What we're reading in November 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 Richard is reading
Evan Delaney is a tough cookie that’s a pleasure to watch. Although Evan is a lawyer and writer she can more than hold her own against the bad guys when her dad’s life is on the line. Gardiner’s clever mix of first person narrative by Evan with third person passages with other characters delivers a powerful combo of introspection and action in this compelling read. Ironically, this series that Stephen King has praised is published only in England.
What else Richard is reading
Zugzwang is an extraordinary historical thriller that takes its title from the position in chess where no matter the moves you make, you lose. St. Petersburg 1914 is the setting as psychoanalyst Otto Spethmann quite suddenly finds his comfortable life turned upside down with the his arrest on the eve of a major international chess tournament in which a key player is a patient. Political currents as well as romantic ones course through this absorbing book, which captures Russia on the eve of war and revolution.
What Kathy is reading
If you're a fan of The Colbert Report, his first book - with a special DVD - is a must have. If you're not, well, it's about time you get with the program. Rarely has a writer or performer stayed so firmly in character and so adeptly skewered the character he plays. He calls it the way he sees it - without letting the facts get in the way. This is the perfect gift for a tough-to-buy-for man or woman on your list.
Incidentally, the bonus DVD is not included in this edition.
What Mary Alice is reading
Pick up this paperback and give yourself a post-Halloween treat! This is the third in Elaine's Mystery Shopper series, and it's got everything you want in an engaging read. Set in St. Louis, it's about a designer who is dying to get to Manhattan - because the snobs have her convinced it's the ONLY way to make it. You'll enjoy finding out otherwise. You'll also enjoy the way Elaine weaves women and their relationships into this series. Top notch.
What Judi is reading
An elegantly written page-turner, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox is a seductive tale of family lies and secrets. Maggie O’Farrell’s fourth novel is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell’s writing in its complex characters and psychological edginess. Iris Lockhart’s quiet life is blown apart with the shrill ringing of the phone and will never be the same. She is called to retrieve her great aunt, Esme from the Cauldstone Home for the Mental Insane as it is being closed soon. The problem is that Iris has never heard of her great aunt, Esme nor is Iris prepared to take her into her home. What happens over the next few months of their lives together is an absolutely fascinating, haunting story.