February 7, 2012
New display cabinets in front of the circ desk were partially paid for by grant. IS and circulation will work together to set up displays. Molly is purchasing mystery books and audio books with the grant money and she welcomes purchase suggestions. Barry Trott, RA librarian from Williamsburg, VA will be visiting us on the morning of Thursday, April 26. He developed a web based RA form. We have a music advisory service currently available at the library that is based loosely on Trott’s model. Monday evening, May 7 Sister’s in Crime will be coming to present a program on Modern Heroine’s. The panel includes well known author Julia Spencer-Fleming.
Endurance over time despite obstacles. Seen from the perspective of the police side of things. Established police procedures (culture, hierarchy, etc) Involves figuring out how characters are involved. Role of detective is often to confront and solve worst cases often dealing with instincts and conversely access to lots of information. Protagonist is driven by a sense of justice.
Differences from cozies: Not a fun adventure.
Similarities: Protagonist is a loner and often driven by a sense of justice.
Michael Connelly has about 20 books. Black Echo, first in the Hieronymus Bosch series, was published in 1992. This book provided lots of back story for a first in series and felt more like the middle of the series. Connelly has a journalistic background, well developed characterizations, some disturbing violence, and develops a mystery that is more complicated case than what is seen on the surface. Reader comments: lots of acronyms and obfuscated language, some “noir”, self-depricating, slow read, redundancy, “never a good time to read” (too violent, complicated, no likely characters), some really liked Bosch, first person and very interior, page turner, handles Vietnam vet issues well, fast paced, perceived as too violent for some and not very violent to others, appealing to those interested in history.
Complex, detailed, dark, gritty, page-turner, corruption, urban, dramatic, introspective
Summaries of second books:
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
Last in series, well written, described but not overly violent, protagonist in control, loner, lots of detail of police procedures (handling of evidence, interrogations), excellent dialog, mon-sexist. Set in Edinburgh. Well-written, detailed, strong setting. (Faith)
Gallows View by Peter Robinson
First in series. Set in Yorkshire. Seemingly unrelated plots that come together. Humorous. Inspector’s wife becomes victim. Sexual tension. More cozy than some others. (Susan)
Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway
Set in Ireland. Two simultaneous plots. Shows international aspects of Ireland, spare wording, sort of gritty, tight plotting, resolved. Fast, tight and modern. (Dylan)
Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin
First in series. Set in London. Serial killer although somewhat cozy feel to it. Some humor. Raymond Chandler and Alexander McCall feel. (Jason)
Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum
Deals with class. Set in Norway. Mistaken assumptions about physical and cognitive abilities of those that don’t fit in. Lot of description of architecture and furniture. Tricky plot. Stark, personal grief, loss and sorrow, ordinary desperation. (Erica)
Cop Hater by Ed McBain
1st in 87th Precinct series. Written in 1956. Beginning of police procedurals. McBain helped define the genre. Dated, simple and stereotypical. Sparse language. Dated, simple and interesting. (Susana)
Complaints by Ian Rankin
Complaints and internal investigations. Not a very engaging protagonist – loner, unpleasant. Well written. Set in Edinburgh. Complex plot, intersecting characters, noir, well-written and complex. (Janet)
Naked in Death by JD Robb
Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Roberts. Set in near future New York City. Strong romantic subplot. Some moderate graphic violence and sex. Strong, loner female protagonist. Somewhat typical characterizations but engaging story line. (Lisa)
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and illustrated by Jonathan Case
Graphic Novel- Hybrid of watching a movie and reading a book. Fast read. Well illustrated. Homage to author’s father who was a detective. Graphic violence and sex. Includes necrophilia. “More about a man than a manhunt.” Gruesome. Worked over decades. Graphic, fast paced, beautifully illustrated. (Andy)
Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh
Simple, uncomplicated, fictional setting similar to Northampton, misogynistic, easy read, plot details revealed slowly. Antiquated, old-fashioned, bland. (Steven)
Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
Female protagonist, blood details, interesting but not fully developed characters, set in Boston, mild love story. Fast paced, dramatic, complex. (Julie)
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
Dark crime that is resolved in the end, set in Venice. Protagonist spends time at parties, walking streets, out to eat. Right versus law. Dark, strong setting, civilized with dark edges. (Ben)
Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo written by Swedish couple.
Written in the 60s. Very procedural – nuts and bolts. Unable to figure it out by clues given. Victim is a librarian. Distinct style and voice of authors. Slyly humorous. Not overly emotional. Dry, witty, and precise. (Tex)
Open Season by Archer Mayor set in Brattleboro.
Fist in series. Gritty, dark characters that weren’t that well developed. Protagonist is introspective. Very detailed New England setting. Atmospheric. (Molly)
Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess.
Soft boiled. First in series. Set in small town Arkansas. Explicit language but nothing gruesome. Home spun redneck feel. Quirky and easy going pace. (Molly)
It is helpful to keep track of what you read to help your remember, especially helpful when keeping track of series and when providing recommendations. Molly showed three sites that are all free tools and have community aspects and can be used as a reader’s advisory tool. Molly is willing to help people get started with these.
Library thing – searchable, shows jackets, you can tag themes and rank. Provides recommendations and member reviews.
Good Reads – similar, gives updates of what friends are reading, can be connected to Facebook account, allows you to tag things you wants to read
Shelfari – by Amazon
Next meeting will be on Thursday, April 12 with a focus on young adult mysteries. The benchmark title is A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.