Monday, October 22, 2012

Literary Monday - Two mysteries to recommend

I love a good mystery!  Here are two mysteries that I read last week that were quite enjoyable.

A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake - a historical mystery set in the 18th century, in the English city of Preston.  Titus Cragg is a lawyer and county coroner, assisted by Dr. Luke Fidelis.  When the wife of the local squire is found dead in the forest under mysterious circumstances, Coroner Cragg is called upon to determine the cause of death.  Superstition, taboos, rumor, and the gaps between social classes all contribute to making the coroner's task even more difficult than he originally expected.  Almost gothic in atmosphere, this is the first title in a new mystery series.

Whack-a-Mole by Chris Grabenstein - this is the 3rd title in the John Ceepak mystery series.  Ceepak and his partner Danny Boyle are police officers in the resort town of Sea Haven on the Jersey shore.  On the eve of a sand sculpture competition, body parts start turning up around the town, and it soon becomes obvious that there is a serial killer at work.  When the killer decides to make the stakes personal, Ceepak and Boyle find themselves racing against the clock.  I attended the Bouchercon mystery conference in Indianapolis a few years ago, and Chris Grabenstein emceed the charity auction - he is hilarious!  He writes this series with nice touches of humor, and Danny in particular doesn't take himself too seriously.

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