A strange yet wonderfully readable hybrid of detective story and fairytale, Lisa Tuttle’s “The Mysteries” takes you on a fantastical journey through our very mundane world.
When Ian takes on the case of missing Peri, he is haunted by similarities to his first case – a case that set him determinedly on the path of reuniting missing people with their loved ones. But Peri’s case will challenge him in unexpected ways.
There is a great elegance to the prose here which definit ...more
"A blend of mystery, thriller and fantasy that will leave you looking over your shoulder.
Laura Lensky’s daughter, Peri, has been missing for two years. For the police it’s a closed case – she wanted to run away – but for her mother and boyfriend, Henry, it’s a different story. When Laura hires private investigator Ian Kennedy, it is a last-ditch attempt to find her daughter before she leaves for America. Drawn in by strange parallels to an obs ...more
It's the story of Ian Kennedy, an American working in London as a PI. His new case is about a girl gone missing 2 years ago. Why did Peri go missing? She was happy? Was it foul play? But then why did she call 6 months later? The more he investigates, the stranger it gets. And ...more
It took me a while to figure out what The Mysteries was about. It was rather, forgive me, mysterious. The fae aspect of the book doesn't come to the foreground until relatively late, leaving ...more
Detective type of books are not books I tend to read very often. Though I love to watch detective type of shows on the screen, detective books can’t often captivate me. But when they are drizzled in a paranormal world I am more interested. At the start I did wonder in what way the paran ...more
I found the story to be very grounded in the real world, though it does end up being a faerie story. She works in the faerie aspect rather well, not having it overwhelm the development of the characters. The development is also very grounded in myths and that both sit ...more
I'd recently read another book by this author - The Silver Bough. That book blew me away, this one didn't.
There are probably too many stories here. Not only do we deal with this private eye's current case - finding a lost daughter - but there is the fact his father disappeared, his long term girlfriend disappeared, he'd had a case similar to the current one many years ago.
And, in alternating chapters, there are myths and tales of folk who ...more
This was a fairly interesting story that included some Celtic lore about the fae. Interspersed between the story chapters were episodes of other missing people most likely taken to the Otherworld.
Not great, but not completely awful either.
The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle is a novel that weaves together modern mystery and the fairy-tales of the United Kingdom in a unique way. In the midst of telling the tale of Private Investigator Ian Kennedy’s search for the missing Peri, Tuttle weaves in the stories of other mysterious disappearances. These breaks from the main plot serve to inform the reader about the nature of Peri’s disappearanc ...more
What to expect from a book that is called ‘The Mysteries’? Something mysterious most likely. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed on that part. This book is woven together with questions and riddles. That and the interesting storyline kept me glued to the pages of this book ‘till the very end.
Ian Kennedy is a private detective specialised in missing persons. He has always had a particular interest in this field because of the disappearance of his own father when he was nine years old. Th ...more
So when Laura Lensky knocks on his door one day, and says her friend recommended him to her ...more
a very brief synopsis:
The main character of The Mysteries is Ian Kennedy, who is an investigator in London specializi ...more
The award-winning Tuttle, a native Texan who now lives in Scotland, has written 15 novels for adults and children, including Lost Futures and The Pillow Friend. The Mysteries proves she's "at the top of her craft" (Rocky Mountain News). Mixing fantastical elements into a detective tale, Tuttle weaves a fascinating story of strange disappearances set against ancient Celtic folklore. She also delves deeply into Ian Kennedy's psychology-the emotions surrounding his long-missing lover, his father's...more
An American detective living in London is approached to find a young woman who disappeared. Although this is a mystery, it is largely an intersection of "what if" the Celtic myth of people being kidnapped into faerie lands were true. Told from the weary detective's point of view, the story takes on also the flavor of his knowing such things are possible but feeling a sense of personal failure over the people who much more legitimately disappeared in his own life (his father, his girlf ...more
I would (and did) read more by the author, but this one wa ...more
The protagonist of the story is Ian Kennedy, a middle aged American living in London and working as a private detective. As a character he's just... blah. If it weren't for the fact that the novel is written from his point of view you most likely wouldn't notice he was there, which, in a 1st person POV novel, is a problem.
The storyline, unfortunately, doesn't make up for the main character's insipidness. This is partially b ...more
Lisa Tuttle taught a science fiction course at the City Lit College, part of London University, and has tutored on the Arvon courses. She was residential tutor at the Clarion West SF writing workshop in Seattle, USA. She has published six novels and two short story collections. Many of her books have been translated into French and German e ...more