Unusual Suspects

The Mysteries I Haven’t Gotten To Yet

Hello mystery fans! Something a bit different this week. This year has been a lot (understatement!) and I’ve found most people have fallen into one of two camps: they’ve finally been able to read as much as they wanted, or they are unable to read as much as they did. I am in the latter camp, having had my reading time eaten away, and when I do sit down to read, my brain is so stressed and overwhelmed that I can’t always get lost in the story. I’ve only read half the number of books I usually read in an entire year but rather than beat myself up for being human during a really difficult time I voted early and then took a look at my TBR from this year to highlight some books I’m still looking forward to reading.

Killer Kung Pao (A Noodle Shop Mystery #6) by Vivien Chien

This is one of those mouth watering cozy series that I just always enjoy. There’s a slow burn romance between Lana Lee (the young woman who moved back home who finds herself constantly solving mysteries while running her family’s Chinese restaurant) and a police detective. Plus, as you can imagine, yummy food.

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

All I know about this book is that it’s about an English professor who kills the man at her university she deems the worst every year. That’s all I need to know, I’m in!

The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright

Here’s a political thriller that basically takes you behind the scenes of dark money politics as it follows a political consultant sent to Carthage, South Carolina for a campaign as punishment (maybe he can redeem himself) for a past mistake. “The goal: to manipulate the locals into voting in favor of the sale of pristine public land to the highest bidder.”

Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto by Michelle Bowdler

Since the #metoo movement got widespread public attention there have been some excellent books including Know My Name by Chanel Miller. In Bowdler’s memoir she not only discusses her rape and recovery, but also takes a look at why, in our society, rape “is not treated as a crime of brutal violence but as a parlor game of he said / she said.”

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

This one sounds like the YA mysteries that fall in my wheelhouse: mystery + crime podcast. A young woman arrives at a small Hamptons village to be a summer nanny and ends up not only looking like a missing woman, but also confessing to the crime–eh, what?! Enter a podcaster who decides she’ll uncover the truth of what happened and why Zoe confessed.

Seven Years of Darkness by You-Jeong Jeong,Chi-Young Kim (Translator)

Jeong wrote The Good Son, so this naturally is a must-read for me. This time, we have the mystery of a young girl found dead and the three men somehow connected to the incident who start a cat and mouse game with each other to clear their own names without having to reveal what they are hiding. I am always here for a cat and mouse game.

I You We Them: Volume 1: Walking into the World of the Desk Killer by Dan Gretton

This is a memoir plus true crime mix, but the true crime part isn’t the usual. It’s a look into the people who were behind the orders of crimes against humanity so they essentially get to pretend their hands are clean– the “desk killers”. This is the kind of book that hits hard on the moral questions while shinning a light into the dark corners of our society.

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