THE BOOK NOOK
Mysteries – Get Started on a New Series
by Nina Sachs, MLIS
Mysteries. We shelve these separate from fiction, at the very beginning of the adult collection. They deserve the distinction. Mysteries are the second-most popular genre, coming close behind Romance.
For me, mysteries that are character-driven are the most satisfying, and these have loyal readers who read every novel with a recurring sleuth. So, I have chosen three from our collection. Two of these, “The House of Silk,” by Anthony Horowitz, and “In the Woods,” by Tana French, are the first in their series.
The Horowitz book is a “Sherlock Holmes Novel.” Publishers and snotty people call this type of writing pastiche, but the important thing is that Horowitz is an excellent writer, and penned “Foyle’s War” and many others. Readers will forget that Doyle didn’t write this. Horowitz has by now written at least one further novel in the series.
The detective/narrator of “In the Woods” has a secret past that would get him thrown off the case if it became known. Sometimes bloody and gruesome, “In the Woods” is a great and intense read.
Peter Robinson’s detective Alan Banks is a Yorkshireman to whom music and justice share top billing. “Piece of my Heart” is the 16th Alan Banks novel. Consider starting at the beginning with “Gallows View.”
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Nina Sachs is a librarian, Book Nook volunteer and West End resident.