What we're reading in October 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 Kathy is reading
What is not to love about a woman who seduces and slays in the same night? That's one way to avoid that awkward morning after! Lawrence Block has some terrific series (Bernie Rhodenbarr, anyone?) and this new character is as hot as the summer of 2011!
What Richard is reading
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Archer Mayor's ensemble mysteries featuring Vermont cop Joe Gunther and his team are among the best of current police procedurals and Tag Man is among the best of them. A burglar is breaking into the homes of Brattleboro's wealthy taking nothing, eating some food and leaving a post-it saying only "Tag!". What seems to be a harmless prank soon turns deadly--the result of two intersecting plot lines that Gunther will have to unravel.
What Judi is reading
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The name, Arnaldur Indridason is not a household word but as more of his books are translated from his native Icelandic, his popularity has been growing. The best know of his books is Jar City. Now newly available is Operation Napoleon, a gripping tale of a major US WWII secret frozen in the glacial ice. When a long missing bomber is found, both German and American soldiers are on board. The attempts to both remove it and keep secret it's very existence puts many lives at risk. A thriller!
What Mary Alice is reading
I just want to get folks to read this wonderfully humorous series by Mark Schweizer that opens with The Alto Wore Tweed, features Hayden Konig (police chief, choirmaster, would-be mystery writer) and celebrates Halloween with the 9th caper-----The Countertenor Wore Garlic.
What Lynne is reading
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A delectable entree to a promising new mystery series. Poor Piper Donovan. She’s down on her luck as her acting jobs and romance dry up, so at last she makes that most humiliating decision—to move from New York City back to her parents’ place in New Jersey. Fortunately, Piper has a good relationship with her parents, and she also has the opportunity to assist her mother, who runs a highly successful bakery specializing in delicious and elaborate wedding cakes. Mysteries abound as Piper tries to discover what’s eating her mother and to solve the murder of a celebrity guest who volunteers at a local charity auction.
What Margo is reading
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Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, is a touching story about the Asian community in that city during the internment of the Japanese. Two young people, one Japanese and the other, Chinese, form a bond of friendship that defies the prejudices of that period. Fast forward 40+ years, and Henry, the Chinese American, looks back at that friendship and how that shaped his life. A beautifully written book!