Genre classifications are funny things, and the marketing strategies associated with books can get confusing. Some books are appropriately marketed within their specific genre distinction, but often times books are marketed as one thing when in all actuality they will likely appeal to fans of multiple genres. The following books are ones I feel will satisfy mystery nerds, but they aren’t located in the mystery section.
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Leviathan Wakes is a fantastic Science Fiction novel in the time-honored style of Space Opera, but that in no way means it won’t appeal to mystery fans. The great thing about this stunning debut novel is it offers something for everyone. There is plenty of interstellar action for sci-fi fans to drool over, but there is also a pretty classic Private Eye story built into the plot. The juxtaposition of these two genres works beautifully, and fans of mystery who are afraid to stray from the cozy confines of their beloved genre will be shocked at how engaging this story is.
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
This collection of three novellas (City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room) is filled with mystery and suspense. In City of Glass Writer/Detective Quinn receives a phone call in the middle of the night, which sets in motion a series of strange events. In Ghosts Blue is hired by Brown to Spy on White, but Blue soon realizes that White is spying on him. In The Locked Room a man disappears, leaving behind a wife, child, and a room filled with extraordinary novels, poems, and plays. The New York Trilogy offers three great stories that are more than deserving of your time.
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon’s alternate version of Alaska is one where Jewish refugees settled in the state following WWII and created their own little world on the panhandle. Now, sixty years later, their descendents are threatened by the coming reversion of control back to Alaska. In the midst of all the political and social turmoil Detective Meyer Landsman investigates the death of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. When word comes down that Landsman must drop his case, things start to get complicated. A fascinating detective story told in a beautifully crafted alternate future. A joy to read for fans of literary fiction and mystery alike.