I have to admit right up front that up until recently, I’ve not been what you might call a “fan” of mysteries and serial killer books. However, in the past few years I’ve also found that I can enjoy a fast-paced, well-written mystery (so long as it is not obvious who killed the victim within the first three chapters). My chief complaint with the mysteries that I seemed to pick up was that they were always formulaic, written poorly, lacked character development, and were so easy to figure out that I knew “who did it” within the first 50 pages. Well that’s just no fun for me as a reader!
Then, last summer, I read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and my interest in the genre of mystery was renewed. I plowed through those books, finishing the series in January after my beloved bought me the third copy from Ireland…..and was left wanting more. Well, Larsson’s dead and I had yet to find anything else to replace him, so I started asking around and taking suggestions in my hunt for another good thriller. (more…)