Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Mystery of the Turkey Trot

Sitting around fighting off a tryptophan-induced snooze and not sure what to do with yourself? This morning CNN suggested that your average Thanksgiving dinner could be worked off with a brisk 20-mile walk. Alternatively--or, perhaps, in addition--you could curl up with a good book. And if it’s on topic, well, in a certain turkey-hazed condition, that might be just the thing.

If you need recommendations for Thanksgiving-related mysteries, ask the employees of your favorite independent mystery bookstore or your local librarian. Here’s a holiday reading list from the wonderful Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

The library does a fantastic Book Buzz section, which includes lists of date-appropriate reads for every occasion. Its rundown of Thanksgiving reads offers several crime-fiction selections--albeit mostly on the softer side--including The Ghost at the Table, by Suzanne Berne (Shannon Ravenel); Bitter Harvest, by Susan Bowden (Signet); Trap for Fools, by Amanda Cross (Trafalgar Square); both Hard Tack and Hard Christmas from Barbara D’Amato (Scribner); The Raven and the Nightingale, by Joanne Dobson (Bantam); The Thanksgiving Day Murder, by Lee Harris (Fawcett); Up Jumps the Devil, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central), and several others. The entire list can be found here.

Happy digesting! And have a wonderful day with family and friends ... and perhaps a good book.


Barrie said...

I was just thinking of themed book baskets. For eg., a basket with mysteries (or mysteries + other genres) to do with, say, holidays. This post would certainly help with that!

Ali Karim said...

Some interesting reads there, and most useful as I always find Dr Hannibal Lecter's menu of sweetbreads, liver, cranial meat all washed down with a 16% Italian Blood Red Amarone somewhat off putting as a supper treat.

Happy Thanksgiving all


Linda L. Richards said...

Gosh, Ali: mebbe I'll just stick with turkey and a nice pinot blanc, okee dokee? (And I'm *totally* off cranial meat this... uh... lifetime.