October Is Mystery Month, A List To Get You Started

At B&N there’s a sign stating that October is Mystery month. I didn’t know that they had designated a month just for mystery lovers. Cool. Anyway, I’ve come up with a list of great books that I’ve enjoyed to get you started. This list is in no particular order. If you find a title you read and liked (or not), drop me note!

  • In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming – the first novel that introduces us to Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne.
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, the first novel in the Harry Bosch series. Harry investigates the death of a fellow Vietnam tunnel rat in LA. Plenty of suspense and action to keep you turning the pages!
  • A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane, features Boston PI’s Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. In this story, the detectives try to head off a racially charged gang war while searching for a missing cleaning lady of a government official who took off with some confidential documents. You have extortion and government corruption to keep you turning the pages.
  • Murder on Ice by Alina Adams. This is the first entry in Ms. Adams Ice Skating Mysteries featuring ice skating researcher Bex Levy. This is a cozy mystery with plenty of humor and fun.
  • Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow, features Alaska State Trooper, Liam Campbell. Cravat: this series is now defunct. There are four books out now. While the author doesn’t provide closure, the series is worth reading just for the humor and there is a really strong romantic subplot in these books.
  • Blood Work by Michael Connelly features Terry Caleb who receives a new heart and a new lease on life. However, he is approached to investigate a robbery that on the surface seems like a random crime but it isn’t.
  • A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton features former Detroit Police officer Alex McKnight who is investigating a case that has the earmarks of a serial killer on the loose. The story takes place in Paradise, Michigan and Canada.
  • The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner features former Calvary officer Gabriel Lacey who searches for justice for a missing young woman. Sadly, this book is OOP at Amazon.com. Check your used bookstores!
  • Play Dead by Anne Frasier. Former romance writer Theresa Weir now pens suspense novels under Frasier. Check her out, she’s good.
  • A Mortal Bane by Roberta Gellis, a medieval mystery set in London, featuring Magdalene la Bâtarde, a madam who runs the Priory Guesthouse. There are four books in this series so far. All of them are excellent reads.
  • The 37th Hour by Jodi Compton features Minnesota detective Sarah Pribek who finds herself looking into a missing person case that is personal. This  is a good story and a series that seems promising. I haven’t read the second book yet because I am hoarding it. It seems Ms. Compton has disappeared from the world of publishing. She has nothing forthcoming since her last release in 2005.

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6 Responses to October Is Mystery Month, A List To Get You Started

  1. jenreads says:

    Great list! Lots of books I love on it and a few I need to check out. For mystery month, I would add the Gaslight mysteries by Victoria Thompson featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. The first one is Murder on Astor Place and it’s a good one.

  2. Trisha says:

    B&N is also doing a buy two mysteries, get the third free online.

    I recommend the Gilded Age series P.B. Ryan (aka Patricia Ryan). For people who don’t like neverending series, the last book’s coming out in December.

    I also love Laura Lippman and Carol O’Connell. And Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series. And Jacqueline Winspear. Okay, I’ll stop now.

    BTW, did you see The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a finalist for the National Book Award in the Young People’s category?

  3. Avid Reader says:

    BTW, did you see The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a finalist for the National Book Award in the Young People’s category?

    No! Big congrats to him. I hope he wins. It was an excellent book.

    Hi Jennie, I knew I forgot some titles and Trisha just mentioned the PB Ryan books that I’ve only read the first book of and I need to remedy that. Wow, she’s ending the series in December? Good for her. Hopefully she’s got something else to replace them with? I hope?

    I haven’t read Laura Lippman yet but I have her first book in my PDA and Laurie R. King’s series I am really gonna have to move up the pile because I’ve heard so many great things about them. Thanks ladies.

  4. Trisha says:

    PB Ryan/Patricia Ryan is writing an erotica series, I think. Not sure if she’ll be writing more mysteries, but I have to admit to reading the PB Ryan books less for the mystery aspect than the relationship between Will and Nell.

    And I lied about stopping with the mystery recs. I’m a sucker for mysteries by Scandanavian writers, like Henning Mankell, Hakan Nesser, Arnaldur Indridason (if you consider Iceland part of Scandanavia), et al. Not so much the Norwegians, for some reason. And on the opposite side of the globe, Colin Cotterill’s series set in 1970s Laos is excellent. The first book is The Coroner’s Lunch.

    I noticed you have Heartsick pictured in the sidebar. Awesome book! So, so good.

  5. Avid Reader says:

    Henning Mankell I’ve always been interested in his work but I own nothing. Give me some rec’s on his books, please. Have you heard of Boris Akunin? I have one of his books in my TBR pile. Never read him either but I’d heard good things about him. Heartsick is very,very good, I’m about halfway done. Do you think this will be a series?

  6. Trisha says:

    I read Akunin’s The Winter Queen when it first came out, but haven’t read anything by him since.

    For Mankell, I’d start with Faceless Killers, because it’s the first in the Kurt Wallender series, at least as far as the English translations go. Plus, I haven’t read all the books in the series yet, but so far it’s the shortest book.

    From what I’ve read, there’ll be at least two more books after Heartsick.

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