What we're reading in November 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
It's the new Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper book! This time, Josie learns that while puppies are always cute, the people who handle them are NOT. We can always count on MLB favorite Elaine Viets for a fun, cozy, great read. And great news for all of us - Elaine is doing a virtual signing through MLB so you can get signed copies. This is the kind of thing I'm thankful for this month!
What Margo is reading
Don’t be misled by the title. This IS NOT your run of the mill ornithology manual. Instead, Drayson has given us a charming novel full of humor and poignant moments with the backdrop of Kenya’s lush wildlife and colorful characters. It is the story of Mr. Malik, an avid birder who has been secretly in love for years with Rose Mbikwa, who leads the Tuesday morning bird outing. All of a sudden, Mr. Malik’s rival from his school days, appears on the scene vying for Rose’s attention. At stake is an invitation to the swank Asadi Club’s Annual Ball. The two men decide that whoever can identify the most species of birds in 7 days, will ask Rose to the ball. What ensues is a delightful romp through the hillsides outside Nairobi and elsewhere. If you like Alexander McCall-Smith, pick this one up.
What Mary Alice is reading
Katherine Hall Page turns to a holiday setting in the newest Faith Fairchild mystery, The Body in the Sleigh. The Fairchild family is on Sanpere Island, Maine for a R&R holiday away from stress and bother until Faith finds a young woman from the island dead in an antique sleigh. Drugs, mysterious monies, an abandoned baby and whip-smart action envelop this mystery that still has all the hope and human treasure of the holiday too. A Christmas mystery to standalone for the perfect gift--autographed by the author too.
What Richard is reading
A thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery by the Edgar-nominated author of The Blue Eye. That book used the young Edgar Allan Poe as the sleuth while the current book transports us to France where the criminal-turned-policeman Vidocq is the central character. The tale is told by a young physician who is dragged into Vidocq's dangerous plans in a plot that concerns the possible survival of The Dauphin, supposedly killed during the reign of terror. The setting during the French restoration that put Louis back on the throne after the fall of Napoleon was unfamiliar to me and added to the appeal of this compelling historical thriller.
What Judi is reading
A dark but enlightening look at contemporary Buenos Aires, Rage is also a strange and haunting love story. Jose Maria is forced to take refuge in a luxurious mansion where he is a silent witness to violence and cruelty. The nightmare of his life spirals out of his control and his actions reflect the nightmare’s power. Soon to be made into a film noir by Guillermo del Toro.
What else Kathy is reading
Fans of the TV show "Castle" will love this real novel based on the one Castle wrote last season. Beckett, Castle's family and the whole Precinct gang are here. If you've never seen the show, do and catch up with the book!