Friday, November 16, 2018

Nine mysteries with unexpected investigators

Erica Wright's latest crime novel The Blue Kingfisher is filled with "substance, entertainment, and chills-a-plenty" according to The Seattle Review of Books. Her debut, The Red Chameleon, was one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014. She is also the author of the poetry collections Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She is the poetry editor and a senior editor at Guernica Magazine as well as a former editorial board member for Alice James Books.

At CrimeReads Wright tagged nine mysteries that challenge our expectations for crime fighters, including:
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

While this novel certainly echoes a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, it is also distinctive in how it balances personal dramas with the central mystery. The perspective shifts between characters, and teenage singer Alice Hatmaker accepts the challenge of figuring out if her prodigy roommate ran away or was murdered. The events take place as a once impressive now dilapidated hotel in upstate New York. Hundreds of high school-aged musicians swarm the place for a statewide festival. Racculia takes this fun premise and exceeds expectations, telling multiple satisfying stories at once.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Bellweather Rhapsody.

My Book, The Movie: Bellweather Rhapsody.

--Marshal Zeringue