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    We admire Kick Lannigan, the character at the center of Chelsea Cain’s newest thriller One Kick. She’s a trained marksman, experienced escape artist and gifted bomb maker. Oh...
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    Perhaps the pen name “Ilona Andrews” is a bit of a misnomer, since it leads one to believe that the writer is a singular entity. But as any Ilona fan will tell you, the name is...
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    If you're planning to attend the Daniel Silva author appearance at Murder by the Book, we suggest you get there e-a-r-l-y. And carpool if you can. In town to discuss and sign his latest...
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    As a teacher in the New York City public school system, Tim O’Mara may have learned a thing or two about navigating a crowd. That will be a good skill to have during his book signing...
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    Novelist Ingrid Thoft has created a popular and off-beat character in Fina Ludlow, a private investigator at the center of Thoft's mystery series, including the just released Identity....
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    New York City’s Grand Central Station is the setting for author Linda Fairstein’s new thriller, Terminal City. The latest installment in the best-selling Alex Cooper series,...
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    New York City's Grand Central Station is the setting for author Linda Fairstein's new thriller, Terminal City. The latest installment in the best-selling Alex Cooper series, Terminal City...
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    Fans first met forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme in Jeffery Deaver's novel The Bone Collector. The book was later made into a film with Denzel Washington as Rhyme and Angelina Jolie as Amelia...
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    We love film festivals. Thankfully, Houston has loads to choose from. Here's our list of the top 10 film festivals in Houston. Most of these will seem familiar to movie fans; the Museum of...
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    Houston-based author Dean James is something of a star -- his books have topped the bestseller lists, he's won several important awards, he has legions of loyal fans and followers and he...
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    Houston-based author Dean James is something of a star — his books have topped the bestseller lists, he’s won several important awards, he has legions of loyal fans and followers...
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    Novelist Carla Buckley was at a turning point in her career when she started to work on her third novel. "I had signed a two book contract with Random House and this was a make or break time...
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    Novelist Carla Buckley searched for more than a year for the perfect disease to give one of the main characters in her newest title, The Deepest Secret. In the end she chose xeroderma...
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    The two female writers who make up the male Magnus Flyte persona, Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch, will discuss City of Lost Dreams, the latest Flyte release. The...
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    Professional psychic and author Victoria Laurie, who’s based in Austin, reads from her newly released Ghost Hunter mystery series, The Ghoul Next Door. Laurie reads from and signs...
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    A stellar lineup of bestselling and award--winning writers will be on hand for the launch of the Dark Duets anthology, a collection of new horror and fantasy stories penned by duos who had...
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    The most amazing thing happened the other day. I sat down in my quiet living room, I opened a book, and I read for an uninterrupted 90-minute stretch. No TV, no music, no checking my phone...
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    October got a jump on us, but there are plenty of great author events to be had for the rest of October here in Houston. Our favorite group of indie bookstores--Brazos Bookstore, Murder By...
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    Novelist Mark Gimenez won't have far to travel to his Saturday reading and signing session at Houston's Murder by the Book; he's coming in from Fort Worth, where he lives and practices law....
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    I have a strange addiction: book signings. It is an odd thing to be hooked on, but since moving to Houston in 2010, I have been able to meet some of my favorite authors, and discover new...
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    When it's as hot as it's been outside, our minds at Art Attack turn to one thing -- the summer beach read. There's just something about soaking up some sun with a new book that you can't...
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    The Gulf Coast novelist known by the pen name Maya Banks keeps her real identity secret. In fact, while we know she lives in a small town somewhere in East Texas, during our conversation,...
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    Best-selling author Harlan Coben defies the current marketing logic and says Twitter and Facebook don't really affect his ability to sell books. He uses both both social media platforms (you...
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    The first run for debut author C. Robert Cargill's fantasy novel, Dreams and Shadows, is 40,000, an incredible number for a new writer. (In comparison, the first run of an upcoming book by...
