What we're reading in October 2008
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
It’s been four years since the last Dennis Lehane book and he’s put the time to excellent use in the research and writing of this absorbing, sprawling, historical epic. It’s period is during and after WW I and its setting is Boston as seen through the eyes of a young cop who is thrust into a violent stew of events that include cops, criminals, Bolsheviks, anarchists and other assorted characters and that culminate in the Boston police strike of 1919. The short story that serves as the prologue is in itself worth the price of the book.
What is reading
Cat Velis, a computer expert for a big eight accounting firm finds herself dragged into the search for a mysterious chess set lost since the 18th century in this rollicking adventure available once again after being out of print for several years. As the story switches back from the present to the 1790s we gradually learn of the mystical power of the missing chess pieces and the measures that were taken to keep the pieces hidden. In the present, we follow Cat's gradual understanding of what she's become involved in as she pursues the set.
What Judi is reading
Gold Dagger Award winner, Arnaldur Indridason following in the footsteps of Peter Robinson and Reginald Hill uses the same theme of death revealed by low water. A man’s body is found with a Russian spy device tied to his neck when a lake begins to lose water. The Draining Lake is a trip into the past, Iceland during the Cold War. No pun intended. If you like Nordic fiction this is one of the best.