I associate fall with mysteries and spooky stories. I’ve been thinking about rereading one of my favorite cozy mystery series, the coffeehouse mysteries by Cleo Coyle. If you’re looking for a mystery experience that is slightly creepy at times, look no further than Night Film by Marisha Pressl. Yes, I said experience because it truly is a book that you experience. When a cult horror filmmaker’s daughter is found dead, the reporter who ruined his career and marriage investigating the filmmaker picks up his investigation again, not believing the reports that she killed herself. Look for it in hardcover because I don’t think it would be the same on an e-reader and take the time to savor it. I’ve been reading this for awhile, not because I don’t like it, but because I want to soak up every word. Another great mystery is Omens by Kelley Armstrong, which is the first in her Cainsville series. When the daughter of a well-known Chicago family and the fiancé of a budding politician finds out that she was adopted and that her birth parents are notorious serial killers, she heads to the small town of Cainsville to find out more about where she came from. I loved the mystery and the relationship dynamics at play in this novel. I also loved the slight supernatural aspect that I think will become more prominent in the next book.
I always think of fall as the perfect season to crack open the Harry Potter books and journey to Hogwarts again. If you’re looking for me this weekend, you can find me curled up under a blanket with a cup of tea and one of the books from the new special edition boxed set. (When I’m not NaNo-ing, of course.)
Other books that are on my to-read list include: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (I loved the movie–Goran Visnjic!–and I love Hoffman’s novels so I’m looking forward to this), Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz (I have to read it now that the TV show is airing), The Shining by Stephen King (it’ll be my frst time reading it; I can’t help it, I avoided anything related to The Shining after watching the movie for the first time when I was 10), Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (this is the only reason I’m reading The Shining), Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (I love these types of books) and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling!). Whew! I better get started. Christmas book season starts soon!