7% Book Club to Discuss: MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King

The 7% Solution Book Club meets to discuss Mr. Mercedesby Stephen King, on Monday, November 7, at 7 PM, on BookPeople’s third floor. 

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I should preface this review by admitting that Mr. Mercedes is the first Stephen King novel  I have ever read, although I have seen Maximum Overdrive several times, as well as many of the other numerous film adaptations of King’s works. Aside from the author’s enormous popularity, I didn’t know much to begin with, but I quickly found myself immersed in the narrative, drawn in by King’s clean sentences and menacing atmosphere.

Vehicles play a prominent role in many of King’s stories, from the killer car in Christine, to the family’s refuge in Cujo, back to the self-aware, homicidal 18-wheelers of Maximum Overdrive.  Perhaps in Stephen King’s world, guns don’t kill people – cars do. Aside from that flippant remark, cars hold a special place in the American mythical landscape, including the German-engineered machine in Mr. MercedesCars represent the freedom of the open road, the rage of the traffic jam, the power of two tons of steel, and the vulnerability of what those two tons of steel can do to human flesh. Every symbol of American power – from the frontier, to the nuclear bomb, to the assault rifle and the SUV – is also a symbol of vulnerability for all those in its path.

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7% Solution Book Club to Discuss: LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll

On Monday, September 12, the 7% Solution Book Club meets to discuss Jessica Knoll’s stunning debut, Luckiest Girl Alive. October’s book is Last King of Texas, by Rick Riordan. As always, book club selections are 10% off at the registers in the month of their selection. 

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97814767896441There are few things I can reveal about the fascinating journey that is reading Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive. The novel holds too many surprises to speak much of what occurs – although I do feel “trigger warning” would be an apt phrase to attach to the novel. For those who’ve already read the book and are interested in discerning fact from fiction in the novel’s inspirations, here’s a haunting article from Jessica Knoll about how her own experiences made their way into Luckiest Girl Alive.

The novel’s darkness is matched only by its level of success. Reese Witherspoon has plans in the works to turn the book into a film, and Luckiest Girl Alive has become an international bestseller. The novel’s appeal stems from its perfect merger of societal critique, mystery novel,  and message – of hope, recovery, forgiveness (for some) and vengeance (for the deserving).

Knoll’s debut begins with a facade. TifAni FaNelli is a woman who has achieved career success, found a blue-blooded fiance, and adopted convincing upper-class mannerisms. Only TifAni FaNelli’s name gives her origins away – a working class childhood and a severe Catholic school, full of bullies, misfits and targets. She’s been contacted by a camera crew making a documentary about a traumatic event at her high school, forcing FaNelli to take a step back from her hard-won success and take a look at the lingering scars of her past.

As the novel switches between grown-up TifAni and teenage TifAni, the reader sees much of the journey of modern womanhood. Grown-up TifAni knows how to rule the roost; she uses a series of psychological tricks to establish dominance over her interns in the first few chapters, and knows exactly what statement she makes with every aspect of her ensemble. Teenage TifAni, beautiful and naive, tries to fit in with the rich kids at her new school, ready to blend in and assume a higher social status. Instead, the school’s elites exploit her and then turn on her, devoting much of their energy to harassing her and smearing her reputation (to put things lightly).

Luckiest Girl Alive’s examination of bullying and slut-shaming is both eye-opening and contemporary. Of particular note, Knoll immerses the reader in the distance between a woman’s relationship with her own body and society’s attempt to equate her curves with her experience. Knoll additionally excels at establishing sympathy for characters capable of heinous acts, while destroying the sympathy unjustly rewarded to those who deserve their suffering.

You can find copies of Luckiest Girl Alive on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The 7 % Solution Book Club normally meets the first Monday of each month, but due to Labor Day, we have moved our September meeting to the second Monday, September 12, at 7 PM

Our Favorite MysteryPeople Moments

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From the left, Scott Montgomery, Jesse Sublett, Hopeton Hay, Meg Gardiner, Mark Pryor, Janice Hamrick, and Molly Odintz.
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This past weekend, MysteryPeople celebrated our fifth anniversary, with a panel discussion featuring local authors Mark Pryor, Jesse Sublett, Meg Gardiner, and Janice Hamrick, and local critic Hopeton Hay. Molly and I moderated the discussion. Afterwards, we all enjoyed celebratory cake, beverages, and most importantly, trivia with giveaways.

