Tuesday, March 27, 2001

New and happening in area bookstores

By Sara Pearce
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Flight: An Irene Kelly Mystery by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster; $24). This elaborate set-up of a murder mystery grows into a who's-the-serial-killer yarn as police detective Frank Harriman tries to find out how another detective was killed while working on the murder of a California police chief and his daughter. So, where's Ms. Kelly? In the background but still present as Frank, her street-smart husband, gets the spotlight. Signing: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering (937) 298-6540.

        Destiny's Door by Judith Tracy (Padwolf Publishing; $14). In this inventive debut novel by the Cincinnati writer, a computer hacker discovers a new life form living within a computer environment — and he soon becomes their friend and mentor. But the more these beings learn, the more they yearn for a new and larger world. Signing and discussion: 7 p.m. Thursday, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Edwards and Madison roads, Norwood, 396-8960.


        The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry (Listening Library; 2 hours; unabridged; $18). Hurrah! The first installment of the delicious children's melodrama “A Series of Unfortunate Events” debuts on audio today. (And not a moment too soon — Book the Sixth, The Ersatz Elevator, was just published, and Book the Seventh is on its way.) But back to the start in which the three Baudelaire children are cruelly orphaned and sent to live with the odious Count Olaf. More audio excitement follows April 24 with the release of Book the Second, The Reptile Room.


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