Sign up for our new mystery bookclub, co-sponsored by our local chapter of Sisters in Crime. The club will meet at Fiction Addiction on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:30-11:30am. Each quarter will have a different moderator and a different mystery focus. Our initial club will meet April-June 2018 to discuss cozy mysteries and will be moderated by Linda Lovely. The 3 included selections are: Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews (April), Bones to Pick by Linda Lovely (May), and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (June).
So far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones–each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from the town’s drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.
And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Southern hospitality is strained to the limit by an offensive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests’ closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she’s found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents–some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg’s to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer–before the next catered event is her own funeral…
Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.
It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
Book Your Lunch with Karen Robards at the Thornblade Club in Greer on Thursday, June 14th at noon. The event will include a book talk, in which Karen Robards will discuss her latest book, The Moscow Deception, as well as a signing, and lunch will be served. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot now.
Please arrive at the event between 15 and 30 minutes early as we will start promptly at noon. Menu options are: Filet Black and Bleu Salad or Chili Lime Crusted Salmon Salad. Please indicate which meal you would like in the comments box when you purchase your ticket. (Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available if requested in advance.)
Tickets for this event are $55. Your ID will act as your ticket at the event. Your ticket price includes a copy of The Moscow Deception that we will bring to the event for you. We will also have Ms. Robards’ backlist books available for sale prior to the event at the store and at the event itself. Please note that tickets canceled 72 hours prior to the event can be refunded; those canceled within 72 hours of the event cannot (but you can send someone in your place).
Bianca St. Ives was recently put through the wringer, but she came out the same way she always does—the way her father trained her to—hungry for a fight. Still navigating the fallout from a shocking revelation that’s left a network of assassins’ crosshairs trained on her, Bianca’s ready to take fate into her own hands. It’s kill or be killed, and she’s got her finger flush against the trigger.
But as Bianca races to outmaneuver her tireless pursuers, her father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recover King Priam’s Treasure, a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen by the Russians during World War II, and return it to Germany. Impossible? Maybe for some, but a high-risk heist is all in a day’s work for Bianca St. Ives, especially when there’s intel on the line—intel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury Bianca for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you’re already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow.
Highly acclaimed author Andrew Lawler will be discussing his latest book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Doubleday, hardcover, $29.95, releases 6/5/18), at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Monday, June 18th, at 2pm.
In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English settlement in the New World. But when the new colony’s leader returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers had vanished, leaving behind only a single clue—a “secret token” etched into a tree.
What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? That question has consumed historians, archeologists, and amateur sleuths for four hundred years. In The Secret Token, Andrew Lawler sets out on a quest to determine the fate of the settlers, finding fresh leads as he encounters a host of characters obsessed with resolving the enigma. In the course of his journey, Lawler examines how the Lost Colony came to haunt our national consciousness.
Incisive and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the Lost Colony and its fate, but of how its absence continues to define—and divide—America.
South Carolina author David Burnsworth will be celebrating the launch of his latest novel, Bad Time to Be In It, at Fiction Addiction on July 14th from 2-4pm. This event is FREE and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Books can be purchase online, at the store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540.
The past is never past. Sometimes it repeats itself. And sometimes it comes back to pay a visit. Blu Carraway, flush with cash and back in business, never had it so good. Or so he thought. The reality is his love life is in shambles, his business partner is spending too much time with women half his age and not enough time on the job, and someone close goes missing. Blu’s business partner goes off the rails, his friends show their true colors, and he realizes that getting closure sometimes means walking away from everything. With a case from the past gone wrong twice, a loved one in trouble, and an unanswered marriage proposal, it’s a bad time to be in it for Blu Carraway Investigations.
Meet bestselling suspense author Linda Castillo at Fiction Addiction on Sunday, July 15th at 2pm for a book talk and signing. She will give a talk discussing her new book, A Gathering of Secrets (Minotaur, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 7/10/18), take questions from the audience, and sign books.
*Note: there are two ticket options for this event. The $29 ticket admits one, guarantees a seat, and includes a copy of A Gathering of Secrets. The $10 ticket is standing room only, admits one, and can be redeemed for $10 off merchandise purchased at the event. If seats do not sell out, we will seat standing room customers in the order they signed up. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540.
When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first, it looks like an accident, but when the body of eighteen-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside—burned alive—Kate suspects murder. But who would want a well-liked, hardworking Amish man dead? Kate delves into the investigation only to find herself stonewalled by the community to which she’d once belonged. Is their silence a result of the Amish tenet of separation? Or is this peaceful and deeply religious community conspiring to hide a truth no one wants to talk about? Kate doubles down only to discover a plethora of secrets and a chilling series of crimes that shatter everything she thought she knew about her Amish roots—and herself.
As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she’s confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility.
Book Your Lunch with Beatriz Williams at City Range (615 Haywood Rd, Greenville, SC 29607) on Saturday, July 21st at 12:30pm. The event will include a book talk, in which Beatriz Williams will discuss her latest book, The Summer Wives (William Morrow, hardcover, $27.99), as well as a signing, and lunch will be served. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot now.
Please arrive at the event between 15 and 30 minutes early as we will start promptly at 12:30. Menu options are: Bourbon Pecan Chicken and the Salmon Caesar. Please indicate which meal you would like in the comments box when you purchase your ticket. (Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available if requested in advance.)
Tickets for this event are $55. Your ID will act as your ticket at the event. Your ticket price includes a copy of The Summer Wives that we will bring to the event for you. Please note that tickets canceled 72 hours prior to the event can be refunded; those canceled within 72 hours of the event cannot (but you can send someone in your place).
In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.
But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.
Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.