I’ve been on a mystery and suspense kick this week, with an odd bit of sci fi thrown in. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Echo Burning, Lee Child
I wouldn’t have thought suspense novels about a perpetual drifter would be my thing (after all, how can there be a happy ending?), but this book, about a series of murders in a small Texas town, had me totally hooked.
— Bowled Over, Kasey Michaels
I may have mentioned a time or two how much I love Kasey Michaels’ Maggie series, mysteries set around a novelist who discovers that her Regency era hero has come to life in her living room. And there’s a new one! I was also rather amused to find that the heroine was griping about running out of Lee Child novels. Funny timing, that.
— Out of the Deep I Cry, Julia Spencer-Fleming
I often read series out of order, based on when I find them in the bookstore. Sometimes I read them very out of order. With Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mystery series set in the Adirondacks, I started with the last book and worked my way around to the middle. Whichever order you read them in, though, they’re wonderful.
— Jaran, Kate Elliott
Part of a care package from my college roommate (hi, Claudia!), who likes to expand my reading tastes from time to time. This was sci fi with an epic sweep, involving a hyper-evolved heroine who finds herself on a seemingly primitive planet.
— The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog, Elizabeth Peters
Last week, Tasha Alexander and I were comparing notes on our favorites in the Amelia Peabody series (mysteries involving a swashbuckling, late nineteenth century, archeologist husband and wife team). We agreed that this was one of the best. So I decided to go back and re-read it. For those who haven’t read the series, best to start at Crocodile on the Sandbank and work your way through. (Yes, Amelia Peabody was the primary inspiration for Miss Gwen.)
After all these mysteries, I find myself in need of some good romance novels– anyone have any suggestions? What have you been reading?