Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to being dismissed as just another one of those despised commercial thriller writers.Â We aren’t considered serious artists, because we — well, we sell a lot of books.Â AndÂ any book that sells well can’t possibly be worthwhile fiction, right?Â
So it’s a lovely surprise to find out that theÂ Independent Mystery Booksellers Assocation,Â a veryÂ selective group, has chosen THE MEPHISTO CLUB as one ofÂ its top five picks for September.Â More about them:
Â Who better to pick the best mystery books of the month than the people who run mystery bookstores?
Each month, the 60 quirky stores that make up IMBA submit their favorite recent reads to a rotating editor who then trims the list to five. The general rule is that the book must be published within a three month period. However, since mystery booksellers donâ€™t really like rules, they created a category called â€œthe one that nearly got awayâ€ to include books that fall outside that period.Â Every selection is a gem that otherwise might have been lost among the more than 100 mysteries published each month.Â Â
And here’s their review of MEPHISTO CLUB:
THE MEPHISTO CLUB by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $24.95), recommendedÂ by AnneMarie Cox, Mysterious Galaxy, CA www.mystgalaxy.com:Â Tess Gerritsen has done it again! Rizzoli is back. The story beginsÂ with the funeral of a father. His son is taken in by family. The mostÂ prophetic words are “Amy Saul had no idea what they were about to bring home with them.”Â BOOM — twelve years into the future and bizarreÂ murders are beginning to happen. The only thing they have in common,Â for now, is the signs left at the crime scenes. The funeral scene is the first time that you are introduced to the evil that is about to be unleashed.Â You very rarely meet The Beast, in fact throughout the book you only hear his voice seven times and all in back stories. Tess has spun aÂ wonderful, suspenseful thriller. I was enthralled from the first page!Â Â There are several twists and turns and I had several ah ha! moments,Â but it’s not until almost the end of the book that you actually meet The Beast and hear his story. A subplot is the tale of Rizzoli’s parents and how she tries to deal with them, her husband and daughter. This subplot balances out the horror of The Beast with its humor of the typical family with all its bumps and bruises.
Their other four top picks for September:
47 RULES OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE BANK ROBBERS by Troy Cook
DEAD CAT BOUNCE (Harper $14) by Norman Green
ART’S BLOOD by Vicki Lane
THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield