So for christmas/My mom’s birthday, I got her a nook. I’ve loaded it up with books that she’d like. And I still have a ton of space. I want to make sure she doesn’t need to mail the sd card back to me any time soon (she can barely work FB, no way am I going to try to explain to her how to put books on her nook.) She’s into true crime, mystery and the like. What series/books would you recommend I find for her?
I’ve already got all of Dean Koontz’ books, along with Stephen King, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, Anne Rice ( just the Vampire Chronicles I don’t want to send my mum erotica..hah although the Chronicles kinds of pushes that line:P ) Charlaine Harris, Jeff Lindsay (Dexter series) Kathy Reichs, Richard Castle (yes, there really are Nikki Heat books out there! ) and Carl Sagan (she needs more science in her life). And yes, Clarissa, I will be introducing her to The Dresden Files too!
I really like Kyra Davis’s Sophie Katz series, which is funny and fun. (There are some references to sex and one of Sophie’s friends owns a sex shop but I wouldn’t even feel embarrassed about sharing them with my own mom, it’s very minor stuff.) I love Sharyn McCrumb who has two mystery series. The Elizabeth MacPherson series has a touch of humor to it but are solid mysteries and the Ballad series is an extremely well written series that takes place in Appalachia and works in a lot of traditional folklore and history. She has some great standalone novels as well.
Thanks for the suggestions!
My mom reads a lot of true crime/serial killer related stories so I don’t think a sex shop will phase her, but I don’t want to be sending along Sleeping Beauty or 50 Shades of Grey lol
Oh, another series I like a lot is by Diane Mott Davidson. Her sleuth is a caterer so there are a lot of cool recipes in the books, too, and I learned from introducing the series to my online book club that it helps to be a woman of a certain age to appreciate the characters, ha ha.
Also check out Stop You’re Killing Me: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/ which indexes and cross indexes mystery novels by a variety of indexes. For example, I found the Kyra Davis books by trying to find stories set in San Francisco and you can look for books by the protagonist’s profession (I love mysteries set around the stage and screen in particular so I love using it for that) or by time period or genre or by different types of characters and so on.
That is the niftiest website ever! Thanks for sharing :)