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Blind Side
A Connor Westphal Mystery
Penny Warner
ISBN 978-1-880284-42-1
216 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95
Buford the Bullfrog is dead, and that's only the beginning. Connor Westphal, the feisty deaf publisher of the weekly Eureka!, sets about finding out who is killing the frogs-and people-of Calaveras County.

"With an amazing cast of colorful characters, laugh-out-loud humor, chili-covered frogs, and the best literary treatment of a jumping amphibian festival since 1867, this book has it all. Mark Twain would be proud!"
—Rick Riordan, Edgar winner and author of The Last King of Texas
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Nominated for the ANTHONY AWARD
"Best Paperback Original, 2000"

Nominated for the ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD
"Best Novel, 2000"

Nominated for the EDGAR AWARD
"Best Paperback Original, 2000"

Winner of the BARRY AWARD
"Best Paperback Original, 2000"

The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn
A Joe Barley Mystery
Eric Wright
ISBN 978-1-880284-40-7
224 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95


Rosie Dawn, who is working her way through college as an exotic dancer and mistress of a fast-food entrepreneur, has disappeared. Joe Barley, an English teacher and sometime private eye, looks for her in high and low places. Meanwhile, the university's political correctness police are after Joe's best friend, and his live-in lady, Carole, is acting very peculiar indeed....


'This book is fine in every sense of the word, for Eric Wright has always been the kind of writer whose art conceals art. The things he does well he does so well you hardly notice them, and The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn leaves the reader with a sense of effortless ease. It's witty, intelligent, elegantly shaped, beautifully paced, and every page is generously sown with pleasures of phrase and insight. Read and enjoy!"
—Reginald Hill, winner of the CWA Diamond and Golden Daggers, and author of
Arms and the Women

"Eric Wright is intelligent, engaging, and stylishly funny. So is his detective, Joe Barley. Together, they provide a very satisfying read indeed."
—K.K. Beck, author of the Iris Cooper series, the Jane da Silva series,
and The Revenge of Kali-Ra
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Nominated for the MACAVITY AWARD
"Best Novel, 2000"

Nominated for the AGATHA AWARD
"Best Novel, 2000"

Guns and Roses
A Modern Mystery Set in Colonial Williamsburg

Taffy Cannon
ISBN 978-1-880284-34-6
226 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95
"Anyone who remembers Leslie Ford's mysteries set in Williamsburg just when Rockefeller money was beginning to buy up dilapidated Colonial properties will delight in Taffy Canon's Guns and Roses, set amidst the prettied-up modern restoration. Would-be tour guide Roxanne Prescott may not know how to mollify miffed tourist, but when 'accidents' start happening to her group, this former policewoman has all the skills necessary to separate the real from the illusory. Roxanne's tragic history gives her complexity. Taffy Cannon's light touch makes he an appealing heroine we want to know better. I've already booked my ticket for Irish Eye's next trip."
—Margaret Maron, Edgar Award winner and author of Storm Track
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Royal Flush
A Jake Samson and Rosie Vicente Mystery
Shelley Singer
ISBN 978-1-880284-33-9
pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95
Laid-back private eye Jake Samson is now living in mellow Marin, and working for a new boss, former assistant Rosie Vicente. This time, they're going undercover in a Bay Area far-right group to help a young warrior named Royal who wants out. The problem is, the last time someone tried to leave the gang, they killed him.

Jake and Rosie, in disguise, risk their lives as they follow a beer-hall trail of convoluted connections, bizarre secrets, and outright lunacy. When someone else dies and the group begins to suspect Royal and our two detectives of treachery, they must move fast to keep one step ahead of the raving, violent—and possibly terminally incompetent—leaders and their troops, who seem more bent on offing each other than on world domination.

"Jake and Rosie are a royal pleasure! I'm a great fan of Shelley Singer, but in this one she really ups the ante. . .a scary story of a decent kid caught up in a bigger, nastier game than he could ever have envisioned." —Julie Smith
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Baby Mine
A Port Silva Mystery
Janet LaPierre
ISBN 978-1-880284-32-2
pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95
"I love Baby Mine, a rich, multi-faceted mystery. What a pleasure to revisit Meg, Vince, and Katy, who are, as always, real and unforgettable. The issues they tackle are important and complex, and their north coast setting so powerful, you can feel the fog. Best of all, Janet LaPierre juggles all of it with style and grace. In short, this is one terrific book." —Gillian Roberts

In rain-weary and economically depressed Port Silva, on the California north coast, domestic violence is on the rise, a gang of hoodlums is committing increasingly brutal robberies and assaults, and religi
ous fundamentalists are picketing a fertility clinic and harassing its clients.

When the battered body of a young Hispanic woman is pulled from the rocky coastal waters, the frustrated and furious chief of police, Vince Gutierrez, pursues a search for her missing husband and children. Then he learns of her connection to the fertility clinic, and possibly with the doctor who owns it.

In the end, Meg Halloran, Gutierrez's schoolteacher wife, must once again join forces with the police to save Port Silva from an unprecedented crime wave—and her marriage from the stress of these crushing blows.
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Slippery Slopes and Other Deadly Things
A Carrie Carlin Biofeedback Mystery
Nancy Tesler
ISBN 978-1-880284-58-2
264 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95
Biofeedback specialist and amateur sleuth Carrie Carlin is up to her neck in snow, sex, and strangulation when her professional convention is abruptly terminated by murder on the slippery slopes of a Vermont ski resort.

