This week, get your share of thrills. With spooky mysteries, dramatic thefts, and strange quests, these works are all about the compelling and unusual. Join yoga obsessive Benjamin Lorr as he journeys into the odd world of Bikram yoga or pick up Diane Setterfield’s modern take on the classic mystery.
Want more thrillers? Check out a great slideshow of infamous art heists or find a “new” old mystery with Les Blatt’s Classic Mysteries podcast.
On Your Kindle
Hell-Bent, by Benjamin Lorr
I was completely enthralled by Benjamin Lorr’s memoir of his years as a Bikram yoga practitioner. Bikram, a type of yoga done in a 105-degree room, is known for its rigor and the scandals surrounding its founder, Bikram Choudhury (read more about that in my article on the blog It’s All Yoga, Baby).
Lorr has a first-hand view of these issues when he signs up to complete yoga teacher training after falling in love with hot yoga and changing his lifestyle. What follows is a surreal journey: days spent in heated tents with hundreds of other teacher trainees, script memorization, 14-pound weight fluctuations from dehydration, and the strange behavior of Choudhury himself. If you love yoga, you’ll be fascinated by this book.
On Your Smartphone
“10 Impressive Art Heists,” by Julie Layton and Matt Cunningham
Read about history’s wildest international art heists with this slideshow. From complex plans worthy of The Thomas Crowne Affair to simple “snatch and grab” jobs, you’ll be surprised by this list, complete with missing masterpieces and many thefts that remain unsolved. Who knew high crime was as easy as walking in and taking it off the wall?
On a Podcast
“Mrs. McGinty’s Dead,” on Classic Mysteries
Classic Mysteries is a fantastic podcast for fans of fictional sleuths like Mrs. Marple and Sam Spade. Host Les Blatt gives brief reviews of classic mystery novels, allowing readers to find new favorites without giving the game away! Take a listen to his review of the Agatha Christie classic Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, or browse through the other novels on the list. You’re sure to find something you want to read. Also visit Blatt’s website to search for podcast reviews by mystery sub-genre—you’ll find everything from “cozy” mysteries (classically picturesque tales with more atmosphere than gore) to true crime tales.
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
When I read this mystery a few years ago, its creepy ambiance made an impression. An isolated and reserved bookseller receives a letter from a famous, dying novelist: Will she transcribe the author’s final story? The Thirteenth Tale feels like an old-fashioned mystery, despite its contemporary setting. If you’re a fan of gothic classics like Rebecca, you will appreciate the slow, ominous pacing of this one and the narrator’s quiet personality.