What we're reading in June 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 Judi is reading
It doesn’t take a brilliant detective to figure out that the newest Brunetti tale has something to do with glass making. Titled Through a Glass Darkly this is a side of Venice and Murano never seen by tourists. When a night watchman is found dead in front of a blazing glass furnace, his copy of Dante’s Inferno by his side, Brunetti goes to investigate but the small ultra-insular island where everyone not born there is a stranieri, only slowly and reluctantly releases its secrets. As multilayered as the Venetian fog itself, as subtle a Titan painting and as brilliant as sunlight on the Grand Canal. And don’t miss the glass shows through out town.
Don't miss Donna Leon at MLB on Monday, June 18.
What Kathy S. is reading
Sarah Strohmeyer is back and she hits this one out of the park! If you don't laugh out loud, you need medical attention. Seriously. Fans of The Cinderella Pact or the Bubbles series will be thrilled with her latest. It's about a woman, and the wrong man, and the right man, and the best friend who outshines them all. It's about finding yourself while you're trying to find your prince. This is THE book for women and the people who love them. The men who have read the ARC agree--love and laughter have a new champion, and it's Sarah.
Sarah will be our guest at a Coffee & Crime Breakfast on Saturday, June 23.
What else Kathy S. is reading
Sarah Strohmeyer, author of the fabulous Bubbles series, goes stand-alone and it's fantastic. For every woman who has a friend - or lucky enough to have more than one. For every man who wants a glimpse into the female mind. It'll make you laugh and think and it'll probably teach you a little something along the way. But MOST of all, it'll make you happy you read it. Now in paperback.
What Mary Kathryn is reading
This was the first Crusie book I ever read, and now I own all of hers- even the romances! Great characters, great dialog and black lace underwear in the opening scene. I mean, what more can you ask for the perfect summer read? If you've already read this one, make sure you didn't miss any, including Don't Look Down, her joint effort with Bob Mayer.
Jenny and Bob Mayer will join us on Sunday August 26 with their latest collaboration, Agnes and the Hitman.
What Mary Alice is reading
Alex Kava doesn’t miss a beat switching from series to standalone in this thrill-a-minute novel with a heart. A bank robbery goes horribly wrong putting a convicted killer, his sister and his nephew on the run, leaving a trail of bodies behind. The dynamics within this trio—plus their hostage, a best-selling thriller writer—are at the heart of this novel that features equal parts thrilling chase and psychological insight. A gift for summer reading are the books by Kava.
Alex Kava will be at MLB on June 27 at 7 pm. More>
What Lynne is reading
It’s hard to believe that Andrea Camilleri is already on the eighth book of his Inspector Montalbano mystery series, but, mind you, I’m not complaining. As always, I devoured this Camilleri book in one sitting, as you will, too. The Patience of the Spider finds Montalbano recovering from the gunshot wound sustained in Rounding the Mark, but life—more specifically, crime—intervenes, thrusting the inspector back into action. When a university student is abducted, Montalbano takes on the case himself because he wants to make sure it is handled properly. The clever plot and deft translation from the Italian make Patience of the Spider a must-read for the season. Bravo, Camilleri!
What Richard is reading
A sparkling and original debut in which a flock of sheep investigate the murder of their beloved shepherd George. Yep, you’re going to have to buy into talking sheep but after all, George did read to them every night. Unfortunately, he read them mostly romance novels so the sheep have a somewhat unbalanced view of human life in which women mostly named Pamela are constantly fighting off the advances of mustachioed men named Rodney. Once you make that leap you’re in for a treat as each, led by Miss Maple—the wisest of them—makes their own contribution to solving the puzzle. Swann’s cleverness in translating the nature of sheep into their behavior as sleuths is a marvel and I was truly sorry to come to the end of this totally captivating book.