Sunday, May 6, 2012

From Berlin to Pemberely: Mystery Reads

The novel "Sorry," by Zoran Drvenkar is set in contemporary Berlin. It's the kind of book that doesn't come along every day, and Germans went wild for this unconventional psychological thriller. The plot involves four unemployed Berliners who come up with an idea to offer an apology service for businesses that have laid off or mistreated employees. The book's fragmented chronology and unusual point of view narration is initially confusing, but ultimately, it adds to the success of this unique, and at times, shocking novel. I can't recommend this book enough. 

"Sister," is the debut novel by Rosamund Lupton. Set in London, the story involves the death of a young women in a public bathroom in Hyde Park, and the efforts of her sister to determine what really happened. Is the death a murder or a suicide? The book takes you on a roller coaster ride, with new plot developments turning up unexpectedly. I usually solve 90 percent of the mysteries I read. This time, I didn't have a clue until the very end. 

Finally, "Death Comes to Pemberely," is P.D. James's sequel to "Pride and Prejudice." Set six years after Elizabeth and Darcy have married, the novel is James's tribute to Jane Austen. The book is cleverly written in an "Austen" style with charming references to "Persuasion" and "Emma." It's not much of a whodunit, but it's a light read that's more humorous than thrilling.

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