This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I can keep track! This week I'm looking at some very different mysteries...
Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Publisher: UK - Gollancz
Disguising herself with short hair and baggy clothes, Lily Bard has started over in the sleepy town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, where - working as a cleaning lady - she can sweep away the secrets of her dark and violent past... When Lily discovers the dead body of her nosy landlord, her plan to live a quiet, unobserved life starts to crumble. Lily doesn't care who did it. But as the unwanted attentions of the police chief and a suspicious community fall on her, she soon realizes if she doesn't unmask the murderer, her life might do more than crumble... it might end.
I've enhoyed Charlaine Harris Sookie books for years (although not as much now as I used to) and now with the success of True Blood, Gollancz are re-publishing some of her old stories including the whole Shakespear series. It sounds like a a cosy mystery with an edge - and I'm definitely up for checking it out!
The Devil Colony - James Rollins
Publisher: UK - Orion (December 2011)
Deep in the Rocky Mountains, hundreds of ancient mummified bodies are found. During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion. All the evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans. Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force, is called to investigate. He then joins forces with Commander Grayson Pierce.
James Rollins does some fun escapism stories which mingle science and some ancient mystery together. I always have fun catching up with Painter Crowe and Gray Pierce - and the rest of Sigma team!
Snuff - Terry Prachett
Publisher: UK - DoubleDay
According to the writer of the best-selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven. But not quite all...
I've long been a fan of the Discworld and I have to admit the Citywatch books are my favourite. I adore Sam Vimes, Carrot, Nobby and the rest - and the way Terry Prachett manages to merge satire with some intriguing mysteries as well.
What are you wishing for this week?