Antiques Mysteries

Consigned to DeathSince recently discovering Jane Cleland, she has become one of my favorite authors. Cleland’s main character is Josie Prescott, who is an antiques dealer as well as an amateur detective. Cleland has written four books in this series so far. Her first book in the series is Consigned to Death.  I love mysteries written as a series. This series is particularly interesting and humorous.

Lions, Tigers and Murder!

Next Kill-This mystery is somewhat predictable, but fun. The behind the scenes look at zoo operation is interesting. The story relates the dedication of zoo staff, and the amount of work involved. All in all, it’s a fun read.


You kept me guessing all the way through, Stephen Carter.

The Overlook by Michael Connelly

The OverlookIn The Overlook, Harry Bosch investigates the death of a doctor killed on the Mulholland Drive overlook.

Mysteries in History

AlienistI love to read historical mysteries.  I don't know if this began when I read Caleb Carr's The Alienist for the first time or with my discovery of Anne Perry's William Monk series, but the fascination hasn't dimmed.  Most people who read in this genre are attracted to a particular historical era and some of my favorite settings include Victorian England, post-World War I Europe, and Ancient Rome.  In just the World War I category are great authors like 

Sweetness and Poison

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie sweetness at the bottom of the piehas won the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, and it is a delicious read. Flavia de Luce, a brilliant eleven year old, lives in a faded mansion belonged to her declining aristocratic family.

Finger Lickin' Good!

Just finished Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. I love this series, not so much for the mystery, as for the hilarious characters and the mishaps that befall, Stephanie Plum, an inept but spunky bounty hunter in Trenton, NJ.

Murders that give you the munchies!

Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke, and narrated by Suzanne Toren. 

True Blood Obsession

Dead and GoneI'm a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse paranormal mysteries by Charlaine Harris.  Her latest - Dead and Gone - was released in May and the new season of True Blood, airing Sunday nights on HBO, started on June 14.

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