The recent freezing temperatures prompted me to collect a stack of mystery books to read during nights of blustery wind in a house that creaked and groaned as the hours ticked on.
What better way to begin than with Edgar Allan Poe, or Arthur Conan Doyle?
The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library has books, CDs, and DVDs of these author’s works, as well as about the authors themselves.
I recommend an anthology to be able to select stories on whim at the moment of reading to match the atmospherics of the stories with the weather outside.
After warming up with these two authors, I turned to more contemporary writers.
Two of my favorite mystery series set in the early 20th century are Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series, and Suzanne Arruda’s Jade del Cameron series.
In the first, Maisie Dobbs returns to London after the Great War to resume her studies and a professional career as a psychologist and private investigator.
In the second, Jade del Cameron goes to Kenya after the Great War as a photojournalist for a travel magazine.
Another series begins with “The Impersonator,” by Mary Miley, about Jessie Carr, a vaudeville actress turned Hollywood hopeful. The subsequent two books in this series are not in the Heights library catalog, but may be requested through the interlibrary loan service.
Other titles about mystery writers or characters:
“Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making,” by John Curran; “Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers,” by Stuart Kaminsky; “Detective Fiction From Victorian Sleuths To The Present,” by M. Lee Alexander; “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales Of Mystery And Imagination,” “Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her,” by Melanie Rehak; and “Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery,” by Terry Jones.