What we're reading in September 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 Margo is reading
It’s 1946 and a young London writer receives a letter from a man who is a native of the Isle of Guernsey, lately controlled by the Germans in WWII. The letter writer has found her name on a used book by Charles Lamb he’d picked up. What ensues is an exchange of letters between the journalist and the folks on Guernsey who are all members of a literary society formed at the spur-of-the moment as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans. The account of the Guernsey inhabitants and the Londoner who becomes inextricably drawn to the island is a warm, often-time humorous and poignant tale.
What Kathy O. is reading
Deborah Crombie doesn't disappoint in the latest in her consistently fine series featuring Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid. This story reaches back to events from WWII, as Gemma tries to help an elderly friend investigate the sudden reappearance of an art deco brooch that had been stolen during the war. The story is very much Gemma's this time around; though Duncan is involved in the investigation as the deaths mount in the present, and are uncovered in postwar London, too. While it examines familiar themes of WWII and their postwar (and even present day) implications, Where Memories Lie manages to do it with a fresh voice - and in an entertaining manner.
What Judi is reading
Gold Dagger Award winner, Arnaldur Indridason following in the footsteps of Peter Robinson and Reginald Hill uses the same theme of death revealed by low water. A man’s body is found with a Russian spy device tied to his neck when a lake begins to lose water. The Draining Lake is a trip into the past, Iceland during the Cold War. No pun intended. If you like Nordic fiction this is one of the best.
What Richard is reading
Sweetheart is, if anything, more intense than the earlier Heartsick. Serial killer Gretchen Lowell is still at the center of the story along with Archie Sheridan, the Portland homicide detective who is obsessed with her. A scandal involving a Senator, fresh bodies in the park and Gretchen's escape from prison are the events that spark this utterly absorbing novel full of unexpected twists.