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Note: Grandpa is back from California and the weekly email should be back in full swing at least for the month of July.
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This Week's Special for Kids is a story about the real meaning of friendship. Hint: it's not about running around and doing stuff. This picture book with sweet illustrations had me tearing up a bit when I read it to the grandkids. Save 20% and get free shipping on This Week's Kids Special.
Next Friday, July 16, at 7 pm we'll be hosting two of the hottest writers in mystery: Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner. Each is here with a new books: Ice Cold for Tess and Live to Tell for Lisa.
To make our hot summer night a little cooler we'll be passing out popsicles.
We're expecting a full house on Friday, seating will be limited so wear your comfortable shoes.
The book opens with a man standing in line to buy a shovel. He's going to use the shovel to dig a grave. Whose grave and why he's digging it will slowly be revealed in this marvelous novel that is one part pulpy noir and one part literary mystery.
If you're curious about the title it comes from one of the character's summarization of the essential noir plot: Plans go wrong, bad things happen, people die.
Cost of the Coffee & Crime event is $5 and reservations are essential.
For more info, www.cinemagicpgh.com or 412-422-7729.
Note: as of this moment Girl Who Played With Fire does not appear on the Manor's website as a coming attraction but the theater tells me that it will open July 23.
Worried about overwhelming crowds in Oakmont due to the US Women's Open. Fuggedaboutit. It's a morgue out here. If you're in the Pittsburgh area we invite you to drop by the store where there is plenty of parking and no crowds. Otherwise, our website is completely unaffected by the golf at Oakmont.
Our July Staff Picks are up and running to give you some great ideas for summer trips (via books) that might take you to Italy, Malaysian or Nigeria. Take a look and see what we're reading at our July Staff Picks.
By the way, if you're looking for summer reading that takes you around the world don't miss our International Books of Mystery section with suggestions of dozens of authors who will transport you to every part of the globe.
The June-July issue of the MLB News is up on the website and ready for download. You'll need Adobe Acrobat to download this PDF file. You may view the News on the screen or print it out. Just remember to use the Adobe Acrobat print button to get the best results.
Incidentally, if you have an iPad you'll find that you can download a beautiful copy of the MLB News for easy reading. Just go the the website using the Safari browser and tap the link for the MLB News.
Be the first on your block to get your hands on the spectacular new MLB 20th Anniversary/Raven Award mug. This 8 oz. beauty is spectacular in resplendent red with black and white imprinting on both sides. Side one features our regular logo and notice of our 20th Anniversary in October of 2010. On the other side, a special Raven version of our logo to mark our receiving the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Important Note: We cannot offer free shipping on orders that include mugs. We must send these Priority Mail and will have to charge you $4.50 shipping regardless of these amount of your order.
Other books signed by popular authors that we have or expect include:
Karin Slaughter - Broken, available now
Carla Neggers - The Whisper, available now
Elaine Viets - Half-Price Homicide, here now
John Sandford - Storm Prey, here now
Victoria Thompson - Murder on Lexington Avenue available now
Jeffery Deaver - The Burning Wire available now
As always, supplies of these signed books are limited so please order early.
We're now the proud owners of a username on Facebook. That means that you can get to our page just by going to:
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Once your there, click on the Like button and you can join the other 729 folks who like us.
New Arrivals have slowed down a bit although more July books are expected next week. Among this week's notables:
Former hometown boy Chris Kuzneski has a new thriller, The Prophecy, that take Payne and Jones on a new international adventure.
London cop Anna Travis has a new case in Lynda LaPlante's Silent Scream.
Wexford is back, looking into an old case, in Ruth Rendell's Monster in the Box.
Meg Lanslow may be pregnant with twins but she's still got time for crime-solving in Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews.
From Britain we have Paul Doherty's latest: The Templar Magician, a continuation of the story behind the Order of the Templars.
News books arrive every day check our New Arrivals page often for everything new at MLB.
Here's what you can find at www.mysterylovers.com:
Get ready for summer reading
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
Did we mention that we won a Raven Award?
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