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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Philly's Thriller Queen Is on a Signing Spree
This afternoon, Lisa Scottoline held court at the 1805 Walnut St. Barnes & Noble, talking about justice, exes, her gutsy new heroine from still-smoky Centralia, Godfather and The Sopranos, and how, yes, some favorite characters will return, not in the next book, which she just finished yesterday, but the one after that. Good give-and-take from the audience was rewarded with flying packs of Tastykake Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts. Once again, the City of Brotherly Shove is the setting of her 13th character-driven thriller, Dirty Blonde, which the Inquirer called another fast-paced page-turner. Scottoline, who got her law degree at Penn, is a winner of crime fiction's top award, the Edgar. At 7 p.m. tonight, she'll be at the Chester County Book Co., 975 Paoli Pike in West Chester. A couple of 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble gigs follow, at Main Street in Exton tomorrow, and Swedesboro Road in Devon on Friday. Wilmington's on her website's signing schedule for next Wednesday. Listen to an interview with Scottoline, or read a few excerpts. For more insights into her likes and dislikes ("Readers need big nightstands") see recent Inquirer "Influences" feature.