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    Our suggestion for Friday, Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg's newly installed Wheel of Everyday Life, is at the Rice University Art Gallery. For more than a decade, Klingberg has been...
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    Two broken spirits search for redemption in Robert Crais's new crime thriller Suspect, which he'll be reading from and signing on Friday. One is Scott James, a Los Angeles cop who's been...
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    Some of Jerry Jeanmard's earliest artwork (the Blue Bell Ice Cream logo showing a silhouette of a little girl leading a cow for milking) is seen daily. Some of his latest work (untitled...
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    Is it art or is it craft? Or is it arty craft? Crafty art? Agh, that debate will make your head spin. Let's just say the pieces at "CraftTexas 2012," opening Friday at the Houston Center...
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    The opening scene of Bones Are Forever, Kathy Reichs's new novel, is gruesome. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan finds a dead baby girl, her tiny body bloated and covered in...
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    Suspense novelist Tess Gerritsen comes by her sense of the macabre honestly. Her mother was a Chinese immigrant who learned English by watching American horror films, so Gerritsen spent...
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    Houston native Katherine Howe burst on the publishing scene in 2009 with her debut novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, a story about a woman who discovers her ancestor was...
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    Best-selling author Katherine Howe signs and discusses her new book, The House of Velvet and Glass, at Murder by the Book on Friday. Howe, who was born in Houston, was trained as an art...
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    Fantasy novelist Marta Acosta is coming to Houston as part of the Girl's Nightmare Out tour with fellow fantasy/horror novelists Lisa Desrochers and Kendare Blake. She'll be signing and...
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    Two art exhibits open on Friday, the much-anticipated "Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and "Raul Gonzalez: Farewell Show" at...
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    One of the highlights of the summer, the annual Houston Shakespeare Festival, kicks off this Friday and this year's performances are not to be missed. Guest actors Cindy Pickett (Ferris...
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    The stars of tomorrow will be on stage Friday at the AFA World Premieres Concert. Part of the 2012 American Festival for the Arts Summer Concert Series, the performance will feature...
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    Former Houstonian Kirk Whalum and his brother Kevin Whalum are in concert on Friday at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Kirk, who went to college at Texas Southern University, is touring in support...
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    With a big nod to Agatha Christie's The 4:50 from Paddington, novelist Carolyn Haines spins a fun and spooky story in Bonefire of the Vanities. Like The 4:50, Bonefire features a...
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    Thrillers are a tough sale these days. Commando adventures into hostile territory exposing vast conspiracies are more common than vampires and zombies combined, to judge by the bargain bin...
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    Discovery Green is the place to be Friday night for Rainbow on the Green, part of the Pride Houston 2012 celebrations. Entertainer Tye Blue will host the evening's lineup, with artists such...
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    Novelist Elizabeth George has done it again — her upcoming title, Just One Evil Act, is getting rave reviews from the critics and leaving readers counting down the days for its...
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    The Jon Jefferson half of the writing duo known as Jefferson Bass will be at Murder by the Book to discuss and sign Cut to the Bone. The Bill Bass half of the team will join the event via...
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    For the past 20 years, mystery fans have followed Martin Limón's tales of the adventures of Sergeant George Sueño in both novel and short-story form. Limón's latest...
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    Novelist John Billheimer's new release, A Player to be Maimed Later, has a bit of a cautionary tone to it, a baseball version of the "be careful what you wish for" sense about it....
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    One of Houston's most popular authors, Kerrelyn Sparks, signs and discusses her latest release, Less Than a Gentleman. Sparks, who is well known as a paranormal writer (she does lots of...
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    Texas novelist Mark Gimenez wants to clear up one thing about his new book, Con Law: ''The views expressed by the characters are theirs, not mine,'' he tells us. ''It's fiction. I made it...
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    The fact that elements of Frederick Forsyth's The Kill List are true makes the novel all the more chilling. The plot centers on a government agency known as Technical Operations Support...
