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As usual, we’ve worked hard to bring you some of the best authors around today. This month is rich in variety and entertainment. Make the most of it by coming out and listening, talking, enjoying. Please note that Book Carnival will be closed May 11 and 12, while I am at BEA. Store will be open Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. Also I am taking a vacation – not related to books! Not sure how I will survive that, but store will be closed May 24 through May 31.  HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE!!!.

Remember, it’s always fun at the Carnival!Anne

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 P.M.


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When Kate Reilly arrives in Long Beach, CA, a week ahead of the Grand Prix, she’s immediately plunged into a new social scene-as well as a murder investigation. Her cousin Billy is found dead, with Kate’s card in his pocket. The cops want to know why, and sponsors and race organizers-anxious to keep racing’s image clean-want Kate to investigate. At the same time, coaching a gorgeous and talented actress for a celebrity race brings Kate into the orbit of Hollywood’s hottest bachelor. And then a local FBI agent takes notice of more than her driving and sleuthing skills. She goes from Sony Studios to Venice Beach and from Rodeo Drive to Hollywood Hills, attending parties, power-shopping and dodging unwelcome paparazzi. Kate must stay on her toes as the Long Beach race weekend begins. She’s negotiating the next steps in her career, driving two race cars and coaching a third, discovering more about the disreputable members of her father’s family than she wanted to know and juggling questions and suspects.


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Fans of traditional whodunits with a closed circle of suspects will enjoy Rizzolo’s historical featuring savvy Bow Street Runner John Chase. When Chase was defending the British Empire in the West Indies in 1796, he almost lost his life to yellow fever. A local healer, Joanna, restored him to health. In London, 17 years later, he has the opportunity to help Joanna’s daughter, Marina. Protecting an heiress should be an easy job for Chase. But Marina, daughter of rich London merchant Hugo Garrod and Joanna, his slave-housekeeper on his Jamaican property-is no conventional society miss. Educated to take a place among Regency England’s upper crust and marry well, she has failed at London’s social scene and lives isolated among the Garrod clan in Clapham. And someone is playing malicious tricks, some of which recall her island heritage. Chase needs to determine whether Marina is indeed a victim-or is she, herself, a delusional, malicious trickster. If the trickster is real, is it her rejected suitor, his demure sister, their devoted aunt who acts as housekeeper, a clergy friend? Everyone around Hugo Garrod has a stake in how he disposes of his immense wealth.

Friday, May 6, 7:30 P.M.

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A lone building on a small island off Ireland’s Donegal coast, St. Ernan’s is politely known as a ‘retirement home’ for priests. The exiled residents are guilty of such serious offenses as entrepreneurship, criticizing the church or getting too friendly with the flock. But things take a turn when Fr. Matthew McKaye is found dead in the kitchen, a pot of potatoes boiling on the range. At first glance, the priest looks to have died peacefully, except for the small entrance wound at the base of his neck. Has one of these isolated outcasts committed murder? Inspector Starrett soon discovers that ten clergy alone on an island can concoct a great deal of mischief, but what could the young priest have done to get himself murdered? Long buried grievances are awakened by the ghosts of Starrett’s seminarian past, and although he excels at untangling facts from speculation, this investigation is going to require all the procedural discipline he can muster.

Read a very informative interview of Paul Charles done by John Connolly – very interesting!!

Saturday, May 7, 2:00 P.M.

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At Dodger Stadium it’s Japan versus Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths, an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, CA. Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter’s computer-and did they hold secrets that led to his death? In Sayanora Slam, Mas delves into baseball, World War II and the complex history between Japan and Korea, all while grappling with that most enduring mystery, love.

Saturday, May 14, 1:00 P.M.

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It’s decades ago, when the internet was in its infancy. Neil Gulliver is summoned to the apartment of actor Roddy Donaldson, leader of the “Diapered Dozen” gang of teenage movie stars, by the condo manager. Roddy is in bed clinging to life alongside two dead girls, no memory of who they are or how they got there. Evidence points to him as their killer. Neil chases after the truth running up against nasty Nicky Edmunds a co-star of Roddy’s, glamorous Jayne Madrigal, a high powered press agent, rapper Maxie Trotter, millionaire partners revolutionizing the internet, a model-songstress as well as his ex-wife’s mother, Juliet, and her fiance Bernie, a computer whiz who may help find answers for Neil in the secret underground world of the Web!

Friday, May 20, 7:00 P.M.

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Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is – though there is a suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company – a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem. Day’s wife holds firm to her conviction that her husband is alive and would be back with his family if he could, despite the constant harrasment from her father to the contrary. This series has gotten richer and more involved with each book. NOTE: This event will be held at the Orange Library located at Shaffer and Chapman in the City of Orange. To be able to continue these events at the library please support Book Carnival by purchasing your book at our store.



