American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club: October 2014 meetup

A new month means a new book for discussion. For the month of October, American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club has chosen ‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French. Here is the synopsis:

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner’s body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives—one British and one Chinese—race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?

‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French

If you are keen to discuss the book, join this event:

Date: 21st of October 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Ambiance Coffee Café
Ambiance Ampang, 379A 4 Jalan Ampang,
First Floor (near Ampang Grocers)
Kuala Lumpur
Cost of drinks/food: Individual

Please be informed that non-members are welcomed to join the event as a guest for the first two visits only. They will have to be a member of AAM if they would like to participate after the complimentary visits have been used.

RSVP is kindly appreciated but not necessary. To get the latest information on the book club, visit their weblink or email to them.

Follow LitChat moderated chat with Ruth Moose

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 8th of October 2014 is Ruth Moose. She will talk about her debut novel ‘Doing It at the Dixie Dew’. Here is a synopsis of the book:

Beth McKenzie’s attempt to turn an old Southern mansion into a Bed and Breakfast called The Dixie Dew is thwarted when her first guest is found dead in bed. Murdered, it turns out. Three days later a young priest is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is abuzz, and Ossie Delbardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved  controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders.

With her barely opened B&B in danger of failing, and aided by her friend from high school and trusty handyman, Beth sets out to discover the truth of the murders. Littleboro has its share of characters, some of which are helpful and others misleading. There’s Crazy Reba who lives in a tree, bathes in any bathtub she finds empty, and dumpster dives; Verna, the town know-it-all and affectionate owner of Robert Redford, a huge white rabbit; and Miss Tempie Merritt, music teacher and organist who always wears hat, gloves, and lace-trimmed white socks. When Beth herself is attacked, there’s no more time for baking muffins and stencilling pineapples on the porch. She’s in a race to uncover her neighbors’ secrets before her hometown becomes her burial ground.

‘Doing It at the Dixie Dew’ by Ruth Moose

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

Penguin USA Twitter Book Club: Chat with Elizabeth Little

Did you know that Penguin USA has a Twitter Book Club? Like any other book club, there is a book assigned for discussion every month.

‘Dear Daughter’ by Elizabeth Little is the chosen book for the month of October. Here is a glimpse of the story:

Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.

Janie makes her way to an isolated South Dakota town whose mysteries rival her own. Enlisting the help of some new friends (and the town’s wary police chief), Janie follows a series of clues—an old photograph, an abandoned house, a forgotten diary—and begins to piece together her mother’s seemingly improbable connection to the town. When new evidence from Janie’s own past surfaces, she’s forced to consider the possibility that she and her mother were more alike than either of them would ever have imagined.

As she digs tantalizingly deeper, and as suspicious locals begin to see through her increasingly fragile facade, Janie discovers that even the sleepiest towns hide sinister secrets—and will stop at nothing to guard them. On the run from the press, the police, and maybe even a murderer, Janie must choose between the anonymity she craves and the truth she so desperately needs.

A gripping, electrifying debut novel with an ingenious and like-it-or-not sexy protagonist, Dear Daughter follows every twist and turn as Janie unravels the mystery of what happened the night her mother died—whatever the cost.

‘Dear Daughter’ by Elizabeth Little

If you have read/are reading the book, why don’t you participate in “mini book club meetings”? @penguinUSA has organised 2 Twitter chat sessions with @elizabethlittle on these dates:

  • Tuesday, 7th of October
    2 – 3 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (2 am to 3 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)
  • Tuesday, 21st of October
    2 – 3 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (2 am to 3 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)

Join the chat and tweet your question(s) to the author! Make sure to include hashtag #readpenguin in your tweet(s).

For more details on the book club, please visit this page and/or Twitter.

Follow LitChat moderated chat with Barry Lancet

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 1st of October 2014 is Barry Lancet. He will talk about his newest novel ‘Tokyo Kill’. Here is a synopsis of the book:

When an elderly World War Two veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection, the staff thinks he’s just a paranoid old man. He offers up a story connected to World War II and to Chinese Triads operating in present-day Tokyo, insisting that he and his few surviving army buddies are in danger.

Out of respect for the old soldier, Brodie agrees to provide a security detail, thinking it’ll be an easy job and end when the man comes to his senses. Instead, an unexpected, brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads, Chinese spies, Japanese kendo warriors, and an elusive group of killers whose treachery spans centuries—and who will stop at nothing to complete their mission.

‘Tokyo Kill’ by Barry Lancet

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ in Malaysian cinemas on 30th October 2014

‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by S.J. Watson is now a movie. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong and is available in UK cinemas on 5th of September 2014. The tentative release date in Malaysia is 30th of October 2014. Here is a synopsis:

‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…’

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ by S.J. Watson

Watch the trailer below.

