A few mysteries I done read

In an earlier post, I speculated that maybe I was about to enter a Mystery phase, a phase I've never experienced before. So I gave it a go. I don't think it really took, but it was kind of fun.

The Cat Who Went Underground by Lilian Jackson Braun. These are well-known, but I'd never read one before. I liked the main character pretty well, but the cats were uninteresting. I'm not really a cat person, unless the cat is asking for a cheeseburger. (Don't be mad, cat-lovers! I'm not a dog person, either. Or a pet person. Or even a kid person, actually.) Also, does it always take so long to get to the mystery part?

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton. Another famous mystery writer. This was pretty good. There was plenty happening and the characters were fun. I liked it pretty well.

Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs. I love, love, love the TV show Bones, and since it's gone for the summer, I thought I'd try to get my fix this way, since the show is loosely based on Kathy Reichs and her books. (Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist who writes novels about a forensic anthropologist named Temperance Brennan, and Bones is about forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who writes books about the fictional character Kathy Reichs! That's just the kind of silly, clever trick that I love.) There's not enough similarity between book and show to get me my fix, but I liked it pretty well and I might read more of them. I guess it might not technically qualify as a mystery.


  1. you should just read agatha christie mysteries... all of them, in chronological order.... i heard she had slight dementia or something near the end and the number of words she used in her last books was considerably less than her earlier books... anyway

  2. Yes, I've heard that I should read those. I'll give them a try sometime, but honestly, I haven't been reading as much as usual. I guess I'm getting back into it, though, so someday I will try Agatha Christie. Maybe next time I go on vacation. Not sure when that will be.

  3. Colter likes Agatha Christie. Dad has read the Sue Grafton books up to about M but missed a few in the middle. Obviously he liked them..... We just kept finding them in the free bin at work and at garage and library sales.

  4. It's not you - the cat ones are very lame and hard to get through. I like the Sue Grafton ones, I think I've read all but the latest "letter" at this point. The earlier ones are better than most of the recent ones, however. Been mostly reading Terry Pratchett lately though - if you've never read him, you are in for a treat. Probably one of the best writers of the 20th century. "The Colour of Magic" is a good one that started it all, but "The Wee Free Men" is a more recent one that's also a great intro.


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