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News Week of April 14, 2018


I returned from a week in Victoria to more snow! This must be a whole month of April’s Fool – us being the fools for hoping for spring.

I also found a whole pile of new books to tell you about – mostly mystery novels and a few other gems – in no particular order

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry – A Daniel Pitt novel, as Anne Perry enters the Edwardian era – and inaugurates a new series – as Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s son carries on his family’s distinguished mystery-solving tradition.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo takes place in the 1970s in a run down town, and a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem.

The Mechanical Devil by Kate Ellis is a new Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery. As usual both Wesley and his archaeologist friend Neil Watson attempt to unravel a present day murder and a long-buried mystery.

A Cold Death in Amsterdam by Anja De Jager is the first in the Lotte Meerman Mystery series. Drawing inspiration from the cases her police detective father investigated, this is a series sure to please mystery readers and anyone with a fondness for Amsterdam! The second A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central continues the series, with the third Death on the Canal coming in June.

Another series new to me by Quentin Bates has two new installments, Chilled to the Bone, and Thin Ice, in this Icelandic murder mystery series featuring Officer Gunnhildur Gisladottir.


And, finally, a new book from Claire McGowan, the 4th in her series, A Savage Hunger. I loved the first three with their connections between present day life in Ireland and the troubled past, with forensic psychologist Paula Maguire investigating.

And a few more –

Vi by Kim Thuy is another lovely lyrical book from this fine writer about a young first generation Canadian woman of Vietnamese heritage finding her place in the world.

David Adams Richards brings us Mary Cyr, the tale of a wealthy Canadian woman involved in a tangled web of deceit and power.


Feast by Firelight by Emma Frish features simple recipes for camping, cabin and the great outdoors. For when spring finally comes!





News week of 6 April 2018


In spite of the snow blanketing the town, the delivery trucks come every day with boxes full of new spring releases!

Donna Leon has a new Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, The Temptation of Forgiveness, and her previous book Earthly Remains is now out in paperback. I count on Donna Leon to take me on an annual visit to Venice, if only from my couch.

There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon, now out in paperback, tells the story of a woman who left her wealthy, conservative Irish Catholic home in America to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, and of the granddaughter with whom she shares her story.

Aging Backwards by Miranda Esmonde-White promises that we can reverse the aging process and look 10 years younger in 30 days!!!

The Court Fire by Andrew Taylor is literally hot off the press – London 1667 – a city rising from the ashes, and a murder that could destroy everything for one survivor.


Meg Wolitzer returns with The Female Persuasion, a humourous, wise and intelligent novel that weaves insights about power and influence, ego and loyalty, woman-hood and ambition into a moving novel.

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie is a novel about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton  - wife, widow, and warrior in Alexander Hamilton’s quest for a more perfect union of both a new nation and a marriage.



It has been a quiet week as we prepare orders for summer stock now that we have finished up all the paperwork involved in our business year-end and head into the next on 1 April.

Jus t a couple of new books worth noting –


 Sofie and Cecilia by Katherine Ashenburg – well-known for her non-fiction this a first novel, re-imaging the story of the wives of Swedish artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn. The novel begins in 1901 when the two women meet and begin a friendship – went to the top of my “to read pile” and I am finding it a compelling story by a lovely writer.

Jacqueline Winspear brings us a new Maisie Dobbs mystery, To Die But Once – set in the spring of 1940 - sure to be another fast paced read for her many fans.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout is now out in paperback. This is a companion novel that follows My Name is Lucy Barton. Both, perfectly plotted and profound in their sublime simplicity. Really great books.

Wishing you all a lovely long spring weekend !


There are skate boarders flying by the window, and it is supposed to be spring but it is still far too cold for my liking! I opened the door to the street today – probably just guaranteed it will snow again!

But, it is warm inside and spring releases are flying in the door. Our yearend will be over by 1 April and we will be seriously restocking as we head toward summer.

Parry Sound books has had a better winter that we’ve had in many years, and as we head into year 31 I am more optimistic about the book business and the survival of this independent bookstore than I’ve felt in many years.

So – new and noteworthy this week are -

Son of A Trickster by Eden Robinson is now out in paperback. A compelling coming-of-age novel in which everyday teen existence crashes up against Indigenous beliefs.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh is another gripping psychological thriller.


Every Note Played by Lisa Genova is the story of a concert pianist facing a diagnosis of ALS.

I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May is a stand-alone mystery set in Paris and the Isle of Lewis. Delivers exactly what we expect from this popular author.

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman tells the story of the son of a great painter as he strives to create his own legacy.

The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher wins the prize for the most inexplicably odd dust jacket of the year. I loved this absolutely great novel about two families, neighbours in London, with so little – and so much – in common, told over two generations. I cannot figure out what the cover has to do with the story!

Donna Leon is back with The Temptation of Forgiveness giving us the gift of just a little time spent in Venice with Commissario Guido Brunetti.



For the little ones at Easter we have lots of picture books and a lovely little series of first chapter books, Heartwood Hotel is now a series of three, featuring lovely little animals who make a home together.



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