Backlist Booklist— September

My reading life changes in the fall. To me, fall is crisp evenings, sweater weather, cinnamon drinks (sorry, in my world pumpkin spice is a flavor, not a season), and mysteries. I alternate between cozy mysteries (side note, doesn’t the term cozy mystery just seem an oxymoron?) and thrillers. Some of my favorite mysteries are series; there’s something comforting about being able to jump right into the story where the characters feel like old friends. But then you have that age-old conundrum…do you have to read the books in order or can you skip around? I’m not going there – it’s a divisive issue and some people are quite opinionated. I’ll provide stand-alone mysteries as well as series to avoid too much controversy.

First some popular series…

Louise Penny and her Inspector Gamache  The setting is so integral to this series that it almost can be considered a character. Three Pines sounds like a wonderful place to live - although there are quite a few murders in that small village! Her earliest backlist is difficult to find but if you’re persistent you can track them all down. Don’t hesitate to ask your favorite librarian for help! She has an extensive backlist and her latest mystery was released this month.

Here are just a few titles – click on each book cover for more information.

Still life                    Cruelest Month                    Beautiful Mystery

Donna Leon takes us to an exotic locale in a series of crime novels set in Venice, featuring Commissario.

Sea of Troubles                    About Face                   By its cover

Stuart Woods is the author of 60 novels, more than 30 of them featuring Stone Barrington, the former NYPD detective-turned-lawyer. The majority of the books take place in New York City but be prepared to travel the world as well!

Joanne Fluke’s cozy mystery series feature a small-town baker, Hannah Swensen. Delicious recipes are an added bonus.

Any Agatha Christie – they never go out of style.  I went straight from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple and never looked back!

Now for some excellent stand-alone mysteries and thrillers:

Woman in the Window                    Mother in law                    Quiet Undead

If you like your books a little left of center, try the Invisible Library series. If you’re a lover of bad puns (is there any other kind?) alternate history, and time travel, try Jasper Fforde and his Thursday Next series.

Happy Reading!