Women of Mystery


The California Center for the Book put together a Book Club in a Box program titled “Women of Mystery“. The Poway Branch of the San Diego County Library sponsored it as part of their Adult Summer Reading Program this year. It features Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, and Sara Paretsky. The first meeting (which I missed) presented a film about the three women. The next three meetings are devoted to one author and a selected novel of hers for each meeting.

I have read all of the Sue Grafton alphabet novels featuring Kinsey Milhone. The book to read for the program was S is for Silence which I had read a year and a half ago.

I had run across Muller before, but she hadn’t caught my notice at all. At the same time this program was scheduled I was offered a preview of her newest Sharon McCone novel, The Ever-Running Man. We read Vanishing Point for the program – good cold case novel.

I knew about Paretsky, but hadn’t read any of her work. So I finished Fire Sale this week for the last meeting. I was impressed with Fire Sale. I like V.I. Warshawsky’s “voice” and the way she got involved.

If you live in California, check out the program. I would imagine it is readily available to public libraries through the California Center for the Book. If you don’t, you’ll still find these three writers have strong women detectives featured in good novels.