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    Opening night on Broadway can be murder. In novelist Carol O'Connell's It Happens in the Dark, the latest in her series featuring detective Kathy Mallory, it is — literally. First a...
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    Writer Gregg Hurwitz has penned issues of Wolverine and Punisher for Marvel and Batman and Penguin for DC. Today, Hurwitz will be wearing his novelist hat as he reads from and signs his...
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    There would seem to be a major flaw with novelist Sophie Hannah's newest release, Kind of Cruel. All the characters are irritating and/or obnoxious. Hannah somehow pulls off the impossible...
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    Best-selling novelists C.J. Box and Paul Doiron, both with new titles being released by Minotaur, sign and discuss their latest books today at Murder by the Book. Box, the author of the...
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    We don't envy Linda Fairstein the 20-plus years she spent as the chief of the sex crimes unit in the Manhattan district attorney's office. We can only imagine the atrocities she must have...
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    No one is what he or she seems to be in New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s new novel The English Girl. Echoing real-life headlines, a married politician’s career is...
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    Two best-selling authors, Marcia Clark and Jeff Abbott, discuss and sign their newest thrillers today at Murder by the Book. Clark, the lead prosecutor in the infamous O.J. Simpson trial,...
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    Author James Rollins has a new book out — uh-oh, must be time to save the world. With each of his books, Rollins thrills readers with a new menace that may end humanity. So far he's...
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    Vanessa Michael, the woman at the center of Taylor Stevens's new mystery novel The Doll, is unique. Raised by missionaries in Africa, she learned knife and hunting skills and survival...
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    Author Ridley Pearson has quite a twisted plot for his latest release, Choke Point. Investigators John Knox and Grace Chu have been hired to locate and shut down an underground sweat shop...
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    Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver keeps the surprises coming up to the very last page of his newest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Kill Room. Rhyme's been assigned to track down a murderer....
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    Life isn't so easy for Easy Rawlins. The private investigator was almost killed in his last outing (Blonde Faith), and now he's tasked with finding a missing man in the Sunset Strip. All he...
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    The action in David Morrell's Murder as a Fine Art might not be as explosive as his debut novel, First Blood (the genesis for the Rambo film series), but it's every bit as thrilling. Murder...
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    Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford comes to Houston to discuss and sign his latest novel, Silken Prey. Sandford’s latest installment in his...
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    Spring, Texas-based author C.C. Hunter (her real name is Christie Craig) signs and discusses her latest supernatural release, Chosen at Nightfall, the last in her Shadow Falls series....
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    Twice the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, T. Jefferson Parker brings his Charlie Hood series to an end with The Famous and the Dead. Parker discusses and signs the newly released...
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    Attorney and investigator Stone Barrington crosses the pond for his latest adventure. Stuart Woods's newest release, Unintended Consequences, follows Barrington as he travels across Europe,...
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    It's Minnesota in 1961 and 13-year-old Frank Drum is surrounded by death. It comes in many forms — accident, nature, murder, suicide. Left to navigate a world that's increasingly...
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    Nothing is what it seems to be in Harlan Coben’s latest novel, Six Years. The story starts with Coben's protagonist, Jake Fisher, in the back of a church watching the love of his life,...
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    Novelist Owen Laukkanen made a big splash with his debut book, The Professionals. That story follows four college friends who, faced with a dreadful job market, turn to kidnapping mid-level...
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    New York Times best-selling author C.J. Box stops off in Houston to sign copies of his latest thriller, Breaking Point. This is the 13th installment in Box's Joe Pickett series. In Breaking...
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    Secrets can be deadly, as we see in Randy Wayne White's latest thriller, Night Moves. The 20th installment in White's popular Doc Ford series, Night Moves has Ford and his friends becoming...
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    American novelist Cara Black gave her protagonist Aimée Leduc a very cosmopolitan hometown: Paris. In Murder Below Montparnasse, the latest installment in Black's series featuring the...
