What we're reading in April 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 Judi is reading
The title says it all, Death Comes for the Fat Man. Has Dalziel finally flaunted procedure and managed to get himself blown up. As Andy lies in his hospital on life support, his Detective Chief Inspector, Pascoe is riddled with guilt and anger. Someone needs to pay for this. As the twisted plot untangles it becomes apparent that this is the very motto of a mysterious high-ranking anti-terror group, the Templars, who is behind this reactionary group and why. As always humorous, fast paced and so well written. May I say erudite? Such a good word of the day!
What Kathy S. is reading
Fans of Michele Martinez and Melanie Vargas have been dying to get their hands on Cover Up, the third in this fantastic series about a federal prosecutor. Melanie has her hands full with a case involving the murder of a TV Reporter. As she works with the FBI, and tries to keep a handle on her sizzling affair with the agent-in-charge, Melanie finds herself facing danger on a personal level in the form of a stalker who seems to know way too much about both Melanie and the case. And don't forget to make plans to see Michele Martinez when she visits MLB on April 3rd.
What Mary Alice is reading
With In a Strange City Baltimore Sun reporter Laura Lippman weaves the legends of the grave of Edgar Allen Poe into a crackling mystery plot with all the politics and flavors of this colorful city in the backdrop. This is one of my very favorites. Laura's a best-selling MLB author who is fast becoming a favorite of all readers seeking a smart and brave woman detective. Meet Laura at Mystery Lovers on April 1st…….No fooling!
What Richard is reading
A splendid debut novel reminiscent of the best of the early Scott Turow with a bit of early Grisham thrown in. Work Pickens is the son of a powerful lawyer and a lawyer himself and the body of his father, missing for eighteen months, has just been found at the outset of this novel that gives play to family dynamics as well as the operation of the law. The setting in a small North Carolina city is beautifully realized and the characters are memorable.
What else Richard is reading
Is there a subject that John McPhee cannot make interesting? I haven't yet found it. This time he takes on transport ranging from trains and 18 wheelers to the UPS distribution center and even a school for ship's captains that located in the middle of the Alps.