A Winter Night’s Read

With the chilly, fog-swept nights here in Marin County, nothing beats a good regional mystery. That’s why I’m reading Marcia Muller’s latest Sharon McCone novel, Locked In, set in San Francisco. Call it “soaking up the atmosphere,”  it sure beats channel surfing. The book begins with a bang—literally—when McCone is shot and critically wounded  by an unknown assailant. Shades of Hitchcock. She’s helpless, bedridden, can’t speak or move…can only communicate via eye-blinks. Few authors would dare put their series character in shackles like this, but Muller seems to thrive on the challenge. Nice job here.

Managing Editor Jim McMenamin gave me his copy of Bangkok 8 by John Burdett, so that’s on deck, although it ain’t regional to me. I received an Advance Reading Copy of Burdett’s new novel, The Godfather of Kathmandu,and it’s a  mind-blower. Now I’ll have to go back and read all his others.

Speaking of regional, Zoom Street will be featuring a round-up of books about Northern California to celebrate our recent relocation. Stay tuned.

Now you’ll have to excuse me, I’ve got some reading to do.