After our anniversary party on Saturday wrapped up, we decided to share some of our favorite event moments throughout the history of MysteryPeople. Below, we’ve shared our favorite memories of the fantastic authors who came through and the fun times we’ve had with them during and after our events. Molly and myself picked six standout moments each. As you will learn, Craig Johnson in particular has gotten to be an important part of our store.

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7% Solution Book Club to Discuss: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Patricia Highsmith

On Monday, October 5th, the 7% Solution Book Club meets to discuss Patricia Highsmith’s debut, Strangers on a Train. November’s book is The Murder of Roger Ackroydby Agatha Christie. As always, book club selections are 10% off at the registers in the month of their selection. 

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strangers on a trainPatricia Highsmith, in her long career, became one of the world’s most renowned crime novelists, and was one of the first women to be accepted into the mystery cannon as a master of psychological suspense. She has stayed in print continuously, when most of her female contemporaries had no hope of a classic reissue.

Her often-filmed Ripley stories catapulted her into long-lasting fame; yet even her debut novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic noir by Hitchcock with a large following to this day. While many of the greatest mystery plots have been replicated often enough that it is difficult to notice the creativity of even the original, Highsmith’s unique simplicity of narrative, especially in her debut, stands alone, and feels as disturbingly plausible today as when it was first published.

Highsmith had many obsessions throughout her life, including at times, a preference for the company of snails over that of people. In her writings, she is fixated on obsession itself, and with the violence hidden within an ordinary individual, brought out by the repressive dysfunctions of a conservative society. She concerns herself with the point at which obsession becomes compulsion, and the moment when that compulsion becomes action. Highsmith’s style is almost synonymous with the definition of noir; her novels are characterized by as much atmosphere as action; she follows ordinary people changed by violent acts, and has no easy division of character into good or bad, cop or criminal.

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7% Solution Book Club to Discuss: NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett

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On Monday, July 6, at 7 PM on BookPeople’s third floor, the 7% Solution Book Club will discuss Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch, one of his many Discworld novels to detail the adventures of Sam Vimes and the watchmen of Ankh-Morpork. Our pick for August is Heat Wave by Richard Castle.

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A few months ago, we lost a hugely important voice in fantasy writing; one of the funniest, most ethical, and least judgmental voices to ever appear on the written page. Terry Pratchett, who gently fought the good fight by parodying the hypocritical hypotheticals of the bigoted and the intolerant, passed away March 12 of this year, and left millions of fans bereft, yet determined to honor his work.

Night Watch was the first of Pratchett’s novels I read, and (the day after finishing it the first time) the first I re-read. It functions as a good introduction or supplement to the Vimes series. Night Watch involves a time-travel plot where many of the regular characters are either absent or present in their younger selves, so for those who haven’t read a Pratchett novel before, Night Watch functions as a stand-alone, while those already familiar with Pratchett’s characters will be able to appreciate the subtle variations when meeting these characters in an earlier time period.

Night Watch begins during an electrical storm, when Sam Vimes, head of Ankh-Morpork’s Night Watch, climbs to the top of a tall, magical building in pursuit of a killer and is promptly transported back in time to 30 years before, just in time for a revolt against Ankh-Morpork’s crazed despot of the time. Vimes must go undercover and guide his younger self and the citizens of Ankh-Morpork to the revolt’s proper conclusion in order to ensure that the future remains intact. Night Watch draws historical inspiration from the Battle of Cable Street, a 1936 confrontation between fascist demonstrators and a diverse coalition of anti-fascist counter-demonstrators that led to a ban on uniforms and the British Nazi Party’s corresponding loss of popularity.

Although I’ve read and re-read much of Pratchett’s work an embarrassing number of times, his Sam Vimes novels have always appealed to me the most. They merge two of my favorite genres – fantasy and noir. Vimes, as a character, is somewhere between a cartoon superhero and a classic hard-boiled detective. As head of the Night Watch (Ankh-Morpork’s police force) he upholds the law and crusades against corruption and injustice, while simultaneously dealing with his own alcoholism, prejudices, and bizarre coworkers.

