Think the Mitfords, as imagined by Dorothy L Sayers. The plot, with its intriguing philatelic elements, is nicely ingenious and delivers a very good end, with a fun twist. Would make very good Sunday night telly, I think.”

      “I adored this! Our heroine is refreshingly youthful, funny and sharp and the author creates such a strong sense of time and place. Flavia’s eccentric family are delightful and I love seeing them interact within their crazy home. There are also interesting depths to the plot — the stamp collecting, the chemistry experiments, and the acknowledgement of past events and how they have affected these characters. The author’s tone is very tongue-in-cheek and offers something quite different in this genre, and the story is cleverly structured and beautifully written. This doesn’t read like a first novel. Assuming the mystery itself will be as enticing and smoothly handled as the opening, I can see Flavia solving crimes into adulthood. Great title too!”

      “Really adored the voice of the characters in this — especially Flavia, the spirited main protagonist — and the sense of place is beautifully described, particularly when telling the history of the house and its inhabitants. The family unit, comprising of the taciturn, introspective Colonel and his three daughters is well written, humorous and the sibling relationships very realistic. The author should be praised for creating a work that has nostalgic interest as well as a murder mystery, in places this almost reads like an Enid Blyton novel for adults!”
  • 3
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    Series: FLAVIA DE LUCE
    The Golden Tresses of the Dead Alan Bradley Canada
    9780385678476 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: January 22, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 5.79 x 8.54 x 1.15 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Doubleday Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      The spectacular tenth novel starring Flavia de Luce—“the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times)—from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.

      Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective, is eager to turn professional. She and her father’s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia’s wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out—the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory. By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring and the slope of the fingernail, she’ll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim—but also point a finger at a killer.
      ALAN BRADLEY is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories and newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d and The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, as well as the ebook short story “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.”

      Author Residence: Isle of Man, UK

      Author Hometown: Toronto, ON
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        Marketing: Assets to be created that will be available to all accounts that showcase entire Flavia series

        Targeted Instagram advertising

        Targeted Facebook advertising

        Focus of PRHC/DDC social media accounts

        Publicity: Limited review coverage in outlets like The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star

        Possible multi-city tour in February (Tour cities: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa)

        Events in each city

        Limited media coverage

        National radio interviews like CBC The Next Chapter

        Galley review mailing with special Flavia letterhead

        Special signed bookplates

        Author Website: alanbradleyauthor.com

        Author Social Media: @AlanBradleyAuthor
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place:

      “There’s only one Flavia.” —Library Journal, starred review

      “Outstanding…. As usual, Bradley makes his improbable series conceit work and relieves the plot’s inherent darkness with clever humor.” —Publishers Weekley, starred review

      “Fans of the precocious sleuth who share her unapologetically enthusiastic sense that ’an unexamined corpse was a tale untold’ will rub their hands gleefully…. Bradley’s unquenchable heroine brings ’the most complicated case I had ever come across’ to a highly satisfying conclusion, with the promise of still brighter days ahead.” —Kirkus Reviews

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    Series: The Alienist Series
    The Alienist A Novel Caleb Carr
    9780812976144 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: October 24, 2006
    $20.00 CAD 5.18 x 7.99 x 1.04 in | 512 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Marketing Copy

      For the first time ever in trade paperback, the multimillion copy bestseller: a modern classic of historical suspense.

      The unforgettable New York Times bestseller about a serial killer on the loose in 1896 New York City, The Alienist is “a first rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages” (Entertainment Weekly).

      Story Locale: New York City

      Publication History: RH HC, BANTAM MM
      CALEB CARR is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and the series editor of the Modern Library War Series. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The World Policy Journal, The New York Times, and Time. He currently lives in upstate New York.
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        Marketing: Line-listed in the Literature catalog and e-newsletter

        Line-listed in the History e-newsletter

        Featured in AtRandom e-newsletter

        Tie-in w/author site

    • Awards & Reviews

      “A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.”Entertainment Weekly

      “Caleb Carr’s rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us . . . [and] tracks the efforts of a team of farsighted investigators working frantically to solve a string of hideous murders. . . . Absorbing . . . suspenseful . . . gratifying.”The Detroit News

      “A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller.”Los Angeles Times

      “You can smell the fear in the air.”The New York Times

      “Keeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime.”San Francisco Chronicle


      “A ripsnorter of a plot . . . a fine dark ride.”The Arizona Daily Star

      “[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.”The Washington Post Book World

      “The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thriller—way beyond. . . . A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller.”The Buffalo News

      “Mesmerizing.”Detroit Free Press

      “Remarkable . . . The reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the Gilded Age metropolis, climbing up tenement stairs, scrambling across rooftops, and witnessing midnight autopsies. . . . A breathtaking, finely crafted mystery.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

      “Gripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining.”USA Today

      “Harrowing, fascinating . . . will please fans of Ragtime and The Silence of the Lambs.”The Flint Journal
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    The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
    9780679722649 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: July 17, 1989
    $20.00 CAD 5.13 x 7.99 x 0.57 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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      A coolly glittering gem of detective fiction that has haunted three generations of readers, from one of the greatest mystery writers of all time.

      A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's iconic, influential, and beloved The Maltese Falcon.
      Dashiell Samuel Hammett was born in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs thereafter—messenger boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work. He soon turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. During World War II, Hammett again served as sergeant in the Army, this time for more than two years, most of which he spent in the Aleutians. Hammett’s later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story “Tulip,” which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the “Op,” a nameless detective (or “operative”) who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold—a bit like Hammett himself.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Dashiell Hammett . . . is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer.” –The Boston Globe

      The Maltese Falcon is not only probably the best detective story we have ever read, it is an exceedingly well written novel.” –The Times Literary Supplement (London)

      “Hammett’s prose [is] clean and entirely unique. His characters [are] as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction.” –The New York Times
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    Series: A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery
    Beau Death Peter Lovesey
    9781616959746 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: October 16, 2018
    $20.95 CAD 4.98 x 7.49 x 1.09 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Soho Crime
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      Peter Diamond, British detective extraordinaire, must dig deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard “Beau” Nash, who might be the victim of a centuries old murder.

      Bath, England: A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses in order to build a grocery store when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb and on the floor next to it is a white tricorn hat—the ostentatious signature accessory of Beau Nash, one of Bath’s most famous historical men-about-town, a fashion icon and incurable rake who, some say, ended up in a pauper’s grave. Or did the Beau actually end up in a townhouse attic? The Beau Nash Society will be all in a tizzy when the truth is revealed to them.

      Superintendent Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to identify the remains, starts making discoveries that turn Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is stubbornly insisting the corpse can’t be Nash’s—the non-believer threatens to spoil Diamond’s favorite theory, especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence. Is Diamond on a historical goose chase? Should he actually be investigating a much more modern murder?

      Story Locale: Bath, England

      Series Overview: Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond of Bath, England, is a golden age-style detective, a devotee of old-fashioned gumshooing. He’s a little out of shape and has no interest in fancy technology—he’s only just been pursuaded to get a cell phone and has no patience for computer nonsense—but none of this stops him from solving case after case.
      Peter Lovesey is the author of more than thirty highly praised mystery novels. He has been awarded the CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, the Strand Magazine Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards, and many other honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.

      Author Residence: West Sussex, England

      Author Hometown: London, England
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        Marketing: Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com.

        Publicity: One of Soho Crime’s most critically acclaimed authors with an expectant readership at multiple national newspapers. This year he received the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master award, which makes him one of only 13 in history to be a recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger and a MWA Grand Master, and one of only four living. He will receive the award at the Edgars in NYC in April.

        Author Website: peterlovesey.com/
    • Awards & Reviews

      Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement Recipient
      Mystery Writers of America 2018 Grandmaster

      Praise for Beau Death

      "Witty, stylish and a bit of a rogue—that's what people said about Richard Nash, known as the Beau, the notorious dandy who transformed the English city of Bath into 'the 18th century equivalent of Vegas.' The same might be said of Peter Lovesey, whose elegant mysteries pay tribute to the past glories of this beautiful city."
      —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

      "Peter Lovesey—the dean of English mystery novelists—remains as ingenious as ever in Beau Death."
      —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

      "If you like real history turned into crime clues, this is your book . . . This is a great puzzle plot that will keep you guessing. Just what Lovesey does best."
      —The Globe & Mail

