I was involved with murder all summer long. I did not commit murder, nor did I help anyone commit murder. I also did not witness murder, nor did I fail to reach out to the proper authorities. However, I was involved with murder all summer long. I read as many mysteries as I could get my hands on and as many mysteries as my time would allow me to read. I was a steady customer at my local public library. I was thrilled when a new Maisie Dobbs novel or another book featuring a favorite character was on the shelf.
I spent my summer with cozy mysteries, historical mysteries, and just plain old mysteries. I stayed away from serial killers, children kidnappers, and children’s murderers because they are just too brutal and disturbing. I stayed with mysteries that involved a person who meets an untimely death at the hands of someone we do not know (yet). I loved the unraveling of the clues and the characters to try to figure out who committed the murder at hand.
I spent time with some old favorites like Christie, Holmes, Sayers, and James. I gladly read new books by Louise Penny, Alan Bradley, James D. Doss, Susan Wittig Albert and many others. I read free mysteries, I read mysteries picked up at yard sales and book sales, and I read some free Kindle books. I was in mystery heaven.
So now school has started, and guess what? I plan to be involved with murder all fall semester long. Whatever your preferred genre, I hope you can spend some time this fall reading for pure enjoyment.