A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending February 18th, 2011 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
Though The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson remains atop the list, last week's featured title, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, in only its second week, moves solidly into the top 4.
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Debuting last week at number 16 and moving up to number 9 this week is the third mystery with 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley.
Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer had abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? Had it something to do with the weird sect who met at the river to practice their secret rites? While still pondering the possibilities, Flavia stumbles upon another corpse—that of a notorious layabout who had been caught prowling about the de Luce’s drawing room.
Pedaling Gladys, her faithful bicycle, across the countryside in search of clues to both crimes, Flavia uncovers some odd new twists. Most intriguing is her introduction to an elegant artist with a very special object in her possession—a portrait that sheds light on the biggest mystery of all: Who is Flavia?
As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.
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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:
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