More Library Loot

library-loot.jpgI really wasn’t planning to stop at the library again so soon after last week’s visit but I had to stop in to pick up a book for my next mystery book group meeting, and well I couldn’t very well leave without checking out the new books shelf right?

The book on hold was The Automatic Detective by A.Lee Martinez. I honestly had no idea what this was about and was curious why the detective on the cover had a red face and there were flying cars in the distance. According to Publisher’s Weekly: this is a delightful, fast-paced mishmash of SF and hard-boiled detective story. The detective is a robot! Okay. A bit different from my usual books but I’ll keep an open mind.

Anyway, here are my other finds:

  • The Vicious Circle: Mystery and Crime Stories by Members of the Algonquin Round Table. How’s that for a title? Here’s a collection of crime fiction featuring stories by Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, Geroge S. Kaufman and other members of the group.
  • A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux. From Publisher’s Weekly: Chilean author Subercaseaux’s intense and engrossing novel (the first one to be translated into English) delves deeply into the troubled psyche and marriage of a woman dying of cancer. In the last months of her life, 46-year-old Clara Griffin, the reserved, childless, well-to-do wife of architect Clemente Balmaceda, begins a fictionalized journal that her husband will secretly read and agonize over.
  • This Is A Bust by Ed Lin. Author Ed Lin, turns the conventions of hard-boiled pulp stories on their head by exploring the unexotic and very real complexities of New York City’s Chinatown, circa 1976, through the eyes of a Chinese-American cop.
  • Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan. I read this author’s memoir, Shutterbabe, and had to pick up the book when I saw it on the shelf. This novel is about a woman who becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a childÒ€”shocking revelations about April’s mother, Adele.

I really don’t know how I’ll manage to finish any of these, and I envision “renewing” some of these before they are due back but I just had to bring them home with me. Have you read some of these? What did you think?

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