Saturday, March 19, 2011

Love a good mystery - Book #18:Why Mermaids Sing

It’s been ages since I’ve read a mystery and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy them. I think the last of that genre I read was The Millennium Trilogy (and that took quite some beating!). It’s often the case that once I’ve finished a good book, I struggle to pick up a new one not wanting to be disappointed after such a high standard has been set.

But enough time had passed since reading of Blomkvist and Salander’s exploits, and after failing miserably in my quest to find a good chick lit read, a new mystery it was! I hadn’t read any of C. S Harris before, nor had I picked up a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, but I’ll be sure to pick one up in future after reading Why Mermaids Sing.

I devoured this book in an afternoon - a story of murder, mystery, fathers and sons, the wealthy, the privileged and of course love. It’s set in 1800 London, young men venture out to pubs in the countryside on horseback (and fail to return alive), the wealthy form an elite society of invitation only, and the star of the show – Viscount Devlin himself – loves a woman out of his league.

I just loved the cleverness of it all. How we were drip fed snippets of information we could put together about the mystery that slowly unfolded. It took me until I was about three quarters of the way through the book until I finally solved it, but that didn’t stop me from seeing how the ending all panned out. It wasn’t necessarily a complex tale, but had enough twists and turns, characters and clues that it kept me wanting to read ‘just one more chapter’.

What's more, this is going towards LazyGirl Read's Mini Challenge - it's my something new.

Now I’m on the lookout for more mysteries – recommendations please!


  1. Sounds like something I would enjoy. I'll look it up. I read The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld not long ago and loved it. I would recommend it if you haven't read already.

  2. Oh I love a good mystery.. I started reading them after starting to read Dick Francis mysteries. I read them because he is an ex-racehorse jockey and his books centered around those venues. What I love is they were such fun reads. You are taken in quickly and can't put them down!! Even reading so many in a row I never felt as if I was reading the same thing over.

  3. Well alright!! This book looks and sounds amazing! I loooove a good mystery. I need way more of them in my life. I was actually stopping by to see if you learned how to do the progress bars but I see that you did!

    Otherwise I would've told you to check out Small Review's page ( and look under her Features tab. She's got all these cool "how-to" posts!

  4. I've been meaning to pick up the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Glad to hear this one was good!