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October always brings images of leaves turning, cooler days and nights, pumpkins, Halloween (one of my favorite holidays!) and lots of good books! We have a plethora of good books and fascinating authors for you this month! Read all the way through, mark your calendars and come be entertained!

A very important thing that is becoming a tradition, In October, at Book Carnival is our food drive. Boxes will be available at the store – as you come to our signings or drop by to visit, please help us fill them up. Each donation, no matter how small, will make a tremendous difference to another human being. As a special thank you, you will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate!

Although a month away, Book Carnival will be closed November 1,2 and 3 for a brief holiday, reopening on November 4.

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


Tuesday, October 4, 7:30 P.M.


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Cork O’Connor has always considered November to be the cruelest of months, a moment when violence and loss have entered his life again and again. Yes, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry and Cork is understandably uneasy. His concern proves true when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. When the official search ends with no recovery, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and weather looks threatening, he returns to the wilderness with the man’s granddaughter. As the days pass with no word from Cork, his family, certain something has gone very wrong, fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork’s campsite they find no sign of him or his companion. They do find blood, however. A lot of it.


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Things are going well for Nebraska rancher Kate Fox Conner and her husband, Grand County sheriff Ted Conner, who’s running for reelection, until she hears the news that Eldon Edwards, the owner of the Bar J, a ranch of almost 100,000 acres, has been shot and killed. At the crime scene, Ted is found shot and seriously wounded. Milo Ferguson, the sheriff of neighboring Choker County, tells Kate that he may have to arrest Ted for Eldon’s murder. Things get even more tangled with the disappearance of Kate’s strong-willed teenage niece, Carly, and wealthy Glenn Baxter’s claim that he had an agreement with Eldon to buy the Bar J spread. Kate has her hands full as she runs her own ranch and tries to discover who shot Eldon and her husband.

Saturday, October 8, 4:00 P.M.  NEW TIME!!


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lloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chainstore tycoon. But after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect. Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Turns out the murdered mogul had lots of people anxious to see him gone!


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A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance. A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story. And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters…When Jaya’s old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy’s Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends and old enemies – who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?


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The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they’ve survived. Now there’s a tres bigger story in Pelican: the upcoming nuptials between Police Chief Rufus Durand and Vanessa Fleer. Maggie Crozat, inexplicably tasked with being Vanessa’s maid of honor, quickly discovers why when the bridezilla hands her a long list of duties – the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke, a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets. But just days before the wedding, Ginger’s lifeless body is found on the bayou behind the B&B. Now the Pellican PD and the Crozats have another murder mystery on their hands. When Vanessa becomes the prime suspect, Maggie adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list responsibilities.

Saturday, October 15, 3:00 P.M.


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The explosive sequel to the international bestseller, THE FAITHFUL. For decades, I Fidele’s soulless leaders kidnapped psychic children and sharpened their gifts into weapons used to reshape humanity. Ryanne Jervis was one such child, but she learned the truth too late to stop I Fidele from implementing the first part of their plan – global destruction and the incineration of millions of innocent lives. Now the impact winter has come, cloaking the earth in smoke, cold – and silence. Isolated on a compound in the mountains of Colorado, Ryanne is haunted by visions of the second phase of I Fidele’s new world order – the round-up and brutal internment of all survivors. Seeking absolution for their part in the fall of humanity and determined to save those who remain, Ryanne’s small group of Blasphemare must turn I Fidele’s most prized weapon – their own children – against them.
Copies of The Faithful will also be available.


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Throughout humanity’s history, a long-lived race of beings known as Rememberers have lived hidden in plain sight alongside humans. They were created to collect the memories of dying humans and preserve them; using the information contained in each person’s memory to counsel the human race and help them avoid the mistakes of their past. But the leaders of the Rememberers, the Cybeles, have been dying before their time for the last two thousand years. Without the Cybele, they still collect memories, but without her guidance, they are unable ti properly counsel the human race, resulting in the horrific increase in war and chaos. In 1783 a Rememberer named Emma is born; before dying in childbirth, her mother warns her friends Moira and Samuel that Emma is in danger. Adopted and raised by the couple, Emma is next in line to become the Cybele for her people. As she grows to adulthood, she must learn who wants her dead – or else become the next fatality among the Cybeles.

Sunday, October 16, 2:00 P.M.


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As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when one of the suspects calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation. In order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as a coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts – pitting them against one another – before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.


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“What did he want to know about me?”
“If you were still alive.”

