Welcome Mystery Novel Enthusiasts!
Mystery Page Turners
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2y ago
Who is this blog intended for? I created it for you, the mystery novel reader, and for you, the readers’ advisor who helps library patrons find the perfect book. The problem with mystery novels is their sheer numbers and variety. Do you prefer novels with police detectives, private investigators, or amateur detectives? Do you like hard-boiled mysteries or cozy English ones? Are you looking for a comic, historical, or psychological mystery? Do you like mysteries set in rural villages, glamorous settings, or exotic locales? How, in fact, do you find a novel suited to your tastes? As an avid rea ..read more
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Anne Perry's A Christmas Journey
Mystery Page Turners
by Unknown
2y ago
The historical mystery novel is Anne Perry’s forté. She is best known for her William Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series (see my blog on Paragon Walk), both set in Victorian England. From 2003 to 2007, she wrote a series of World War I mystery novels. In 2003, Anne Perry also published the first of her annual Victorian Christmas mysteries. Although all of her historical mysteries are skillfully written and highly readable, her Christmas novellas are my personal favourites (see my blog on A Christmas Secret). Indeed the holiday season would not be complete without them. Anne Perry may ..read more
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Scott Smith's A Simple Plan
Mystery Page Turners
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2y ago
Scott Smith’s screenplay adaptation of his 1993 novel, A Simple Plan, was nominated for an Oscar award. The original book is a psychological thriller that is still in print today, both in paperback and e-book format. According to USA Today, A Simple Plan has sold well over a million copies. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA writing program, Scott gained the attention of two New York Times book reviewers with this first novel. Unlike so many bestselling authors though, Scott is not prolific. In 2006, he published his only other book, The Ruins. According to Scott, he spends the majority ..read more
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Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance
Mystery Page Turners
by Unknown
2y ago
The approach of Halloween is a perfect time to read a book by Ann Radcliffe, the mistress of the Gothic novel. Although she lived until 62, she is remembered for a brief 8-year time-span. Between the ages of 25 and 33, she wrote 5 novels that made her a literary legend. Amazingly enough, at the height of fame and fortune, she retired her pen and lived a contented but secluded life with her journalist husband (Miles 1995, 24-27). A highly private person, Ann Radcliffe remains an unknown figure to us today. When Christina Rossetti decided to write Radcliffe’s biography, she had to abandon the ..read more
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Dan Brown's Inferno
Mystery Page Turners
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2y ago
When The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003, it became one of the biggest blockbuster novels ever written. Since then, Dan Brown has faced the Herculean task of having to equal that success. The 2009 Lost Symbol (see my blog post on it), although selling extremely well, came nowhere close to its predecessor. And according to Publisher’s Weekly, Inferno’s debut was, in turn, less successful than The Lost Symbol. But because Inferno is a Dan Brown novel, it still did very well. Doubleday reported that in the first five days, it sold more than a million copies. The story begins with the Harvar ..read more
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Michael Koryka's The Cypress House
Mystery Page Turners
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2y ago
Blending “gritty noir and ghostly visions,” Michael Koryka’s The Cypress House will remind readers of his acclaimed Gothic narrative, So Cold the River (Kirkus Reviews 2010). Kortya published four conventional mysteries in his Lincoln Perry series before attempting to write these unique standalone novels. The Cypress House perfects what So Cold the River introduced – a mystery novel that blends suspense, horror and the supernatural. Marilyn Stasio identifies The Cypress House and The Ridge (Koryta’s next novel) as the best supernatural mysteries of 2011. Michael Koryka graduated with a degre ..read more
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James's An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Mystery Page Turners
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2y ago
For half a century, the legendary P. D. James has written Adam Dalgliesh mystery novels. (See my blogs on A Mind to Murder and The Private Patient.) She has won every major award for mystery writing and now, in her mid-nineties, is showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed, Baroness James of Holland Park is still “whip sharp” according to interviewer, Nick Ahad. In 1972 and 1982, James put aside her Dalgliesh series to write two Cordelia Gray mysteries: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and Skull Beneath the Skin. These highly readable novels are still in print and ebook format today. An Unsuitab ..read more
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James's An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Mystery Page Turners
by Unknown
2y ago
For half a century, the legendary P. D. James has written Adam Dalgliesh mystery novels. (See my blogs on A Mind to Murder and The Private Patient.) She has won every major award for mystery writing and now, in her mid-nineties, is showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed, Baroness James of Holland Park is still “whip sharp” according to interviewer, Nick Ahad. In 1972 and 1982, James put aside her Dalgliesh series to write two Cordelia Gray mysteries: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and Skull Beneath the Skin. These highly readable novels are still in print and ebook format today. An Unsuitab ..read more
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Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent
Mystery Page Turners
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2y ago
The Time cover story on Scott Turow begins with courtroom instructions: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. You have heard the charges against my client. The prosecution argues that with malice aforethought he wrote a novel, Presumed Innocent, with the intent of willfully endangering the sleep habits and on-the-job efficiency of millions of innocent readers. Furthermore, it has been claimed that my client is remorseless.” Mystery writers have rarely been chosen for the cover of Time. But given the fact that Turow burst upon the literary scene with Presumed Innocent, a legal mystery which won ..read more
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Harlan Coben's Tell No One
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2y ago
Harlan Coben’s mystery series featuring former college basketball star Myron Bolitar has won a number of awards – the Anthony and the Edgar for Deal Breaker, and the Shamus (Best Private Eye Novel) for Fade Away. Although these books have attracted a solid fan base, it is Coben’s stand-alone thrillers that have garnered a particularly impressive following. Tell No One (2001), Coben’s first novel in this genre, as Guttridge observes, is “a pulsing, pacy, devour-at-one-sitting thriller that . . . engendered a four-day bidding war in Hollywood” (Guttridge 2001). The story begins with a night swi ..read more
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