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Mystery Movember at Collected Works WEEK 3: Classics

Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya $17.95 Paperback

Chicano literature lost a godfather this year with the passing of Rudolfo Anaya. The New Mexican author’s contributions both literary and on a local level had a resounding impact. Zia Summer is the first mystery in Anaya’s ‘Sonny Baca’ series, and centers around small-time P.I. Baca as he works to solve a brutal, ritualistic murder.

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie $14.99 Paperback

Hercule Poirot, one of Christie’s long-running protagonists, takes on his most well-known case in Murder on the Orient Express. The dapper, dignified detective is tasked with solving a most-serious murder, and does so in the setting of a luxury train. Poirot himself is worth the read, and Christie’s classic writing remains intriguing to this day.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle $11.00 Paperback

The third of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s crime novels featuring the eccentric-genius detective Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most well-known of the four Holmes novels. The clues point to a supernatural occurrence when Holmes and Dr. Watson are called to investigate an attempted murder in the English countryside.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett $15.00 Paperback

Yes, the movie was based on a book. Specifically the all-time classic The Maltese Falcon, originally published in 1930. The noir P.I. mystery has it all; a scruffy hero, shady characters, damsels who may or may not be in distress. All of them intertwined in pursuit of an invaluable artifact.

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith $15.95 Paperback

Tom Ripley is a talented man. He is also a terrifying, obsessive killer. Originally published in 1955, Highsmith introduces this enigmatic, psychologically thrilling character to the world with The Talented Mr. Ripley, the first in a series of five ‘Ripley’ novels.

The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman $16.99 Paperback

The first novel in Hillerman’s iconic ‘Leaphorn & Chee’ crime series, The Blessing Way is a mystical, southwest murder mystery that winds throughout the peoples, traditions and philosophies of the four corners region. Pick it up to see why Tony Hillerman was widely considered one of the finest genre authors of all time.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré $17.00 Paperback

Cold War agent George Smiley is forced to close ranks and question everything when he gets wind of a high-ranking Soviet mole in the British government. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a masterful espionage thriller, with fast-paced international twists and Le Carré’s astute spymaster Smiley leading the way.

Forever and a Day: A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz (w/ original material by Ian Fleming) $16.99 Paperback

Authorized by the Fleming estate, Forever and a Day is written as a prequel to Casino Royale (Fleming’s first novel). Author Anthony Horowitz is no stranger to the Bond canon, and has been allowed to use original material from the Fleming estate in his previous works as well as this one. His unique take on a James Bond origin story is explosive and suave, perfectly suited for the French Riviera where it takes place.

Reviews by Joel

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