      "Peter Lovesey rarely puts a foot wrong."
      —The Daily Mail UK

      "For Anglophiles who like to leaven their whodunits with laughter, it’s hard to imagine a more pleasurable way to read away the long hours of a quiet, wintry night."
      —Richmond Times-Dispatch

      "The book, I am happy to say, is as tightly plotted and absorbing as the best of Lovesey’s long-running series."
      —Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

      "Lovesey employs his dry, caustic humor to cutting effect."
      —Chicago Tribune

      "I always look forward to new entries in this series."
      —Salem Macknee, The News & Observer

      "Highly readable . . . Mr. Lovesey moves from a hilarious launching of the plot to a delectable collection of vivid characters and an avalanche of clues."
      —The Washington Times

      "Peter Lovesey writes at a consistently high level of crime fiction that never ceases to please and astonish."
      —Crime Time UK

      "Astonishingly consistent and endlessly inventive."
      —The Morning Star UK

      "Lovesey moves from one dexterously nested puzzle to the next with all the confidence of a magician who knows the audience won't see through his deceptions no matter how slowly he unveils them."
      Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

      "One of the best entries in a long-running series, this exceptional police procedural is packed with imperfect and engaging characters, sophisticated plotting, and abundantly detailed historical tidbits."
      Library Journal, Starred Review

      "The intricate series of plot lines is seamlessly interwoven at the charged conclusion. Lovesey seems to have outdone himself with the labyrinthine maze of multiple murders and mysterious conundrums."
      —The Strand Magazine

      "There’s plenty of suspense here—action, too—all told in Lovesey’s effortlessly elegant manner."

      "The plot is one of Lovesey’s cleverest, and the book is full of his trademark wry humor."
      —Publishers Weekly

      "Lovesey's signature understated humor, often historical and at times hysterical, finds its way onto pretty much every page."

      "An intricate and multi-layered puzzle . . . Diamond's dry wit and perspicacity adds welcome levity to the story."
      —Shelf Awareness

      "Simply terrific. . . The humor is dry, but it is there in spades, as is the clever, puzzling and unforgettable mystery that beats steadily throughout the story."

      "Peter Lovesey's characterisation, humour, and plotting are key, and I'm glad to report that these elements are here in abundance."
      —Martin Edwards, Do You Write Under Your Own Name? (blog)

      "As Beau Death elegantly demonstrates, nobody is better than Lovesey at mixing puzzle and procedural. Diamond, with his mordant humor as armor, is, as always, razor-sharp, erudite and thoroughly engaging."
      —Open Letters Monthly

      "His Grand Master award is well-deserved indeed."
      —Mystery Fanfare

      "The plotting is deft and very intricate without being overdone, and the characters perform beautifully . . . a sheer delight to read."
      —Kittling Books

      "A rich and satisfying feast of eccentric and sometimes sweet, sometimes dangerous, quintessential British figures."
      —Kingdom Books

      Praise for the Peter Diamond Investigations

      “Peter Diamond is impatient, belligerent, cunning, insightful, foul, laugh-out-loud funny . . . A superb series.”
      —Louise Penny

      “I’m jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time—you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.”
      —Sara Paretsky

      “What'll it be today? A knotty puzzle mystery? A fast-paced police procedural? Something more high-toned, with a bit of wit? With the British author Peter Lovesey, there's no need to make those agonizing decisions, because his books have it all.”
      —The New York Times Book Review

      “Mr. Lovesey's narrative is swift, but he takes time out for local color and abundant humor, the latter springing from the book's quirky characters . . . Lovesey is a wizard at mixing character-driven comedy with realistic-to-grim suspense. And in a writing career spanning four decades, he has created a stylish and varied body of work.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “Next to Jane Austen, Peter Lovesey is the writer the tourist board of Bath, England, extols most proudly . . . The enduring draw of the Peter Diamond books derives both from the beguiling Bath cityscape and the brusque character of Diamond himself.”
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    Series: A Perveen Mistry Novel
    The Widows of Malabar Hill Sujata Massey
    9781616959760 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: November 20, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.26 x 1.1 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award–winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.

      This Deluxe Paperback Edition features: an interview with the author, discussion questions, essays on the real-life inspirations behind the novel, delicious recipes taken from the story, and previews of The Satapur Moonstone (May 2019).

      Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s legal rights especially important to her.

      Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X—meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah—in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger.

      Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp new sleuth.

      Story Locale: Bombay (Mumbai), India

      Series Overview: Perveen Mistry is one of the first female lawyers in Bombay, India, and uses her unique position to solve crimes against women.
      Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. The first Perveen Mistry novel, The Widows of Malabar Hill, was an international bestseller and won the Agatha, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards. She is also the author of The Satapur Moonstone, the second Perveen Mistry novel. Visit her website at sujatamassey.com.

      Author Residence: Baltimore, Maryland

      Author Hometown: London, England
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        Substantial facebook and social media budget, which will be used to amplify content (the real story behind the book), dedicated reviews for the hardcover and display ads directed at a suite of audiences including look-alike readerships, Indian readers, and women specifically.

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        Publicity: Published before but close to the second book in this series, The Satapur Moonstone, we will continue to seek out profiles for the author and the series character in addition to national media campaign targetting mystery and literary paperback reviews. This will give the hardcover preorder exposure and the paperback a long tail for marketing and publicity.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      2019 American Library Association Reading List for Mystery: Winner and Top Pick
      Winner of the 2019 Mary Higgins Clark Award
      Winner of the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Historical Novel

      Winner of the the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel
      Finalist for the 2019 Shamus Award
      Finalist for the 2019 Sue Feder Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery
      A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018
      An ABA IndieNext Selection
      A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2018
      A WBUR On Point Best Book of 2018
      A Boston Globe Best Book of 2018
      A Times of India Best Book of 2018
      An Apple iTunes Most Anticipated Book of 2018
      #2 on Cosmopolitan’s 33 Books to Get Excited About in 2018
      The Bookseller (UK) Editor’s Pick for Mystery
      Winner of The Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery

      Praise for
      The Widows of Malabar Hill

      The Widows of Malabar Hill, with its deft prose and well-wrought characters, is a splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series."
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

      "Marvelously plotted, richly detailed . . . This is a first-rate performance inaugurating a most promising series."
      —The Washington Post

      "Perveen Mistry has all the pluck you want in a sleuthing lawyer, as well as a not-so-surprising—but decidedly welcome—proclivity for poking her nose into the business of others. The pages do indeed fly."
      —Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail

      "The Widows of Malabar Hill contains multitudes, tackling women’s history and rights, while treating readers to a riveting story."
      —The National Post

      "Perveen’s dogged pursuit of truth and justice for her clients is reminiscent of the debuts of Anne Perry’s Charlotte Ellison Pitt and Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs. But the multicultural, multi-faith milieu in which Perveen lives, works and attempts to find love both illuminates a bygone era and offers a thoughtful perspective relevant to today’s focus on women’s rights and equality."
      —Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

      "Cool and cunning."
      —The Boston Globe

      "A fascinating setting, an extraordinary new sleuth, and a story that enthralls you—The Widows of Malabar Hill has all three and more. Sujata Massey's new historical series is absolutely terrific, and you are just going to love Perveen Mistry, India's first female lawyer."
      —Charles Todd, bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge series and the Bess Crawford series

      "Perveen Mistry is an extraordinary heroine—one of the first female lawyers in India, she’s whip smart, strong-willed, and, most importantly, compassionate. Defying convention while draped in a sari, Perveen is sure to join the leads of great mystery fiction."
      —Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope mysteries

      "You get a mystery but you also get all the cultural details. I like that."
      —NBC New Day Northwest

      "I've been complaining for several years now that we don't have enough competent female leads in mystery series, and Sujata Massey has delivered with The Widows of Malabar Hill. I was taken in by this Law and Order-esque tale set in lush, swing-era Bombay, and I loved seeing Perveen proceed with a cool head and a fiery heart. Readers looking for a strong female heroine, a vivid setting and a strange mystery will find it here."
      —The News Tribune

      "There’s so much to admire in Massey’s writing: sumptuous details, attention to the senses and a tightly-plotted mystery that explores domains beyond normal trials and tribulations. It’s writing that’s easy to take for granted, but as we know, anything that easy is deceptively hard."
      —Baltimore Fishbowl

      "Massey deftly evokes the sights, the sounds, and the heat of Bombay as her clever and determined heroine, aided by a large supporting cast of sharply-drawn characters, sidesteps both custom and danger to deliver justice."
      —Vannessa Cronin, The Amazon Book Review

      "Massey's extensive research of Bombay during British imperial rule, its various ethnic communities and their respective legal customs, is seamlessly folded into the fabric of the story. The book is filled with fascinating bits of culture and history, a look at India's Parsi and Muslim communities, well-written courtroom scenes, and even a locked-room murder."
      —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

      "A spectacular mystery to kickstart your year."

