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Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Reading: Mavens of Mystery by Jacqueline Seewald



Summer is the perfect time to spend some time vacationing or just relaxing. Sit in the sun, lie on a chaise poolside, rest by the ocean or a lake, or under the shade of a tree, sip a cool drink, and read a book.
 

                                                   
Mysteries remain one of the most popular genres for summer reading. The current issue of AARP Magazine features a wonderful article entitled “Murder, She Wrote.” It discusses the most popular women mystery writers. None are young. Each has a popular mystery series. Who are these most popular women writers of murder mystery fiction?

Janet Evanovich (latest book WICKED CHARMS),
Tess, Gerritsen DIE AGAIN,
Louise Penny THE NATURE OF THE BEAST,
Sue Grafton X IS FOR…,
Sara Paretsky BRUSH BACK,
 and the Queen of Suspense herself—Mary Higgins Clark, THE MELODY LINGERS ON

Lots of good summer reading on this list. But what about some of the excellent women authors that write for small independent presses and provide us with quality mystery series but don’t get as much publicity because they are not with the big publishers?

I have read two of these writers so far this summer and intend to read many more. I recommend Patricia Gligor’s Malone series, her latest novel MIXED MESSAGES being a perfect summer read. Check it out on Amazon. Nancy J. Cohen writes the Marla Shore hairdresser (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) series. I recently read BODY WAVE--another enjoyable summer read to check out on Amazon. I also recommend the 4th in my Kim Reynolds librarian sleuth series THE BAD WIFE.                                    
                                   http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J6PCKVW

If you’re in the mood for the latest in Southern gothic romantic mystery, I can recommend two--Susan Coryell’s BENEATH THE STONES and my own just released novel DARK MOON RISING. Both can also be checked out on Amazon.

As a reader and/or writer are there any books you would like to recommend for summer reading?




18 comments:

Susan Oleksiw said...

This is definitely the season for hanging out with a good book. I like to read on the porch in the late afternoon, when the wind has shifted and the day is growing quiet. Thanks for the listing of books to try. I know I've read at least one book by each author listed, and now is the time to try another.

Nancy Means Wright said...

I always appreciate a good reading list, and thanks for yours, Jacquie. Your new well written and suspenseful Dark Moon Rising is, of course, on my current reading schedule. I've just bought a copy of Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon about Mary Shelley and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft. AS you know, I've featured the latter in two mysteries--most recently, The Nightmare.And I guess most of us have read Shelley's Frankenstein!

Bonnie Tharp said...

I love to read mysteries and THE BAD WIFE was a good one! The AARP article was fun and I do love all of those authors, too. I'm trying my hand at writing my first mystery so wish me luck. And this summer I am reading AN ECHO IN THE BONE, over 800 pages so I'll be at it awhile. It's part of the OUTLANDER series by Gabaldon. It doesn't fit in any one genre but many. Still working full time so no pool side reading for me. Not too many beaches in Kansas, either. But love reading in the shade of a tree on my patio. Let's hear it for summer reading...YAY!

Patricia Gligor said...

Jacqueline,
Thank you so much for mentioning my series and, in particular, my beach mystery, Mistaken Identity.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

An excellent post, Jacquie. I intend to read Mary Higgins Clark's book, for as authors, Mary and I have something in common. I think you know what that is. I have seven books to read ahead of her on my Kindle so I'd say my summer is booked. No pun intended. Thanks for the list, I can always count on you for good sharing.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Susan,

Thanks for dropping by. I enjoy reading your mystery novels with their exotic Indian settings.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Nancy,

I'm glad you intend to read DARK MOON RISING. I look forward to your review. I also want to read your latest mystery as soon as it is published.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Bonnie,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading THE BAD WIFE. Thanks for listing some other novels for summer reading.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Patricia,

I really did enjoy your well-written mystery MISTAKEN IDENTITY and all the novels in the Malone series.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Mary,

Congrats on your latest mystery novel as well. I think Mary Higgins Clark has inspired many other writers. I've had the benefit of meeting her in person a number of times and she is a most gracious lady.
So is Sara Paretsky. Both authors are generous toward other writers and readers.

Allan J. Emerson said...

Jacqueline, I've got THE BAD WIFE and Patricia's MISTAKEN IDENTITY on my Kindle. I'd also suggest Patricia Stoltey's DEAD WRONG, which I've read and enjoyed.

Susan Coryell said...

Thanks for the plug, Jacquie! I also tell my readers abut your prolific writings--especially Dark Moon Rising! Super Gothic!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Allan,

I thank you and I'm certain Patricia does as well! We all like to have our books read. I will definitely put Dead Wrong on my to read list. Thanks for the recommendation.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Susan,

I did enjoy Beneath the Stones and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Dark Moon Rising. Like you, I've always enjoyed Gothic romantic mystery and so had to write one of my own--old genre with a modern twist!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Thanks for the mention! I enjoyed reading your book, Dark Moon Rising. It had a wonderful gothic atmosphere, and the suspense kept me turning pages. Now I'm reading C.S. Harris's latest historical mystery. Before that, I read the first two books in Mike Shepherd's new Vicky Peterwald scifi series.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Nancy,

I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Dark Moon Rising and I appreciate the excellent review you gave the novel.

Thanks for adding to our summer reading list for mystery fiction.

varun mishra said...

Thank Jacqueline, for sharing awesome line with us, keep sharing

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, Varun!