For those interested in exploring the suggestions that didn’t make it onto the 2016 Reading List, here are links to everything submitted!
Mysteries that spawned either TV series or movies >>
Note: for TV series that don’t have an exact correspondence with the novel from which it came, we will most likely try to get Season 1 Episode 1 to watch.
Park Rangers >>
At least one main character should be employed (volunteer or paid, as a park ranger, someone who supervises, manages, and/or performs work in the conservation and use of park resources
Cold Case >>
The OED defines a cold case as ‘an unsolved criminal investigation, which remains open pending the discovery of new evidence’. In a cold case mystery novel, the story centers around the investigation of one or more cold cases.
Scandinavian Mysteries >>
Scandinavian countries are Denmark, Norway and Sweden, but I think we really meant to allow for Nordic countries, so you can include Finland and Iceland.
Comedic Mysteries >>
Can include satire, “wacky farce”, gentle humor. Should elicit lots of chuckles!
Police Procedural >>
This sub genre attempts to convincingly depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. Police procedurals depict a number of police-related topics such as forensics, autopsies, the gathering of evidence, the use of search, and interrogation.
Show Biz/Celebrity >>
Either mysteries written with a real person/celebrity as a character (contemporary or historic but must have celebrity status) OR a mystery set in some sort of show business setting (real or fictional). We decided not to include authors who are celebrities.
Rabbis, priests, nuns, monks…novels with a main character in a religious capacity.
Poison Pen Book List 2014 >>
The Poison Pen is a bookstore in Scottsdale Arizona. They put out a number of book lists specifically for mystery book clubs! We decided to spend one month reading 2 books from their 2014 New Author List.