Edmonds Booktalk: Still time for summertime reads

Welcome to August!

Still plenty of time to do some serious summer reading!

Are you getting impatient waiting for the new Louise Penny? [Not too much longer! The new Inspector Gamache novel is coming Aug. 27!] Here are a few authors that we can recommend to make the wait a bit easier:

  • Mark Pryor and his Hugo Marston novels. Set in Paris, there is usually a book-related angle to the stories. Paris and books!
  • Martin Walker and his Bruno, Chief of Police series. Set in a small village in the South of France, Bruno doesn’t like to carry his gun, but he loves his food and wine.
  • Elly Griffiths and her Ruth Galloway mysteries. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist, happily living alone with one cat in a remote area of England. When some bones she finds end up being connected to a contemporary case, she meets local Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson. Complications ensue.
  • And don’t forget the Maisie Dobbs series from Jacqueline Winspear. Post WWI London, a very smart, intuitive young woman hangs out a shingle, ‘M. Dobbs, trade and personal investigations.’ 

So much going on this month at Edmonds Bookshop: 

August 2019 Book Club Book.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 — 9 to 10 a.m.

“Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

It is 1945, and London is still reeling from years of war. Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel, seemingly abandoned by their parents, have been left in the care of an enigmatic figure they call The Moth. They suspect he may be a criminal and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends… A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand during that time, and it is this journey–through reality, recollection, and imagination–that is told in this magnificent novel.

Saturday, Aug. 10 — Noon to 1 p.m.
Welcome Candace Robb and her new Owen Archer novel!

“The Conspiracy of Wolves,” the newest book in the Owen Archer series, official release date Aug. 1, 2019, is available now!

  1. When a prominent citizen is found dead in the woods, rumors spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded out of retirement to investigate, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval & Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently visiting York to research the series. She is the author of ten previous Owen Archer mysteries and three Kate Clifford medieval mysteries.

Thursday, Aug. 15 — 5 to 8 p.m.

We welcome local author Alan Hardwick and his debut novel, “Never Been This Close to Crazy”

Alan Hardwick is an interrupted musician, father of five and an Edmonds police officer.

This novel captures an inside look at the challenge of a single dad balancing police work and family life, all the while facing the unimaginable possibility of falling in love again.

“Utterly compelling…” – Robert Dugoni, International Best-Selling Author.

Alan and his band, One Love Bridge, are playing at Taste Edmonds over the weekend, too!

For more information about Alan, his book and his band, visit his websites:



Saturday, Aug. 24 — Noon to 1 p.m.

Join us to welcome Kira Jane Buxton and her debut novel “Hollow Kingdom”

One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse and the world that follows in this uniquely hilarious debut from genre-bending literary author,

And high praise: “Hollow Kingdom is a nature book for our own age, an exuberant, glittering, hard-hitting mashup of Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Journey. It’s an adventure lit by strange myths, brand-names, television and smartphone screens, a fable with teeth and claws about animals making new lives amongst the ruins of humanity. It’s transformative, poignant, and funny as hell. S.T. the irrepressible, cursing crow is my new favorite apocalyptic hero.” — Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of “H Is for Hawk”

Saturday, Aug. 31 — Noon to 1 p.m.

The Kingston Historical Society presents: “Images of America: Kingston.”

Join us and De’ MacKinnon from the Kingston Historical Society to hear about this new title in the Images of America series!

With its peaceful cove and captivating mountain views, Kingston has long been a charming community on Puget Sound west of Seattle. Even as a major ferry port, Kingston is still a quaint village of about 2,500 people—with an hourly traffic jam. Approximately four million people pass through Kingston annually on the Washington State Ferries or stop in Kingston’s delightful marina and nearby shops.

Recent book releases of note:
“Deep River” by Karl Marlantes. Staff recommended.

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson WhiteheadA limited number of signed first editions available.

“The Second-Worst Restaurant in France: A Paul Stuart Novel #2” by Alexander McCall Smith.

“Once Upon a River “ by Diane Setterfield. In paperback.

