Friday, September 19, 2008

Mystery Bestsellers for September 19, 2008

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending September 19, 2008 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Retaining the top spot this week is Devil Bones, the 11th forensic mystery featuring Temperance Brennan by . The mysteries in this series are the inspiration for the television series .

Exit Music by Ian Rankin

New on this list this week and coming in at number 7 is Exit Music, the 17th (and rumored to be final) thriller by Ian Rankin to feature Edinburgh Detective Inspector John Rebus. It's late in the fall and late in the career of Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand their interests. And as Rebus's investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history. Has Rebus overstepped his bounds for the last time? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, inglorious career, will Rebus even make it that far? Publishers Weekly states, "There's an appropriately wistful tone to this final entry in the series. Fans will miss Rebus and wonder what on earth he'll do in retirement." Ken Stott currently plays Inspector Rebus in a series of made-for-television movies available on DVD as .

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Also new on this list this week and coming in at number 12 is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the first thriller in the Millennium trilogy by , published posthumously. It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance ... and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism and an unexpected connection between themselves. Contagiously exciting, it’s about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives. M. Wayne Cunningham, writing for , called "Swedish noir at its best."

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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

Devil Bones by Kathy ReichsSilks by Dick Francis and Felix FrancisMoscow Rules by Daniel SilvaThe Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

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