Welcome to MURDER BY TYPE, a place to discuss mysteries and authors and the things that draw us to our favorite books. Is it location? Is it the type of protagonist? I am drawn to police procedurals and books with private or amateur investigators. Unfamiliar locations carry the plus of teaching about cultures and customs. Favorite authors include Leighton Gage, Timothy Hallinan, Cara Black, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Michael Stanley, Dan Waddell, Donna Leon, Libby Fischer Hellman, Martha Grimes, Kathy Reichs and the list goes on and on.
- Beth C.
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MISTERIOSO is an exceptional book. It follows the rules that define a police procedural by following a case from the commission of a crime to the end of police involvement. The judicial system is not an arm of the police; … Continue reading
Today, a guest post by Maine Colonial – a terrific writer and recovering lawyer who enjoys reading traditional mysteries, police procedurals, espionage thrillers and Eurocrime. This is Nesbø’s seventh Harry Hole novel, but the fifth to be published in English. … Continue reading
On page 328 of THE MAN FROM BEIJING, Henning Mankell writes, as part of a conversation, “We are still embroiled in a large-scale investigation with lots of complicated details.” This pretty much describes the book. It starts with the murders … Continue reading
THE DARKEST ROOM is the winner of the 2010 Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger. It was chosen over THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, AUGUST HEAT, HYPOTHERMIA, BADFELLAS, and THIRTEEN HOURS. ECHOES OF THE DEAD, the first of Johan … Continue reading
My daughter will, at odd moments, decide that something is a “tradition”. A few months ago, she came with her father and I to see the film adaptation of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, after which she announced that … Continue reading
WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK is the fourth of Harkan Nesser’s books to be translated into English. It opens in a cemetery a few days before Christmas. A woman, the lone mourner, stands at the side of a grave as her mother … Continue reading