Telephone machine blinking RED, meaning STOP, your day is about to be ruined. Three messages: Donna from the FPD dispatch (and Wikipedia for Frytown gossipers) – Could the mayor be a bigamist? Oaks Manor Convalescent – your mother’s going to be as good as new. Kenny Liky – I’m dying and want to make a confession. I have proof you killed Cressie. Five years sober, and owner of Discount Liquor, offering the best prices this side of Walmart, the telephone messages don’t threaten Lillian’s sobriety but begin to ruin the new life she created. He’s blackmailing, and maybe bluffing, but she can’t be sure.

Saturday, October 22, 2:00 P.M.


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This, the fifth book in the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series set in Leadville, Colorado, featuring saloon owner Inez Stannert, begins in autumn, 1880, which has brought frost and snow to the Rocky Mountains. Her partners are her roving husband, Mark, and African-American Abe Jackson. The boomtown is populated by people hoping to make their fortune in precious metals. Others, hungry for spiritual relief, seek out fortune tellers, mediums and occultists. One of the latter, Drina Gizzi, is awaiting the promised arrival of her benefactor, a Mr. Brown. When Drina is found murdered, strangled with a set of silver and gold corset laces, no one seems to care except Inez, Reverend Sands, and Drina’s young daughter, Antonia, who has been struggling to support her mother by disguising herself as a newsboy called Tony. The mystery deepens when Drina’s body vanishes without a trace. Inez and Antonia band together to seek out the killer. And what of Mr. Brown whose missing presence hovers over all?


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Cassie Miller returned to her sleepy hometown in the Berkshires to start over as the new postmistress. But she soon finds that dead letters are nothing compared to murder victims. With a massive storm about to hit North Ashcot, Massachusetts, threatening floods and widespread wind damage, Cassie is forced to close the post office along with the rest of the local business owners and residents, who are battening down the hatches and bracing themselves for the worst. Although the storm proves not to be as bad as predicted, fabric shop owner Daisy Harmon is found dead, seemingly killed by a fallen branch. But the police quickly determine that her death had nothing to do with foul weather and everything to do with foul play. After Daisy’s widowed husband approaches her to help solve his wife’s murder, Cassie vows to find the killer before another innocent victim is taken by storm.

Sunday, October 23, 2:00 P.M.


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Taiwan’s Autumn Moon Festival – a time for family – provides the backdrop for this excellent sequel to 2014’s Ghost Month. Jing-nan, owner of Unknown Pleasures, a food stall in Taipei’s Shilin Night Market, has been summoned by his gangster uncle, Big Eye. Big Eye has decided that his 16-year-old daughter, Mei-Ling, needs to be separated from her boyfriend, a petty criminal; Jing-nan, as family, is chosen to be the reluctant baby-sitter of the insufferable teenager. Ensuring that Jing-nan keeps a close watch on Mei-Ling are two of Big Eye’s thugs, who are willing to impress upon Jing-nan in any way necessary the need to take tender loving care of his young cousin. When Mei-Ling disappears and her boyfriend ends up dead, Jing-nan must take on members of Taipei’s underworld to save his cousin and himself. Readers will be caught up in Lin’s rich descriptions of Taiwans’s sights, sounds and mouth-watering foods as they are in his intriguing characters. Ghost Month will also be available in soft cover – it was an exciting book.


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Jackson Oliver, the hero of Moss’s thoroughly enjoyable first novel and series launch, owns a Costa Rica-based online betting site, VegasVegas. In addition to sporting events, VegasVegas is giving odds on the outcome of the trial of Hollywood film director Andrew Marvel, who’s charged with murdering his wife: acquittal, guilty verdict, and – at 100 to one – dropped charges. When a punter logs on asking to place a $1,000 bet on dropped charges, Jackson obliges, convinced there’s not chance that he’ll have to pay out. A few days later, a video supplying an airtight alibi for Marvel turns up. Thinking that the timing is just too pat, Jackson sets off for Vermont, the scene of the murder and the place where the bet was made. He has only three days to discover if his bettor is a murderer, an accomplice, or just lucky. After that he must pay up or be blacklisted from the gambling industry. This winning debut offers insights into gambling odds, the film industry, and small-town morality.

Saturday, October 29, 23:00 P.M.


