Physical ARC for first Sno-Isle comment.

Laurie R. King’s bestselling Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become oneThe Murder of Mary Russell : A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes of modern literature’s most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?  Mary Russell is used to dark secrets–her own, and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple’s longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson? Russell’s faith and affection are suddenly shattered when a man arrives on the doorstep claiming to be Mrs. Hudson’s son.  What Samuel Hudson tells Russell cannot possibly be true, yet she believes him–as surely as she believes the threat of the gun in his hand. In a devastating instant, everything changes. And when the scene is discovered–a pool of blood on the floor, the smell of gunpowder in the air–the most shocking revelation of all is that the grim clues point directly to Clara Hudson.  Or rather to Clarissa, the woman she was before Baker Street.  The key to Russell’s sacrifice lies in Mrs. Hudson’s past. To uncover the truth, a frantic Sherlock Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper’s secrets–to a time before her disguise was assumed, before her crimes were buried away. There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed.  And nothing will ever be the same. Praise for the award-winning novels of Laurie R. King “The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart.” — The Washington Post Book World “The most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today.” –Lee Child  “A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company.” — The New York Times “Erudite, fascinating . . . by all odds the most successful re-creation of the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street ever attempted.” — Houston Chronicle “Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels.” — Booklist (starred review) “Imaginative and subtle.” — The Seattle Times “Impossible to put down.” — Romantic Times “Remarkably beguiling.” — The Boston Globe


PNBA Book Awards announced

January 7, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has announced their book awards for 2016.


The winners are:

Call me home by Megan Kruse

Children and other wild animals by Brian Doyle

The game of love and death by Martha Brockenbrough (Teen)

The triumph of seeds: how grains nuts, kernels, pulses and pips conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history by Thor Hanson

Undermajordomo minor by Patrick DeWitt

Unicorn on a roll: another Phoebe and her unicorn adventure by Dana Simpson (Children’s).

The authors will be blogging on the NWBookLovers blog over the next few weeks.

We own all of the titles in print.  Some are also in Overdrive.

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I was interested to see this debut highlighted in Barbara Hoffert’s LJ Pre-Pub Alert.  Collecting the Dead comes out in late June.  Kope is a Crime Analyst with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and has a particularly unique personal back story.  Check out his webpage for details.  I’m slating it for order soon.

Publisher Annotation: Magnus “SCollecting the Deadteps” Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are particularly needed, he works as a tracker. The media dubs him “The Human Bloodhound,” since Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there’s a secret to his success. Steps has a special ability—a kind of synesthesia—where he can see the ‘essence’ of a person, something he calls ‘shine,’ on everything they’ve touched. His ability is known to only a few people—his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan.

When the remains of a murdered woman are found, Steps recognizes the shine left by the murderer from another crime scene with a physically similar victim. And he uncovers the signature at both scenes—the mark of a sad face. At the same time, another killer, one Steps has dubbed Leonardo and has been trying to track for over ten years, appears again, taunting Steps. But while Steps tries to find a clue that will lead him to Leonardo, the case of the Sad Face Killer heats up. The team uncovers eleven possible victims: missing women who fit the same pattern. Using his skill and the resources of the Bureau, it is a race against time to find the killer before it’s too late.


Like Life of PI, Martel’s new book, coming in February, is a deeply allegorical but modern tale centered around iconic animals and characters of tragic destiny, this time involving three stories whose connection is revealed at the end.  The first section, Homeless, which takes place in rural Portugal in 1904, also uses the historical background of people’s fascinated revulsion to the newly invented automobile to great effect. I have the physical ARC for first claimant.  Thanks!

Martel, Yann.  The High Mountains of Portugal.  Spiegel & Grau, 2016. 

The high mountains of Portugal : a novel

The author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel.  In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that–if he can find it–would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.  Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.  The High Mountains of Portugal –part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable–offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century–and through the human soul.


The December/January LibraryReads list is out (with librarians’ comments), and among the new selections is Dean Koontz’ latest Ashley Bell.  I have a physical ARC of that one for the first SI employee commenter.

The favorite is by Elizabeth Strout of Burgess Boys and Olive Kitteridge fame.  I don’t have an ARC for that one, I’m afraid, but we have 40 copies on order with only 15 holds at the moment. It comes out January 16th.  Among the well-established names making an appearance are Bill Bryson (holding up the non-fiction category and with mention at a recent reader’s advisory training) with The Road to Little Dribbling and Ian Rankin with Even Dogs in the Wild.

The only print title we don’t already have on order is an original paperback title What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan.  I will get that in line to be ordered today.  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend has been getting a lot of attention from ARC readers and will likely be a book discussion kit candidate.  A new story collection, Helen Ellis’ American Housewife, has also attracted genuine pre-pub enthusiasm.

The Favorite

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Strout, Elizabeth.  My Name Is Lucy Barton.  

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.





The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBivald, Katarina.  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. 

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor — not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together – and change everything.





The Swans of Fifth Avenue   Ashley Bell : a novel  American housewife / Stories  The Road to Little Dribbling : Adventures of an American in Britain  The Things We Keep  Even Dogs in the Wild

Sno-Isle employees: please comment to claim. I will comment reply.

Anna Quindlen is on our standing order so Miller’s Valley will be ordered soon.  Eating in the Middle is being enthusiastically promoted by Penguin Random House with a 75,000 first printing and is the cookbook companion to her 2015 memoir It Was Me All Along, of which we have 15 copies.

Many thanks!

Mitchell, Andie.  Eating in the Middle. 

 Publisher Annotation: 

In her inspiring New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell chronicled her struggles with obesity, losing weight, and finding balance. Now, in her debut cookbook, she gives readers the dishes that helped her reach her goals and maintain her new size. In 80 recipes, she shows how she eats: mostly healthy meals that are packed with flavor, like Lemon Roasted Chicken with Moroccan Couscous and Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Pomegranate, and then the “sometimes” foods, the indulgences such as Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Marshmallow Whipped Cream, because life just needs dessert. With 75 photographs and Andie’s beautiful storytelling,Eating in the Middle is the perfect cookbook for anyone looking to find freedom from cravings while still loving and enjoying every meal to the fullest.


Quindlen, Anna. Miller’s Valley. 

Product DetailsPublisher Annotation: 

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

After their merger a couple of years ago, Random House, owned by a private German media firm called Bertelsmann, and the Penguin Group maintained separate and very different eBook licensing models for the library market.  It seems that has changed.  Starting in the new year both companies will offer eBooks with permanent licenses (Random’s practice) with prices somewhat reduced from what Random House had been charging (generally $65 per title vs. the standard maximum today of $85).  Read the PW article here.

The response by ALA President Sari Feldman has been as follows:

“Libraries will be pleased that the combined Penguin Random House license will ensure perpetual access to e-titles, and all will be glad the previous ceiling of $85 per title has been reduced,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “But I also know many of my colleagues will miss the flexibility of paying near-consumer prices for e-copies they may not wish to maintain indefinitely, and some will be unable to afford to provide access to the ebooks their communities seek.”


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