As mentioned in my con summary, there were the book bag books, and the books bought in the book room, all of which added up, as you see here. Without further ado…
The books in the LCC Book Bag:
A pretty nice selection, and we didn’t have many duplicates between our two bags.
The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian, [Midnight Ink 2015 paperback] – amateur sleuth.
House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy [Ballantine Books 2015, ARC] – suspense.
The Gift of Darkness by V.M.Giambanco [Quercus 2014 hardcover] – thriller.
Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin [Harper Fiction 2013 mass market paperback] – suspense.
Mother’s Day Out by Karen MacInerney [Thomas & Mercer 2014 trade paper] – cozyish P.I. novel
Wrongful Death by L.J. Sellers [Thomas & Mercer 2015 trade paper] – police procedural
Woman With A Gun by Phillip Margolin [Harper Fiction 2014 hardcover] – suspense
Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann [Soho Crime 2010 trade paper] – thriller (they must have put one of these in every bag, because there was always a large stack of them on the book share table)
Downtown Strut by Ed Ifklovic [Poisoned Pen Press 2013 hardcover] – amateur detective in 1927
Deadly Echoes by Philip Donlay [Oceanview 2014 hardcover] – eco-thriller
Her Boyfriend’s Bones by Jeanne Matthews [Poisoned Pen Press 2013 trade paper] – amateur detective, set in Greece.
Eddie & Sunny by Stacey Cochran [Down & Out Books 2015 paperback] – noir. Hard luck couple with kid, living in car, doom impends. Went immediately to BookSwap.
The Books We Bought:
We only bought three books. It would have been easy to buy more, but it’s also easy to get a lot of things from the library, used book stores, BookSwap and such places, all cheaper. Yet there is that pull, see an author on a panel, talking about his or her book and if it sounds interesting… well, you know.
A Cold and Broken Hallelujah by Tyler Dilts [Thomas & Mercer 2014 trade paper] – police procedural. Bought by Barbara after seeing the author on a panel.
The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted by Andrew Kaufman [Thomas & Mercer 2013 trade paper] – police kidnapping cold case thriller. Bought by Barbara after a reference to it on a panel.
Silver Totem of Shame by R.J. Harlick [ Dandurn 2014 trade paper] – amateur detective. Sixth in Meg Harris series by this Canadian author. I like northwest mysteries when well done and this was recommended. If I like it I’ll go back to the beginning of the series.
And that’s it, not counting the several library books waiting for us to pick them up and the ones already here partly read. Oh yes, plenty of reading going on here.
Nice haul of goodies from LCC! I’m about to start re-reading WOLF HALL in preparation for the PBS 6-episode miniseries that starts April 5.
LCC sounds like it was a fun convention, Richard. Your reports tempt me to start doing conventions again.
It’s been an easy reading week for me — busy, but easy. Two collections: ZANZIBAR CAT by Joanna Russ and TRIPLE PLAY by Max Allan Collins; three YA novels in the X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY; two mysteries: THE CAT WHO WASN’T A DOG by Marian Babson and A POCKET FULL OF RYE by Agatha Christie; and one humor book: TEXTS FROM JANE AUSTEN, which posited text messages from authors and well-known literary characters.
Coming up will be Neil Gaiman’s fantasy NEVERWHERE and David Morrell’s expanded edition of his horror novel THE TOTEM.
Also coming up this week is Spring. Whoot!
What George said – nice haul. Was Philip Margolin there? His brother is a big Sherlockian collector and my brother Ken’s close friend.
Reading? We’re on the road so a story a day will probably be it, though I’m reading the latest Leo Waterman boo by G. M. Ford. Also reading a very large collection of Thinking Machine stories by Jacques Futrelle, who died on the Titanic.
Last week I read: Hawthorne :Tales of a Weirder West by Heath Lowrance and 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn by Matthew Hughes, which you might enjoy. It’s sort or a future combination fantasy and sf, with mystery thrown in. Both were ebook collections. An ebook mystery was Little Girl Lost by Brett Battles, first in his Logan Harper series. It was certainly readable but I didn’t like it nearly as much as his Jonathan Quinn /Cleaner series or Project Eden series.
Last was a “real” book, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, second in the Sean Duffy series (no longer just a trilogy ) by Adrian McKinty. These are set in Belfast in the early 1980s. Duffy is the only Catholic in his Ulster Royal Constabulary unit and gets himself in even more trouble this time. I’m looking forward to book three.
Jerry, I’ve read the first couple of books you mention, and a Babson or two though not that one. That may be one of the Christe books I’ve skipped, is it a Marple?
Jeff, yes, Philip Margolin was there. I’ll admit there were more things in the book bag that were of interest to Barbara than to me, but I may try a couple of them.
I just finished, about 10 minutes ago, Timothy Zahn’s DRAGON AND THIEF which was quick and slight fun. I got Gar Haywood’s first today at the library, FEAR OF THE DARK, will start it in a few minutes. I’m also working my way through OLD VENUSIAN, which I show in the post, and the first two stories have been quite good.
Jeff, speaking of G. Ford’s Waterman books, I have the first few here, unread. I believe the first is WHO THE HELL IS WANDA FUCA? or something like that. He used to go to cons, was always in the poker game.
Richard, these are all new authors for me. Sometimes I wonder if I live and read on another planet. How will you decide which of these books to read first?
Been so long since I’ve really bought books. This makes me jealous. 🙂
Yes, WHO THE HELL IS WANDA FUCA (which I always thought was a great title ) was the first Leo Waterman book.
Prashant, there are so many books, so many authors! That’s one reason we like to go to mystery conventions, to meet new to us authors and hear them talk about their books. I just started reading Gar Haywood’s first book, Fear of the Dark, which came out in 1988! Somehow he and his books slipped right by me.
I either gave away all of my books or left them in the room. A couple tempted me but I have so many boxes of books at home I don’t want anymore I couldn’t justify adding more to the clutter.
I still have a WHO THE HELL IS WANDA FUCA? T-shirt the publishers sent me when I was doing MDM.
You scored a nice selection of freebies. Dang near everybody must have had ROCK PAPER TIGER and EDDIE & SUNNY in their bag, and a lot folk, like the Cap’n and I, left them on the swap table. THE GIFT OF DARKNESS was pretty common, too, but I didn’t see many of the others. It was interesting that most of the books I saw by men had female protagonists.
“Evan”, I put those two books up on Bookswap and they are already gone, so I got two book credits for them. Yes, we had to pay the media mail postage, but that’s cheap. I didn’t notice that male-female protagonist thing.
Bob, why just leave them in the room. They just get thrown away if you do that. You could at least donate them or something.