Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Amateur American Sleuths

The Mysterious Mornings group met this morning and talked about their favorite mysteries starring Amateur American Sleuths. If it’s a mystery and the main character is solving crimes, but isn’t a police officer or private investigator, then it fit this month’s sub-genre. Since we have already (or will be) discussed culinary, crafting, hobby and pet mysteries, we left them off the list.

Here are the group favorites listed by author and their series main character:
  • Barr, Nevada (Anna Pigeon)
  • Burke, Jan (Irene Kelly)
  • Cannell, Dorothy (Ellie Haskell)
  • Clark, Mary Jane (KEY News Mysteries)
  • Dobson, Joanna (Karen Pelletier)
  • Graves, Sarah (Home Repair is Homicide)
  • MacInerney, Karen (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries)
  • Maron, Margaret (Deborah Knott)
  • Meier, Leslie (Lucy Stone)
  • Riggs, Cynthia (Martha's Vineyard Mysteries)
  • Thompson, Victoria (Gaslight Mysteries)
  • White, Kate (Bailey Weggins)
Interested in joining in on a Mysterious Morning discussion? A list of suggested authors and titles are available at the Bridgewater Library and books will be on display about a month prior to the discussion. (If you’re a voracious mystery reader you can read more than one.) Our next theme/subgenre is Real People -- Unreal Crimes.

If it’s a mystery and the main character is famous for soemthing other than solving crimes, and is now solving crimes, then it fits this month’s sub-genre. Just keep in mind how the main character's fame and profession affects the mystery because that’ll be a major talking point at our discussion on January 11th at 9:30am at the Bridgewater Library.