Monday, February 10, 2014

Reading right now:
“The Ghost Runner” by Parker Bilal. Parker Bilal has lived in England, Sudan, Cairo, Denmark, and now Barcelona so it is no surprise that his books have intriguing foreign settings. This third book in the Makana mystery series continues the exploits of Private Investigator Makana who plies his trade in Cairo while in exile from his native Sudan. Makana is on a routine surveillance which leads him to discover the murder of a teenage girl. Makana’s drive to find justice for the girl takes him to a rather lawless town called Siwa, on the edge of the Sahara Desert where justice seems very far away.

On hold right now:
            “Southern Heat” by David Burnsworth. This is David Burnsworth’s first novel and while reviewers say it might be a little rough around the edges they also say the characters and the story keep you reading and guessing. After Brack Pelton’s uncle Reggie is murdered, he is determined to discover who fired the fatal shots. Unfortunately Brack’s life has been spiraling downward ever since returning home from Afghanistan and trying to discover who killed his uncle could either push him over the edge or save him.
Run to the library to find these books!

Other Mysterious Things Available:

            While everyone likes to keep up with the latest hot mystery, we should all remember to go back and read some classic mysteries every once in a while. I’ve said it many times and am not going to stop now: If you haven’t read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, do it now! Also go back and try any and all of the Dashiell Hammett books especially “The Maltese Falcon” (great movie too). Scott Turow’s “Presumed Innocent” is a great choice (watch the movie too). Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time” is excellent. One book that we often forget about is Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose.” This is an amazing book and the movie was very good as well. There are many lists of the top 100 mysteries of all times on the Internet. Save one of the lists and start checking them off as you get through each one. You won’t regret it. 

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