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    Actor/director/writer Amber Benson signs and discusses her latest book, The Golden Age of Death. The fifth installment in her Calliope Reaper-Jones series, Golden Age has heroine Callie...
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    For those of you who are counting, yes, this is C. Robert Cargill's third very successful career. He was a film critic (he wrote for Ain't It Cool News, Film.com and Hollywood.com for more...
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    A long-ago relationship between a young widow and the 13-year-old boy who lived next door to her triggers a killing spree years later in Deborah Crombie's The Sound of Breaking Glass....
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    Houston's own master of cozy mysteries Dean James appears at Murder by the Book to sign the latest release in his Cat in the Stacks series, Out of Circulation. James writes Cat in the Stacks...
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    It's been 25 years since readers were introduced to Ian Rankin's John Rebus, a Scottish detective inspector with his own way of doing things. The protagonist of 18 novels and more than a...
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    Two broken spirits search for redemption in Robert Crais's new crime thriller Suspect. One is Scott James, a Los Angeles cop who's been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since he...
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    When author Brad Taylor writes about espionage, terrorism and clandestine hit squads, he knows exactly what he's talking about; Taylor spent more than 20 years in the Army before retiring as...
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    You already know his name, but this is the first time you'll get to hear his fiction. Tom Abrahams, a reporter and television anchor, signs and discusses his debut novel, Sedition, at Murder...
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    Think of The Blood Gospel, written by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, as the new Da Vinci Code. The two authors are in town for a signing and discussion session with fans. Written by the...
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    There are some terms that so exactly convey their meaning that you wonder what we used before they were invented. Short eyes (meaning a pedophile) is one. Ratlines (meaning an escape route...
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    It's a combination book launch/intuitive reading session/birthday party with Austin-based fantasy author Victoria Laurie on the release of her newest title, What a Ghoul Wants. The seventh...
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    In the thriller Not Dead Yet, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID has problems. A dead body's been found on a local farm. Well, actually a part of a dead body; it's just a...
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    Michael Connelly's new thriller The Black Box will have been on shelves for just one short day when he stops at Murder by the Book for a reading and signing session. Black Box starts on the...
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    Author Randy Wayne White has had an interesting life. He once stole one of General Manuel Noriega’s bar stools, he was stabbed in Peru and he spent some time transporting Cuban...
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    Horror novelist Stephen King has some nice things to say about Linwood Barclay’s newest release, Trust Your Eyes. King says the book is Barclay’s best so far, calling it “a...
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    British novelist and ex-spy John Le Carré was the inspiration for Dan Fesperman's newest thriller, Double Game. Fesperman was doing research for another project when he stumbled on a...
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    Houston crime author Kathryn Casey tells a twisted tale about a 2006 murder in her latest true crime book, Deadly Little Secrets: The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder....
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    Spymaster Daniel Silva’s latest release, The Fallen Angel, features former Israeli agent and assassin Gabriel Allon. (Allon was called “one of the most intriguing heroes of any...
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    You don’t have to be a fan of mysteries and thrillers to enjoy Martin Limón’s new release, The Joy Brigade. Limón is first and foremost a storyteller; that his...
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    Novelist Linda Fairstein starts her latest thriller, Night Watch, with a stark scene; on her way home from dinner, protagonist Alexandra Cooper finds a stack of human bones near her door. As...
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    Great summer books need plenty of romance, scandal and gossip. Mary Kay Andrews’s Spring Fever has all of that and more. The New York Times best-selling author of Summer Rental brings...
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    From the opening lines of her latest psychological thriller, Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn paints the picture of an unfortunate marriage. The mismatched couple includes underachiever Nick and...
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    Novelist Ace Atkins goes straight for the throat in The Lost Ones, one of the two recently released titles he’ll be discussing and signing today at Murder by the Book. After meeting a...
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    Dance Salad Festival 2011 was an intoxicating mixture of grace, strength, audacity and humor. Founder and Artistic Director Nancy Henderek travels around the globe every year searching for...
