Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mystery Reading

I have been thinking about mystery gaming recently. I am not usually much of a mystery reader, I loved Sherlock Holmes as a kid, but I tend towards science fiction. Obviously, as a lawyer, I have read many real life mysteries. I am not a criminal lawyer, and have no interest in practicing criminal law, but you don't get through law school without reading an awful lot of criminal cases. 

Even though I do not have an interest in criminal law, the single best piece of advice I have ever read about being a lawyer came from a criminal law story. In Helter Skelter, Vince Bugliosi stresses the importance of a lawyer doing his/her own investigations. I try to follow this advice as much as possible in my professional life, and have yet to regret it. I consider Helter Skelter to be the best book about the legal profession ever written, it is a study in the application of rational thought and elbow grease. 

As I have been thinking about a mystery game, I realized that I am not well versed in mystery fiction at all. I am not familiar with the tropes and the short-hand. In fact, I don't even know where to turn for good mystery fiction (or even true crime outside of Bugliosi). 

So here is my request kind readers. What are your favorite mystery books? I don't want books that cheat, as that would not be helpful for writing a game. All of the evidence used to solve the crime has to be available to the reader.