What we're reading in March 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 Judi is reading
A carjacking goes from bad to horrifying in Hayder's gripping fifth thriller featuring Bristol Det. Insp. Jack Caffery and Sgt. Phoebe "Flea" Marley. Each have their own theories and go off in different directions. A vagrant known as Walking Man with whom Jack has a special connection, tells him, the kidnapper “is cleverer than any of the others you’ve brought to me.” Flea Marley puts herself in extreme danger by diving alone in an abandoned railway tunnel. Many suspects, many victims but only one very surprising assailant.
What Lynne is reading
In Blacklands, Belinda Bauer conjures up an absorbing mystery featuring disappearances on the moors and psychologically twisted characters that only Ruth Rendell or Minette Walters could love. If you like literary psychological mysteries, this one’s for you.
What Margo is reading
Fans of Dorothy L. Sayers are in for a treat. Jill Paton Walsh seamlessly continues the Sayer tradition in her series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and his wife, detective novelist, Harriet Vane. She has cleverly set the scene for The Attenbury Emeralds in the early 1950’s post-war era. Bunter is back (with his Mrs.), Lord Peter’s sons occasionally pop up, and Lord Peter’s mother, the Dowager Duchess makes appearances. Add to this, an intriguing case of missing emeralds (of historical import and relating to Peter’s first case thirty years ago), and you have a terrific read.
What Mary Alice is reading
For all who love a richly detailed historical puzzle, you will be spellbound when reading 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 defying them, weaves a tale totally absorbing.
What Richard is reading
You must read Michael Gruber’s The Good Son. Gruber is a great storyteller and by that I mean not only a writer or novelist but one who can spin out stories that keep you absolutely riveted, dying to know what happens next. The Good Son is full of them in a tale about a woman who ran away from the circus and married a Pakistani; about their son who fought the Russians in Afghanistan and then joined the US Army; about the terrorists who kidnapped her and found they had a tiger by the tail. This is a book just too good to miss.
What Kathy is reading
What a great surprise to discover this 1997 book by Jennifer Crusie, re-released in paperback. She calls it her 'screwball comedy'. I call it a great way to spend a winter afternoon. If you like well-drawn and unique characters, and witty repartee, with some romance despite everyone's pure intentions, you will enjoy this book. Perfect for travel or to help with cabin fever!