Welcome to Detectives Around the World Week (April 11-17)

I agree months ago to be a part of the Detectives Around the World Week, sponsored by Jen of Jen’s Book Thoughts.  It runs between April 11 through April 17.  Don’t forget to go an vote for the best detective in the world, and check out the complete schedule.

For my part, I’ll be sharing a bit about Alex Cross with you from James Patterson‘s long-running series of novels.  You may have heard of Alex Cross if you’ve watched the movies Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls with Morgan Freeman. LOVED THOSE MOVIES AND FREEMAN IS ALEX CROSS — at least in my mind.

Here’s a bit about the character:

Alex Cross is in his fifties and has lived on Fifth Street in southeast Washington, D.C., for a long time and has been a detective on the D.C. police force as well as a psychologist and FBI Senior Agent.  His partner on the D.C. force is a giant man named Sampson, and his current main squeeze is Bree Stone.  Cross is a busy man professionally and personally, particularly being a single father to Damon, Jannie, and little Alex and living with his feisty grandmother, Nana Mama.

As part of my introduction, I thought I would spice up the detective week with a National Poetry Month twist.

Alex Cross is on the prowl

using his mind to uncover motive,

intent, crime.

Stalking the streets with a giant,

Sampson with the blue light special

at his side and the boxing fists.

More than cops, a duo of brawn and brain

ready to take on the criminally insane.

But there are empty holes to fill

a family to protect, and wife to mourn

even as life goes on.

Here’s what you can expect from me this week:

April 14: Guest Post from Author Cara Black with a focus on France

April 15: Washington, D.C. Setting Post

April 16: Review of Cross Country by James Patterson

April 17: Review of Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson

I hope you have a great week checking out all the wonderful detectives from across the globe. My selection just happens to be from my part of the world, and what better place to have a detective than the hub of government.


  1. Oh you know I love a good mystery! Fun post. Looking forward to adding more series to my tbr list.
    .-= iliana´s last blog ..Library Visit =-.

  2. I have yet to read an Alex Cross book. I’ve heard they’re much better than Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club, which I’m very close to abandoning. Looking forward to the rest of week’s posts.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday — April 12 =-.

  3. I love the way you opened the week! The poem is fantastic!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the poem in this post. I hope Detectives Week is a great success. I think its a fun idea…and I couldn’t resist adding some National Poetry Month content.

  4. Serena,
    I LOVE the poem about Alex Cross! That is fabulous!

    Cross is a very popular part of crime fiction, so I’m very glad you chose to highlight him this week.

    Also very thrilled to have you hosting Cara Black as well. Just a great combo.

    Thanks so much for participating!
    .-= Jen Forbus´s last blog ..Detectives Around the World – Sunday =-.

    • I love Alex Cross. He’s one of my favorites besides Sherlock Holmes of course. There are others I like as well. And I have two of Cara’s books on the shelves.

  5. Hi! I just want to say thanks for cheering for me during the readathon!


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