New adventures of Conte, Longmire, Sir Sidney’s Circus

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

With “The Accidental Pallbearer,” Duke University literature professor Frank Lentricchia began his series of crime dramas starring former private investigator Eliot Conte. The second novel in the series, “The Dog Killer of Utica,” is available in paperback April 22 (Melville House, $15.95), and, like the first novel, is set in Utica, N.Y., Lentricchia’s home town.

Lentricchia will read and sign copies of his new book at 7 p.m. April 24 at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. in Durham.

Here are some other books releases and events:

-- Sisters Kate Klise and Sarah Klise – respectively, author and illustrator – released the first installment of their “Three-Ring Rascals” series of young readers books last year with “The Show Must Go On!” The book was part of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill’s rollout of its new series of books for young readers. Algonquin Young Readers has just published the paperback edition of “The Show Must Go On! ($5.95).
Algonquin also has published the new title in the series, “The Greatest Star on Earth” ($15.95), about the further adventures of Sir Sidney’s Circus, run by “the nicest man alive.”

-- Hendersonville novelist Ann B. Ross has written the 15th novel in her “Miss Julia” series, “Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” (Viking, $26.95). The novel centers around her husband Sam’s bid to become a senator in the N.C. Legislature, and her being tapped, against her will, to make her cousin’s granddaughter into a lady.
Ross will read and sign copies of the novel April 17 at the Meet the Author Tea from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 101 Library Drive.

-- Craig Johnson continues his series about Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (inspiration for the A&E television series) with his latest novel “Any Other Name” (Viking, $26.95). In “Any Other Name,” Lucian Connally, Longmire’s former boss, asks him to take on a case in a county out of Longmire’s jurisdiction involving the mysterious suicide of a detective.
Johnson will read and sign copies of his new mystery May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.

-- Erika Hoffman of Chapel Hill has contributed two short pieces to the newest edition of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, titled “The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide.” “Busy” is an essay on slowing down, and “Frenzied” will strike a chord with any cat lover. The book is available from Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing for $14.95.

-- Eryk Pruitt’s short film “Foodie,” a scathing satire on the gourmet culture, has won several awards. He has recently released a novel (in PDF form) that he calls a “Southern Gothic noir” titled “Dirtbags.” To purchase this novel, visit or

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