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Archive for March, 2010

The sky is gray. It is cold and wet. Everywhere, there is mud and more mud.  Another mountain spring has arrived to Teton Valley. One way to keep warm is a good mystery novel. Dark Horse Books has been slowly expanding its mystery inventory. There are mysteries to appeal a wide variety of fans. There are cozy, historical, forensic, detective, and foreign mysteries. Below is a snippet of a few books here at the store.

The Valley of Fear  by A.C. Doyle Personally, the lurid cover reminiscent of pulp fiction would be reason enough to buy this book. However, this final Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is considered one of his best works. The novel comes in three parts. In the first part, Sherlock Holmes arrives at a manor house to late to save the murder victim. The second part is a  flashback to an incident involving a Pinkerton agent in Chicago. In a third part, both stories come together and help Holmes solve the case.

Fear the Worst by Lincoln Barclay.  The story begins with the first chilling sentence. “The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs.”  Thus begins the story of  Tim Blake. He is an average guy dealing with all the failures of life. Then his teenage daughter goes missing. Tim may be down, but he is not out. He is not going to give up on his daughter. Lincoln Barclay is a bestselling suspense writer in England and many of the US top suspense writers claim to be fans.

The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes This book was winner of the Shamus Award for best first novel. Irish poet and playwright, Declan Hughes, vividly recreates the sights and sounds of modern Dublin. After 20 years in L.A, private investigator, Ed Loy returns to his native city of Dublin after his mother’s death. Ed Loy finds his childhood home has changed dramatically and that LA did not prepare him for the evil of the Irish underworld.

Malice by Lisa Jackson New Orleans detective Rick Bentz has been on the edge. But when he starts to see his dead wife, Jennifer, he fears for his sanity. Returning to Los Angeles, where Jennifer died, Rick hopes to find answers. Instead, the murders begin.

The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose This novel is the basis for a new tv series, Past Life. There are free sample chapters available at the bookstore. Photojournalist, Josh Ryder, nearly dies in a bomb explosion in Rome. When he recovers, he is not the same man.  He remembers intense, violent memories from the ancient past. Searching for answers leads Josh to a research foundation. However, the murders of the past are about to become the murders of the present.

A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly. Hamby does an extraordinary job of recreating 1833 New Orleans. The hero is a Benjamin January, a free man of color. January is an educated man with medical training. Allegedly he has rights under the code of laws. But when a notorious octoroon is strangled, he is the perfect scapegoat for the murder.

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For the week ending Friday, March 19, 2010, the following books were the biggest sellers in Teton County.

Non-fiction

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine

No Apology The Case for American Greatness by Mitt Romney

Taming the Tetons by Grant Hansen

Fiction

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian a reading group selection

The Moonstone by Collin Wilkie a reading group selection

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Young Adult and Children Books

Fang by James Patteron

The Fablehaven series

The Lighting Thief series

The Wimpy Kid series.

If the bookstore had received its copies of the Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, it would have been the week’s biggest seller. However, this popular book has been sold out everywhere.  Ingram is behind on delivery this book.

Waiting for their release date of Tuesday, March 23, 2010 are several copies of the fifth book in the Fablehaven series, Keys to the Demon Kingdom. Also on Tuesday, the paperback versions of  The Girl Who Played With Fire and the Warded Man are both coming out.

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Hopefully, this twitter account will fun for everyone.  If you are a twit, check it out at

http://twitter.com/DarkHorseBooks

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Dark Horse Books has three signed copies of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness by Mitt Romney.  The bookstore may or may not be able to obtain additional copies.  Therefore, anyone interested in a signed copy should either come to the bookstore or call the bookstore at 208-354-8882.

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The first meeting of the Teton Valley Teen Fantasy and Scifi Club was a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow. They especially liked the character, Dru.

The book selections for the next several months were made. Also there was an adjustment to the meeting time. All future meetings will be the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

Below is the book selections and meeting times for the group.

Wed., April 14, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. Marked by P.C. Cast

Wed., May 12, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., Wings by Aprilynne Pike (paperback version should be out)

Wed., June 9, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Wed., July 14, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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On Friday, March 12, 2010 from 7-8 p.m,. investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss will be at the Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium, Jackson, Wy.  Mr. Dreyfuss will discuss his observations of the 2009 Iranian elections and the demonstrations afterwards.  This event is free and open to the public.

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The first meeting of the Teton Valley Manga and Graphic Novel Group was successful with several passionate manga readers discussing their favorite genre. The book selections for the next several months were made. The members selected a variety of subgenres of manga, including horror, urban fantasy, fantasy, and romance. Everyone is welcome to participate. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month.

Below is the schedule of the meeting and the title of book selectd for discussion for each month:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.  The Legend of Zelda, Vol. 1, Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 5:00 p.m., Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakoji.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 5:00 p.m., Uzumaki

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. The Good Neighbor by Holly Black

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