What we're reading in March 2009
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 Kathy is reading
If you like your mysteries with a fabulous dose of romantic suspense, it's way past time to discover Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series. New readers can pick up with any of the books, which can stand alone as terrific novels. Long-time fans have been waiting for this one - in many ways, this is Decker and Sophia's book, but we get to spend time with all of our favorites. If you're looking for a fast-paced, fantastic distraction from the weather or the news, you'll love these books!
What Richard is reading
With politics in Washington so serious, this newly reissued British classic is the perfect antidote as Crispin's series sleuth, Oxford don Gervase Fen, unaccountably finds himself standing for Parliament in a small English village populated by dim rustics, buxom barmaids, would-be squires and all manner of other eccentrics. There is a murder mystery in here somewhere but it takes a distinct back seat to Crispin's skewering of politiicians and those who vote for them.
What Margo is reading
Folks who have been itching for a new canine caper will love Spencer Quinn’s Dog On It. Chet, loyal mutt and narrator with a hard-boiled attitude, and his partner Bernie, a down-and-out PI, are hired to track down a missing teen. With Chet riding shotgun in their beat-up Porsche, the two scour the southwest for clues - these two detectives are somethin’ else.
What Mary Alice is reading
Always thrilled to take a trip through history and some landmarks and Lethal Legacy is a five-ticket ride. ADA Alex Cooper follows a trail of assault, rare books and eccentric family secrets through the stacks of the New York Public Library, under Bryant Park and straight to a dark subterranean vault. Alice in Wonderland holds a clue. Complex, exciting and priceless.
What Judi is reading
In DeKok and the Dead Harlequin Pierre Brassel, a respected Amsterdam accountant brazenly asks DeKok for an appointment to discuss how he can commit the perfect murder. At the meeting, he announces that the corpse of Jan Brets, an underworld figure, can be found in a nearby hotel; the meeting is his alibi when Brets is discovered dead, exactly where Brassel said he would be. DeKok and his assistant Vledder follow a series of red herrings and dead ends leading up to a second murder. Surprising twists and turns in the narrow streets of Amsterdam lead to a morally perplexing end. Baantjer’s mysteries are wonderful old-world tales with single-minded simplicity yet great depth.