Launch party for Hilary Davidson’s THE NEXT ONE TO FALL.

Hilary Davidson picked THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP to launch THE NEXT ONE TO FALL. Last night, in front of a full house, Hilary made her first appearance in promotion of her sophomore effort.

Travel writer Lily Moore has been persuaded by her closest friend, photographer Jesse Robb, to visit Peru with him. Jesse is convinced that the trip will lure Lily out of her dark mood and downward spiral, but Lily is haunted by betrayal and loss. At Machu Picchu, the famous Lost City of the Incas, they discover a woman clinging to life at the bottom of an ancient stone staircase. Just before the woman dies, she tells Lily the name of the man who pushed her.

But when the local police investigate, the forensic evidence they find doesn’t match up with what Lily knows. Unable to accept the official ruling of accidental death, Lily hunts down the wealthy man who was the dead woman’s traveling companion and discovers a pattern of dead and missing women in his wake.

Obsessed with getting justice for these women, Lily sets in motion a violent chain of events with devastating consequences.

Hilary’s first book, THE DAMAGE DONE, saw considerable commercial and critical success. Damage won Anthony Award for Best First Novel as well the Crimespree Award (We have good taste) for Best First Novel. Just days after it’s release, THE NEXT ONE TO FALL is collecting positive reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kircus, The Library Journal and Mystery Scene among others. Crimespree’s own Jen Forbus, on her blog, called TNOTF “a creative blend of intrigue, suspense and mystery that will keep your blood pumping this winter” and Jedidiah Ayres, on the Barnes & Noble blog, said it “secures her place at the top of any list of fresh new voices in mystery.

Among those on hand were fellow novelists Megan Abbott, Edward Lazellari, and Susan Shapiro, as well as Mary Regan (Crimespree magazine), Sarah Weinman (Publishers Marketplace), Cullen Gallagher (Pulp Serenade), agents Judith Weber & Nat Sobel, Stacia Decker (Donald Maass Literary Agency) as well as a number of folks from Hilary’s travel writing world (Gail Harrington, Roger Cox, Beth Connelly and Leslie Elman).

The scary thing is that Hilary is as lovely and sweet as she is talented. It hardly seems fair for one person to have so much going for her. Hilary is currently on the road promoting THOTF, be sure to check her out of any of these dates are near you.

02/17/2012, Houston, TX, 6:30pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at Murder by the Book (2342 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX; 713-524-8597)

02/18/2012, Austin, TX, 4pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at BookPeople (603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX; 512-472-5050)

02/21/2012, Scottsdale, AZ, 7pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at The Poisoned Pen (4014 N Goldwater Blvd., Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ; 480-947-2974)

02/22/2012, Glendale, AZ, 2pm
Hilary will discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL as part of the Authors @ the Teague series at the Velma Teague Branch Library (7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, AZ; 623-930-3439)

02/28/2012, Huntington, NY (Long Island), 7pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at Book Revue (313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY; 631-271-1442)

03/07/2012, Ancaster/Hamilton, ON, 7pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at the Ancaster branch of the Hamilton Public Library (300 Wilson Street East, Ancaster; 905-648-6911). Books will be available for sale from Bryan Prince Bookseller.

03/08/2012, Toronto, 6pm-8pm
Canadian launch party for THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto; 416-361-0032). RSVP required; see invitation.

03/23/2012, Denver, CO, 7:30pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at the Tattered Cover (2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO; 303-322-7727)

03/25/2012, Los Angeles, 7pm
Noir at the Bar Los Angeles (location TBD)

03/26/2012, San Diego, CA, 7pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at Mysterious Galaxy (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA; 858-268-4747)

03/28/2012, Thousand Oaks, CA, 7pm
Hilary will sign and discuss THE NEXT ONE TO FALL at Mysteries to Die For (2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA; 805-374-0084)

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