For more information on the novel and book, visit this Facebook page or search for hastag #BeforeIGoToSleep on Twitter.

Join Penguin USA’s Twitter chat with Barbara Rogan

Penguin Books USA has a virtual book club! The book chosen for this month is ‘A Dangerous Fiction’ by Barbara Rogan. Here is a synopsis:

Jo Donovan always manages to come out on top. From the backwoods of Appalachia, she forged a hard path to life among the literati in New York City. At thirty-five, she’s the widow of the renowned author Hugo Donovan and the owner of one of the best literary agencies in town. Jo is living the life she dreamed of but it’s all about to fall apart.

When a would-be client turns stalker, Jo is more angry than shaken until her clients come under attack. Meanwhile, a biography of Hugo Donovan is in the works and the author’s digging threatens to destroy the foundations of Jo’s carefully constructed life. As the web of suspicion grows wider and her stalker ups the ante, she’s persuaded by her client and friend—FBI profiler-turned-bestselling-thriller writer—to go to the police. There Jo finds herself face-to-face with an old flame: the handsome Tommy Cullen, now NYPD detective.

‘A Dangerous Fiction’ by Barbara Rogan

If you would like to chat with Barbara Rogan, take note of these dates:

  • Tuesday, 9th of September 2014
    3 – 4 pm USA Eastern Time (3 am to 4 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)
  • Tuesday, 23rd of September 2014
    3 – 4 pm USA Eastern Time (3 am to 4 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)

To join the Twitter chat, search for #ReadPenguin. Don’t forget to include the hashtag and @RoganBarbara in your tweet(s). Otherwise, tweet(s) will go unnoticed!

For more details on the book club, please visit and bookmark this page and/or follow@PenguinUSA on Twitter.

Join Q&A session with Harlan Coben on 9th September

Penguin Teen is organising a Twitter chat with Harlan Coben as the guest. He will be promoting ‘Found’, a new book from Mickey Bolitar series. Here is a synopsis of the book:

It’s been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the shocking, tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets, and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey’s sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in the hospital, Rachel won’t tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him . . . and then there’s Ema’s surprise announcement: She has an online boyfriend, and he’s vanished.

As he’s searching for Ema’s missing boyfriend (who may not even exist!), Mickey also gets roped into helping his nemesis, Troy Taylor, with a big problem. All the while, Mickey and his friends are pulled deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Abeona Shelter, risking their lives to find the answers—until the shocking climax, where Mickey finally comes face-to-face with the truth about his father.

‘Found’ is book #3 in Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

The Q&A session will take place on Tuesday 9th of September at 7 pm USA Eastern Time (7 am on Wednesday for those in Malaysia). To join the chat, search for PenguinTeen on Twitter. Make sure you insert hashtag #AskHarlan in your tweet(s) to get noticed.

For updates on this chat, visit Penguin Teen on Facebook or Twitter.

New Arrivals – 07/09/2014

Here is a list of newly arrived books at our store:

Title Author Genre
Cross My Heart James Patterson Mystery
Mistress James Patterson Mystery
Dexter’s Final Cut Jeff Lindsay Mystery
Dust Patricia Cornwall Mystery
Hunted Karen Robards Romantic suspense
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love Jill Mansell Chick lit

Head to the store if you’d like to rent any of these books.

Dan Brown’s Inferno is being adapted into a movie

Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have confirmed to adapt Dan Brown‘s latest best-selling novel into a movie. ‘Inferno’ is the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series, after ‘Angels and Demons’, ”The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’.

I am surprised that a possible adaptation of ‘The Lost Symbol’ is given a miss. The movie versions of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’ were released in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Robert Langdon and Ron Howard is set to direct the movie. The screenplay will be written by David Koepp. Here is a glimpse of the plot:

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Inferno by Dan Brown with 2 cover designs – the UK version is on the left of the image

We have a copy of ‘Inferno’ in our store. If you are keen to rent, please contact us to check its availability.

Follow LitChat Twitter conversation with Susan Spann

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm Eastern Time USA (4 am the following day for those in Malaysia).

On 23rd of July 2014, Susan Spann will talk about her new book ‘Blade of the Samurai’, released on 15th of July 2014 in USA. The book is part of the Shinobi Mysteries series, which features a ninja detective named Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo.

‘Blade of the Samurai’ by Susan Spann

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

Have a great time.

ps: If you are a fan of true historical ninja (aka, “shinobi”), check out Ms Spann’s interview with Lorna Suzuki. Ms Suzuki is an author (known for the Imago Chronicles series) and martial arts practitioner/instructor.