Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Five top mystery novels set in speculative worlds

B. L. Blanchard is a graduate of the UC Davis creative writing honors program and was a writing fellow at Boston University School of Law. She is a lawyer and enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but has lived in California for so long that she can no longer handle cold weather, and resides in San Diego with her husband and two daughters. The Peacekeeper is her debut novel.

At CrimeReads Blanchard tagged five favorite mystery novels in a speculative setting, including:
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

I love maps, I love books, and I love books about maps, so this one was just calling my name. Years after her famous cartographer father blacklisted her from the industry, Nell Young learns he has been murdered. She and her father had fallen out over a cheap gas-station map, and the same map was hidden in her father’s papers the night that he was killed. When Nell logs the map into a library database, her father’s colleague is similarly murdered, and it becomes readily apparent that the killer was after the map. Nell learns that there is more to the map than meets the eye, and someone is out there who will not stop until they have retrieved every last copy, no matter the cost. There is magic in mapmaking, and in the case of this book, that magic is literal. Anyone who loves maps and books should definitely check this one out.
Read about another entry on the list.

Q&A with Peng Shepherd.

--Marshal Zeringue