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Lisa and Mystery Scene Magazine

Check out the Spring 2010 issue of Mystery Scene magazine with the cover featuring our very own Lisa Lutz!

Spring 2010 Mystery Scene Magazine with Lisa Lutz

The article, by Cheryl Solimini, entitled: Lisa Lutz: The Last of the Spellmans? Everyone's favorite family of private eyes returns—for now, is definitely worth checking out. You can find copies at your local mystery bookstore, or order or subscribe online directly through the Mystery Scene website.

Speaking of mystery bookstores, here's a photo of Lisa with a small army of Free Schmidt! supporters during her annual visit to the Seattle Mystery Bookshop back on April 1st. It's always a fun celebration with cake! Check out Lisa's guest blog post from her visit there as well!

Lisa and the Free Schmidt army in Seattle

2010 Online Auction for Diabetes Research

Lisa has donated signed, first edition, hardcover copies of all four Spellman books to the 2010 Online Auction for Diabetes Research, run by author Brenda Novak.

The bidding starts on May 1st and runs through the month of May. Here is what Brenda has to say about the auction:

Every year, in the month of May, I run my online auction for Diabetes Research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it's a labor of love—for all the people who, like my son, suffer from diabetes. . . . Last year, we had another record-breaking year, coming in at $269,111. With all previous years combined we've raised well over three-quarters of a million dollars.

If you'd like to bid on Lisa's books, you can go directly to that page here. Also, check out the other items by clicking on the banner below.

New York Times Best Seller's List: The Spellmans Strike Again!

The Spellmans Strike Again debuted at #16 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller's list today. It actually tied for #15, so it was in the printed edition. And it came in #9 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Best Seller's list for April 4th. Very exciting!

There are still a number of places where you can catch Lisa on her book tour. If you were planning to attend the event in San Francisco on April 9th at Book Passage at the Ferry Building, note that the time is actually 6pm (not 7pm). Hope to see you there if you're in the Bay Area. And if you're in Texas (Houston or Dallas), she's heading your way tomorrow!

The Innocence Project: Guest Blog Post

Check out the Innocence Project's blog to read Lisa's post The Spellmans Start a Grassroots Movement. In the post Lisa talks about how the storyline (of Free Schmidt!) in The Spellmans Strike Again came to be.

As she writes:

Recently someone asked me why I became interested in the subject of wrongful convictions. I found that I didn't really have an answer. The subject has always been on my radar, as far as I recall. It's the kind of question that should be answered with a question: How can you not be? Read post at the Innocence Blog.

Interested in being part of the grassroots movement? If so, be sure to check out the Free Schmidt! website for t-shirts and more info. Also, visit the Innocence Project website for more about the cases, and what you can do to help.


Innocence Project Pages in The Spellmans Strike Again

Indie Next List Great Reads: The Spellmans Strike Again

Thanks to the ABA for including The Spellmans Strike Again on The April 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads. Anne McMahon, of Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI, writes the review:

"The fourth . . . installment of the Spellman Quartet finds the Spellmans spying on each other more than they are for their clients. Mom is keeping tabs on Isabel's dates in the hopes that she'll get married. The kids want to know why parts of the house are disappearing. Could someone really be stealing doorknobs and light fixtures? Lutz has written a quirky and sometimes bizarre tale that's definitely good for a laugh."

Reader's Guide for The Spellmans Strike Again now available

For those of you who have finished the book and want to explore our Suggested Questions for Discussion, check out the new Reader's Guide. In this Guide you can explore such things as Jeremy Pratt's clothing choices, the TV show Benson, and Fred's seeming "perfection".

Warning though: If you haven't read the book yet, do that first. Then go get the guide. It will still be there.

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New Spellman book out today! Tour begins!

To celebrate today's release of The Spellmans Strike Again, the fourth novel in the Spellman series, Lisa is kicking off a full month of rocking the Americas. Or one of them, anyway. Come meet Lisa, enjoy an interactive reading, get your book signed (hint: spell your name for her, even if it's Jack), and help subdue hecklers. Find the tour dates / places / times here.

Also, check out the latest Lutzletter (Spring 2010, Exclamatory Souvenir Tour Edition).

Tour Dates 2010: for The Spellmans Strike Again

Updated May 11, 2010: You can still catch Lisa on tour!

Come meet Lisa, enjoy an interactive reading, and have your book signed at one of these upcoming book readings. In support for the fourth Spellman novel, The Spellmans Strike Again.

Upcoming dates, places, and timess

6/4/10: Santa Rosa, CA - Copperfield's Books, 7pm - more info

6/19/10: Sunriver, OR - Sunriver Books & Music, 5pm - find out more

7/20/10: Milpitas, CA - Milpitas Public Library, Adult Reading Group, 7pm - find out more

8/5/2010: San Francisco, CA - The San Francisco Public Library has chosen The Spellman Files to be their July/August Pick for their "On the Same Page" book club - find out more

Past dates, places, and times:

3/16/10: Los Angeles, LA Mystery Bookstore, noon – find out more

3/16/10: Los Angeles, Mysteries to Die For, 7pm – find out more

3/17/10: Los Angeles, Skylight Books, 7 pm – find out more

3/18/10: San Diego, Mysterious Galaxy, 7pm – find out more

3/21/10: St. Louis, Left Bank Books, 4pm – find out more

3/22/10: Nashville, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 7pm – find out more

3/23/10: Chicago, Borders Oak Brook, 7pm – find out more

3/24/10: Chicago, Women & Children, 7:30pm – find out more

3/25/10: Milwaukee, Boswell Book Company, 7pm – find out more

4/1/10: Seattle, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, noon – find out more

4/5/10: Houston, Murder by the Book, 3pm – find out more

4/5/10: Houston, Blue Willow, 7pm – find out more

4/6/10: Dallas, Legacy Books, 7pm – find out more

4/9/10: San Francisco, Book Passage (Ferry Building) 6pm – find out more

4/11/10: Phoenix, Poisoned Pen, 2pm – find out more

4/13/10: Philadelphia, Chester County Books, 7pm – find out more

4/15/10: New York, McNally Jackson, 7pm – find out more

Winter 2010 Lutzletter

Subscribers of the Lutzletter have the newest issue headed their way. You can also read it online here.

For those in the Seattle area, come by the University Book Store on Sunday, January 10 to meet Lisa and help the bookstore celebrate their 110th anniversary! Lisa and 109 other authors have each contributed a 110-word original work to a special volume called 110/110. The purchase of any book by a contributing author scores you a free copy. The reception is from noon to 5pm; Lisa will be there between 1pm and 3pm. Stop by and say hi at 4326 University Way NE, Seattle.

Enjoy the newsletter and more soon on the upcoming book tour!

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