Mystery

P.D.James

I used to read all of P.D. James’ novels, but for some reason got into reading other authors and hadn’t gotten back to her. So I was a bit dismayed upon hearing about her death recently at age 94. She wrote 18 titles, which were very popular.  One of them, The Children of Men, was made into a movie in 2006. So I’m resolved to re-read her mysteries as I remember how much I enjoyed them. And it will be my own little tribute to her.  Have any of you read her novels? Do you have a favorite?

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Serial: With Season One Over, What’s Next?

for serial listenersI, along with many other Serial podcast listeners, downloaded the final episode of Season One this morning with excitement…and a feeling of loss.  This story has captivated me and I’m still not sure I’m ready to let go, even after listening to the final episode (Okay, I listened to it twice.

Bones!

I’ve been watching the Bones TV show and really enjoying it. So I decided to research the mystery series that the show is based on. The author is Kathy Reichs and her heroine is Dr. Temperance Brennan. Just like Ms. Reichs, Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist. So the novels involve a lot of skeletons being found in odd places and Dr. Brennan helping to solve the case with her mad science skills. I haven’t read any of the books yet, but the first in the series is Deja Dead. Has anyone read the series? Are the books as good as the TV show? 

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Turkey Day Mysteries!

Here's some mysteries that have Thanksgiving Day settings. Enjoy!

Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meierroast turkey


The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
by Krista Davis

Fatal Feast
by Jessica Fletcher


A Catered Thanksgiving
by Isis Crawford

 

Iron Lake

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A customer was checking out some books the other day by William Kent Krueger and she was telling me that she loves his books. She had been eagerly awaiting his newest work and she encouraged me to read them. So I started to investigate him. He writes novels set in rural Minnesota and the stories often involve regional history and the local Native American tribes. The first in the series is Iron Lake. Have any of you read his books? If so, what did you think?

 

Watch and Read!


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I’ve been spending time watching Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. First they were doing Agatha Christie mysteries and that was great of course. Then they started the Inspector Lewis mysteries, which are inspired by Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series. Next they’re running Death comes to Pemberly. So you can watch and then get the book from us, or you can read the books, and then watch the series on demand or DVD. Either way, check these out as they’re all good. 

 

The Complaints

I just finished reading Ian Rankin, a brand new author for me. His book, The Complaints, is set in Scotland and the hero, Malcolm Fox, is an officer who investigates other police officers. In the US, such departments are called Internal Affairs, but in Scotland, they’re called Complaints. Just like in the US, they are not popular with their fellow officers.

Reading Harry Bosch

I've been continuing with the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I've made my way through Darkness More Than Night, City of Bones, Lost Light, The Narrows and finally The Closers. I've enjoyed each one. In The Closers, Harry comes out of retirement to join the Open-Unsolved unity. Basically, they take on cold cases. There's a new chief of police and he's cleaning up the department. He wants Harry on the team, but he won't stand for any nonsense. Of course, you know Harry's bound to get into some trouble! He's working with this old partner, Kiz Rider. They start working on the case of Rebecca Verloren, murdered at age 16 in the year 1988. New DNA evidence has provided a lead and they're off to solve the case. Along the way Harry finds some departmental corruption and as I said, he gets in trouble. 

 

The Long Way Home

This is one of my favorite mystery series, partly because of the beautiful Canadian settings, but also because of the personality of Armand Gamache and the other characters.

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