I’ve been meaning to tell you about two good mysteries I’ve read lately so if you enjoy a good mystery, grab a cup of something delicious and read all about them.
I know I’ve mentioned that I’m a fan of the Brother Cadfael series that was adapted for television and starred Sir Derek Jacobi, but I always wanted to read one of the books and so I began at the beginning with A Morbid Taste For Bones.
The first book involves a quest to retrieve the relics of Saint Winifred from a small Welsh village to take them to Shrewsbury Abbey, where Brother Cadfael is the herbalist. Of course things don’t go as planned and someone is murdered.
I absolutely loved this one. I admit I don’t know if it’s partly because I enjoy the television series so much, and of course in my mind Derek Jacobi is Brother Cadfael, but I found it very well written with great character development, and a good bit of intro into society of the time and place. Here’s my full review.
Next is Homicide In Hardcover by Kate Carlisle which is the first in a promising new series about a bookbinder. Brooklyn Wainwright’s mentor Abraham Karastovsky is murdered on the night he showed his work on a famous, and supposedly, cursed copy of Goethe’s Faust.
There are lots of potential suspects, a handsome British security officer and of course an interesting look at the world of book restoration. I had a couple of quibbles with this book, the main one being that the book in question I would think should have been turned over for evidence after it was found with blood after Abraham died. Some of the characters seemed a bit too over the top for my taste as well but I guess what won me over was the bookbinding and restoring part.
Given that I do bookbinding and would one day like to try my hand at restoration, I couldn’t help be drawn into the story. I’ll be looking for the second book in the series but for now here’s my full review.
And, now what mystery am I reading? Behold, Here’s Poison by Georgette Heyer. I love the atmosphere but I have to say I felt like I was dropped in the middle of an act in progress. Lots of characters and their intentions are introduced right off the bat as well as the murder so I actually had to start taking note of who was who.
Now that I’m a bit further along I don’t feel so lost anymore and am trying to figure out who poisoned the master.
Tell me if you’ve read a good mystery I should add to my list because you know I’m always looking for more.