February 22, 2012

It's a Mystery

I loved my Nancy Drew books when I was a young girl. I don't remember how many I had, but I read them again and again. (I even tuned in when Pamela Sue Martin occasionally teamed up with Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson during episodes of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries series in the 70s.) My grandmother was a huge fan of Agatha Christie novels. When she was through with one, she'd crack open another. She had worn paperbacks all over the house just waiting for her to pick them up and help solve the crimes. Even my dad is getting in on the fun. He's quite taken with a mystery author who lives in the same seaside Florida town he lives in. It must be in the blood.

As I got older, I turned my teenage affections towards the love story. What teenage girl doesn't. And being the hopeless romantic that I am, I still need a good love story fix now and again. These days I'm reading a lot of realistic fiction (gotta love these labels). Stories of women, mostly, dealing with one thing or another, sometimes there's a love story mixed in, sometimes a little mystery, but it's mostly about the struggles they face and the relationships they try to foster.

I've come full circle and now I'm ready to dive into a juicy mystery once again. I've read some Laura Lippman, I got through the first book in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (and I have the second one on my bookshelf when I'm brave enough to read it), I've ready several books by Lisa Scottoline, I'm due to pick up another Lisa Gardner, and it only gets more intense from thereHarlan Coben, Dean Koontz. (I'll save my Denis Lehane story for another day.)

What's Next?

Photo: NancyDrewSleuth.com

5 comments:

Anne said...

Oh Kim! Thanks for the heads up, I loved Nancy Drew AND Agatha Christie (my mom's passion!). I read every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on when I was a teenager & then in my 20s bought every mystery Agatha Christie ever wrote - I adore mystery novels!

Have a great day!

Deb said...

I love mysteries too. I've read all of Mary Higgins Clark.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,
I love books like you do and I really enjoy reading your blog.(You write beautifully!) I only discovered your blog recently and I am busy reading the archives in my midterm break. Being almost 47 I even don't mind confessing my love of children's literature and books I devoured as a kid. Bought the first Nancy Drew on my kindle now - must know what everybody is talking about! ;-)

Greetings from Austria,
Elisabeth

Kathy said...

I loved the Nancy Drew books! Now I need to visit EBay and get them all back...

Kimberly Merritt said...

Hello! It's so nice to see new faces and names.

Anne, you've inspired me to search out some Agatha Christie novels. I'm sure my grandmother's copies are long gone. I will visit your blog soon!

I've read a few MHC novels years ago, Deb. I may need to check her out again.

Greetings Elisabeth! Thank you for your kind words. I am starting to revisit children's literature myself. I'm going to search out new titles to add to my list. Let us know how you like them.

I understand completely, Kathy. I only wish I had thought about this when my children were young. Good luck with the hunt!