What we're reading in August 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
The Girl Who Played with Fire zeroes in on Lisbeth Salander – that genius hacker and troubled young woman who appeared in Stieg Larsson’s fascinating first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Salander is accused of murdering two journalists just before their story about Swedish sex trafficking breaks. On the run, Salander must confront her dark past in order to clear her name – aided by Mikael Blomkvist, the crusading journalist of the first book.
Strong character development and a twisted plot make for a tantalizing read.
What Mary Alice is reading
The first in the Callahan Garrity series, ex-cop & owner of cleaning service, Atlanta GA. Atlanta cleaning service owner Callahan Garrity makes her debut in the winning Every Crooked Nanny. A truly excellent Southern amateur sleuth mystery series with plenty of character and characters-- highly recommended.
What Judi is reading
Lynda LaPlante‘s newest Anna Travis mystery, Deadly Intent is riveting. Alexander Fitzpatrick, ruthless drug trafficker wanted on three continents, has resurfaced after no sightings for over ten years. Anna is assigned to the case when an ex-policeman is found murdered in a known crack house. She must not only manage the case but the aftermath of her breakup with Langton, a move to a new apartment, and also a new lover interest.
What Richard is reading
Marcus Sakey is fast becoming a favorite author of mine and he delivers the goods in this tale of a couple who discover loot in their tenant's apartment when he dies. Keeping it turns out not to be such a good idea as the men it belongs to want it back--right now.
Don't miss Marcus Sakey's appearance at our Coffee & Crime author breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 29.
What Lynne is reading
In this historical set in 1938 rural Kentucky, hunting comes into play when a hunt club tracks silver-faced wolves onto the property of storeowner Olivia Harker and her grandson, Will’m. But the wolves aren’t the only ones subject to the club’s hunting and tracking. Olivia and Will’m themselves become prey of sorts, and, for self-preservation and truth’s sake, Olivia must delve into the past for the key to the present. Carolyn Wall’s unusually resourceful debut novel is a real stunner, with plot and characters the like of which you’ve never seen. Let’s hope that Wall will deliver more of the same in many future mysteries.