Quick escapes for all ages
There is a series of mysteries that keep me occupied and traveling no matter where I am - the “Dismas Hardy series” by John Lescroart. As someone who was lucky enough to live in San Francisco in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I’ll try just about any book that takes place in that city by the bay. I found this series because my husband reads thrillers. He gave me one in an airport years ago; I read it and promptly forgot about it. Then, he loaded a few onto my iPad and I was hooked. I read the first, then another and a third and kept plowing right on through the entire set. And, while I often turn my nose down at the thought of a thriller, these thrillers are my new mind candy. Why? They allow me to live again in my old hometown, if only for the duration of the novel. They have two interesting main characters – Dismas Hardy and his best friend, homicide detective Abe Glinsky, each supported by intelligent families. And as a bonus, and possibly most importantly to me, each plot places you firmly in San Francisco and provides an enjoyable page turner.
My summary – Mr. Lescroart’s novels are great books for anyone missing San Francisco and/or wanting some escapist reading. Dead Irish begins the series, but you can start just about anywhere. ~ Lisa Christie
For additional mysteries that transport you to interesting places, we recommend Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache novels set in the modern-day Quebec countryside, Jacqueline Winspear‘s Maisie Dobbs series set in Post WWI London, Sarah Stewart Taylor's Sweeney St. George series set in Boston/New England, Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther series set in our home state of Vermont, and Martin Walker's Bruno Series set in France. ~ Lisa Christie and Lisa Cadow