He presides over the Night Watch as the force continues to diversity and expand, and each Vimes novel brings with it a first on the force, including the first female detective, the first troll and dwarf detectives, the first vampire detective, the first female dwarf detective, and so on. Ankh-Morpork, a historical mash-up of 19th century London and 15th century Venice, experiences a remarkable adoption of modern ideas and attitudes throughout the series, and Night Watch, as the only Vimes novel to involve time travel, frames this progress well by setting it against a nightmarish recent past.

You can find copies of Night Watch on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Book Clubs are free and open to the public, and book club picks are 10% off at the register in the month of their selection. The 7% Solution Book Club meets the first Monday of each month on BookPeople’s 3rd floor.

7% Solution Book Club to Discuss: THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura

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This Monday, June 1st, the 7% Solution Book Club will be discussing Fuminori Nakamura’s award-winning exploration into the world of pickpockets, The Thief. The 7% Solution Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 7 PM on BookPeople’s 3rd floor to discuss an eclectic range of detective fiction. Book club selections are 10% off at the register in the month before discussion.

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Fuminori Nakamura, a Japanese novelist who bridges the gap between literary fiction and noir, broke out onto the international crime fiction scene in 2010 with The Thiefpublished in English translation through SoHo Press, and winner of the Kenzaburo Oe and David Goodis prizes. The novel tells the story of a pickpocket at the top of his game, yet increasingly aware of his own mortality.

The titular character mentors a young shoplifter, mourns the loss of his partner, and watches his choices narrow as he finds himself increasingly drawn in to Yakuza business, all while skillfully – nay, artistically – picking the pockets of Tokyo’s wealthiest. Nakamura lists some sources at the end of his novel, and his careful research into the techniques and argot of the pickpocket’s world shows throughout the novel.

The Thief is a mystery novel, a minimalist roman noir, but it also carries on the tradition of the outsider novel, telling the stories of the lumpen-proletariat realistically, without glamorizing the underworld. If Jean Genet’s The Thief’s Journal had been written with the same noir sensibility of The Stranger, it perhaps would have read like this. I thought of Jean Genet frequently while reading The Thief. 

The Thief is a novel about petty criminals, buffeted by forces they have no power against and may or may not ever affect them. It is set in a world where the gap between those who commit nonviolent crimes and the masterminds that occasionally (and dangerously) recruit their labor is such that no reader would lump each into the same dehumanizing category of “criminals.” The Thief is one of those fascinating explorations of underworld society where the authorities are those who are higher up in the criminal world, and the police exist only as figures to avoid, rather than as the prime impediment to criminal activity.

“This tension, between the neutrality of looking and the citizen’s burden of response, seeps from the narrative into the reader’s own sense of self, drawing attention to the voyeurism inherent in all fiction, but especially crime fiction.”

The cops are shadowy, ominous presences, appearing to the story’s characters in the same way that the prosperous may lay awake at night, worrying about the spector of home invasion. What matters to Fuminori Nakamura’s characters is that with which they can allow themselves to be concerned – namely, their day-to-day hardscrabble existence, mixed with the long-term fantasies of their broken dreams, or the fiendishly complex schemes they embark on that cannot possibly go wrong – at least, for the man in charge.

I chose Nakamura’s latest novel, Last Winter, We Parted, for last November’s MysteryPeople Pick of the Month, and while the two are very different narratives – Last Winter, We Parted follows a journalist’s investigation into the psyche of a murderous photographer who burns his victims alive – the two novels are equally obsessed with the act of watching others, and the overlap between observing others and targeting them.

Last Winter, We Parted stars a photographer whose obsession with capturing beauty leads him to kill his victims, while the protagonist of The Thief spends his days observing others intently, using observation to pick targets and execute theft – another blurring of the barrier between observation and action, recording the present and determining the future. This tension, between the neutrality of looking and the citizen’s burden of response, seeps from the narrative into the reader’s own sense of self, drawing attention to the voyeurism inherent in all fiction, but especially crime fiction.

