Latest mystery bought and/or read...?
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The latest mystery I bought is the first Three Pines mystery by Louise Penny called Still Life. I'm looking forward to discovering a new author, especially a Canadian one...
I also got and read Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler, recently, which she describes as a mystery, although it seems a bit of a stretch to me. One of her main characters is a famous mystery writer, though. I really liked the book, I just am not sure this is a mystery really.
Why oh why are the author touchstones so difficult?
Wit's End sounds intriguing -- I will have to keep an eye out for it! I've read several of her books and enjoyed them.
I highly recommend Kate Wilhelm's books in general (though some of her older SF seems dated to me), but particularly her Barbara Holloway novels for mysteries (which I guess I've mentioned before...). :)
Me too I'm a fan of Sheri S. Tepper, but I've never read her mysteries either. (How does she come up with such strange pseudonyms?!)
Just finished Birth Marks by Sarah Dunant recently. It was a fun read, although the ending was a bit anti-climatic in my opinion. Also, one of the characters tells the main character, Hannah Wolfe, something relevant to unravelling the mystery but it seems like she completely forgets that conversation (and maybe the author did too!).
I've added B.M. Gill to my list of mystery authors to watch out for. (Thanks, VivienneR!)
Like I need to start with a new series, lol.
I am reading a Kate Atkinson book I found at a used book store right now--Human Croquet. It's not a traditional mystery, but there is definitely a murder, and I really like it. You can't be expecting something tied firmly to reality in Atkinson's books, but I like that.
How about everyone else?
DH listened to it a while back and just thought it was unfair. He doesn't do a lot of mysteries. He knows not from unfair!
I just finished Kate Ellis's The Skeleton Room. She's one of my favorite authors. Her books feature British DI Wesley Peterson and take place in Devon. In each book Wesley's archaeologist friend, Neil, is involved in some excavation, and Neil's historical research presents a parallel story to the present day crimes. Ellis does a wonderful job of linking past and present.
Is anybody else familiar with her?
then went back to the beginning of the series,
and have read all of the Elizabeth George books except for the latest one "Careless In Red".'
The most recent mysteries I've read are:"Kidnapped" by Jan Burke, "Book of the Dead" by Patricia Cornwell, and "At Some Disputed Barricade" by Anne Perry.
Unfortunately, neither of these books are likely to get read any time in the near future.
Sounds intriguing! Let us know if it's any good, if you do read it.
I would most definitely say that it would not be as effective if you did not read the series chronologically before you attempted to read it.
Kate Atkinson has a new book out. I bought it, but I can't remember the title off the top of my head (it's at home....).
Also read The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries by Emily Brightwell set in Victorian London. Especially enjoyed this one.
Excellent mystery, interesting plot, captivating characters. I am looking forward to reading the others.
Hey, aluvalibri, the author ofFull Dark House is male, not female. I thought this thread was for posting about books by female authors.
Set in historical Paris, it is based on a great fire which killed some 400 women during a charity event in May 1897. Amongst them was the Duchess of Alençon (the Austrian Impress's, Sissi, sister). Bonneau uses this as a backdrop for murder and revenge and does a great job of luring the reader in the epoch and investigation (it was at a time when finger printing and positive IDing had just started).
This is a 2008 publication, so I don't know if a translation exists, but I would keep an eye out for Bonneau who seems to have adopted this historical genre.
#56 that book sounds quite interesting.
I am currently reading The Private Patient by P.D. James. So far, so excellent, as is usual with James.
Reading now: No Escape by Hilary Norman
I'm finding it particularly difficult to find crime fiction, female authors from the UK with female protagonists.
Instead, I'm going to move on to A Fatal Grace the second Three Pines mystery by Louise Penny.
Currently reading The Butterfly House by Marcia Preston. I'm on page 70 and am really liking it. I started it, then had to stop to read 2 other works (one ER and one for a discussion group) and had to keep myself from continuing Preston's book until I'd finished the other two.
So far there have been quirky characters, excellent plots, and mayhem galore.
I have also read Sins of the Mother by Deborah Nicholson. Calgary theatre manager Kate Carpenter gets caught up in a case. Not bad.
Another satisfying recent read was Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany. This was set in the fictional town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. Although it was a very enjoyable story and well done, what I liked most was that it was set in my neck of the woods. Trafalgar is obviously based on the town of Nelson, 15 minutes drive from where I live. This is the second Delany book I've read and my favourite. I will definitely look for others in the Molly Smith series.
I recently found a copy of Mary Lou's Bridge & Murder Club, by B. J. Jones, which has no touchstone. It's an addition to my collection of bridge-related mysteries.