The Skeleton Takes a Bow

Looking for a fun new cozy mystery series?  Then be sure to read Leigh Perry’s The Skeleton Takes a Bow.  Sid, the family talking skeleton, is finally getting his big moment in the spotlight and is starring in a local high schools production of Hamlet. Okay, so he is really just a prop in the play and it’s only his skull, but it’s a start.  Everything is going great, until he is left overnight at the high school and overhears a murder taking place.  The next day no one discovers a body.  So he and his human friend Georgia decide to do some investigating.

Perry has such a knack with the wit in her dialogue.  I find myself chuckling along with the characters.  The bone puns are just one of the things I enjoy about this series. The characters are great and I am excited to see how they continue to develop.  Everyone has a background that has been hinted at and I find myself craving to know more.  Yes this is a cozy mystery, but it still has darkness and depth to the plot.  Perry keeps her subject matter light with the aid of a talking skeleton, but some of the story is grittier.   The combination of humor and suspense really keeps you hooked from beginning to end.  This is a great series with lots of red herrings and crazy things happening.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hope to Die by James Patterson (The latest novel featuring Alex Cross) (Hardback)

Without Warning by David Rosenfelt (Mass Paperback)

Sharp Object by Gillian Flynn (Mass Paperback)

Innocence by Dean Koontz (Mass Paperback)

Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Mass Paperback)

Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines (A Rosemary Beach novel) (Trade Paperback)

Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane (Mass Paperback)

Damnation by Jean Johnson (book 5 in Theirs Not to Reason Why) (Mass Paperback)

Captive by Amiee Carter (Book 2 Blackcoat Rebellion) (Hardback)

 

The Dark Before Dawn

The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens is the first book in a gripping new mystery series.  This compelling psychological thriller kept me turning the pages from start to finish. Gabriel McRay is a homicide cop on the way out.  His personal problems have interfered with his job to the point that he has been told to resign. That changes when bodies start turning up with notes addressed to him.  As the case progresses, Gabriel realizes that the killer’s identity is hidden in memories that he buried due to childhood trauma, but now he must face them.

This story was great and and kept you guessing until the end.  Stevens did an amazing job creating complex characters.   It seemed people had their own issues to work through, along with solving the murders, making the entire story more realistic and believable. Steven’s also did an incredible job with her psychological profiling.  I was so intrigued by this aspect of the story. We recently had Laurie Steven’s in the store for a book signing and we have signed copies available for you to start a new mystery series.

November Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of November:

1.  The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

2.  Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

3.  100 Things Arizona Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Rivera

4.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5.  The Boys in the Boat by James Daniel Brown

6.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

7.  Doctor Who:  11 Stories, 11 Doctors by Eoin Colfer and others

8.  Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

9.  Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

10.  Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Black Ice

Bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick has shown us a world filled with guardian angels in her Hush, Hush saga and now she is taking us hiking through a blizzard in her latest novel Black Ice.  Britt is still healing from her breakup with Calvin and has decided the best way to get over him, or maybe to win him back, is to go backpacking through the Tetons.  She has been training all year for this adventure and is planning to go with her bestfriend Korbie, who is also Calvin’s little sister.  As the two set out for Korbie’s family cabin, they get caught in a terrible blizzard.  The two girls start walking in the snow and it doesn’t take long for them to become cold and wet.  Stumbling upon a small cabin Britt and Korbie ask the two boys staying there if they can spend the night.  Things take an ugly turn and the girls find themselves being held hostage by two fugitives.  Now Britt is forced to lead them off the mountain. She continues to have hope that someone will rescue her since she knows that her ex-boyfriend is on the mountain too.  As she keeps trekking down she uncovers evidence of a serial killer and begins to suspect the killer is on the mountain and looking for her.

Fitzpatrick has created an intense YA thriller that will have you chilled to the bone.  The twists and turns of the plot were suspenseful and created a fast pace. I like that Britt realized that in order to live she had to rely on herself, not the men in her life, to save her.  She is determined, resourceful and she refuses to give up even when facing extreme fear and weather.  I liked that this book is so drastically different from Fitzpatrick’s other novels.  If you are looking for a new thriller to read, this is an excellent choice.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Revival by Stephen King (Hardback)

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell (Hardback)

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson (Hardback)

We Hold These Truths by Andrew Clements (Paperback)

Fully Alive:  Discovering What Matters Most by Timothy Shriver (Hardback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford (signed first editions available at the store) (Hardback)

Lowball:   A Wild Card Mosaic Novel by George R R Martin and Melinda Snodgrass (Hardback)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Book 3 in the Mara Dyer Trilogy) (Hardback)

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in the Finishing School series) (Hardback)

Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers (Book 3 in His Fair Assassin Trilogy) (Hardback)

The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (Book 9 in the Diary of Wimpy Kid) (Hardback)

Texts From Jane Eyre:  And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg (Hardback)