Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have been a fan of the murder mystery since, at a tender age, I first discovered Hercule Poirot and Nero Wolfe. You see, I was an voracious reader and my parents allowed me to read these classic series. To this day, I find mysteries highly entertaining.

When I looked at my list of books (yes, I do keep a list of everything I have read), I realized that I have gone into "Summer Reading" mode and have begun to read mysteries. It helps that my favorite authors have written new books this Spring.

Murder in the Palais Royal by Cara Black is set in Paris of the 1990s  and features Aimée Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security.
First in the series: Murder in the Marias

Drawing Conclusions by Dona Leon is set in Venice and features Commisario Guido Brunetti along with Sergente Vianello and the well-connected Signorina Elettra.
First in the series: Death at La Fenice

Night Rounds by Helene Tursten is set in Goteborg, Sweden and features Irene Huss, a detective inspector in the Violent Crimes Unit.
First in the series: Detective Inspector Huss

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear set in London during the 1920s and 1930s and features the clever Maisie Dobbs, a psychologist and investigator.
First in the series: Maisie Dobbs

Death of Yesterday by M.C. Beaton is set in Lochdubh, Scotland and features the red- haired, unambitious Hamish Macbeth.
First in the series: Death of a Gossip
(Another series and just as much fun: Agatha Raisin, a London advertising retiree living in the Cotswolds, England. First in the series: Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death)

Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry is set in Vicorian London and features Policeman Thomas and Charlotte Pitt and the elegant Lady Vespasia. First in the series: The Cater Street Hangman (Another series by Anne Perry: again, set in Victorian London features William Monk police inspector, later a private detective and the feisty Hester.First in the Series: The Face of a Stranger

The Woman who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterrill is set in 1970s Laos and features the wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 70-something national coroner and shaman, Nurse Dtui, and Geung, who assist him in the morgue.
First in the series: The Coroner's Lunch

The Bookseller by Mark Pryoris set in modern day Paris and features Hugo Marston the head of security at the US embassy in Paris. This is the first in what I hope will be a long series.
Next in the series: The Crypt Thief

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths is set on the saltmarsh near Norfolk, England and features Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, and Harry Nelson, a detective chief inspector. A library customer recommended this series. She said she could not put these down. First in the series: The Crossing Places

For those you who prefer something of the non-mystery variety....

Requiem by Frances Itani
In 1942 the government removed Bin Okuma's family from their home on British Columbia’s west coast and forced them into internment camps. One hundred miles from the “Protected Zone”’ they formed makeshift communities. Fifty years later, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past. He travels across the country to find the biological father who made a fateful decision that nearly destroyed the family.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive.
The Supremes at Earls All-You Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed The Supremes by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life's storms together for the next four decades.

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown as soon as they could. Jim, a corporate lawyer, has belittled his big-hearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan, urgently calls them home. Her son is in a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best. "-- Provided by publisher.

Ah.... a glass of Iced Tea or Lemonade and a good mystery or any other good book!
Happy Reading!
Peggy @ Woods Branch



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