I’ve started working on a YA mystery. To be honest, I’m still flirting with this manuscript. We’re not official or anything, although last week we did go parking; a.k.a., I wrote in a parking lot outside of the kids’ school. All in all, I’ve written ten pages that I’ll probably end up erasing in the long run, but I’m continuing with the dalliance for at least another week. Because I haven’t read a lot of YA mystery or paranormal, I decided to study up. So far, this is what I’ve read recently/plan to read soon:
A Madness so Discreet by Mindi McGinnis. This one has been on my TBR forever. I mean, it has the prettiest cover in the whole world and I loved Not a Drop to Drink, also by McGinnis. Oh, and it was only $1.99 a week ago, which meant I didn’t have wait for a library request because, let me tell you, authors don’t make quite as much as my husband once imagined. Great characters, delicious dark tone, creeptastic setting, and it won an Edgar. I noticed with some interest that the reviewers on Goodreads didn’t seem as bowled over as me or the people who hand out Edgars. I gave it five stars. Well, to be honest, I give most books five stars. I mean, what if I go to a conference and end up in a bar with a bunch of authors to whom I’ve coldly handed out two star reviews? I’ve never been to a conference, so it’s basically an “If Train X is traveling at 20 mph east and Train Y is traveling at 40 mph west” type problem, but it could happen. One day I could be one of those trains! I hope. Regardless, Mindi McGinnis deserved five stars. It’s a great book.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. This one features Sherlock Holmes as a teenage girl—very clever, I thought. As I was falling asleep last night I started thinking of Sherlockian characters I’ve enjoyed. Gregory House from House came to mind. TV medical drama character or not, he was definitely a Sherlock.
Dead and Breakfast by fellow mysterista, Kimberly Giarratano! This one is next up on my list. Ghosts, Florida, and teenagers—I’m looking forward to it.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I decided to reread this one for fun. I mean, why not? She has a bunch of other series I should probably also read.
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard. Pretty Little Liars might as well have come in pill form as far as I was concerned (should I be embarrassed to admit that?), so this book, also by Shepard, should go down easy.
For inspiration, I might read a few classics. I haven’t read The Tell Tale Heart since high school—and what is it?—twenty pages long. It’d be a crime not to read it. And, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson has been sitting on my nightstand for two years. It’s close to Halloween (my daughter reminded me of this with a 6 a.m. wake-up call to find her witch’s cauldron candy bucket yesterday), so I might as well read some Jackson.
Any YA mysteries I should add to my list and what’s on your list? I mean, Kate Lansing asked the same question a week ago, but perhaps your answers have changed. Just think of everything that happened last week. Hillary fell down. Trump announced his testosterone levels on Dr. Oz. I practiced the violin with my seven-year-old five times. It’s basically been a year.