Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NPR's List of the Best Mystery and Crime Novels for Summer 2009

NPR's Selection of Summer 2009 Mystery, Crime Novels

NPR's Maureen Corrigan lists her choice of the best mystery and crime novels for Summer 2009. She recalls her youth reading Nancy Drew and notes several similarities between those books and her selection of "grown-up" mysteries.

In The Shanghai Moon by S. J. Rozan, Lydia Chin is on the hunt for a cache of stolen jewels, a plot Corrigan wryly notes constitutes about 99% of the classic Nancy Drew mysteries.

In The Way Home, George Pelecanos takes a detour into Nancy Drew territory when a house under renovation reveals a bag stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash.

And just like the dilapidated mansions and hidden staircases Nancy Drew was always poking about, S. J. Bolton sets her latest mystery, Awakening, in a quaint English village with a Gothic flair.

Two other books make Corrigan's list: The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly and Black Noir, an anthology of crime and suspense fiction edited by Otto Penzler.

Reviews and excerpts for all five books can be found in Corrigan's article.

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