What we're reading in September 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
I read this with such sadness, as it is truly the final installment of the Aurelio Zen series. Michael Dibdin died this year and it is probably one of his best. It opens with Zen on assignment in Calabria, separated from his beloved Venice and also his wife, forced to eat bowl after bowl of pasta with the hateful southern invention, tomato sauce. Truly, could life become more unbearable? Dibdin captures the feel of this ancient and cruel culture; it’s hardships and impenetrable code of silence.
What Kathy S. is reading
Every year, fans eagerly await their return to the world of Troubleshooters, Inc. Force of Nature is the 11th book in Suzanne Brockmann’s series, which began in 2000 with "The Unsung Hero". This time, fan favorite FBI agent Jules Cassidy returns to assist new Troubleshooter and former Florida cop Ric Alvarado try to infiltrate a terrorist's operation. Jules, who is openly gay, continues to struggle with acceptance at the FBI and his feelings for a Hollywood actor who isn't ready to come out. This series has evolved from romantic suspense to closer to thriller status with each book. This is one that I start reading as soon as it hits the store!
What Richard is reading
A splendid twist on the serial killer novel that brings together Minneapolis cop Archie Sheridan, Gretchen Lowell, the
killer that captured and tortured him before releasing him and a young reporter writing a story about Archie and his latest case--a serial killer abducting high school girls. Not for the squeamish but an exciting and unusual novel for those who like the genre.