As part of our tie-in to the detective-themed Summer Reading Challenge, it’s time to recommend a few excellent detective series. If you’re looking for a new series to get your teeth into, here are the first books of three fabulous mysteries:
Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley mysteries. Glossing over the rather unsympathetic blurb for book one (Never nice to read a woman being described as “fat and unlovely”, even if she is the prime suspect at a murder scene.), this is where we start Elizabeth George’s dark and suspenseful series. Book one.
Peter May’s trilogy set on the Isle of Lewis. With a wonderful sense of place, this trilogy will transport you to the Scottish Isles as you follow Detective Inspector Fin Macleod’s attempts to get to the bottom of the captivating and sinister mysteries. Book one.
“Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters. With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, ‘The Keeper of Lost Things‘ is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that will leave you bereft once you’ve finished reading.”
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Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers. Indeed his success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn’t really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain’s premier birding country, Jejeune’s two worlds soon collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. Jejeune must call on all his birding know-how to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities.
“Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself. On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more. Beloved, bestselling author Victoria Hislop’s ‘Cartes Postales from Greece‘ is fiction illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind.”
Sail away with a copy from the library
The theme of this year’s children’s summer reading challenge is Animal Agents: a mash up of appealing animal characters and detective stories. To make sure us adults aren’t left out, once a week here on the blog over the summer holidays we’re going to be featuring detective mysteries, brilliant books with animals in, and even some intriguing books which manage to combine the two!
We’ll begin with the thoroughly charming The Cat Who series. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is the first in a wonderful series featuring our reluctant hero Jim Qwilleran. Having inherited more money than he knows what to do with, and finding himself divorced and in his forties, Jim must build a new life for himself. This he does with the help of two charming Siamese cats and a budding friendship with the town librarian. Inevitably, events intervene in the shape of a murder – and Jim’s beloved cats reveal hitherto unexpected detective skills! A really easy read, these books have an appeal all their own – don’t be surprised if you get hooked!
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This novel begins with the aftermath of the death of Nell Abbott. Her sister Jules returns to the town for the first time in years, she has not communicated with her sister or her niece in all that time.
Memories begin to haunt her as soon as she arrives and steps into the house on the river. What is the truth of what happened in the past and what is the truth now. The police have decided Nell’s death was suicide.
The story is well written, each person has their own chapters. It flows well builds up to a fitting climax. The characters are brought to life and develop all the time.
There are lies, violence, heartbreak, regrets and much more.
Not as good as The girl on the train but still well worth reading.
Reserve Into the Water
How will the Troll under the bridge cope with the goats who keep multiplying in number? If the smartest giant in town buys 12 new items of clothing and then gives half of them away, how many will he have left? These and other important questions will all be answered in a fun and participatory way in the Count on Norfolk storytelling for numeracy event.
The stories, aimed at 4 – 7 year olds, will be told in a fun and interactive way with performance storyteller Liam Carroll. The session should leave children multiplying their demands for stories, being twice as impressed with learning and adding to their understanding of maths!
Tuesday 8 August
North Walsham 12:30-1
Wednesday 9 August
Kings Lynn 2:30-3:15
Thursday 10 August
Mobile Library Queens Hill (at Primary School) 2:30-3:15
Monday 14 August
Wednesday 16 August
Thursday 17 August
Millennium Library 11-11:45
Earlham Library 2:30-3:30
Friday 18 August
Plumstead Road 10:30-11:15
Monday 21 August
Tuesday 22 August
Wednesday 23 August
Thursday 24 August
Long Stratton 2:30-3:30
Friday 25 August
Wednesday 30 August
Summer 1881: the streets of Limehouse are thick with opium… and menace. At eighteen Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, a sprawling criminal empire on the banks of the Thames. Determined to do things differently to her fearsome grandmother, she now realises that the past casts a long and treacherous shadow. Haunted by a terrible secret and stalked by a criminal cabal intent on humiliation and destruction, Kitty must fight for the future of everyone she cares for…
A very popular parent at Plummer Prep, Brighton, Yvonne is left for dead in the school playground. The police think they know who did it but have no evidence. The local Inspector asks Cece an ex police officer for help as she has just started taking her children to the same school as the suspects.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Cece, Maxie, Anaya, and Hazel. It covers a lot of back history of each of them, hidden because it is shameful or even illegal. All the parts are integrated brilliantly to produce a cracking story.
A must read book from a master storyteller.
Reserve The Friend