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Monday, February 6, 2012

Who Dunnit ???

It’s a mystery to Grenville and myself. And, exactly what we’ve been trying to figure out these past few weeks.

How?

By reading these  . . .

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For the first time in its 125-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel – The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The setting is London, 1890 where Edmund Carstairs, a fine art dealer visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson seeking their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap, a wanted criminal who has followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened, and then the first murder takes place. Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the criminal underworld of Boston, the gas lit streets of London, opium dens and more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase, the House of Silk, a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith featuresIMG_9182 amateur Edinburgh sleuth, Isabel Dalhousie, a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and also hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. This is the first of several books in this series. McCall has also authored the acclaimed Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency which features Mma. Precious Ramotswe, agency proprietor. The setting for this series is Botswana.

IMG_9181A Duty to the Dead is the first in a series about Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during World War I. The setting is 1916 England. Bess is returning home on the doomed hospital ship Britannic. During an earlier voyage, she had tended to the gravely wounded Lt. Arthur Graham. To give him comfort before he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, as she is injured when the Britannic is sunk.

Charles Todd is the pen name of  American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team are best known for a series of novels, set in post World War I England that features Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. Suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant,  taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod, a Scots soldier he was forced to execute on the battlefield for refusing an order.

Louise Penny is a Canadian author of mystery novels set in the IMG_9184Canadian province of Quebec in the town of Three Pines and centered on the work of Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec.

In The Brutal Telling, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to investigate. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, questions start to surface about the beloved bistro owner, Olivier – How did he make such a  success of his business? What past did he leave behind to bury himself in a tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?

13 comments:

Maple Lane said...

I love mysteries. Thanks so much for the reviews!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You're very welcome, Mildred, and you might enjoy some of these authors.

NCmountainwoman said...

I fell in love with the Chief Inspector Gamache series when a friend recommended them. Every now and then I will pick them up and read all of them again. Sometimes it is so pleasing to read mysteries like that. They always take me away from my problems and concerns about the world affairs and politics.

Out on the prairie said...

When I was teachinng I would eat mystery novels up over my Christmas breaks. It is seasonal, but this makes me eager to try a few.

Montanagirl said...

These all sound like a good read! Maybe I'll check them out.

possum said...

Ah, there is nothing like a good book... (I hate reading on my kindle) I like to go back and double check on things to figure it out. But best of all, I love being surprised with the ending.
Might try some of these books, have never read these authors.

Sandra said...

i like mysteries to and since my maiden name is McCall maybe i should try the book.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

NCmountain woman, Grenville is reading the Louise Penny mysteries and enjoying them, so far.

Steve, there's nothing like a good mystery to consume our evenings.

Mona, let us know if you find any good ones.

Possum, so true, there's nothing like holding a book and those electronic devices while handy do not compare!

Sandra, hope you enjoy if you decide to read any of McCall's works.

Christer said...

Some of the authors are new to me but all books sounds good and in my taste :-)
Thanks for telling us about them!

Have a great day!
Christer.

Anvilcloud said...

Keep reading Penny, the subsequent book/books (I think there are two) are also very very good.

I just read Elizabeth's Georges latest Lynley, Beleiving the Lie and really liked it as well as Peter Robinson's Before the Poison (not an Inspector Banks) and can recommend it as well.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

These all sound interesting and like a good read! blessings,Kathleen

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You're welcome Christer. Hope you find some of these!

Thanks AC for the tip on the new E. George book. Grenville is reading the Penny series.

Kathleen, they have been very entertaining.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Any favorites? I didn't know that there was a Horowitz/Doyle connection thanks for "clueing" me in. :)

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