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In addition to getting reviews ready for this year’s Mystery Showcase, Booklist editors have been hard at work selecting titles for Booklist Editors Recommend, Booklist Online’s exclusive read-alike feature, which can be accessed by clicking on the Find Similar Titles icon found on every review page. Here are some read-alikes for new mysteries reviewed in this issue.
Booklist Editors Recommend for Barbara Corrado Pope’s Cézanne’s Quarry. For another dark-toned mystery using historical characters, try:
An Instance of the Fingerpost. By Iain Pears (1998).
If it’s the art-history theme you want, try:
The Flanders Panel
. By Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1994).
And for the Cézanne angle:
Life Studies. By Susan Vreeland (2004).
Booklist Editors Recommend for Martin Clark’s The Legal Limit.
Readers who like Clark’s hard-luck characters and gritty southern setting should also cotton to these rural crime stories:
Sunset and Sawdust. By Joe R. Lansdale (2004).
Welcome to the Fallen Paradise
. By Dayne Sherman (2004).
Give Us a Kiss: A Country Noir
. By Daniel Woodrell (1996).
Booklist Editors Recommend for Charles Finch’s The September Society.
These titles share Finch’s Oxford setting:
Day of the Dandelion
. By Peter Pringle (2007).
The Problem of the Surly Servant
. By Roberta Rogow (2001).
The Dons and Mr. Dickens: The Strange Case of the Oxford Christmas Plot. By William Palmer (2001).
Booklist Editors Recommend for Steven Saylor’s The Triumph of Caesar.
For another mystery set in ancient Rome, try:
. By Lindsey Davis (2007).
Or, for a contemporary mystery with a Caesarean twist:
The Silver Chariot Killer
. By Richard A. Lupoff (1996).
And for readers interested in exploring the historical background, suggest these titles, one of which is nonfiction:
. By Philip Freeman (2008).
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome. By Robert Harris (1996).
Booklist Editors Recommend for Kathryn Miller Haines’ The Winter of Her Discontent.
A feisty female sleuth and a World War II backdrop also figure in these titles:
This Dame for Hire
. By Sandra Scoppettone (2005).
One O’Clock Jump
. By Lise McClendon (2001).
If it’s the combination of female detective and backstage setting that appeals, try:
The Bad Quarto
. By Jill Paton Walsh (2007).
Flirting with Disaster
. By Deborah Nicholson (2005).
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