What is it about a good mystery that we love so much? Is it the clever titles? The way they combine the crime with the profession of the victim in a way which is not lame at all?
Supermarket Cashier = Murder in Aisle 3
Optometrist = Is This One Clearer, Or Is It Murder!!??
Ok one more
Fast Food Employee = Would You Like to Murder Size that!?
That was one too many…
Mysteries are a staple of the top seller lists. Authors like Agatha Christie, John Grisham and of course, Dan Brown, have sold a lot of books... a whole lot. So why do so many of us like mysteries? Many believe it all boils down to a need in us to see reason triumph over uncertainty and chaos. We like to know we’re in control and tying up loose ends is a great way to unwind. Others just like a good puzzle. A mystery can get you thinking, and a well written one can be a satisfying challenge like a crossword, a Sudoku or my arch nemesis… Origami.
Whether you like to read mysteries, watch mysteries or just act mysteriously sometimes, the Calgary Public Library can help you out. We've got mysteries for adults, mysteries for children and mysteries written with a teen audience in mind. The next time you visit the Library take a look at the mystery section, you might find something you'll love!
p.s. Don't steal those mystery titles, I'm definitely going to write those someday... well maybe not the last one.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
As Simple As Snow
I love talking about this book because I still haven't figured out what happend. If you think you're up to the challenge, give this one a try. Then E-mail me with the answer cause it's really really really bugging me... seriously I can't figure it out.
The first entry in the Horatio Wilkes series, Something Rotten is based on your favourite play, Hamlet!
If Hamlet isn't your favourite play, then don't worry, it's only BASED on Hamlet. If you like this one be sure
to check out the next in the series: Something Wicked (can you guess which play that one's based on?)
Drawing a Blank: or How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, end a Feud and Land the Girl of My Dreams.
Ummm.... what the title said. Also, it's good!