Saturday, January 18, 2014

Best of 2013: Favorite mysteries, a list

Some of the many items enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2013, recommended for your consideration:

I can't pick just one either, so here are my top five:

How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny
Aunt Agatha already said why, so I'll just say, "Ditto!" And that it brought me to tears.

The Cuckoo's Calling,
by Robert Galbraith / a.k.a. J. K. Rowling
Although the mystery itself was pretty good, it was the characters that had me wanting more. The apparently bumbling private investigator Cormoran Strike and his strictly temporary gal Friday Robin can stick around for a nice long's hoping.

A Serpent's Tooth (A Walt Longmire Mystery),
by Craig Johnson
Again, characters are all--multilayered, memorable, and complex, going about their risky business out in the wide open spaces of Wyoming, the Cowboy State. I always look forward to revisiting them.

Suspect, by Robert Crais
Only Crais could pull off a mystery partially written from the dog's point of view (in this case a "sniffer" dog for the bomb squad) without it being lame or cheesy. It wasn't--it was great! And as an Angeleno, I always enjoy reading a book set in my neighborhood.

What Darkness Brings, by C. S. Harris
The latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery set in Regency England is as good as all its predecessors, which is very good indeed. If you like the Regency period, the birth of forensics, and haughty noblemen (and women) with quick wits, this is the series for you.

Reviewed by Melissa E., young adult librarian

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