What We’re Reading This Weekend: Up-All-Night Crime Fiction

From left: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Live by Night and The Last Good Man

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updated 07/25/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 07/25/2013 AT 4:45 PM ET

Sometimes sleep isn’t even an option until you find out whodunnit.

Tell us what you think of the books that have our staffers hooked – and let us know what you’re reading.

Betsy Gleick, Executive Editor
Her Pick: The Cuckoo’s Calling by John Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

I’ve been completely sucked in by Rowling’s new book (written under a pseudonym) – I wish it weren’t too heavy to carry on the subway every day. As if we didn’t know it already, the woman knows how to tell a story. And this one is just fun, an old-fashioned detective tale about the suicide – or was it murder? – of a London supermodel. The hero, Cormoran Strike, is a rundown, former British military police investigator in desperate need of personal and professional redemption with this case. Somehow, I think he’ll get it.

Tatsha Robertson, Senior Editor
Her Pick: The Last Good Man by A. J. Kazinski

As the crime editor at PEOPLE, I’m fascinated with schemes and puzzles and seeing how the good guy catches the bad one. What’s great about this story is the possibility that there’s something supernatural amiss. Thirty-four humanitarians around the globe have been murdered, all found with strange fiery marks across their backs. If legend is correct, two more people will die. No one really wants to deal with this creepy occurrence – except Niels Bentzon, a Copenhagen police officer who’s trying to beat the clock to save the the last two, and humanity. It’s a smart Scandi thriller that will keep you reading.

Samantha Miller, Features Editor
Her Pick: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Ben Affleck is directing and starring in a movie version of this gangster thriller, and I can’t wait to see to see it onscreen. Set in the Prohibition era, Live by Night follows a young, whip-smart gangster from his start on the Boston streets to the sweltering melting pot of Tampa, Fla., where he makes it big as a rumrunner and crime boss, falls in love with a Cuban woman and battles the Ku Klux Klan. The movie could be a tropical version of Boardwalk Empire – with epic romance, great Cuban music and Panama hats.

Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. See last week’s love stories and reread our chat with author Anne Lamott.

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