Staff Picks: June 2011

The Snowman

The Snowman Book Cover

A little boy in Oslo, Norway, wakes up to find a snowman in his front yard and his mother missing. Veteran detective Harry Hole is called in to solve the puzzle. Soon, a pattern is discovered and more bodies turn up. What sounds like a formulaic murder mystery is absolutely gripping when told by Jo Nesbo. He is a Norwegian author, often compared to Steig Larssen, but I found this book to be better than any of the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" books. It is very well-written with many twists and turns which will keep you turning pages well into the night.

The Peach Keeper: a novel

The Peach Keeper: a novel Book Cover

This latest novel by Allen features Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, North Carolina. The magical realism found in Allen’s other novels remains, along with a little bit of romance, and a little bit of history. The story revolves around the “The Blue Ridge Madam,” a mansion in the Blue Ridge Mountains once belonging to Willa Jackson’s family. An old classmate of Willa’s, Paxton Osgood, has restored the mansion and plans to open an inn. When a skeleton is found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property, a secret history involving both Willa’s and Paxton’s families is unveiled.