Sunday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m.
RED PLANET PIONEER
by R. Vincent Tibbets
by Justin Kramon
|The year is 2079 and colonizing Mars is about to become a very deadly business. Corporations are the drivers of a process that governments desperately want to regulate. Investors expect to see massive profits from taking such risks. With the world teetering on global catastrophe, Xavier Pentagrass has been sent to Mars to run the Red Planet Pioneer Corporation. As all there are about to find out it will soon become his personal cause. The technology driving the colonization process is the development of a new android race known as Dextoids. Breakthroughs in quantum computing have allowed for their manifestation. Humanity has grown to rely upon these robust creations for every single facet of their existence. Out in the barren plains of Mars, two Dextoids have escaped their minders. Their extensive knowledge can't prepare them for their freedom. Unhinged from humanity, they will shape the attitude for how the Red Planet will be colonized, and how mankind will treat the Dextoid population for years to come. A genetically engineered adventure, welcome to Red Planet Pioneer.||An irresistible psychological thriller about a love triangle on a college campus that will leave readers guessing until the very end. To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he is feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, "a great beast of a birthday," as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam's attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia. Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam's relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches.|
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.
Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians-who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad. The youngest serial killer in history butchered five of his neighbors before he was old enough to drive. When he was caught eighteen years ago, Rhode Island's antiquated criminal statutes-never intended for someone like him-required that all juveniles, no matter their crimes, be released at age twenty-one. The killer is still behind bars, serving time for crimes supposedly committed on the inside. That these charges were fabricated is an open secret; but nearly everyone is fine with it-if the monster ever gets out more people will surely die. But Mason is not fine with it. If officials can get away with framing this killer they could do it to anybody. As Mason sets out to prove officials are perverting the justice system, Mulligan searches frantically for some legal way to keep the monster behind bars. The dueling investigations pit the friends against each other in a high-stakes race against time--and snares them in an ethical dilemma that has no right answer. Providence Rag is a gripping novel of suspense by one of the rising talents in the mystery field.
Sunday, March 23, 3:00 p.m.
THE EDGE OF THE WATER
A mysterious girl who won't speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; abitter feud of unknown origin--strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather, Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can't be allowed to know her whereabouts. As secrets of past and present are revealed, Becca becomes aware of her growing paranormal powers, and events build to a shocking climax anticipated by no one. A combination of great charactersand relationships truly have this series raising the bar when it comes to today's YA fiction. The first book in the series, The Edge of Nowhere, was a finalist for both the Edgar and Agatha awards.
HARLAN COBEN Interview Via Live Stream
Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
Please note that Harlan Coben will not be in the store for this event.
We're always interested in doing something new and different at BC, so we are participating in a live stream interview with Harlan Coben. Join us at the store Tuesday evening for this special event--the interview will be viewed on a large screen and you will have an opportunity to purchase signed copies of his new book, Missing You.
Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
IN THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND
This is the first mystery by Matthew, who is also a well-known actor. With snappy dialogue and a good plot, it should be a fun signing! "A dead body is a lousy way to end a first date." So begins In the Country of the Blind, a modern noir tale that takes readers into the world of former attorney-turned-building-superintendent Zach Brandis. A dark and witty tale in the vein of John Sandford and Lawrence Block, this book is suspenseful from beginning to end. A quote from one of the reviewer's said, "With this gripping, page-turner of a mystery, Matthew Arkin introduces America's next great detective--and we can only hope that Zach Brandis will be solving crimes for decades to come."
Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.
CITY OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT
by Rhys Bowen
MURDER IN PIGALLE
by Cara Black
|Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light. But upon arriving in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Sid and Gus seem to have vanished into thin air, and Molly's search to figure out what happened to them will lead her through all levels of Parisian society.||June, 1998: Paris's sticky summer heat is even more oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the World Cup. Private Investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her hectic lifestyle-she's five months' pregnant and has the baby's wellbeing to think about now. But then disaster strikes close to home. A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris's Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening but has nothing to do with Aimée-until Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimée's favorite café, disappears. The police aren't mobilizing quickly enough, and when Zazie's desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she knows she couldn't say no even if she wanted to.|
Saturday, March 29, 2:00 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan introduces an irrepressible heroine in her pulse-pounding new thriller Notorious, which Lisa Gardner says is, "Guaranteed to keep you up late at night." Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past. When Max was a high school senior, one of her best friends was strangled and another, Kevin O'Neal, accused of the crime. To the disgrace of her wealthy family, Max stood by her friend, until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets. Now Max is home for Kevin's funeral-after years of drug abuse, he committed suicide. As Max uncovers dark secrets, she finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies that hit far too close to home. And it's becoming increasingly clear that someone will do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.
WATCH FOR THESE UPCOMING SIGNINGS!
FOUR AUTHORS ON ONE DAY?!? YES--SATURDAY, APRIL 5!
WENDY HORNSBY, The Color of Light (a Maggie MacGowan mystery)
Saturday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.
NAOMI HIRAHARA, Murder on Bamboo
LaneSUE ANN JAFFARIAN, Ghost of a Gamble, a Granny Apples Mystery
Saturday, April 5, 1:00 p.m.
STEVE BERRY, Lincoln Myth Discussion
*Pre-orders for signed copies of Lincoln Myth will be taken at the event
Saturday, April 5, 4:00 p.m.
KWEI QUARTEY, Murder at Cape Three Points
Date & Time to be finalized
JOHN LESCROART, The Keeper, a Dismas Hardy book
Friday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.
CRAIG JOHNSON, Any Other Name <--JUST ADDED!
Friday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.
MATTHEW QUIRK, The Directive: A Novel <--JUST ADDED!
Wednesday, May 28, Time TBD
TERRY HAYES, I Am Pilgrim (Interviewed by David Freed)
Saturday, June 7, 3:00 p.m.
C.J. BOX, Shots Fired
BOOK CARNIVAL SIGNING POLICIES:
I really dislike policies of any kind and 99% of the folks who come to signings are aware of the etiquette involved. But, for those who have just discovered signings and the joy of meeting an author, or for those who might have forgotten, here is a brief reminder:
Coming to hear any author speak, answer questions, etc., is free and all are welcome. However, if you want anything signed from the author's newest book to any other item (including, but not limited to, earlier works, audio books, movie memorabilia, e-readers, comic books, etc.), you must purchase the author's latest book from Book Carnival. It's not easy to set up a signing these days and the publisher requires that we state how many books we expect to sell and the number of people we think will attend the event. If we don't meet these goals, then the publisher may be reluctant to send the author back again or may be hesitant about sending another author.
In addition, you are welcome to bring earlier books to be signed, but if you bring a large quantity, show courtesy to your fellow fans and go through the line 2 or 3 times to get them signed or wait until the end of the line and have the author all to yourself (except for me, of course, who will want the author to sign stock)!
We stock three magazines: Mystery Scene, Deadly Pleasures, and Crimespree. Be sure to check them out when you drop by or we'll be happy to mail them to you.