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Halloween Birthday Bash - Oct. 31

Hard to believe but Halloween in here. Tomorrow we'll celebrate our 19th year with a Halloween Birthdaty Bash all day Saturday.

From 10 am to Midnight we'll have free cappuccino

In honor of our 19th birthday we invite you to take 19% off any one hardcover book purchased that day

At 1 pm Bob Regan will have a talk and signing of Names of Pittsburgh

At 7 pm Alan W. Petrucelli will have a talk and signing of Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous and Infamous

Following Alan's talk, he'll judge and announce the winners in the Dress as Your Favorite Dead Celebrity contest.

At 9 pm we'll hold the Ten Cent Book Sale to benefit Beginning with Books

Please join us for our Halloween Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Can't join us? You can still celebrate with 19% off

Celebrate our 19th year with 19% off any hardcover book (well, actually, British imports including The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest aren't eligible for the deal) purchased Saturday, Oct. 31 either in the store, on the phone or via the web.

Only books which are currently available are eligible for this deal, no future publications, please.

You must ask for your Halloween special. If you are placing a web order, please put Halloween in the special instructions line when you check out.

We must receive your order on Saturday for this offer to be valid.

The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest will be here soon

Well, that didn't take long. We announced the arrival of The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest last Friday and by Saturday we were sold out. We have more copies on the way to we urge you to order now so as to snag one of those copies when they arrive in a few weeks.

Those who have fallen in love with Stieg Larsson's series about Lizbeth Salander will be excited about the arrival of the third and final installment in the trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest. Mary Alice and I having just yesterday finished listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire are simply dying to find out what happens next in this compelling trilogy that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a British import and is available in limited quantity. Please order now to avoid disappointment.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

We've got a preliminary version of our Holiday Gift Guide up on the website for you to download. Why not take a look at it and get some ideas for everyone on your list. Many of these holiday items will run out long before Christmas so be smart and order early.

You can expect the unexpected at Mystery Lovers. Check out what we've got.

Award winners announced, Shamus and Anthony

With the Bourchercon convention having wrapped up last week the winners of the Anthony Award and the Shamus Award have been announced.

You'll find a complete listing of the nominees and winners for the Anthony and the Shamus on our website.

Best Sellers for September

We've compiled our Best Sellers for September and we're happy to report that Hardball by Sara Paretsky is at the top of the list. A wonderful book all about Chicago history and politics with the added bonus of V.I. Warshawski. Sara beat out Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, which was followed by a variety of other hardcover best sellers including Susan Wittig Albert, John LeBeau, Louise Penny and Ian Rankin.

Trade paperback sales were topped by local writers Kathryn Miller Haines and Barbara Cloud followed by Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. September also features strong sales by a number of non-mystery fiction titles popular with book clubs.

If you're looking for something new to try please take a moment to check out our September Best Sellers.

New Arrivals

We're starting to get a large number of November New Arrivals including books by Carolyn Hart, Katherine Hall Page, Anne Perry, Peter Tremayne, James Doss and many others. We expect a large number of November releases to arrive mid-next week so check back with us

Check our New Arrivals for page for everything new at MLB.

New signed books on the way

We've got some signed books that are coming (or are here) in the next few months. Quantities are limited so please place your order now to avoid disappointment.

This week's arrivals The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page and Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart. Both of these are delightful Christmas mysteries that would make great gifts for the cozy mystery fan on your list. Or maybe just for you.

As alway, signed books are available in limited quantities so please order now to avoid disappointment.

What's on the website now

Here's what you can find at www.mysterylovers.com:

Upcoming Events

Oct. 31 - Halloween Birthday Bash
Nov. 28 - Brian O'Neill

More events...

Fall is here, bundle up with a good book.
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff

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