reading: Claire DeWitt series

October 14, 2016

“Be grateful for every scar life inflicts on you. Where we’re unhurt is where we are false. Where we are wounded and healed is where our real self gets to show itself. That’s where you get to show who you really are.” ― Sara Gran, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

I read and loved the ClaireDeWitt books by Sarah Gran during this summer while I was trying to read through female authored murder mysteries. Claire DeWitt is a unique detective who is prickly, superstitious, and is guided by a mysterious book on detection that has been integral to her life ever since she was a teenager. I loved reading a series that views the detective genre in a new way. These books turn the usual logical, and fact based work of solving mysteries into something based on instinct and almost spiritual. If you are looking for a good set of mysteries, and a refresh of the detective novel, these are a great option.

Here's a peek into the mysterious book, "Detecion", that captures the mystery and unique perspective of these books: “The detective thinks he is investigating a murder or a missing girl. But truly he is investigating something else altogether, something he cannot grasp hold of directly. Satisfaction will be rare. Uncertainty will be your natural state. Sureness will always elude you. The detective will always circle around what he wants, never seeing it whole. We do not go on despite this. We go on because of it.” ― Sara Gran, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

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