Two fat anthologies and a slender tween/YA sf story this time. My reading has been very scattered.
Bibliomysteries edited by Otto Penzler, mystery short story anthology. Very enjoyable.
• “An Acceptable Sacrifice” by Jeffery Deaver deals with a Mexican drug lord with a taste for rare books.
• “Pronghorns of the Third Reich” by CJ Box deals with a man who believes himself wronged and seeks a book collection in order to square things.
• “The Book of Virtue” by Ken Bruen is next. Told in the first person, it deals with an inheritance that consists of a single book.
• “The Books of Ghosts” by Reed Farrell Coleman was a very interesting story. The Book of Ghosts is about a legendary book written in a Nazi Concentration Camp.
• “The Final Testament” by Peter Blauner is a nice piece of historical fiction dealing with Sigmund Freud!
• “What’s in a Name?” by Thomas H Cook relates the story of a world where WWII never took place. In this alternate history, a man is trying to publish a controversial book.
• In the “Book Club” by Loren D Estleman, the prolific author’s hero is a former detective turned bookseller!
• “Death Leaves a Bookmark” by William Link deals with a certain Lieutenant Columbo, who likely needs no introduction!
• In “The Book Thing” by Laura Lippman, the author writes about a real-world bookstore where all books are free.
• “The Scroll” by Anne Perry deals with a scroll found inside an old volume from an estate sale, which has very strange properties…
• “It’s in the Book” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins. Yes, it’s a Micky Spillane story.
• “The Long Sonata of the Dead” by Andrew Taylor finds two old foes running into each other at the London Library…
• In “Rides a Stranger” by David Bell, a man discovers that his father may have written a rare book…
• “The Caxton Lending Library” by John Connolly deals with a most unusual library in a most unusual place.
• “The Bookcase” by Nelson DeMille tells of a man who died when his heavy bookcase fell on him. Was it an accident, suicide, or murder?
Bibliomysteries II edited by Otto Penzler, mystery short story anthology. Fifteen more mystery stories featuring books. I don’t have the contents on the one, but though slightly weaker than the first volume, still very enjoyable.
Space Hostages by Nicholas Fisk, science fiction YA novel. A “space ship” or “flying saucer” lands on the green of a small British village. Out steps… a human. He’s a test pilot who has stolen the experimental craft, and he has an agenda.
The village children are fascinated, and when he offers them a look inside they scurry to the loading platform and are lifted up. But instead of returning them to the village green, the ship takes off, destination unknown. The children are space hostages. This is a pretty simple tween/YA science fiction story. Probably left to those readers.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?