Sundays at NewAlbanyBooks means “The Lists,” a light-duty feature designed to a) provide you a leisurely browse and b) offer me a low-stress way to keep my promise to give you fresh, daily content worth looking in on.
This week, we offer the specialty list of mysteries and thrillers selling well at independent bookstores across the country. The American Booksellers Association, of which we are members, compiles these lists from reports each week by independent booksellers who share the IndieBound spirit.
You can expect to see Tim Dorsey’s Electric Barracuda climbing this list starting next month as New Albany favorite Dorsey releases his 13th Serge Storms novel. Tim’s visit to us 3 years ago was a singular moment in New Albany cultural history (no kidding!) and he gained an appreciation for New Albany that night that induced him to insist we be included on his tour in 2011. I’ll be talking more about it in the coming weeks, but mark it down right now – Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 5:30 the inestimable Mr. Dorsey will again grace our store with a visit.
We’re planning a post-signing reception at a restaurant to be named. Tickets for that after-party are required, but will include a signed copy of the new book plus food and beverages, including the Electric Barracuda cocktail/mocktail. $37.50 for singles, $47.50 for couples (please tip your server!). Contact the store if you want to purchase tickets. Ticketed guests will be able to jump the line for the booksigning, too.
Here’s the list. A “♦” indicates my personal endorsement. You can research at, or even buy/send as a gift any of these books from our online store HERE.
The Indie Mystery Bestseller List
Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 9, 2011.
1. Moonlight Mile ♦
Dennis Lehane, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061836923
2. U Is for Undertow
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425238110
3. 61 Hours
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440243694
4. Worth Dying For
Lee Child, Delacorte, $28, 9780385344319
5. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie ♦
Alan Bradley, Bantam, $15, 9780385343497
6. The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
Lee Child (Ed.), Mariner, $14.95, 9780547237466
7. Djibouti ♦
Elmore Leonard, Morrow, $26.99, 9780061735172
8. Killing Floor
Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515141429
9. Willful Behavior
Donna Leon, Penguin, $14, 9780143117582
10. The Track of Sand
Andrea Camilleri, Penguin, $14, 9780143117933
An Easter Egg for reading this far!
11. The Charming Quirks of Others
Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $24.95, 9780307379177
12. Dog on It
Spencer Quinn, Atria, $15, 9781416585848
13. The Professional
Robert B. Parker, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425236307
14. Maisie Dobbs
Jacqueline Winspear, Penguin, $15, 9780142004333
15. Faceless Killers
Henning Mankell, Vintage, $14.95, 9781400031573
16. Painted Ladies
Robert B. Parker, Putnam, $26.95, 9780399156854
17. The Fat Man
Ken Harmon, Dutton, $19.95, 9780525951957
18. The Private Patient
P.D. James, Vintage, $15, 9780307455284
19. The Last Child
John Hart, Minotaur, $14.99, 9780312642365
20. The Lost Art of Gratitude
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $14, 9780307387080
21. Thereby Hangs a Tail
Spencer Quinn, Atria, $15, 9781416585862
22. The Lace Reader
Brunonia Barry, Harper, $14.99, 9780061624773
23. Wicked Appetite
Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $27.99, 9780312652913
24. Gone Tomorrow
Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440243687
25. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $14, 9781400034772