What we're reading in February 2007
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
The Virgin of Small Plains is a pitch-perfect rendition of life in a small town under the strain of events kept hidden for years. And, it is nominated for an Edgar award as the best mystery book of 2006! It is the best in our view and you do not want to miss it. Nancy Pickard sustains a crackling suspense from the opening truck crash to the stories of January 23, 1987 and the impact of those events on the tiny town’s professional leaders and their families. In between the gorgeous country, a vicious tornado and lingering love are delivered with the sure grace of a gifted writer. A winner here.
What Kathy O. is reading
Steve Berry brings back Cotton Malone and the gang from The Templar Legacy in his newest novel, The Alexandria Link. Cotton learns that his son has been kidnapped - the intent being to force Cotton to reveal the Alexandria Link, which could lead to the unearthing of the hidden knowledge of the Library of Alexandria. Berry leads Cotton, his associates and friends, AND the reader on the usual fast-paced whirl through countries and clues, all leading to the climactic standoff. As usual, Steve Berry delivers an entertaining read, with plenty of twists and turns, and a smattering of history and legend thrown in.
What Richard is reading
A man released from prison on a technicality; the cop who put him there; both on a collision course. That’s the quick summary of Blauner’s compelling crime novel that alternately follows the two protagonists: enemies united by a singular event twenty years in the past. An extraordinary, sometimes heart-breaking novel of missed opportunity, random chance and choices we make without realizing their consequences.
What Kathy S. is reading
This book was nominated as a Best Mystery by RT. Is now out in paperback. If you haven't read the latest Melanie Vargas, do it now so you're ready for the new book, coming in March. In this book, Melanie finds herself trying to solve a crime set in a posh private school, where money rules all, and ethics take a far second behind power. This is a wonderful series, and the characters are so well crafted, you feel as if you know them. After one book, you'll find yourself putting Michele Martinez on the top of your list of authors to watch.
What Judi is reading
Right wing politics, talk show radio, homeless advocacy groups, illegal use of prescription drugs, and it all lands in the lap of Gregor Demarkian, retired FBI agent. Did I forget to mention the nuns and the Nobel Prize winning academic? In Jane Haddam’s newest novel, Hardscrabble Road, this unusual mix of villains and the vilified makes for great reading.
What Judy is reading
George Mason is an appeals court Judge with a lot on his mind. With his wife's cancer, a tough appeal with links to his past and now a threatening stalker - he is a bit distracted. Turow uses a spare style to illustrate the conflicts within and without the Judge and the court and George becomes more real after each page. It I fascinating to see the reasoning behind the decisions, I never really thought about how the decisions are made and this book brings the methods to light.