Off the Shelf: Supernatural Sleuths

Posted Oct. 27, 2020

By Darci Stitt, Adult Services Librarian with the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

Hello Readers! What do you do when you get an assignment, due for October, to highlight Mystery, Sci-Fi, or Fantasy books and absolutely CANNOT choose? Well, I searched NoveList, a free library resource anyone can use. Fantasy + Mystery + October = Supernatural Sleuths!

Fantasy novels will take readers to magical times and/or places, into the conflicts between good and evil. Mystery novels present a disruption or injustice to the world of a puzzler or investigators and allow readers to explore all the details on the way to the solution/truth.

Add a little paranormal into the mix for the spookiest month:

A creepy, atmospheric suspense story. Explore family secrets and a pattern of strange deaths within members of a spirit circle with author Neil Olson in Before the Devil Fell.
An historical, supernatural, locked-room mystery by William Ryan: A House of Ghosts, a gripping murder set in a haunted house.
John Connolly’s gothic horror/ police procedural series featuring P.I. Charlie “Bird” Parker. Start with Every Dead Thing (1999) through the new book #18, The Dirty South, due in the library soon.
Mums and Mayhem is Amanda Flower’s newest installment to the Magic Garden series of cozy mysteries with bewitching characters.

For More Chilling Mysteries . . .

Visit a doctor to the undead in a trio of medical mysteries starring Dr. Greta Helsing: Strange Practice, Dreadful Company, and Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw.

Enjoy history, magic, and drama following Dr. Marie Levant, a medical resident investigating Louisiana evil, in the Voodoo trilogy – Voodoo Season, Yellow Moon, and Hurricane – by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

More popular authors of Supernatural Sleuth series include Jim Butcher, Mike Carey, Paul Cornell, Darynda Jones, and Richard Kadrey.

Let us know if you have a favorite Supernatural Sleuth or follow a new one recommended here.