      "Perveen is the kind of plucky, determined, practical, wounded, ahead-of-her-time protagonist an avid clique of mystery readers adore. She is destined to find a home with fans of like-minded female investigators such as Mary Russell and Maisie Dobbs, whose creators, like Massey, deftly anchor their solid plots in the realities, and challenges, of their times."
      —Los Angeles Review of Books

      "I can’t wait to see what happens next."
      —Crime Time (UK)

      "A sneaky feminist masterpiece wrapped up in a cozy whodunit . . . just genius."
      —WBUR's On Point

      "[A] setting and protagonist are like nothing I’ve encountered in a mystery before: 1920s Bombay and one of India’s first female lawyers, who’s 'devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.'"
      —BookRiot's "44 Mystery Romance Novels to Read Right Now"

      "A compelling look into Indian society through the eyes of a remarkable heroine."

      —Read or Dead podcast

      "[An] outstanding series launch . . . The period detail and thoughtful characterizations, especially of the capable, fiercely independent lead, bode well for future installments."
      —Publishers Weekl
      y, Starred Review

      "[Massey] does a wonderful job of taking life in India at the beginning of the 20th century. She gives enough cultural details without overwhelming readers with facts. The two plotlines wonderfully depict the development of the main character and the mystery as it unfolds . . . Fresh and original."
      —Library Journal, Starred Review

      "In addition to getting an unusual perspective on women’s rights and relationships, readers are treated to a full view of historical downtown Bombay—the shops and offices, the docks and old fort, and the huge variety of conveyances, characters, and religions—in an unforgettable olio that provides the perfect backdrop to the plot and subplots. Each of the many characters is uniquely described, flaws and all, which is the key to understanding their surprising roles in the well-constructed puzzle."
      Booklist, Starred Review

      "[A] highly original story and satisfying ending make this a promising series debut."
      —Mystery Scene Magazine

      "History and culture blend in an involving and fast-paced mystery . . . Perveen is a fascinating character—smart, resourceful, ready to take on prejudices against women in the law."
      —St. Paul Pioneer Press

      "[A] lush, captivating debut series about 1920s Bombay."
      —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      "An enticing and enlightening whodunit that addresses social issues and India’s multiple cultures."
      —Richmond Times-Dispatch

      "There is a new sleuth on the literary map and her name is Perveen Mistry, practicing woman lawyer, feminist, survivor of abuse and solver of murder mysteries. In The Widows of Malabar Hill, Sujata Massey brings 1920s Bombay to life, a time when the British still ruled, single women were not served alcohol in restaurants and there was murder most foul. With an indomitable heroine and a solid cast of sidekicks, this is the start of a series mystery readers should not miss."
      —Amulya Malladi, bestselling author of A House for Happy Mothers and The Copenhagen Affair

      "Perveen is strong, tenacious and smart, just the kind of advocate you'd want to have on your side. And as someone who was born and raised in the city, I love the way in which Massey recreates colonial Bombay, down to the architecture, social interactions,politics and gender dynamics. You can feel the breeze coming off the Arabian Sea and taste the pastries at Yazdani's bakery."
      —Radha Vatsal, author of A Front Page Affair

      "Introducing an incisive, sympathetic heroine with a painful past while shedding light on a fascinating cloistered historical world, The Widows of Malabar Hill is not only immediately engaging—it has staying power."
      —Lyndsay Faye, Edgar-nominated author of Gods of Gotham and Jane Steele

      "Perveen Mistry is a rarity: a female solicitor in a bastion of masculinity! An astonishing heroine—fearless, intelligent and determined—she makes a memorable debut in Sujata Massey’s The Widows of Malabar Hill. A gripping whodunnit, full of excitement and heart, the novel also delightfully evokes Bombay in the 1920s—and celebrates the Parsi community that continues to enrich their beloved city."
      —Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Ice Candy Man and Water

