Sophie Hannah and Nancy Pickard - Wednesday, June 23, 2010
What makes a good mystery for a book club?
Talk and signing, starting at 7 pm
Sophie Hannah and Nancy Pickard will be our special guests on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 pm to talk about their latest books and to discuss what makes a good mystery for a book club.
Sophie Hannah has been steadily building her US fanbase since 2007, with the publication of Little Face, followed a year later by The Wrong Mother. With her signature blend of style, wit, domestic drama (and trauma), and not a little bit of creepiness, Sophie Hannah is back again, this time withThe Dead Lie Down, another international bestseller met with ecstatic reviews overseas, where The Guardian (London) declared the book “beautifully written [with] precision engineered to unsettle.”
Hannah is the latest in a long line of brilliant British writers of suspense such as Ruth Rendell (especially as Barbara Vine) and Minette Walters. We're excited to have her here during a very brief US tour to introduce this writer to a wider US audience.
Nancy Pickard is well known to mystery readers beginning with her Jenny Cain series. More recently she has ventured into the borders between mystery and literary fiction first with The Virgin of Small Plains and now with The Scent of Rain and Lightning.
The latest book is set in the Kansas cattle-ranching country and the small town of Rose. For generation the Linder family has been the dominant force in town but twenty-five years ago tragedy struck when the eldest son was murdered and his wife disappeared. The only survivor was their young daughter Jody. A man was convicted of both murders but now he's been released for retrial through the efforts of his son, a lawyer. The Scent of Rain and Lightning is both a compelling read as well as a careful exploration of memory and loss and the adaptability of human beings.
If you're involved in a book club we urge you to join us for an informative evening as we discuss What makes a good mystery for a book club? with the authors as well as bookstore owner Mary Alice Gorman and other members of the audience.
Please give us a call or use our contact form to let us know if you're coming.