We have several displays set up this month celebrating Sherlock Holmes and mysteries set in England.
It’s a Mystery – Hibernating
Is it too soon to say we’ve made it to the end of the bad winter weather? Were you unable to get to the library and are looking for some good books to read? Or maybe you just want to try some new mysteries. Here are some suggestions for you.
As we all typically look back over the year coming to an end, I’ve been recalling some of the memorable news to come out of the mystery genre in 2014.
Most recently was the loss of one of the mystery genre’s most popular authors, P.D. James. She passed away on November 27 at the age of 94. Known as the “queen of crime”, Baroness James was the creator of her much-loved protagonist, Adam Dalgliesh, the introspective Scotland Yard detective and published poet who functions as the hero of virtually all of her novels.
With little fanfare or publicity, Les Roberts has published another mystery. But this one is not part of the Milan Jacovich series. Rather, it is the second book featuring Dominick Candiotti, who was first introduced in The Strange Death of Father Candy. Nick Candiotti has returned in Wet Work and Roberts describes his character this way: “Dominck Candiotti, from an Italian family in Youngstown, began his on-page life in the year 1985, exacting terrible revenge for the death of his older priest-brother. He has no friends, no remaining family, he’s not a big talker, and when forced to, he can kill without much compunction.”
One of the most interesting announcements about mysteries this summer is the news that HarperCollins has hired Sophie Hannah to write a new Hercule Poirot mystery, nearly 40 years after Agatha Christie's last Poirot book.
The Monogram Murders will be published on September 9.
Unlike the days of required reading you may remember from high school, summer reading at WPPL can be fun!
I've written before about the many sub-genres of the Mystery genre, such as cozies, police procedurals, and hard-boiled. One sub-genre that is regaining its popularity is the Historical mystery.
Time to take a brief look back at 2013 -
Mystery authors we lost this past year:
Robert Barnard, age 76. This British crime writer authored 40 mysteries. From the New York Times: "Mr. Barnard called his work "entertainment" and "deliberately old-fashioned." His murders, set mainly in small villages drolly christened with names like "Hexton-on-Weir" and "Twytching," were plotted with an ingenuity and precision that made him popular among aficionados of what is known in publishing as the English cozy - mysteries with a picturesque setting, colorful locals and minimal violence."
It's been another great year for debut mysteries, so if you're searching out a new mystery author to read, try one of these. Running the gamut of mystery sub-genres, time periods, and locations, the listed titles are some of the most popular among our WPPL mystery readers. (Quoted descriptions are from Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, and Library Journal.)