Susan’s Picks (Staff Favorites)
Susan’s Favorite Fiction
A Gentleman in Moscow
Life After Life
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep
In The Woods
The Signature of All Things
The Snow Child
The Rosie Project
Broken For You
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
Favorite Fiction with a Science Fiction or Apocalyptic Bent
Ready Player One
Favorite Fiction with a Fantasy Bent
The Bear and the Nightingale
The Girl in the Tower
The Eyre Affair
Shades of Grey
Susan’s Favorite Mysteries
One of my favorite books. Fast paced, clever, with wonderful dialogue.
Sheldon Horowitz widowed, impatient, impertinent has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.
Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.
AMERICAN BY DAY
A gripping and timely novel that follows Sigrid–the dry-witted detective from Derek B. Miller’s best-selling debut Norwegian by Night–from Oslo to the United States on a quest to find her missing brother
She knew it was a weird place. She’d heard the stories, seen the movies, read the books. But now police Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård has to leave her native Norway and actually go there; to that land across the Atlantic where her missing brother is implicated in the mysterious death of a prominent African American academic–America.
Refreshingly funny, slyly perceptive, American by Day is “a superb novel on all levels”
At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep–and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.
An English police procedural, with fun and witty dialog – and a good twist!
Manon has settled back into life in Cambridgeshire with her adopted son Fly. She’s perfectly happy working on cold cases until a man is stabbed to death just yards from the police station, and both the victim and the prime suspect turn out to be much closer to home than she would like. How well does Manon know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?
THE GODS OF GOTHAM
Timothy Wilde tends bar, saving every dollar in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams are destroyed by a fire that devastates downtown Manhattan, he is left with little choice but to accept a job in the newly minted New York City Police Department.
Returning exhausted from his rounds one night, Tim collides with a girl no more than ten years old… covered in blood. She claims that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of Twenty-Third Street. Timothy isn’t sure whether to believe her, but as the image of a brutal killer is slowly revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, the reluctant copper star is engaged in a battle that may cost him everything..
THE POISON TREE
A great psychological mystery!
With its hip London backdrop and expert pacing, Erin Kelly’s masterful debut, The Poison Tree, delivers all the way through to its shocker of an ending.
London, 1997. Karen meets exotic, flamboyant Biba and, spellbound, she moves into the crumbling mansion Biba shares with her enigmatic brother, Rex. Drugs and wine flow as Rex and Karen begin an affair, but their summer of freedom is about to end in blood. Ten years later, Karen and nine-year-old Alice pick up Rex from his stint in prison for murder. When old ghosts come calling, Karen will do whatever it takes to protect her family. She is a woman with everything to lose.
THE LAST POLICEMAN
Ben H. Winters
Winner of the 2013 Edgar(R) Award Winner for Best Paperback Original!
What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job–but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week–except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.
The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?
I loved the whole trilogy. The other two titles are Countdown City and World of Trouble