It seems no coincidence that The Thief won awards named after Kenzaburo Oe and David Goodis – Nakamura’s writing seems to draw inspiration from both, or perhaps his writing just dovetails nicely into the bleak, noirest-of-the-noir characters and relationships of Goodis while including the stark minimalism and fate-defying humanity of Oe’s post-war Japan. Both Oe and Goodis were known for their desperate, yet moral, characters living on the edges of society.

Oe and Goodis each made frequent use of characters who, although doomed, continue up until the last second to live within their own code and do what they consider to be the right thing, and this adherence to their own ethics rested entirely outside of society’s ever shifting moral compass. Perhaps, for Goodis and Oe, two writers of the mid-20th century, adherence to ethics with no discernable reward was the only way to preserve humanism beyond World War II. Perhaps, for Nakamura, this notion of decency without benefit is as true today as in the blighted landscape of Japan after WWII, and the United States during the Great Depression. Perhaps, this notion should not cheer me, but it does.

You can find copies of The Thief on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. June is International Crime Fiction Month, and this month we’ll be traveling all over the world in our three mystery book clubs. On Tuesday, June 16th, at 2 PM on BookPeople’s 3rd floor, the Murder In The Afternoon Book Club will be discussing Jean-Claude Izzo’s underworld classic, Total Chaos, the first volume in his Marseilles Noir trilogy, and the Hard Word Book Club tackles Jacob Arjouni’s Happy Birthday, Turk!  on Wedesday, June 27th, at 7 PM in BookPeople’s cafe. 

7% Solution Book Club To Discuss: MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH by Ariana Franklin

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On Monday, May 4, at 7 pm, on BookPeople’s third floor, the 7% Solution Book Club discusses Ariana Franklin’s first  Adelia Aguilar novel, Mistress of The Art of Death. All book clubs are free and open to the public, and book club picks are 10% off at the registers the month of discussion.

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As Mistress of the Art of Death begins, a child is murdered in the sleepy hamlet of 12th century Cambridge. The child’s severe injuries lead to a rumor of crucifixion, which leads to a blood libel accusation against Cambridge’s small and beleaguered Jewish community. The Jewish population flees to the castle, the Christian population waits outside, and the lord of the manor sends a missive to King Henry II: if the true murderer is not found quickly, the Jews of Cambridge will face expulsion or death, and the King will lose much of his hefty tax revenue.

A motley trio heads to England from Sicily to find the child-murderer and clear the rumors of ritual sacrifice – Simon, the King of Sicily’s Jewish fixer, Adelia, a doctor of Salerno who is well versed in the art of reading corpses, and Mansur, a Moorish eunuch proficient in both swearing and fighting.

The novel is Ariana Franklin’s first to chronicle the adventures of Adelia Aguilar, female forensics scientist extraordinaire. Adelia is a graduate of the medical academy of Salerno in Sicily, fluent in several languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, and English, and she is, quite possibly, the most cosmopolitan and capable woman to ever set foot in Medieval England, fictional or real. She also has strong allies and a stronger backbone, both increasingly necessary to her preservation as the novel continues.

Mistress of The Art of Death combines many of my favorite things – forensics and feminism; murder and the Middle Ages. Ariana Franklin, in her afterward, admits a certain amount of deliberate anachronisms, in order to create more relatable protagonists. Franklin’s context for her characters’ actions, her grounding of their experience in appropriate physical locales, and her descriptions of earthy humor and punished medieval bodies are all spot-on for the era explored by the novel.

Ariana, Mansur, and Simon all display much more freedom of thought and expression than was available to the average medieval subject, whether peasant, lord, or clergy. In contrast, the host of characters they encounter along their peregrinations and through their search for a murderer represent a diverse array of prejudice, ignorance, and censorship that fit right in with the times.

Franklin’s characters, in their narrow-minded behaviors and cosmopolitan impulses, also represent one of the biggest contradictions of the Crusades. At the same time that crusaders swept across Europe, killing any Jews, Muslims or “heretics” they could find even before reaching the Holy Land, these same crusaders were drastically expanding their worldview through their encounters with diverse cultures and their war-driven need to adapt to circumstances, and thus to other customs.