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Rolly Waters has many reasons to regret going out for Mexican food at 2:30 in the morning. Not least because then he would never have met dance-club DJ Macy Starr – possibly the most infuriatingly unpredictable and secretive client he has ever taken on. Macy Starr wants Rolly to find out what happened to the young woman she knew as Aunt Betty, the woman who rescued her as a child and who then disappeared without a trace. The only clue she has to go on is a curious one-stringed guitar. Rolly’s investigation leads to a weird world of alien-obsessed cults, a strange desert hideaway known as Slab City – and to a 20-year-old unsolved murder case. But how can he solve the mystery if he can’t even trust his own client?


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Here is an opportunity to experience Victorian London at its best and worst – a city of beauty and brilliance, yet steeped in filth and despair. Nathan Sinclair, a struggling young architect and gifted pianist, lives in the two vastly different worlds, mingling in high society, while dwelling in suffocating debt and poverty. While performing at a gathering of London’s elite, he meets Jocelyn Charlesworth, a temperamental celebrity heiress. They form a tentative friendship centered on their love of music, with the possibility of her fostering his career. Meanwhile Nathan also makes the acquaintance of Regina Lancaster



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!!


MICHAEL CONNELLY, The Wrong Side of Goodbye

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Sunday, November 6, 4:00 P.M.
This will be a free ticketed event that will be held at the Orange Public Library. If you plan to attend
please stop by or contact Book Carnival to receive your ticket. NOTE: Older books to be signed will be limited to 2 books. 
TIM HALLINAN, Fields Where They Lay

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S. W. LAUDEN, Grizzly Season

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Saturday, November 12, 2:00 P.M.
PATRICIA SMILEY, Pacific Homicide

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Sunday, November 13, 3:00 P.M.
ALLEN ESKINS, The Life We Bury

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JAMES ZISKIN, Heart of Stone

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ROBERT ROTSTEIN, Reckless Disregard

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Monday, November 14, 7:00 P.M.
BOBBY NORMAN, The Eagle and The Dove

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Sunday, December 4, 2:00 P.M.
MATT COYLE, Dark Fissures

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Saturday, December 10, 2:00 P.M.

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Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 P.M.

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JO PERRY, Dead Is Best

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Sunday, January 15, 2:00 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…

  • THE SIXTH IDEA by P. J. Tracy-release August 2016 – Monkeewrench is back!!!! This book should be in shortly-had to send to the authors for signing, then back to me.
  • TURBO TWENTY-THREE by Janet Evanovich – release date November 2016
  • 10,000 LAKES: TALES FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY by William Kent Krueger. Special, oversized, edition signed by William Kent Krueger, Steve Hamilton (who wrote the introduction), Libby Fischer Hellman (who wrote the afterword), and Phil Parks (illustrator), many full page illustrations. Limited supply – order soon, these will go quickly!


Charnel House Ltd – 2011 – #38 of 250.  THE GLASS TEAT & THE OTHER GLASS TEAT, Essays of opinion on the subject of television by HARLAN ELLISON. White boards with black binding, gold letters on book and gold image on black case. $650

Signed copy of END OF WATCH by STEPHEN KING $300

Unusual for Book Carnival, but I am carrying a non-fiction book entitled NEVER AGAIN by Bill C. Weiss – a never before told insight into the 1992 Los Angeles riots by the watch commander at the time of the event. Softcover $16.95.

I have available 24 copies of AGATHA CHRISTIE’S work, black leather bound with gold lettering (too many titles to list here). All are unread and in very good condition. A great gift idea!

For any of you who love Clive Barker’s BOOKS OF BLOOD – I have signed copies, with dust jackets, of Volumes 1 through 6. Some foxing on edges, otherwise very good condition. Artwork on the cover is amazing and was done by Clive Barker!

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.


OCTOBER 28-30, 2016, Magna Cum Murder, Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN
GOH: Natasha Cooper
MARCH 16-19, 2017, Left Coast Crime 2017, Honolulu, HI
Lifetime Achievement: Faye & Jonathan Kellerman; GOH: Dana Stabenow; GOH: Colin Cotterill; Toastmaster: Laurie R. King
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2017, Bouchercon 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian GOH: Louise Penny; US GOH: Megan Abbott; International GOH: Christopher Brookmyre; B’Con4Kids GOH: Chris Brabenstein
MARCH 22-25, 2018, Left Coast Crime 2018, Reno, Nevada
SEPTEMBER 6-9, 2018, Bouchercon 2018, St. Petersburg, FL
MARCH 28-31, 2019, Left Coast Crime 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2019, Bouchercon 2019, Dallas, TX

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