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Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Title: STOP the Presses!  The very latest in the New Nero & Archie Series.

(Publishers Weekly 1/4/16 pp 34-35)

Stop the Presses! A Nero Wolfe Mystery Robert Goldsborough. Open Road, $14.99 trade paper (250p) ISBN 978-1-5040-2357-3 Goldsborough’s outstanding 11th Nero Wolfe pastiche provides a sedate contrast to the previous volume, 2015’s Archie in the Crosshairs, which opened with a bang, as someone shot at Archie Goodwin, Wolfe’s leg man, on his way home. Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette asks for Wolfe’s help after his paper’s most-read and most-notorious writer, Cameron Clay, receives death threats. Since Clay’s column routinely ruffles feathers, that’s not an unusual occurrence, but the writer views the current threats as more serious. Wolfe agrees to meet with Clay and gets a list of the five people most likely to pose a danger to him, including a real estate magnate and Clay’s diva exwife. But after the columnist rejects protection, he’s found dead of a gunshot wound, and the Gazette’s publisher asks Wolfe to challenge the police’s verdict of suicide. Offering one of his most surprising solutions, Goldsborough again demonstrates an impressive ability to emulate Rex Stout’s narrative voice.


Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are tasked with protecting the most hated columnist in New York City

There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, the famously brilliant—and notoriously lazy—detective is inclined to listen. According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette’s gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who’s hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone.
The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people: an egomaniacal developer, a disgraced cop, a corrupt councilman, a sleazy lawyer, and his ex-wife. But when Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don’t agree, so they retain Wolfe and his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.


About the Author

Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the "Chicago Tribune" and "Advertising Age". While at the "Tribune", Goldsborough began writing mysteries in the voice of Rex Stout, the creator of iconic sleuths Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough s first novel starring Wolfe, "Murder in E Minor" (1986), was met with acclaim from both critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Nine more Wolfe mysteries followed, including "Death on Deadline "(1987) and "Fade to Black" (1990). His most recent book is "Archie in the Crosshairs "



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Author Discussion & Signing with Rev. Tom Holmes

Saturday: December 2, 2017

2:00 PM

Tom Holmes

About the Author

Tom Holmes has worked in multicultural situations for most of his adult life. He was a student at Tuskegee Institute when Dr. King was killed and taught for two years at Colegio San Antonio Abad in Puerto Rico. An ordained pastor, he served in a multicultural congregation in the near west suburbs of Chicago for 25 years and has been working with St. Paul Thai Lutheran Church since 1992. His Doctor of Ministry thesis explored the role of identity in the transformation of congregations in changing neighborhoods. He has been to Thailand eleven times. At present he writes on religion for the Wednesday Journal and the Forest Park Review. His two previous books are Forty Days Alone in Thailand: Jesus, the Buddha, Thai Culture and My Self and Pongsak, Advocate for Asian Ministries.


Title: The Soul of a Liberal Village

About the Book

The Soul of a Liberal Village: the Variety of Religious Experience in Oak Park, IL documents and analyzes the variety of religious experience in an extremely “blue” village. It also includes a collection of stories from the wide spiritual spectrum which exists in the village. Read it for the analysis and/or for the stories which are interesting and often inspiring.


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Sisters in Crime Special Meeting: Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

September 23, 2017 Saturday


Sisters in Crime Special Meeting:

Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication


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Published: Echelon Press Publishing - June 1st, 2009

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Meet Hometown Reads' New Breed of Chicagoland Authors: Read Local/Shop Local

Meet Hometown Reads' New Breed of Chicagoland Authors 

Read Local/Shop Local

Sunday October 15, 2017

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

In The Apothecary’s Curse, a mysterious, ancient illuminated book of healing has already led to one death and the curse of immortality on another, for as medieval alchemist Paracelsus has said: The dose makes the poison. So, what could possibly go wrong when gentleman physician Simon Bell consults gifted apothecary gaelan Erceldoune in a desperate attempt to treat his dying wife? 

Reluctantly, Erceldoune agrees, but when Bell gives his wife the medicine it kills her immediately. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.

When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?

