BOOK NOTES

Friday Jul 24 2009
by Sian

I started reading Kelley Armstrong four years ago at the recommendation of her editor at Random House. Her original series, now entitled ‘Women of the Otherworld’ is urban fantasy and now numbers ten titles. Frost Bitten, the latest title, will be released at the end of September, some of the earlier titles are available at Whodunit? (and all are available for order). She then went on to add a Young Adult fantasy series, ‘The Darkest Powers’ to her repertoire. But of most interest to Whodunit? customers will be her new mass market original ‘Nadia Stafford’ series. Nadia is a former cop, turned hit-woman, who runs a nature lodge north of Toronto as her day job. In Exit Strategy, she works with her mentor Jack to catch a serial killer. In Made To Be Broken, she and Jack are trying to track down someone who’s killing teenage mothers and taking their babies. Both books have compelling plot lines, with Canadian locales thrown in, and the chemistry between the characters is entirely believable.

Something you may or may not know about the Bumsteds is that while we’re rabid mystery fans, we also have a deep love of Science Fiction and Fantasy. You’ve probably noticed the odd sprinkling of titles across the shelves that aren’t traditional mysteries, like Terry Pratchett or Charlaine Harris’ ‘Southern Vampires’ series. One of my favorite additions to the shelves is Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Anita Blake’ series. Now up to book 17 in hardcover (Skin Trade), the Anita Blake books are not for the faint of heart due to their violence and sexuality. With an incredible cast of necromancers, vampires, werewolves, and hit men, these books are addictive. Hamilton seemed to lose the plot, literally, in the last few books but Skin Trade is back to her enthralling self. And like the ‘Southern Vampires’ series, there’s a TV series coming based on the books.

Don’t forget that we can special order anything currently available to the store, so contact us either by phone (204.284.9100), email (mystery@whodunitcanada.com), the website (www.whodunitcanada.com), or drop into the store.

Have a suggestion for what I should read next? Drop me a line at mysterysian@gmail.com. Happy Reading!



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