What makes a good mystery?

I know there are lots of responses to this questions based on the mysteries read, detectives, and, of course, readers.  I love Larrissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker because she’s hilarious and can’t keep her nose out of someone’s business if she suspects something wrong is going on. She has an amazing heart and a stubborn streak which are traits we share.  One of her opposites would be Barbara Cleverly’s Joe Sandilands.  A war hero and now an Assistant Commissioner, Joe Sandilands is serious; however, he isn’t above pushing his limits to solve a crime.  He’s incredibly smart and recognizes the importance of women in the police force which was certainly not popular in London in 1933.  He’s a man of honor and is particularly passionate when children or women are in danger.


I started this blog to open a discussion of books I’ve loved, liked, or disliked. I hope you’ll comment on my posts and add your own. There is so little time and so many books! Let’s get started.


I guess I’ll start with books — I’ve read over a hundred so far this year.  They run the gamut from mysteries to inspirational books. I’ve absolutely loved some of them, liked others, and hated a few.  I just finished Barbara Cleverly’s The Blood Royal, one of her Joe Sandilands books, and I loved it. One reason I enjoyed it so much is because she introduced a new character, Lily Wentworth, a policewoman in London in 1922. Despite the doubts of most of the men around her, she proves herself to be sharp and daring.  The interactions between her and Joe developed his character more and made me like him even more than I had. I love the fact that more and more writers are either creating strong female characters as their protagonist or developing them in a secondary role.  I want my granddaughters to realize that they can be whatever they want to be and that they’re strong, resilient individuals. I’d like my grandson to feel the same way about himself and view women the positive ways they’re portrayed in media and real life.