You know what my favorite texts are?
Uh… actually, it’s the ones that say, “wanna get tacos?”
Okay, fine, so my second favorite kind of texts are the ones that say, “I need book recommendations!!”
This week I got an emergency one for a friend that was embarking on a road trip and needed mystery book ideas to listen to. And I was SO EXCITED TO BE NEEDED (because that is more fun than doing laundry….)!! Seeing as how I was able to answer immediately with about six different ideas of books, myself said to myself, “I should do a list of mysteries I’d recommend. Also, I should go get tacos.”
Here are my Top Mystery Recommendations:
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
is hands-down the book I’ve recommended more than any other. It’s a good intro to reading classics (because it’s an American classic), it’s a good mystery, it has a great movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock that is just as good as the book (but read the book first) and it opens with my favorite line, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley.” In fact, see below – Manderley is what I picked for my fictional signpost on our wall (guess who picked the Bat Cave?)
And wait til you meet Mrs Danvers… Shiver.
wrote a series of books featuring Nero Wolfe, a rather rotund detective who hates going out of his house and solves all his mysteries behind his desk. His sidekick, Archie, is the one that goes out and searches for the clues. These are great, easy reading, and were written from 1930’s til 1970’s (so if you like a classic black and white movie, you may like these mysteries). I loved these as light, humorous reads with fun characters. After you read a few of the books, check out the series starring Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin – great series (check your library!).
The Trespasser by Tana French
any of her books are good, but my favorite has been her most recent one titled The Trespasser. Her books are set in Ireland and follow the Dublin Murder Squad as they solve mysteries. There is some language in her books, and they definitely are darker as far as the plots are concerned, but try In the Woods, The Likeness or The Trespasser for a good intro to French’s writings.
I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh
a good plot with plenty of twists, this book kept me up late at night… the best kind of mystery, right? When you have to shut the closet door before you go to sleep? Who… me? Anyway, read this book. A little boy slips from his mother’s grasp and is hit by a car. She moves to the coast to try to escape the grief and guilt… what happens next is the mystery! Fun escape reading.
Hope these gave you some ideas for some good escape reading in the mystery genre. Any mysteries you would recommend?
And, yes, please write me down as your Book Emergency Contact.
And tacos. Your Taco Emergency Contact.