Three books plus a pamphlet. One of the books is a hold-over from Left Coast Crime, one bought as a result of a Friday Forgotten Books post, the other new from a favorite publisher.
Death Rides the Zephyr by Janet Dawson [Perserverence Press 2013 trade paper, purchased new] – mystery. I enjoy mysteries with a train setting, whether they are on, in or have a railroad background. This is tagged a thriller, but Dawson’s discussion of it on a panel at LCC convinced me to buy it. The book dealers at the con ran out of this one, so I got it at the book store when we got back. This one doubles as an historical mystery, as it takes place in the 1950s.
Redheads Die Quickly by Gil Brewer, edited by David Rachels [University of Florida Press 2012 trade paper, purchased new] – mystery short story collection. I bought this one as a result of reading Sergio Angelini’s excellent March 28 2014 Friday Forgotten Book post on The Vengeful Virgin by Gil Brewer. Late in that post he says:
“[…] the first-ever collection of Gil Brewer short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (edited by David Rachels) has now come out, and it includes the first-ever authoritative list of the author’s short stories. It includes 25 stories, all published in the 1950s – for a complete listing of the contents, click here. It is now available from the University Press of Florida”
How could I pass that up? Thanks for that great post, Sergio. I admit that the darker noir stuff, some of which may be found in the collection, are not greatly to my taste, but I’ll read this a story at a time, here and there amongst other books, and plan to enjoy it when I do.
Nothing Is Impossible by Edward D. Hoch [Crippen & Landru 2014 limited edition hardcover, purchased new] – mystery short story collection. The latest Hoch collection by the short story publishing specialist, this is subtitled “Further Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne” and has fifteen stories plus introduction and a Sam Hawthorne checklist.
“A Slight Mistake” by Aaron Elkins [Crippen & Landru 2013 pamphlet, gift of publisher] – mystery short story. This 6 page short story originally appeared in EQMM, and was published in this format in honor of Malice Domestic’s awarding Elkins a Lifetime Achievement award. I’ve read most of Elkins’ Gideon Oliver novels and enjoy them.
I finished Jeffrey Sigel’s Murder in Mykonos and have ordered up the second book in the series from the library. It’s just arrived. I read Death Before Compline by Sharan Newman (see my review here. The seven very entertaining short stories gathered here were initially written for various themed. I like Newman’s writing and need to get back to her series, the first two of which I have read, some years ago. I also finished Zoo Station, a WW II spy novel by David Downing, the first in his series of books about John Russell. I’m currently about a third of the way through The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel, the book on which the recent film was based. So far it’s very interesting.
Barbara finished June Gilliam’s House of Cuts, which she said was “okay”. She followed that with The Beautiful Mystery, an Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny, then went straight on to the latest in the series, How the Light Gets In and finished that. We’re both eager for Penny’s new one, which comes in August.
What new did you get, what have you been reading?