In case you don’t know, Law & Order is a show that’s been on for a billion years, it’s almost always playing on USA at any time of day, and your favorite actor has probably made an appearance on it at some point.
L&O aside, we love crime shows. There are so many of them, and they’re all the same but different. Whether the dead body is in LA, New York, Miami, Vegas, or Hawaii, we love the mystery and we love the characters. That’s why September’s Random Fandom celebrates the upcoming seasons of all crime shows.
BTW, Random Fandom is THURSDAY at 4 p.m. One of you will play the dead body, one of you will be the killer, and the rest of you will have to figure it out before you run out of time in this special murder mystery based on our favorite crime show characters.
If you need to get into the mood, go to your Netflix queue and watch a few episodes of CSI or NCIS, listen to the mystery of an actual crime on Serial, or check out one of these books:The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Gabie is a high school senior who delivers pizza part-time. One night, she switches with Kayla, who goes out on a delivery and never returns. Her car is found, keys in the ignition and purse on the seat, but there’s no sign of her. Gabie discovers the man who ordered the pizzas asked for the girl who drives the Mini Cooper. Gabie drives the Mini Cooper. She was the one who would have disappeared had she been working that night. Gabie enlists the help of Drew, who took the call at the pizza shop, to find Kayla before the man who took her claims Gabie for his next victim. This book reads like you’re watching an episode of your favorite crime drama. It’s fast-paced, and the snippets from the kidnapper make it that much more terrifying.
If you’ve never read this book, stop what you’re doing and go check it out NOW. (Okay, maybe not right this second. See if it’s checked in first.) Jazz was raised by his serial killer father. When his father was caught, Jazz became free of him, but not free of the memories. He’s a messed-up guy, but he does okay, considering he was groomed to take over the family business. When another killer starts racking up the bodies in Jazz’s hometown, Jazz is determined to stop him, even when there’s a part of him that might appreciate the work…
Lane is a completely normal teenager who likes to study serial killers. So maybe Lane isn’t so normal after all, especially since she fits the profile — obsessive-compulsive, loner, lacking emotion, and fantasizing about violence. Lane channels her urges into vigilante justice, hunting down criminals who escape the law. When a teacher is found dismembered, Lane starts her own search for the killer, called the Decapitator. When the Decapitator contacts her, Lane knows she and the ones she loves are not safe, and she has to use all of her skill to find the killer before the killer finds her.