Spinoff - Your Favorite Mystery/Suspense Novels and Authors
So...the horror book thread got me thinking. I love mystery / suspense novels and have read my share of James Patterson, Sydney Sheldon and the like...curious what your favorite books are and who your favorite authors are...
Sarah Graves, Joanne Fluke, Joanna Carl, Mary Anna Evans series is great, but read it from the first book. John Verdon, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Archer Mayor, Kathy Reichs, Ann Rule, Karin Slaughter series about the detectives in Atlanta, Laurien Berenson (her dog show series is great, and I understand another one is scheduled), Jane Haddam, Susan Wittig Albert (the Herb shop series), Nevada Barr, Riley Adams, Jussi Alder-Olsen, Mary Kay Andrews (lighter, but still fun and not really mysteries), Kate Atkinson's Jason Bodie series, Donna Ball (Dog series, and the Ladybug Farm is more a domestic series but good), Jessica Beck donut shop, Lorna Barrett (book store series), Linda Castillo is good, but hers are very graphic; Lila Dare, Ellen Crosby, Robert Crais, Margaret Coel, Edie Claire, Chris Cavender, Susan Conant (doesnt' seem to be writing new ones), Kjell Ericksson, Janet Evanovich bounty hunter series, Zoe Ferraris-about Saudi Arabia; Earlene Fowler, Dick and Felix Francis, Dorothea Benton Frank has some mystery elements, but really good relationship books; Elaine Flinn, Sarah Graves; Carloyn Haines; Steve Hamilton (Michigan detective series books),; Margaret Maron; Julie Dramer (but read in order); Inger Ash Wolfe; Joseph Wambaugh; Nicolle Wallace (political thrillers by a real DC insider); Elaine Viets; Marcia Talley; Lyndon Stacey; L.J Sellers series about a detective; Les Roberts; Sandra Parshall; Jan Neuharth (set in hunt country); Ken Mercer; Leslie Meier; Jenn McKinlay (bakery series).
I have Amazon Prime and a list of books, and I love mysteries.
Anything by Robert Tanenbaum (and his ghost writer Michael Gruber prior to Hoax)
Jonathon Kellerman (some)
Stephen White (some)
Mary Roberts Rinehart (old but a great writer)
and writers who should take up macrame, or bowling, and never, ever write again
Diane someone who writes cooking mysteries and includes recipes, doesn't help
I had a delightful time last week working my way through JM Hayes' Mad Dog and Englishman series. I started with the latest one (English Lessons) but it probably would have been more fun to read in order (start with Mad Dog and Englishman). Fair warning, they're not so much figure-it-out oh-so-serious whodunits as hilarious farces wrapped around a mystery. And yes, they're available on Kindle (the first one is free at the moment: http://www.amazon.com/Mad-Dog-Englis.../dp/B004SIRG3E )
Originally Posted by HuntrJumpr
No matter what level of showing you're doing, you are required to have pants on.
I love Love LOVE Minette Walters. Her first books are more traditional mysteries, and her later books are more psychological thrillers - you can't be expected to solve the crimes from clues dropped in the text (but they are solved in the end), but you get a sense of how bewildering it would be to have this drama / mystery unfold around you.
John Sanford Lucas Davenport (Prey) Series and Virgil Flowers series
Laura Crum Horse related
Rita Mae Brown Sister Jane series