Since I’m about to throw a new mystery out into the world, of course I’m wondering how it will do. You know how I wonder about things. My brain wandered all over the whole idea of what a good mystery is and how each reader seems to take away something different from the same book. In addition, mystery types abound. I write cozies. I’m more comfortable writing that sub-genre than any other. But you may be looking for something more gritty or your taste may run to the action packed. So let’s share. Here are a few of my favorite mystery writers and why I like them. Then it’s your turn. Don’t be shy.
Elizabeth George – She’s a little bit gritty, sometimes a lot, but her in depth character studies make her stories come alive for me. Her books are long, but just as I’m thinking she’s dragging out a scene it changes and the tale moves along. In her Inspector Lynley mysteries George has created a character in Barbara Havers whom I can truly relate to. I love her for that.
Alexander McCall Smith – I’ve written about him before. We all go off to Africa with his #1 Ladies Detective Agency stories and I always love the trip. I’ll never visit there for real, but I sure do appreciate the time I spend with Precious Remotswe and Grace Makutsi as they tackle the intrigues that come their way. Simply delightful.
Donald Westlake – The man up and died before I could meet him, but boy could he write. In his John Dortmunder mysteries this character comes off the page and makes me laugh at the most unexpected moments. Other of his books, like THE AX, sent chills up my spine as I read, but I couldn’t put the book down. How versatile was this guy? And how sorry am I that I never attended his local book signings.
There’s my few. There are many others, but you have other things to do today so I stopped at three. Nice of me, huh?
Won’t you tell us just one of your own faves? Thanks.
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