Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day: Reservoir Noir

Celebrate Earth Day! The latest issue of the Mystery Readers Journal focuses on the Environment (Volume 29:1). Great reviews, articles and author! author! essays perfect for today and every day. Have a look at the Table of Contents.

Instead of repeating last year's list of Environmental Mysteries, here's a link to the 2012 Environmental Crime Fiction List.

Following is the updated Reservoir Noir list.

Reservoir Noir
Books that deal with intentional flooding of towns and villages because of building dams and reservoirs for water supply, irrigation, power and other reasons--a sad addition to the environmental crime fiction list.

Alan Dipper's Drowning Day
Eileen Dunlop's Valley of the Deer (YA)
Lee Harris's Christening Day Murder
Reginald Hill's On Beulah Height
Donald James' Walking the Shadows
James D. Landis' The Talking (Artist of the Beautiful)
Jane Langton's Emily Dickenson is Dead
Julia Wallis Martin's A Likeness in Stone
Sharyn McCrumb's Zombies of the Gene Pool
Michael Miano's The Dead of Summer
Michael Radburn's Reservoir Noir! Drowned Towns in Mysteries
Ron Rash's One Foot in Eden
Rick Riordan's The Devil Went Down to Austin
Peter Robinson's In a Dry Season
Lisa See's Dragon Bones
Paul Somers' Broken Jigsaw
Julia Spencer-Fleming's Out of the Deep I Cry
Donald Westlake's Drowned Hopes
John Morgan Wilson's Rhapsody in Blood
Stuart Woods' Under the Lake

Let me know any titles you think should be included.

Be kind to the Earth. It's the only one we have.


Anonymous said...

Young Adult Mystery

Beth Kanell

The Darkness Under The Water

Candlewick Press 2008


Anonymous said...

What a great list. I went through it and realized I haven't read a single one! Which one do you recommend I start with?

Janet Rudolph said...

Linda, I would suggest the Peter Robinson.. also, be sure and check out the Cracked Earth Flourless Chocolate Cake on today!

Randal Brandt said...

The Dam by Robert Byrne might fit this list. It's a thriller about a dam failure that threatens to flood a downstream town.

Beth Kanell said...

Carla Neggers is also writing a series that relies on the "drowned communities" terrain around Quabbin Reservoir. Her mysteries in this series tend to be gentle, with a hint of romance, so I'm not sure they'll fully qualify under "noir" -- but they are worth considering.