It’s a Mystery!

If you have been to Topsham Public Library lately, you may have noticed Emma’s display for the month is showcasing mysteries. Do you know May is Mystery Month?

batDo you enjoy a light mystery? Obviously, Agatha Christie is a good place to start. You can choose between Miss Marple, or Hercule Poirot, or even Tommy and Tuppence plus others. Or perhaps you would enjoy the Hamish MacBeth or Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton.

Do you want something a little darker?  Try Jo Nesbo’s books featuring the detective Harry Hole, or Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series.

Maybe something in the middle between light and dark is more to your liking? Charles Todd writes a series that takes place between the World Wars with Ian Rutledge as the lead detective, or I have recently found Tana French who writes detective stories set in Ireland.

Do you want a mystery that takes place in Maine and written by a Maine author? Look no further than Paul Doiron and his Mike Bowditch mysteries.

wallanderWould you rather watch a mystery than read a mystery? Well, many of Agatha Christie’s books have been dramatized as well as the Hamish MacBeth series. PBS is currently showing the final Wallander season on Sunday evenings (Do you know that the dishy Tom Hiddleston is in 7 episodes of Wallander with Kenneth Branagh?). But there is always more for your enjoyment: Hinterland, Vera, Inspector Lewis, Inspector Lynley, Foyle’s War, Castle, The Closer, Waking the Dead, and so much more!

I realize that my suggestions are like a speck of dust on the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a start. And if you have already read and seen all of these ideas, come and talk to our staff member Linda as she is our mystery expert and can put you on the trail of someone new.

thriceTalking about new. Do any of you read the Flavia DeLuce series by Alan Bradley? Have I got news for you! In September 2016 his newest addition, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’dis being released. Get on the wait list now!

And don’t forget, author Charlene D’Avanzo, will be here at 3pm on Tuesday, May 24 to discuss her first mystery Cold Blood, Hot Sea. Come join us!