Jackson District Library
For July 22, 2007
By Jackie Merritt
This summer’s reading theme is Get a Clue @ Your Library and what a perfect opportunity to discover books in what is my favorite genre- mystery! A suspicious stranger, a missing will, a threatening letter, a body on the hearth rug, a mysterious woman in black… what could be more intriguing?
Here are some really delicious whodunits:
A beautiful woman walks into the Hope Point Police Department and announces that she’s just killed someone- she thinks. The investigating detective soon himself very attracted to the suspect and finds it hard to concentrate on the case in Tess Pendergrass’ Dangerous Moonlight.
Along with Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh is considered one of the queens of mystery fiction. Her Death and the Dancing Footman has all the right elements- a bored millionaire, a snowed-in house party, the brilliant Inspector Alleyn, and murder!
In Kathryn Miller Haines’ The War Against Miss Winter aspiring actress Rosie Winter takes a job in a lowbrow detective agency in 1943 New York City and finds herself mixed up with mobsters, high society deception, and a missing manuscript- as well as food rationing, blackouts, and a soldier boyfriend overseas who hasn’t written lately.
Peter Abrahams first novel for young readers, Down the Rabbit Hole, and it’s sequel Behind the Curtain cast 13 year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill as sleuth when things in Echo Falls start getting a little strange and, in between school, family problems, and acting in community theatre, she tries to emulate her hero, Sherlock Holmes and solve the mystery.
When feisty senior May List believes her husband to be a philanderer and moves into a retirement complex she gets involves in more than just card games and gossip when she joins a group of her eccentric neighbors to uncover a blackmailer who may also be a murderer in Death For Dessert by T. Dawn Richards.
On a more serious note, in Crippen author John Boyne takes the real life story of Dr. Hawley Crippen who’s flight from justice after murdering his wife in 1910 London set off a search that crossed the Atlantic and imagines what really happened as the doctor and his mistress disguise themselves as father and son in their attempt to escape to America.
If mysteries are your cup of tea browse the catalog online at www.myjdl.com or stop in at any JDL branch for some personal recommendations. Don’t wait for the next dark and stormy night.