Book choices are a personal thing. I love murder mysteries, for the most part. These three I would recommend. I prefer female mystery writers, only because, as I learned when I taught creative writing at Beaver Creek Minimum Security Men's Prison in Muskoka, male writers have a bit of a different edge and tolerance for the gruesome. After I dealt with being a caregiver for my late parents, I seemed to have a low tolerance for blood and guts. Just the way it is. That said, the first book is by a maleSwedish author!
1. Faceless Killers, by Henning Mankell
A Kurt Wallender thriller. "Originally published in Swedish as Mördare utan ansikte in 1991 and later translated into German as Mörder ohne Gesicht."
Wallender is the detective, and he is human, with human frailties and addictions.
This writer is excellent. I love reading about a different system of policing. He writes well, the dialogue is very different and honest, unlike the CSI-like artificial Hollywood dramas, this writer writes honestly and well. We will be reading the entire series!
Synopsis From Random House:
"It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have--and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments."
2. If Looks Could Kill, by Kate White.
"Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirtysomething, single-again true-crime writer for a leading Manhattan women’s magazine. Smart and savvy, she’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story—especially if it’s murder."
Weggins is a lot better dressed than I am, and a young single on the dating scene, but I could identify with her. It wasn't all Sex in the City! It's lighter reading than some, but not as bad as some I've read, bodice ripper it is not! A modern day single woman. A plot that is intriguing, but not terribly complex.
3. The Doula, by Bridget Boland.
This intrigued me, as I am a hospice volunteer. Also, my daughter gave birth at home with the assistance of two midwives. If you belong to a book club, the novel includes some discussion questions at the back of it. A good read, there was suspense as we move through the story. I won't give more away than this!
In a way it reminds me of other experts in their field, as they write of their life's work, educating the reader with a good story. A bit didactic, but I liked it. A good writer.
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