Wrap Up: Mysterious Women

Before we end our take on Mysterious Women, we have a few more books to tell you about. 

Flatiron, 2017

Flatiron, 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper

This book came out in January, but for some reason unbeknownst to me, I didn't hear about it until a couple months ago. Since then, it's made the rounds on the Bookternet, and most readers agree — this is great mystery. But what is it about, exactly? People are pretty hesitant to give spoilers, but from what I gather, a detective returns to his hometown in rural Australia. What secrets did he leave behind? And what new ones will he discover? *cue creepy music* - K

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak

Did you really expect a blog post about mysteries and thrillers and for me not to mention Nancy Drew?? This book has been on my TBR for ages. This book uncovers the mystery of the person behind the moniker Carolyn Keene. I've known the names of the women who created the beloved Nancy Drew series and am looking forward to learning more about their lives.  - A

Mariner Books, 2006

Mariner Books, 2006

Vintage, 2005

Vintage, 2005

In Other Words by Natsuo Kirino, Translated by Stephen Snyder

Several women work together in a meat factory. One woman comes to work after being beaten up by her husband. So what do these women do? They take care of the problem. Remember, they work at a meat factory. (Sweeney Todd, anyone?) Everything I've heard about Out says it strikes the perfect balance between horror and intense thriller. So, naturally,  I've been looking around for a copy at my local used bookstores. Cross your fingers that this weekend's library sale will be the magic day. - K

Murder on the Red Cliff Rez by Mardi Oakley Medawar

Set on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin, this mystery opens with the murder of tribal lawyer Judah Boiseneau. The sheriff, David Lameraux, tries to uncover the culprit, but ends up hitting a cold trail. He enlists the help of Karen "Tracker" Charboneau – a ceramicist and expert trail guide. This is another one pulled from my TBR that has excellent reviews. It's more difficult than you would think to find mysteries that have female protagonists, which is why I'm extra eager to read this one. - A

Minotaur Books, 2002

Minotaur Books, 2002

Simon & Schuster, 2006

Simon & Schuster, 2006

The Good House by Tananarive Due

I feel like The Good House has a certain reputation on the Bookternet. I'm not a big horror or thriller fan, but even I, the bumbling mystery/thriller novice, have noticed a certain deference towards this title. Why? It's 597 pages of the perfect combination of mystery and horror. A woman returns to her family's ancestral home, called the Good House. Mysterious and sinister things may have happened in the house's past (naturally), and the protagonist must uncover family secrets. I do love a creepy book about creepy old houses. Sounds worth the 600 pages to me. - K

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

Naomi Watts gets a phone call late one night. The person on the other end tells her that her daughter is missing. The catch? Naomi gave her daughter up for adoption 15 years ago. So begins this story about a woman who must decide if her complicated past is worth diving back into. - A

William Morrow, 2017

William Morrow, 2017


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