The literati may have looked down their noses at detective writer Mickey Spillane, but Spillane got it right when he said, “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end.” With that in mind, let’s take a look these new page turners on the Monrovia Public Library mystery shelves.
With Gone Girl, the huge bestseller by Gillian Flynn now in the movie theaters, this is a good time to explore another Flynn mystery. In Dark Places, main character Libby Day relives the time when her mother and sister were murdered, but she survived. It is 25 years later and Libby is fleeing from another killer.
If British mysteries are your thing, here are three. Author Peter Lovesey writes both Victorian-era and contemporary stories. His crime novels are fast-paced, keep readers guessing and have just the right amount of humor. Lovesey’s newest is Stone Wife, a present day story of a stolen statue and some murderous thieves who are tracked down by English copper Peter Diamond.
Deborah Crombie is also English and her detectives are the married couple Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James.
Crombie’s new police procedural is To Dwell in Darkness and is about a mysterious bombing at a historic train station. J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, used the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith to write the mystery The Cuckoo’s Calling. Her detective Cormoran Strike is back in a new Galbraith mystery, called The Silkworm, and tracking down a missing husband, a novelist who has used fiction to expose some scandalous characters.
A missing husband is also the topic in Louise Penny’s Long Way Home. Penny is a hot new mystery author and her novel is about a retired Canadian homicide detective who is asked to look for an artist who has disappeared.