Mysteries for non-mystery readers

Image of snobby face courtesy of emtionaltoothpaste via FlickrOh, I would never read a mystery!” If you love crime fiction, you almost certainly have at least one of these in your life. They don’t mean to be snobs or anything, but mysteries? Um, no thanks. Life’s too short, they’ll say, to waste it on such frivolities. In the library, they don’t even know where the mystery section is. They prefer literature to fiction – the classics, or the titles selected by their book group. Their bookbags groan with  the dense complexities of My Name is Red, by Nobel prize-winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk; A.S. Byatt’s erudite Booker prize-winning Possession; Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, an unassailable classic of the highest order. Continue reading “Mysteries for non-mystery readers”

Crime, Seattle Style: A Reading List.

Some of our favorite mysteries set in the rainy streets of Seattle.

Third and Forever by Lowen ClausenThird & Forever, by Lowen Clausen
Grace Stevens investigates a series of rapes involving college athletes, including one dating the daughter of her former partner, in this final chapter of a gripping trilogy by a former Seattle police officer.

Queer Street, by Curt Colbert.
Classic hardboiled P.I. Jake Rossiter and his gal Friday Miss Jenkins take a walk on the wild side when a female impersonator from the Garden of Allah turns up dead. Continue reading “Crime, Seattle Style: A Reading List.”

Nightstand Reads: Novelist Kim Fay shares her favorites

Seattle native Kim Fay’s debut novel The Map of Lost Memories has been wowing the critics: Publisher’s Weekly called it “…intricate page-turner that will keep readers breathless and guessing,” while Booklist raved “Every word of this evocative literary expedition feels deliberately chosen, each phrase full of meaning.” Fay shared with us some of her favorite titles. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Novelist Kim Fay shares her favorites”

Crime: Blood and Circuses.

Find Nightmare Alley in the Seattle Public Library catalog.Recently I read a story as part of Thrilling Tales, Seattle Public Library’s storytime for grownups, that was a bit out there even for me: “Spurs,” by the obscure pulp writer Tod Robbins. (You can listen to it here – Fair warning: I had a cold, and I really chewed the scenery on this one). Published in 1923, this was the inspiration for Tod Browning’s 1932 cult classic film Freaks, and it got me thinking about other suspense and mystery writing set amidst the squalid glitter of circuses and sideshows, and so it true librarian fashion, I made a little list. Continue reading “Crime: Blood and Circuses.”