What we're reading in February 2011
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 Mary Alice is reading
Always thrilled to take a trip through history and some landmarks and Lethal Legacy is a five-ticket ride. ADA Alex Cooper follows a trail of assault, rare books and eccentric family secrets through the stacks of the New York Public Library, under Bryant Park and straight to a dark subterranean vault. Alice in Wonderland holds a clue. Complex, exciting and priceless.
What Richard is reading
This tale of a murder and it's cover up will keep you riveted from page 1 onward. A hard-working single mother is hounded by her ex-husband and finally kills him. Her neighbor, who has a crush on her, helps her cover up the crime with a clever set of alibis and other maneuvers. A battle of wits ensues that will keep you guessing right up to the final page.
What Judi is reading
Above the Arctic Circle in frozen Lapland (the northernmost part of Finland), a beautiful young Somali girl’s
mutilated body is found, a racial slur carved into her chest. Lapland is not known for its ethnic problems or
for such vicious murders. Enter Inspector Kari Vaara, small town policeman who must keep details of this
murder out of the press. A revealing look at life in this insular region and at its own xenophobia. Snow
Angels has been nominated for The Edgar’s Best First Novel.
What Lynne is reading
As you probably know, Paul Levine’s courtroom thrillers are among the best in the genre. His newest
reinforces that assessment. Illegal features hapless litigator Jimmy “Royal” Payne, who finds himself amidst a nasty immigration matter that he embraces to help Tino Perez, a 12-year old illegal who is on mission to
find his mother, who disappeared when she entered the U.S. In rendering assistance to Tino, Jimmy takes
on what is most likely the most difficult and dangerous case of his career. And, best of all, he doesn’t even
take the case on a contingency fee basis!
What Margo is reading
I started reading Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games at the suggestion of my daughter-in-law. Once I had this young adult title in my hands, I never put it down until I had finished. This compelling read is the story of Katniss, a spunky 16-year old girl living with her Mom and sister in what was once, Appalachia. But in this post-apocalyptic world it is now the poorest district of Panem, controlled by the Capitol. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them to each send one boy and one girl to the Hunger Games, a survivor game to the end. When her sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss steps in to go in her place. All of Katniss’ skills are put to the test as she finds herself in the middle of a terrifying hunt.