By Ben Beagle
Daily News Lifestyles Editor
Sept. 16, 2006
Author Julia Spencer-Fleming’s next book comes out in three weeks, but the mystery writer has been appearing just about everywhere since spring.
Spencer-Fleming, the featured “A Tale for Three Counties” author in 2004, will release the fifth book in her Clare Fergusson mystery series next month, but her publisher began making a big push for the author months ago.
In the spring, St. Martin’s released all of Spencer-Fleming’s previous mysteries in mass market paperback. A mass market paperback typically has a much lower sale price than other releases.
“The idea is, of course, to sell it to lots more wholesalers, so that it shows up in grocery stores and airports and Wal-Mart and such, and to encourage readers to pick it up and give it a try,” Spencer-Fleming said.
Her next mystery, All Mortal Flesh (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 336 pages) is due out Oct. 3. It has been highlighted by Library Journal as one of the books to watch for this fall.
In a starred review, Library Journal says All Mortal Flesh is “highly recommended.” The novel has also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “her most captivating yet.”
“Fans, once they start reading, will hang ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs on their doors,” the review said.
This fall, St. Martin’s plans a new promotion program called “Celebrate the Beast: The Beast Breaks Out” in which red boxes containing four galleys of what the publisher considers “breakout novels” will be shipped to booksellers and libraries. Among the titles are Spencer-Fleming’s All Mortal Flesh.
An excerpt from the second chapter of All Mortal Flesh appears on Spencer-Fleming’s Web site, www.juliaspencerfleming.com.
(SPOILER ALERT: The excerpt reveals information about Clare and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne’s relationship, and also suggest something about the fate of a recurring character that was revealed in the Library Journal review.)
Updates on other “Tale for Three Counties” authors:
Jennifer Donnelly, 2006: She finished her book, The Winter Rose in July and it will be published this fall by HarperCollins in the United Kingdom. Hyperion is publishing the book in the United States in spring 2007. You can get a peek at the British cover by visiting www.amazon.co.uk.
For more on the book, check Donnelly’s Web site at www.jenniferdonnelly.com.
Howard Frank Mosher, 2004: Mosher’s new novel, On Kingdom Mountain, is expected to be published next spring.
Leif Enger, 2003: Filmmakers reportedly scouted locations in Calgary, Alberta,with a plan to begin filming an adaptation of Enger’s Peace Like a River this fall. Billy Bob Thornton is attached as star to the Warner Bros. film, which features a script by Kathy McWorter. Brad Pitt is named as a producer.
Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation