Thursday, October 20, 2011

Under Cover #3

Time to check in and see what our detectives are reading lately!

Kristen Kittscher:
To unwind from revising this week, I’ve been reading Agatha Christie’s CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS. I don’t know how I possibly missed any Hercule Poirot mystery, let alone this one. It would no doubt have been shelved as YA had they had that bookstore section in 1959. Set at a girl’s boarding school, CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS has a little bit of everything: secret identities, suspicious teachers, hidden jewels, international conspiracy. Who can resist Hercule Poirot being hired by a clever student in hopes he can save the day? The characters are not particularly well-developed in this tale, but the boarding school atmosphere makes this a fun one, nevertheless. 

Elisa Ludwig:
I'm reading an ARC of RED RUBY HEART IN A COLD BLUE SEA by Morgan Callan Rogers, due out in January. This is technically an adult novel, but it's told from the point of view of a young teenager whose mother goes missing. The book is set in 1960s rural Maine, and the prose and the dialogue are gorgeous. I'm about halfway in and the mystery aspect is almost secondary to the emotional impact of the loss, but I'm curious to see where this goes and if we ever learn what happened.

Diana Renn:
I'm taking a vacation from reading kidlit mysteries this week, and I'm venturing down the Amazon into Ann Patchett's STATE OF WONDER. Patchett is one of my all-time favorite authors, and so far this book does not disappoint. Pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to collect the remains and personal effects of her colleague, a friend who died in a remote Amazon village under very mysterious circumstances. To do this, she has to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, whom Marina's friend had been working for.  It's an adventure with plenty of mystery on the side, and a host of intriguing ethical questions, including the fact that Dr. Swenson is developing a drug to help women conceive into old age. I'm so engrossed in the story and the setting, I'm willing to follow Patchett as far into this wild premise -- and the jungle setting -- as she'll take me. I'll even put up with the creepy bugs! 

We are giving away a copy of VANISHED by Sheela Chari and a copy of WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE by Tess Hilmo! To enter the contest, simply comment on any of the Sleuths Spies and Alibis posts between Wednesday October 19 and Monday October 24. Contest closes October 24 at midnight, EST. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 29. One comment = one entry in our drawing; limit one per day. 

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