Is That a Gat or …

I confessed recently that I have an uncontrollable urge to read a mess of detective fiction. I recognize several strong influences, any one of which might boost Mickey Spillane ahead of Henry James on my short-term reading lists. But there are two facts that I need to recognize before I go full-out Peter Whimsey: first, I never have abandoned the fun of mystery stories like I have the tedium of science fiction (look at my reading lists: there’s a mystery or two almost every month), and second, there is so many examples of mystery or detective fiction available and being written every day — so many that no one, let alone I, would ever hope to read them all.


I imagine sitting on the steps of the library with piles of books all around me, a pile of V. I. Warshawski, another of Spenser (with an “S”), maybe a  teetering stack of Maigret or a more pious pile of Cadfael. I adjust the glasses that are slipping down my nose and suddenly …

So I am planning to jam a significant number of hardboiled detectives, competent and principled law enforcement officers,, and smarter-than-me women detectives, into my next few monthly reading lists. I have three goals: first to read Connelly’s Harry Bosch series because I have massively enjoyed the Amazon series, and second, to catch up on all those post-death Robert B. Parker novels that are growing like topsy. And third, of course, to start piling books on the library steps.

Here is the June reading pool:

  1. Monsieur Pamplemousse On Location — Michael Bond
  2. Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm — Michael Bond
  3. The Brief History of the Dead — Kevin Brockmeier
  4. The Woman In White — Wilkie Collins
  5. The Black Echo — Michael Connelly
  6. The Black Ice — Michael Connelly
  7. Zero Cool — Michael Crichton
  8. Sputnik Caledonia – Andrew Crumey
  9. Alan Quatermain — H. Rider Haggard
  10. Bodies are Where You Find Them — Brett Halliday
  11. Murder and the Married Virgin — Brett Halliday
  12. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  13. Newcomer — Keigo Higashino
  14. Maestra — L. S. Hilton
  15. The Ghost in the Machine — Arthur Koestler
  16. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  17. Bend Sinister — Vladimir Nabokov
  18. The Famished Road — Ben Okri
  19. Charlotte Temple — Susanna Rowson
  20. Throwaway Daughter — Ting-xing Ye

One thought on “Is That a Gat or …

  1. I love mysteries! Especially series mysteries when I get quite involved with the continuing characters. I also have a fondness for ones with a good bit of humour, although it’s by no means a necessity.


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