Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Few Good Mysteries

If you’re looking for something light and entertaining to read this summer, consider one of these mysteries. While these novels may not be on the top of the literary heap (I’d give each of them a 3 out of 5), they’re all well-written page-turners—just the thing when you need to keep one eye on the kids playing in the waves.

Bleeding Heart Squareby Andrew Taylor
In this historical mystery, a woman married to a wealthy but brutal politician gives up her marriage and comfortable lifestyle to live with her drunken and penniless father. She soon uncovers a series of inexplicable coincidences and, in putting together the pieces, discovers a horrific crime. The strong protagonist is likeable, and the constantly shifting point of view keeps the action lively.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Daneby Katherine Howe
A graduate student working to renovate her grandmother's house uncovers a clue tying her family to the historic Salem witch trials of 1692. Her ensuing quest to understand her family's dark history becomes linked to her need to find a source document to support her graduate thesis. Alternating between 1991 and 1692, this book is historical fiction combined with a contemporary mystery along with a bit of romance and magic.

Gold of Kings: A Novelby Davis Bunn
When her grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, a young art and antiquities dealer must decipher the cryptic clues he left behind. Her investigation leads her on a dangerous treasure hunt around the world in the company of a professional treasure hunter and a federal agent. This international thriller will appeal to those interested in the treasures of antiquity and the exotic locations in which they're found.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have "earn it before

having it", for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

By the way, good writing style. I'd love to read more on similar topics

Car Reviews said...

I have read this post and found it very interesting.

Zibilee said...

I read Deliverance Dane and thought it was pretty good. It wasn't stellar, as you said, but not shabby either. I also was supposed to get my hands on a copy of Bleeding Heart Square, but it never appeared, so I will have to wait on that one. I like the mini reviews in this post, very different than they way you normally post, but very effective.

Shalini said...

Man, I followed that the dark truth link, and was completely in the story. Damn exciting. The latest post talks about a friend of him who's gone missing . Somewhere on his way to Leh, India. And the guy is asking for help find it. Soundss like an online game . This looks interesting. M already hooked on.