Books to Die For edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke

Modern day mystery writers dish on their favorite mystery novels.books

That’s pretty much the gist of Books to Die For. With its setup, this compilation is a great introduction for the mystery reading novice.  Avid mystery readers will probably enjoy the book as well, and get ideas for more books to devour.

Latter day novels and older classics get their due – and the fact that the reviewers are well-known authors themselves makes this a worthwhile read.  You’re not just getting book reviews so much as recommendations of favorites.  Also, if the reviewers happen to be favorites of yours, you get to see, somewhat, what makes them tick, what has inspired them, etc.

This book got my vote when I noticed that Donna Tartt’s A Secret History was one of the entries – and expounded upon by no less than Tana French.  That’s what I like to see – books not typically considered mysteries are occasionally included in here.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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