The Peter White Public Library has a new crop of mysteries to take your mind off of hectic holiday shopping, planning and partying.
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli is a resident of the Traverse City area. She is a writing instructor at Northwestern Michigan College and her latest book, Dead Dogs and Englishmen, was named one of the 10 best mysteries of 2011 by Kirkus Review. Her female detective Emily Kincaid solves a string of murders that take place in an idyllic northern Michigan community in "Dead Sleeping Shaman," "Dead Floating Lovers" and "Dead Dancing Women."
The Ballad of Tom Dooley is an American folk music staple. The ballad is based on the haunting story of murder and illicit love that occurred in Wilkes County, N.C.. Author Sharyn McCrumb uses the title of the folk song as her newest mystery novel title. She combined efforts with local historians and researchers to discover what actually happened to the victims of the sensationalized lovers triangle immortalized in the ballad.
Alex Kava created FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, and her heroine is featured in 10 novels. The latest offering in this popular series is Hotwire. Set in Nebraska, a group of high school partiers are filming their exploits when the party ends in an explosive light show. Some of the teens are electrocuted and O'Dell must figure out which eyewitnesses to believe. It soon becomes apparent that someone is systematically trying to eliminate the survivors. Can Maggie figure out what is happening, save the surviving teens and control something even more sinister?
The Preacher is the latest offering from Swedish mystery writer Camilla Lackberg. Fans of Scandinavian mysteries in the vein of Stieg Larsson will enjoy this book and "The Ice Princess." In "The Preacher," Detective Patrik Hedstrom is challenged to solve the 20-year-old disappearance of two young campers when their bodies are found with that of another, newer victim. The suspect list is long and time is short for Hedstrom as he tries to keep more murders from happening on his watch.
Alice Humphrey was laid off and struggling until she was hired for her dream job, managing a trendy new art gallery in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. There are some mysterious questions surrounding the gallery, like who owns it and why, but Humphrey ignores those until she arrives at work one day to find no trace of the gallery - only a corpse. Long Gone is the new suspense thriller by Alafair Burke.
My new favorite mystery series is written by Spencer Quinn and features Chet, a failed police dog, and his down-on-his-luck detective owner, Bernie. The stories are skillfully narrated by Chet and add an interesting perspective to the novels. PWPL has three of the four books in the series: Quinn's latest, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, as well as "Dog On It" and "Thereby Hangs a Tail."
Food and mysteries go together, and the Chris Cavender "Pizza Lovers" mystery series is no exception. Eleanor Swift owns A Slice of Delight pizza parlor in the town of Three Ridge, N.C. When the difficult Judson Sizemore moves to town and opens a competing parlor, Eleanor worries that her restaurant days may be over. Unfortunately, Judson comes to a nasty end, and Eleanor has to solve the mystery to prove her innocence in A Pizza to Die For. Other titles in the series are "A Slice of Murder" and "Pepperoni Pizza Can be Murder."
Shamini Flint is a Cambridge graduate and was an attorney in the United Kingdom. She gave up her legal practice and is writing mysteries featuring Inspector Singh. Singh is sent from his home in Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to solve a murder allegedly committed by supermodel Chelsea Liew. The inspector is convinced of her innocence, but can he come up with the clues and prove who actually murdered the model's ex? Inspector Singh Investigates a Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder will appeal to readers who like international settings.
- By Pam