Reading Roundup: Favorite Mysteries of 2015
The Mystery Book Club (Warrenton) ended its 2015 year of reading with a holiday party and discussion of titles read throughout the year. We voted for our favorite and least liked titles and talked about our upcoming reading list. You may be wondering what makes a good mystery and of course that answer varies by reader. A sub genre of fiction, mysteries are sometimes referred to as a detective story or crime novel. The purpose of a mystery is to solve a puzzle; this puzzle is often a murder a likable (or not so likable) detective sets out to solve. Popular examples of this genre include Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes.
Our Favorite Read of 2015
The Dark Winter by David Mark was our favorite read of 2015. A “dark” police procedural, “The Dark Winter” is the first in the Detective Aector McAvoy series. Detective McAvoy has a past full of ghosts and he must try to balance his family life and his work. To fully understand McAvoy and his “ghosts” further reading of the series is necessary. We thought is was well written, we liked Detective McAvoy and consider this a series to follow.
Our Least-Liked Read of 2015
A courtroom thriller involving a well respected lawyer, Andy and his fourteen year old son, Defending Jacob by William Landay, was our least-liked read of 2015. The setting of a courtroom and following along with testimony of the trail(s) was redundant and boring to some. Several of our readers thought it “boring” with too much “psychobabble.” Others felt the ending was the only interesting part about the book. Told through Andy’s perspective, this novel tests family loyalty and questions of parenting arise through out.
The Mystery Book Club (Warrenton) kicks off the 2016 reading list on January 21 at noon. Please join us as we begin 2016 with, Endless Night by Agatha Christie. We welcome new members and you don’t have to be a mystery lover to join the Mystery Book Club.