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    Novelist Charlaine Harris is surprisingly unemotional when she discusses the upcoming end of her Sookie Stackhouse series of books. There are only two more titles planned in the Southern...
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    Sookie Stackhouse’s story is almost at its end; after the just-released Deadlocked, there’s just one more title before novelist Charlaine Harris pulls the plug on the series....
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    Novelist Charlaine Harris is about to pull the plug on Sookie Stackhouse and her friends in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Ater the just-released Deadlocked, there's only one more title in the series...
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    It’s never good to find anything written in blood. It’s especially not good to find the words “It’s Good to Be Back” written in blood, especially for you, by a...
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    Indulge in some architectural porn at the "Scott Frances: MonoVisioN" exhibit on Friday. When we say porn, what we mean is photographs of beautiful homes set in world-class locations with...
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    Today former Los Angeles deputy district attorney — and, need we mention, lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder case — Marcia Clark will discuss and sign her new novel Guilt...
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    We don’t know how, but apparently Owen Laukkanen got tired of being a traveling poker reporter. ''I got sick of the casino lifestyle,'' he says, ''so I quit my job.'' (A truly...
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    Kate Moore leads a life that’s as ordinary and plain as her name. At least, that’s what author Chris Pavone wants his readers to believe at the beginning of his new novel The...
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    It’s going to be difficult for C.J. Box, appearing today in a reading and signing session of his new thriller Force of Nature, to find a section of the book that won’t be a bit...
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    There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is author Anne Rice is in town. The bad news is she won’t be reading or discussing her books, just signing them. Rice...
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    A rich Houston suburb seemed an unlikely place for a horrific murder in the summer of 2003. But then, everything in M. William Phelps’s true crime thriller Never See Them Again is...
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    Have a great time this weekend and enjoy some great entertainment without spending any money at all. We've found three very cool events to attend with zero admission fees. On Friday, we'll...
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    Las Vegas magicians disappear all the time — but they usually do it onstage as part of their act. In Deborah Coonts’s novel, So Damn Lucky, the magician at The Babylon has...
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    Mystery novelist Tami Hoag often finds inspiration for her plots in newspaper headlines. Cases like the Natalee Holloway tragedy sparked a series of “what if” questions for Hoag...
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    There's a kidnapped child in the plot of mystery novelist Tami Hoag's new book, The Darkest Road, which she'll be discussing on Friday at Murder by the Book. But instead of focusing on the...
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    Join us later today when we pop into the opening reception for Sandy Ewen's Pop Up Art Show. This is the first solo art show for the woman who many know as an improvisational musician and...
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    Author Nevada Barr has written 16 books in her series that features park ranger Anna Pigeon. In The Rope, Barr takes us back to the beginning of Pigeon's adventures. It's 1995, and the newly...
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    A red-haired, eight-year-old girl with an elfin smile runs up to strangers looking for a hug. Rather than embracing her, they back off. She’s dirty. There’s spots of red on her...
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    Taylor Stevens’s new thriller The Innocent is the story of 13-year-old Hannah. For the last eight years, she’s been one of The Chosen, a religious cult that has hidden her from...
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    Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple is a mild-mannered, genteel lady who ferrets out crime by using her considerable wits. Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski is nothing like that. Mild...
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    It's difficult to say what's the more gripping image in the opening pages of The Chalk Girl. Is it the strange, elfin child with the wide grin who's covered in dirt and suspicious red spots...
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    Agatha Christie's Miss Marple is a mild-mannered, genteel lady who ferrets out crime by using her considerable wits. Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski is nothing like that. Mild manners? Nope....
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    Suspense novelist Tami Hoag took the plot for her latest book, Down the Darkest Road, directly from the headlines. Down the Darkest Road takes a look at what happens to a family after a...
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    Get your fortune told and a book signed by Victoria Laurie at the launch party for her new novel Ghoul Interrupted. A real-life psychic, Laurie includes intuitive readings for members of the...