The Apothecary’s Curse was a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award and the winner of The 2017 Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice Award at the Killer Nashville Writers Conference.

Barbara Barnett is author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books), an imprint of Prometheus Books. She is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA’s HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as “The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture,” “The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Hidden History of Science Fiction,” and “Our Passion for Disaster (Movies).” Most recently, she gave a lecture at MENSA “The Conan Doyle Conundrum,” which explored the famous author’s life-long belief in fairies.


Southside Hustle: a gripping action thriller full of suspense: Lou Holly

Southside Hustle. Fresh out of prison for a drug offense in October 1985, Patrick ‘Trick’ Halloran wants to reconnect with his young son and live a normal life, but he still owes $60,000 to a ruthless drug dealer. He is even willing to try and get back with his fiery ex-wife in order to spend more time with Pat, Jr.. Trick struggles to come up with enough money to pay his debt, but things turn around one day when he is in the right place at the right time. His seemingly good fortune turns out to be a disaster in disguise when he finds himself between a rock and a hard place. His life turns into a booze fueled, sleepless odyssey trying to stay a step ahead of the law and a dangerous drug gang. Unwilling to turn snitch, Trick must overcome tremendous odds in order to stay alive and not end up back in prison.

Lou Holly

Lou Holly has been writing since the late 1980s, having worked as a local newspaper reporter, a columnist for trade magazines and further afield. A self-employed entrepreneur most of his adult life, past occupations include owner of a band booking agency, bodyguard for a Chicago actress, and owner of a limousine business. Before his recent retirement, he and his wife published the 1950s and 60s nostalgia magazine, Keep Rockin’. He lives in Naperville, Illinois.

Acre's Bastard- Historical Fiction From the Crusades

Acre's Bastard: The Holy Land, 1187 Salah-adin is poised to conquer the Kingdom of Jerusalem. For 10-year old Lucca “the Louse”, it’s life as normal. The streets of Acre—the wickedest city in the world—are his playground. But when a violent act of betrayal leaves him homeless and alone, he’s drawn into a terrifying web of violence, espionage and holy war. The murder of a local clerk sends Lucca and the mysterious Brother Marco into a race against time to stop the Kingdom from tearing itself apart and becoming easy prey for their enemies. Can one lone boy save the Crusader Kingdom from disaster at the Horns of Hattin? This exciting, sometimes wry tale, takes an adult look at the Crusades through the eyes of its most innocent victims—the children.

Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel is a writer speaker and entrepreneur based in the Chicago area. He is the author of 6 non-fiction books, including Meet Like You Mean It- a Leader's Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings and his first historical fiction novel, The Count of the Sahara. His motto is "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. The rest of us are doomed too, but get to smile smugly and say 'told you so'.

Petrella, the Gillian Princess

Petrella, the Gillian Princess is fairy tale that interweaves themes similar to The Little MermaidCinderellaTangledSleeping Beauty, and Noah’s Ark. It’s about a courageous young princess who defies rank and authority to follow her heart. It is a story of hope, bravery, and triumph.

Petrella, the Gillian Princess can be used as a discussion piece on the importance of making solid, moral decision, and understanding the consequences that result from those decisions, as well as an effective teaching tool to help explain all the elements that go into making a story...a story. And, it is meant to be enjoyed by all readers young at heart, but especially aimed at those children who read middle grade fiction – ages 8 – 13 years of age.

Chiara Talluto

Chicago-born, a full-time mother and author, Chiara Talluto, is a former Instructional Design (ID) Consultant by profession where writing was very critical in creating training materials. However, her love for the written word got the best of her, and now Chiara’s real passion is writing about people who struggle with decisions and conflicts that arise in their lives.

Since her “retirement” from ID in 2008, Chiara has authored two novels: Love’s Perfect Surrender, a Christian Romance about a troubled married couple with flawed expectations and an imperfect, beautiful child who teaches them to surrender their expectations in order to mend their broken union. And, most recently, inspired by many of Disney’s fairy tales, her very first middle-grade story: Petrella, the Gillian Princess. A narrative about a courageous young princess who escapes a world consumed by power, to follow her heart in search of true love.

