Tuesday, August 2, 2016

#Tuesdaybookblog: Three Series, 10+ #Mystery Reads Worth Reading

I love a good list. I make them for everything: groceries. To do. birthdays, etc. So here is a list of great mystery reads that you might enjoy--if murder, deception, and the chase are your thing!

The Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith

Three have been released so far: The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. In The Cuckoo's Calling (Book 1), we meet the hero Cormoran Strike.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.       Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.       These are written by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King

Unlike the aforementioned series, this one is complete. It begins with Mr. Mercedes and is followed by Finders Keepers and
End of Watch.
Mr. Mercedes opens with desperate unemployed folks lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

         In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
          Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with two new, unusual allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. 

The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad) by Alex Grecian

Five books and counting, this series begins with, you guessed it, The Yard.

Victorian London—a violent cesspool of squalid depravity. Only twelve detectives—The Murder Squad—are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…           
A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day, the squad’s new hire, is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard’s first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve. Because the squad itself it being targeted and the devious killer shows no signs of stopping before completing his grim duty. But Inspector Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer’s motive.
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And if these books aren't enough to excite you, how's this: a list of free mystery reads from Instafreebie.

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