Friday, March 27, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers for March 27, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending March 27, 2009 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

For the third week in a row there was little change at the top of the bestseller list. A minor shuffling among the top 8 from last week is about all to report.

True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman

New this week in the 10th position is True Detectives, a new series by Jonathan Kellerman featuring LAPD detective Moses Reed and private investigator Aaron Fox who were introduced in Kellerman's last Alex Delaware mystery Bones. (Alex Delaware makes an appearance here as well.) Bound by blood but divided by troubles as old as Cain and Abel, Moses Reed and Aaron Fox are sons of the same strong-willed mother, and their respective fathers were cops, partners, and friends. Their turbulent family history has set them at odds, despite their shared calling. Usually they go their separate ways. But the disappearance of Caitlin Frostig isn’t usual. For Moses, it’s an ice-cold mystery he just can’t outrun, even with the help of psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis. For Aaron, it’s a billable-hours bonanza from his most lucrative client. Like it or not, Moses and Aaron are in this one together–and the rivalry that rules them won’t let either man quit till the case is cracked. A straight-arrow, straight-A student from Malibu, Caitlin has only two men in her life: her sullen single father and her wholesome college sweetheart, who even the battling brothers agree seems too downright upright to be true. Reluctantly tag-teaming in a desperate search for fresh leads, Moses and Aaron zero in on Caitlin’s white knight as their primary “person of interest,” hoping that, like most people in L.A., he has a secret side. But they uncover more than just a secret as they descend into the sinister, seamy side of the City of Angels after dark, populated by a Hollywood Babylon cast of the glamorous and the damned: a millionaire movie director turned hatemongering eccentric; a desperate Beverly Hills housewife looking for an exit from the fast lane; a heartthrob actor being eaten alive by personal demons; a hooker who’s probably seen it all ... and might just know too much. And at the center, a dead young woman whose downward spiral and brutal end loom over Moses and Aaron like an omen of what may come to be if the dark end of the street claims another lost soul.

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

Also new in the top 15 this week but debuting last week at number 18 is The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl. Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens’s untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens’s unfinished novel. But when Daniel’s body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel’s killer. Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel’s older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens’s final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens’s inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens’s lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.

On our bestseller page, we've added an icon next to every title that is available for immediate download onto the Amazon Kindle. To learn about this wireless reading device, visit the Amazon Kindle page for more information.

The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

The Associate by John GrishamThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonRun for Your Life by James PattersonNight and Day by Robert B. Parker

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  1. I love Jonathan Kellerman and can't wait to read his latest.

  2. I have to confess I had Jonathan Kellerman's book on my mind yesterday. I was discussing new mysteries with someone and she started talking about James Patterson's latest. I then mentioned Alex Delaware and a few minutes later, she looked at me and said, Are we talking about the same author? I had inadvertently mixed up Alex Delaware and Alex Cross in our conversation!


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