NYTBR 25 April 2010: Biography of Muriel Spark, New Crime Books

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the 25 April 2010 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

(1) After reading Charles McGrath’s review of Martin Stannard’s Muriel Spark: The Biography:

  • Martin Stannard’s Muriel Spark: The Biography
  • Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

(2) After reading Jacob Silverman’s review of Brad Watson’s new book Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories:

  • Brad Watson’s 2002 novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, The Heaven of Mercury
  • Brad Watson’s new book Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories

(3) After reading Marilyn Stasio’s “Crime” column, the following mysteries  (4 of 4, a record):

  • Jesse Kellerman’s “stunning” The Executor
  • Ariana Franklin’s A Murderous Procession
  • Declan Hughes’ City of Lost Girls, whose hero, the private eye Ed Loy, “has a strong work ethic, doesn’t take himself too seriously and has the wit to appreciate a good comic-book store.”
  • Peter May’s Freeze Frame, which brings the reader “back to the golden age of detective fiction, when stout men in club chairs puffed on after-dinner cigars as they pondered brain-teasing puzzles involving timetables and exotic poisons.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


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