Currently, Chiara is hard at work on her third novel, as well as penning other short stories. When she is not writing, she is either reading or playing mommy with her two young daughters.

The Mystery at Black  Partridge Woods: A legendary water beast, mysterious wolves, and an unsolved murder echo through two centuries.
Wawetseka, a Potawatomi woman, is shocked when a body washes up near her village, but events soon turn worse: her only son is arrested for murder. To free him she must track down the real killer. Her investigation takes her through the wilderness of 1817 northern Illinois and to Fort Dearborn as she races desperately, fighting the harsh terrain and the realities of vigilante justice. Two centuries later, Wawetseka’s descendent, Nick Pokagon, a charismatic young scientist, partners with Cora Tozzi, Cisco, and Frannie to publish Wawetseka’s adventures. But then Cora and her friends are attacked. What does Wawetseka’s story have to do with the present? How can the mysterious assailant be stopped? The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods tells two related stories with unexpected parallels. It is both a fast-paced adventure and a mystery that paints a picture of the little-known earliest days of what is now Lemont, Illinois. Readers who enjoy amateur sleuths and adventure will find it hard to put down.

Pat Camalliere

Award-Winning Finalist, Most Original Concept, 2017 Red City Review Book Awards Pat Camalliere is the author of The Mystery at Sag Bridge, a popular, five-star-rated historical mystery novel. Her latest book, The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods, continues the Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series. She lives with her husband in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She serves on the boards of the Lemont Historical Society and Lemont Public Library District and is a member of Sisters in Crime. She speaks locally on a variety of topics and writes a blog that features unique history stories. Visit her website at

The Case of the Ex Who Plotted Revenge: Angry with the people who didn’t lie to keep him out of jail, Phil Greer is back in Limekiln to take revenge on his old partner, his ex-wife Lena, and the woman with a snoopy instinct.  His brother warns him of the danger, but Phil has internet to feed him secrets. He’s ready to twist arms, strike fear, and destroy happiness.

Georgann Prochaska

Georgann Prochaska grew up in the Chicago area. After retiring from teaching, she learned about suspicions and secrets from her mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease.  Those discoveries spun her into writing mysteries.  Her two retired women characters, now amateur sleuths, solve cold cases in small towns filled with secrets. The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile is the first of the series, followed by The Case of the Hound Who Didn’t StayThe Case of the Ex Who Plotted Revenge is the third of the Snoopypuss mystery series. The fourth will be out in 2018.

Rolf's Quest: A wizard, a curse, a fated love…When Rolf finally discovers the woman who can end the curse that has plagued his family for centuries, she is already betrothed. Time is running out for the royal wizard of King Henry II. If he cannot find true love without the use of sorcery, the magic will die for future generations. Melissa is intrigued by the mystical, handsome man who haunts her by night and tempts her by day. His bizarre tale of Merlin, enchantments, and finding genuine love has her questioning his sanity and her heart.From the moment Melissa stepped from his dreams and into his arms, Rolf knew she was his destiny. Now, he will battle against time, a powerful duke, and call on the gods to save her.

Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Wynne's medieval fantasy series Medieval Encounters will launched in 2017 with Rolf's QuestObsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. Her short stories Merry Christmas and Henry and Pete's Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader's Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante's Gift, a holiday novella received the 2016 Golden Quill award andwas a 2016 Maggie finalist. Her upcoming series A Vintage Romance was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII.

ZEBRA CROSSING: A sadistic killer roams the streets of an affluent suburb. He is stalking and killing young women. Detective Tami Johnson joins forces with her ex-boyfriend Detective Mike Crane to take him down. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one. Without any viable leads, little to no evidence, and more suspects than they can handle, they must pool their resources to get this creep off the streets. With the clock ticking, can Tami rekindle her relationship with her ex and track down a deadly psychopath before he claims another life? A life that might be her own.

