Independent Mystery Booksellers choose MEPHISTO CLUB!

Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to being dismissed as just another one of those despised commercial thriller writers.  We aren’t considered serious artists, because we — well, we sell a lot of books.  And any book that sells well can’t possibly be worthwhile fiction, right? 

So it’s a lovely surprise to find out that the Independent Mystery Booksellers Assocation, a very selective group, has chosen THE MEPHISTO CLUB as one of its top five picks for September.  More about them:

 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 don’t really like rules, they created a category called “the one that nearly got away” to include books that fall outside that period.  Every selection is a gem that otherwise might have been lost among the more than 100 mysteries published each month.  

And here’s their review of MEPHISTO CLUB:

THE MEPHISTO CLUB by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $24.95), recommended  by AnneMarie Cox, Mysterious Galaxy, CA  Tess Gerritsen has done it again! Rizzoli is back. The story begins  with the funeral of a father. His son is taken in by family. The most  prophetic words are “Amy Saul had no idea what they were about to bring home with them.”  BOOM — twelve years into the future and bizarre  murders are beginning to happen. The only thing they have in common,  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.  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 a  wonderful, suspenseful thriller. I was enthralled from the first page!   There are several twists and turns and I had several ah ha! moments,  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:


DEAD CAT BOUNCE (Harper $14) by Norman Green

ART’S BLOOD by Vicki Lane

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield

22 replies
  1. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    big surprise-that independent mystery booksellers would single you out for recognition-they’re obviously intelligent entrepeneurs who know originality and quality-it could also be good karma

  2. JA Konrath
    JA Konrath says:

    It’s nice to be loved. It’s also nice to make a lot of money. But remember, true happiness comes from within. And that’s what you need to tell people who aren’t as rich or as loved as you are.

    Congrats, Tess! Both my wife and I are dying to read the new one.

  3. Jill James
    Jill James says:

    Tess, It’s not a surprise that new fans find you every day. I love all your books, can’t wait to buy the newest.

  4. Jenny K
    Jenny K says:

    Congradulations Tess!! It’s no big shock to me that your new book is a favorite. I’ve turned a lot of my friends onto your writing by lending them The Surgeon. It’s impossible no to get sucked into the Jane Rizzoli series, once you start you just can’t stop! So keep them coming! I can’t wait to read the new book, and hopefully get it signed by you when you’re at the Nashua,NH Barnes and Noble!

  5. wordworker
    wordworker says:

    Tess, this is wonderful news. I’m so happy for you! I thought of something funny when I read Jenny K’s comment. Blog-friends who come to a book signing will be real stress busters. We will never expect you to be able to remember our faces!

  6. saraddictive
    saraddictive says:

    hey tess!

    thats great news! if you remember me, i was the person whining non-stop that i cant get your books in australia. but today i went to k-mart, and i saw your book there! and it was 9th out of the top 10 books. congrats!

    of course, i stood there drooling over it, reading the blurb over and over again. i have to find a way to get some money to buy it! =]]

  7. NewMexicanAnn
    NewMexicanAnn says:

    Awesome, Tess! Congratulations! Okay, let’s throw a party for the whole blogsite! I’ll bring shortbread on top of a thin layer of chocolate as well as green chile tortilla roll ups.

  8. writeforlove
    writeforlove says:

    Yay! Can’t wait to read Mephisto! Congrats!

    (i apologize for excessive use of exclamation marks)

    ps- NewMexicanAnn, if we don’t have that party, i’ll take you up on the delicious food offerings- YUM.

  9. Eva
    Eva says:

    YAY! Congrats Dr G. Of course those of us who love your writing and you are not one bit surprised.
    I notice some people already have Mephisto! No fair I am still impatiently waiting. I also wish you would come to Montreal…

  10. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Yeah, Dr. G, bring your book tour to the south (Louisiana specifically) so us loyal fans down here can get a meet and greet too! And yes, MexicanAnn, that food would be great, mail me some haha.

  11. Tess
    Tess says:

    Thanks everyone for the congrats! I wish I could throw more than just a virtual party for everyone.

    and btw, in case you all didn’t know, JA Konrath’s book RUSTY NAIL was an IMBA top-5 pick in July!

  12. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    I sent every copy I owned of your books to my mother, who forwarded them on to my sister who forwarded them onto… This might turn into the Six Degrees of Cynthia. At anyrate, alot more people are discovering your work by word-of-mouth and I, for one, have been boasting about you for the last 3 years.

    That been said, when WILL you come to the Open Book in Greenville, SC for a book signing? *wink*

  13. Tess
    Tess says:

    whisper into your bookseller’s ear! My book tour is planned by my publisher, and they respond to bookstore requests for an author visit. I’d love to head down to SC!

  14. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    The Thirteenth Tale was actually the last book I just read (now, 5/7/07… I’m backreading)…

    It was an incredibly amazing book, and one that took me totally by surprise, because it goes in so many places you would never expect! MEPHISTO was in good company with this title!

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