Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Hello, All,

Here’s another edition of FYI. As ever, I’m just passing along information I receive; I’m not endorsing particular authors or books. I hope you’ll find the information useful and interesting.
useful and interesting.

Karen Alvtagen

Rhian at It’s a Crime! (Or a Mystery…) is generously offering a giveaway of Alvtagen’s novel, Shadow. Here’s a description of Shadow:

In a nondescript apartment block in Stockholm, most of the residents are elderly. Usually a death is a sad but straightforward event. But sometimes a resident will die and there are no friends or family to contact. This is when Marianne Folkesson arrives, employed by the state to close up a life with dignity and respect. Gerda Persson has lain dead in her apartment for three days before Marianne is called. When she arrives, she finds the apartment tidy and ordered. Gerda's life seems to have been quite ordinary. Until Marianne opens the freezer and finds it full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them. They are all by Axel Ragnerfeldt, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, with handwritten dedications to Gerda from the author. What story do these books have to tell, about Gerda, and more importantly about Ragnerfeldt, a man whose fame is without precedent in the nation's cultural life, but seldom gives interviews?

If you’re interested in a copy, please visit the giveaway post and leave a comment. Sorry : ( , EU residents only.

John Locke

Fans of “hardboiled” detective novels may be interested in John Lock’s novel, Lethal People, which features Donovan Creed, an ex-CIA assassin with his own hit-man business. Here's a description of Lethal People:

“While pursuing a budding romance with the beautiful Kathleen Gray, Creed stumbles upon a plucky—but horribly burned—little girl named Addie Dawes. Creed's suspicion about the fire that killed Addie's family puts him on a collision course with crime boss Joe DeMeo, in what soon becomes an issue of kill or be killed. DeMeo, a relentless killer who will stop at nothing to protect his empire—targets Creed and his loved ones for death. But Creed has plans of his own. Employing a bizarre cast of characters including a giant, a rival crime lord, an angry midget bent on world conquest—and a team of circus clowns—Creed goes on the attack, with hilarious results.”

You can check out the promo for Lethal People here.

Cym Lowell

Cym Lowell is a thriller author whose debut, The Riddle of Berlin, is now available. Cym’s offering a signed copy as a giveaway on his blog. If you’re interested, please visit and leave a comment.

Here’s a description of The Riddle of Berlin:

Riddle of Berlin is the story of John C. Jaëgerman. At the plateau of middle age frustration. In Paris, a voice in the water entices his leap from a parapet overlooking the Seine River at Notre Dame. A disfigured body without memory is lifted from the water days later by a gypsy nurse (Carmen) seeking her own path, embodiment of the voice.A campaign of terror engulfs the world. Thousands perish in terrorist incidents in Europe and California. Government is impotent to protect innocent citizens from brutal evisceration.Instigated by a shadowy arms trader, cleverly casting responsibility on others through an Internet site, insurance money laundering and government customers.Riddle of Berlin puts the integrity of NATO on the line, led by popular black American Vice President Lucius Alcorn.A man without fingerprints or history awakens on the Danube. Carmen calls him Del, my deliverer. Orange Girl at the Louvre attracts attention to the declared death of her father on the streets of Paris, becoming engulfed herself in the Riddle.Jaëgerman is deemed the terrorist. Del crafts resolution of the Riddle. Reliving thrills of danger as he tastes new love with Carmen. Denouement brings the choice of everyman. Home is where it was, is or could be? Can we ever return?

Luke Romyn

Luke Romyn is a horror mystery author whose novel The Dark Path is now available. Here’s a description of The Dark Path:

The Dark Path sees Vain, an assassin without peer, placed into an impossible situation. Coerced into the protection of a young boy, Vain finds his skills of death and torture useless against a force of evil which threatens the very Earth. The Souls of Sordarrah - a zealous cult fronted by their mysterious leader Empeth and a group known only as The Four - are pitted against him, intent upon sacrificing the boy Sebastian in order to raise their demonic lord Sordarrah from the pits of Hell. Out now with Wild Child Publishing.

Here is an extract from the book.

Package Deal

Patricia Stoltey is hosting a most generous giveaway of a package of eight mystery novels by authors such as Harlan Coben, Molly McRae and Matt Hilton. If you’d like to check the titles and enter the giveaway, please visit her terrific blog and leave a comment Sorry : (, US residents only.

Buckingham Books

Buckingham Books wants to add to your TBR lists : ) with these runs of books:

Elleston Trevor - Trevor also wrote as Adam Hall, and is known for his studies of characters under stress and in peril. Here are the titles in this set:

1. TREVOR, ELLESTON. A BLAZE OF ROSES. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, [ 1952]. First U.S. edition. Former owner's name and date neatly written in ink on front free fly leaf else fine in dust jacket sunned on the spine and with moderate wear to the extremities. Mr. Piper, the fugitive, was a gentle man .... neither wicked nor selfish enough to be a criminal ... but, he was. Mr. Piper had set fire to the factory in which he'd worked for so long, and how he's being hunted by the police.
2. TREVOR, ELLESTON. GALE FORCE. London: Heinemann, [1956]. First edition. Moderate foxing throughout the book and with a small date stamp to the 2nd free page and former owner's name in ink to rear fly leaf else very good in dust jacket with moderate wear to the extremities. Two hundred miles off shore, the Atlantic Whipper, six thousand tons of steel with a crew of forty, ten passengers and a cargo of grain, meets a storm. The captain sends out an SOS. The immediate task for Captain Mathew Harkness is to somehow make land. Within hours he is alone on board and his task now is to keep his ship afloat.
3. TREVOR, ELLESTON. THE V.I.P. London: Heinemann, [1959]. First edition. Previous owner's small sticker affixed to front paste-down sheet else fine in dust jacket.
4. TREVOR, ELLESTON. THE MIND OF MAX DUVINE. London: Gerald G. Swan, [1960]. First edition. Small remainder mark, creased spine, partial sticker affixed to front panel else very good without dust jacket. In the world of mental telephathy, little is known as fact ... theory is wide. If admission is made of a spiritual world co-existing with the material world, then a thousand inexplicable phenomena can be now be explained in terms of the immaterial. This is the story of Maxwell Duvine, a man who knew little of theory, much of fact, for he was gifted. He was directed by the unseen, unheard force .... the power of telepathy. Now he's dead!
5. TREVOR, ELLESTON. THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, [1964]. First U.S. edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. A cargo plane crash lands in the Central Libyan desert during a violent sandstorm. Twelve men and a monkey survive. They stare without hope into the desert sky: search planes will not seek their unscheduled flight. One man proposes the impossible--to build from the wreckage an aircraft capable of flying them 200 miles to the nearest oasis. But the pilot refuses to cooperate and this struggle becomes the pivot for survival or death.
6. TREVOR, ELLESTON. THE SHOOT. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966. First U.S. edition. Light wear to front fore edge else fine in dust jacket with light wear to head and toe of spine and to fore edges and front panel. A scientific team works feverishly to launch the White Lance, an experimental space probe carrying an unstable fuel of unpredictable power.
7. TREVOR, ELLESTON. NIGHT STOP. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975. First U. S. edition. Originally published in he U.K. as "The Paragon." Remainder spray to bottom edges else fine in dust jacket lightly soiled on back and light wear to the extremities. Charlie Berlatsky's ship had finally come in.... He was the sole witness to a fatal automobile accident involving California gubernatorial hopeful The Honorable John Stevens and his passenger ... one of Las Vegas' beautiful hookers. His blackmailing scheme ought to work ... after all, he's only asking for $100,000 to keep his mouth shut.
8. TREVOR, ELLESTON. THE PENTHOUSE. London: Collins, [1983]. First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. At 9:00 p.m. on an October night two men, a doorman and a security guard, are shot dead in the lobby of Manhattan's luxury Park Tower apartments. Trapped in her apartment, Tina St. Clair is being held by an old boyfriend, a psychopath obsessed with love for her who's escaped from a mental institution.
9. TREVOR, ELLESTON. FLYCATCHER. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., [1994]. First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. A single scream rips across Fifth Avenue from Central Park and into the bedroom of Tasha Fontaine. In Central Park the police find a serial killer's latest victim ... Christine Whittendorf, a woman whom Tasha had met briefly, and who bore a striking resemblance to her. Tasha is the only hope of nailing the butcher who's already claimed a dozen victims.
10. TREVOR, ELLESTON. THE SISTER. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., [1994]. First edition. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket. Desperate for refuge from their abusive family, two sisters seek shelter in a convent. Instead, they find bloodshed and intrigue. Ultimately, one is driven to destroy the other.