      "Sujata Massey is one of the most talented writers working today. In her hands, 1920s Bombay comes alive with the sounds, sights and smells of a place and time where women were still second class citizens. Perveen Mistry is an unforgettable heroine, fighting for justice in an enigmatic, beautiful and flawed world. With gorgeous prose, Massey weaves a captivating mystery. The Widows of Malabar Hill is an extraordinary novel."
      —Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl

      "Wonderful . . . A rich blend of history and fiction, [The Widows of Malabar Hill] brings historical Bombay to vibrant life in this engaging mystery."
      —The Seattle Review of Books

      "One of the great joys of this novel is the life Massey brings to Bombay, which in her telling is a truly stunning chaos of peoples, cultures and religions."
      The Colonial (Montgomery County)

      "Exciting and suspenseful . . . [The Widows of Malabar Hill] features Massey’s literary strength in dynamic character development and lyrical prose."
      —Shepherd Express

      "Abolutely intriguing."
      —WJBC's Booknotes

      "The moment we heard about Perveen, India's first woman lawyer who solves crimes, we knew we had to get our hands on this book. And The Widows of Malabar Hill didn't disappoint. Sujata Massey paints a beautiful historical landscape of 1920s Bombay and the many cultures living there at the time."
      —Reading Women Podcast

      "A tightly-crafted mystery, a vividly-drawn multicultural setting, and a plucky heroine fiercely taking on the challenges of her time."
      —Modern Mrs. Darcy

      "Certain to please a wide range of readers . . . [Perveen Mistry] won’t take no for an answer, she’s hungry for knowledge and justice, and she’s on her way to making history."
      —India Currents Magazine

      —The Times of India

      "The Widows of Malabar Hill is an exquisite tapestry weaving together mystery with a crash course in colonial India, its customs, and the expectations of women in the 1920s . . . It also brings you the sights, smells, and tastes of 1920s India (which may make you crave coconut rice at 2 a.m.)"
      —Rewire News

      The Asian Age

      "Perveen Mistry is a terrific heroine."
      —New York Journal of Books

      "A fascinating look behind the curtain of women’s lives in pre-Independence India."
      —Historical Novel Society

      "Perfect for fans of Vaseem Kahn's Inspector Khan series . . . A super book."
      —Robert Daws, Partners in Crime Podcast

      "A fascinating series opener."
      —Stop! You're Killing Me

      "The mystery is a strong one because readers must acquaint themselves with this unfamiliar world in order to piece together what happened. And what can I say about the setting? Massey pulled me right into this world, and I was almost on sensory overload. The old ways versus the new. Bombay's rapid growth into a vibrant major city. The various political, religious, and social factions that chafed against each other on a daily basis. And one woman, with the support of her parents, who's strong enough to stand up for what's right. A+"
      —Kittling Books

      "Well written, highly detailed, and engaging, THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL shows Massey's extensive writing experience, as well as an acute eye for human frailty and conflict. I'm glad to note from her material that there's a sequel on the way."
      —Kingdom Books

      "The Widows of Malabar Hill is a gorgeous epic, a significant statement on women's rights, a fascinating armchair tour, and, yes, a thriller of a murder mystery."
      —Reviewing the Evidence

      "I could envision this series being televised by the BBC or Masterpiece: Mystery! (Hint, hint.)"
      —Over My Dead Body

      "Perveen Mistry is a wonderful creation."
      —Books to the Ceiling (blog)

      —The Teal Mango

      "A fascinating setting and great characters."
      —Smart Bitches

      "Rich with culture and customs of different facets of Indian society . . . It’s like I could imagine the traffic on the street—it was that vivid."
      —Girl XOXO

      "The Widows of Malabar Hill introduces you to Perveen Mistry, a feminist character you will instantly fall in love with . . . The plot tackles gender equality, religious tolerance and communal harmony and that is what makes the character a true inspiration."