Franklin’s portrayal of the Middle Ages shows a dynamic society, adapting and evolving to new circumstances; a society engaged in an endless struggle between doctrine and common sense, power and charity, local allegiances and international curiosity.  While Franklin’s characters may frequently express attitudes incomprehensible to the Medieval studies novice, they experience enough upheaval, trauma, and of course, murder to fit nicely into today’s bloody headlines. In short, Franklin, in Mistress of the Art of Death, has written a great Medieval murder mystery.

Copies of Mistress of The Art of Death are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The 7% Solution Book Club meets the first Monday of each month. As always, books for book clubs are 10% off when purchased the month of discussion.

7% Solution Book Club To Discuss: COCAINE BLUES by Kerry Greenwood

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On Monday, April 6, at 7 pm, on BookPeople’s third floor, the 7% Solution Book Club discusses Kerry Greenwood’s first Phryne Fisher novel, Cocaine Blues. All book clubs are free and open to the public, and book club picks are 10% off at the registers the month of discussion.

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Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood’s first Phryne Fisher mystery, begins with a blackout. Phryne Fisher (thanks to the Australian TV adaptation Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, we now know how to pronounce Phryne’s name) is attending a dinner party when the lights go off and a diamond necklace goes missing. She pulls out her lighter, finds the necklace cunningly stashed in a chandelier, and by foiling the robbery, secures an offer of employment. A middle-aged couple, worried about their mysteriously-ill daughter in Australia, are willing to pay Phryne handsomely to investigate. Phryne, bored in England and curious to return to her childhood home, agrees to take on the case, on condition that she pay her own way and look into the matter at her own pace.

Upon Phryne’s arrival in Australia, she immediately acquires staunch allies. Two communist taxi drivers, a pansexual pair of Russian dancers, a Scottish female doctor, and an adventurous maid join Phryne as she embroils herself in several cases, including the hunt for a butcher-abortionist who takes advantage of his clients before performing his incompetent surgeries, and the pursuit of a cocaine ring, possibly run out of a bathhouse that also functions as a place for lesbians to meet up. She also works to find a cause for the continued and chronic illnesses of her clients’ daughter.

Phryne certainly does not spend all her time solving cases – Miss Fisher is a ne’er-do-well flapper with a voracious appetite for fashion, parties, and attractive young men (not necessarily in that order) and a loathing of pretense. I don’t believe I have ever read a detective novel where the main character indulged more and regretted less than Phryne Fisher. Greenwood’s characters seem right out of a much less miserable and much more bloody Great Gatsby. The TV adaptation of the series renders Greenwood’s vision well, yet there are enough details that differ between the book and the series that the two complement each other nicely. The book even takes about the same amount of time to read as the first episode of the show takes to watch, so read the book, watch the show, and come on down to BookPeople Monday, April 6, at 7 pm, to discuss ’em both!

Copies of Cocaine Blues are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The 7% Solution Book Club meets the first Monday of each month. As always, books for book clubs are 10% off when purchased the month of discussion.

The 7% Solution Book Club To Discuss BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Jacqueline Winspear

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On Monday, March 2, at 7 pm on BookPeople’s third floor, the 7% Solution Book Club discusses Jacqueline Winspear’s second Maisie Dobb’s novel, Birds of a Feather. All book clubs are free and open to the public, and book club picks are 10% off at the registers the month of discussion.

Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear’s second novel starring the indomitable Maisie Dobbs, begins with a missing person. A powerful grocer hires Maisie, now out on her own working as a private investigator after the retirement of her mentor, to find his missing daughter, run away again, this time at the mature age of 32. Dobbs quickly suspects there is more to the woman’s disappearance than the vestiges of teenage rebellion. The recent deaths of several of the missing woman’s old school friends only confirm Maisie’s suspicions, and she must discover what the four estranged friends – three dead, one missing – had once shared in common to make them all targets.

Meanwhile, Dobbs must conquer challenges in her personal life, including the increasing lack of communication between herself and her own father, brought to the fore by her search for the errant daughter of another. She also must figure out a way to help Billy, her assistant, as he turns to drug use to help with the pain from his old war wounds and gas-damaged lungs. She, too, must figure out a way to heal from her own wounds, psychological and physical, left by the war.

Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs may live in the mid-1920s, but her characters exist just as much in the past as they do in the present. Their paths in their current lives are still determined by the legacy of the war as much as any attempt to move past it into the future. How can they? Many of the characters in the novel no longer have a future – the war robbed them of theirs, in the form of sons, lovers, fathers, and husbands; all gone or returned irreparably damaged. The world of Maisie Dobbs is also a world of women; women who have taken over the traditional roles of men, first in the war, and then afterwards, in the post-war context of few men and many unmarried women.

Maisie Dobbs, in her work as a private investigator, uses intuition and empathy far more than deduction. Her detecting skills offer a welcome relief from the cold logic of a Sherlock or the bumbling niceness of a Watson, and she can pick a lock or interrogate a suspect as well as the next (wo)man. Jacqueline Winspear has created a believable and heroic female detective for a post-war Britain partially defined by its dearth of men, and has been justly applauded for her efforts.

Copies of Birds of a Feather are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The 7% Solution Book Club meets the first Monday of each month. As always, books for book clubs are 10% off when purchased the month of discussion.

MysteryPeople Review: MR. KISS AND TELL, by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

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When I first came to the world of detective novels, as a fresh-faced blond suburbanite whose thoughts did not match her surroundings, I worried that I would never find the hard-boiled equivalent of me. Horror fans had Buffy and Willow, the fantasy world had Xena and Gabrielle. Crime fiction, seemingly written exclusively from a male point-of-view, had only dames, hookers, and the occasional wife or girlfriend, but no female figures to identify with as reader. I had yet to learn of the long history of renowned female crime fiction novelists, many of whom are long out of print, and others recently returned to the shelf.

When a family friend lent me Veronica Mars, I instantly fell in love with the series and its tough-talking heroine. Veronica Mars passed the Bechdel Test with flying colors in her strong friendships with women and her refusal to accept stereotypical roles. When the TV show ended, I said my sad farewell to my favorite detective heroine, but I should have known, in the era of fandom and the internet, nothing that good ever goes away forever.

And so Veronica Mars and her helpful cohort of misfits returned; first in a film, and now in a book series.The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, the first Veronica Mars Investigation novel, came out last year and picked up right where the film left off. In true Veronica Mars fashion, Veronica’s private life and private investigations become quickly intertwined as the search to find a missing spring breaker turns into a jarring confrontation with Veronica’s mother, searching for her missing stepdaughter in a case that appears to be linked to the previous disappearance.

Rob Thomas’ latest continuation of the series, Mr. Kiss and Tell, released on January 20th, has Veronica once again disrupting the lives of Neptune’s high and mighty when she is hired by the staff at the Neptune Grande to investigate a rape allegation against one of their staff members. Little does the hotel know that Veronica Mars is always the victim’s advocate, no matter who hires her. Memories of her own sexual assault return as she doggedly pursues every lead to locate the assailant, but more than one hidden truth must come out before Veronica can find her way towards the perpetrator and an appropriate punishment to fit the deed.

Mr. Kiss and Tell is tightly plotted, with the same complex morality, witty dialogue, and diabolical sleuthing of the series. Rob Thomas enjoys his freedom from the strictures of the television world, and is using the books to incorporate a wider cast of characters and locales, as well as to explore his characters’ thoughts with the intimacy of third person omniscient narration. Mr. Thomas has taken Veronica Mars from a series, to a film, to a book series, and here’s to the Veronica-verse – may it be, like our own, ever-expanding.

Copies of Mr. Kiss and Tell: A Veronica Mars Investigation are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Rob Thomas comes to BookPeople Friday, January 30, at 7 pm on BookPeople’s second floor. The speaking portions of all BookPeople events are free and open to the public; you must purchase a book to enter the signing line. Can’t make it to the event? You can order a copy of the book to be signed on our website!

Want to discuss the book with your favorite mystery book club, the 7% Solution? We will meet Monday, February 2, at 7 pm on BookPeople’s third floor, to discuss this wonderful read.