Mysteries to curl up with on a cold winter’s night, recommended by Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven
“The Police” by Jo Nesbo – Someone is murdering police officers at the sites of former unsolved murders. Each murder is a gruesome and bizarre interpretation of the unsolved murder. These serial killings are frightening the people, angering those in charge, and stumping Oslo’s police force. Their former homicide detective, Harry Hole, is no longer a policeman, but he is the only one capable of finding the murderer. Nesbo leads the reader down many roads. The story is complicated, intricate, and totally captivating.
“The Bones of Paris” by Laurie King – It is 1929 and the setting is Paris. Former FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant is trying to trace a missing 22-year-old American woman. As Stuyvesant crawls through Left Bank haunts, he discovers that she is only one of many missing persons. In a world filled with the likes of Hemingway and Cole Porter, he discovers another world of art that is grotesque and leads him to the Theatre du grand-Guignol. This complex and tantalizing mystery will leave the reader looking for more.
“Joyland” by Stephen King – When 21-year-old Devin Jones takes a summer job at Joyland, an amusement park in North Carolina, he is quickly seduced by the carney atmosphere. He operates rides, dresses up as a mascot, and cleans up after the customers. When he befriends a 10-year-old dying boy who has psychic powers, his life changes as he helps the boy track down the murderer of the ghost girl who haunts the Horror House. With King’s ability to create memorable characters, this is both a mystery and a gentle coming-of-age story.
“How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny – Things are bleak for Inspector Gamache as a corrupt superior seems intent on herding him into retirement. He lands a strange murder case. Elderly Constance Ouellet, the last surviving member of a set of quintuplets, is found dead from a blow to her head by a lamp. Why would anyone want to murder this reclusive woman of 79? This intelligent mystery is solved as Gamache seeks to salvage his career.
“Think of a Number” by John Verdon – Dave Gurney, a retired NYPD homicide detective, is drawn back into that world when he is lured in by the plight of a former classmate, Mark, who is receiving mysterious mailings that terrify him because the writer appears to be able to read his mind. The writer also threatens Mark’s life for crimes he cannot remember having committed. The reader is quickly drawn into this engrossing web of puzzles.