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The Book Doctors: Chills & Thrills

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With a chill creeping into the air, it’s that time of year. You want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors return to add some goosebumps to match the chill as you get ready for Halloween with their favorite mysteries and maybe a touch of horror. 

The books recommended on the show:

Jeffrey Anne Goudie:
Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois 
The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble
Haunted Kansas by Lisa Heitz

Kaite Stover:
This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong 
Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout 
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill 
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow 
Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Steve Paul:
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Mark Luce:
Some Things Fierce and Fatal collection edited by Joan Kahn
The Lodger by Marie BellocLowndes
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 
The Grifters by Jim Thompson 
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson 
The Dead Witness edited by Michael Sims

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
The Necroscope Series by Brian Lumley


  • Jeffrey Anne Goudie has been a freelance writer and book reviewer for 30 years. She has written columns for the Topeka Metro News and Topeka Capital-Journal.
  • Kaite Stover is the director of reader services for Kansas City Public Library. She is the co-editor of The Readers Advisors' Handbook and leads the KCPL/Kansas City Star FYI Book Club. She is the recipient of the Public Library Association’s 2012 Allie Beth Martin Award.
  • Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at The Kansas City Star since 1975, including a long stint as book review editor. Currently he's senior writer and arts/books editor, writing about culture, music, architecture, books and restaurants. He's the author (and photographer) of Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment and editor of "Kansas City Noir," a collection of contemporary short fiction to be published in October 2012. A native of Boston, he's an alum of UMKC and KCUR-FM and has talked about books on KCUR talk shows for the last 16 years or more.
  • Mark Luce is director of humanities at The Barstow School.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.