“Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.”
~ Mickey Spillane
Ah how I love a good mystery and as yesterday I posted on two mysteries I’ve enjoyed, I thought I’d continue now with some mysteries that have captured my attention and I’d like to check out one of these days.
- Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli. The setting for this mystery is 1945 Italy. The country is still under a Fascist regime but the Commissario is investigating a murder of a drug dealer. An Italian noir novel.
- The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco. This novel of suspense is set during the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906
- The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris. Just before Christmas, in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1867, police investigator Porfiry Petrovich faces his most challenging murder case since the events made famous by Dostoevsky in the novel Crime and Punishment-a case with disturbing parallels and even darker implications.
- Days of Atonement by Michael Gregorio. A whodunit set during 1807 in Prussia, a magistrate is summoned from his country refuge to solve a heinous multiple murder.
- The Dragon Scroll by I.J. Parker. In an adventure filled with highway bandits, unscrupulous politicians, and renegade monks, The Dragon Scroll introduces readers to the lively world of eleventh-century Japan and an irrepressible hero-Sugawara Akitada.
Hm, I just realized all of these are historical mysteries. Well, I have been on a bit of a historical kick lately so I guess this makes sense. If you’ve read any of these let me know what you thought.