At least for us that’s what happens every evening when we sit in our favorite chairs and try to figure out Who Dunnit???
A February post of the same title described our absorption with mystery novels. Grenville was reading novels by Louise Penny and I was reading some by Charles Todd.
We have continued reading – similar and new authors . . .
Believing the Lie is the newest Inspector Thomas Lynley mystery by Elizabeth George. Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing seems to indicate otherwise. Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James. The trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
Thanks to fellow blogger and mystery reader, AC, for letting me know about this latest tome, over 610 pages in the hardcover edition. It was a 2-week new book library loan, which meant several late night readings to return it on time this week.
In February, I had begun the first book in The Sunday Philosophy Club series by Alexander McCall Smith featuring Isabel Dalhousie, an Edinburgh philosopher who uses her training to solve mysteries. Besides Isabel, characters in the series include her niece Cat, a young attractive woman who runs a delicatessen; her housekeeper Grace, an outspoken woman with an interest in spiritualism; Cat’s ex-boyfriend Jamie, a bassoonist and music teacher; Charlie, Isabel and Jamie’s son; and Brother Fox, an urban fox who lives in Isabel’s garden. I’m reading the 8th (and last to date) book in this series.
Grenville read several of Ms. Penny’s mysteries featuring Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec before moving on to a U.S. based mystery series (also through a suggestion from AC).
Archer Mayor is the author of the acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, VT police department. Mayor’s novels are based on actual experience in the field. He works as a death investigator for the VT State Medical Examiner's office and as a deputy for the Windham County Sheriff's Dept. There now 22 books in this series, which have been appearing about once a year since 1988; unfortunately our local library doesn’t have of them. Soon, Grenville will be running out of Mayor’s mysteries . . . any reading suggestions?
We don’t subscribe to cable or digital services needed for any TV watching in this area. For us nightly reading is far more entertaining than anything currently on the boob tube.
How do you spend your evening down time?