The Rockton series by Kelley Armstrong




Don’t look for Rockton on any map of the Yukon. This tiny, off-the-grid town doesn’t exist. Neither do the people in it. They’re all on the run from their pasts, needing a place where they can disappear for a few years.

Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

I am currently reading book three and have truly enjoyed this series. The setting is perfect for a good mystery and the character of Casey is believable, flawed, but very much likeable nonetheless.


Mystery Fiction

Mystery Fiction is so broad that it is able to hold many subgenres and also manages to blend in with other genres. Mystery Fiction continues to be extremely popular. The Aurora Public Library District has both Mystery books on its shelves and through the Indiana Digital Download Center available to check out.


Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery herself, really shaped the genre into what it is today. She perfected the “fair play” Mystery, where readers are given the same clues as the protagonist to try to figure out the mystery for themselves. Many Mysteries are modeled after Christie’s unique style. Start with The Murder at the Vicarage.

A Cozy Mystery is a subgenre of the Mystery genre that downplays or treats humorously the violence that typically comes with a crime novel. Generally, Cozy Mysteries take place in smaller communities where characters are on a first-name basis with everyone in town. Here are some popular Cozy Mystery authors you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District:


M.C. Beaton is known for two main series starring Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, respectively. She also styles her books in the manner of “fair play,” or classic “whodunit” Mysteries. Start with Death of a Gossip.


Joanne Fluke is best-known for her Culinary Mysteries, which is a subgenre of the subgenre of Cozy Mysteries. Fluke’s novels feature some kind of food in the title as well as recipes throughout the book. Start with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

Other Cozy Mystery authors include Mary Kay Andrews, Rita Mae (and Sneaky Pie) Brown, Barbara Allan, and Chris Cavender.

Another popular subgenre of Mystery Fiction is the Crime Mystery. This type of Mystery is exactly what it sounds like; the protagonist is usually a detective, or other criminal justice professional, who solves a crime or a series of crimes within the pages of the book. Crime Mysteries usually do not downplay the violence in the way that a Cozy Mystery would. Here are some popular Crime Mystery authors you can look into:


James Lee Burke is also known for two separate series featuring Private Investigator Dave Robicheaux and ex-Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland. Burke writes “police procedurals,” which are novels about police officers doing police work. Start with The Neon Rain.


Sue Grafton is another popular Crime Mystery writer known for her “Alphabet Mysteries” series featuring Kinsey Millhone. Grafton is known for being one of the first women to enter into the previously predominately male Crime Mystery. Start with A is for Alibi.

Other notable Crime Mystery authors include Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben, Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Daniels Cornwell, and Lawrence Block.

Happy Reading!