Friday, September 21, 2007

Mystery Bestsellers for September 21, 2007

Mystery BestsellersA list of the top ten for the week ending September 21, 2007 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Dexter in the Dark by Jeff LindsayNew this week on the bestselling mystery books list: by . This 3rd entry in the series has crime scene investigator Dexter Morgan's happy existence turned upside-down when he is called to a particularly disturbing crime scene at the university campus. Dexter’s Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him) immediately senses something it recognizes, something utterly chilling, and the Dark Passenger—mastermind of Dexter’s investigative and homicidal prowess—goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he’s being hunted by an adversary more sinister than anything he’s ever faced. Dexter must summon his sharpest investigative powers not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate—and truly understand—his Dark Passenger. (MBN note: The Dexter Morgan character has also been adapted for a series on Showtime simply titled . A DVD set of Season 1 as well as individual episodes may be purchased from .)

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen, author of the Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles mysteries, has a stand-alone thriller new on the list: . Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil–human, female, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. Flashing back to 1830 , medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local “resurrectionists”, those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market to pay for his education. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect. Kirkus Reviews states that this old mystery crossed with a modern story "entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes."

Dead Heat by Dick Francis and Felix Francis and his son Felix Francis have written a new mystery that also debuts on the bestseller list: . Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the Two Thousand Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first classic race with a day to remember. Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name-and himself-before it's too late. Kirkus Reviews calls Dead Heat "engaging" and adds, "[the] durable Max is a worthy addition to Francis's gallery of racetrack detectives."

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