April 24, 2010 - Four out of the seven mystery novels
I read back in January stick in the mind as very good reads, all
by authors with a track record of excellence. Michael Stanley's
The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu: A Detective Kubu Mystery
is the two-person team's second set in Botswana. With more
conventional police force characters, albeit with a Batswana
particularity, this police procedural series probably
won't rival the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series in popularity.
But it does deserve wide readership.
Also reliable for good writing and local flavor are Sara Peretsky
and John Lescoart, in San Francisco (A Plague of Secrets). Joseph Kanon's
Stardust recreates Hollywood of the McCarthy period, with
side glances at World War II Europe.
Michael Gregorio takes us back to early 19th century Prussia
under French occupation, in
A Visible Darkness, while Brent Ghelfi features a contemporary
(and hyper-violent) Russia and Chechnya in
Volk's Shadow. Both are part of series that are well-written and
create convincing fictional atmospheres, although I am not sure whether
they would ring true to those more familiar with their milieu
than I am.
Set in New York and Pittsburgh respectively, Peter De Jonge's
Shadows Still Remain and Kathleen George's
Afterimage are both well-written police procedurals, with plots rich in
psychological twists. Although they each have a sense of place,
in neither case does it seem to be integral to the plot, which
might be replicated in most any U.S. city.
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