You’re kidding, right?
I say this to Mom a lot. Especially when she gets The Look. You know. That Look. It usually precedes a mile-long description of her new favorite book. Of course I listen. Because, ya know. That’s my job. Well, that and being beautiful and brilliant. (It’s a tough job. But I’m up for it!)
So when Mom came up with yet another harebrained idea for Fine Wine Fridays – where do these things come from? – I just smiled and listened.
Mom’s latest brainstorm? A list of really cool murder mysteries/whodunits.
Being the brains in this dynamic duo, I reminded Mom that she doesn’t typically gravitate toward either genre. But you know Mom!
So here, in no particular order, are Mom’s version of Fine Wine Friday murder mysteries/whodunits. (See more Fine Wine Friday picks here.)
By Phillip Margolin
Robin Lockwood isn’t just a crackerjack criminal defense attorney in a prominent Oregon law firm. She’s been recently promoted to top banana after her boss, Regina Barrister, is forced into early retirement due to dementia. Lockwood is also a former MMA fighter. That comes in handy in this high octane legal thriller.
When a high stakes poker player, magician and all around schmuck, Robert Chesterfield, winds up dead while showcasing his latest and greatest illusion, the Chamber of Death (oops), Lockwood and her firm’s in house investigator and main squeeze, Jeff Hodges, can’t help shake a feeling of déjà vu. Putting pieces of a complicated puzzle together, they realize that a stone cold killer is methodically targeting everyone responsible for getting Chesterfield off on a double murder rap that’s decades old.
It’s a high stakes battle of wits wedged into a desperate race against time. Can Lockwood find the perp before the killer pulls off the greatest illusion of all?
By C.J. Box.
Montana private investigator Cassie Dewell must unravel a treacherous web of lies and deceit in order to discover the truth about a man framed for a terrible crime – while someone’s trying to murder her. The title has a double meaning. (Read my full review here.)
By John Grisham
Ray Atlee is a newly divorced professor of law at the University of Virginia when he receives a “summons” from his ailing father. A retired judge, Dad Atlee summons his two sons, Ray and Forrest, to return home to Clanton, Virginia to discuss the details of his estate. The summons is typed by the Judge Atlee himself, on his own stationary. The trio isn’t exactly what you’d call “close knit.”
Ray reluctantly heads to his hometown. The meeting never takes place. The Judge dies too soon, leaving a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.
By Delia Owens
A murder mystery. A coming-of-age narrative. A celebration of nature. Owens surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child, Kya, aka: the Marsh Girl. What she finds – and how – may surprise you. (Read my full review here.)
By John Grisham
William “Willie” Traynor isn’t just a cub reporter for an ancient weekly newspaper in the Deep South. The newly-minted Syracuse U. graduate is also the editor/publisher. He bought the struggling newspaper for a song. Subscriptions went through the roof after coverage of a vicious rape-murder. The suspect is the son of a notorious crime family. The story will either make Willie’s career as journalist. Or it could get him killed.
The Last Juror is vintage Grisham. Set in Ford County, Mississippi during the turbulent 1960s and 70s, this finely crafted legal thriller will keep you guessing until the last page.
In 1832 England, thirteen year old Charlotte boards a ship to return home to Rhode Island. What begins as an exciting voyage turns into a harrowing journey, and Charlotte winds up on trial for murder.
By Elizabeth Elo
Natalie March is a successful surgeon in Washington DC. Her deepest relationship is with her mother, Vera March, a Russian immigrant and MS patient confined to a rehab. Vera is haunted by the fact that her Ukrainian parents were sent to one of Stalin’s gulags when she was just a baby. Vera thought they perished there along with millions of other Russian citizens. Natalie would do anything to heal her mother’s psychic pain.
Then a young Russian dancer claiming to be Natalie’s cousin approaches her with details about her grandmother that no stranger could know. Turns out Natalie’s grandmother, Katarina Melnikova, is still alive. Trying to locate her grandmother, Natalie soon finds herself caught in a web of family secrets that will pit her against both the Russian FSB and people within her own government. Check out our full review here.