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The Mysteries

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  401 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
From award-winning author Lisa Tuttle comes a riveting novel that combines the contemporary story of one man’s search for a missing young woman with history’s most enduring legends of the disappeared. Gripping and unforgettable, here is a spellbinding mix of the mysteries that inhabit our everyday lives–and a mind-bending exploration of what happens when someone vanishes w ...more
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Published March 1st 2005 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2005)
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Moira Russell
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this one -- my eyes kept kind of sliding off the page, although I think that was due partly to the narrator, whom I didn't find convincing either as a man or as a detective. I did like the folktales, myths and fairy stories that were woven through the text, but the stories of Fred, Jenny and Peri never quite matched up, and Ian was just sort of self-pitying and dull -- everyone was more interesting than he was, which is a real problem with a first-person viewp ...more
Liz Barnsley
**Actual Rating 3.5 stars**

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
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Milo (Bane of Kings)
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"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
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John
Jan 14, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Kennedy is an expatriate American working in London as a PI, his specialty being the finding of missing persons -- a specialty he settled upon years ago after his first case, when he managed to rescue a young woman from Faerie. Now he's hired by an anxious mother called Laura Lensky to track down her 21-year-old daughter Peri, who disappeared in the south of Scotland two years ago and has since been heard of only in the form of a single brief phonecall. Really Ian should tell Laura that the ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Sep 13, 2014 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, mystery
Is it a detective novel? No. A thriller? No. Mystery? No. Fairytale? No. Fantasy? No. The truth is it's all of those things. Its seductive charm pulling me in, and not letting me go. Making me wonder, believe and disbelief.

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
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Celine
The Mysteries is The Cuckoo's Calling with fae. It follows private investigator Ian, from his earliest encounter with a missing person in his childhood, to his latest disappearance case. There are several timelines in the book, criss-crossing, interspersed with short memoirs of historical people gone missing.

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
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Annemieke
The Mysteries, as the title suggests goes into a mystery. It is a detective wrapped in paranormal world. Don’t let the Goodreads rating fool you. This can be a very entertaining read if you let it sweep you away.

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
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John
Jul 07, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
I picked up the book originally because. George R. R. Martin mentioned on his website that he was reading this book, and he seemed supportive of the author. Being a fan of the Song of Fire & Ice, I decided to check out the book.

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
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Leslie
Jun 18, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mythology, folklore buffs, Celtic interest
Again, Celtic myths and modern life coincide and coexist.
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
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Kestrell
Nov 30, 2012 Kestrell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This works better as a fantasy novel than a detective novel and, even as a fantasy novel, there is faaar more emo self-absorbption on the part of the protagonist than I find enjoyable. He's a forty-year-old man who comes across more as a whiny teenager, and most of the female characters in the novel are there as sexual mirrors for him. This book would have been better with more myth and less of the protagonist's extensive and repetitive passages of self-pity.
Mary
Apr 07, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
Ever since his dad disappeared from his life, Ian Kennedy has made it his job to find lost people. Now, for the second time in his career, he has been asked to locate a young woman who might have been taken by fairies.
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.
Blaire
Oct 27, 2010 Blaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I just finished reading a book that contained the Irish folk tale of Tam Lin, and now here's another one. Serendipity. This book is about the dark side of Faerie; the attractions of the Otherworld and its perils. It's mostly a fantasy, but has elements of the detective story about it as well. Not strong in its characters, it's more a book that explores the meaning of life.
Sophie
Mar 09, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy to read, interesting book though I felt a little confused, especially by the way it ended. If it was just a mystery would be a little bit disappointed, with the magical-mythical twist it gave me something more.
Kat
~I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest and fair review via fantasybookreview.co.uk~

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
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Cindy
Nov 23, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars


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
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Latique
Mar 12, 2015 Latique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A private investigator who specializes in finding missing persons and has his business set-up in London...It sounds like a typical story that's been run through the meat grinder a million times before, but it is delightfully not. Chapters interspersed throughout the book begin to tell the readers about stories and/or accounts of people vanishing and sometimes being returned or brought back from the realm of the sidh (fairies). As the main story starts with the private investigator, readers begin ...more
Lilian Darmono
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Alisha Tarran
Ever since Ian Kennedy's father went missing when he was a kid, and he subsequently found him a few years later, he's been obsessed with mysterious disappearances, and fell in to becoming a PI looking for missing persons. It all started when he was sent to Scotland to track down a family friends missing daughter, in what was not only his first, but also his strangest case. A case he has told no-one about.

