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OPL Reads 150: Mystery


As part of the library’s Canada 150 celebrations, branches throughout the city set up displays inviting patrons to write about the Canadian book that has meant the most to them.  Somewhat surprisingly, only eleven mysteries made the list.


 Not so unexpectedly, Louise Penny CM has three books on the list.  She is the undisputed grande dame of Canadian mysteries.  Her detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, has been solving crimes in the Eastern Townships since 2005. Although set in Québec, her books have a British "Golden Age of Fiction" feel to them, invoking Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.  Her latest book, Glass Houses is the most popular book in North America, topping both the Globe and Mail and New York Times bestsellers’ lists. 


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first book in the Flavia De Luce series by Alan Bradley, continues with the British whodunit feel.  Set in a small village in 1950s England, eleven year old amateur sleuth and budding chemist, Flavia De Luce tugs at the reader’s heart.  A colourful cast of peripheral characters and sprinkles of humour make this series a wonderful, cozy read.  The seventh book,  Grave’s a Fine and Private Place is due out in January 2018.


A more gruesome series of mystery novels features John Cardinal by Giles Blunt.  The series takes place in Algonquin Bay (thinly disguised North Bay) and is a deeply disturbing police procedural series.  Giles Blunt wrote for the television show Law and Order and his books follow a similar pattern.  Cardinal is now a television series; the second season is due out in January 2018.


Please take some time to review and read the other choices selected by our patrons. Thank you to all who participated.  

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