For little kids  “The Pigeon Has to Go to School!” by Mo Willems. The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.

“Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo. The journalist immersed herself in the sexual and emotional lives of three women over the course of nearly a decade. Staff recommended.

“Knife: A New Harry Hole Novel” by Jo Nesbo.

“Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery #2” by Andrew Shaffer. In paperback.

“Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations” by Ronen Bergman.  The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF’s targeted killing programs.

“The New Girl: Gabriel Allon #19” by Daniel Silva. Staff note: the series is highly recommended! Compelling, literate, page-turning spy fiction.

“Window on the Bay” by Debbie Macomber.

“Lady in the Lake” by Laura Lippman.

“One Good Deed” by David Baldacci.

“Chances Are . . .” by Richard Russo. “This book reads like a literary mystery. This latest story by Richard Russo has all the elements that make him one of the most popular authors today: characters we can relate to, settings that we see in our dreams, and a story both perplexing and satisfying. Fans and new readers alike will enjoy diving in.” A limited number of signed first editions available.

“Dark Age: Book 5 of the Red Rising Saga” by Pierce Brown. He broke the chains. Then he broke the world…. A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he’s an outlaw.

“The Witch Elm” by Tana French.Staff recommended. Now in paperback.

“My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Now in paperback. How the author, longlisted for the Booker Prize, came to write her wickedly funny thriller, here.

“America for Beginners” by Leah Franqui. Now in paperback.

“An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green. Now in paperback.

“The Incendiaries” by R. O. Kwon. Now in paperback.

“Never Have I Ever” by Joshilyn Jackson. A masterful mystery with unexpected twists and turns on every page. ~IndieNext

Some books of note being released in August:

“Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton. A pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse and the world that follows, in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author. Kira Jane Buxtonwill be at Edmonds Bookshop, Saturday, Aug. 24. From noon-1 pm! We can’t wait! All the information on our Event Page. August 6, 2019.

“From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir” by Beck Dorey-Stein. In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers—young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. In paperback. August 6, 2019.

“A Ladder to the Sky” by John Boyne. “John Boynehas given us a truly memorable character in Maurice, but more than that, he’s given us a novel with an ingenious structure and terrific dialogue that entertains the larger question of who can ever really own a story. This is a fantastic, thoughtful tale that even in its darkest moments is a thrill to read.”  ~IndieNext.  In paperback. August 6, 2019.

“The Lost Vintage” by Ann Mah. “Sweetbitter” meets “The Nightingale” in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II. In paperback. August 6, 2019.

“The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware. This arresting tribute to Henry James set in modern-day remote Scotland posts a nanny in a ‘smart house’ with several recalcitrant children and a garden full of poisonous plants. Who do you trust when everyone seems to be hiding something? – IndieNext. Staff favorite author. August 6, 2019.

“Inland” by Tea Obreht.“Man, I could live my whole life inside this novel and be perfectly happy. This is the sort of novel that makes people want to get up and soldier on. I really loved this book.”  ~IndieNext. August 13, 2019.

“A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #15″” by Louise Penny. Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec. Staff recommended! August 27, 2019. Pre-order now!

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

Elaine Mattson

— By Elaine Mattson

Edmonds native Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company (yes, that one). “I was raised a book lover [thanks, Mom!],” Mattson says. “We got book lights by our beds as soon as we were old enough to read. And then I probably got in trouble for reading too late the very next night. And I still read too late!”


2 Replies to “Edmonds Booktalk: Still time for summertime reads”

  1. Thanks, Elaine. Looks like another busy month of good books, book talks and a chance to step into the Edmonds Bookshop to get caught up on what’s happening in the book world.


  2. Our lovely Edmonds Book Shop is where I go for hands on choices. I see books I would not have thought of had I not been there. The staff is great, always knowledgeable, even when I come in with a cryptic question, I don’t remember the title or the author but it is about….
    They greet me with a smile and go to work and actually find it.
    Try that one anywhere else!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you’
    Ingrid Wolsk


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