Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Coffee with a canine: Kelli Stanley & Bertie

The current featured couple at Coffee with a Canine: Kelli Stanley and her "handsome spotted Springer Spaniel with big red eyes," Bertie.

Stanley, on Bertie's best qualities:
He’s a very positive dog. He makes people feel good to be around, because he’s upbeat and sweet and puts out a lot of positive energy. And he absolutely loves people … except for the postman. He’s not a bloodthirsty dog, and we never permit him to chase other animals. In fact, he’s grown pretty tolerant of the raccoons that camp out...[read on]
Kelli Stanley is the author of the critically acclaimed Nox Dormienda, which won the Bruce Alexander Award for best historical mystery and was nominated for a Macavity Award.

Her new novel, City of Dragons, debuted this week. Among the early praise for the novel:
"A stunning recreation of time and place that I greatly will everyone who reads it."
--Robert B. Parker

"Stunning, pitch-perfect noir...conjures forth a lost, poignant, and darkly luminous San Francisco in which Hammett - and LA's Chandler - would feel immediately at home."
--Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness

"Come...rush headlong into 1940's San Francisco. You'll be smoking two packs of Chesterfields and drinking Old Taylor straight from the bottle by the time you're done. Take a sip. I dare you."
--Louise Ure, Shamus Award-winning author of The Fault Tree
Read an excerpt from City of Dragons, and learn more about the novel and author at Kelli Stanley's website and blog.

My Book, The Movie: Nox Dormienda.

The Page 69 Test: City of Dragons.

Coffee with a Canine: Kelli Stanley & Bertie.

--Marshal Zeringue