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So cold outside. So many books to read!

Is there a better time of year for books? The temperature is dropping, the fire place is crackling, and with all of the boots, gloves, mittens, hats, snow pants, and puffy jackets you’d need to enjoy outside, wouldn’t it be easier to curl up on the couch and get lost in a great novel?

The New York Times loved Steve Weddle’s novel in short stories, Country Hardball. Booklist said Joe Nelms’ debut novel, The Last Time I Died is “…One of the most compelling first novels in recent memory.” Seems to us you couldn’t go wrong with either of those books or anything from the rest of our collection.

crime

Claire Watkins is back!

Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins has had an easy summer in Fort St. Antoine, Wisconsin; the only problem is that her daughter Meg is leaving for college soon. When Claire walks down to the park to watch the Burning Boat—a large replica of a Norwegian long boat set on the shores of Lake Pepin, burned at the autumnal equinox—she has no idea that more than just a wooden structure is going up in flames.

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coming soon!

THE HOLLOW GIRL Reed Farrel Coleman

The final Moe Prager mystery! …more

DEAD LIL’ HUSTLER Victoria Houston

Loon Lake Mystey #14! …more

COUNTRY HARDBALL Steve Weddle

“…dazzling…” New York Timesmore

fiction

a spectacular downward spiral

Christian Franco is truly embracing the despair of divorce, doing nothing to slow the implosion of his career, friendships, and relationships. He camps out at bars and picks fights, finding that getting his ass kicked allows him his only meditative moments, something he explores with sardonic zeal.

“One of the most compelling first novels in recent memory, The Last Time I Died is chilling, cinematic, and unapologetically brash, a heady mixture of all-consuming desire and mortality.”
—Booklist (starred review)

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forthcoming and recent fiction

OF SEA AND CLOUD Jon Keller

Lobstermen and murder … more

NAKED Betsy Franco

A boundless love transcending time… more

from the vault

A Man, the Dog, an RV starting out across America

Driven by tragedy to turn his back on human society, the Dog is on a quest to fish himself into oblivion. And he’s nearly made it. Playing the back highways of America in a wounded old RV . . . provisioned with a supply of peanut butter sandwiches, bad cigars, and vodka-Tang . . . armed with a loaded pistol (for when the money runs out) . . . the Dog is nearly at the end of his tether when he rolls into little Black Earth, Wisconsin, intending to fish the yellow sally stonefly hatch . . . and finds a body instead.

“Galligan portrays the radiantly quirky characters with deft strokes, pulling their strings with panache and outlining their world with humor and acceptance. A real treat.” -Library Journal

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also from the vault


BLOOD COUNTRY Mary Logue

The first installment in the Claire Watkins mystery series by Mary Logue…more

MURDER IN STORE DC Brod

Quint McCauley’s investigative career starts here in the Chicago area…more

A PRAYER FOR DAWN Nathan Singer

Debut novel! Dawn asks, “What if nothing is right?”…more

UNTOUCHABLE Scott O’Connor

Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction…more

ROGUE MALES Craig McDonald

Author and journalist McDonald interviews many of the top names in crime fiction…more

PROVINCETOWN FOLLIES: BANGKOK BLUES Randall Peffer

Tuki Aparecio and Michael Decastro connect here …more