What we're reading in August 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 Kathy is reading
Perhaps the best legal thriller ever written. If you missed this when it was published in 1987, you are in for a wonderful read. Otherwise, you can read it again in preparation for the newly published sequel Innocent.
What else Kathy is reading
A fabulous new book by the wonderful author, Nancy Pickard-noted for her award-winning, Virgin of the Small Plain. The Scent of Rain and Lightening is my top pick for summer.
What Mary Alice is reading
When you read this description from our website… The discovery of the body of an unknown woman who was raped sends Detective Inspector Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad on a six-month search to determine the identity of the victim and her killer. …it really does not tell the full tale. Maj Sjowall, who still lives and writes in Sweden, was one half of the internationally famous, Edgar-winning team that also included her husband, Per Wahloo. In the ten books of police procedure, originally published between 1965 and 1975, Per Wahlöö described their goals for the series as to "use the crime novel as a scalpel cutting open the belly of the ideologically pauperized and morally debatable so-called welfare state of the bourgeois type." Dig in to the series that was the original and see where some of today’s bestsellers cut their teeth.
What Margo is reading
When an English art student and a prominent architect go missing in Florence, it’s up to Sandro Cellini, a disgraced ex-cop and newly minted PI, to find them. Christobel Kent’s The Drowning River exudes such a strong sense of place, that by the end if you’re not smelling the pasta and coffee bars, something’s wrong. A captivating plot and a cast of interesting characters make this a taut thriller. One for the armchair traveler for sure!
What Vicki is reading
Every summer I look forward to the latest Daniel Silva thriller, and the 10th in the series featuring master art restorer/Israeli agent Gabriel Allon does not disappoint. Drawn out of retirement to investigate the killing of a fellow restorer and the disappearance of a previously unknown Rembrandt, Gabriel follows the trail of deadly secrets leading from the WWII theft of art treasures to the current Iran/Israeli conflict. A great addition to the Gabriel Allon series as well as your summer reading list.
What Judi is reading
If you think nothing could be hotter than our weather this summer, try Donna Andrew’s newest Meg Lanslow’s book, Stork Raving Mad. You got it, baby. Hot, muggy and pregnant! Did I mention a house full of college students as well. Meg’s life is problematic enough without the power outages; false labor and now she and her husband are hosting a Spanish playwright. As any reader of this terrific series knows it is only a short time before someone turns up dead. Always a hoot.
What Richard is reading
With this, the third adventure for unlikely protagonist Billie Boyle, author James R. Benn continues to explore little known corners of WW II history in a series that is humorous, entertaining and informative. Billie is a Boston policeman who is drafted early in the War. His mother pulls some strings to have him assigned to his uncle who turns out to be none other than Ike. This allows for Billie to be assigned to a variety of interesting missions as in this case where he's trying to break up a plot the Germans have to foment an uprising in Northern Ireland.