The New Girl

I just got back from a book group meeting at a nearby Barnes & Noble and feel a bit excited to have found a group which I think might be a good one, and at the same time I feel a bit out of sorts as I’m the new girl. I’m so used to being one of the long-time members of my book groups that it’s kind of hard to join in a new one.

Anyway this is a mystery book group and it seems like they read all across the board (thrillers, cozies, etc.) as long as it’s in the mystery section. The only thing is that I believe they don’t necessarily read the first one in the series. Now, that’s going to be hard for me as I’m all about reading a series in order. My book group in Dallas had a definite rule about this so it fit me perfectly. Still, I’ll try to remain open-minded about this. heh.

Next month they’ll be reading The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees. Sounds intriguing.

While I was at the bookstore I noticed that they had their classics on sale – buy two get the third free. Oh I was so tempted to buy some. I have started collecting those B&N editions but I refrained. Of course, I’ll be thinking about that sale all night so I may go back later this week.

Finally, I wandered around the mystery section to see what new books I could add to my wish list and I found a few. If you’ve read any of these let me know what you thought.

  • The Fourth Man by K.O. Dahl. Publisher’s Weekly says: Little is as it seems in Norwegian author Dahl’s U.S. debut, which features a tangled web of art theft, blackmail, torrid sex and double crosses. Sounds good and it’s set in a cold country. This would be good for making me forget about the heat in Texas!
  • Mind’s Eye by Hakan Nesser. Publisher’s Weekly says: World-weariness in a detective is well and good—but what if it ends up costing innocent victims their lives? That’s the predicament in which Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren finds himself in this moodily affecting mystery, the first to appear in Nesser’s native Sweden but the third to be published in the U.S. Yep, another Scandinavian mystery series I want to read.
  • High Marks for Murder by Rebecca Kent. English scenery, a finishing school and maybe a ghost? This sounds like a fun cozy.

Alright, I’m off to do some reading.

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