A huge THANK YOU to the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library for underwriting the Mystery budget this year. Not only were we able to continue purchasing new releases of popular and debut mystery authors, but the funds also allowed us to "refresh" the collection. Many of the books by classic and popular authors were showing a great deal of wear and tear and we were able to replace a number of worn copies with new ones. Some copies were only available in mass-market paperback form, but others were available in the larger trade paperback size. A really nice addition is a number of Agatha Christie replacements, which her estate has been re-issuing in an affordable hardcover format.
Mystery authors that we lost in 2010 include Robert B. Parker (January), Dick Francis (February) and Ralph McInerny (February). Fans of these enduring authors are fortunate in that each author had completed manuscripts which have since been published posthumously. Parker's releases in 2010 include Painted Ladies (Spenser), Split Image (Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall), and Blue-Eyed Devil (his western series in our Fiction area). In May, 2011, another Spenser mystery, Sixkill, will be released. Crossfire, by Dick Francis and his son, Felix, was published in August. McInerny's last mystery is Sham Rock, part of the Notre Dame series.
2011 New Releases
Here are some great new mysteries from some of our most popular authors:
Beaton, M.C. - Death of a Chimney Sweep - Hamish MacBeth returns.
Bowen, Rhys - Bless the Bride - Molly Murphy series.
Bradley, Alan - Red Herring Without Mustard - featuring Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old aspiring chemist and amateur sleuth.
Crais, Robert - The Sentry - featuring Joe Pike.
Goldberg, Lee - Mr. Monk on the Road - from the popular TV show.
Hall, Parnell - KenKen Killings - with the Puzzle Lady, Cora Felton.
Jance. J.A. - Fatal Error - featuring Ali Reynolds, newscaster and blogger.
Todd, Charles - A Lonely Death - an Inspector Rutledge mystery.