Mystery Appreciation Week

Mystery Appreciation Week: An Introduction

Hello everybody! It’s been a while since we had one of our Full-on EPIC Appreciation Weeks (in which we pick a topic or a genre to glom for a whole week) and it was one of our 2013 goals to bring those back. SO, it is with the utmost delight that we present:


Mystery Appreciation Week

*cue Psycho soundtrack*

Why Mystery, you might ask? Well, it is a genre that both of us love but one that we read very little of. Because of that, both of us had tons of unread Mystery novels on our TBRs slowly languishing there, forever alone! We thought it was a time to put a stop to this crime (hee, inevitable pun) against our own books and go for an Appreciation Week.

As such, we have picked a mix of new and classic mystery novels, both adult and YA, and we’ve aimed for a balance between crime and murder mysteries. A little bit of everything, for everybody!

Here is what you can expect this week:

We kick start on Monday with a joint review of historical YA mystery The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines. We’ve both had this book on our respective TBRs FOREVER (ok, gross exaggeration, since the book only just came out a couple of years ago, but it FEELS like forever).

The Girl is Murder

On Tuesday, we have fun with a couple of lists. Ana talks recent/current Mystery TV shows she has been watching and Thea writes up a recent Mystery/Thriller in YA roundup list (more of a shocking expose of her seriously overloaded TBR)…

Sherlock (BBC) The Believing Game

On Wednesday, Ana reviews 1934’s A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh as well as Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood for our Old School Wednesdays feature. Thea joins in the fun with a review of Philip Pullman’s first Sally Lockhart mystery, The Ruby in the Smoke.

A Man Lay Dead The Ruby in the Smoke

On Thursday, Thea writes another long-time-coming review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first book in the ongoing Flavia de Luce mystery series, by Alan Bradley.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Then on Friday, we post a review of one of most talked about books of 2012: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. And, over at Kirkus, we talk Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff.

Gone Girl Paper Valentine

Finally on Saturday, we post a special Mystery edition of On the Smugglers’ Radar!

We are looking forward to immerse ourselves in blood and suspense! Hope you will join us this week and as usual we remain…

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Karen Mahoney
    February 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

    So excited for this! I am writing a mystery at the moment. Well… it’s on hold while I finish Moth’s second book, but I’ll be getting back to it soon. πŸ™‚


  • Liz
    February 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I loved your appreciation weeks, I’m so glad to see that they’re coming back. I’ve never been a huge mystery reader, but I ended up reading a lot of it this past year and found some really great series.

  • Megan no h
    February 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Excited to see what you think of Sally Lockhart! Also LOVE Theme Weeks. When I was reading Code Name Verity the other week, I was all “EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET SHOULD DO A WWII WEEK, RIGHT NOW” since that was all I wanted to think about at the time.

  • Kate K.F.
    February 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Oh I love mysteries though A Man Lay Dead is not one of Marsh’s best, its the first Alleyn book but others are far stronger. I hope you like it and will read more, because that’s a series that just keeps getting better. Its one of my favorite ones to dip into and reread when I need a break.

  • Linda W
    February 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Mystery week–woo hoo!!! I’m a Ngaio Marsh/Inspector Alleyn fan, so bring it on!

  • k.
    February 4, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Looking forward to your review of Gone Girl!

  • sakura
    February 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love the Flavia de Luce mysteries and those by Ngaio Marsh too so am looking forward to your thoughts. Am in two minds about reading Gone Girl but there’s been so many amazing reviews.

  • Mieneke
    February 6, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Oh! This week was made for me, as I love mystery and crime and while I al ost exclusively watch crime/mystery shows on TV, I read far too litlle of it. Look forward to what gems you uncover this week πŸ™‚

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