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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Mystery Binge

I've been devouring mystery novels during my summer break. Here's a list of the best of them.
Cara Black's latest Aimee Leduc mystery, set in Paris. This series is worth reading for the setting alone. And what luck -- the plots are great. The main character is a cop's daughter who runs a techie security firm, but who is always being drawn into more dangerous work. John Dunning's latest Bookman mystery features an ex-cop turned rare bookseller. Good characters, lots of info on the world of rare books. Charlaine Harris' latest Southern Vampire mystery, featuring a telepathic waitress in small-town Louisiana. So funny. Harris' set-up is that when the Japanese invent a synthetic blood, vampires come out into the open to leave peacefully with humans. It's not always a peaceful coexistance, and there are some good ethnographic observations about small-town life in the South. Peter Lovesey is my latest British discovery. His series is set in Bath -- I always enjoy reading a series more if I have been to the town where they're set and can place the actions in a visualized geography. Lovesey's main character is an old grump, and the officers working under him can never tell if he's joking with them or tearing them a new one. Elizabeth George writes a long-running series featuring Detective Tommy Lynley of Scotland Yard. Her latest installment is a real shocker if you have formed attachments to the characters over the years.

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5 Comments:

  • "Charlaine Harris' latest Southern Vampire mystery, featuring a telepathic waitress in small-town Louisiana."

    I'm convinced. Going to put a request in for it at the library right now.

    Wait, what's the title? (Spare me reading all the plot summaries on amazon.)

    By Blogger evt1618, at 12:09 AM  

  • The new book is Dead as a Doornail, but if you're going to start the series the first book is Dead Until Dark.

    By Blogger Anna, at 7:07 AM  

  • Do I have to read the first one to get this one?

    Except for HP and the Bobbsey Twins, I tend to shy away from series these past few years unless the first book I read of it is so awesome that I just can't stop.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 12:03 PM  

  • The funny thing is, I put in my ILL request right for a "Southern Vampire mystery" right away, too.

    Anna. You rule.

    By Blogger lillygog, at 1:44 PM  

  • you don't have to read the first one to enjoy this one, but they are all good. and since they're bon-bon books, you don't have the "god, what will happen next? i won't know for a year!" reaction when you finish one.

    By Blogger Anna, at 2:21 PM  

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