What we're reading in August 2008
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
Hide and seek in the streets of Rome, David Hewson brings us another great Nic Costa mystery. Two bodies are found in a deserted studio, behind them an unknown Caravaggio masterpiece. At once beautiful and yet highly depraved, what is the significance of the painting? The frenzied pursuit of the killer/s takes Nic and his team through not only the streets of Rome but its sordid history as well.
What else Judi is reading
The perfect beach book! Not to heavy to hold or read and Hiaasen always delivers the laughs and a little message as well. Nature Girl brings together the self-proclaimed queen of lost causes, Honey Santana, with a greedy telemarketer and assorted other loonies on a remote key in the Everglades for a bit of coerced self-improvement.
What Kathy is reading
Heather Terrell's second book is another fantastic read. Mara Coyne, our heroine from The Chrysalis (available in paperback) has come a long way. So far that she ends up traveling across both the world and history to determine the real story behind a mysterious map. With characters set in modern-day New York and China, as well Portugal and China in the 1400s, this book is a fascinating look at the politics of art and power, and the struggle to identify the true thieves of the piece. This is a book to be proud of from one of our own Pittsburgh authors. It's a must-read.
What Lynne is reading
In my estimation, one of the top major August titles is The Book Stops Here, Ian Sansom’s fantastic third Mobile Library Mystery. Here the promise of attending a mobile library convention in London affords Israel Armstrong, the aforementioned mobile librarian, an opportunity to escape the culturally deprived rural Irish town where he has been marooned and to revel again in the bounties of civilization. While wry humor is the hallmark of this series, I found the unanticipated darkness of The Book Stops Here to be its most compelling feature. Check this one out, all of you confirmed bibliophiles, and you’ll definitely want to add it, along with its predecessors, The Case of the Missing Books and Mr. Dixon Disappears, to your own collection.
What Richard is reading
One of my favorite books of all time is back: Ken Grimwood’s Replay. A 43 year old man dies of a heart attack and wakes up in his college dorm room. It’s 1963, he’s 18 and remembers everything—allowing him to relive his life and correct all his mistakes. There’s more but I’ll leave it to you to discover it in this memorable novel.