Top Ten Tuesday #9



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

Today’s topic is:


(seems like a good time for it, since we are halfway through the year)

10.  The Orphan Train  by Christina Baker Kline


a She Reads book club selection

9.  Silver Linings Playbook    by Matthew Quick


needless to say, better than the movie

8.  The Bookseller  by Mark Pryor


7.  The Sandcastle Girls  by Chris Bohjalian


(can’t wait for his new one)

6.  The Lost Wife  by Alyson Richman


so sad

5.  The Orchardist  by Amanda Coplin


beautifully written

4.  The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult


her best so far

3.  The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow  by Rita Leganski


another She Reads book club selection

2.  The Prisoner of Heaven  by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


love this series- need to read again

1.  Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy


The Crypt Thief


17247985The Crypt Thief

by Mark Pryor

published by Seventh Street Books



It’s summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Père Lachaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison’s grave. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, and breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton.

One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy’s head of security—Hugo Marston—to help the French police with their investigation.

When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls?

Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyards but soon realizes that old bones aren’t all this killer wants. . . (from Goodreads)

My Review

I eagerly awaited the publication of Mark Pryor’s new book, which is the second Hugo Marston novel he has written.  The first-The Bookseller-I enjoyed so much! (here is the review for The Bookseller-  I love books about books, and thsis was a story about books, wrapped in a mystery.  I enjoyed Mr. Pryor’s style of writing and really liked his characters, especially Hugo Marston.  So, I sat down to read The Crypt Thief with high expectations.  I was not disappointed.  This story takes up soon after The Bookseller left off, with Hugo working as head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  There is a double murder in the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and Hugo, along with his friends, are on the case.  In The Bookseller, I learned all about the  bouquinistes, the booksellers with stalls around the Seine.  In The Crypt Thief, the topic of the famous cemetery is front and center.  I loved learning who was buried there (aside form Jim Morrison), about the Moulin Rouge, and the about the ancient tunnels running under the city.  If you enjoy a good mystery, along with some history and humor thrown in, I recommend this (along with the first) book by Mark Pryor.

Rating- 4 out of 5

Chemin Errazu of cementery Père Lachaise

Chemin Errazu of cementery Père Lachaise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The grave of Edith Piaf (1915-1963) i...

English: The grave of Edith Piaf (1915-1963) in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Svenska: Fotografi föreställande Edith Piafs (1915-1963) grav i Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The grave of Moliere at the Pere Lach...

English: The grave of Moliere at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris 20th. Français : La tombe de Molière au cimetière Père Lachaise à Paris dans le 20eme arrondissement. Deutsch: Das Grab von Moliere im Pere Lachaise Friedhof in Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Monday! What are you reading? #6


3Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books I finished-


This week I finished The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett.

Reviews I posted-

I posted reviews for Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Currently Reading-


I am currently reading The Crypt Thief by Mark Pryor, which is the second Hugo Marston book.  I posted a review for the first-The Bookseller here-

Up Next-

I am hoping to get to The Book of Secrets, but my daughter took her Kindle back to read The Elite, darn it!  If I can’t lay my hands on it, I will read Beyond the Storm by Joseph Pittman.

The Bookseller

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The Bookseller

by Mark Pryor

published by Seventh Street Books


Max—an elderly Paris bookstall owner—is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy, looks on helplessly, powerless to do anything to stop the kidnapper. Marston launches a search, enlisting the help of semiretired CIA agent Tom Green. Their investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold?

On the streets of Paris, tensions are rising as rival drug gangs engage in violent turf wars. Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Though the police are not interested in his opinion, Marston is convinced the hostilities have something to do with the murders of these bouquinistes.

Then he himself becomes a target of the unknown assassins.

With Tom by his side, Marston finally puts the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the past with the present and leading the two men, quite literally, to the enemy’s lair.

Just as the killer intended.

(from Goodreads)

My Review

This debut novel by Mark Pryor has been my favorite book of 2013 so far.  This is a captivating mystery set in Paris that centers on books and world of the bouquinistes, the booksellers with stalls around the Seine.  Hugo Marston work at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  During a day off, he stops at the stall of a friend, the elderly Max Koche.  As he is returning to purchase something from Max, he witnesses his abduction and off we go on an amazing adventure.   I can not believe this is a debut novel.  I thought the writing was very good, and was impressed with the descriptions of Paris.  I enjoyed learning about the history of the booksellers.  The characters were nicely developed and I am really looking forward to knowing more about them.  I definitely would recommend this book.

Rating- 4.5

a "bouquiniste" by the Seine, in Par...

a “bouquiniste” by the Seine, in Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)