Friday, June 09, 2006

Mystery Hardcover Bestsellers (06/09/2006)

Mystery BestsellersA list of the top ten mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending June 09, 2006 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Not much change at the tops of the charts. However, there are always a couple of new mysteries on the lists including ...

Dead Watch by John SandfordFrom John Sandford, a new political thriller, Dead Watch. Early morning, Virginia, and a woman is on the run. Her husband, a former U.S. Senator, has been missing for days. Kidnapped? Murdered? She doesn't know, but she thinks she knows who's involved, and why. And that she's next. Hours later in Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends. Winter will have to use all his resources not only to prevail but also to survive. And so will the nation. Kirkus Reviews states, "Not as tightly woven as Sandford's best, but reliable thrills with some unexpected political overtones from a pro's pro."

Undead and Unpopular by MaryJanice DavidsonOn a much lighter note, vampire queen Betsy Taylor is back in Undead and Unpopular, the 5th mystery in this series by MaryJanice Davidson. Betsy already has plenty on her plate. For one thing, next week is her birthday -- the big 3-1 in human years, and one in undead years. (Yes, she bit the dust on her birthday last year.) On top of that, she still has wedding plans to finalize -- and it’s not helping that the prospective groom is avoiding anything to do with it. And then there’s her decision to stop drinking blood -- something she has yet to share with Eric Sinclair, her fiancĂ© -- who also happens to be the vampire king. So the last thing she wants to deal with is uninvited guests, even if they happen to be the powerful European vampires who have finally come to pay their respects the week before her birthday. Some of them don’t want Betsy as their queen and will do anything to get rid of her.

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