Books Everywhere by Leigh Adams
Leigh Adams, author of Hostile Witness, shares the books that have become a part of her.
I have a problem.
I have a little stack of books on my nightstand, but I also have other stacks of books. The coffee table in my living room is piled high, end to end. One of the bedrooms on my second floor has five stacks of books, going up the wall from floor to ceiling. Then there’s my office, which, with the exception of my chair and worktable, has books instead of furniture.
It’s not just that I read a lot—I read a lot—but that I can’t throw out books, because anything I read becomes a part of me. But some books become larger parts of me than others, so here goes:
Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Sayers was one of the most popular authors of the Golden Age of detective fiction, and her series featuring detective Lord Peter Wimsey and mystery writer Harriet Vane rivaled Christie’s Poirot in fame. In this novel, Sayers used her own experience as one of the first women ever allowed to attend Oxford University to produce an academic mystery that takes on universities, the British class system, love and lust. And it ends with a smashing twist.
Nothing Personal, by Eileen Dreyer. Dreyer is a former ER nurse, and she brings her knowledge of how hospitals work and how crazy patients (and doctors) can get to this excellent medical thriller. Kate Manion is a trauma nurse who winds up in her own ICU without any memory of how she got there. Her investigation into how she got there snakes and plunges like an electrified pretzel.
Diamond Solitaire, by Peter Lovesey. This is actually the second in Lovesey’s Peter Diamond series. The first is excellent, but this one is both excellent and unusual in being more thriller than puzzle. Diamond, having resigned from his position at the head of the Bath CID, is hired by a famous Sumo wrestler to trace an autistic little girl who is first abandoned in a large department store and then kidnapped from the children’s home where she has been sent until she can be identified.
I’ve read every one of these books more than once. They’re worth it.
LEIGH ADAMS is the author of Hostile Witness (Crooked Lane Books; February 9, 2016). A former magazine editor, she lives in Connecticut, where she teaches at the college level. For more, visit crookedlanebooks.com.
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