Based in New York City, Otto Penzler knows a thing or two about good mysteries. In addition to being a mystery fiction editor and author, Penzler is also the proprietor of New York's The Mysterious Bookshop. Here are his top mystery picks for the summer:
Edgar Award nominee Joseph Koenig is best known for delivering intimate portraits of crime and its aftereffects. Brides of Blood was critically lauded for its portrayal of Islam in the early 1990s and the author’s careful attention to detail. Koenig spent two years researching before writing about a conspiracy behind a young woman’s seemingly random murder. An under-read literary thriller!
Marc Olden is perhaps best known for Black Samurai, the book that inspired the Blaxploitation film of the same title. His Narc series follows the cases assigned to special narcotics agent John Bolt, who tackles the world’s biggest and most violent drug cartels. This gritty series follows dark twists and shocking turns.
J. Robert Janes’s historical mystery series featuring detectives St-Cyr and Kohler, two sleuths from opposite sides of the Second World War, is now available for Kindle readers. The brand new Bellringer, the 13th novel in the series, is set in the beautiful resort town of Vittel, which has been turned into an internment camp for American and British women who failed to leave France before the Nazi Occupation: a great book for readers who love well-researched and detail-rich novels.
Mysteries to Make You Laugh Out Loud
The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald is David Handler’s novel about celebrity ghostwriter and sometime detective Stewart Hoag. Digging into the culture of celebrity books, shady publishers, and unscrupulous agents, this Edgar Award–winning mystery will keep you cheering for the underdog.
The Witch and the Borscht Pearl, by Angela Zeman, tells the story of Mrs. Risk, who takes a young widow, Rachel Elias, under her wing and teaches her how to be a detective—skills that come in handy when the famous Borscht pearl necklace goes missing. A great novel filled with quirky characters and surprises!