Friday, August 28, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers for August 28, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending August 28, 2009 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Not much change at the top of the list this week with The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson retaining the top spot for the fourth straight week. Two new titles debut this week.

Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson

Entering the list in 10th position is the 15th thriller in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, Alex Cross's Trial. Separated by time ... From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written--a novel called Trial. Connected by blood ... As a lawyer in turn-of-the-century Washington D.C., Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his home town to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse. United by bravery ... When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town's black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror--but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart.

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

Coming in at number 14 is 206 Bones, the 12th mystery in the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct ... Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy -- and the case. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was found in the woods, and then a third. Seamlessly weaving between Tempe's present-tense terror as she's held captive and her memory of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs conveys the incredible devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as this complex, riveting tale unfolds.

The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg LarssonThe Defector by Daniel SilvaDead and Gone by Charlaine HarrisInherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

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