Check out some great ‘whodunits’
1. “Done For a Dime” by David Corbett ($13.95). Corbett is a former private investigator who worked on many high profile criminal and civil cases in San Francisco. He writes gritty detective stories in the style of noir fiction. “Done For a Dime” is set among the bars and jazz clubs of a Northern California town where small-time crime and big-time corruption collide. Corbett is also the author of “The Devil’s Redhead.” He will appear at The Book Seller on Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
2. “Full Dark House” by Christopher Fowler ($24). Arthur Bryant and John May spent 50 years together in the London Police Department’s Peculiar Crimes Unit. When a bomb kills the 80-year-old Bryant, May goes back to the notes of their first case in a search for the killer’s identity. This is Karen’s favorite of the year!
3. “Amber Room: The Fate of the World’s Greatest Lost Treasure” by Catherine Scott-Clarke and Adrian Levy ($26). The disappearance of the Amber Room is one of the great real-life mysteries. The amber panels, sent as a gift in 1717 to Peter the Great, were installed in his palace in Russia. Hidden from and later discovered by the Nazis during World War II, the precious amber has not been seen since. This is a story of intrigue, Cold War espionage and a priceless lost treasure.
4. “Shadows on the Coast of Maine” by Lea Wait ($6.99). August in Maine. Perfect for relaxing and antiquing, and that is what Maggie Summer plans to do when she visits an old college friend who’s restoring an 18th century house. But when a teenage girl turns up dead on the property, Maggie must dig for secrets in a close-knit town resentful of outsiders.
5. “Little Scarlett” by Walter Mosely ($24.95). The best Easy Rawlins mystery yet is set just after the Watts Riots of 1965. A man is pulled from his car by a mob, escapes into a nearby building and allegedly murders a redheaded woman known as Little Scarlett. Now he has disappeared and the police need Easy’s help to find answers in a community distrustful of the police.
6. “Unlucky in Law” by Perri O’Shaughnessy ($25). Tahoe lawyer Nina Reilly has moved to the Monterey Peninsula. When her old boss asks for her help to clear a luckless felon facing his third-strike, she is drawn into a battle of forensic science and secrets dating back to Tsarist Russia.
7. “Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail” by Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden ($14.95). Visit Bolivia and you can tour San Pedro prison, known for its rooftop marijuana garden and luxury cells. Young did that and his guide was McFadden, a convicted drug smuggler. They struck up a friendship and Young stayed on to interview him and learn more about one of the strangest places on earth.
8. “Death at La Fenice” by Donna Leon ($13.95). The Book Seller staff is hooked on Leon’s “Guido Brunetti” series. The Venice police commissario is investigating the murder of a world-famous conductor who died during intermission at the La Fenice opera house. Leon writes intelligent mysteries in which Venice is the star.
9. “Day of the Dead” by J.A. Jance ($23.95). The Last Chance is an exclusive group of former cops and forensic scientists who look into unsolved murders. When Sheriff Brandon Walker retires, he joins the ranks of The Last Chance and discovers that his own department mishandled a brutal murder case at the onset of his police career. Was the botched investigation intentional?
10. “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko ($15.99). Moose Flanagan and his family have moved to Alcatraz where his father works as a prison guard. It’s 1935 and the inmates include none other than Al Capone who works in the prison laundry. But the biggest trouble comes in the form of the warden’s daughter. This is a fun read for young adults about the notorious prison called The Rock.
Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. The Book Seller is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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