      "Launches Sujata Massey’s new historical mystery series in fine style . . . The Widows of Malabar Hill shows that Massey has been inspired both by her newest creation and her setting, with the promise of a great series to come."
      —MADReads, the review of the Madison Public Library

      "A refreshingly original mystery . . . What comes through most strongly in this entertaining work, though, is the status of women, and how much Perveen had to accomplish to get where she is."
      —Reading the Past blog

      Praise for Sujata Massey

      “Beautifully constructed and highly emotional. Massey’s knowledge of Japanese antiques and downtown D.C. enhances the story.”
      USA Today

      “A sprightly, engaging tale by setting a classic English-style whodunit in contemporary Japan . . . This young, hip, sake-sipping sleuth leads a reader into a Tokyo that doesn’t make the guidebooks . . . Sly, sexy and deftly done, Wife is one to bring home.”
      People Magazine

      Dallas Morning News

      “Sujata Massey has worked her award-winning series to be a mirror on the Japan culture as seen through the eyes of an outsider . . . The result in Massey’s nine novels are an intuitive view of contrasting societies and a young woman trying to find her place in the world.”
      South Florida Sun-Sentinel

      “Rei is a fascinating character: bold, unique, spirited and intelligent . . . Massey makes good use of the clash between American and Japanese cultures as a backdrop for an enjoyable story.”
      Chicago Sun-Times

      “Riveting . . . The Sleeping Dictionary, an utterly engrossing tale of love, espionage, betrayal and survival, is historical fiction at its best, accessible to all audiences.”
      Booklist, Starred Review

      "A compelling look into Indian society through the eyes of a remarkable heroine."
      —Literary Hub
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    9780307743961 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
    $29.95 CAD 6.99 x 9.26 x 1.58 in | 960 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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      The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, with puzzling mysteries by Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many, many more

      THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES: An empty desert, a lonely ski slope, a gentleman’s study, an elevator car—nowhere is a crime completely impossible.

      Edgar Award–winning editor Otto Penzler has collected sixty-eight of the all-time best impossible-crime stories from almost two hundred years of the genre. In addition to the many classic examples of the form—a case of murder in a locked room or otherwise inaccessible place, solved by a brilliant sleuth—this collection expands the definition of the locked room to include tales of unbelievable thefts and incredible disappearances. Among these pages you’ll find stories with evocative titles like “The Flying Death”, “The Man From Nowhere”, “A Terribly Strange Bed”, and “The Theft of the Bermuda Penny”, not to mention appearances by some of the cleverest characters in all of crime, including Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Georges Simenon’s Jules Maigret, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op, and many more.
         • Unconventional means of murder
         • Pilfered jewels
         • Shocking solutions
         • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, the first detective story and            the first locked-room mystery
         • Masters of the short story form: Edward D. Hoch, Ellery Queen, Carter Dickson, and       Stanley Ellin

      Otto Penzler is a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the editor of numerous anthologies, among them eight other Vintage Crime/Black Lizard anthologies, most recently The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. He is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.
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      “The best gift ever for the fan of mysteries impossible to solve. . . . Penzler, an acclaimed mystery writer, has a gift for bringing back talented writers from historical obscurity.”
      The Seattle Times

      "This collection delivers more than 900 pages of wonderful reading. . . . Every fan of old-time detection will want this book."
      --The Washington Post

      “Unparalleled. . . . This is the ideal bedside book for mystery fans: packed with short, challenging tales of murder and deduction, easily consumed before the eyes flicker. . . . Many of the stories are classics (and worth reading again), but there are a number of writers here whose stories aren't well known, so there's much to discover.”
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      "A wide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . . This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel’s son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."
      --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      "Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price."
      --Kirkus Reviews
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    Series: Obama Biden Mysteries
    Hope Never Dies An Obama Biden Mystery Andrew Shaffer
    9781683690399 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: July 10, 2018
    $19.99 CAD 5.23 x 7.99 x 0.77 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Quirk Books
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      The New York Times Best Seller

      “[Hope Never Dies is] an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes.”—Alexandra Alter, New York Times

      Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs.
      Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.

      Part noir thriller and part bromance, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.

      Story Locale: Wilmington, DE
      Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including the national best seller Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Kentucky.

