What we're reading in November 2006
Ever wonder what the folks who work at a mystery bookstore like to read? Well, here's your answer. Each month we ask everyone here to pick a book, current or older, that they truly enjoyed and are enthusiastic about. Of course, if you visited the store, we'd tell you directly what we like but for those of you who can't come see us, this is the next best thing. Our special thanks to Judi for pulling this feature together and to all the staff who contributed their picks.
Presented here are the picks for November, an archive of earlier months is available from the menu at the left.
What Judi is reading
Not a who dunnit but more a why’d he do it. But please don’t read this one until you’ve read the earlier With No One As Witness. Mixed-race siblings Joel, Ness and Toby Campbell live a trauma-filled life in London’s brutal North Kensington. Their father was murdered in the street and their mother is in a mental institution.
Abandoned by their grandmother, they are left in the care of their Aunt Kendra, an unwilling and ineffective
caregiver. What follows is a chilling and engrossing read.
What Richard is reading
The mind behind the MI5 television series pens a second of his tongue-in-cheek spy thrillers, this one about a young spy school graduate who finds that he is among only three survivors of his graduating class. The three neophytes band together to figure out who or what is after them and to find refuge at the mythical Contact Zero—the place a spy goes when he has nowhere else to go
What Kathy is reading
BUBBLES ALERT - want more Bubbles? Then buy this book. No kidding.
Sarah Strohmeyer, author of the fabulous Cinderella Pact returns to her
series starring former hairdresser and struggling journalist Bubbles
Yablonksy. Bubbles is back and just in time for a holiday treat. Bubbles
is getting married - but you'll never guess the identity of the groom! Too
bad the happy planning is interrupted by the inconvenient death by hairdo of a local woman famous for having the Perfect Husband. Meanwhile, there's s a
big surprise coming Bubbles' way - you've got to read it to believe it!
Whether you've been a Bubbles fan from the jump, or are just discovering
this fantastic series, this book is a must have. Take a break from your
holiday frenzy and have some terrific laughs with the whole gang (especially
Stiletto, resident hottie).
What Mary Kathryn Reschini’s is reading
Elaine Viets, friend of the Mystery Lovers Bookshop and author of the Dead-End jobs mystery series, has another winner with her Josie Marcus
Mystery Shopper series. If you're looking for a mystery with vivid
characters, a cool premise and lots of laughs, pick up this paperback
original. Or get both this book and the first in theseries, Dying in Style as a perfect holiday gift set for your favorite reader or shopper.
What else Judi is reading
The Duke of Milan is tired of waiting. The Pope is visiting at Easter and Leonardo da Vinci has hardly started the commission. The Duke is threatening to replace Leonardo with a young genius-Michelangelo. Young Giacomo must get his Master back on track before they are thrown out into the street. A well-researched tale with as many turns as the medieval streets of Milan, young readers and old will enjoy the unusual perspective of living in Leonardo’s Shadow