Synopsis From Book One: Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has Become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to Indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two fast Become friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who does not need a woman's help - or so he thinks.
Why This Is A Favorite: I loved Egyptology when I was younger. I also loved mysteries, so the fact that this series has both meant that this series was made for me! The protagonist is a strong, independent female character, with a very British sense of humor, which makes these books very light and fun. The historical facts are accurate and fascinating and the plot is never bogged down. To top it off the male protagonists sound absolutely gorgeous!
Synopsis: As a psychic to the public, Madame Karitska has seen a lot. But when a chance encounter with Detective-Lieutenant of the Police Department Pruden catapults her into the unforseen, she must use all of her resources to keep danger - and death - at bay ....
Why This Is A Favorite: I loved the mystery genre as a teenager, and my local library had a whole bunch of Dorothy Gilman novels. This one in particular caught my eye. It's paranormal without being overtly paranormal, using clairvoyance to solve crime. Madame Karitska is an eccentric yet strong and independent character, someone you can love right from the start. The story itself feels almost like a collection of short stories, rather than one novel. The style is witty, fun, and light, perfect as a vacation read!
Synopsis From Book One: A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.
It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation.
This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves. It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.
Why This Is A Favorite: Both my husband and I love this trilogy. I love it because it has very strong, independent female characters. And when I say independent, I mean independent. There is a male protagonist, but the ladies can do just fine without him. The plot is a satisfying combination of mystery, thriller, and conspiracy. Larsson was a brilliant writer, and he died all too soon.