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New Emma Lord mystery, fairy tales and a book of poetry

Recently released NW books: The latest Emma Lord mystery, an examination of fairy tales and Victorian culture, a sleeping princess and “reckless” poetry.


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New releases

“The Alpine Yeoman” by Mary Daheim (Ballantine, $26). The Seattle author releases the latest installment of her popular Emma Lord mystery series. In this novel, the discovery of an unidentified man found dead near a fish hatchery sets off a chain of mysterious events in the tiny Cascades town of Alpine.

“Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians” by Molly Clark Hillard (Ohio State Press, $59.95). Hillard, an assistant professor of English at Seattle University, examines the relationship between fairy tales and Victorian culture. She challenges the notion that the fairy tale was a quaint and quiescent form. It influenced many icons of Victorian literature and art.

“Reckless Lovely” by Martha Silano (Saturnalia Books, $12). Silano, who teaches at Bellevue College and was a Washington State Book Award finalist, delivers a collection of her poetry. Her titles range from “Ode to Artichokes” to “Mystery of the Bra.” Silano will read with poet Kelli Russell Agodon at 7 p.m. Friday April 4 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co. (206-624-6600; elliottbaybook.com).

“Alaska’s Sleeping Beauty” by Mindy Dwyer (Sasquatch, $10.99). For ages 4-8: This fairy tale retelling curses the princess to sleep for a “long, long time” after choking on a salmon bone. Her parents warn her to stay away from the cannery, but some delicious smoked fish tempts her. The author/illustrator, a former Alaska resident, now lives in Port Townsend.



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