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Finishing Line – Summer Mystery Reading Challenge

summer.jpgTime really flies. The closing of Summer Mystery Reading Challenge and that Labor Weekend is right around the corner mark the end of summer. Thanks to Liz at Reviewed by Liza for hosting this reading event which allows me to explore the genre a bit more. You bet I’ve got many more mysteries in my book pile now.

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber puts an intellectual property lawyer Jake Mishkin at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to hunt for a priceless treasure–a hidden manuscript–involving William Shakespeare. The book is a fast-paced thriller in the form of a chase after the manuscripts from New York City to England and other parts of Europe. One of the most intriguing things is the author’s caliber to re-create Shakespeare’s life at the turn of the 17th century. In the sub-layer beneath the main story ponders the difference, if there is any, between truth and invented reality, whether it is in writing, in scholarship, or even in our life and relationship.

The other five books counted toward this challenge (previously listed and reviewed in the Moleskine Book Reviews section) are The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder of Roger Ackryod, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile. and Murder in Mesopotamia. I didn’t have time to write up reviews for the last two. Death on the Nile might be the most thrilling of all so far in all of the Agatha Christie mysteries I read for this challenge. A wealthy heiress who is having the time of her life is killed on a steam boat down the Nile during her honeymoon. The investigation takes a convoluted and shocking turn as the detective concluded that none of the passengers have killed him. Murder in Mesopotamia takes readers to the Middle East where a woman is succumbed to inexplicable nervous terror and is later murdered on an excavation site.

This concludes the summer bout of fun reading mysteries, a genre I usually don’t explore as I’m burrowed in huge pile of historical and literary fiction. The challenge has definitely encouraged me to dig out more mysteries–and sometimes it’s fun to put those heavy classics aside!

4 Responses

  1. The Book of Air & Shadows sounds really good! I might try and get that from the library. Thanks for the info and congratulations on completing the challenge!

  2. Andi:

    If I were you I’ll get it from the library. 🙂 I got mine as a redeeming gift for the frequent book club.

    Working on the list of outmoded author challenge. 🙂

  3. I’d really like to read the Gruber book, too. At this point, though I think I will have to wait until it comes out in paper.

  4. Danielle:
    Ditto. I would have waited as well had I not scored a book club bonus.

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