What we're reading in July 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
After Faithless and Fractured comes Karin Slaughter’s newest: Undone. Protagonist Dr. Sara Linton reprises her role as emergency room physician. Ironically, other characters from previous books also reappear, so you know you’re in for another nail biter. When Sara encounters a battered patient in her ER, she relentlessly investigates the case, to alarming ends. You won’t be able to sleep until you’re done with Undone.
What Mary Alice
You would expect the author Stella Rimington to deliver the goods as well as Judy Dench does in a James Bond thriller. After all she is the former Director General of Britain’s MI5. However, Deadline will simply engage you in a tech light caper that demonstrates that one bad guy can cause massive destruction. The fourth novel featuring MI5 intelligence officer Liz Carlyle in a tense thriller when danger stalks a Middle East Peace Conference in Gleneagles hits all the right notes.
What Richard is reading
A spectacular espionage debut that will have readers thinking of early John LeCarre. It’s 1968 and MI6 agent Paul Dark is accused by a KGB defector of being a mole, which happens to be true. Paul flees to Nigeria, which happens to be in the midst of a civil war, in search of a Russian agent, a nurse, who had once been his lover and who believes has betrayed him. Unexpected plot twists follow one another in rapid succession in this superb novel that will keep you mesmerized.
What Judi is reading
You may have heard of Shamini Flint and her amazing multicultural children’s books but she also writes a mystery series featuring Inspector Singh. He is overweight, slightly disheveled and totally charming. Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder, opens with the Inspector is sent off to Kuala Lumpur where no one really wants him to investigate the murder of the husband of a very famous beautiful model. Because she is in jail and the police want her to stay there. Case closed, right? Not for the good and susceptible Inspector. Chelsea Liew convinces him of her innocence and hires him privately to investigate. An action that could get him fired. A delightful and entertaining read.
What Margo is reading