Lolah Lace

Lolah Lace is a best selling author of Romantic Fiction. She writes in many Romance sub-genres: Interracial, Paranormal, New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Crime, Suspense and Sports. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She resides in the Chicagoland area. Her writing career started with teleplays and screenplays. She has been a self-published indie author since 2012. In her spare time she watches TV, goes to the movies and reads books. She is very passionate about writing. Her books are  Violation, La Femme Selita, Heart and Glass and Heart of Gold.

The Story of Camp Douglas

Camp Douglas: Chicago's Forgotten Civil War Prison: A detailed history of Camp Douglas the Chicago prison camp that housed nearly 30,000 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and received over 40,000 Union recruits. Camp life is told by the diaries, journals, and letters of prisoners. Causes of conditions and loss of life are investigated. Located on the near south side of Chicago, the camp operated from 1861to 1865 and was the largest military facility in Illinois. As a prison it had more prisoner deaths than any Union prison.

David Keller

Davids Keller: Retired banker and amateur historian and Managing Director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. He is a docent with the Chicago History Museum and author of two books and numerous articles on the Civil War. He is a frequent lecturer on Camp Douglas and the Civil War.


Chicago Tango: Dennis Brunt, a rookie tax attorney, can't understand why Gerhard Schmidt wants his involvement in the case when Schmidt is charged with serious felonies, including drug dealing, illegal arms trading, and money laundering. The only connection they seem to have is that they’re both Argentinian. But that connection is tenuous at best. Dennis remembers very little about Argentina since his adoptive parents raised him in America from a very young age. But this is a direct order from the managing attorney, so Dennis can’t say no. Despite his misgivings, Dennis knows this high-profile case could serve as a springboard for his career. The problem is that it has drawn the attention of the US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and his agents are stalking both Dennis and his client. But that’s only part of the action Dennis faces as the case takes him back to his former home of Argentina. Soon, he’ll find out his connection to Schmidt—as well as some unbelievable family secrets—in Chicago Tango, a legal thriller full of surprising twists written by Illinois attorney Tony Mankus.


Tony Mankus

Illinois attorney Tony Mankus focuses on tax controversies including tax collections, audits, and criminal investigations. He and his wife Margarita Marchan-Mankus are partners in the law firm of Mankus & Marchan, Ltd. They married in 1983 and have four grown daughters.Tony joined the Peace Corps and worked as a revenue officer for the Internal Revenue Service before becoming an attorney. He earned his law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1985. His literary background includes publishing both technical articles dealing with tax and bankruptcy issues and more personal and creative ones published in the Non-Billable Hours section of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Lithuanian Heritage magazine, and Rivulets. He has also published a memoir, Where Do I Belong?, about his World War II experiences as a Lithuanian refugee displaced in Germany before immigrating to the United States. Find out more about Tony’s immigrant experience at




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Published: Pyr - October 11th, 2016

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Published: Amika Press - August 21st, 2016

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Published: Amika Press - April 4th, 2015

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Published: History Press - March 23rd, 2015

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 31st, 2017

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 16th, 2016

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 19th, 2016

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Published: Outskirts Press - May 11th, 2017

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Published: Outskirts Press - June 30th, 2015

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Published: Outskirts Press - June 29th, 2016

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 25th, 2014

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 18th, 2016

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Published: Achis Press - February 8th, 2017

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Published: Plato Publishing - September 29th, 2016

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Authors Discussion & Signing with John Lawton and Zoe Sharp

Tuesday 7:00 PM October 17, 2017

Authors Discussion & Signing with:

