Friday, December 08, 2006

Autumn book report: mystery-o-rama

Okay, well, I really let this one slide, huh? This is October and November combined.

1. The Art of Detection, by Laurie R. King. Latest Kate Martinelli mystery. Didn't engross me.

2. In the Bleak Midwinter, by Julia Spencer-Fleming. A new-to-me mystery series about an Episcopal priest living in Rhinebeck country. Pretty good.

3. Winter's Child, by Margaret Maron. Don't you love when Amazon recommends stuff you actually like reading? This is yet another mystery series involving a North Carolina judge. This is one of the more recent ones, but you don't need to know much of the backstory.

4. The Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfeld. Early 20th century New York City is the setting for this historical mystery involving Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and others. A bit unlikely (the Hamlet stuff was kind of superfluous) but still enjoyable and the psychological backdrop about Freud's work (e.g. Freud vs. Jung, the public response to Freud's theories, the biology vs. psychology debate) was very interesting.

Note to prospective test knitters

Thank you to everyone who offered to test knit. I am still answering emails -- I got a lot more than I ever expected -- and I don't want to send some generic one to everyone, so if you haven't heard back from me, I apologize and I will email you personally in the coming days.

9 comments:

jill said...

While I really like King's Holmes and Russell novels, I haven't really liked the other books of hers that I have read.

JoVE said...

Something about that description of the Rubenfeld made me wonder if you have read Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace? You might like it. Based on an actualy case with fictional stuff to fill in big gaps in what was known. Some of that draws on early freudian stuff, too.

Carol said...

Thanks Jove. You know, I don't think I've read that one. I think the Blind Assassin was the last Margaret Atwood I read. I'm definitely going to put it on my library list.... This is why I love to talk books! You get great recommendations from people.

anne marie in philly said...

just asking...

have you ever read any of lisa scottoline's books?

they always hold my interest.

not only that, she's a philly girl AND a former lawyer.

Cheryl Fuller, Ph.D. said...

I just finished the Rubenfeld book. As a Jungian, I read it with a bit of a jaundiced eye, as Jung is portrayed in a very biased way that is typical of some Freudian thinking. The mystery was fun though.

Warrior Knitter said...

Have you read any of Laurie R King's Mary Russell books? I've read those & a couple of her other books, but I like her Mary Russell books the best.

Anonymous said...

You'd probably like Laura Lippman, too. She writes the Tess Monaghan series and a few stand alones. Best to start the Tess books from the beginning, because there is a lot of character (and author)development. Lippman is David Simon's (Homicide, The Corner, The Wire) wife.

rosesmama

Carol said...

Thanks, Rosesmama! I'll put that one on my list too.

Anonymous said...

have you read 'nature girl' by eric hiaasen? i found it pretty entertaining.
judy