If you love “The Bard”, then join us for Saturday Morning Shakespeare!! On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 10:00 a.m, the Saturday Morning Shakespeare Reading Group meets to read and discuss one of Shakespeare’s plays.

You are welcome to join – all you have to do is show up!!


JANE DiLUCCHIO, Vacations Can Be Murder

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LINDA O. JOHNSTON, To Catch A Treat (Barkery & Bakery Mystery)

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Saturday, June 4, 12:00 P.M.
STEVE HAMILTON, The Second Life Of Nick Mason

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Saturday, June 4, 3:00 P. M.

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KWEI QUARTEY, Gold Of Our Fathers

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Sunday, June 5, 2:00 P.M.
MARTIN LIMON, Ping Pong Heart

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Saturday, July 16, 2:00 P.M.
ANNE WILSON, Clear To Lift

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Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 P.M.
D. P. LYLE, Deep Six

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WARREN EASLEY, Not Dead Enough

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Saturday, July 23, 3:00 P.M.
MICHAEL ROBERTSON, Baker Street Jurors

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Sunday, July 24, 2:00 P.M.

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Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 P.M.
MEGAN ABBOTT, You Will Know Me

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Thursday, August 11, 7:30 P.M.
MIKE BEFELER, Court Trouble

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Saturday, August 27, 2:00 P.M.
JANE HAZELDINE, The Last Time She Saw Him

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JASON OVERSTREET, The Striver’s Row Spy

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Saturday, September 10, 2:00 P.M.
ALEX MARWOOD, The Darkest Secret

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Sunday, September 11, 2:00 P.M.
CRAIG JOHNSON, An Obvious Fact

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Friday, September 23, 7:30 P.M.

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SHANNON BAKER, Stripped Bare

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Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 P.M.

Please note that Book Carnival reports sales to the New York Times, Indiebound and SCIBA, which means that when you purchase your books here, it directly helps to promote your favorite authors.


These books will be in shortly after their release day and all will be signed, unless noted below…

  • View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman – release date May 31, 2016
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill – release date May 17, 2016
  • The Black Widow by Daniel Silva – release date July 2016
  • The Highwayman (novella) by Craig Johnson – JUST ARRIVED. The author will be happy to sign this book along with his new release An Obvious Fact at his signing on September 22nd!
  • Collecting The Dead by Spencer Kope – Release date is June 2016. **New author & first book in a new series – you will want this one – it’s great!**
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley – release date June 20 – signed copies. **Another new author with an exciting first book!! Don’t miss it***
  • Killer Look by Linda Fairstein – release date July 2016
  • Overwatch by Matthew Betley – signed –  (if you were a fan of Vince Flynn, you will definitely want this one!) Available now!


Life & Works of Thomas Paine, Patriot’s Edition by William M. Van Der Weyde. Introduction by Thomas Edison. 1925 – Volumes 1-10. Proceeds to be donated to Mensa. $250.00

There are links to four different collections to be found on our Signed Books Page. Inquiries can be emailed to me at info@annesbookcarnival.com or call to 714-538-3210. Lists will be updated weekly as far as sales are concerned.

NEW ITEMS: COUNT ZERO by William Gibson, the author of the Hugo and Nebula award winning Neuromancer.  Also for those of you who enjoy Clive Barker and might be missing copies of BOOKS OF BLOOD, I have excellent copies, signed, of Volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6.



MAY 14, 2016, Literary Guild of Orange County, Festival of Women Authors, Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine.
JUNE 2, 2016, Literary Orange, Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Von Karman Avenue. Registration now open
JULY 5-9, 2016, Thrillerfest XI, Grand Hyatt, New York City, NY|
Special Guests: Heather Graham; C. J. Box
AUGUST 5-7, 2016, Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, N.J.
GOH: Reed Farrel Coleman; Toastmaster: Hilary Davidson
SEPTEMBER 15-18, 2016, Bouchercon 2016, New Orleans, LA.
US Guest of Honor: Harlan Coben; International Guest of Honor: Mo Hayder; Lifetime Achievement: David Morrell
OCTOBER 28-30, 2016, Magna Cum Murder, Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN
GOH: Natasha Cooper
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2017, Bouchercon 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Guest of Honor: Louise Penny; US Guest of Honor: Megan Abbott; International Guest of Honor: Christopher Brookmyre; B’Con4Kids Guest of Honor: Chris Brabenstein
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2018, Bouchercon 2018, St. Petersburg, FL
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2019, Bouchercon 2019, Dallas, TX

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