Today’s load of Library Loot (an activity sponsored by Eva and Marg) includes a few leftovers and a few new ones. All the movies are new, but some of the books I might have mentioned in previous Library Loot posts.
I also forgot to put in the photo one of the leftovers, which is an American Library collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories that I primarily picked up for one reason: the short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” It is considered by many to be the first detective story and seems to fit in with my reading of Agatha Christie and also Arthur Conan Doyle.
The rest of the loot, pictured above, from top left to bottom right, are:
- Killer Weekend by Ridley Pearson, which is the first of a three-part series
- The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly, which continues my Michael Connelly obsession
- The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockheimer, which my wife actually picked up from the library for a book club the library is holding and which, she said, was good so I thought I might try to get to read also
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson, a Swedish author whose work I was introduced by a blogger, brenzi0408
- An Expensive Education by Nick McConnell, just because it caught my eyes especially comparing it to John le Carré.
- The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, the second Sherlock Holmes mystery, which I figured would be good after just finishing the first one, A Study in Scarlet
- Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman
- Defiance, starring Daniel Craig (picked this one up for the wife 😉
- Doubt, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman
- Snow Angels, starring Kate Beckinsale
- Killing Castro by Lawrence Block, another Hard Case Crime publication.
The second is one I just came across while browsing new books. Our library has a habit of getting the second and third in a series and not the first one. Here is yet another case. This time it’s Lynda La Plante’s Above Suspicion, the first of a series about Detective Inspector Anna Travis. I was intrigued by the cover, if for nothing else that La Plante wrote the scripts for the Prime Suspect series.
If you’ve never seen the series, I’ll leave you with a link to a trailer from Prime Suspect 2, one of my favorites.