Mystery

The Forgers

When I read The Forgers by Bradford Morrow, I expected something along the lines of John Dunning’s Bookman series, a bit light hearted, with lots of insight into the rare book collecting industry. This was a bit different, slow moving, but with lots of character development and psychological insights. It starts off with a man, Adam Diehl, dying slowly in the hospital after a brutal attack. It seems Adam was a forger, something his sister, Meghan, struggles to deal with. Her boyfriend, Will, tries to help her but he himself has secrets.   


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Two Mysteries!

I’ve been enjoying reading my mysteries lately. Sometimes, I’m reading books for my reading clubs and I have to take a break from mysteries. But lately, I’ve read two mysteries in a row!


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Echo Park by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch is contacted about an old case and he is hopeful that he can finally locate the body of a young woman, Marie Gesto, who has been missing for thirteen years. Now that he’s in the Open-Unsolved Unit, he works cold cases all the time, but this one has always haunted him. Turns out a killer, Raynard Waits, has made a deal with the DA. He’s agreed to lead the authorities to the graves of Marie Gesto and other victims, in exchange for life instead of the death penalty. Harry doesn’t like it but he does want to give Marie’s parents some closure.


mystery box


Mystery Writers of America presents The Mystery Box edited by Brad Meltzer
This collection of short stories all feature a box somewhere in the story. Sometimes it’s a real box, sometimes it’s metaphoric. But each story has a box and it was entertaining to look for it as I read. One of the writers was my favorite, Laura Lippmann, but I can say I enjoyed all the stories. I find short stories fun to read in between novels. 

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the new book that everyone wants. It’s a suspense that has been compared to last year’s hit Gone Girl. You can get on the library’s request list, but it’s going to be a while before you get to read it. While you’re waiting, here’s some other books that are similar in tone and plot and you won’t have to wait!

The Best American Mystery Stories 2014

I enjoy looking at The Best American Mystery Stories each year when it comes out. Otto Penzler and his guest editor always choose great stories. The guest editor this year is Laura Lippman, one of my favorite mystery authors. The first story I read was “Almost Like Christmas” by the late Joseph Heller. Set in the 50’s, it involves a teacher and a sheriff trying to keep their town from exploding after a black man allegedly kills a white man. There are other great stories in here by folks like James Lee Burke, Charlaine Harris, and Annie Proulx. I always enjoy reading the stories by the authors I know and finding some new authors to try out.  

Cover of The Best American Mystery Stories

 

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

cover of Iron Lake

 

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. 

 

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