Crime Fiction Friday: Celebrating Rhys Bowen

 

  • Introduced by Molly

Thanks to a generous grant from Sisters in Crime, Rhys Bowen stopped in last week on March 12th to speak and sign her latest Molly Murphy mystery, Time of Fog and Fire. Signed copies of Time of Fog and Fire are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

Next Monday, as part of our celebration of Bowen’s mysteries, the Murder in the Afternoon Book Club will meet to discuss Bowen’s 13th installment of the Murphy series, City of Darkness and Light, in which Molly Murphy must travel across the pond with her baby son, Liam, as her husband faces down the Cosa Nostra in New York. She keeps busy on her trip to Paris with a mission to track down a painter’s ethereal subject, rumored to have gone mad.

 The Murder in the Afternoon Book Club meets the third Monday of each month on BookPeople’s third floor, starting at 1 PM. Book club selections are 10% off in-store. You can find copies of City of Darkness and Light on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

For today’s Crime Fiction Friday, rather than sharing a short story, we decided to share this excerpt, originally posted on criminalelement.com, from Away in a Manger, Bowen’s Christmastime Molly Murphy novella. Signed copies of Away in a Manger are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com


Excerpt from Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen

One

New York City, Wednesday, December 13, 1905

Tis the Season to be jolly,” sang the carolers outside Grace Church, while across Broadway the brass band of the Salvation Army thumped out “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” in competition. It seemed as if the whole of New York City was suddenly caught up in the Christmas spirit. I maneuvered Liam’s buggy along the crowded sidewalk, checking to make sure that Bridie was walking close beside me. In such a crowd one couldn’t be too careful. Everyone seemed to be laden with packages and baskets of food items needed for holiday baking. It had been a year of optimism, with President Roosevelt elected for his first full term of office and the Wright brothers showing the world that airplanes really could stay up in the sky for more than a few seconds. We were definitely in the age of progress.

I pulled Bridie back from the edge of the street as an automobile drove past, sending up a spray of slush and mud. So much for the age of progress, I thought, as some of it splashed onto my skirt. It had snowed the night before, the first snow of the season, creating an air of excitement, until the sun had come out and started to melt it, making the sidewalks slippery, dirty, and difficult to navigate. As we reached the corner of Tenth Street the young crossing sweepers were busy at work, clearing a pathway through the slush so that we ladies didn’t get the hems of our skirts dirty…”

 

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Mysterypeople and Sisters in Crime Welcome Rhys Bowen to Austin

Rhys Bowen joins us here at BookPeople this Saturday, March 12th, at 3 PM, to speak and sign her latest Molly Murphy mystery, Time of Fog and Fire

On Sunday, March 13, Bowen will be guest speaker at the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meeting, beginning 2:00 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library. 

For the Rhys Bowen enthusiast, the Murder in the Afternoon Book Club will discuss her novel City of Darkness and Light on Monday, March 15th, at 1 PM on BookPeople’s third floor. All of these events are free and open to the public. 


  • Guest Post from Kathy Waller of Sisters in Crime

9781250052049Thanks to a grant from Sisters in Crime, an international organization dedicated to promoting the advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers, New York Times best-selling author Rhys Bowen will visit Austin March 12-13. She’ll be at BookPeople on March 12th at 3 PM, and will speak at the Sisters in Crime Chapter meeting the following day at 2PM at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library.

Bowen’s highly popular mystery series—the Evan Evans mysteries, the Molly Murphy mysteries, and the Her Royal Spyness mysteries—have garnered a string of awards including the Agatha, Reviewer’s Choice, Herodotus, Lefty (Bruce Alexander Memorial), Anthony, Freddy, Macavity, Arty, Lovey, and Audie Awards, and too many nominations to mention.

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2016 Preview: Back to Back Events!

  • Post by Molly Odintz

As we wait patiently for the wild mood swings of a Texas winter to die down, we’ve got plenty of events coming up to strike a mystery lover’s fancy – no matter the weather outside. Jeff Abbott ushered in our 2016 events this past Tuesday, speaking and signing his latest thriller, The First Order.

Coming up at the end of the month, Reed Farrel Coleman, a long-time favorite, comes to visit with two new books: Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins,  a Jesse Stone novel, and Where It Hurtsthe first in a new series and our Pick of the Month for January. He’ll be here to speak and sign his latest on Saturday, January 30th, at 5 PM.

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