Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Literary Monday - 5/28/12

Meant to post my recent reading list yesterday but got distracted by company:

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Charlie is a freshman in high school whose best friend killed himself the previous summer.  Almost by accident, he becomes friends with a group of open-minded seniors who accept him for what he is and encourage him to become involved in life and not just stand on the sidelines observing.  At the same time, he is mentored by a teacher who recognizes and encourages his intelligence.

The coroner's lunch by Colin Cotterill - Dr. Siri Paiboun is a septuagenarian who has recruited to be the national coroner of Laos, even though he has no experience performing autopsies, since all the rest of the intelligentsia have crossed the river into Thailand.  When presented with two high profile cases, Dr. Siri manages to solve the mysteries with the help of his two unusual morgue assistants, the chemistry teacher at the local high school, and some outdated medical textbooks.

Death wore white by Jim Kelly - It's a "locked room" mystery that takes place in cars!  Several automobiles are stranded on a Norfolk road in a sudden snowstorm.  One of the drivers is discovered to have been murdered but there are no other passengers in the vehicle and no footprints leading to or away from the car.  So whodunnit?

The given day by Dennis Lehane - I wasn't sure if I was going to like this historical novel about the failed Boston police strike of 1919, but it's so much more than that.  Great characters, fascinating history, plenty of sub-plots, tragedy and triumph.  This is a stand-alone historical, not part of his mystery series, from the author of "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island."  Lehane has another historical novel coming out this summer.

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