Well, Chanukah is over and there's 15 days to Christmas. Kwanzaa and Boxing Day will follow that. Are you set? No? O.k., well here's another recommendation for you!
Meredith Cole, who released her second Lydia McKenzie novel this year, is offering up today's recommendation. She is rather fond of Laura Lippman's WHAT THE DEAD KNOW. Here's why she thinks WHAT THE DEAD KNOW would make a great holiday gift this year:
"I read Laura Lippman's series and enjoyed it, but her first standalone WHAT THE DEAD KNOW floored me. It's one of those books that you devour quickly, but can't stop thinking about afterwards. The book haunts you. It's a creepy story about two girls who disappeared one day in a shopping mall and were never seen again--until one day a woman shows up and claims to be one of the missing girls. It was inspired by a true story that happened near where my husband grew up. Lately I've found myself recommending the book to both men and women, some of them mystery readers, and everyone has had a similar reaction to my own. This book would make a wonderful gift."
An excellent choice from Meredith Cole. Thank you Meredith!
For my recommendation today, I'm choosing Michael Lister's DOUBLE EXPOSURE. This was one of my favorite reads of 2009. I have been enjoying Michael's John Jordan series for awhile now, but DOUBLE EXPOSURE was quite a departure from that series. He uses unique style, builds strong momentum and simply drives this suspense novel all the way to the final page.
That's it for this week, but I have some special tidbits to throw your way next week to wrap up the series and help you with any final gifts you might need to pick up.
And just as a little reminder, don't forget that this is supposed to be a season of love, a season of kindness and giving. Seems like in the rush and stress of everything, we forget that. Be kind to others. Do something nice for someone you don't know: hold the door, smile, say 'thank you.' Even those little gestures can mean a lot to people and they cost us nothing.
Happy Reading, Everyone!