Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers

Here are the fifteen top-selling mystery books for the store in 2008.The best seller is the first book in a series by Julia Spencer-Fleming, based on an ex-army-helicopter-pilot-turned-Episcopalian-priest, who solves crimes in a small upstate New York village with the local police chief, and perhaps some canoodling -- or thoughts thereof -- ensues. Two of the other authors on the list are people I used to work with, which I think is particularly exciting: Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs series (based in post-WWI London), and Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 series (a contemporary sleuth who is an English professor at a college just north of New York City). As with the fiction titles noted earlier, most of these authors have additional books that can help you to pass the bleak midwinter hours in Portland.

In the Bleak Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming
In the Woods, Tana French
Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
Heartsick, Chelsea Cain
The Coroner's Lunch, Colin Cotterill
An Incomplete Revenge, Jacqueline Winspear
The Last Kashmiri Rose, Barbara Cleverly
The Salaryman's Wife, Sujata Massey
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008, edited by George Pelecanos
Suffer the Little Children, Donna Leon
Borderline, Mark Schorr
Murder 101, Maggie Barbieri
The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Alexander McCall Smith
Ratking, Michael Dibdin
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for recommending these! I ordered In the Woods by Tana French, Borderline by Mark Schorr and The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King. I already read Best American Mystery Stories 2008. I liked the Hugh Sheehy story (Invisibles) a lot. I liked the story by Kyle Minor (ADay Meant to Do Less) so much that I bought his whole book In the Devils Territory. Not what I expected (not all mystery stories) but a big great surprise. Maybe a favorite book of the year.

    Keith Walls


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