The cost for this set is US$85.00

Alexander McCall Smith – Author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Buckingham Books now has available a run of six books, four of them signed. Here are the books in the set:

1. MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS. Edinburgh: Polygon, [2001]. First edition in trade size pictorial wrappers. Signed by the author. Mma Ramotswe investigates the alleged poisoning of the brother of an important ""Government Man,"" and the moral character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest. (28798)
2. MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE. Edinburgh: Polygon, [2003]. First edition. Near fine in pictorial trade size wrappers. Mma Ramotswe is engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiance. For indeed he has other things on his mind - notably a frightening request made of him by Mma Potokwani, pushy matron of the Orphan Farm. Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wealthy lady - whose fortune comes from successful hair-braiding salons - and has been asked to check up on several suitors. Are these men just interested in her money? This may be difficult to find out, but Mma Ramotswe is, of course, a very intuitive lady. (28804)
3. MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB. [London]: Little, Brown, [2004]. First edition. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket. Introducing amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie, a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Behind Edinburgh's Georgian facades, its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty & murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes didn't fall. He was pushed. (28802)
4. MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES. Edinburgh: Polygon, [2004]. First edition. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket. Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator, is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. The Agency is busy, but Mma Ramotswe can't ignore the plea which is made to her by a woman who comes to her with a tale of particular misfortune. Unfortunately, her attempts to help are interrupted by a close encounter between her tiny white van and a bicycle, and by a spectacular disagreement between her assistant, Mma Makutsi, and one of the apprentices at the garage. This apprentice has found a girlfriend who drives a large silver Mercedes-Benz. How can he be rescued from his folly? And as for Mma Makutsi, she has found a dancing class, and a man who may not be able to dance very well but who admires her greatly. (28800)
5. MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. BLUE SHOES AND HAPPINESS. [Edinburgh]: Polygon, [2006]. First edition. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket. Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi, deal with more adventures including an encounter with a cobra, a sinister blackmail plot and a rather tight-fitting pair of blue shoes. (28801)
6. MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE. [Edinburgh]: Polygon, [2007]. First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. Mr J.L.B. Matekoni becomes involved in the agency's work when he investigates an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as competently as one of the ladies? Mma Ramotswe has her doubts. Along the way, she is asked to explain an unexpected series of deaths at the hospital in Mochudi?(28799)

The cost for this set is US$175.00

If you are interested in either set of books, here is the contact information you’ll need:

Nancy Anderson
Buckingham Books ABAA
8058 Stone Bridge Road
Greencastle, PA 17225
(717) 597-5657
Email: sales@buckinghambooks.com
Website: http://www.buckinghambooks.com/


  1. Your FYI post are always very enlightening and filled with wonderful new authors and books.

  2. Mason - Thanks for such kind words : ). I really appreciate it!! That means a lot to me.

  3. I agree with Mason. I have read Shadow and, if you like dark, Chehkovian novels, I can highly recommend it. I thought it was brilliant, and by a very talented author.

  4. Maxine - Thanks : ) and thanks for your endorsement of Rhian's giveaway. I'd enter for Shadow myself, but I live on the wrong continent...

  5. Only wrong in that aspect, Margot ;-) The Land of the Free can't be that bad to live in ;-)

  6. Maxine - LOL!! You haven't looked at what I pay in rent if you think this is the Land of the Free . Seriously, though, I think we are both fortunate.

  7. Thanks for the great shout-out and #FF. I am thrilled to have found your blog and will be adding you to my blogroll. Thanks again-