Always up for a good mystery

I have made no secret of my love for mysteries.  I do read other genres, but there is something about a mystery!  Like I have said before, it probably goes back to reading Nancy Drew books as a child. I not only like to read mysteries, but they are my screen favorites, as well.

Fortunately, I have a couple of chums who are mystery fans too.  We connect frequently via Zoom and always talk about what we are reading.  Our tastes are pretty similar, but not identical.

As the pandemic rages on and staying home is the only safe option, we decided to form a mystery book club.  It might be one of the smallest book clubs out there because we only have 3 members (😊)!  We meet each week because we read at a pretty good clip.

We all like mystery series and decided to focus our efforts on recurring characters.  Our first read was the Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni.  It is contemporary and set in Seattle, so that has been fun.  Tracy is a homicide detective with an interesting back story. There are 7 books in the series, with 2 short novellas to set the stage.  An 8th book is coming out in 2021 and we will loop back to pick that up. 

Our next foray has been to a series set in Charleston, SC.  It again features a female detective, Ellie Kline.  The author is Mary Stone and there are six books in this series.  Ellie also has an interesting back story and the theme is human trafficking, which is pretty grim.  I am not sure if this is the perfect holiday read during a pandemic, but we are all hooked.

Our next series is still under discussion and we will kick that off in 2021.

One of my holiday traditions has been to read a mystery set at Christmas.  I have read a number of them over the years.  A few years ago, I treated myself to The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (pictured above).  There are 59 mysteries in the anthology and I have read 39 of them. So, I have 20 left. But I am most looking forward to reading A Christmas Journey from my mystery loving friend, KJ. All of these will provide a welcome holiday break from our human trafficking mystery series!

“The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.”
― Mary Roberts Rinehart

As always, I am ending my week with COVID 19 data from King County (as of 12/16/20). Over the past 14 days:

  • 8702 have tested positive (9.3% of those tested)
  • 395 people have been hospitalized
  • 68 people have died

While the percentage of cases in younger (supposedly healthier) people is increasing, a lot of people continue to need hospitalization and the families of 68 people, 6 since yesterday, have lost their loved one to this disease in the last two weeks.

Maybe this is a good weekend to stay home, stay safe, and read a favorite (mystery) book!

Happy Birthday to ND!

See you on Monday,

Allene

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