What we're reading in July 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 Margo is reading
I have it on good authority that this is a great Grandmother’s book. This comfortably compact little padded book contains 10 fairy tales, with delightful illustrations by 8 different authors. The pages are made of extra sturdy paper for little hands and each story is the perfect length for a bedtime read with grandma or grandpa. Including such well known favorites as Sleeping Beauty and the Emperor’s New Clothes as well as some lesser known classics such as the Dragon Painter, this book comes equipped with a ribbon bookmark to mark tomorrow night’s tale.
What Richard is reading
This entertaining debut begins with Cleveland forensic tech Theresa MacLean at a crime scene, a man murdered in front of his suburban home. It quickly escalates as robbers invade the Federal Reserve Bank and take hostages that include Theresa's fiance, a cop. The entire book takes place during the 12 hours of the hostage standoff lending an urgency to this suspenseful debut.
What Lynne is reading
Now, here’s proof positive that some lines of talent run within families. Andrew Grant, author of the intricately chilling Even is the brother of none other than Lee Child. If that in itself is not a recommendation for this thriller, I don’t know what is. Remi niscent of James Bond, Trevellyan, the novel’s protagonist, rises ingeniously to the occasion, when he discovers the body of a slain homeless man, but becomes a target himself. Don’t plan to get any sleep if you pick this one up.
What Kathy is reading
At long last, Dead Ex is here! The third book in Harley Jane Kozak's series is terrific - they just keep getting better. This time, Wollie is trying to balance a boyfriend with secrets he can't share, a best friend accused of murder and a mural that depicts Greek mythology. Throw in some very bad dates, some very bad hair days, and a dead ex-boyfriend, and this is one you won't want to put down. A perfect summer read, and out just in time for August vacations!
What Mary Alice is reading
Dorothy Howell’s winning debut Hand bags and Homicide introduces breezy sleuth Haley Randolph whose addiction to accessories, handbags especially, is threatened when she loses her job at a big accounting firm. Part-time work at a department store soon leads to possible romance with the store’s owner but also to an investigation of the murder of the store’s despised assistant manager. It’s a comic romp that leaves me looking forward to the sequel.
What Judi is reading
Every summer I save the newest Magdalean Nabb to read while on vacation (guess where) so it is especially appropriate that I chose Ms. Nabb’s last two books in print for my July picks.
A well-known writer is found dead in the Villa Torrini near Florence without a mark of violence on her while her husband lies passed out in the next room. Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri must solve the mystery while struggling with a new legal system and a strict diet.
Daniela is a quiet single mother studying for a doctorate in chemistry. She rarely goes out, so her murder in her bedroom at the family's new villa seems inexplicable. The prosecutor asks specifically for Marshal Guarnaccia to head the investigation. This is the latest and sadly, the last of this terrific series that explored every corner of Florence.