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    It’s Black Friday and America’s biggest mall is jammed with 10,000 shoppers — and 12 terrorists. In Soft Target, the new thriller by Pulitzer Prize (for film criticism)...
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    If you think paranormal-fiction writer Rachel Caine has ever written you into one of her books, you're wrong. "People say that to me all the time," laughs the Fort Worth-based Caine. "I...
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    Ten years ago, forensic anthropologist/author/television producer Kathy Reichs was at Ground Zero, sifting through the rubble of the fallen Twin Towers to find human remains. She spent much...
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    Austinite Ernest Cline has earned a living in lots of different ways. He donated plasma, gutted fish, worked as a clerk in a video store where he had infinitely better taste in movies than...
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    At first glance, writing duo Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson might seem to be the odd couple of children’s literature. Barry is a journalist and adult humorist with several bestselling...
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    You may know David Liss as the author of the Black Panther comic books, but today we talked to David Liss, the author of historical fiction novels. It's the same guy, using the same writing...
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    Sheriff Dan Rhodes is a popular guy. Well, at least with readers of the series of mystery books by novelist Bill Crider that feature the down-home officer of the law. The convicts, crooks...
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    If in several months a conspiracy-theorist uncle calls to tell you that a collection of mummified remains and some cryptically inscribed gold have been found in the Rockies and that they...
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    James Bond author Ian Fleming is gone, but other authors have taken up the task of keeping Bond fans on the edge of their seats. The latest Bond book, Carte Blanche, is by Jeffery Deaver,...
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    Fans might just now be meeting Quinn Colson, the Army Ranger at the center of Ace Atkins's new book, The Ranger. Atkins, however, has already completed another book and is writing The...
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    Young-adult fiction author and mermaid aficionado Tracy Deebs has organized a group of writers from Texas who focus on things that go bump in the night for the Chills & Thrills Book Tour....
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    Most successful authors have to choose between literary and commercial success. Houstonian Justin Cronin has both. (He says the difference between the two is that literary works are...
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    The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made the London address 221B Baker Street famous all around the world. Doyle died more than 80 years ago, but his famous detective...
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    When it comes to images of the wild west, nothing beats a handlebar-sporting Kurt Russell striding down the dusty streets of Tombstone at high noon on his way to kick some major Dalton or...
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    After writing one of the most highly anticipated and successful novels of 2010, Justin Cronin says he still isn't rich and famous. "I still walk down the aisle at H-E-B and am unremarked...
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    In the thriller Field Gray, Bernie Gunther, the protagonist of a series of books by British author Philip Kerr, is in a precarious situation. He left the spy game in Cuba, bought a boat and...
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    Most people can’t stand to be in the same room with an ex, much less co-author a novel with them. And yet such a collaboration — fueled by a bit of healthy rivalry — led to...
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    Few debuts make the splash that Taylor Stevens’s The Informationist did, especially in the crowded field of thrillers. The Texas-based author hit all the right notes with her story of...
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    Chicago-based attorney and novelist David Ellis discusses and signs his newest release, Breach of Trust, at Murder by the Book today. The story, the latest in his Jason Kolarich series,...
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    Young-adult author Lisa McMann creates a fully fleshed-out protagonist, Kendall, for her latest horror/suspense novel, Cryer’s Cross. A freshman who struggles with OCD, Kendall leads...
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    Today Texas author Ron Franscell will discuss and sign his new true-crime book, Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived. Franscell...
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    Joe Pike, the central character in Robert Crais’s thriller The Sentry, is in for a wild ride this time out. That’s because nothing and no one is what they seem to be in the latest...
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    Mystery author T. Jefferson Parker counts May 23, 1984, as a red-letter day. It was the day he got an acceptance letter for his first novel, Laguna Heat. The book went on to become a New...
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    Houston-born author John Lescroart returns to his home town with another one of his popular thrillers. This time it’s Damage, a tale of revenge, the price of justice and the...

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