Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Five mystery novels set in speculative worlds

B. L. Blanchard is a graduate of the UC Davis creative writing honors program and was a writing fellow at Boston University School of Law. She is a lawyer and enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but has lived in California for so long that she can no longer handle cold weather, and resides in San Diego with her husband and two daughters. The Peacekeeper is her debut novel.

At CrimeReads Blanchard tagged five favorite mystery novels in a speculative setting, including:
Instinct by Jason Hough

Police officer Mary Whittaker is new to the small village of Silvertown, Washington, the conspiracy theory capital of the United States. When the town’s police chief takes a leave of absence, Mary is left to run things alone. A series of grisly and mysterious deaths follow, each one the result of questionable circumstances. The body of a hiker with a known fear of animals is found smiling after being mauled by a bear. A motorcyclist is found sitting in the middle of a highway, as if waiting to be hit by a car. Everyone apparently is abandoning their instincts, and soon Mary is one of them. The investigation leads Mary to uncover a sinister plot reminiscent of Twin Peaks or a Vancouver-era episode of The X Files.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue