Mary's Library

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Father's Day (cont.)

Mysteries can be flip, hilarious, cerebral, weird, gory, formulaic, cozy, informative, noir, or nostalgic. Different dads prefer one or another of these sub-genres, so here’s a suggestion for each category.

Flip – Kinky Friedman’s series

Hilarious – Carl Hiaasen, especially Stormy Weather (©1995)

Cerebral – Dorothy L Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey series

WeirdThe Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich (©1940)

GoryLA Confidential by James Ellroy (©1997), which makes the movie look tame, by the way

Formulaic – Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh

Informative – Emma Lathen’s John Putnam Thatcher series, especially Murder Against the Grain (©1967) or A Stitch in Time (©1968)

Cozy – Robert Bernard’s stand alone books set in England, such as Fete Fatale (©1985)

Noir – Raymond Chandler, of course

Nostalgic – The Thin Man series by Dashiell Hammett

Tomorrow, the male equivalent of chick lit.


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