What we're reading in March 2007
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 this month, an archive of earlier months is available from the menu at the left.
What Margo is reading
A charming debut novel by Pittsburgh physician, Maggie Leffler. Dr. Holly Campbell needs a change – and moving to a residency program in southern England might just be the ticket. Holly is a mess – doubting her career choice, grieving the loss of her mother and disparaging of ever having a fulfilling relationship, she heads for England and settles into a life surrounded by quirky but very real, wonderful characters. As Holly somewhat reluctantly gets drawn into this circle of folks, she slowly finds her heart and regains control of her life again.
What Mary Alice is reading
Fabulous follow up to Hart's debut Haunted Ground brings back the duo of American pathologist Nora Gavin and Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire. Two corpses have turned up, one ancient and one quite modern but both bearing identical wounds. Although the mystery is first-rate, readers will be enthralled by the array of characters and Hart's exploration of the intersections of modern Ireland with its long, sometimes bloody, history. First rate---even if you don’t wear green on the 17th!
What Richard is reading
No mystery here, we certainly know whodunit—John Wilkes Booth but Swanson makes the most of the exciting, perilous chase after the escaping assassin of Lincoln in this Edgar-nominated work of history. Full of twists and turns, the sheer randomness of events which resulted in Booth’s eventual death but could just as easily led to his escape, kept me on the edge of my seat. A wonderful bit of historical storytelling.
What Judi is reading
Like a fine Italian wine, Lisa Scottoline’s writing just improves with time, becoming deeper and richer. Her newest novel is a stand alone with a Penn Law professor; Natalie Greco whose class the History of Law is not igniting any sparks with her students. When a good-looking fellow professor asks her to lecture at a nearby prison, “Nat” reluctantly goes only to become enmeshed in a prison riot. When in the confusion she comes upon the body of a guard who has been stabbed, she begins CPR. The dying guard’s final words for his wife send Natalie to the other side of the law.
Like her heroine, Scottoline has recently begun to teach at Penn and is also embarking on another new project, a show for Court TV called Murder by the Book, featuring best-selling mystery writers presenting and discussing dramatizations of real-life crimes.
Be sure and join her at Mystery Lovers on Friday, March 16, 2007 at 7 pm.
Lisa will also be in town for a Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the Women Lawyers Book Club and the Women's Bar Association of Allegheny County at 2 pm on Friday, March 16, 2007. This event is designed for attorneys. Call for details.
What Mary Katherine is reading
The Blackbird Sisters are back and in fine form, as always. And speaking of fine forms, Mick is back and he's bigger and badder than ever. In this book, Nora comes to terms with a decision she made many years ago, and the ramifications echo throughout various areas of her life. In the meantime, there's a missing actress and somebody seems to want to give her a hand. You've got to read it to figure that one out, and you'll find yourself laughing along the way. All of the previous Blackbird Sisters mysteries are available in paperback - pick yours up and meet Nancy Martin when she's here for here the release party on March 5th. See you there!