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2016 Reading Challenge: read a mystery in May

by Becky C | May 04, 2016
For the month of May, we're challenging you to read a mystery!  I've listed a few of my favorites but there are many more to choose from.  You can even go "nonfiction" if you wish and focus on some of history's mysteries, like Roanoke, the Shroud of Turin, or the debate over who found America first.

Select a mystery that appeals to you, read it, and share your thoughts in the comments of this post.  I'm always looking for my next great read!

 The Perfect Ghost

This book was impossible for me to put down and the ending caught me by surprise — I love it when an author can do that!  I immediately began re-reading and became even more impressed.  It takes a lot of skill to show readers everything they need to know but lead them in an entirely different direction.  And this is why Linda Barnes is now on my “Must Read” list.
Track of the Cat
Anna Pigeon is a courageous and resourceful Park Ranger with a bit of a loner streak. The 19th book in the series, Boar Island, comes out May 17 of this year but you owe it to yourself to start with the first book in the series, Track of the Cat.  Each title is set in a different national park;  I just recently finished the 13th book in the series and I love that Anna continues to grow as a character as the series progresses. 
The Anasazi mysteries by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear expertly weave together two suspenseful, haunting storylines: one from A.D. 1200 and one from present day. The Visitant is the first title in the series and it takes us to the desert of present-day New Mexico.  The story alternates between past and present with characters in each time period trying to solve the crime. If you enjoy historical mysteries with a touch of the mystical, you’ll want to give this series a try!
 An isolated environment, a limited group of characters who might not be trustworthy, a death that may or may not have been accidental, and a balance of discovery and action. Set on the strange and desolate Farallon islands, just off of the coast of San Francisco, this is a beautifully written atmospheric mystery.
 Spellman Files
 The Spellman Files is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time.  It does have its somber and even frightening moments, but in between there are lots of scenes of Spellmans chasing Spellmans, Spellmans interfering with Spellmans and Spellmans blackmailing Spellmans—all in the name of familial love, of course.  If you like Stephanie Plum, you’ll love Izzy Spellman!  Read it—you won’t be disappointed!
 The Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy is an excellent choice if you like an unpredictable plot, quirky characters and snappy dialogue. Monkeewrench is a Minneapolis software company run by eclectic misfits. In the first title, Monkeewrench , the company has created a computer game where the killer is always caught and the good guys always win–but the game becomes a nightmare when someone begins copying the fictional murders in real life. 
The first in the Karl Alberg series, this why-did-he-do-it mystery is set on the lush Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.  The characters are bound together in a story that makes us question the nature of justice.  With its intriguing characters and strong sense of place, this book beat out titles by Ruth Rendell and Jonathan Kellerman to win the Edgar award in 1986 — I can see why.

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