As Summer Book Bingo 2021 comes down to the wire (deadline: Sept. 7), you may be looking to maximize your remaining reading time. To that end, here are a selection of mysteries that clock in under 250 pages, for rapid reading. Feeling more leisurely? Check out our longer list of suggested mystery/crime novels.
The Case of the Reincarnated Client by Tarquin Hall (233 pages)
Delhi private investigator Vish Puri is persuaded to take an unusual case by his mother, who insists that she knows a young woman who is the reincarnation of a murder victim – a young woman killed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and a case that haunted Puri’s father. This is the fifth book in the amusing Vish Puri series, but a fine place to jump in.
The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith (229 pages)
In this first in a new series from McCall Smith (author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series), Ulf Varg has been placed in charge of Malmö, Sweden’s Department of Sensitive Crimes, the group relegated to investigating cases that are too minor or weird for the main Criminal Investigation Authority. Ulf and his quirky colleagues investigate three crimes: a market vendor who was stabbed in the knee; the disappearance of a made-up boyfriend; and the reports of a werewolf at a spa in the nighttime.
The Master Key by Masako Togawa (188 pages)
In 1951, Tokyo’s K Apartments for Ladies houses over one hundred older, unmarried women, many of whom have lived there since they their youth. Seven years prior, one of the residents buried a body in an unused bath beneath the building. When news arrives that the building of a new highway will require the building to be moved, the construction threaten to uncover secrets buried for many years.
Ghostwriter by Rayco Pulido (86 pages)
In this noir, sometimes gory graphic novel, Laia works as a radio show screenwriter in 1943 Barcelona. Heavily pregnant, her husband has gone missing just as a serial killer is roaming the city targeting married men. Laia hires a private investigator to search for her husband, but as the PI digs deeper it becomes clear that Laia is not telling the full truth…
If you’ve already finished reading for your mystery/crime square, what did you read?
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~ posted by Andrea G.