What we're reading in January 2013
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
A man is killed and set out to sea in a lifeboat in bitter Icelandic waters. A teenage girl is slashed to death during a church service in a venerable cathedral. How could these two murders be related? It is Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy who has the unique skill set and background to find the connections. Well-written, with intriguing characters, this first in a planned series had me hooked from the prologue onwards.
What Margo is reading
Elizabeth and Darcy have been living happily at Pemberley with Jane and Bingley, as neighbors nearby. On the eve of their annual ball, Lydia, the disgraced Bennett sister who has been barred from the estate, arrives. Hysterical, she shrieks that Wickham has been murdered. What follows is a delicious whodunit exquisitely written in Austin’s unique style. P.D. James has captured the period and setting with such great precision that this new addition to the Austin-like line up is sure to please both James and Austin fans.
What Judi is reading
Shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, with compromising photographs sounds promising for a start and is, in this newest Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks novel by MLB's all time favorite, Peter Robinson.
Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team.
As Banks digs deeper into the life and career of the victim, he comes to believe that the murder may be linked to an unsolved missing persons case. Six years earlier, a pretty nineteen-year-old English girl named Rachel Hewitt made national headlines when she disappeared without a trace in Tallinn, Estonia.
What Richard is reading
Connolly brings to the fore all of his storytelling powers and his adept use of the supernatural, in this thrilling entry in the Charlie Parker series. A plane discovered crashed deep in the Maine woods and the accompanying cash are the plot device that Connolly uses to explore the nature of evil and the means of combating it. Riveting from page one.