It was like this. After the Maltese Condor talked to you about mysteries set in hellish places last week I thought you deserved some suggestions for great mysteries set in heavenly places. Places like the remote Pacific isle of Kaitai, Venice, Paris and Greece's Mykonos Island. But when I sat down to my computer last night I spotted Crais's The Monkey's Raincoat, a book I've been meaning to read for a long time. It has a sticker on it proclaiming it is one of the century's 100 favorite mysteries named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Hmm. Just a few pages, I told myself and then I'd write my blog. Unh huh. When I closed the book I'd read it all. And instead of heavenly places, you get an unheavenly Los Angeles.
|Face Like a Frying Pan|
Great characters, location, prose and plotting. Maybe this book is a little slice of heaven after all. The Monkey's Raincoat is the first book in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series and I'll definitely be reading more Crais.