Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book 'Em: Elisa Ludwig's Top Mystery Reads of 2011

When I looked back on my 2011 reads, I saw that I zigzagged all over the place with genres. So rather than list favorite books that I read (some of which are already highlighted on this blog), I'm sharing a list of the mysteries that came out this past year that are still high on my TBR pile—and which would each make lovely
gifts for the teen readers in your life.

Kiss of Death by Lauren Henderson (Delacorte, 2011)

There's nothing better than a sassy teenage girl sleuth on the case. I love Henderson's other "tart noir" books and I can't wait to get my hands on this (last) installment of the series, featuring Scarlett Wakefield, the resident amateur detective of her posh English boarding school. Here, Scarlett is on a school trip to Edinburgh, when she runs into the twin of the boy who mysteriously died in her arms in book one, Kiss Me Kill Me.

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (Roaring Brook, 2011)

This YA novel from adult mystery writer Raines is described as a 1940s noir for fans of Veronica Mars. Need anyone say any more? I'm sold. Iris Anderson's father is a detective who comes back from the war with an injury, prompting Iris to help out with his latest case, involving a boy in her school. Like I said: sold.

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell (Scholastic, 2011)

An historic mystery set in the 1950s, Strings Attached is about a young showgirl on her own in New York City who finds herself mixed up with the mob. I love the premise of the book and the fact that it explores the constraints on women's lives in the mid-2oth century. Oh, and the fact that Blundell won the National Book Award doesn't hurt, either.

The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Knopf, 2011)

This story of a girl who's charged with proving her accused brother's innocence in the murder of the local baseball coach sounds like a fascinating psychological portrait of a family and its surrounding small town, with plenty of twists and turns.


  1. Thanks for bringing these exciting titles to my attention -- they're all new to me, and now on my TBR list!

  2. Lots of great mysteries! Thanks for the suggestions. :)

  3. nice idea, thanks for sharing...


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