What We're Reading...
I'm all tangled up in the intrigue of David Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, the new Lisbeth Salander novel. This continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is a far cry from being just another literary curiosity.
I've just gotten around to reading Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, the winner of the Edgar award 2015. King takes a break from the supernatural with this hard boiled, catch me if you can, thriller. The second book in this trilogy, Finders Keepers, was recently released.
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart takes place in 1914 New Jersey and centers around Constance Kopp - a woman who towers over men and has no interest in domestic affairs. When her family is threatened, the sheriff enlists her help. It's quite an adventure based on the true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson is about a woman who lives with a recurring dream - the trouble is that she can't figure out which part of her world is real. The story takes place in the 1950's and makes great references to books and cultural trivia of the time.
Just finished William Finnegan's excellent Barbarian Days, a surfing memoir by the longtime New Yorker staff writer who kept that passion largely a secret until now. Well written, thoughtful, exotic in its locales, it will speak to anyone who has wondered about the worthiness of an obsession.
Also reading Kathleen Ernst's fascinating A Settler's Year in advance of my chat with Kathleen at Mystery to Me September 17. It's a window into the life of early Midwest immigrants with terrific photos by Loyd Heath.
Finally, I intend to reread a classic chiller, William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel, copies of which recently arrived at Mystery to Me. It is one of a handful of my favorite crime/mystery/thriller novels ever written. Made into a movie called "Angel Heart": with Mickey Rourke and Robert DeNIro, but the book is better!
Note: Doug is now at the store on Wednesday from 3 to 7. Stop by and say hello.
I’ve recently read the next C.S. Harris: When Gods Die. The first in the series is What Angels Fear. This is an interesting historical series set in London in the Regency period. The books are full of rich historical detail and are well written with good character development. Anyone who likes historical mysteries will like this series. Susanna Calkins who was at the store recently was the one who turned me on to Harris. Speaking of Susanna, I just finished her second book - From The Charred Remains. This is a fun historical series set in the Restoration period of London at the time of The Great Fire. These books are great for immersing into the time period and imagining what it might have been like to live in that period of time. Both series provide enough detail that allow readers to travel through time.
Andrea and Victoria are both celebrating birthdays this month - and both have been traveling. We'll hear more from them next month!