I know library patrons who ONLY read mystery and romance. While I can’t imagine limiting myself to just one genre, I have read some great ones in this category lately…
After the Storm by Linda Castillo is the latest in the Kate Burkholder series, and is another winner! At the beginning of this novel, a tornado has swiped Painters Mill, and Kate and John Tomasetti are racing to help in any way they can. Running parallel to that story is the discovery of a body in the storm’s aftermath…a body that hasn’t been seen in years. Another winning mystery novel from this great series that straddles Amish culture and Englisher norms through the character of Kate. Recommended!
The Precipice by Paul Doiron got lots of positive press, and I can see why! I didn’t even realize this was the second in a series until I read reviews afterwards, so this can definitely stand on its own (though I want to read the first one!). Mike Bowditch is a park ranger in the Maine wilderness who is called out to investigate the disappearance of two girls along a part of the Appalachian Trail. Of course, nothing is as it seems, and even those closest to Mike end up in danger. This was well written, featured a different setting and protagonist than the usual cop or investigator, and was engaging throughout. I really enjoyed it! And…it reminded me of my favorite mystery protagonist, Anna Pigeon (see below!)…
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll was a media darling earlier this year, so I when I finally read it, I was…disappointed not to love it as much as the reviewers. Ani FaNelli is the lead character, trying to shape herself into someone she’s not, and she has a secret she’s hidden from the world and her fiance (gasp! horror!). The problem was…I thought Ani was a despicable character, and that no one in the entire novel had any redeeming qualities at all. I didn’t CARE what happened to anyone – I just wanted them out of my life. Ugh. NOT for me….
I just reread – for the first time since, oh, 1998 or so – Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr. The Anna Pigeon series is one of my all-time favorites, so going back to the beginning and starting the series over is like meeting a favored friend for the first time. Love this series so much!
I also listened to the audio version of The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark. When I was in middle school, Clark’s novels were sharp and scary and amazing. Now they are just trite and sad. 😦
I also also listened to Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods. Another Stone Barrington series novel – predictable, but fun. 🙂