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John Lawton

John Lawton is a producer/director in television who has spent much of his time interpreting the USA to the English, and occasionally vice versa. He has worked with Gore Vidal, Neil Simon, Scott Turow, Noam Chomsky, Fay Weldon, Harold Pinter and Kathy Acker. He thinks he may well be the only TV director ever to be named in a Parliamentary Bill in the British House of Lords as an offender against taste and balance – he has also been denounced from the pulpit in Mississippi as a `Communist', but thinks that less remarkable. He spent most of the 90s in New York – among other things attending the writers' sessions at The Actors' Studio under Norman Mailer – and has visited or worked in more than half the 50 states – since 2000 he has lived in the high, wet hills of Derbyshire England, with frequent excursions into the high, dry hills of Arizona and Italy. He is the author of 1963, a social and political history of the Kennedy-Macmillan years, six thrillers in the Troy series and a s20tand-alone novel, Sweet Sunday. In 1995 the first Troy novel, Black Out, won the WH Smith Fresh Talent Award. In 2006 Columbia Pictures bought the fourth Troy novel Riptide. In 2007 A Little White Death was a New York Times noteable. In 2008 he was one of only half a dozen living English writers to be named in the London Daily Telegraph's `50 Crime Writers to Read before You Die.' He has also edited the poetry of DH Lawrence and the stories of Joseph Conrad. He is devoted to the work of Franz Schubert, Cormac McCarthy, Art Tatum, and Barbara Gowdy.


Friends and Traitors  John Lawton's Inspector Troy novels are regularly singled out as a crime series of exceptional quality, by critics and readers alike. Friends and Traitors is the eighth novel in the series--which can be read in any order--a story of betrayal, espionage, and the dangers of love. London, 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, newly promoted after good service during Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Britain, is not looking forward to a European trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod has decided to take his entire family on "the Grand Tour" for his fifty-first birthday: a whirlwind of restaurants, galleries, and concert halls from Paris to Florence to Vienna to Amsterdam. But Frederick Troy only gets as far as Vienna. It is there that he crosses paths with an old acquaintance, a man who always seems to be followed by trouble: British spy turned Soviet agent Guy Burgess. Suffice it to say that Troy is more than surprised when Burgess, who has escaped from the bosom of Moscow for a quick visit to Vienna, tells him something extraordinary: "I want to come home." Troy knows this news will cause a ruckus in London--but even Troy doesn't expect an MI5 man to be gunned down as a result, and Troy himself suspected of doing the deed. As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy is haunted by more than just Burgess's past liaisons--there is a scandal that goes up to the highest ranks of Westminster, affecting spooks and politicians alike. And the stakes become all the higher for Troy when he reencounters a woman he first met in the Ritz hotel during a blackout--falling in love is a handicap when playing the game of spies.



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Zoe Sharp  

Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire, but spent most of her formative years living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. After a promising start at a private girls' school, she opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve in favour of correspondence courses at home.

Zoë went through a variety of jobs in her teenage years. In 1988, on the strength of one accepted article and a fascination with cars, she gave up her regular job to become a freelance motoring writer. She quickly picked up on the photography side of things and her photo-journalism took her as far afield as the United States and Japan, as well as Europe, Ireland and the UK. She is now a full-time fiction author and creator of the Charlie Fox series of crime thrillers.

Zoë wrote her first novel when she was fifteen, but success came in 2001 with the publication of KILLER INSTINCT − the first book to feature her ex-Special Forces heroine, Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox. The character evolved after Zoë received death-threat letters in the course of her photo-journalism work.

Later Charlie Fox novels − FIRST DROP and FOURTH DAY − were finalists for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. The Charlie Fox series has also been optioned for TV.

As well as the Charlie Fox novels, Zoë's short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and have been shortlisted for the Short Story Dagger by the UK Crime Writers' Association. Her other writing has been nominated for the coveted Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Anthony Award presented by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, the Macavity Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers' Association.


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Fox Hunter  Now she doesn't have a choice Her boss Sean Meyer is missing in Iraq, where one of those men was working as a private security contractor. When the man's butchered body is discovered, Charlie fears that Sean may be pursuing a twisted vendetta on her behalf Charlie's "close protection" agency in New York needs this dealt with--fast and quiet--before everything they've worked for goes to ruins. They send Charlie to the Middle East with very specific instructions: Find Sean Meyer and stop him--by whatever means necessary At one time Charlie thought she knew Sean better than she knew herself, but it seems he's turned into a violent stranger. Always ruthless, is he really capable of such savage acts of slaughter As the trail grows ever more bloody, Charlie realizes that she is not the only one after Sean and, unless she can get to him first, the hunter may soon become the hunted.





