Friday, May 7, 2010


We have reached the time of year where the weather is finally cooling down and Sydney is descending into Winter, so the theme for May/June is cold. There are lots of ways to think about the theme this month. You could read a "cold case" mystery or true crime, a novel about the Cold War, a story set somewhere cold or even a ghost story that sends shivers down your spine. Winter is a great time to catch up on your reading, so to keep your mind off the weather, read something "cold". Here are some suggestions to get you started. 

Cold Case Mysteries:
  • Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke
  • Echo Park by Michael Connelly
  • A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  • Chill of Fear by Kay Hooper
  • A Cold Case by Faye Kellerman
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
  • A Field of Darkness : A Novel by Cornelia Read
Snow/Winter Titles:
  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  • To Dream of Snow by Rosalind Laker 
  • Last Snow by Eric Lustbader
  • Light on Snow by Anita Shrieve
  • Snow Blind by P. J. Tracy


Starfire said...

Twilight fits this one too! Why? The vampires are cold. Also Forks is cold and rainy most of the year. Am I obsessed by Twilight? Yes!!!

Katemary said...

Yes, Starfire, you are obsessed! Do you read anything else??

I'm reading Ulysses by James Joyce at the moment. It's set in the very cold city of Dublin. It's written in stream-of-conciousness style, which makes for very difficult reading! It's one day in the life of two men, Leopold and Stephen. Definately worth the read if you have the time to dedicate to it. Has anyone else read it?

Serenity said...

What comes to mind with this new theme is “the cold one” “Edward Cullen” vampire books

Anonymous said...

I have read snow blind by P.J. Tracy and would recommend this as good winter read.

Anonymous said...

I liked Tami Hoag's novels. She is a US writer but her books are set in Minneapolis, Minnessota - probably one the coldest states in the US. It was nice to read about other jurisdictions, not just LA or New York.
For the ultimate in winter reads, would have to be Peter Hoeg's "Miss Smilla's feeling for snow," You can't believe that there could so much to know about a snowflake, or the fact that there is so much to know - hah!
Honourable mentions to "Gorky Park" and "Snow falling on cedars."


Anonymous said...

Don't forget Dead Cold by Louise Penny if you love detective fiction, set in a Canadian winter.

"Winter can be Murder"

gemini said...

I have just discovered this book club, and I am looking forward to reading and writing. The themes so far suggested a poem:

"Is there a beauty in a cold heart?
Is this where magic lies?
Our lives are edged by mysteries
The ancient question, Why?"

Starfire said...

OK, Here's my non-Twilight related book. Knitting books! They aren't fiction but some do have extra little tidbit like biographies of knitters and how or why they decided to make up a particular pattern. I love to knit for cold, even if I can only scarves and arm warmers! I enjoy flicking through knitting books... you have to take a look at Wacky Baby Knits... so cute!!

Reewel said...

And dont forget cooking books! They are great in the colder months. What is better than to spend an afternoon in a nice warm kitchen, and then the best part! You get to eat the products.......
I just discovered "Super food ideas" magazine, lots of great cooking ideas using everyday foods, plus lots of other bits and pieces.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading a "chilling" thriller/detective story by John Sandford - "SILENT PREY". At times some of the explicit descriptions of the killer's methods are gruesome, but the storyline flows really well and you can't wait to see what's going to happen next. The main character is an ex-detective who you get to know and like.

Anonymous said...

'A Field of Darkness' is well worht the read!