Posts Tagged ‘zoos – fiction’

Appeal of mysteries often all about the settings, and other thoughts about choosing a good book

Friday, June 26th, 2009

When I’m choosing fiction, especially mysteries, to read I often follow kinds of threads or themes: the threads may not be obvious to anyone else but me, but they help me choose when I’m spoilt for choice.

At the moment I am reading books that have to do with zoos. I have just finished Alexandria by Lindsey Davis, which is a mystery in which there are multiple murders in the Museion in Alexandria in the time of Vespasian, the Roman Emperor. The Museion was a center of ancient learning which contained not only The Great Library of Alexandria but also a zoological garden. Find Alexandria in our catalog.

I am following Alexandria with another mystery, this time more of a traditional cozy mystery, called The Anteater of Death. This looks like it is going to be the first one in a new series by author Betty Webb, and features zookeeper Theodora “Teddy” Bentley, a feisty, independent heiress turned working girl in order to thwart the matchmaking ambitions of her socialite mother. I think the series will be a great success because of the likeability of “Teddy” and because of all the careful background details about the zoo. Find this book in our catalog.

If you are having trouble finding a good book to read, you can go to My Next Good Book, a book recommendation service provided by Harford County Public Library on its website. You can create a free user account, log on, and search for books similar to something you have just read and enjoyed. My Next Good Book can be found here.