Thursday, September 17, 2009

What to Read Next

Megan Abbott's "Bury Me Deep" (Simon and Schuster) is the best of her four books so far, no mean feat, that. It's based on the true story of Winnie Ruth Judd, who became infamous in the '30s as the Trunk Murderess. Megan captures the flavor of depression-era Phoenix beautifully, and supplies a plausible (fictional) solution to the question of whether Winnie did it and why. But the real triumph of the book is Winnie's fictional stand-in, Marion Seeley, and her intense relationships with the two women who will end up in those notorious trunks, and with Joe Lanigan, a wealthy businessman who charms the step-ins right off her.

So go to your local independent bookseller and buy the damned thing already.


  1. It's odd you should title today's post, "What to read next." The book I have to start in on when I ride home from work today is COTTONWOOD. I expect you're familiar with it.

    I'm getting tired of people telling me how good BURY ME DEEP is. I'm just going to buy it and read the damn thing.

  2. You won't regret it. "Cottonwood," on the other hand....

  3. BURY ME DEEP is a great piece of writing and it was fun to read Ms. Abbott's interpertation of one of Phoenix's more notorious and colorful criminals.

  4. Scott you have hit this one on the head! Megan is pitch perfect in all ways! Long may she write!