What we're reading in February 2010
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 Lynne is reading
In Gator-A-Go-Go, you can party-hearty with the most lovable serial killer since Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter. Accompany aforesaid serial killer Serge, an enthusiastic Floridian, and his sidekick Coleman, as they traverse the state in order to shoot a film about spring break revels. And did I mention the hilarious crime spree? In Gator-A-Go-Go, Endless Spring Break is even more fun than the Endless Summer when you’re in the right company.
What Judi is reading
Think Rendell territory but with snow! Alvtegen does remind one of Ruth Rendell, with a plot about two women who are outwardly very different but are in fact both tormented by their own destructive memories. When the women are thrown together by an accident, the power of those memories becomes all but overwhelming. Dark, disturbing and thoroughly enjoyable.
What Richard is reading
Any new Walter Mosley book is a treat but a new series, that's a double dip of pleasure. The Long Fall introduces New York PI Leonid McGill. The product of an early education by his Communist dad (thus the first name), a former boxer and former muscle-for-hire for various unsavory characters, Leonid has decided to go straight and be a PI. His various cases in this book will test that resolve and reveal Leonid to be a very faulty human being, albeit one with a big heart. A wonderful new character set right in the midst of a pulsating New York environment.
What Kathy is reading
This was one of the more entertaining stories I read in the past year. The main character, pre-teen Flavia de Luce, is a somewhat bloodthirsty aspiring chemist with a fascination for poisons. Flavia lives with her widowed Father, who collects stamps and wanders around the family estate rather aimlessly, still missing his late wife. There are also two older sisters, one fixated on boyfriends and another who spends all of her time lost in her books. Things become interesting when Flavia finds a dead body outside the front door. This quirky book, set in 1950s Great Britain, features a very appealing protagonist and a fast-paced storyline. I am hoping that Bradley has future adventures planned for Flavia. [Kathy, your wish has been granted. The new Flavia is due out next month.]
What Mary Alice is reading
For all who love a richly detailed historical puzzle, you will be spellbound by Brigid of Kildare by Heather Terrell. For those who think all Irish women are goddesses, you can add bishop to that title held by the brave and strong female who is the very foundation of the church of Ireland. In a present puzzle about the origin of holy manuscripts that could rewrite church history and back to the anger of Rome over this pagan influenced Christianity------not to mention female---- defying them, weaves a tale totally absorbing. This is certainly a rich and detailed novel that is perfect for book group discussion.
What Margo is reading
A glamorous alum found dead in Cambridge on her old college grounds; her ex is a likely suspect – but so is a Texas oil tycoon and the handsome Argentinian lover, who are all visiting the college for a fundraising weekend. It’s up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary to dig up the dirt and find out who wanted Lexy Durant dead.