I just finished a novel that I can't stop talking about. Imagine Stephanie Plum
and Sam Spade
rolled into one and you'd come close to Isabel Spellman, the main character of The Spellman Files
. This is the first book in what I fervently hope is a long series. Isabel, "Izzy" to her family, is the child of two private detectives. She works for them at their agency.
The series is set in present day San Francisco and author Lisa Lutz uses the city backdrop to good effect. The novel opens with a high-speed car chase, but by the end of the chase you know this is not your average mystery. The book delighted me and kept me at the edge of my seat. It belongs in my very exclusive club ? the "I thought about calling out sick so I could finish the book" club.
Speaking of Stephanie Plum... Hooray! A new book is on the horizon. June 19 will bring the thirteenth novel in the series: Lean Mean Thirteen. I love this series so much and in particular I like to be surprised, so I never read the blurbs ahead of time. So, oddly enough, you, reader, may know what Thirteen is about, but I don't. And let's keep it that way, OK? On the same day Twelve Sharp comes out in paperback. I'll probably reread Twelve to build the frisson for the new one.
I just discovered a series that has been around for two years. Susan Kandel's Cece Caruso mysteries. The first one is I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason. The newest one is called Christietown, also out in June. Cece is a biographer by trade and while she's researching the lives of mystery writers ? the latest is my main lady Agatha Christie ? she gets tangled in murder.
Of course, if you are at a loss as to what to read until June, pick up the seven volumes of Malice Domestic. These are wonderful collections of "cozy" short-story mysteries by bestselling authors.