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Author Discussion & Signing with Vidar Sundstol

Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 7:00PM


On Midsummer Eve in 1985, a young folklore researcher disappears from the village of Eidsborg in the Telemark region of Norway. Exactly thirty years later, the student Cecilie Wiborg goes missing. She too had been researching the old, pagan rituals associated with the 13th-century Eidsborg stave church. And then Knut Abrahamsen, a former police officer from the area, is found drowned in the nearby Tokke River, a presumed suicide since his pockets were filled with stones.

Hearing of the death of his former colleague and friend, private investigator Max Fjellanger feels compelled to leave his long-time home in Florida and return to his native Norway to attend Knut's funeral. Even though they haven't spoken in more than three decades, Max is not convinced that Knut killed himself. There are details about the circumstances of his death that just don't add up. And there seems to be a link to the case of the missing researcher in Telemark, which the two of them had worked together--until threats from a corrupt sheriff put an end to the investigation and to Max's career on the police force.

This time Max is determined to find out the truth. Reluctantly he finds himself drawn into a dark universe in which ancient superstitions, religious cults, and sinister forces are still very much alive. And the stave church, with its famed wooden statue of Saint Nikuls, is at the center of it all.

Finding an unlikely partner in Tirill Vesterli--a university librarian and single mother who is obsessed with crime novels--Max is plunged into a menacing world of ghostly monks, severed pigs' heads, and mythic rites, all somehow connected to Midsummer Eve, which is fast approaching. As Max and Tirill quickly learn, it's a misconception that the past is past--the truth is that it's never over.

This is award-winning crime novelist Vidar Sundstol at his best, spinning a tale that is taut with suspense and steeped in Norwegian culture, past and present.

About the Author

Vidar Sundstol won the prestigious Riverton Prize for the Best Norwegian Crime Novel for The Land of Dreams, the first volume of his acclaimed Minnesota trilogy, published in the United States by the University of Minnesota Press. The other two volumes are Only the Dead and The Ravens. Sundstol has lived in the United States and Egypt, and now resides with his family in Telemark, the setting for The Devil's Wedding Ring.Tiina Nunnally is an award-winning literary translator. She was appointed Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for her contributions to Norwegian literature in the United States.

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By Vidar Sundstol, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - September 26th, 2017

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By Vidar Sundstol, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - August 15th, 2014

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By Vidar Sundstol, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - September 2015

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By Vidar Sundstol, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - March 2016

Author Discussion & Signing with Bonnie MacBird

Thursday October 19, 2017 7:00PM 


Title: Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder


The new novel from the author of Art in the Blood. December 1889. Fresh from debunking a "ghostly" hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta.

A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France.

On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq... and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a "haunted" castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realizes all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum.

In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past. But Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts...or does he?


Bonnie MacBird, currently living in Los Angeles, is the author of Art ...

Bonnie MacBird

About the Author

Bonnie MacBird is a produced screenwriter (TRON) and playwright (many plays and musicals) as well as an accomplished stage actor and writing teacher (UCLA Extension). She holds degrees from Stanford in music and film, and when she's not writing Sherlock Holmes, moonlights as a theatre director and audiobook reader. A long career in Hollywood include stints as a feature film development executive, and multiple Emmy winning producer. Bonnie is a member of the London Sherlock Holmes Society and was recently invested as a member of The Baker Street Irregulars and The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. She divides her time between Los Angeles and London where she is hard at work on a sequel to ART IN THE BLOOD and UNQUIET SPIRITS titled DEVIL'S DUE. 



Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder (a Sherlock Holmes Adventure) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780008201081
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Published: Collins Crime Club - October 10th, 2017

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Published: Collins Crime Club - July 12th, 2016

Authors Discussion & Signing with Jack Fredrickson & Ted Gregory

The Murder of 

Mary Jane Reed

Approaching Truth through Fact & Fiction

A Discussion with Journalist & Author, Ted Gregory


Crime Novelist Jack Fredrickson

Saturday, October 28, 2017

2:00 - 4:00 PM

      Ted Gregory on Muck Rack            Jack Fredrickson | Authors | Macmillan


An unsolved murder of a teange girl committed almost 70 years ago in Illinois.

