How many different types of mystery can you think of?

I'm writing (and researching) John's Joy at the moment, a book of children's stories based on Revelation. I know it sounds odd, but I've always loved Revelation, and the more I learn about it the more I love it. So why not try to convey that excitement (and mystery) for kids.

Meanwhile I'm also rewriting my old Hemlock stories, in hopes of getting them published (maybe Ink-Filled Stories will take them, but that's a mystery). I'm compiling my cat tales into Claws for Concern. And I'm editing, formating, and generally playing with other people's books.

And I'm reading. So here are some more book reviews and coffee recommendations (because, of course, I'm also drinking coffee).

Someone Else’s Daughter by Linsey Lanier is the first in a mystery series starring a once-abused woman who's daughter went missing as a baby. Sensually direct, never sweet, and filled with contrasts and humor, it's the sort of tale you'd love to watch on TV. Enjoy it with some dark five-star coffee.

Pawsible Suspects by Chloe Kendrick introduces an investigator who, sort of, works with the aid of dogs... hence those paws. But this isn't science fiction, and the animal communication is perfectly logical and sane. It's a fun read, sometimes annoying, and again, perfect for TV. Plus it's got dogs. Enjoy with some easy-drinking two-star coffee.

This next one's second in a series,The Mourning Commute by Sam Cheever. The protagonist is... a professional mourner! She provides a service for those who wasn't someone present at "the service" and she makes a great fake girlfriend. But then there's the question of how the boyfriend died... Intriguing and humorously over-the-top, it's one to enjoy with some more easy-reading two-star coffee.

Whispers from Another World: Whitney Powers Paranormal Adventure #1 by Jason Paul Rice is a slightly uncomfortable blend of fairytale with adult mystery. It's the start of a series, and it's got some potentially interesting characters and lots of questions. Definitely intriguing and odd, enjoy with some mild crisp one-star coffee.

The Invisible Girl by Christine Amsden might be hard to find, but it's part of her Cassie Scott mystery series, which is highly recommended. In this short story, an imp promises to give someone "her heart's desire," but can imps be trusted? Magic gone awry and love gone astray, it's a very fun tale to enjoy with some well-balanced three-star coffee.

Then there's Charm House by Orrin Jason Bradford, excerpted from Fantastic Fables of Foster Flats. It's a cool, dark, entertaining short story, with a mystery to be solved and a darkness leaning... I think I'd enjoy the collection, and I'd recommend some dark five-star coffee while reading.

And finally, there's one for the kids, another short story: Gamenite by Bec. J. Smith. Black and white illustrations, clever depiction of computer game action (and the mystery of how it's happening)... it just might be one a 10-year-old boy will read without complaint, and reading it as an adult is like watching over a boy's shoulder as he plays. Might, light, crisp and full of action, it's another one for a one-star mild crisp coffee.

So... mysteries galore. And maybe, just maybe, the second book of my Tails of Mystery series might come out soon. Watch out for a Nose for Adventure from Linkville Press!


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