Let's solve a mystery (novel)!
September 7, 2010 9:52 AM Subscribe
I want to read fun books like what I read when I was young.
posted by synecdoche to writing & language (39 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Yep, yet another book recommendation question.
I'm a graduate student studying literature, and so much of my time is spent reading. I'm trying to find some books that I can read to unwind and relax, that don't take quite as much brainpower to get through. Basically, I'm looking for stuff that will take me back to the stuff I used to read before I went to university, when I'd spend an afternoon tearing through novel after novel.
I used to really love mystery novels, but it seems to me that most of the new stuff is all of the "dark psychological serial killer thriller" bent. I'm not so into that. Nor am I into CSI-style forensic thrillers. What I did love were whodunnits where the killer wasn't some socially maladjusted deviant, but a relative with a secret to hide or who was worried he/she'd been written out of the family will. In my younger days, I loved Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who…" novels, but I'm not feeling the main premise these days. But that is the type of thing I'm looking for, I guess: a sleuth who isn't tracking down a crazy psychotic killer whose bizarre fetishes mirror his or her own, but an interesting plot with memorable characters. I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and know about Agatha Christie, obviously, but I'd love a new paperback series that runs along similar lines. (Just a few more data points of stuff I loved as a kid: The Three Investigators and The Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, and so on.)