The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell (2004)
If you liked The Da Vinci Code, this book is for you. Codes, secret meanings, and literary puzzles are what I liked best about this book. It doesn’t have as much action as The Da Vinci Code; instead it focuses more on the relationship of four college friends who are trying to solve an ancient mystery.
Read an interview with the author, view an excerpt from the book, check out the reviews at Amazon.com and the reading group guide at BookBrowse.
Tabloid Dreams by Robert Olen Butler (1996)
Tabloid Dreams provides refreshing tales of ordinary people in their ordinary lives when the quirky and unusual comes knocking at the door. I’d recommend this for anyone who wants something a little different from the rest.
Read the reviews at Amazon.com and visit the author’s website.
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (2004)
This is not a heart-warming story, nor is there any peace, miracles, or goodwill towards men. For those who are sick of sugary sweet Christmas stories, this nitty-gritty tale is a much needed counterpoint. There is an angel, and yes he does a stupid thing by losing his wings. But he is too busy trying to prevent this world from coming to an end. Quirky characters are a delight. Also try Moore’s other humorous novel Practical Demonkeeping.
Preview the book, read a review at Bookreporter.com, and visit the author’s website.
Final Theory by Mark Alpert (2008)
Albert Einstein’s colleagues are being killed by someone trying to discover his long-hidden theory. A science historian receives a key from one of the dying men. To unlock the key, he encounters one puzzle, which leads him to another puzzle. He’s trying to solve the mystery while running for his life. This suspenseful novel is a good read-alike for people who like The Da Vinci Code.
View the author’s YouTube video about his book and read the New York Times review.
Orbit by John J. Nance (2006)
A private space company sends lottery winners into orbit around the earth. Through a freak accident, Kip is stranded alone, stuck orbiting the earth. He starts journaling his life on the computer, but little does he know everyone on Earth is able to read his journal.
Preview this book before you visit the library and check out the author’s website.
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green (2003)
ATTENTION MYSTERY LOVERS — don’t let the “science fiction” sticker on the spine scare you away! This book is just as much a mystery as a work of fantasy. A private detective, with a few special powers, works in London’s other-world, the Nightside. Take the adventure. You won’t regret it!
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (1997)
A great mystery for science fiction fans! The entire story takes place at a science fiction convention. I found the setting and the characters believable. It is just as enjoyable as McCrumb’s Ballad series.
Plus, how can you resist a title like Bimbos of the Death Sun?
The Madman of Bergerac by Georges Simenon (2007)
It’s France in the 1930s, Inspector Maigret has been shot, and incredibly he solves the case never having left his hospital bed. It’s easy to read the Maigret series because the stories are short and can be read in one day.