By Aurora Toth, Owner, Revolving Books
Yes!! The holidays are over, and it’s time for a break. A cup of hot coffee and a good mystery novel are just what the doctor ordered. Okay, the coffee is easy, but how do you find that good mystery novel??
How about a cop thriller? Ed McBain, Del Shannon, and Joseph Wambaugh all write great police procedure stories. There’s lots of action, great characters and enough details to keep any cop junky happy.
You might want a classic British mystery, complete with little old ladies who see too much or lovely country manors where the guests disappear one by one. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, John Clifford Mortimer’s Rumpole of Old Bailey, and Dorothy L Sayer’s Lord Peter Whimsey are featured in carefully plotted novels which will keep you guessing ‘who done it’ right up to the very end of the last page.
On this side of the ocean, Jessica Fletcher of “Murder She Wrote” is a prime example of this genre.
Then, of course, there are the contemporary suspense thrillers which feature Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, F Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport, and David Baldacci’s Oliver Stone. These books are set in our current or near future times and explore the inner workings of our political world.
For courtroom drama, you will find today’s successors to ‘Perry Mason’ in books by Scott Turow, Linda Fairstein, Robert Tannenbaum, and John Gresham.
So, what did I pick? Ms Fairstein’s Final Jeopardy, a great combination cop-procedure and personalities story. Next week, I’m going to try one of the “Theme” mysteries…maybe a coffee shop story or a cooking story with recipes.
Revolving Books is located at 8021 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, WA 98498. 253-584-6883 or email@example.com.