My Favourite Things: Death and Mayhem
You are probably wondering, what is she talking about? Death and mayhem? Psychotic much? Weird much? Yes, on both counts, but only in the sense that one of my favourite genres to read is murder / mystery. There is nothing that is more pleasurable to read than a good, old-fashioned murder mystery. It definitely touches us on a deeper level than other novels, as situations in which the characters find themselves can delve on so many possibilities in life, and some of them are so evil we can hardly contemplate they exist. We are attracted to them, but repulsed at the same time. I know they often make me think about human nature, and how far a person will go when he/she becomes desperate, and I often shudder in reaction and think, "How is that possible that a human being can sink to such low levels?" Even the best and most interesting of the murder mysteries can't answer that question, but we search anyways for the ultimate answer to the "Why?"
Exploring death, and the reasons behind death, can make us uncomfortable, and yet we sometimes seek that thrill, through books, because it is exciting. And there is always that sense that the bad guy will get his due in the end, and I know I am shocked when things don't turn out the way I am hoping, expecting, and the bad guy walks free and clear. There seems to be a miscarriage of justice, and we rant about it, upset, because reading is supposed to be a fantasy world where we see justice done. But that just adds to the greatness of what mystery is all about, doesn't it?
Here are a few of my favourite mystery series. It is impossible to list them all or you would be here all day, but these are authors I never miss, for a variety of reasons.
1. Anne Perry
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt have been part of my life for quite a while now, and I have just finished the latest book in the series, Death on Blackheath. There is something about these books that I have enjoyed so much as there is no subject the author does not discuss in her books. I am also quite fascinated with the descriptions of the Victorian Era. Following the footsteps of Thomas Pitt as he rose through the ranks of the police force, and is now the commander of Special Branch, has been a delight.
2. Louise Penny
How the Light Gets In) put me through an emotional wringer, but book 9 was deeply satisfying and I am curious as to what will happen next. I do recommend that you read this series in order however, as events will make much more sense if you do. Absolutely love this author!!!
3. Agatha Christie
4. Peter Robinson
5. C.J. Sansom
Another interesting novel by this author, completely different than the Matthew Shardlake series, is his Dominion. It is an interesting take on what Great Britain would be like in the 1950s if Hitler had actually won World War II. Fascinating book, and I highly recommend it.
I could go on and on about other murder mystery series that I adore, but I decided to limit it to five just to keep the post shorter. Some other authors that I like are Elizabeth George, Elizabeth Peters, Dennis Lehane, Josephine Tey, Ellis Peters, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Val McDermid, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter, Henning Mankell, Ian Rankin, Tana French, Jo Nesbo, Martha Grimes, Nelson DeMille, and the list goes on and on. What are some of your favourites?