After the Election, My Mystery Shopping Deluge

Book as good idea for Christmas present

by gaslightI’m not much of a holiday shopping fanatic, but I need something pleasant to anticipate after the end of this awful election season. So I’m beginning to put together my holiday book list for mystery lovers. Courtesy of Publishers Weekly, here are some ideas: I like the look of Steven Price’s By Gaslight, about two men combing London’s 1885 underworld to find the master criminal responsible for a woman’s dismembered body; you can’t beat foggy streets, smoky opium dens, and Victorian seance halls described with “literary sophistication.”


sunlightFor anyone who likes the moody mystery of Edward Hopper’s paintings, In Sunlight or in Shadow is a fascinating idea for a crime fiction anthology, with top authors like Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King, and Joyce Carol Oates each penning stories inspired by Hopper’s art.



reckoningI’m a big fan of Canadian Louise Penny, and the 12th mystery in her Armand Gamache series, titled A Great Reckoning, has the former Quebec Chief of Homicide back in the village of Three Pines and following an old map into a dangerous web involving police cadets, a murdered professor and a stained glass window with terrible secrets.



alienistI’m also a fan of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist about a psychologist investigating crime in 19th century New York City, so I’m piqued by a new entry from Carr called Surrender, New York, about a psychologist and a DNA expert solving present-day crimes in upstate New York.

Also set in New York City is best-seller J.D. Robb’s 43rd Eve Dallas thriller, Apprentice in Death, which starts with three ice skaters shot dead on Wollman Rink in Central Park. Plus, best-selling favorite Karin Slaughter has debuted another novel featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Will Trent and medical examiner Dr. Sara Litton; in The Kept Woman, the pair of lovers investigate the death of a dirty retired Atlanta cop.

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