So when Laura Lensky knocks on his door one day, and says her friend recommended him to her
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Hannah Ringler
I’ve always liked stories where people were stolen away - and rescued, by one means or another - by the fairies. The time slippage, temporary escapes, alliances, means of confrontation, they’re all fabulous, and of course one of the best things about this kind of story is that it’s not always the girl who’s taken. Man or woman, anyone can stumble into a fairy ring (or fall off their horse - Tam Lin’s story is one of impressive haplessness on his end). And that’s one thing that The Mysteries tak ...more
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I can't express how much fun this book was to read, and how it sucked me into its pages from the first sentence. I would definitely recommend it to either readers of fantasy or to mystery readers; for the latter, I would suggest you prepare to stray off the path a little bit and let yourself relax and have fun with the plot. I absolutely LOVED this book -- and I am a picky reader!

a very brief synopsis:
The main character of The Mysteries is Ian Kennedy, who is an investigator in London specializi
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Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Julie Davis
#21 - 2010.

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
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Mary-Beth
I feel that I should like this much more than I did. The subject matter is right up my alley after all. A private detective finds himself enmeshed in a case very similar to the one that got him started on his career - a missing persons case that is involved with the supernatural. Folklore tells of many tales where humans are spirited away to another world by the sidhe. What if these stories were undeniably true? I like Tuttle's collisions of the real world and the supernatural, but in both cases ...more
Jess Penhallow
All in all this was a pretty good book. I liked the way it combined mystery with fantasy and folklore and enjoyed the mini folklore stories interspresed in the story. However, I wasn't really invested in the central mystery and felt it dragged a bit at times. The best parts were the dreamlike fantasy elements. The main thing that bugged me, however, was that the protaganist was not believeable as a man, in fact it took me until about halfway through the first chapter (probably the first time som ...more
LotusBlade
Jan 12, 2016 LotusBlade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful adventure by Lisa Tuttle, touched with the bittersweet. Full of mystery and magic, this is a story where sometimes you find out that happy endings don't always look happy, and finding the path means you have to get lost.
Faye Gibson
Jun 02, 2015 Faye Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down right until the end -- but I hated the ending. The Celtic myths woven throughout, the stories of mysterious disappearances sandwiched between chapters, and the elements of the protagonist's story kept me spellbound throughout the first two-thirds of the novel. Even through most of the latter third, I could not wait to find what happened next -- but the last few lines left me frustrated, although, in truth, the author's ending was probably much more in ...more
Susan
This book had great prose, but it had very little to say. The book was short to begin with: 1/3 of the short page count was general background on Celtic mythology, 1/3 was a protracted flashback, and 1/3 was the actual plot. That left, as I recall, less than 100 pages of plot, and this really wasn't a case where I felt the flashback counted sufficiently as plot. So it felt like reading a novel to get a long short story's worth of content.

I would (and did) read more by the author, but this one wa
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Sharni
The fairytale/fantasy element to this story was at first intreguing but ended up compromising the detective/mystery elements of the story. Not at all what I expected from the synopsis.
Retniap
Overall impression: readable but not exciting, ultimately unsatisfying.

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
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Noel Thingvall
Good setup, interesting characters and mystery. The non-linear aspect made it tough to keep a few of the timeframes straight, but the first half is still good. I was really looking forward to the fantasy aspect coming to light in the second half, but found it very underdeveloped and uninteresting, with odd tangents, and connections and twists too loose to do much for me. Not a bad book, but ultimately underwhelming and anti-climactic.
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(Wife of Colin Murray) aka Maria Palmer (house pseudonym).

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
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