May 2015
 Mad Women: Keep your '60s Fix Going!

The finale of Mad Men is less than a week away [deep breaths, we can get through this] but that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to the '60s -or whiskey. Keep your '60s fix going this month with two mysteries set in the era: the first Marjorie Trumaine Mystery, Larry D. Sweazy's See Also Murder, and the third Ellie Stone Mystery, James W. Ziskin's Stone Cold Dead.



"[A] terrific first in a projected series. . . . 

The characters are superbly drawn, and the prairie--its flatness, winds, and critters--is an evocative character in its own right."

 Publisher's Weekly, STARRED REVIEW


"See Also Murder is mystery at some of its engrossing best, with an investigator definitely worth following as the new series grows."




See Also Murder is set in 1964, on the North Dakota plains1. Between taking care of her husband Hank2 and working as a freelance book indexer, Marjorie Trumaine has a lot on her plate. But when her nearest neighbors3 are found murdered in their beds, Marjorie suddenly has to deal with a whole lot more. The Sheriff4 shows up at her house and asks her to use her researching skills to help solve the case, which might hinge on a strange Norse amulet found clutched in the dead man's hand.  As people around her start to die, Marjorie realizes two things: she is closing in on the killer, and the killer is closing in on her.



Larry D. Sweazy is the author of the Josiah Wolfe novels and Vengeance at Sundown. He won the WWA Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005 and for Best Paperback Original in 2013, and the 2011 and 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction. He was nominated for a Derringer award in 2007, and was a finalist in the Best Books of Indiana literary competition in 2010, and won in 2011. He has published over sixty nonfiction articles and short stories, which have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery MagazineThe Adventure of the Missing DetectiveBoys' Life; Hardboiled; Amazon Shorts, and several other publications and anthologies.

[1] More specifically, in Stark County

[2] Who is left paralyzed after a hunting accident

[3] Erik and Lida Knudsen

[4] Sheriff Hilo Jenkins


"A taut tale of mystery and suspense that is at once a reminder of how a sleuth got the job done in the era before CSI and an antidote to nostalgia. Stone Cold Dead is just too cool to miss."

The Big Thrill


"Ellie's relentless investigation delivers a gripping read. COMPELLING"

RT Book Reviews



Stone Cold Dead returns us to the career-minded, whiskey-drinking Ellie Stone, a "girl reporter" in 1961 upstate New York. If you're already having Mad Men withdrawals, think of Ellie as a sort of Peggy Olson after a career change to journalism. Ellie is an indefatigable reporter with a knack for investigation, and she needs all the tenacity she has after the mother of a missing fifteen-year-old girl calls on her in the middle of the night. Irene Metzger has read Ellie's stories in the paper on an earlier murder case, and believes Ellie is the last hope of finding her daughter. The police think that Darleen has willfully run off with an older boy, but Ellie is suspicious of things much more sinister.



James W. Ziskin is a freelance writer and the author of Styx & Stone and No Stone Unturned. A linguist by training, Ziskin has a bachelor of arts and a master of arts from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance languages and literature. For five years, he was director of New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where he collaborated with an impressive catalogue of Italian writers, journalists, and academics on cultural and educational events.





Styx & Stone

"This is an engrossing debut in what promises to be a fascinatingly complex series set in the 1960s... Ziskin successfully pulls off a nuanced plot sure to appeal to both fans of academia and Mad Men." 

Library Journal


No Stone Unturned

A 2015 ANTHONY AWARD NOMINEE for Best Paperback Original!


"You can't help rooting for tenacious Ellie, who has the grit to know when she's right and the grace to admit when she's wrong."

Kirkus Reviews



That's the rap on May's books. You don't need a time machine or cable [we're looking at you, AMC] to go back in time. All you need is one of these books (and maybe a scotch with Stone Cold Dead, and your favorite reading glasses for See Also Murder) and dive right in to the Sixties. But remember it's still 2015, so take it easy on the "Mashed Potatoes."

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Jake Bonar
Seventh Street Books®, an imprint of Prometheus Books

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