The rigors of the mystery test our panel. We debate authors, series, and definitions. And we have quite a list.
Before we got started on our mysteries,
Nancy Decided to add to our stack of sad books.
“The Velveteen Rabbit,” by Margery Williams
“The House of Mirth,” Edith Warton
“Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White
“When Breathe Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi. This book is an account of the death of the author, a surgeon who wrote about his late stage cancer. Nancy says the writing is magnificent.
Throughout this show we debate the difference between thriller and mystery and crime novels and end up suggesting, like always, that maybe we should stop categorizing every thing. But, really, how can we stop. It is what we humans do. Well actually there are two categories of humans, ones who make categories and ones who don’t.
Nancy tells us she is looking for a new favorite mystery author. Maybe she will find one in this list of books we brought up this episode.
Marcie has been enjoying what she says is the page turning series by Julia Spencer Fleming, the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series. Nancy and Marcie say these books have to read in order to really appreciate.
After a while they become more about academia with lots of upper-class repartee.
Alan Bradley’s series about the very young detective, Flavia de Luce. (https://www.facebook.com/Alan-Bradley-165276310190997/ )
Marcie just discovered Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy set on the Outer Hebrides. (@authorpetermay)
Charles Todd’s Inspector Rutledge mysteries set after World War One.
Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawsky(@saraparetsky)
Craig Johnson’s Longmire
“Norwegian By Night,” by Derek B. Miller
“I Am Pilgrim,” by Terry Hayes
Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
The Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelman
The Decker and Lazarus series by Faye Kellerman
Sneaky Pie series by Rita Mae Brown
Spenser series by Robert Parker
John Banville writing as Benjamin Black
Richard Price, “Lush Life” and “The Whites.”
The Easy Rawlins series and the Leonid McGill series by Walter Mosley.
Sue Grafton, the Kinsey Millhone series.
A few mystery writers living in Puget Sound and Washington State.
G.M.Ford, “Who the Hell is Wanda Fuca?”
Earl Emerson’s various series of books
“Oxygen,” by Carol Casella, plus the next two in the series.
“Animal, Vegetable, Murder,” and “Forget You Ever Knew Me,” by Judith Dailey
Back in the wider world,
“Bridge of Spies,” by Olen Steinhauer and the rest of his books in that series and his new series too.
Ross MacDonald’s books who Nancy argues has a unique voice and a vision for a better world.
“Nerve,” “Odds Against,” “Reflex” just a few of the best by the great Dick Francis.
“Gorky Park,” and more by Martin Cruz Smith
Various books by Stuart Kaminsky
The Kemal Kayankaya series by German author Jakob Arjouni
The author Robert Crais, who Marcie says, like Ross MacDonald, features a detective who wants there to be good in the world.