The Internet version of the site is being temperamental for me, so I'll have to post my latest couple books by phone.
13. The Firm by John Grisham - on my TBR list from my old book club - the story of a poor but ambitious graduating law student who is heavily recruited by a prestigious firm in Memphis and begins to suspect that the high salary and cushy benefits really are "too good to be true" - somewhat predictable and over-the-top classic pot boiler but nonetheless suspenseful and entertaining at times.
14. By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman - eighth installment of the Tess Monaghan series - Tess is hired by an Orthodox Jewish businessman whose wife and children have disappeared - as the story proceeds Tess learns that there is more to the situation than meets the eye and also is dealing with some if her own personal issues - not so much whodunit but will they get away with it - I didn't like this one quite as much as the others in the series, mostly because of the insertion of the main antagonist's POV (somewhat necessary in this case but still annoying to get the catalogue of slights that justify the crime) - less blatantly Baltimore-centric than her last few books but still spot-on with the local references - my sister recently attended a mystery fans' event at which the author was one of the speakers, and she revealed that #12 will be out in 2015 which gives me a nice interval to work through the next three in the series.