Grab your wand and join us on a new Harry Potter adventure!
Due out: 07/31/2016
To celebrate this new Harry Potter book, Bookshop Santa Cruz will be hosting two release parties. Tickets to the release parties are provided through the pre-purchase of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child -- Parts I & II.
Complex in both style and content, Nguyen’s The Sympathizer offers an original and wholly rewarding reading experience. Our narrator chronicles Saigon’s fall and the political and personal fallout that ensues. A U.S.-educated Viet Cong mole, he undermines the country that has molded him to serve the country of his birth. As his external life collapses so too does his internal, evoking a heartbreaking, darkly comic view of what nationalism truly means. —Dillon
The Passenger is a breathless thrill ride filled with secrets and deception. Our heroine is on the run, swapping identities as she flees from city to city, trying to escape her past. Along the way, she makes allies and enemies, while the details of her past are slowly parceled out, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This book kept me guessing the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it. —Flannery
The latest in the Hap and Leonard series is raunchy, twisted good fun. The two PIs are good ol’ boys with a penchant for vanilla cookies and Dr. Pepper. They’re sly, and apt to erupt into violence at the slightest (and I mean slightest) hint of injustice. Their “cases” aren’t so much jobs as digging themselves out of their own graves. Smart chemistry between leads centers a rollicking mystery that ain’t for the squeamish. —Dillon
Murder mystery in 1990’s San Francisco? Tough and capable female newbie, with no-nonsense veteran detective? Art, psychology, and a commune in the mountains? Laurie R. King paints a world you can drive right up to, with characters you feel you could have a conversation with on the street—while creating an intricate, wonderfully plotted mystery. -Jocelyn
Carolyn is a librarian under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Father. She was orphaned at a young age along with several other children. Father adopted them and trained each as a librarian with different specialties--things such as Language, War, or Futures That Might Have Been. The Library at Mount Char is the best book I have read this year, possibly in quite some time. It takes all the elements of a fantasy novel and turns them on their head. Wherever you think this story is going, you're wrong.
When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!
Craig Johnson is one of my absolute favorite mystery writers. His characters are realistic and lovable, and the Wyoming setting is as much a character as they are. His mysteries are always deftly plotted, and his sparse writing style is infused with dry humor. I’ve read every book in this series, and they just keep getting better, as evidenced with Dry Bones. I love these books!
The best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series returns with the latest installment in his beloved mystery series. Business is slow, so Chief Investigator Precious Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday, but before she can depart a new client arrives: a young woman who is upset that her father’s reputation as a hero of Botswana is being challenged. Bookshop will be welcoming McCall Smith for a book talk about his endearing series at an off-site event on November 9th. Please check our event page for ticket availability.
In King’s fine mysteries involving Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, Russell never seems to get a chance to catch her breath, and for that I am grateful. Dreaming Spies takes place in two countries and in two timelines —we see Russell and Holmes travel to Japan just after the events of The Game, hoping to take a vacation (yeah, right), but a year later, back in England, they discover that the events of that trip are still very much with them. Though she must be getting tired, I for one hope that Ms. Russell never decides to retire. --Kat
Forty-eight hours after reluctantly arriving at an estranged friend’s bachelorette party in a glass house deep in the woods, Nora awakens in a hospital with one thought: “What have I done?” Thus begins a twisting, slightly creepy tale that shifts between the party—where tensions rise and old wounds fester—and Nora’s struggle to remember what happened that final night. I devoured this book in two sittings—it’s a total pleasure. --Flannery