Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 18, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News.
Strange things are afoot upon the St. Louis bestseller list this week. All of our old favorites, including Go the Fuck to Sleep and The Help, have disappeared. In their place are tales of dastardly doings: scheming, murders and fixing up nasty old houses. And Cleopatra: A Life, which has most of those elements except the fixing up nasty old houses part. (Though we're willing to bet that Cleo probably had some flair for home decorating.) Put on your deerstalker hats, folks. We're off to prowl through the early autumn rains -- which probably deter visibility as well as any London fog -- to solve the mystery.
Well, let's see. Bouchercon, the world's largest mystery and crime convention, blew into town on September 15. It was a chance for mystery and crime writers to meet their fans, for the fans to buy lots of books for the writers to sign and for everyone to drink vast quantities of bourbon (or so an informant told us). We haven't checked area hotel registers or the amount of bourbon consumed at downtown bars, but the fact that Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton were two of the featured speakers and The Sookie Stackhouse Companion and Hit List, the latest in the Anita Blake series, are this week's top two bestsellers seems to bear out our deduction.
We're not quite sure where Cleopatra fits into all this, whether the book is a thriller or a cozy mystery or maybe something with paranormal elements. We'll get back to you. (Also on why so many mystery and crime novels seem to have two-word titles.) Meanwhile, full lists after the jump.
1. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris 2. Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton 3. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 4. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben 5. Fatal Fixer-Upper by Jennie Bentley 6. Shards: A Novel by Ismet Prcic 7. The Adjustment by Scott Phillips 8. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand 9. Live Wire by Harlan Coben 10. Face Time by Hank Philippi Ryan
1. Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham 2. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown 3. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 5. Shelter by Harlan Coben 6. You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown 7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 8. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder 9. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 10. Who's There on Halloween? by Susan Hagen Nipp, Pamela Conn Beall and Charles Reasoner