What we're reading in May 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 Judi is reading
Dinner in Venice anyone! If you have read one of Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti mysteries you’ve salivated over the mouth-watering dishes enjoyed during his leisurely lunches and dinners. Here’s your chance to bring some of this deliciousness home in this beautifully illustrated guide to some of the best in Venetian cooking. Brunetti’s Cookbook by Donna Leon’s friend and favorite cook Roberta Pianaro includes over 90 recipes, full color illustrations and six essays by Leon on food and life in Venice make this a perfect volume for the Veneto-phile.
What Lynne is reading
How is it that I somehow missed Steve Torres’s superb Precinct Puerto Rico series? Now into the fifth book, Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico, this fine series is set in—you guessed it—Puerto Rico, in my estimation an undeservedly underutilized setting for mystery fiction.
What Kathy is reading
Helen is back and this time she's working at a swanky re-sale shop.
Only Elaine Viets could combine comedy, tragedy, murder, Limoges,
pineapples and murder into a fantastic book. If you are already a
fan, get ready to enjoy and if you've never read any of Elaine's Dead
End Job mysteries, join all of us who made this book a best-seller at
this year's Festival of Mystery.
signed copies available
What else Kathy is reading
Hel-loh Sookie! This is another fantastic addition to Charlaine's
series, which is the basis of the HBO hit show "True Blood". Having
lost some dear ones in Dead and Gone, Sookie and company are more
determined than ever to keep their multi-cultured family together.
The characters are wonderful, the civil rights issues are topical and
the story will keep you turning pages and counting down to the next
What Richard is reading
Boy can this guy wite! I just finished reading Storm Prey and I didn't even have to--it had already been written up for the MLB News. I just read because I wanted to. Funny enough, I'd just finished reading a debut thriller that was so wooden in dialogue and clunky in plot that the Sandford shone like a beacon in the night as I plowed through the pages. Harry Dolan's formulation for the crime novel: plans go wrong, bad things happen, people die was never truer than in this tale of a hospital robbery that threatens Lucas Davenport's wife, Weather, and leads to a whole bunch of dead people.
signed copies available