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Dr. Gopal Shares Her Love of the Mystery Novel GETTING LOST

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My love for mystery and crime novels was sparked in the fifth grade when I picked up “The Mystery of the Green Ghost” by Robert Arthur, part of a series called “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.” I then went on to read most of the books in that series and branched out to “Nancy Drew,”“The Hardy Boys,” and the “Bobbsey Twins.” But my interest in these stories didn’t stop when I grew older. While completing my bachelor’s degree in English, my favorite professor offered an honors class on the mystery novel. How could I not take that class? My love of mysteries only took off from there! In this class, I read a wide range of international authors, including British, French, German, and Russian writers, experiencing their different takes on the mystery novel. My greatest surprise was finding that American writer Edgar Allan Poe wrote the first mystery novel: “Murder in the Rue Morgue.” Authors of mystery and crime novels structure their stories in ways that completely captivate me. Some stories begin with events that ultimately lead up to a crime, and as a reader, you are along for the ride. Others begin with the crime, and then you have to piece together what happened. Of course, as any experienced mystery novel reader will tell you, there are always red herrings — false trails that lead you guessing in strange directions or suspecting the wrong people. Regardless, each book is an adventure that keeps me guessing. One of my favorite ways to read a mystery or crime novel is to let the story take over and not guess the ending. I like to see where the author takes me. My enjoyment doesn’t come from getting to the end; I enjoy the journey this author is taking me on.

Patricia Cornwell, Lisa Gardner, and Jonathan

Kellerman, and some

older American authors I enjoy are Raymond

Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason). British authors I like

are P. D. James, Dorothy Sayers, Ruth Rendell, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), and Agatha Christie.

• 1 WWW.BORDENTOWNDENTIST.COM Today, it’s not uncommon for my friends, family, and even employees to find my nose in a book. Whenever I have a free moment, I dive back into the stories that have enticed me since I was a little girl. Over the years, the stories have ranged from profiles of truly gruesome crimes, elegant whodunits, and psychological studies. The variety of scenarios and characters are endless; what you learn about humans is enlightening, and the puzzle is always fun to solve. –Hema Gopal, DMD However, one of my favorite authors is Irish writer Tana French. Her novels “In the Woods” and “The Likeness” are amazing. I think I’m drawn to her writing style because she does a fantastic job adding psychological depth to her characters. Her compelling writing style transforms her characters from static beings into complex individuals. Like French’s work, many books in this genre are character studies. Each character comes with their own motivations and insecurities.

DENTAL ASSISTANT CATHLEEN HYGIENISTS CHARLENE LORI PRACTICE MANAGER PETER

So, who are some of my favorite authors? I tend to like American and British authors. Some modern American authors I read are

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