"Wow! Don’t miss this stand-out-from-the-crowd cliffhanger with its slightly frazzled, commitment-phobic, in-your-face heroine, who’ll tickle your funny bone as she steals your heart. I loved every fun-filled minute of Carrie’s wild slide down those slippery slopes."
—Janet Evanovich, author of Hard Eight
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Death, Bones, and Stately Homes
A Tori Miracle Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery
Valerie Malmont
ISBN 978-1-880284-65-0
288 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95
When a quaint Pennsylvania town opens its historic houses for a tour, the discovery of old bones brings up secrets the town would rather keep hidden.

"Valerie Malmont mixes amusing social satire with an excellent mystery in Death, Bones, and Stately Homes. I look forward to many more outings with spunky, charming Tori Miracle and her cast of friends."
—Sujata Massey, Agatha Award winner and author of The Samurai's Daughter
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Another Fine Mess
A Bridget Montrose Mystery
Lora Roberts
ISBN 978-1-880284-54-4
240 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95

What writer wouldn't want to spend two weeks at a prestigious arts retreat, complete with plush accommodations and an ocean view? Bridget Montrose was delighted to have been chosen. Finally, uninterrupted time to start the novel her publisher seemed to want. Not to mention high-minded conversation of other authors around the dinner table. High-minded conversation, however, is in short supply. And then someone decides that the group needs editing…with heavy use of the delete key.
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Flash Point
A Susan Kim Delancey Mystery
Nancy Baker Jacobs
ISBN 978-1-880284-56-8
240 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95

Someone in the San Francisco Bay Area is using arson to murder new mothers in their homes, after apparently kidnapping their babies. California’s new arson czar, Susan Kim Delancey, takes on this baffling case and soon finds herself warring on several fronts. With the help of her skeletal staff, she must not only catch the elusive killer, she must also fight territorial local officials, the hostile news media, and Sacramento political foes who want her fired. But the biggest battle of all turns out to be the one that threatens Susan’s own life and that of her teenage son.
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Open Season on Lawyers
A Novel of Suspense
Taffy Cannon
ISBN 978-1-880284-51-3
288 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95

Somebody is killing the sleazy attorneys of Los Angeles. LAPD Robbery/Homicide Detective Joanna Davis matches wits with a serial killer who tailors each murder to a specific legal abuse. Tension rises as the murders escalate and the killer begins to take a personal interest in stopping Joanna's investigation.

“A brightly malicious tale....” —Kirkus Reviews

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Too Dead to Swing
A Katy Green Mystery
Hal Glatzer
ISBN 978-1-880284-53-7
240 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $13.95

It's 1940, and musician Katy Green gets what ought to be a dream gig: playing with the Ultra Belles—an all female Swing Band—on tour in California. So what if the songwriter who organized the band is her ex-boyfriend—a notorious Casanova? And so what if half the women are mad at the other half over their politics, their musicianship, or their sexuality? There are tensions and rivalries in every band. But that's not the worst of it. Katy quickly discovers that somebody's out for blood.

“Since this story first appeared as a six-hour audiobook with original songs by the author, it’s no wonder that Glatzer’s atmospherics effectively evoke the swing era. ...a lively jitterbug down memory lane.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Nominated for the SHAMUS AWARD
“Best Paperback Original, 2001”

A Port Silva Mystery (with Patience and Verity Mackellar)
Janet LaPierre
ISBN 978-1-880284-44-5
240 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95

"LaPierre hits the bull's-eye, presenting even the most minor characters with equal parts compassion and judgment against a gorgeous backdrop, and topping the whole show off with a surprise ending."
—Kirkus Reviews (6/16/01)

"Janet LaPierre’s consistently excellent series--in depth characterization, a California setting as vivid and unique as any, and well plotted, engrossing stories built around an admirable heroine--merits recommendation form librarians, booksellers and reviewers."
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In this new mystery, Janet LaPierre introduces a mother-daughter team of private investigators into her Port Silva series. Searching for a missing woman and her young daughter, Patience and Verity Mackellar track their quarry to a secretive religious community on California's Lost Coast.
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The Tumbleweed Murders
A Claire Sharples Botanical Mystery
Rebecca Rothenberg, completed by Taffy Cannon
ISBN 978-1-880284-43-8
240 pages, Original Trade Paperback, $12.95
"...a complex blend of romance, science, and ingenious clues. Rothenberg, who died before completing the fourth in the series, is well-served by her friend Cannon, who finishes the tale with brio, intelligence, and respect...."
Kirkus Reviews (7/15/01)

"THE TUMBLEWEED MURDERS perfectly captures life in the Valley, then and now. The sense of place is so powerful that the landscape could be another of the perfectly limned characters. Fascinating botanical esoterica are woven seamlessly throughout the story. Best and most touching of all is the inclusion of lyrics from songs written by Rothenberg herself.

This is a book that stands well and proudly on its own; knowing the story behind its completion only adds to its impact. Taffy Cannon undertook a difficult, no doubt intimidating, project. She succeeded impressively. Together and yet separately, she and Rebecca Rothenberg have given us a lovely coda to a beloved series."
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Passion, greed, deceit, and murder surface when plant pathologist Claire Sharples discovers a skeleton buried beside the Kern River and finds herself drawn into events of a half-century earlier.

Rebecca Rothenberg was the author of the award-nominated Claire Sharples Botanical Mysteries. After her untimely death in 1998, her friend and colleague Taffy Cannon (author of Gun and Roses and the Nan Robinson mystery series) completed the manuscript of The Tumbleweed Murders.
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