What we're reading in January 2011
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
Michael Koryta departs from his previous detective fiction to pen an absorbing ghost story for grownups set in French Lick, Indiana--yes, the birthplace of Larry Bird. But before there was Larry Bird there was a spa and two magnificent, rival hotels from the late Victorian period that are the setting for this wonderful story. I'm not going to go into plot but suffice it to say that there is evil abroad in the land, a malign spirit that wishes to come back and a somewhat hapless hero who must somehow rise to the occasion. A compelling, sometimes scary, story.
What Judi is reading
With the return of Inspector Ian Rutledge, Charles Todd, really a mother and son writing team, has returned to the first series that made him so popular. The Red Door focuses on the woman who lived in an isolated small village home with a brightly painted red door circa 1920. Inspector Rutledge is called upon to solve not only the strange disappearance of a well-known missionary/writer but the unrelated murder of the woman as well. But as we all know so well they are not unrelated and there in lies the tale of The Red Door.
What Lynne is reading
Lovers of historicals set in antiquity are in for a treat with this novel of the Roman Empire, as the subtitle advertises, casts us back into history as we follow newlyweds Ruso and Tilla in Britannia. The honeymoon ends abruptly when theft and conspiracy intrude. What’s that they say about history repeating itself?
What Kathy is reading
Having grown up in the 60s, I always enjoy stories set in that turbulent decade. Set the Night on Fire, by Libby Fischer Hellmanm, examines how the actions of a group of college students in the late 60s impact on their lives and the lives of their loved ones in the present. A young woman loses her family in a suspicious fire and, as she escapes further dangers, finds that the threats are rooted in the demonstrations at the Chicago Democratic Convention. Who among the surviving group of friends from that time can be trusted and who has betrayed his ideals, and his friends?