Need a cozy mystery to curl up with on these grey, cloudy afternoons? I suggest the beltway capers of Margaret Truman. Murder at the Library of Congress brings you into one of our grandest institutions on the National Mall and plunges deep into the stacks of jealousy, rivalry and revenge.
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Danny Elfman’s moody music for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is reimagined on Nightmare Revisited with a diverse group of artists including Korn, Amy Lee, and the Yoshida Brothers. My favorite tracks are those with an international flair, such as Rodrigo y Gabriela’s take on “Oogie Boogie’s Song”.
Cathleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup:
When playboy Vicky Rai shot doctoral student Ruby Gill in the face and neck in front of fifty witnesses, all because she refused to serve him a drink, the nation gasped. Later, when Rai was acquitted, riots broke out. So it is no surprise that he himself is murdered at the very party he throws to celebrate his release. When the guests are searched, six separate individuals are found to have guns in their possession: a dim-witted American tourist, an ambitious politician, a Bollywood star, a primitive tribesman, a cell phone thief, and a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Ghandi. Each has a secret, and each had just as good a reason to want Rai dead. In his follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, author Vikas Swarup casts a fascinating story of mystery and vengeance. One by one the characters are revealed, but the pieces won’t fully come together until the shocking end.
Brenda Blethyn portrays Grace Trevethyn, a newly-widowed housewife who resorts to cultivating marijuana to make money. With the green thumb and street-savvy of her handyman, played by Craig Ferguson, Grace’s life becomes an exhilarating and madcap adventure in her picturesque British hometown. If you like Weeds, check out Saving Grace.
One man’s fight for his little boy’s honor turns into a national obsession in David Mamet’s The Winslow Boy. Loosely based on an actual case, this Edwardian drama is less about courtroom and more about character. Are some costs too high, even if fighting for what you believe is right?