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What we’re reading: Emily Arsenault and Fred DeVecca share picks


Friday, September 01, 2017

When it comes to pleasure reading, Shelburne Falls mystery writers Emily Arsenault (“The Leaf Reader”) and Fred DeVecca (“The Nutting Girl”) have a few favorite books and writers of their own. Steve Pfarrer got their reading recommendations while interviewing the authors recently – here are their picks.

 

Emily Arsenault:  “I read a lot of fiction. I like character-driven stories with some suspense. I’m reading more YA titles as well. One book I read recently that I really liked was ‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng. It’s a mystery about a family, about how the death of one member upends the others; it has some elements of suspense.”

Arsenault has also long been a big fan of the work of Margaret Atwood, particularly “The Blind Assassin” and “Cat’s Eye.”

 

Fred DeVecca: “I’ve always loved the classic detective stories by Raymond Chandler. Two contemporary writers I like are Lawrence Block and James Lee Burke.”

Burke’s earlier books in particular, says DeVecca, especially those involving his fictional character Dave Robicheaux, a sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana, “have a strong spiritual element… they’re very emotional, very lyrical.”

Finally, he adds, “Don Winslow is one of the best contemporary crime writers and ‘The Cartel’ continues his sprawling, violent and atmospheric chronicle of the Mexican drug trade, which he began in the equally good ‘The Power of the Dog.’ ”