Dave and I enjoyed Louise Penny's talk in Brattleboro, Vermont, this afternoon -- and learned that she plans to alternate locations in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: one in the (fictional) Eastern Townships village of Three Pines, the next in another location, then back again. This week's great new release from Penny, her sixth, is BURY YOUR DEAD -- and it's set (mostly) in Quebec City. So you know where the setting is for the manuscript of number seven, which she handed to her editor last week. Penny's reason for the decision: Otherwise, she'd use up too much of Three Pines as either murderers or victims (although she restricts herself to one murder per book, she noted!).
Tomorrow (Monday) we'll place some more signed copies of Penny's books online, and we'll add news about an intriguing novella of hers, as well.
Waiting to order your signed copies of Gerry Boyle's Maine mysteries? Don't wait too long ... although we had stacks of every single one of Boyle's newspaperman-turned-detective novels here for his visit on Sept. 25 (as well as the first book of his Brandon Blake series), half of them are already sold and gone. Thanks, Gerry, for the great talk you gave, for the signatures, and for the "shout out" on your blog.
Dana Stabenow, whose Alaska mysteries feature Kate Shugak, will release her next book, Though Not Dead, on Feb. 1 -- still a lot of weeks and a lot of snowfall from now -- and she also announced that her hard-to-find first book, A COLD DAY FOR MURDER, is being reprinted by Poisoned Pen Press in hardcover, with the same release date. Click here for her newsletter.