What we're reading in October 2010
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 Margo is reading
When I began reading John Lawton’s A Lily of the Field I thought he had abandoned his wonderful aristocratic copper, Inspector Freddie Troy because the first half of the book reads more like a fascinating historical novel than a mystery, set in Vienna, prior to the Nazi takeover and stretching to London by way of Los Alamos. The seemingly disparate stories are, however, interwoven into a complex mystery in the second half as Troy looks into the murder of a polish painter suspected of being a Russian sleeper agent. This will be a fascinating, unconventional read for those interested in the beginnings of the Cold War.
What Lynne is reading
Always prepared to commemorate a holiday by linking it with murder, Meier, in timely fashion, tackles Halloween. Series heroine Lucy Stone, a small-town Maine resident, investigates a murder involving witches and necromancy. Just in time for Halloween, Meier delivers this cozy with seasonal atmosphere perfect for getting into the proper holiday frame of mind. After you’ve been introduced to this first-rate series, you’ll be sure to greet any holiday with some trepidation. In Wicked Witch Murder, as in the other series books, there is no trick—only treat.
What Judi is reading
My Soul To Take, Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s second mystery been nominated for The Shamus Award. Thora, lawyer and single mother, is hired to investigate a new age health resort for the owner. Is the farmland where the resort was built haunted or is the owner as kookie as Thora thinks? When not one but two employees are found murdered and the owner is the prime suspect, Thora must delve into the history of the area to clear her client. Yrsa’s ability to present us with dramatic descriptions of Iceland’s beauty, detailed but not tedious Icelandic customs and history and good old-fashioned mystery is not to be missed. Put her on your list for sure!
What Kathy is reading
Whether or not you plan to attend the dueling marches on October 30th, you're not going to want to miss the latest tome from the genii who write for The Daily Show.
What else Kathy is reading
If you don't laugh out loud at least once, you need to make sure your heart is still beating.
What Richard is reading
I'd like to get more folks reading Mark Billingham. He writes an excellent series that features London detective Tom Thorne. Thorne is a talented detective, beset by many personal demons but surrounded by a cast of supporting characters who do their best to keep him moving forward. In Death Message he receives a picture of a murder victim on his cell phone and a complex plot soon unfolds that centers on a man whose wife and daughter were victims of a hit and run