July 16, 2013


Lately whenever Eleanor can't find something, like a sock or her fairy wings or her baby doll's pacifier; she shouts dramatically, "IT'S A MYSTERY!" and dashes off to get her 'magnet-fying' glass to help her find the missing item. She also leaves herself clues, and then uses her magnet-fying glass to help her read them.

So I keep finding sticky notes that look like this all over the house.

Anyway, like mother like daughter I guess - I have a feeling that she's also going to love Trixie Belden and Robin Kane and Liza, Bill, and Jed. (And, possibly, some mysteries actually published within the last 50 years...I'm obviously out-of-date here!)

I've reviewed a couple of really different mysteries for Shelf Awareness lately. Here are some snippets of those reviews for you, in case you're looking for a new mystery author!

Looking for a dark, kinky-sex mystery set in Wales? Look no further than Good People, by Ewart Hutton.

Hutton's graphic, gritty mystery demonstrates that even the most idyllic places can harbor astonishing secrets. His small-town characters are believable, yet shocking, and [Detective Glyn] Capaldi is surprisingly likable, despite his foul-mouthed, anti-authoritarian ways. Fans of gritty British crime writers like Val McDermid or contrary detectives like Ian Rankin's John Rebus will love Good People. (Read the rest of my review here.)

Love historical mysteries? Try Murder as a Fine Art, based on the life of the real 'Opium-Eater'.

David Morrell takes a break from his typical thrillers with Murder as a Fine Art--a historical mystery set in 1854 London. The main character is Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859), an author and philosopher best remembered for Confessions of an Opium Eater, a memoir in which he detailed addictions that most Victorians considered unmentionable. When someone hacks five people to death, eerily echoing a decades-old crime described in his essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts," De Quincey becomes the prime suspect. After all, a man of education could never commit such a dreadful crime, conventional wisdom suggests, but a lower-class man couldn't have read the book. (Read the rest of my review here.)

A fan of Scandinavian mysteries? Check out the latest Jo Nesbo, The Redeemer.

It's the week before Christmas in Oslo. A group of people gathered to hear a Salvation Army concert are bewildered when a man walks up and shoots one of the band's officers point blank. Investigator Harry Hole and his team are fairly certain the shooter is a Croatian contract killer known as the Little Redeemer, but no one can figure out who ordered the hit or why he was sent to Oslo--the only thing that's clear is that this was a case of mistaken identity, and the real target is still alive. Unfortunately for the murderer, bad weather has grounded all flights, and he's stuck in Oslo, realizing he killed the wrong man. Can he rectify his error and kill the right one before Harry catches him? (Read the rest of my review here.)

Are you a mystery fan? 
Know any good kid mysteries?

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Quirky Bookworm.