An exhumed body with a skull that doesn't go with the rest of the corpse.

What happened and why?




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Published: University of Iowa Press - October 2017

Silence the Dead: Suspense in Smalltown Illinois Cover Image
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Published: Severn House Trade Paperback - June 2015

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Published: Minotaur Books - November 14th, 2006

Honestly Dearest, You're Dead: A Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312380922
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 20th, 2009

Hunting Sweetie Rose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312605261
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 28th, 2012

The Dead Caller from Chicago Cover Image
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 23rd, 2013

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Published: Severn House Publishers - July 2015

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Published: Severn House Publishers - February 2017

Authors Discussion & Signing with Michael Stanley

             michael Sears                          Stanley Trollip

                    Michael Sears                                                              Stanley Trollip


Title: Dying to Live

Michael Stanley's Dying to Live features the humble and endearing Detective Kubu, in the sixth installment of a series that fans of Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency will find a perfect fit.

A Bushman is discovered dead near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Although the man looks old enough to have died of natural causes, the police suspect foul play, and the body is sent to Gaborone for an autopsy. Pathologist Ian MacGregor confirms the cause of death as a broken neck, but is greatly puzzled by the man’s physiology. Although he’s obviously very old, his internal organs look remarkably young. He calls in Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu. When the Bushman’s corpse is stolen from the morgue, suddenly the case takes on a new dimension.


                                          Authors: Michael Stanley


Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

Both are retired professors who have worked in academia and business. Sears is a mathematician, specializing in geological remote sensing. Trollip is an educational psychologist, specializing in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and a pilot. They were both born in South Africa.

They have been on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe, where it was always exciting to buzz a dirt airstrip to shoo the elephants off. They have had many adventures on these trips including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, being charged by an elephant, and having their plane’s door pop open over the Kalahari, scattering navigation maps over the desert.. These trips have fed their love both for the bush, and for Botswana.

It was on one of these trips that the idea surfaced for a novel set in Botswana.

A Carrion Death is their first novel.


Your're not reading the day wrong.... It is Monday October 30, 2017 at 7 PM!


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ISBN: 9781250070906
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 24th, 2017

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A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu Cover Image
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 31st, 2009

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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 2010

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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 6th, 2011

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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 30th, 2013

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Published: Minotaur Books - October 27th, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Bill Rapp


Title: The Hapsburg Variation

Eight years into his career with the CIA, Karl Baier once again finds himself on the front line of the Cold War. He is stationed in Vienna in the spring of 1955 as Austria and the four Allied Powers are set to sign the State Treaty, which will return Austria’s independence, end the country’s post-war occupation, and hopefully reduce tensions in the heart of Europe. But the Treaty will also establish Austrian neutrality, and many in the West fear it will secure Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and create a permanent division.


Asked to help investigate the death of an Austrian aristocrat and Wehrmacht veteran, Baier discovers an ambitious plan not only to block the State Treaty, but also to subvert Soviet rule in lands of the old Hapsburg Empire. Then Baier’s wife is kidnapped, and the mission becomes intensely personal. Many of his basic assumptions are challenged, and he discovers that he cannot count on loyalties, even back home in Washington, D.C. At each maddening turn in the investigation, another layer must be peeled away.

Even if Baier succeeds in rescuing his wife, he faces the unenviable task of unraveling an intricate web of intrigue that reaches far back into the complicated history of Central Europe.

Book 2 in the Cold War Thriller series, which began with Tears of Innocence.




Author: Bill Rapp

Bill Rapp began his professional life as an academic, teaching European History at Iowa State University. A graduate of Notre Dame (B.A.), The University of Toronto (M.A.) and Vanderbilt (Ph. D.), Bill has always been particularly intrigued by German history, but the last 35 years working for the U. S. Government has broadened his perspective to all of Europe and much of the Middle East.  His career has taken him around the world, including to Berlin as the Wall fell and Germany was reunified. Mr. Rapp’s books include the mystery novels Angel in Black, A Pale Rain,  Burning Altars, Berlin Breakdown, and Tears of Innocence.




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