      Author Residence: Lexington, Kentucky
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        Author Website: www.andrewshaffer.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook: /andrewshaffer, Instagram: @andrew_shaffer
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      An Official Summer Read of Publishers Weekly and The Interrobang
      A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

      “[Hope Never Dies is] a roughly 300-page work of political fanfiction, an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes. But it’s also at times a surprisingly earnest story about estranged friends who are reunited under strange circumstances.”—Alexandra Alter, New York Times

      “It’s a giddy premise, a bit of Resistance wish-fulfillment for those who’d like to see Biden and Obama trading one-liners and cracking skulls.”New Yorker

      “While readers are sure to get a kick out of the codenames and inside jokes used playfully throughout, Hope Never Dies is an intriguing saga that doesn’t sacrifice momentum for winks and nods.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “It’s easy to imagine that if these fist-bumping brothers were ever to become a modern Sherlock and Watson, the world might be a better, more interesting place.”—USA Today, ??? out of four

      “Obama and Biden are the ultimate crime-fighting team in Hope Never Dies.”—Washington Post

      “An ambitious and completely successful novel.”—Booklist

      “Deeply weird and very funny.”—The Wall Street Journal
      “Step aside Holmes and Watson; back off Poirot and Hastings. A new pair of amateur sleuths are hitting town this month: Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”—The Guardian (UK)

      “Shaffer has sublimated liberal grief, nostalgia, and fantasy into a sort of allegorical potboiler.”—Slate

      “A novel nostalgic for a feel-good moment in US politics—one that now seems far in the past.”—Quartz

      Hope Never Dies is the lighthearted antidote for our tense political times, the escapist summer book we all need. Once you read it, you’ll want more.”—Brooklyn Rail

      “[Hope Never Dies] is a fun lark, and the world could use more of that these days.”—Florida Times-Union

      Hope Never Dies has humor and heart as well as plenty of adventure [and] surprisingly nuanced and tender takes on aging, masculinity, jealousy, and life after eight years in power.”—Santa Fe New Mexican

      “[An] entertaining, offbeat whodunit...Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s comic crime novels will have fun.”—Publishers Weekly

      “The cool, cerebral ex-POTUS is a reasonable stand-in for Sherlock Holmes, and his ex-VPOTUS, by turns appealingly modest and laughably self-satisfied, is in some ways a better Watson than the good doctor himself.”—Kirkus

      “The beats of dialogue, the in-jokes, and the quips...make the book an entertaining light read.”—Lexington Herald-Leader

      “Probably the most unlikely pair of detectives I have ever seen.”—Rincey Abraham, Book Riot

      “Any fan of Joe Biden (and who isn't a fan of Joe Biden?) will love this book. Shaffer gets Biden. Even the zaniest, most hilarious moments are grounded with a note of authenticity. Put on your aviators and grab an ice cream cone—you're in for a hell of an Amtrak ride...and that's no malarkey.”—Jeff Wilser, author of The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden

      “This may not be the buddy-cop adventure America deserves, but it’s the one we need.”—Christopher Farnsworth, author of The President's Vampire and Red, White, and Blood

      “I am physically angry that this is a work of fiction. If I'm ever murdered, please put Joe Biden on the case.”—Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of Rebel Rising
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    The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime Con Artists, Burglars, Rogues, and Scoundrels from the Timeof Sherlock Holmes Michael Sims, Michael Sims, Michael Sims
    9780143105664 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: March 31, 2009
    $18.50 CAD 5.08 x 7.75 x 0.58 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Classics
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      Read Michael Sims's posts on the Penguin Blog

      An exclusive collection-the first- ever gathering of rogues from the gaslight era

      collected here for the first time: the best crime fiction from the gaslight era. All the legendary thieves are present-Arsène Lupin and A. J. Raffles, Colonel Clay and Simon Carne, Romney Pringle, Get Rich Quick Wallingford, and the Infallible Godahl-burgling London and Paris, conning New York and Ostend, laughing all the way to the bank. Also featured are stories by distinguished writers from outside the mystery and detective genres, including Sinclair Lewis, Arnold Bennett, H. G. Wells, and William Hope Hodgson.
      Michael Sims is the author of In the Womb: Animals (adapted from two National Geographic Channel documentaries). He is also the author of Apollo's Fire: A Journey Through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day, which NPR chose as one of the best science books of 2007; Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Science Book; and Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts. For Penguin Classics he also edited The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel, Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief, and The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime. He has written for many periodicals, from the Washington Post to New Statesman.
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