Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Silent" Mystery Novels



Since The Artist, an almost silent movie about a silent film actor, won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year, we thought it'd be fun to feature "silent" mysteries. Enjoy (very quietly, of course!).

The Old Silent by Martha Grimes

In order to help stave off a bout of melancholy, Superintendent Richard Jury perversely vacations in the north of England in winter. While at his lodgings, The Old Silent, he witnesses a woman kill her husband. Even though he knows what he saw, the lady intrigues the unlucky-in-love Jury, and he feels that she must have a good reason for pulling the trigger -- but she refuses to talk. Meanwhile, Jury's well-to-do friend Melrose Plant makes the acquaintance of a fiercely independent young girl who has a way with animals -- and who might be in danger. As always, this 10th Jury novel features well-drawn characters and a complex plot and should please fans of traditional mysteries.

The Silent Hour by Michael Kortya

Can murderers be rehabilitated? Alexandra Cantrell, a mafia princess, and her husband, Joshua, thought so -- and so they opened Whisper Ridge, a sort of halfway house for parolees. But 12 years later, the estate sits abandoned and the Cantrells have been missing for over a decade. Then, a former Whisper Ridge resident suddenly contacts Cleveland, Ohio private investigator Lincoln Perry to find the couple. But why has the man been silent all these years? In this 4th outing for Perry, the answer to that query leads to other questions as the already complicated case becomes even more so. Kirkus Reviews says that The Silent Hour has "feisty plotting and the most memorable prose since Chandler."

Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters

In 1915, with a world war going on, Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family leave England to return to Cairo, Egypt. Hoping to keep her son Ramses away from the spy work that endangered his life in an earlier book, Amelia sends him and his new wife, Nefret, to Luxor to check on security at old dig sites. But there's no keeping this family away from trouble! Before you know it, fresh corpses turn up in old tombs, kidnappers strike, and an old enemy returns in this 15th book in the character-driven and very popular Amelia Peabody series. For more warmly humorous mysteries set in Egypt at the turn of the 20th century, try Michael Pearce's Mamur Zapt novels, which feature a Welsh detective

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