WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, by Laura Lippman

For those of us who appreciate a beautifully-plotted mystery, Lippman can be one of the answers to "what shall I read next?". Nothing showy - no handsome upper-crust heroes, no gilded settings, no flights of literary fancy to set your writerly heart bouncing around - Lippman produces a solid, subtle, totally-human tale of two sisters and their loving parents in a Baltimore suburb. The centerpiece of the novel is a kidnapping, and what happens to a family. Spanning nearly three decades, the tale is crafted like a piece of Chippendale furniture, without flaws. The plotting, and the end game, are superb. Do I give too many 5's? Well, here's another one.